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
Paula Haller, documentary filmmaker and organizer of DocuTime Film Festival, told us all about [Mini]DocuTime which features three films. It’s this Saturday at 4:00 (doors open at 3:00). Advance tix available until noon on Saturday at etix.com or Sharky’s Box Office in the Fisher Student Center 910-962-4045. Tix are $10 general admission; free for students with ID. If
Jay Johnson, master ventriloquist, presents his Tony Award-winning show The Two and Only at Thalian Hall, Saturday at 2 and 8 pm. The show will be filmed for later release. Tickets are available at 910-632-2285 and thalianhall.org. More info on Jay and his work can be found at his website: TheTwoAndOnly.com
Norman Bemelmans, Director of Cultural Arts at UNCW, and Elizabeth Loparits, faculty member of the UNCW Music Department, are both concert pianists who have performed in many countries to great acclaim. They share a love for Chopin, Liszt, Rachmaninoff, and all the Romantic composers. On Thursday, Sept. 6 at 8 pm in Kenan Auditorium, they will present a program called Piano Masterworks: Music of the Russian Romantics. They will perform solo and duo works. Tickets are available from the Kenan Box Office at 962-3500.
Todays guests were Jason Aycock, the new Artistic Director for Thalian Association Children’s Theatre (T.A.C.T.) and Susan Habas, the Managing Director of Thalian Association Community Theatre. They told us about T.A.C.T.’s upcoming season of plays and about the T.A.C.T. Academy that is offering classes now.