Checking on the Arts

In his latest book, music writer Robert Gordon explores the history of the legendary Stax Records.


New Moon Theatre Company

New Moon Theatre Company's Executive Producer Gene Elliot directs Frankenstein, adapted for the stage by Bo List. Elliot and actor Kinon Kepplinger join Darel Snodgrass to discuss the new show.

Based on the writings of Mary Shelley, the play tells the classic tale of Dr. Victor Frankenstein and the creation that ends up ruling his life. The story opens on a haggard, emaciated, and nearly frozen Frankenstein and follows him as he obsessively strives to uncover the secrets of life.

Voices of the South

Renowned writer, actress, and storyteller Elaine Blanchard, known for her autobiographical performance, For Goodness Sake, and creator of the Prison Stories project, now brings us a new chapter in her life story. Skin and Bones is her true account of learning to live well with the body she was given, while offering audiences a glimpse into her own struggles with weight, body image, faith, love, and family.

Stuart Mullenberg

Darel Snodgrass talks with Ira Glass about his upcoming performance in Memphis, Reinventing Radio: An Evening with Ira Glass, Saturday, October 5, 2013, at the Orpheum Theatre.

The show features Glass -- radio pioneer, host, and creator of This American Life -- as he mixes live stories with pre-taped quotations and music. He will also be featuring a “best of” segment from some of the series’ funniest moments.

Kevin West

If you're tired of sneaking bags of zucchini onto your neighbor's porches overnight, or have realized in a panic that you can't possibly eat your farmers market haul before it goes bad, Kevin West can help. 

His new book is Saving the Season:  A Cook's Guide to Home Canning, Pickling and Preserving and he joined us in the studio to talk about his very modern approach to an ancient culinary art.

His website is savingtheseason.com.

Choro das 3 is a Brazilian trio formed in 2003 by three sisters from the state of Sao Paulo. Despite their youth, they have amassed an amazing number of achievements, playing for audiences large (over a million) and small (for President Lula da Silva.) They've garnered numerous national awards in a country that takes its music very seriously. 

They will be performing July 10 at First Congregational Church as part of the Memphis Acoustic Music Association concert series. 

David Glover

Is beekeeping an art form?  Darel Snodgrass thinks so, and talked with local "bee whisperer" David Glover about swarms, removing bees from your house, and why bees are important to all of us.

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The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art presents The Crossroads of Memory:  Carroll Cloar and the American South, on view through September 13.  The exhibition features works from major public collections as well as rarely seen pictures still in private hands.

http://www.voicesofthesouth.org

Voices of the South hosts the 8th Annual Memphis Children’s Theatre Festival at the McCoy theatre on the Rhodes College campus this Memorial Day weekend. The pay-what-you-can festival features over a dozen different performances, workshops, street performances, and many arts activities.

Voices of the South members Alice Berry, Miranda Fisher, and Corwyn Cullum spoke with Kacky Walton about the event.

For more information, you can visit the Voices of the South website.

Brent Davis / Germantown Community Theatre

Ruthless: the Musical, by Joal Paley and Marvin Laird, opens May 17 and runs until June 2, 2013. Director Michael Duggan, along with cast members Sally Stover and Kim Justis-Eikner, spoke with Kacky Walton about the production.

Eight-year-old Tina Denmark knows she was born to play Pippi Longstocking, and she will do anything to win the part in her school musical.

"Anything" includes murdering the teenage girl who got the part instead of Tina. 

Ruthless: the Musical

Musical/Comedy Book and Lyrics by Joal Paley, Music by Marvin Laird 

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