2017: A year of turmoil on local arts scene

A community theater that attracts more attention for what's happening off-stage than on-stage is a community theater in turmoil. For most of the spring and summer, the Civic, as a rebranding effort now labels the venerable theater, dealt with sexual harassment allegations against the theater's artistic director and was embroiled in a dispute with a group of volunteers. Along the way, the theater's popular artistic director, Greg Miller, was let go, adding another layer of unrest. The summer show was canceled and ticket sales for initial shows in the season have lagged. Then, the Civic had to go to the City Council and ask for an $80,000 funding advance to meet expenses. The show must go on, however, and somehow the Civic righted the ship enough to launch the season with the musical "Urinetown" in September. Since then, the Civic has carried a normal main stage schedule, thanks to guest directors, fresh talent, a dedicated staff and a cohort of returning and new volunteer..

All are invited to fiber arts workshop

It’s not exactly the season for leaves to be budding on branches outdoors. But by the end of the week, a branch inside a exhibit at the Overture Center might be heavy with new foliage. Madison Contemporary Fiber Artists, or MCFA, is welcoming visitors to stop by between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday for the group’s first community workshop in Overture’s Promenade Hall. Anyone, any age, can drop by to create a fiber art “leaf” from a variety of free materials, using a range of techniques. More than a dozen artists from MCFA will be on hand to help get participants started. The finished leaves will be hung from a sycamore branch called “The Community Tree.” The “tree” — now hung with only a few leaves — is part of an exhibition of MCFA members’ work in the Overture Center’s first-floor gallery through March 4. Titled “Etudes,” the gallery exhibit showcases the work of some two dozen MCFA members, with complex and often surprising works in fiber arts such as quilting, felting and embroidery..

Art Mission and Theater to close

BINGHAMTON (WBNG) -- The Art Mission and Theater's board of directors announced Thursday that the program is shutting down, less than a week after the Cider Mill Playhouse announced its future closure. The nonprofit organization, located at 61 Prospect Avenue in Binghamton, opened in 2007. The program itself is 20 years old. The theater exhibited independent films and other pieces of artwork from both regional and national artists. Those in charge of the theater said the causes leading up to the board's decision to close all came down to funding. "It's based on demand. It's gone down probably due to more streaming from home and it's just not financially feasible based on demand," said the program's Executive Director, Rebecca Sheriff. So, what are the next steps for this business? "I'm hoping that another organization will do some film programming. I think that will be the most appropriate thing for the community to still have access to view independ..

Charleston Library Society presents live theater this January

Thursday, December 14, 2017 Charleston Library Society presents live theater this January Lord, what fools these mortals be Posted by Francesca Mathewes on Thu, Dec 14, 2017 at 11:36 AMIf you’re a theater buff, we’ve got exciting news for you. And if you’re not, well, you’re gonna be one soon, because the Charleston Library Society has put together a home-run gala event.This year’s unique format is a celebration of the U.S. publication of Bernard Cornwell's most recent work, Fools and Mortals, which tells the story of the first production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, taking place in 1595. Broadway actors will perform scenes from A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Romeo and Juliet in Charleston’s historic Dock Street Theater, with narration from Cornwell himself. Plus, there will also be a surprise musical guest. After the performance there will be a reception in the theater courtyard with hors d'oeuvres created by James Beard Award Winner, Mike Lata of FIG. The fest starts ..

State of the art house: Ann Arbor theater gets welcome renovations

ANN ARBOR — The Square, writer-director Ruben Östlund’s highly praised satire about the nature of art and our current culture, won the coveted top film prize at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. But don’t look for the film in Toledo. The Square is playing at the State Theatre in Ann Arbor, along with the refugee crisis documentary Human Flow, as well as more commercial films Lady Bird and The Disaster Artist and “midnight movie” engagements like The Room, The Big Lebowski, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and Harold and Maude. The Art Deco design has been continued from the facade to the entrance, lobby, and restrooms. The Blade/Katie Rausch Enlarge | Buy This Image In other words, the State Theatre, 233 S. State St., is also Toledo’s neighborhood art theater, plus or minus 50 miles. And that’s why the recent and significant $6.5 million renovations to the theater is important. Celebrating its 75th birthday last March, the State Theatre reopened earlier this month after a year-plus of ..

Footlight Awards: The best and most notable in Seattle theater in 2017

Plays written in reaction to, or sharpened by, the inauguration of the Trump presidency; shows that brought down the house; theater companies and people who departed — 2017 was eventful for the local theater scene. The Footlight Awards, begun some 20 years ago by former Seattle Times theater critic Misha Berson, have served as a quick-hit, annual almanac of ups, downs and zigzags in Seattle performance over the previous year. Here’s how three of our critics — Seattle Times arts writer Brendan Kiley, and freelance writers Berson and Dusty Somers — remember 2017 onstage. Brendan Kiley:Political theater: The specter of national politics haunted Seattle stages this year. Some shows were direct, hastily organized responses to rhetoric or policies from President Donald Trump’s administration. Others were unintentionally sharpened, on what seemed like an hourly basis, by the latest headlines. A few examples: “Three Americans” (monologues about who “belongs” in the U.S. by Yussef El Guindi, Re..

Calling All Actors to Theater Masters Take Ten Auditions

Local actors have the chance to audition for a part in the annual Take Ten Festival this weekend, Dec. 16-17. The event highlights the work of two exceptional young playwrights from our own valley as well as top-performing graduate students from prestigious programs across the country. The festival is the culmination of the Theater Masters’ Aspiring Playwrights Competition, which spans across high schools in the Roaring Fork Valley from Aspen down to Glenwood Springs. The two lucky winners get to workshop their work on stage with help from esteemed mentors. Theater Masters also invites the chosen MFA students to Aspen and gives them “professional guidance from distinguished theater talent such as John Lithgow, Kathleen Chalfant and our own Abe Koogler,” as well as access to actors in the Roaring Fork Valley. As Maria Aparo, managing director of Theater Masters, puts it, “This first part of our playwrights' journey offers crucial development opportunities to learn how to present ..

Passion project: The founder of the Cambria Center for the Arts …

"It was magical." That might be Nancy Green's favorite statement to make about the theater she helped give birth to. It was born—rather painlessly and passionately—about 25 years ago, three years after Green moved to the hilly hamlet of Cambria from the chaos and clamor of New York City. click to enlarge Photo Courtesy Of Nancy Green COMEDY NIGHT Nancy Green (left) and Judy Jesness pose for the playbill of a one-act "Evening of Comedy" with the Allied Arts Association at the old Santa Rosa Schoolhouse in Cambria. Green, who started her love affair with community theaters in the 1960s, and her friend Judith Jesness, who was a professional actress in New York City for many years, were the loving parents. Born as the Allied Arts Theatre Group in 1992, it shared a space with the Allied Arts Association in the historic old Santa Rosa Schoolhouse (built in 1881 and refurbished a little more than 50 years ago). It was tiny, but Green said the community made it work. "We did one-ac..

2017 DEVO Awards:

Advertisement 2017 DEVO Awards: The envelope, please … Best art news of the year:Monca opens! The arrival of the Museum of Northern California Art inside the beautifully refurbished former home of the Chico Veterans Hall gives Chico a destination art museum. And, thanks to the energetic people behind the scenes—led by board President Pat Macias—the place is already buzzing with activity, with a wide range of community arts programming making Monca a major cultural hub for Chico and the North State. Second best art news of the year:1078 Gallery finds a new home. When 1078 was evicted from its Broadway Street home last May, I felt like the family in A Christmas Story after the Bumpus hounds ate the Christmas turkey—“it was gone, all gone; no art, no art receptions, no rock shows, no classical guitar recitals …” But alas, all is almost right with the world once again—the arts heart of our little city will soon beat again in a new home at 1710 Park Ave. Best art show:Replication Machine, C..

Charlie Carver Completes Cast of Broadway's The Boys in the Band

Charlie Carver completes the cast of The Boys in the Band on Broadway. (photo provided by Polk & Co.)Charlie Carver (Teen Wolf) will complete the cast of the 50th anniversary production of Mart Crowley's The Boys in the Band, taking on the role of Cowboy. Led by Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto, Matt Bomer, and Andrew Rannells, The Boys in the Band will run April 30-August 12 at the Booth Theatre. The production will be directed by two-time Tony winner Joe Mantello. Parsons, Quinto, Bomer, and Rannells take on the roles of Michael, Harold, Donald, and Larry, respectively. They will be joined by Robin de Jesús as Emory, Brian Hutchison as Alan, Michael Benjamin Washington as Bernard, and Tuc Watkins as Hank. Crowley's 1968 comic drama centers on a group of gay men who gather in a NYC apartment for a friend's birthday party. After the drinks are poured and the music is turned up, the evening slowly exposes the fault lines beneath their friendships and the self-inflicted hearta..

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