Checking on the Arts

John Kilzer's life has been a fascinating journey.  He grew up in the hometown of Carl Perkins  Jackson, Tennessee and lettered in basketball at what was then Memphis State.  After earning a degree in English, he taught Modern Lit and Composition at his alma mater. 

Brin Armstrong and Dale Baucum met in the spring of 1972 when both were students at the Memphis Acadamy of Arts (now Memphis College of Art), and have since formed one of the most impressive bodies of artistic work in the Mid-South.  "Double Vision" opens with a lecture at 2 pm Sunday, July 29 and takes an in-depth look at this legacy.  Darel Snodgrass spoke with Brin and Dale Baucum about their beginnings, their work, and this new show.

For more information, check www.dixon.org or www.baucumpottery.com.

Now through August, Indie Memphis continues its year-round collaboration with The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art by presenting the 2012 Global Lens Film Series, a program which showcases award-winning narrative feature films from Argentina, Columbia, Iran, Iraq, Mexico, Morocco and Turkey.

Prison Stories V is Voices of the South’s latest outreach program, providing a year-long writing and theatre intensive for women currently serving time in the Shelby County Prison System.

Based on the cult film of the same name, a Greek muse descends from the heavens to 1980's Venice Beach, California, to inspire struggling artist Sonny to create the greatest entertainment achievement possible (at least in the 1980s): a Roller Disco!  The muse falls in love with the mortal, and her jealous sisters plot to bring them down.  

Dr. Neal Larson is well-known for discovering and excavating the famous Tyrannosaurus Rex known as Sue, and the associated legal battles that went along with that discovery.

Tennessee Shakespeare Company just finished their fourth season with a production of Tennessee Williams' "The Glass Menagerie," performed on the beautiful South Lawn of the Dixon Gallery and Gardens.  Not content to rest on their laurels, this year they are offering Summer Shakespeare Camps for young actors.  Darel Snodgrass spoke with Tennessee Shakespeare Company Education Director Stephanie Shine about the upcoming camps.

 

For more information, www.tnshakespeare.org.

The Prizm Chamber Music Festival returns to Shady Grove Presbyterian Church the week of June 11.  Although the classes are closed, there will be four concerts open to the public, at 7 pm on the 11th, 14th, 15th and 16th.  Each performance will feature the unique instrumentation and eclectic musical selections for which the group is known.   Darel Snodgrass spoke with Prizm Ensemble founder Lecolian Washington about the upcoming festival.

 

For more information, http://www.prizmensemble.com/.

On Friday, June 8th, the University of Memphis presents the annual Delta Conference, a fascinating and fun look into the history, traditions, lore and art of our region.  Two of the presenters this year are local filmmaker Willy Bearden and beloved artist and art educator Dolph Smith.  They spoke with Darel Snodgrass about the conference and their own parts in it.

 

For more information about the Delta Conference http://www.memphis.edu/deltaconference/

This summer, the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art will showcase the diversity, vitality, and creativity of African American art in The Soul of a City: Memphis Collects African American Art, an exhibition of more than 100 important and thought-provoking paintings, photographs, drawings, sculptures, and mixed media works selected from private and public collections in Memphis.

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