Our guests today were Jean-Rene Delsoin, Artistic Director of Compagnie de Danse Jean-Rene Delsoin… with company and tour manager Mario LaMothe of the U.S. State Department’s Center Stage initiative. The company is hosting a Community Drum Circle and Dance Demonstration open to the public tomorrow from noon to one at UNCW’s outdoor amphitheater. The company’s final performance is Friday night at 8 at Kenan Auditorium at UNCW. A reception follows. Tickets: Kenan Box Office, 962-3500. Info and tix also at uncw.edu.arts
I talked with amazing organist Dorothy Papadakos, who will show the 1922 film noir classic Nosferatu at 7 pm on Tuesday, October 30 at St. Paul Episcopal Church at 16th and Market. Dorothy will provide improvisational organ accompaniment for the silent film. It is quite scary; no children under 12 please. Come in costume! Tickets available ahead of time from the church at 910-762-4578 or spechruch.com
Jeanne Walker of Poplar Grove Plantation told us about their biggest event of the year, the Halloween Festival! It’s spread over two weekends this year, October 12-14 and October 19-21. We also chatted about an event later this month called Happy Tails Dog Expo on October 28.
Director Mike Thompson and actress/singer/dancer Heather Setzler, spoke all about Thalian Association Community Theatre’s production of the Dolly Parton musical 9 to 5. The show runs tonight and Saturday at 8, Sunday at 3. Also next week, Thursday through Saturday at 8, Sunday at 3 on Thalian Hall’s mainstage.
Today I had a terrific talk with Robert V. Taylor – author, speaker, blogger for The Huffington Post, and Chair of the Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation. He was born and raised in South Africa, but had to leave the country when he began to speak out against apartheid. We discussed his book A New Way to Be Human: 7 Spiritual Pathways to Becoming Fully Alive. It is available through Barnes and Noble and Amazon.
Today's guests were Steve Bakunas, director / designer / producer, and Owen Dunne, playwright. Owen’s first play Positions had its world premiere at the Red Barn Studio Theatre earlier this year. Positions tells the story of a forty-something married couple with two children whose sex life has hit a plateau. This tragicomedy explores what they do to remedy that. Owen has rewritten portions of it. It will have a brief local run, then go to New York City in October.
Beth Crookham, film producer, was in Rwanda earlier this year and met an artist there named Innocent Nkurunziza. She applied on his behalf to the Artist-in-Residence project at UNCW’s Boseman Gallery. And now Innocent is here! His exhibition called Rwanda Shares opens with a reception at 5:30 this evening, then runs through October 25. For more information on the artist, visit IvukaArts.com
Today's guests were David Loudermilk, director and choreographer, and Lucille Bruno, costumer. We talked about T.A.C.T.’s production of Frank Loesser’s musical, Guys and Dolls. There are 3 shows remaining: Friday and Saturday at 7, Sunday at 3, at the Hannah Block Historic USO on 2nd and Orange. Tickets are $12.75 and are available at the USO desk or by phone at 910-341-7860. More info at Thalian.org