All Events | Starting Friday, August 3, 2012
First Fridays: The Bobs
Manhattan Transfer meets Monty Python…Robin Williams meets Bobby McFerrin…J.S. Bach meets Jimi Hendrix: Grammy-nominated vocal acrobats (and certifiable nutjobs), that's The Bobs. This original “band without instruments” has been skewering the classics, breaking all the rules of vocal music for over 25 years, playing everywhere from Lincoln Center to Berlin's Passionkirche.
For the 2012 election season, John Moran introduces “American Idols,” a new installation of busts of all 43 U.S. presidents. This marks the first occasion that all the busts will appear together, in one location. Moran constructs his strange busts and their quirky, somewhat childlike, and absurd appearances by meshing sculpted glass heads with an array of other materials. Their clothing is laden with images and words strewn together in a seemingly haphazard manner, which begins to create an obscure narrative of their lives.
Flood City Music Festival
Featured performers include Dr. John, the Del McCoury Band, the Smithereens, and festival favorites Black Coffee, Eilen Jewell, Los Straitjackets, and Tab Benoit.
Carlisle Floyd's Susannah
Set in New Hope Valley, Tennessee, the story centers on an attractive but innocent girl of 19, who is falsely accused of "loose" behavior. Floyd's 1955 opera is a direct response to the anti-communist witch hunts, yet is also informed by his experiences growing up in rural South Carolina as the son of a Methodist preacher, and many of its themes — hypocrisy, mistrust and misunderstanding — remain all too relevant today. Patrick Brannan directs. Walter Morales conducts the Undercroft Orchestra.
Karen Barr, organ
Karen Barr of John Knox Presbyterian Church, Youngstown, OH. Freewill offerings accepted.
Cincopation Woodwind Quintet
cin•co•pa•tion (sin' kə pa’ shən) n. 1. five extraordinary musical players gathered together to share extraordinary woodwind music with an extraordinary audience 2. shifted accents in a musical composition, passage or rhythmic pattern, misspelled. Free admission
The Addams Family
This magnificently macabre new musical comedy, based on the characters by legendary cartoonist Charles Addams, is created by Jersey Boys authors Marshall Brickman & Rick Elice, Drama Desk-winning composer/lyricist Andrew Lippa (The Wild Party), choreographer Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys) and Olivier Award-winning director/designers Phelim McDermott & Julian Crouch (Shockheaded Peter) with creative consultation by four-time Tony winner Jerry Zaks.
2012 Artists of the Year
Known for images that address social and beauty/body issues and Artist of the Year, photographer Charlee Brodsky, presents all new work that explores a new subject: her West Highland White Terrier, Max. Emerging Artist Vanessa German is a scultor, poet, actress and singer who is inspired by African American/Black Folk Art. She will exhibit installations, sculpture and spoken-word performances.
After Chekhov: Brian Friel's The Yalta Game & Afterplay
The Yalta Game : From a theme in Chekhov's famous short story "The Lady With the Lapdog," two strangers meet on holiday and almost manage to convince one another that disappointments are “merely the postponement of the complete happiness to come…”Afterplay: 1920's Moscow, a small run-down café. Uncle Vanya's niece Sonya Serebriakova, now in her forties, is the only customer…until the arrival of the Three Sisters' put-upon brother, Andrey Prozorov.