December 10th, 2013 by jeanne powell · No Comments
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 →]
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November 12th, 2013 by jeanne powell · No Comments
“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.
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October 12th, 2013 by editor's pick · No Comments
Poets for Change
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October 12th, 2013 by jeanne powell · No Comments
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 →]
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October 8th, 2013 by editor's pick · No Comments
Centre Stage New Play Festival
11th Annual New Play Festival
this Monday through Thursday at 7pm each night.
All Shows are FREE!!
A Different New American Play Each Night!
Mon. – Sorrow’s End – by Nathaniel Lachenmeyer
Tues. – Golden – by Peter Manos
Wed. – Young Negress Stepping out of the River
at Dawn – by Dean Poynor
Thurs. – You Only Shoot the Ones You Love -
by Jeffrey Sweet
All readings are Free and Open to the Public.
All readings begin at 7PM
Read synopses of the plays and biographies of the playwrights HERE!
All Staged Readings:
Tags: Arts Events · Greenville · South Carolina
September 12th, 2013 by editor's pick · No Comments
THE CALL FOR ENTRIES FOR THE NEXT RENCONTRES INTERNATIONALES IN PARIS IS OPEN UNTIL SEPTEMBER 15, 2013 (EXTENDED DEADLINE, LAST DEADLINE)
The Rencontres Internationales will be held in Paris at the end of 2013 >>> read more
The event will feature an international program focused on film, video and multimedia, gathering works of renowned international artists and filmmakers along with young artists and filmmakers shown for the first time.
FILM, VIDEO, MULTIMEDIA
ANY INDIVIDUAL OR ORGANIZATION can submit one or several works. The call for entries is open to film, video and multimedia works, without any restriction for length or genre. Any submission is free, regardless of geographical origin >>> read more
FILMS AND VIDEOS – any film and video format
* Video / Experimental video
* Fiction, exp. fiction / Short, middle and full length
* Documentary, exp. documentary
* Experimental film
* Video installation, multimedia installation
* Multimedia concert, multimedia performance
TO ENTER A WORK
UNTIL SEPTEMBER 15, 2013, CLICK HERE WWW.ART-ACTION.ORG/CALL
You can choose between two types of registration:
Entry form to use with regular mail
100% online entry form, without postal sending
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Tags: Arts Opportunities · Film · Visual Art
August 20th, 2013 by editor's pick · No Comments
The Rattle Anthology of Children’s Poetry
Deadline: September 15th
This is a new project that we’ve just started, which will be an annual (and separate) print anthology of poems written by children. There are numerous anthologies available of adult poets writing for children, but very few opportunities for children to share their work with adults. As Sharon Olds said in our interview a few years back: “There’s not a bad poet in first grade. None of them are anything but fresh and original … they don’t know how to avoid being original.” We’ve already found this to be true with the dozen or so amazing poems that we’ve accepted for the first publication so far, and we’re excited to keep exploring what young poets can teach us.
And of course this is a great opportunity to encourage children to engage in art from an early age. So if you know of any young poets—ages 15 and younger—have their parent/guardian send us some of their work. And please help us spread the word. The full guidelines are here (note the unique email address):
Deadline: October 15th
For adults, our next themed issue will feature nothing but Love Poems. [Read more →]
Tags: Arts Opportunities · Editor's Picks · writing
May 28th, 2013 by editor's pick · No Comments
Lots of things happening these days among the COPUS crew … check it out!
1. THURSDAY, MAY 30th – Monica Williams (flutist) is the conductor of the Flock of Flutes ensemble at Civic Arts in Walnut Creek. On Thursday evening the FOF will once again be performing its classical and modern repertoire including two pieces composed by Wendy Loomis: “Poem for Innocence” with Wendy on piano; and “Lake Tear of the Clouds” featuring a contrabass solo and piano and flute by Wendy and Monica (aka Phoenix Rising). In addition, the Jazz Band will play Big Band favorites by Tommy Dorsey and Benny Goodman. 7:30pm Walnut Creek Civic Arts, 111 N. Wiget Lane, Walnut Creek Tickets $10. Information call 925-943-5846 or http://www.ci.walnut-creek.ca.us/cae/news/details.asp?NewsID=787
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May 23rd, 2013 by editor's pick · No Comments
TheatreWorks Silicon Valley is seeking online creative works in the
Digital Humanities to be exhibited in conjunction with our annual New
Works Festival. We are specifically looking for audience participatory
works which bridge art, literature, or performance with new technologies.
Submission Deadline: May 25, 2013
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May 15th, 2013 by editor's pick · No Comments
Sundays- Open Mic hosted by mOody bLaCk, doors open at 7, show at 7:30 p.m. adm $5, Coffee Underground, 1 E Coffee Street, Greenville SC.
Wednesdays- Open Mic hosted by mOody bLaCk and Demallo, doors open at 8, show at 8:30 p.m. adm $5, poets get in FREE, Pretty Pearl Lounge, 312 Main Street, Mauldin SC.
Saturday- May 18th, Teen Slam Host at Sterling Teen Center, 100 Maloy St, Greenville SC. FREE Show. 2pm Workshop, 3pm slam for ages 13-19, $100 prize [Read more →]
Tags: Arts Events · Greenville · South Carolina · US