Tony Awards nominations final vindication for Aussie behemoth King Kong – Sydney Morning Herald

Tony Awards nominations final vindication for Aussie behemoth King Kong – Sydney Morning Herald

For King Kong, England is up for Best Scenic Design of a Musical, Peter Mumford for Best Lighting Design of a Musical, and Peter Hylenski for Best Sound Design in a Musical. In another Aussie nod, Eddie Perfect – who also penned lyrics for the Broadway musical – earned a nomination for Best Original Score for his work on another Broadway spectacle, Beetlejuice.

King Kong has been nominated for three Tonys, along with a special prize for animatronics artist Sonny Tilders.

King Kong has been nominated for three Tonys, along with a special prize for animatronics artist Sonny Tilders.Credit:JOAN MARCUS

“It’s a lovely acknowledgement for the industry here and the capabilities of the Australian talent pool, which is vast,” says Pavlovic of the unprecedented Aussie contingent on the nominees list. “It’s a proud moment for those individuals, but also for the Australian industry to see that recognised on a world stage.”

For Pavlovic, who returns to New York later this month to begin rehearsals for Moulin Rouge‘s Broadway run, Wednesday’s nominations proved a final vindication for King Kong, plagued as it’s been by middling reviews and a troubled Broadway lead-up that included multiple delays and staff changes following its Melbourne run.

Producer Carmen Pavlovic and designer Peter England.

Producer Carmen Pavlovic and designer Peter England.Credit:Jessica Hromas

“I never really viewed King Kong as a traditional musical… Part of the development work in taking it to New York was in trying to get the rest of the show to rise to meet the ambition and artistry of the Kong creature itself,” says Pavlovic.

“We’re really mindful that King Kong is a spectacle and those sorts of things aren’t necessarily in favour with the critics. But I think the community celebrates the ambition and the artistry of the show. I think that’s really special and I’m very proud about that.”

Particularly gratifying was the Special Tony Award announcement, to be presented to the man behind the monkey, Melbourne animatronics artist Sonny Tilders and his Creature Technology Company.

“No one has ever done work on that scale of bespoke puppetry, it’s unique in the world,” says Pavlovic. “So it’s especially lovely for that to be recognised.”

Eddie Perfect earned a nomination for Best Original Score for his music/lyrics in Beetlejuice.

Eddie Perfect earned a nomination for Best Original Score for his music/lyrics in Beetlejuice.Credit:Simon Schluter

The musical Hadestown, a retelling of the ancient Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice in a Great Depression-era setting, led all acts with 14 nominations. Jukebox musical Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations and the critically-beloved Tootsie followed with 12 and 11 nominations, respectively.

The Tony Awards will be presented on June 9 at New York’s Radio City Music Hall, with James Corden hosting.

Robert Moran is an entertainment reporter at The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age

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SIU grads race back into the limelight with anniversary showing of ‘Stingray’ – Benton Evening News

EDWARDSVILLE — When director Richard Taylor got a call asking if he had a reel copy of the 1978 movie, “Stingray,” he replied, “Sure. It’s in my garage.”

“Let me say if you want to preserve a copy of a film, Richard’s garage is not the place,” Skipper Martin told a crowd of nearly 400 Saturday evening following a screening of what has become a cult classic at the Wildey Theatre in Edwardsville.

Martin, who works for Universal Studios, also freelances for Severin Films, a firm that releases hard to find films.

“I restore old films,” he said.

The path to restoring “Stingray” was a strange one, indeed.

The film, shot in and around Edwardsville in 1977, was a mix of local and professional talent and joined the talents of two products of the Southern Illinois University system. Taylor, who wrote and directed the film, ran the film department at SIU-E. SIU-C’s contribution was graduate Les Lannom, who starred as “Elmo” in the film, alongside Christopher Mitchum, son of the late acting great, Robert Mitchum.

The third wheel in the puzzle was the friendship between Martin’s mother, Kory, and actress, Sherry Jackson, who starred as “Abigail” in the film.

Martin said that growing up, he and is brothers had an old VHS copy of the film recorded “on an old VHS top loader” from SelecTV.

“It was one of about a dozen and we literally wore it out watching it,” said Martin.

Martin’s brother, Scotty, was waiting tables in a Los Angeles restaurant when he heard a voice that struck a familiar chord.

“He turned to this guy and said, ‘Sorry to bother you but were you in Stingray?’ Les Lannom himself turns and says, ‘Stingray? How do you know Stingray?'”

Martin said the two became friends.

Martin said his offer to donate his services to restore the film in exchange for Severin’s release was readily accepted.

That decision was obviously popular, judging from the capacity crowd that packed Edwardsville Wildey Theatre Saturday night for a 40th anniversary screening, buoyed by a chance to meet some of the actors from the film.

Lannom was the only top-billed star to make an appearance.

“I was 30 when I filmed it,” said Lannom, now semiretired at 72 and living in his hometown of Johnston City.

With six years of steady work and appearances next to Hollywood greats like Lee Marvin and Gene Hackman on his resume, Lannom said he didn’t hesitate in accepting the role.

“I was excited to come home and make a film in my own backyard,” he said.

While Taylor had a few problems bridging the gap between professionals and local amateur talent, Lannom had nothing but praise for his fellow performers.

“Whatever misgivings anyone had being a professional and working with the nonprofessionals, that melted right away,” said Lannom. “They were good actors. If they hadn’t done any film, they picked up on it awfully quick. They were absolutely on top of their game.”

He did say the project was a learning experience for everyone. That also included Taylor, who had never directed a feature film.

“We did this one scene in a cornfield,” Lannom told the audience during a question/answer session following the film. “Because of the turn around from Edwardsville to Los Angeles, the dailies were weeklies.”

Lannom said when those came back, Taylor decided he needed another shot in the cornfield.

“We loaded everyone up and drove 30 or so minutes back to the field. I guess the farmer didn’t get the memo because the corn was harvested,” Lannom said with a grin.

He also recounted one stunt mishap during the filming.

“They blew up this building that I was running by,” he said. “It was a bigger explosion than anyone anticipated and it doggone near took my head off.”

Lannom said the cinder block fragmented, luckily, because it would “have taken my head off,” but it blew sand in both eyes and embedded it in his ear, face, neck, shoulder and arm.

“Thank goodness Sherry wore contacts,” he said. “She took me in the trailer and flushed out my eyes with saline solution.”

He then spent several hours in a local emergency room where doctors picked out sand and block fragments from his skin.

Lannom had nothing but praise for Taylor as a director.

“It was a true Cinderella story,” he said. “He had never done a feature but he learned quickly.”

Taylor, whose experience had been doing documentaries and publicity films for SIU-E, ended up being what he described as a “one-man show” before the project was over.

“I wrote, produced, edited, supervised sound, and directed,” he said. “There were times where I was partially suicidal, but it was a blast.”

Bert Hinchman played “Tony,” one of the bad guys, alongside Chicago native, William Watson, as “Lonigan.”

“It was my first opportunity to do a starring role with well-known, established actors,” he said.

Hinchman said he quickly learned the difference between stage and film.

“You have to trust the director, the script, and the other actors,” he said. “I was nervous, but I worked hard, concentrated, and stayed on point.”

Hinchman spent 35 years working as a character actor in Hollywood before a heart attack and subsequent surgery sidelined his career six years ago.

He now resides in the Indianapolis area.

Martin said that getting the film ready was a family affair. He and his brother, Randy, worked on the color restoration, as well as hiring a third person to come in and finish the job. They both worked on attempting to locate the holder of the rights to the film. When that failed, they were told to schedule a screening in hopes that the person would see it and make contact.

“We used Richard’s director’s cut, which had more scenes than the originally screened film,” he said. “We tagged it as ’40th Anniversary Garage Edition’ as a tribute to where it came from,” he added with a grin.

The screening was a huge success. Everyone who attended received a Blu-ray copy of the movie, signed by Jackson prior to the event as she was unable to attend.

The other actors in attendance spent nearly two hours following the movie, autographing the discs, as well as posters that were sold during the event.

Robin Payne of Bunker Hill drove nearly 40 miles to attend.

“This is so exciting,” she said, as Lannom autographed her disc. “I’ve been a fan for a long time.”

Lannom summed up the sentiments of the actors as they met for a last photo next to a Corvette Stringray, parked in front of the theatre for the event.

“It was a joy and thrill to be able to be here,” he said.

‘In the Penal Colony’: A Philip Glass opera based on Franz Kafka – People’s World

‘In the Penal Colony’: A Philip Glass opera based on Franz Kafka – People’s World

‘In the Penal Colony’: A Philip Glass opera based on Franz Kafka

Ensemble members from Cal Rep at CSULB in ‘In the Penal Colony’ / Keith Ian Polakoff

LONG BEACH, Calif.—Two of the world’s most popular and introspective artists have paired up after almost four-score years to create a mesmerizing piece of stage theatre that operagoers will not soon forget. Southern California is currently hosting its premiere performances of Franz Kafka’s short story “In the Penal Colony” adapted as an approximately 90-minute one-act opera by the world-renowned American “minimalist” composer Philip Glass. The libretto is by Rudolph Wurlitzer.

In the Penal Colony premiered in Seattle in the year 2000 in JoAnne Akalaitis’s production, which moved on to Chicago later that year and to New York 2001. It has had occasional other productions abroad, but apparently, until now, not again in the United States.

The provocative Long Beach Opera has shown a long-term interest in Glass’s work, presenting the U.S. premiere of The Perfect American in 2017, Hydrogen Jukebox in 2015, The Fall of the House of Usher in 2013, Akhnaten in 2011, and The Sound of a Voice in 2006. Considered one of the most influential music makers of the late 20th and first part of the 21st centuries, Glass has composed more than 25 operas and a host of other works for full and chamber orchestras, concertos, chamber ensembles and solo instruments. His opera Satyagraha, about Mahatma Gandhi and the freedom struggle in South Africa, has been staged several times, recently in Los Angeles. Opera companies, once hesitant to stage his works because of their nontraditional form and music, have come to respect his work—and its ability to attract the younger hip audiences they covet, who flock to the opera house for their Glass fix. Glass also adapted Kafka’s novel The Trial as an opera.

With penal institutions—many of them run for profit—bursting at the seams in America, the most highly incarcerated nation in the world (655 per 100,000 population, or over 2.2 million), it’s timely for audiences to experience this morally disturbing work. Another way to look at the numbers is to realize that the U.S. has 5% of the world’s population, but 25% of the world’s prisoners. According to notes in the program, “There are more people behind bars today for a drug offense than there were in 1980 for all offenses combined.” In yet another illuminating contrast, the U.S. prison population is half a million more than China’s, with five times as many people.

The opera is cast for two singing soloists. The tenor is The Visitor (Doug Jones), a rapporteur who has been invited to an unnamed tropical island nation to witness an execution. In Kafka’s story the year is about 1907, but given the modern-dress Long Beach production, it could be anywhere, anytime.

From left, Zeffin Quinn Hollis (The Officer) and Doug Jones (The Visitor) / Keith Ian Polakoff

The baritone is The Officer (Zeffin Quinn Hollis), who idolizes a unique device invented by the multi-talented late commandant whom he revered, which uses a panel of needles (he calls it a “harrow”) which descend upon the restrained body of the condemned prisoner to ink into his body the words “Honor Thy Superior” in an ornate script with lots of baroque curlicues, and then, at the end of a twelve-hour ordeal kills him with a spike driven through his skull. The Officer theatrically calls this “the performance,” from which “even the least of men is now enlightened.” But he’s upset by the machine’s current state of disrepair and by the growing chorus of criticism of its use, including doubts about it from the island’s current commandant. The Officer believes in its “redemptive powers” and reminisces about the “wonderful times” in the past when masses of people, especially children, were invited to witness the procedure. He hopes The Visitor will speak well of it to the new commandant.

Franz Kafka (1883-1924) is one of the seminal modernist minds whose appeal to contemporary audiences only grows with each passing year. With his strange, unsettling stories of labyrinthian bureaucracy and opaque justice, alienation, physical and psychological brutality, he anticipated later 20th-century genres of science fiction, horror, political terror, and of philosophical movements such as existentialism, absurdism, surrealism and humanism. To his esthetic the word “Kafkaesque” has become a familiar description. In his own day he certainly knew of torture chambers and sadistic jailers in czarist Russia and in the prisons and penal colonies of the Western imperialist countries.

In der Strafkolonie” (In the Penal Colony) was written in German (Kafka’s first language as a Jew living in Prague) in October 1914, just as the First World War had begun, and revised in November 1918, when the war ended, and the colonial world had been left largely intact. It was first published a century ago, in October 1919.

On its surface the story appears to be about capital punishment in a cruel, authoritarian, nationalistic land, but the two characters’ approach toward it reveals much about the human condition. On the one hand there is the abject sense of worship and servitude by The Officer, almost a medieval Spanish Roman Catholic Inquisitors’ fascination with sadism toward nonbelievers and sinners, and a kind of emancipatory masochism with the idea of suffering as grace. On The Visitor’s part, there is revulsion that such practices are still current in the world, but as a world traveler who has seen many peculiar customs, “It’s always risky interfering in other people’s business,” he muses. “I oppose this procedure, but I will not intervene.” He’s shortly onto a boat off the island and on to his next adventure.

In these two characters Kafka sums up and prefigures the terrible dilemma of humanity, which would reach its apogee in World War II and the Holocaust, to witness the unimaginable and then to decide if and how to act. The “good Germans” who stood by and turned their heads away became the “good French” who cast a blind eye on colonialism in Algeria and Indochina; the “good Portuguese” who only sought to restore the glory of the Age of Exploration by suppressing the natives in Angola, Mozambique and elsewhere; the “good Americans” today who can’t be troubled to lift a finger to stop the massacre the Yemen, who avoid rational conversation about crime and punishment, who can’t even bother to drag themselves to the voting booth.

Extreme torture for vaguely defined crimes such as “insubordination” or “disloyalty” inevitably reminds an audience of beheadings in Saudi Arabia (37 last week of Shi’ite Muslims, some minors), stoning to death legalized by the oil-rich fiefdom of Brunei (for homosexuality or adultery), the tortures of suspects by U.S. military at Abu Ghraib, hangings of Black people in U.S. prisons who were pulled over for a broken tail light, kids in ICE detention, all individuals like those in the opera with no chance to defend themselves. Now there is talk of sending detained migrant children to holding cells at Guantánamo. As The Officer declares, “Guilt is always beyond doubt.”

The LBO production is a collaboration with Cal Rep (California Repertory) Long Beach. “This hybrid performance,” says Jeff Janisheski, Cal Rep’s artistic director and stage director of the opera, “mashes together Glass’s hypnotic opera with a devised theatre piece created from interviews with formerly incarcerated students at Cal State Long Beach. The goal is to listen to the voices that are marginalized, stigmatized and silenced. That is the power of this performance.”

Playwright Juliette Carrillo devised the spoken dialogue by eight prisoners in the colony whom we see on stage throughout. The words come from interviews with members of Rising Scholars, the formerly incarcerated at CSULB and their family members affected by the criminal justice system, mentored by Professor James Binnall. Their observations, complaints and aspirations are of today, but resonate through the centuries with prisoners of all places and times, and with Kafka’s spirit as well: They don’t know why they’re there, what they did, what their sentence is, how long they’ll be in the hole, and why they’re referred to by a number. These alert young actors are Ariana Carter, Isidro Cortes, Mayra De Leon, Kimberly English, Madison Lewis, Matthew Limas, Mark Oliver, and John Pizzini, calling special attention, by their parity of gender, to the predicament of women in prison. Morgan Pimentel plays the slow-moving, lugubrious Guard.

“What fascinates me in this story,” says the composer, “is the moral inversion that takes place. The Officer, having started as all-powerful, becomes the victim, and he takes on the role with a kind of joy. He’s done everything he can to convince the Visitor of the virtue of the Machine, and, when he fails, he realizes it’s over and only The Visitor makes the right judgment, but we can’t admire him because he does this by refusing to be engaged at all. He suffers no inconvenience, whereas we end up warming to the Officer more because he sacrifices everything for his principles.”

The composer Philip Glass / Courtesy of Davidson & Choy

“Kafka,” Glass posits, “is suggesting that the mere fact of our human incarnation is enough to make us guilty. One of the attractive things about the story for me as a composer is its formality. The Visitor gets away, but, by avoiding judgment, actually fails. The Officer, in a strange way, redeems himself. It’s a perfectly calibrated outcome, like a trap for a hummingbird.”

The composer’s description of his own music as “a sort of sonic weather that twists, turns, surrounds, develops” applies to In the Penal Colony. The sung dialogue between The Visitor and The Officer is articulate, measured, delivered for the most part with a suppressed emotionality. There aren’t many arias or set pieces as in traditional opera. It comes close to what the Greeks called “melodrama”—not the later meaning of the word, but merely a drama set to be sung. The orchestration is both modest and severe: a string quartet (two violins, viola and cello) plus a bass. Andreas Mitisek, since 2003 the LBO artistic and general director, conducted.

The familiar repetitiveness of Glass’s scores recapitulates in this case the seemingly endless story of torture and injustice. Now, maybe, after seeing this, will we finally do something?!

Danila Korogodsky’s scenic design is a wonder of murderous efficiency which thankfully leaves many details to the imagination. It’s as though we had been witness to the last execution in California (Gov. Gavin Newsom has declared the death penalty inoperative under his watch). As director, Janisheski had the prisoners physically enact the gruesome machine itself, its maws and its claws macerating the supine victim splayed out on the operating table.

At press time, LBO’s production of In The Penal Colony is close to selling out, but some remaining seats are still available for the upcoming performances on May 3, 4, and 5. See the LBO website. The Studio Theatre is located at 7th St. and Campus Drive at the SE corner of the CSULB campus. A map and driving directions can be found here. Campus lots adjacent to the theatre are #6 and #7 or you can park on the street and walk in at 7th St. and Campus Drive. On-campus parking costs $8. It’s a big campus, so do not (as I unfortunately did) use the university’s official address of 1250 N. Bellflower Rd. as your destination.

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Project Acorn’s spring lineup – Dubois County Free Press

Project Acorn’s spring lineup – Dubois County Free Press

For the spring season, Project ACORN is offering exciting, new music, art, environment, and wellness opportunities for all ages.

An acronym for Art, Community, Originality, Rhythm, and Nature, the homegrown, grassroots, mostly-volunteer program offers diverse and creative events that encourage friendships, explore new ideas, and build community.

Enthusiastic area artisans, healers, singers, environmental advocates, etc., offer (often free of charge) classes, workshops, theatrical events, hikes, films, concerts, field trips, and more for all ages. Through the past 11 seasons, since June of 2016, dozens of area citizens have led 165 events—over one event per week—with about 2,000 participants getting involved.

The winter season included a well-attended writing workshop by Bellamine professor Chris Mattingly that has since inspired a writing group that meets monthly. Mattingly also held a public reading of his own poems in the St. Benedict’s Brew Works Theatre. ThinkPink Productions’ haunting rendition of Jesus Christ Superstar packed a makeshift Evansville shopping mall theatre. Retired history teacher Marie Daunhauer’s display and description of her Native American art filled the Ferdinand Library Community Room.  Jan Stenftenagel led an open discussion about facing death and dying in healthy ways, and Joe Rohleder led a tour of the historic Schaeffer barn. Other fun and interesting events included a concert, plays, an art exhibit, and films.

Jane Goodall, an inspiration for many Project ACORN activities, once said, “I think the best evenings are when we [experience] things that make us think, but we can also laugh and enjoy each other’s company.”

The public is invited to participate in one or more of these exciting upcoming spring events.

4. BAKING BREAD WITH SISTER JEAN MARIEby Sister Jean Marie Ballard, OSBWednesday, May 1, 6 – 9:30 pm ET, Sisters of St. Benedict Bakery820 Main St., Ferdinand
5. RESTORING AN ANTIQUE STAINED GLASS WINDOWby P. D. Haywood, field trip to Haywood Stained Glass Studio, BloomfieldThursday, May 2, 5:30 pm ET departure, Ferdinand Library

6. HIKE AMONG GIANTS IN BERNHEIM FORESTfield trip to Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest, Clermont, KY Saturday, May 11, 10 am ET departure, Ferdinand Library
7. CAJUN COOKING CLASS AND MEALby Tammy BedollaMonday, May 13, 6:30 – 8:30 pm ET, Soup-N-Such Bistro / Wollenmann Home1150 Main St., Ferdinand
8. CHILDREN’S YOGA CLASSby Samantha Knies Gray
Saturday, May 18, 10 – 10:45 am ET, Tri-County YMCA, 131 E. 16th St., Ferdinand
9. THE PARKLANDS OF JASPER HIKESunday, May 19, 1:30 pm ET departure, Ferdinand Library
Parklands Entrance, 800 W. 15th St.
Thursday, May 30, 6 – 8 pm ET, Ferdinand’s 18th Street Park, Upper Shelterhouse
11. WALK FOR CLEAN AIRSunday, June 2, 2 – 4:30 pm ET, Meet at Dale Park, 112 E. Medcalf St.
12. PACING THE CAGE: BRUCE COCKBURN DOCUMENTARYThursday, June 6, 7 – 8:15 pm ET, St. Benedict’s Brew Works Theatre
13. WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR: MR. ROGERS’ DOCUMENTARYTuesday, June 11, 7 – 8:30 pm ET, Ferdinand Library Community Room
Tuesday, June 18, 7 – 8 pm ET, Ferdinand Library Community Room
15. DEBBIE SCHUETTER IN CONCERTFriday, June 28, 7 – 9 pm ET, St. Benedict’s Brew Works, Ferdinand
1. A RAISIN IN THE SUNfield trip to University of Louisville Theatre
Friday, April 19, 5:30 pm ET departure from Ferdinand Library, return at midnightShow starts at 7:30 pm ETPlayhouse Theatre, 2314 S Floyd St., Louisville   Ages 14+    $20 ($10 for groups of 8 or more)  To register, RSVP Rock Emmert at 812-631-2856 (text or call).
A Raisin in the Sun is a classic, award-winning play about dreams—what it means to dream big, to lose faith in your dreams, and to discover new dreams. It’s also a story about family. Set in Chicago, the story begins the day before the Younger family will receive a $10,000 insurance check from the death of the father, Walter Younger. Different members of the family have different ideas of how to use the money: Mama wants to buy a house with a little garden in the back, Walter Lee Younger (their son) wants to invest in a liquor store, Ruth (Walter Lee’s wife) wants a house with some space and a nice kitchen, and Beneatha (Walter Lee’s sister) wants to go to medical school. Tensions increase as each member of the family tries to get his or her own way, eventually threatening to destroy the family foundation. The stakes continue to climb as questions about identity, class, value, race, and love become forefront issues, and outsiders to the family make it impossible to forget the world that the Younger family cannot seem to escape. Written by Lorraine Hansberry and debuting on Broadway in 1959, the play is directed by Baron Kelly.

field trip to Tri-State Interfaith Creation Care event
Monday, April 22, Earth Day 4:45 pm ET departure from Ferdinand Library, return at 10:15 pm ET Rally begins at 6:15 pm ET.
Four Freedoms Monument, Riverside Dr., EvansvilleAll ages     Free      Limit: 10 (for caravan, unlimited numbers at rally)
To register, RSVP Rock Emmert at 812-631-2856 (text or call).

In this peaceful Earth Day rally, the event organizer, Tri-State Interfaith Creation Care, states, “We are at a crucial crossroads for the future quality of human life and the continued diverse existence of all life on the planet. The time window to avert the cataclysmic effects of climate change is narrowing, and the moment to impact that course of future events is now. We, the stewards of the planet, must do better. We advocate for sustainable energy that benefits our community and the earth.” Participants will gather for prayer, inspiration, a call for individual change, and a play performance by children. A peaceful walk to nearby Vectren will follow to urge the company [and other energy companies] to move away from fossil fuels toward a future based on solar and other renewables. Tri-State Creation Care, a coalition of people from diverse faiths, encourages the care of our earth and the responsible use of its resources.3. YOGA NIDRA MEDITATION  by Samantha Knies Gray
Monday, April 29, 7 – 8:15 pm ETFerdinand Library Community RoomAges 14+       $5      Limited space.To register, RSVP Samantha at 812-631-2530 (text or call). 
Commonly known as “yogic sleep”, Yoga Nidra meditation is a powerful, guided technique involving lying in Savasana (resting or corpse pose) and following a guide’s voice. Yoga Nidra offers a safe space to be present and release long-held emotions or thought-blockages. The practice will begin with a few gentle yoga stretches to warm up before the start of the Nidra. Please dress comfortably and warm — wear socks/layers and consider bringing a blanket(s) and pillow. Samantha Knies Gray, RYT, a native of Bretzville and graduate of Forest Park and Purdue University, is a Registered Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alliance. In addition to teaching regular yoga classes at Fire Horse Yoga and the YMCA, she attends regular yoga classes and training and maintains a daily practice at home, believing in taking time out of our busy lives to rest and restore our bodies and minds. Samantha strives to bring a deep level of peace and an awareness of body and breath to every student she teaches.

Wednesday, May 1, 6 – 9:30 pm ETSisters of St. Benedict Bakery820 Main St., FerdinandAges 18+    $15       Limit: 8To register, RSVP Kris Lasher at 812-631-2020 (text or call).   
Dress is casual. Please wear comfortable, non-slick or tennis shoes with some treading.
Rich in nutrients and full of symbolism, bread is often referred to as the staff of life. This class is for those wanting learn the basics of making bread. Sr. Jean Marie will demonstrate making dinner rolls with a traditional roll base. Participants will gain hands-on experience, preparing and baking individually seasoned loaves of bread—and then each will take his or her freshly-baked loaf along home, hopefully inspired to continue making loaves for family and friends. Working with the monastery baker, Sr. Jean Marie Ballard, OSB, began baking as a novice, devoting her time and talents to the art. Instrumental in developing the bakery over the years, she continues to be the face of the monastery bakery today.

Thursday, May 2, 5:30 pm ET departure from Ferdinand Library, return at 10 pm ETField trip to Haywood Stained Glass Studio2015 W. State Rd. 54, BloomfieldAll ages       Free       Limit: 10To register, RSVP Rock Emmert at 812-631-2856 (text or call).

Visit an art studio to observe a southern Indiana artisan at work. In this unique field trip, participants will meet P. D. Haywood and observe methods used in his meticulous restoration of a beautiful 4′ x 6′ antique (circa 1800s) stained glass window originally in a home in Maine. Some of the restoration techniques include dismantling the entire window (125 pieces of glass), cleaning the glass, replacing broken pieces, replacing lead, adding cement, and restoring the wooden frame. In 1946, his father opened Haywood Printing Company, located under the same roof as the studio and still in business today. P. D. started working with stained glass as a hobby in 1980 and started his business in 1986.

Field trip, Saturday, May 11, 10 am ET departure from Ferdinand Library, return at 5 pm ET  Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest  2075 Clermont Rd, Clermont, KY (30 min. south of Louisville)Visitor Center and Education Center open 9 am – 5 pm ET daily; Isaac’s Café (located inside Visitor Center) 11 am – 4 pm ET daily
All ages       $5 per car       Limit: 10To register, RSVP Rock Emmert at 812-631-2856 (text or call).
At a national treasure close to home, experience nature like nowhere else . After having lunch in Isaac’s Cafe, visit three giant recycled-wooden sculptures (or “green” giants)—Mama Loumari with her children, Little Nis and Little Elina, and her third baby Giant, currently living in Mama’s belly—by Danish artist Thomas Dambo. Walk onto an elevated boardwalk 75 feet above a forest canopy. Enjoy scenery and art, looping through knobs and valleys and along ridges and hollows. Celebrating its 90th anniversary, Bernheim’s 16,000 acres—the living legacy of philanthropist and visionary, Isaac W. Bernheim (born in Schmieheim, Germany in 1848)—is one of the most pristine and healthiest forests in the country. Using best practices in land protection and conservation and attracting researchers from all over the world, Bernheim strives to foster ecological stewardship that inspires the exploration of our deep connections with the earth. The forest giants expected to call Bernheim home for at least three years. The forest, containing 40 miles of trails, annually attracts 250,000 treading-lightly visitors from the U.S. and abroad. For more info, visit

Monday, May 13, 6:30 – 8:30 pm ETSoup-N-Such Bistro / Wollenmann Home1150 Main St., FerdinandAges 21+     $25 per person      Limit: 20Please bring paper, pen or pencil. Dress is casual.To register, RSVP Tammy Bedolla at 812-998-2490.

Jump out of the box and enjoy an evening full of spice. In this flavorful class, you will witness culinary artist Tammy Bedolla, owner and operator of Soup-N-Such Bistro, prepare a Cajun-style meal. Promising that no one will go away hungry, Tammy will prepare chicken étouffée, a spinach salad served with homemade strawberry vinaigrette, and homemade chocolate cheese cake paired with cherry wine. May 13 is the day after Mother’s Day, and this unique evening could make a wonderful gift for your mom (and/or dad). If you would like a gift certificate, please stop by the bistro. Whether amateur or veteran, participants will learn the step-by-step process of preparing the meal in the relaxed and intimate setting of the restored Wollenmann Home. Guests will also receive interesting information about the home’s rich history. Tammy, a self-taught artisan, created a variety of cuisine at Cool Beans in Huntingburg and also has years of catering experience.8. CHILDREN’S YOGA CLASSby Samantha Knies Gray

Saturday, May 18, 10 – 10:45 am ETTri-County YMCA, 131 E. 16th St., FerdinandAges 5 – 12       Free         Limited spaceTo register, RSVP Samantha at 812-631-2530 (text or call).
With the incorporation of a fun story, Samantha Knies Gray, RYT, will teach gentle, fun stretches that children can do every day. She will also focus on breathing and meditation techniques to help calm the body and mind. Children should dress comfortably. Blankets and a stuffed animal friend or doll for Savasana (resting pose) are welcomed. Samantha, a native of Bretzville and graduate of Forest Park and Purdue University, is a Registered Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alliance. In addition to teaching regular yoga classes at Fire Horse Yoga and the YMCA, she attends regular classes and training and maintains a daily practice at home, believing in taking time out of our busy lives to rest and restore our bodies and minds. Samantha strives to bring a deep level of peace and an awareness of body and breath to every student she teaches. A mother to two daughters—ages 3 and 7—she has been incorporating yoga and meditation techniques into their lives since they were born. The power of a regular yoga practice for children protects them from injury and helps them manage their reactions and emotions. 

Sunday, May 19, 1:30 pm ET depart Ferdinand Library, return 3:30 pm ETParklands entrance, 800 W. 15th St.All ages       Free      No limitTo register, RSVP Kris Lasher at 812-631-2020 (text or call).
Visit one of Indiana’s premiere natural destinations—The Parklands of Jasper, a 75-acre major urban renewal endeavor which turned a private 9-hole golf course and the surrounding woodlands into a free, public space for fun, exploration, and exercise for the whole family. Hike on two miles of walking trails and experience a walking signature bridge (lighted at night), three ponds connected by elevated pathways, approximately 25 acres of woods, two water cascades, and a wetlands area for nature studies. The Pavilion—an indoor event space seating 160 people—has a patio overlooking Otis Pond. Nearby is a splash pad with three rock features and 42 jets to cool patrons in hot weather, outdoor exercise pods, an adventure play area featuring climbing rocks and balance beams, a tree fort, a musical playground, and more.


Thursday, May 30, 6 – 8 pm ETFerdinand’s 18th Street Park, Meet at Upper ShelterhouseAll ages        Free        No limitTo register, RSVP Brooke Daunhauer at 812-630-6627 (text or call).  
Please bring lawn chairs and/or a blanket.
In a world full of chemicals, pollution, processed food, and pills, living a natural lifestyle is a challenge. More people are discovering age-old truths about nature’s role in creating and preserving health and wellness. In this relaxed, discussion-oriented class, Mary will share her knowledge derived from 20 years of research and practice. She will offer suggestions to walk a healthier path. Topics may include replacing harmful habits with healthier patterns amid our busy schedules, natural remedies for healing, maintaining a strong immune system, replacing GMO, chemical-laden, fake food with real food that nourishes and sustains one’s body, using natural deodorants, lotions, sprays, body soaps, toothpaste, etc., cleaning with natural products, ground-breaking research, books, and documentaries, and the leading natural treatment centers. Mary has had great success learning from her “greatest teacher”—experience. “Reaching and maintaining good, sustainable health means being open to doctors, researchers, and survivors who have discovered the power of living a natural lifestyle.”

11. WALK FOR CLEAN AIRco-sponsored with Southwestern Indiana Citizens for Quality of Life

Sunday, June 2, 2 – 4:30 pm ETMeet at the Dale Park at 112 E. Medcalf St.All ages         Free        No limitTo register, RSVP Mary Hess at 812-937-2544 (leave message) or Rock Emmert at 812-631-2856 (text or call).
Join family, friends, and neighbors for a joyful, peaceful, Sunday afternoon walk for clean air and beauty in Dale and the surrounding area. The gathering will start at the Dale Park and details will follow. Dress for the weather. The walk will be about two to three miles on easy to moderate terrain. Bags will be provided for participants to help pick up trash and clean up the roadside. Please bring gloves.
Regarding clean air, Spencer County ranks 23rd out of 3,142 counties in the US in toxic emissions, and under IDEM’s watch, Indiana consistently ranks 49 or 50 in the US in air quality. Greg Merle’s massive Riverview Energy coal-to-diesel refinery—the first-ever in the western hemisphere, proposed for within Dale’s city limits and a mile from David Turnham elementary school and two nursing homes—would add dangerous carcinogens into our already compromised neighborhoods, over 2.2 million tons of the greenhouse gas CO2, and hundreds of tons of other toxins into our air annually. Participants in the walk believe our communities and children deserve better and ask our leaders for change. “No C2D” lawn signs, T-shirts, petitions, information sheets, ways to get involved, etc., will be available. Light refreshments will be served.

12. PACING THE CAGEdocumentary film about Bruce CockburnThursday, June 6, 7 – 8:15 pm ETSt. Benedict’s Brew Works theatreAges 17+      Free      Limit: 40
To register, please RSVP Rock Emmert at 812-631-2856 (text or call).

An intimate look at this year’s Ferdinand Folk Festival headliner Bruce Cockburn (pronounced CO-burn), Pacing The Cage, released in 2012, is a documentary that features Canadian master guitar player / singer-songwriter / activist Bruce Cockburn reflecting on his life and his music career. The documentary features appearances by songwriters Jackson Browne, Sylvia Tyson, Bono, Sarah Harmer, Colin Linden, and best selling authors Michael Ondaatje, William Young, Lt. Gen Romeo Dallaire, and Bernie Finkelstein. The film follows Bruce as he performs in sold-out shows, records his live Slice O Life CD, and participates in a series of benefit concerts. Documentary cameras follow Bruce to his home for a candid conversation about his views on everything from religion to parenthood. The documentary sheds light on Bruce’s spirituality, his thoughts on activism, politics, writing, and his amazing 40-plus years in the music industry. The film, arranged in seven chapters, also features never-before-seen live performances from his 300+ catalog of songs.

13. WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBORdocumentary film about Mr. Rogers
Tuesday, June 11, 7 – 8:30 pm ETFerdinand Library Community Room
All ages       Free       Limit: 40
To register, please RSVP Kris Lasher at 812-631-2020 (text or call). Winner of the 2019 Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary, Won’t You Be My Neighbor? reflects on Fred Rogers’ legacy of kindness and compassion. The film features the profound and lasting effect his innovative approach to television had on millions of children who grew up watching Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood on PBS. For over thirty years,  One of the 2018’s most acclaimed films, Won’t You Be My Neighbor? weaves precious archival clips, rare personal footage, and interviews with friends, family, and Rogers himself, to paint an intimate portrait of a beloved American treasure, whose example of empathy, love, and patience is as necessary as ever. The film’s trailer debuted on what would have been Rogers’s 90th birthday, March 20, 2018, and the film, directed by Morgan Neville, premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and has grossed $22 million, making it the highest-grossing biographical documentary of all time. This moving film takes us beyond the zip-up cardigans and the land of make-believe and into the heart of a creative genius whose calm and stable presence and tackling of life’s weightiest issues in a simple, direct way inspired generations of children with compassion and limitless imagination.


Tuesday, June 18, 7 – 8 pm ET(rescheduled from winter season)Ferdinand Library Community Room
All ages       Free       Limit: 40
To register, please RSVP Kris Lasher at 812-631-2020 (text or call). If anyone has questions in advance, feel free to contact Randy at [email protected] or at 281-202-8143.
What to bring: If you want Randy to look at old jars or canners, feel free to bring them along.

Preserving fresh food for consumption when fresh food is not available has long challenged humanity. Historically, many methods of preserving food have existed, but about 100 years ago the notion of “pressure canning” was introduced as a safe way of canning meat and low-acid vegetables, among other foods. Our parents and grandparents may have owned pressure canners. Since home freezers have become commonplace, pressure canning has become less practiced. Once food is preserved via pressure canning, it is safe for consumption for many months and requires no additional energy to save it for a later date. It is a healthy and environmentally-conscious means of preserving food that our ancestors knew, and which we would be wise to continue.
Randy Vaal grew up in Ferdinand and was introduced to pressure canning by his mother, who used the technique to preserve meat and garden vegetables.  Randy will show both old and new versions of pressure canners, discuss official methods of pressure canning, and offer examples of food preserved through pressure canning.

Friday, June 28, 7 – 9 pm ET
St. Benedict Brew WorksAll ages    Free (tips welcomed)   Limit: 70
Join family and friends for a fantastic night of favorite songs performed by Dubois County’s own Janis Joplin. Blending her powerful voice and acoustic guitar with her charismatic stage presence and sense of humor, Debbie Schuetter has become a popular performer in theatres, bars, and coffee shops in the region.  Weather permitting, the concert will be on the brewery lawn, so please bring a blanket or chair. In case of inclement weather, the St. Benedict Brew Works theater holds 70. As always, patrons may choose from a variety of craft beer and root beer brewed on site, a variety of area wines, delicious homemade pizza, and more served by a friendly staff.

More NoHo Trees! – noho arts district

More NoHo Trees! – noho arts district

Councilmember Paul Krekorian, the Department of Recreation and Parks, the NoHo Neighborhood Council and other community partners are having a tree-planting event to help restore the tree canopy at North Hollywood Park – aka NoHo Park.

During the event, you’ll join volunteers to plant more than 100 new trees at NoHo Park to help reinvigorate the area’s urban tree canopy, which was affected as a result of the recent drought and tree-related disease.

Be sure to bring gloves, sunscreen and plenty of water for a day of community action. This event is being held in partnership with the Dept. of Recreation and Parks, the Los Angeles Beautification Team, the NoHo Neighborhood Council and CalFire.


May 4, 2019 from 9am – 12pm


North Hollywood Park
Meet on the south side of NoHo Park at Magnolia Blvd. and Tujunga Ave. at the Rose Garden.


Join North Hollywood community partners for a day of neighborhood beautification!

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