Black Violin: Classical Boom Tour

Colin Brennan

Wil Baptiste and Kev Marcus use their unique style of classical, hip-hop, rock and pop to create a high energy sound that is enjoyed by fans of all ages and backgrounds. Backed on stage by drummer Nat Stokes and DJ SPS, Black Violin delivers an entertaining yet powerful show that encourages people of all ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds to overcome barriers and find what brings us together. 

Wil and Kev are classically trained string musicians who have been performing and creating music together since high school. The duo has opened for or collaborated with artists such as Kanye West, 50 Cent, Aerosmith, Alicia Keys, Lincoln Park, Wu-Tang Clan, and more. Black Violin has also been the featured artist for multiple ESPN and NFL hosted events, composed the score for a FOX television series in 2016, and made a cameo appearance on HBO’s Ballers in 2016. The band places heavy emphasis on music education and student outreach, performing for over 100,000 students in the past 12 months. 

Related links: blackviolin.net

Tickets

Adult: $30
Faculty/staff: $25*
Student/child: $15

*To receive an AppState faculty/staff discount, you must purchase tickets at the box office or by phone (800-841-2787). The discount cannot be applied to online orders.

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Black Violin

Colin Brennan

Colin Brennan

Nobuntu

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The name Nobuntu is an African concept that values humbleness, love, purpose, unity, and family from a woman’s perspective. Nobuntu is a “Five Part” a cappella vocal ensemble made up of young women from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. The repertoire is a fusion of traditional Zimbabwean-rooted music, Afro Jazz, Gospel, and Crossover in pure voices with minimalistic percussion, traditional instruments such as Mbira, and some dance movements.

RECOMMENDED FOR:  3rd-12th grades
CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS: Communication, Collaboration, Cultural Expression, Languages
STUDY GUIDE: Click HERE for printable pdf
LOCATION: Online event; a private link to access the performance will be sent to registrants prior to event
DATE/TIME: available to view anytime between Sept. 30, 2020-May 15, 2021
FOR MORE INFORMATION: contact the Box Office at
theschaefercenter@appstate.edu / 800-841-2787 or 828-262-4046

Event is FREE, but registration is required.

Thanks to the generous support of sponsors, The Schaefer Center Presents is able to offer the 2020-21 series free of charge. To help us continue our mission of meeting the needs of our university students, faculty/staff, and the community at large during this time when high-quality arts programming is more critical and essential than ever, please consider making a gift of any amount.

Nobuntu

ABOUT NOBUNTU


Nobuntu, the female a cappella quintet from Zimbabwe, has drawn international acclaim for its inventive performances that range from traditional Zimbabwean songs to Afro Jazz to Gospel. The ensemble’s concerts are performed with pure voices, augmented by minimalistic percussion, traditional instruments such as the Mbira (thumb piano), and organic, authentic dance movements.

Nobuntu was nominated for Best Musician of the Year at the Zimbabwe International Women Awards in London in 2015 and are currently a two-time winner for the Best Imbube Group at the Bulawayo Arts Awards 2017 and 2019. In the last few seasons, the quintet has performed at festivals and concert halls in Italy, Austria, Germany, Belgium, the Czech Republic, and throughout the African continent. The ensemble was a huge critical success at “Trans-Vocal” in Frankfurt and “Voice Mania” in Vienna. Their first tour to Canada, in 2016, included performances in Toronto, Winnipeg, Vancouver, and Victoria.

The word Nobuntu is an African concept that values humbleness, love, purpose, unity, and family from a woman’s perspective. The ensemble represents a new generation of young African women singers who celebrate and preserve their culture, beauty, and heritage through art. The ensemble’s mission is the belief that music can be an important vehicle for change, one that transcends racial, tribal, religious, gender, and economic boundaries. Back at home, Nobuntu holds a number of community initiatives, one of which is The Nobuntu Pad Bank, where they gather sanitary pads for young women in the arts in underprivileged communities.

Nobuntu has released three recordings: Thina in 2013, Ekhaya in 2016, and Obabes beMbube in 2018. The group has made numerous television and radio appearances throughout Africa and Europe promoting these recordings and the culture of their homeland.

REVIEWS


 

“…rich voices and exhilarating rhythms, both physical and vocal, poured out from the stage to enchant a near-capacity crowd.” —Sarasota Herald-Tribune

“…the sensational all-female a cappella group delivered a top-of-the-drawer performance…”—Zim Metro – Austria

“much adored…and breathtaking…” —The Sunday News, Zimbabwe

“…a vibrant and stunning performance full of sparkling energy…” —Sunday Times, Passau, Germany

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American Shakespeare Center’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”

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The American Shakespeare Center comes to the APPlause! Series with a streaming performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream from Oct. 5-11 in partnership with the Office of Arts and Cultural Programs’ Schaefer Center Presents 2020-21 season. See a Midsummer romp full of “humor and wonder” with “spellbinding storytelling…perfect for children and adults alike.” (C-Ville Weekly)

ASC’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream wades into a bayou of masked hobgoblins, enchanting nymphs, and imps who sing the blues. Directed by Nathan Winkelstein, this performance was originally presented as a part of the ASC 2019/20 National Tour and is back in action virtually via BlkFrsTV this fall. Featuring Topher Embrey as the oblivious Bottom, Mia Wurgaft as plucky Helena, and Madeline Calais as mischievous Puck, A Midsummer Night’s Dream boasts some of Shakespeare’s most beloved and iconic characters.

Infused with a supernatural New Orleans twist, the beloved Shakespeare classic features original music that draws inspiration from bluegrass to bebop to barbershop, and sets the scene of the magical bayou. ASC’s actor-musicians play music before the show and during intermission, covering modern classics that riff on the themes of Shakespeare’s play.

ASC’s comprehensive “Virtual Tour” program is designed to make it possible for people to experience the joy of Shakespeare in performance and the magic of the Blackfriars Playhouse from far away via cinema-quality recorded video. The American Shakespeare Center productions are intimate in scale, yet epic in scope. The company utilizes Shakespeare’s staging conditions (universal lighting, minimal sets, character doubling, cross-gender casting, and live music) to blend Shakespeare’s stagecraft with a modern sensibility. This engaging approach to the work of Shakespeare and his contemporaries is what led the UK Telegraph to call ASC “one of the most accomplished Shakespeare companies in the United States.” Don’t miss the groundbreaking work of the American Shakespeare Center online!

Related links: www.americanshakespearecenter.com

RECOMMENDED FOR:  9th-12th Grades
CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS: Classic Literature, Plot and Character Development, Shakespearean Drama
STUDY GUIDE: Click HERE for printable pdf
LOCATION: Online event; a private link will be sent to registrants just prior to the event
DATE/TIME: Available to view anytime between Oct. 5-11
ASC DIGITAL PROGRAM for A Midsummer Night’s Dream: click HERE to view program
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact the Box Office at theschaefercenter@appstate.edu / 800-841-2787 or 828-262-4046


Event is FREE, but registration is required.

Thanks to the generous support of sponsors, The Schaefer Center Presents is able to offer the fall series free of charge. To help us continue our mission of meeting the needs of our university students, faculty/staff, and the community at large during this time when high-quality arts programming is more critical and essential than ever, please consider making a gift of any amount.

A Midsummer Night's Dream
A Midsummer Night's Dream

ABOUT AMERICAN SHAKESPEARE CENTER


 The American Shakespeare Center recovers the joys and accessibility of Shakespeare’s theatre, language, and humanity by exploring the English Renaissance stage and its practices through performance and education. Year-round in Staunton’s Blackfriars Playhouse — the world’s only re-creation of Shakespeare’s indoor theatre — ASC’s innovative programming and “shamelessly entertaining” (The Washington Post) productions have shared the delights of Shakespeare, modern classics and new plays with millions over the past 30 years. Beyond the Playhouse, ASC is a hub for Shakespeare education and scholarship and tours nationally from Texas to Maine each year with a repertory of three plays. Founded in 1988 as Shenandoah Shakespeare Express, the organization became the American Shakespeare Center in 2005 and can be found online at www.americanshakespearecenter.com and on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. ASC programming is sponsored in part by the Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge, the Tony Randall Theatrical Fund, The Shubert Foundation, the Virginia Commission for the Arts, and the generosity of the 2,358 donors who supported ASC during the Covid-19 closure.

REVIEWS


 

 

“One of the most accomplished Shakespeare companies in the United States.” —UK Telegraph

“shamelessly entertaining.” —The Washington Post

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American Shakespeare Center’s “Othello”

Envious machinations and evil intentions take hold in American Shakespeare Center’s Othello, live streaming on Friday, Oct. 9 at 7pm. The show will be shot in 3-camera cinema-quality and presented live from the stage of the Blackfriars Playhouse.

Directed by celebrated ASC Artistic Director Ethan McSweeny, this stunningly relevant production of Shakespeare’s tragedy of racism and jealousy promises to bring audiences to the edge of their seats. Acclaimed actress Jessika D. Williams, who has won a cult following from her appearance on the popular television series Doctor Who, appears in the title role of Othello. Opposite Williams is veteran actor-manager John Harrell as the malevolent Iago. It’s a struggle between good and evil when these two titanic talents square off.

BlkFrs LIVE offers Schaefer Center Presents audiences synchronized live viewing of ASC’s new production of Othello. The comprehensive “Virtual Tour” program is designed to make it possible for people to experience the joy of Shakespeare in performance and the magic of the Blackfriars Playhouse from far away.

The American Shakespeare Center’s productions are intimate in scale, yet epic in scope. The company utilizes Shakespeare’s staging conditions (universal lighting, minimal sets, character doubling, cross-gender casting, and live music) to blend Shakespeare’s stagecraft with a modern sensibility. This engaging approach to the work of Shakespeare and his contemporaries is what led the UK Telegraph to call ASC “one of the most accomplished Shakespeare companies in the United States.”

Related Links: www.americanshakespearecenter.com

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LOCATION: Online event; a private link to access the performance will be sent to registrants 24 hours and 1 hour prior to event
DATE/TIME: Oct. 9. The BlkFrs LIVE stream goes live at 7PM (ET) the day of the show. Pre-show music will begin at 7:15PM; the show itself starts at 7:30PM.
ASC DIGITAL PROGRAM for Othello: Click HERE to view program
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact the Box Office at
theschaefercenter@appstate.edu

800-841-2787 or 828-262-4046

Event is FREE, but registration is required. Online registration will close 3 hours prior to event. Late registrants must call the Box Office directly at 800-841-2787 or 828-262-4046.

Or register by calling the Box Office directly at 800-841-2787 or 828-262-4046.

Thanks to the generous support of sponsors, The Schaefer Center Presents is able to offer the fall series free of charge. To help us continue our mission of meeting the needs of our university students, faculty/staff, and the community at large during this time when high-quality arts programming is more critical and essential than ever, please consider making a gift of any amount.

Education and Outreach: In keeping with our educational mission, the Schaefer Center Presents series is proud to offer special workshops in conjunction with the presentation of Othello for select classes in the Dept. of Theatre & Dance.

ASC Othello
ASC Othello

ABOUT AMERICAN SHAKESPEARE CENTER

The American Shakespeare Center recovers the joys and accessibility of Shakespeare’s theatre, language, and humanity by exploring the English Renaissance stage and its practices through performance and education. Year-round in Staunton’s Blackfriars Playhouse — the world’s only re-creation of Shakespeare’s indoor theatre — ASC’s innovative programming and “shamelessly entertaining” (The Washington Post) productions have shared the delights of Shakespeare, modern classics and new plays with millions over the past 30 years. Beyond the Playhouse, ASC is a hub for Shakespeare education and scholarship and tours nationally from Texas to Maine each year with a repertory of three plays. Founded in 1988 as Shenandoah Shakespeare Express, the organization became the American Shakespeare Center in 2005 and can be found online at www.americanshakespearecenter.com and on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. ASC programming is sponsored in part by the Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge, the Tony Randall Theatrical Fund, The Shubert Foundation, the Virginia Commission for the Arts, and the generosity of the 2,358 donors who supported ASC during the Covid-19 closure.

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Billy Jonas: Who’s Gonna Make Our Music?!

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An APPlause! Series favorite, Billy Jonas believes that creating a bright future starts with kids. Using homemade and re-cyclable “re-percussion” instruments, songs that celebrate community, as well as personal and planetary ecology, his think-outside-the-box educational performances occur at schools, colleges, universities and libraries around the country. Billy’s goal is to plant musical seeds that will help grow creative, open-minded, engaged and open-hearted citizens of the world.

Some ask: “What is the sound of one hand clapping?” Billy Jonas asks: “What is the sound of 600 sets of keys jingling on the downbeat?, and how shall we inspire the audience to do it?” For 25 years, Billy Jonas, performer, singer-songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, and educator, has perfected the art of the neo-tribal hootenanny around the globe — original songs performed with a generous dose of audience participation. Jonas performs solo or with his band, using voice, guitar, and ‘industrial re-percussion’ — homemade creations of buckets and barrels, keys and cans, bells and body percussion. Each concert is a soul-spelunking, heart healing, joy-filled journey of spirited music that is accessible to anyone and everyone, regardless of age or cultural background.

Explore the related Educator Workshop, Billy Jonas: Make Music from Anything (We’re sorry, but the workshop is full and is no longer accepting reservations).

RECOMMENDED FOR:  PK-5th Grades
CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS: Language Development, Music, Science and Ecology
STUDY GUIDE: Click HERE for printable pdf
LOCATION: Online event; a private link will be sent to registrants just prior to event
DATE/TIME: available to view anytime between Oct. 11-25
APPROXIMATE RUN TIME: 45 minutes
FOR MORE INFORMATION: contact the Box Office at
theschaefercenter@appstate.edu / 800-841-2787 or 828-262-4046


Event is FREE, but registration is required.

Thanks to the generous support of sponsors, The Schaefer Center Presents is able to offer the fall series free of charge. To help us continue our mission of meeting the needs of our university students, faculty/staff, and the community at large during this time when high-quality arts programming is more critical and essential than ever, please consider making a gift of any amount.

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ABOUT BILLY JONAS


 

BILLY JONAS co-founded Oberlin’s Big Bang Theory in the ‘80s, went on in the ‘90s to funky folk fame and fortune with The Billys. He now tours both solo and with The Billy Jonas Band — hummin’ and strummin’ and bangin’ and sangin’ across North America, promulgating homemade “industrial re-percussion,” genre-bending “funky family folk,” and the participatory joy of “everybody’s in the band.”

REVIEWS


 

“…witty, smart, raw.” —The New York Times

”…irresistible… my face hurts from smiling.” —Alison Krauss

“…the arch-elf of American music…” —Charleston Gazette

“Billy Jonas is one of the most original, moving and simultaneously hilarious performers I’ve ever seen. Each song enters an unexpected world of its own, creates a film, a state of being, an unexpected, seemingly extemporaneous story; your story and mine, seen through the brilliant lens of Billy’s muse and loving heart.” —Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul and Mary)

“…lush talent … musically rich … hilarious … lovely … a near perfect blend of great music and playfully educational messages.” —Parent’s Choice

“Billy Jonas is a multi-layered, percussion-driven, tribal rhythm, urban harmony and folk music maestro.” —Ear Candy

“He engages the audience with a wild assortment of rhythm and word play that usually leaves them both entertained, and a little more in touch with their spiritual selves. He teaches, through experience, that music is everywhere.” —Sing Out! Magazine

“While others … have tried to distinguish themselves with fashion or gimmicks, Billy Jonas uses genuine originality and a style that evolved naturally from his experience, to create memorable music that is both intellectually fascinating and frequently danceable, all the while avoiding the cliches.” —George Graham (public radio host/music reviewer)

“… first class … compelling, humorous, beautiful and brilliant! … the highlight of our season.” —Ron Clearfield, Conductor, Blue Ridge Orchestra

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For more information about APPlause!, please contact...

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828-262-6084 ext. 109
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Educator Workshop: Billy Jonas “Make Music From Anything”

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We’re sorry, but this workshop is full and is no longer accepting registrations.

Join us online “live” via Zoom with Billy Jonas for an exciting workshop where you will discover that everyone is a musician, and that music can be made “Anywhere, Anytime, with Anyone, and Anything!”

You will create original instruments and musical sculptures from recyclable and found objects; then learn and practice easy and fun songs and exercises for using your creations as educational tools in the classroom.

A materials list will be sent to registrants, please don’t hesitate to reach out for assistance gathering materials.

There is no cost, but registration is required.

Check out the related APPlause! series performance, Billy Jonas: Who’s Gonna Make Our Music?!.

LOCATION: Live, interactive Zoom event; registration is required
DATE/TIME: Oct. 22 at 4pm
MORE INFO: chenauskyc@appstate.edu

Educator Workshop Series


Let the Educator Series inspire and rekindle your love of learning with and through the arts. This year, we are focused on providing high-quality arts education experiences for K-12 audiences at no cost. We add to that quality professional development experiences for educators that will enliven a passion for learning and spark an element of excitement and fun for all educators.

Please be in touch with Christy Chenausky (chenauskyc@appstate.edu) ahead of any educator series event to request a certificate of completion.

We’re sorry, but this workshop is full and is no longer accepting registrations.

Event is FREE, but registration is required.

Thanks to the generous support of sponsors, The Schaefer Center Presents is able to offer the fall series free of charge. To help us continue our mission of meeting the needs of our university students, faculty/staff, and the community at large during this time when high-quality arts programming is more critical and essential than ever, please consider making a gift of any amount.

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Every season, affordable music, dance, film, and theatre events are offered to students and their teachers from K-12 classrooms across the region. Students experience everything from high-energy acrobatics and Appalachian music to international dance and literary classics brought to life through theatrical productions. LEARN MORE >>

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For more information about APPlause!, please contact...

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NC Black Repertory Company’s “The Resurrection of Alice”

The Resurrection of Alice was filmed on the Schaefer Center stage exclusively for this series!

The Resurrection of Alice is a novel and play inspired by the countless forgotten lives of young, black girls who found themselves in arranged marriages to men that were usually community pillars, financially comfortable and old enough to be their grandfathers. This type of arrangement, prevalent throughout many countries and cultures, was once a fairly common practice amongst African Americans through the mid-1900s.

In rural 1948 South Carolina, 15-year-old Alice looks forward to graduating from high school (a family first) and attending college on the scholarship she has earned. But her plans are devastated when she learns that she must honor her parents’ secret marriage arrangements for her to Luthern Tucker, the lonely, old family benefactor who had been eyeing her since she was seven years old. Alice’s next 20 years of overcoming trials are a tribute to the power of nurturing and healing that can cause a broken spirit to be reborn. 

Because the tradition of arranged nuptials continues, The Resurrection of Alice has a contemporary, universal social appeal to anyone seeking to understand how and why this tradition remains as well as some possible emotional, psychological, and physical tolls that may plague both the betrothed and their families, if the union is not a happy one.

The Resurrection of Alice is recommended for ages 12 and older. It’s an adventure that informs, enlightens, excites, and inspires through characters that will stay with you long after the story ends.

Related Links: ncblackrep.org

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The Resurrection of Alice
Written and Performed by Perri Gaffney
Directed by Jackie Alexander

LOCATION: Online event; a private link to access the performance will be sent to registrants 1 hour prior to the event
DATE/TIME: Oct. 29 at 8pm
LENGTH OF SHOW: 90 minutes, no intermission
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact the Box Office at
theschaefercenter@appstate.edu
800-841-2787 or 828-262-4046

Event is FREE, but registration is required. Online registration will close 3 hours prior to event. Late registrants must call the Box Office directly at 800-841-2787 or 828-262-4046.

Or register by calling the Box Office directly at 800-841-2787 or 828-262-4046.

Thanks to the generous support of sponsors, The Schaefer Center Presents is able to offer the fall series free of charge. To help us continue our mission of meeting the needs of our university students, faculty/staff, and the community at large during this time when high-quality arts programming is more critical and essential than ever, please consider making a gift of any amount.

Education and Outreach: In keeping with our educational mission, the Schaefer Center Presents series is proud to offer special workshops in conjunction with the presentation of The Resurrection of Alice for select classes in the Dept. of Theatre & Dance.

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PERRI GAFFNEY

Off-Broadway: Harlem Duet, The Waiting Room, and Bee-Luther-Hatchee. Regional Theatre: Skeleton Crew (Curious Theatre, Westport Theatre); FAMILIAR (Guthrie, Seattle Rep.); Having Our Say (Philadelphia Theatre Company, Jubilee Theatre); The Sting of White Roses (NC Black Rep); To Kill A Mockingbird (Syracuse Stage, Virginia Stage); Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (St. Louis Rep., Lyceum Theatre); Steel Magnolias (American Stage); The Road Weeps the Well Runs Dry (Perseverance Theatre, USF); A Raisin in the Sun (Geva); Macbeth, Death and the King’s Horseman, The Music Man (Oregon Shakespeare Festival); The Resurrection of Alice (Best Actress BTAA & AAAAC Awards [eta Creative Arts], Best Playwright & Best Play BTAA Nominations, and Helen Hayes Award Nomination Outstanding Lead Actress); Intimate Apparel (ATL, Cleveland Playhouse, OSF); Polk County (McCarter Theatre, Berkeley Rep, Arena Stage: Helen Hayes Award Nomination Best Supporting Actress in a Musical). Film/TV: MASTER (Netflix), BRAINWORKS (PBS), As the World Turns (recurring Nurse Bentley), Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU, So Close, Deep Trouble, Fake Preacher, East 182 Street, Thunderborn. Books: The Resurrection of Alice (Perri Tales Publications); Managing Artists in Pop Music and The Business of Broadway (with Mitch Weiss for Allworth Press).

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JACKIE ALEXANDER (DIRECTOR)

Jackie Alexander is an award-winning actor, writer, producer, and director, former Artistic Director of The Billie Holiday Theatre in New York, and current Artistic Director of The North Carolina Black Repertory Company, producers of The National Black Theatre Festival. His debut novel, Our Daily Bread, was published by Turner Publishing in September 2012. His debut feature film, Joy, was awarded Best Feature Film 2002 by the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame, and also earned Best Actor and Best Screenplay honors for Jackie on the festival circuit. Stage directing credits include the world premieres of his critically acclaimed plays Brothers from the Bottom, The High Priestess of Dark Alley, The Legend of Buster Neal, The Desire, The Right Reverend Dupree in Exile, and Birthright. A shortlist of additional directing credits includes The Waiting Room by Samm-Art Williams, Lemon Meringue Façade by Ted Lange, world premieres of The Sting of White Roses, Plenty of Time, Fati’s Last Dance, Finding Home, Matisse’s Self-Portrait, and Maid’s Door, and productions of the Tony Award-winning musical Jelly’s Last Jam at Le Petit Theatre in New Orleans and NBTF 2019. The OBIE and AUDELCO award-winning Billie Holiday Theatre in New York devoted its entire 2010-2011 season to Jackie’s work, commissioning him to write three new plays and making him the only playwright in the storied history of the theatre to receive that honor. In 2018, The Black Theatre Network (BTN) honored Jackie with the Presidential Pathfinder Award. The award is presented to an artist or an institution that illuminates a path to innovations and new concepts in Black Theatre. For more information, please visit www.jackiealexanderproductions.com.

REVIEWS


 

“An emotionally compelling story driven by captivating characters… you’re going to love The Resurrection of Alice.” —DC Metro Theatre Arts

“Characters in this play are so complex and multi-dimensional …more than a play, it is an anthem.” —MD Theatre Guide

“A star is born… a completely original talent, with a remarkable ability to draw the audience completely into the world she’s created.” —Dueling Critics, Chicago

“Infused with depth and warmth… envelops the audience and whisks them away.” —DC Theatre Scene

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Watkins Family Hour

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Returning to the studio as Watkins Family Hour, Sean and Sara Watkins (Nickel Creek alums) consider brother sister a duo-centric record – yet one that feels bigger than just two people. With Sean primarily on guitar and Sara on fiddle, and with both of them sharing vocals, the siblings enlisted producer Mike Viola (Jenny Lewis, Mandy Moore, J.S. Ondara) and mixer-engineer Clay Blair to harness the energy and honesty of their live sound.

“From the beginning, our goal was to work on these songs to be as strong as they could be, just the two of us,” Sara explains. “And with a few exceptions on the record, that’s really how things were. It was a tight little group of us, working dense days where we could squeeze them in.”

Sean (who is four years older than Sara) adds, “Because of the limited amount of time we had collectively to spend in the studio, there was a general sense of urgency, which I think the three of us (Sara, Mike and I) kinda strive for on these days. We didn’t have that much time and that made it fun and exciting. It was just us, in one room, facing each other with some really great mics, often playing and singing at the same time, trying to capture what Sara and I do in a real way.”

For the first time, the Los Angeles-based siblings carved out time to write with each other, often during the naptime of Sara’s toddler. They took early versions of the new songs to Viola, who instinctively rearranged some of the song structures in an effort to draw attention to interesting lyrics or surprising arrangements.

“Mike brings a diverse musical-history to his production work,” Sean says. “He’s worked with a lot of people [from The Figgs to Fall Out Boy] that surpass just bluegrass or folk, but his sense of the songwriting craft and melody is right in line with us. He was bringing ideas that we would have never had, and vice versa.”

As Watkins Family Hour’s first project since a self-titled debut album in 2015, brother sister begins with “The Cure,” which Sean was inspired to write after watching Tidying Up with Marie Kondo. The concept of throwing things away is evident in the lyrics; there’s also a sense of knowing that you’re in an unhealthy relationship, but still choosing to avoid fixing it.

“Part of the fun of being a songwriter is being able to write about something that started from an image and then transcends that image to speak to something greater,” Sara observes.

Sara chose the beautiful “Neighborhood Name” after hearing it on a record by Courtney Hartman and Taylor Ashton, while “Just Another Reason” is an original that Sean describes as having “a vague, nebulous vibe” lingering below the surface. In contrast, the instrumental “Snow Tunnel” is like an epiphany, titled after Sean’s memory of driving through Zion National Park, emerging from the darkness of a loud tunnel into a peaceful panorama of snow.

Moving from one landscape to the next — literally and musically — is nothing new to Sean and Sara Watkins, who have performed separately and together for nearly their whole lives. Growing up near San Diego, they played countless shows at a local pizza place in Carlsbad, California, with their childhood friend, Chris Thile. As young adults, those three musicians broke out nationally as Nickel Creek, an acoustic ensemble that sold millions of albums, won a Grammy, and toured the world.

Encouraged by a local club owner in Los Angeles, Sean and Sara formed Watkins Family Hour in 2002 as an outlet to try out some original songs and a few covers that wouldn’t work in Nickel Creek. That club, Largo, has since become the home base for Watkins Family Hour, whose shows frequently pair musicians who seem to have little in common, yet find a shared language in their music.

With Nickel Creek on hiatus, Sean and Sara released multiple solo albums and pursued other collaborations, most recently with Sara’s involvement in I’m With Her. However, the siblings gravitated toward the idea of another Watkins Family Hour album after realizing that their calendars afforded them a rare opportunity to write, record, and tour together.

Their musical chemistry is clear on songs like “Lafayette,” an ode to Hollywood as well as the hometowns left behind by its aspiring stars; “Fake Badge, Real Gun,” about confronting authority figures as well as your own beliefs; “Miles of Desert Sand,” whose haunting coda underscores the vivid imagery of immigration; and “Bella and Ivan,” a playful instrumental named for a friend’s two dogs who love to wrestle.

Two choice covers complete brother sister. Warren Zevon’s poignant “Accidentally Like a Martyr,” which they unearthed for a tribute show, conveys all the complicated facets of love, and “Keep It Clean,” the rabble-rousing Charley Jordan gem from the ‘30s, serves as a grand finale, with David Garza, Gaby Moreno, and John C. Reilly all chiming in on vocals.

“That’s just fun to sing,” Sean says. “Going into this record, we wanted to focus on the duo-centric thing, but this was a chance to lean into the group aspect, and have some of the people that have been a part of the Family Hour but weren’t on the first record that we made years ago.”

However, brother sister remains exactly that – the result of a brother and sister creating music.

“It felt really good to dig into the potential of two people,” Sara says. “There are a few songs on the record where Matt Chamberlain comes in to play drums, and we filled in the low end in a few cases with Mike Viola playing MOOG or piano, but the primary goal of this record became to see what we could do when it is just the two of us. The arrangements and the writing were all focused on that. Listening now, I’m really proud of what we did. These are songs that would not have come out of either one of us individually, and it feels like a band sound, like this is what we do, the two of us.”

Related links: watkinsfamilyhour.com

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DATE/TIME: Nov. 8 at 8pm; the event is 60 minutes
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JANE

Drawing from over 100 hours of never-before-seen footage that has been tucked away in the National Geographic archives for over 50 years, award-winning director Brett Morgen (Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck) tells the story of JANE, a woman whose chimpanzee research challenged the male-dominated scientific consensus of her time and revolutionized our understanding of the natural world. Set to a rich orchestral score from legendary composer Philip Glass, the film offers an unprecedented, intimate portrait of Jane Goodall — a trailblazer who defied the odds to become one of the world’s most admired conservationists.

Rated: PG

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LOCATION: Online event; a private link, user name and password to access the event will be sent to registrants 1 hour prior to event.
DATE/TIME: Nov. 17 at 7pm – Nov. 18 at 7pm; link is accessible for 24 hours.
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REVIEWS


“Remarkable”
“Extraordinary”
“With a thrilling musical score from Oscar nominated composer Philip Glass this film from director Brett Morgen should be a prime Oscar contender not only for Documentary Feature, but also Original Music Score, and perhaps Film Editing”
“One of the highlights of the recent Toronto International Film Festival”
—Pete Hammond, Deadline

“A stunning achievement.”
—Anne Thompson, IndieWire 

JANE is an epic romance filled with hope and brimming with a love for life and all of its ups and downs.”
—April Wolfe, LA Weekly

“Few films this year offer up such lush and formal components. Morgen has made a film of deep emotional beauty. Required viewing for anyone seeking a classic in the making.”
—Kate Erbland, IndieWire

“One of the best documentaries of 2017. An astonishing accomplishment. Morgen is setting the bar for profile documentaries and changing the rules for his field.”
—Brian Tallerico, RogerEbert.com 

“Fantastic big-screen adventure.”
—Katie Hasty, Buzzfeed 

“It’s a revelation!”
—Mike Hogan, Vanity Fair

“Set to an almost overwhelmingly emotional original score by Philip Glass, this is a wondrous and moving account of a remarkable life that puts us right there with Goodall.”
“JANE may be neither the first nor the last film on the pioneering British primatologist, but it will likely stand as the definitive portrait.”
“She’s an inspiring subject, honored here in a truly stirring legacy portrait.”
“Wondrous!”
—David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter
 

“One of the truly immersive cinematic experiences you will have anytime soon.”
—Richard Rushfield, The Ankler

 “A Phillip Glass score almost as brilliant as Jane Goodall herself.”
—Sarah Kurchak, Consequence of Sound

“Filmmaker Brett Morgen is one of the finest stylists currently working in documentary.”
JANE is a beautiful, engaging work.”
—Marc Glassman, POV Magazine

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Reasons for Hope: A Virtual Discussion with Dr. Jane Goodall

Jane Goodall Institute/Bill Wallauer

Presented by the Office of Sustainability, APPS (Appalachian Popular Programming Society),
and the Office of Arts and Cultural Programs
 
ALSO: Live Zoom Webinar on Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 1pm
The Nov. 19 event, which is open to the public, is an encore presentation of an exclusive live Zoom webinar with Dr. Goodall and a panel of Appalachian State University students on Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 1pm. Dr. Goodall will deliver a special presentation followed by a Q&A session with App State students who have been inspired by Dr. Goodall’s commitment to conserve the natural world we all share. Attendees are encouraged to pose questions to the chat and, if time allows, Dr. Goodall will answer as many as she can following the presentation and discussion with the student panel. All university students, faculty and staff can register HERE for the live event (App State credentials are required).

Dr. Jane Goodall, Ph.D., DBE

Founder, the Jane Goodall Institute & UN Messenger of Peace

In July 1960, Jane Goodall began her landmark study of chimpanzee behavior in what is now Tanzania. Her work at Gombe Stream would become the foundation of future primatological research and redefine the relationship between humans and animals.

In 1977, Dr. Goodall established the Jane Goodall Institute, which continues the Gombe research and is a global leader in the effort to protect chimpanzees and their habitats. The Institute is widely recognized for innovative, community-centered conservation and development programs in Africa, and Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots, the global environmental and humanitarian youth program.

Dr. Goodall founded Roots & Shoots with a group of Tanzanian students in 1991. Today, Roots & Shoots is active in more than 60 countries and, since its inception, has greatly impacted participants of all ages in over 100 countries, all of which take action to make the world a better place for people, animals and the environment.

For the past 30 years, Dr. Goodall has been speaking about the threats facing chimpanzees, other environmental crises, and her reasons for hope that humankind will solve the problems it has imposed on the earth.

Dr. Goodall’s honors include the French Legion of Honor, the Medal of Tanzania, and Japan’s prestigious Kyoto Prize. In 2002, Dr. Goodall was appointed to serve as a United Nations Messenger of Peace and in 2003, she was named a Dame of the British Empire.

For more information about Dr. Goodall and the work of the Jane Goodall Institute, please visit www.janegoodall.org.

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