Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Barbour Playwright's Award Reading Concludes Tonight

2011 Thomas Barbour Memorial Playwright's Award Staged Reading
March 22 at 7 pm, Guild Hall, 1 East 29th St., NYC

Presented by the Episcopal Actor's Guild and NJ Rep: Release Point, a new drama by Gino Dilorio.

From the Guild's Matt Roberson: The play is the story of Mike, a convicted pedophile who has just been released from prison. Mike lives in the garage of a motel on the outskirts of town, piecing together a living and doing odd jobs. He has few illusions about his chances on the outside and is holding on the best he can.

To RSVP call 212-685-2927 or email matt@actorsguild.org. There is a $10 suggested donation. A reception follows.

Theater Reviews Get More Readers

Our reviews of Broadway and Off-Broadway theater, the only ones that offer an added Chrstian perspective, are now being linked on the Christian Entertainment Examiner page edited by Paula Parker.

You can check out her news, and movie reviews at http://www.examiner.com/christian-entertainment-in-national/paula-parker.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Live Taping at 'The Stoop'

Indie musicians, Bill Mallonee, The Logan Family Band, and Joely Pittman will perform a night of originals on Saturday, March 19 at The Stoop, an unparalleled music venue in the heart of NYC.

Mallonee is a nationally recognized favorite and has been praised by Billboard, Rolling Stone, USA Today, and countless others. Mallonee was the songwriter and lead for beloved indie Americana Rock band Vigilantes of Love and has played with REM, Sufjan Stevens, Emmylou Harris, Edwin McCain, Dwight Yokum, and the list goes on.

This show will be recorded by Flat World Productions and later broadcast on WCWP radio. The show taping is open to the public. The event will be emceed by Chris MacIntosh (a.k.a. Grandfather Rock) of WCWP Radio. Doors open at 7:30 pm., and showtime is at 8 pm. While the concert is free, The Stoop will be accepting suggested donations of $12. Receive a free gift with the full suggested cover. All drinks and concessions are inexpensively priced under $4.

The Stoop venue and concert series is presented by Music Forum of Church For All Nations, Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod. Music Forum of Church for All Nations is sponsoring the series and providing the landmark venue as a contribution to the cultural and spiritual life of Hell's Kitchen at 417 West 57th St.. NYC between 9th and 10th avenues.
Admission: Free; Suggested Donation $12. Receive a free tote bag with full suggested cover.

For more information call 212-333-5583 or visit http://www.thestoopny.com/.

Socrates in the City Event Features 'Freud's Last Session'

Martin Rayner and Mark H. Dold. Photo: Kevin Sprague

Socrates in the City (SITC) will attend a second performance of the Off-Broadway show Freud's Last Session Sunday, April 3 at 7 pm. Immediately after the play, host Eric Metaxas will moderate a special Q&A "talkback" with the play's writer, Mark St. Germain, and the two actors who play Freud and Lewis (Mark H. Dold and Martin Rayner).

A ticket price of $65 covers a wine-and hors d'oeuvres reception at 6:15, the play at 7 and the talkback. Only 100 tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

SITC is somewhat responsible for this play's existence, Metaxas explains:
"A few years ago we had Harvard's Dr. Armand Nicholi as one of our speakers at SITC. He spoke about his book, The Question of God, which compares the worldviews of Sigmund Freud and C.S. Lewis. In our audience that night was a playwright named Mark St. Germain, who was inspired to write a play about these two men and what they believed. Thus was born "Freud's Last Session."

Click here for more information and to register.

For a review of the show, click here.

Yale Institute of Sacred Music Offers Summer Courses

Yale Institute of Sacred Music offers weeklong summer courses in June on the Yale campus in New Haven, CT to engage the integration of music, worship, and the arts.

The courses meet for five sessions, either morning or afternoon, except for the Icon Writing Workshop, which meets all day with a break for lunch.

The Institute offers five courses: Renewing Congregational Song and Musical Skills and Vocal Development for Parish Ministry, both taught by Patrick Evans; Bach's Passions—Musical Language and Religious Contexts taught by Markus Rathey; Composition for Church Musicians taught by Dan Locklair; and Icon Writing Workshop taught by Vladislav Andrejev.

The courses are offered as part of Summer Term at Sterling Divinity Quadrangle. For more courses, complete descriptions and information, and registration, see http://sdqsummerterm.sites.yale.edu/.

King James Bible Celebrates 400th Year

Thomas Nelson, the world's leading publisher of King James Version bibles, kicked off 400 Days of Celebration in November, 2010, to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the bible published in May, 1611.

Focusing on the history, cultural significance, and personal experience of the bible in everyday life, the campaign connects and its impact on literacy, encouraging people to put God's Word in action to offer hope and inspiration to others. The http://www.kjv400celebration.com/ website serves as the hub for all things KJV400, with a rich array of resources, including KJV/NKJV Verse of the Day widget providing daily scripture verses; daily podcasts in partnership with The History Channel Magazine; historical Bible facts; videos;event listings; and church and ministry resources.

Broadway Underground Dances March 15

Broadway Underground

Tuesday, March 15
B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
237 West 42 St.. NYC (Between Broadway and 8th Avenue)

Tickets available at Ticketmaster or Goldstar . For a review of a past show, visit http://christianperformers.blogspot.com/2009/08/review-broadway-underground.html

Learn more at http://www.broadwayunderground.org/.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Live Stream Some Book Info from WaterBrook Multnomah

Watch live streaming video from waterbrookmultnomah at livestream.com

This is a video with some of the latest books out from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishers. You can read our reviews of the books below by clicking on them:
"Primal" by Mark Batterson
"Hear No Evil" by Matthew Paul Turner
"If God is Good" by Randy Alcorn
"You Were Born for This" by Bruce Wilkinson

The Prodigal God by Tim Keller
"Sun Stand Still" by Steven Furtick -- coming soon!

Redeemer's Programs This Month Focus on 'Artist as Creator'

Redeemer Presbyterian's Center for Faith and Work (NYC) presents a number of programs for artists this month, focusing on the theme of "The Artist as Creator. For more information and locations and times, visit http://www.faithandwork.org/artsVocation.

Groups meeting:

March 5 - Filmmakers

March 7 - Dance Industry

March 10 - Writers

March 11 - Fashion Industry

March 21 - Actors

March 30 - Arts Leaders

The next Interarts Fellowship will be April 15 on "Artist as Cultivator."

KT Sullivan New Show Preview Live at EAG Hall

For one night only, singer KT Sullivan performs a special preview of her new show in the intimate confines of the Episcopal Actor's Guild Hall, 1 East 29th St., NYC.

In addition to being a member of EAG, KT is one of the country's premiere cabaret performers, with credits that include The Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Spoleto Festival, and Prairie Home Companion. She is joined on piano by Jon Weber.

This evening, which is a benefit for the Guild's charitable programs, will also feature a dessert and champagne reception, as well as a 50/50 drawing.

TICKETS: $30 in advance, $35 at the door (100% is a tax deductible contribution). Tickets may be ordered by calling 212-685-2927.

Song of Solomon: The Musical

Received this news from our friend Rich swingle about a new musical version of Song of Solomon by Andrew Beall and Neil Van Leeuwen:

Song of Solomon is an epic musical romance, in the tradition of Les Miserables, Miss Saigon, and Phantom of the Opera. It's our pleasure to invite you to the world-premiere concert showcase reading of Act I:

When: Sunday, March 13 at 7 pm
Monday, March 14 at 2 pm
Tuesday, March 15 at 11 am

Where: The Players Theater
115 MacDougal St. (West 3rd Street at MacDougal Street), New York.

Admission is free, but seating is limited. Tickets will go fast, so please sign up in advance online at: www.solomonthemusical.com, where you can also read a synopsis, hear sound clips, and check out the bios of the cast and creative team.

Daily Inspiration

The Blind Side

Read about the real life mom from "The Blind Side."

Lifeway: http://www.lifeway.com/article/?id=169816

Guideposts: http://www.guideposts.com/story/sandra-bullock-blind-side-football?page=0,1

Read Matt Mungle's review of the movie at http://www.buddyhollywood.com/.

Lauren Yarger, Bio

Lauren Yarger has written, directed and produced numerous shows and special events for both secular and Christian audiences. She co-wrote a Christian musical version of “A Christmas Carol” which played to sold-out audiences of over 3,000 in Vermont and was awarded the 2000 Vermont Bessie (theater and film awards) for “People’s Choice for Theatre.” She also has written two other dinner theaters, sketches for church services and devotions for Christian artists.

Yarger trained for three years in the Broadway League’s Producer Development Program, completed the Commercial Theater Institute's Producing Three-Day Training and produced a one-woman musical about Mary Magdalene that toured nationally and closed with an off-Broadway run.

In 2008 she was a Fellow at the National Critics Institute at the O'Neill Theater Center in Waterford, CT. She writes reviews of Broadway and off-Broadway theater with a Christian perspective for Reflections in the Light (http://reflectionsinthelight.blogspot.com/) and is editor of The Connecticut Arts Connection. She also is a contributing editor for BroadwayWorld.com

She also reviews books for Publisher's Weekly and is a member of the National Book Critics Circle. She formerly was Connecticut theater editor for CurtainUp, a national theater web site bsed in New York and a reviewer for American Theater Web.

She also served as Executive Director of Masterwork Productions, Inc. and worked in arts management for the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in Hartford and the Hartford Symphony Orchestra.

She is a freelance writer and member of the Drama Desk, The Outer Critics Circle, The American Theater Critics Association, The League of Professional Theatre Women and The CT Critics Circle.

A former newspaper editor and graduate of the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism, Yarger lives with her husband in West Granby, CT and has two adult children.

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