About Martin Luther King, Jr. and Social Justice
with Gilbert Allen and Glenis Redmond
January 27, 2014 at 6:30pm
The Peace Center for the Performing Arts
(located at 101 West Broad Street)
Gilbert Allen lives on Paris Mountain and teaches at Furman University, where he is the
Bennette E. Geer Professor of Literature.
Glenis Redmond is the Poet-in-Residence at the Peace Center, a nationally acclaimed performance poet,
and a touring artist with the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Come listen to these two poets as they explore Martin Luther King, Jr.’s message and themes of social justice.
There will be an audience talkback following.
For more information or to RSVP your seat, contact Staci Koonce at 864.679.9203
Brilliant accordionist, composer and performer of the greatest (Charles Dumond, Angelo Branduardi, Lény Escudéro Francis Lemarque …),
and himself Brazilian Portuguese, Crestiano Toucas hits the road again with a new show called “Caravelles” in tribute to the great Portuguese navigators of the XVIth Century
and the cultural and musical fusion whose expeditions gave birth to.
Leaving free rein to his inspiration and virtuosity of his accompanists – Thierry Vaillot on the guitar and Amrat Hussain at the tablas -
he revisits in a 1:30 hour program the most authentic forms of this fabulous heritage that goes from the Fado to the Malaysian ragas -
passing through the Flamenco and the Arab-Andalusian melodies, Gypsy tunes and Persian maqamat …
The trade winds blow guaranteed for all your programming!
4 people on departure from Paris (+ dancer optional)
Available until the end of 2014
Introduction: Dream Quest One Poetry and Writing Contest is open to everyone, about showcasing the creative writing and poetic talent, skill and ability of all poets and writers. The Mission of Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest is to inspire, motivate and encourage anyone who has the desire or love of poetry and writing, to continue doing so without the fear of failure or success! And remember, in whatever you do, “it’s okay to dream,” for dreams do come true. [Read more →]
THE CHICAGO MODERN ORCHESTRA PROJECT PRESENTS THE WORLD PREMIERE OF
COMPOSER JACK CURTIS DUBOWSKY’S “MIST” JANUARY 22, 2014
The Commissioned Piece Opens “Let Thunder Roll!! Celebrating the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King”
@ South Shore Cultural Center January 22
“One of the great benefits of living in the Bay Area is the opportunity to tap into its vibrant new-music scene. This movable feast of experimental music seems to be fueled by an unending parade of gifted composers and performers who have spent their lives redefining musical boundaries. Classical and film composer Jack Curtis Dubowsky is truly one of these San Francisco sonic explorers” San Francisco Classical Voice”
“MIST”, the follow up to Dubowsky’s much-lauded “Harvey Milk: A Cantata” (2012), is part of a repertoire that often touches on social justice as a theme (other works include “Quaker Peace Testimony,” “Eisenhower Farewell Address” and a choral setting of Langston Hughes “Lynching Song”). The impressionistic piece is described by the composer as incorporating drones, structured improvisation, indeterminacy and ambient moods. Renee’ C. Baker is the music director of CMOP. The evening also includes performances by the Chicago Community Chorus, the AACM-Great Black Music Ensemble, the Kenwood Academy String Ensemble and the world premiere of Baker’s “Spatial Genesis.” “MIST” and the performances of “Let Thunder Roll!!” will take place in the Paul Robeson Theater @ South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 South Shore Drive, Chicago, IL beginning at 7pm. [Read more →]
This current production of “Porgy and Bess” from New York features a superbly talented cast of singers and dancers, performing Gershwin’s timeless melodies with skill and enthusiasm.
Nathaniel Stampley is Porgy, a beggar with a twisted leg. His wayward love, Bess, is played by Alicia Hall Moran. Community healer and matriarch Mariah is recreated by Danielle Lee Greaves. The detestable character of Sporting Life is portrayed engagingly by Kingsley Leggs. Street vendors are Sarita Rachelle Lilly, Chauncey Packer and Dwelvan David. The gambler Crown, who kills a man and who comes after Bess before he rehabilitates himself, is portrayed by Alvin Crawford.
“Porgy and Bess” is touring the country with a cast of almost thirty. The musical is backed by a 23-piece orchestra. Diane Paulus adapted the Gershwin opera for the Broadway stage with playwright Suzan-Lori Parks and composer Diedre Murray. What started as a four-hour opera has been condensed into a musical of two and one-half hours. [Read more →]
“Chasing Shakespeare” was the opening film in the American Indian Film Festival on the west coast this year. It already has won awards at festivals in Cannes, Houston and Hollywood.
Danny Glover and Graham Greene are the accomplished actors whose names you know. Just wait, though, until you meet this film’s heroine Venus Red Hawk, played by Chelsea Ricketts.
This is a love story, told in flashback over 50 years. It will bring you joy and laughter, and after you see it you will wonder why, for the seventh time this week, why all films can’t be made with cpmparable joy.
In this film by Lee Daniels, the characters of Cecil and Gloria Gaines are based loosely on the lives of Eugene and Helene Allen. According to Wil Haygood’s article in the Washington Post, Eugene Allen worked in the White House as a butler from the Eisenhower administration in 1952 to the Reagan years in 1986. When he started at the White House, Allen could not even use the public restrooms in his native state of Virginia. Allen was 89 at the time of that 2008 interview, so he must have been born just after the First World War. He died in 2010.
With this newspaper article as a starting point, Daniels takes literary license with the lives of the butler and his wife in order to emphasize the incredible changes in the lives of AfricanAmericans during the time the Cecil Gaines character worked below stairs at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, in the best job he ever had or ever hoped to have. [Read more →]