Friday, September 20, 2013

Christian Arts Connections

Jerry B. Jenkins, co-author of the best-selling Left Behind series,will be speaking at the Religion Newswriters Association’s 2013 Awards Banquet, to be held Sept. 28, 2013 at the Sheraton Austin Hotel in Austin, TX at the conclusion of the 64th Annual Conference of the Religion Newswriters Association.

The night will begin with a talk from Jenkins, who will share about his latest and most important project since the Left Behind series, a novel account of the life of Saul of Tarsus in his recently released book, I, Saul (Worthy Publishing, August 2013). Jenkins’ presentation will be followed by dinner and the awards ceremony.

Sponsored by Worthy Publishing, the Religion Newswriters Association’s Awards Banquet honors the best of the best in religion newswriting, presenting 45 religion writers and reporters from across the nation with awards.

National Back to Church Sunday® 2013 broke records again this year when an estimated 3 million people attended a Back to Church Sunday event last weekend, believed to be the highest attendance on record for the event.

The effort had already broken records for numbers of participating churches. A total of 21,491 churches from all 50 states enrolled in 2013, 8,339 more churches than the prior year, representing an increase of more than 63 percent.

A pre-recorded encore presentation of UNSTOPPABLE: A LIVE EVENT WITH KIRK CAMERON will broadcast to select movie theaters on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 7:00pm local times.

The original live event will take place on Sept. 24 from The Vines Center at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va. Due to high demand from theaters that have already sold out of tickets, a second showing has been scheduled in select theaters.

Interest from audiences and media outlets continues to escalate since it was discovered that both Facebook and YouTube initially blocked the trailer labeling it as “unsafe” and “abusive.” After Cameron’s supporters rallied online support, the incident was resolved.

Cameron calls UNSTOPPABLE his “most personal” project to date as he invites audiences to join him on a powerful, visual journey to better understand the biggest doubt-raising question in faith: “Where is God in the midst of tragedy and suffering?”

Combining thought-provoking discussions with music and artistic vignettes, UNSTOPPABLE investigates the origins of good and evil and how they impact our lives … and our eternities.

Tickets are available through or

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Prodigal Daughter Comes Home -- Literally for This Show

The Prodigal Daughter, a dramatic musical presentation written and composed by Broadway and opera singer Doreen Firestone, will be returning to its Long Island roots, appearing at Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, 420 Stewart Ave., Garden City, NY, Saturday, Sept. 21. Doors open at 7 pm and the show begins at 7:30. 

Firestone combines elements of scripture with personal experience for an emotional, but humor-filled piece.

The Prodigal Daughter will be followed by Patti Dahl and Heartsong. Refreshments will be available during the intermission. Tickets are $10 each, two for $15 and children under 12 will be admitted free with an adult. A free will offering will be taken to support the musician’s ministries. For reservations, contact Lori McDonald at

For further information: 516-639-9081;;

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

The Cross & the Switchblade Ends 2013 Run at Times Square Church

The Cross and the Switchblade

Presented by The Gate
Times Square Church
Mark Hellinger Theater
237 West 51st St., NYC (between Broadway and 8th)
$2 parking

Doors open at 6 pm. Performance at 7. Free admission.

Preferred seating available for ages 13-29. For more information and group seating, 212-541-6300 ext. 2291;

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Project Dance Gears Up for Events

Fall event schedule for 2013 includes Kansas City, Atlanta, Hong Kong, Phoenix and Puerto Rico. All registrations are being accepted online

Project Dance Kansas City takes place Sept. 20-22. Performing at the Plaza Art Fair and hosted by Jeremiah and Mona Enna of The Culture House.

Project Dance Atlanta, Oct. 4-6, produced by Autumn Morgenstern, is fast becoming one of Project Dance's biggest events and will pilot JUMPSTART, for ages 7-11,within the weekend. Look for more than 200 dancers at this event.

Project Dance Hong Kong, produced by KiKi Kwok, Oct. 11-13 is the group's only Southeast Asian event this year. Puma is the sponsor.

Project Dance Phoenix, produced by Erin Lovrien, is celebrating its second year. Performances will be held at Tempe Marketplace. George Jones, member of the Elektrolytes (America's Best Dance Crew 2012) will be teaching Hip Hop. Dancers from LA and the surrounding area are invited.

Project Dance Puerto Rico, produced by Samuel Andrade, is gearing up for its first event.

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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 ( and is editor of The Connecticut Arts Connection. She also is a contributing editor for

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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