Wednesday, June 29, 2011

ArtsBuzz: Florida Stage subscribers to get arts deals; Wright to headline poetry fest

(‬Foreground to back‭) ‬Kate Eastwood Norris,‭ ‬J.‭ ‬Fred Shiffman
and Lourelene Snedeker in Michael Hollinger‭’‬s play,‭
Ghost-Writer,‭ ‬which premiered at Florida Stage in March.

Florida Stage subscribers to get special offers in mid-July

Following the unexpected news earlier this month that Florida Stage was filing for Chapter‭ ‬7‭ ‬bankruptcy and could not refund subscribers for their‭ ‬2011-2012‭ ‬season tickets,‭ ‬numerous cultural groups have united to help mitigate some of the loss.‭

The Palm Beach County Cultural Council,‭ ‬along with‭ ‬25‭ ‬organizations,‭ ‬has joined forces to present Florida Stage patrons with special offers,‭ ‬including discounts,‭ ‬two-for-one tickets and free tickets,‭ ‬which will be presented in a mailing to be sent to subscribers in mid-July.‭

Participating organizations include the Caldwell Theatre Company,‭ ‬Jazz Arts Music Society of Palm Beach,‭ ‬Miami City Ballet,‭ ‬and Palm Beach Opera.‭ ‬A full list of participating groups can be seen at‭ ‬

‭“‬Florida Stage was one of the few performing arts organizations in the nation that regularly created and produced new art,‭” ‬said Rena Blades,‭ ‬Cultural Council president and CEO,‭ ‬in a prepared statement.‭ “‬It’s a very big loss to the entire local cultural community and indeed to the nation.‭ ‬But,‭ ‬thankfully,‭ ‬overall,‭ ‬our cultural community is healthy,‭ ‬and cultural leaders have really pulled together for the Florida Stage subscribers.‭”

Florida Stage dropped the curtain on its‭ ‬24-year history June‭ ‬5,‭ ‬citing debts of‭ ‬$1.5‭ ‬million and diminished audiences since its relocation to the Kravis Center’s Rinker Playhouse.‭ ‬Its last production was a world premiere,‭ ‬Carter W.‭ ‬Lewis‭’ ‬The Cha-Cha of a Camel Spider.

‭“‬Nothing can replace what Florida Stage offered the community,‭”‬ Blades said.‭ “‬But hopefully,‭ ‬the generosity of the participating organizations will help reassure the subscribers that Palm Beach County culture is vibrant and their support is recognized and very much appreciated.‭”

For additional information,‭ ‬contact Larry Boytano at‭ (‬561‭) ‬471-1601.‭

Charles Wright.‭
(‬Photo by Nancy Crampton,‭ ‬from the Macmillan site‭)

Wright to headline at upcoming PB Poetry Festival

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Charles Wright will be the special guest for the eighth annual Palm Beach Poetry Festival,‭ ‬which runs Jan.‭ ‬16-21‭ ‬in Delray Beach.

Wright,‭ ‬75,‭ ‬is a Tennessee native who received his education at Davidson College and the University of Iowa.‭ ‬He has published several books of poetry,‭ ‬two volumes of criticism and has received the Griffin Poetry Prize‭ (‬for‭ ‬Scar Tissue‭)‬,‭ ‬ ‬the Pulitzer Prize‭ (‬for‭ ‬Black Zodiac‭)‬ and the National Book Award‭ (‬for‭ ‬Country Music‭)‬.‭

Wright’s honors also include the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award of Merit Medal,‭ ‬Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize,‭ ‬and election as chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.‭ ‬He currently teaches English at the University of Virginia.‭

The Old School Square Cultural Arts Center in Delray Beach will host the festival,‭ ‬which features workshops conducted by renowned and revered poets and teachers,‭ ‬talks on craft issues by two faculty poets,‭ ‬a panel on publishing poetry,‭ ‬readings,‭ ‬book signings and special events.‭

Performance poets Vanessa Hidary and James May are headlining the Annual Coffee House,‭ ‬which will be followed by‭ ‬a DJ dance celebration.‭ ‬A brand-new event,‭ ‬open mic nights at the Colony Hotel,‭ ‬has also been added. All workshops will run from‭ ‬9:30‭ ‬a.m.‭ ‬to‭ ‬12:30‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬and are limited to‭ ‬12‭ ‬qualified participants and three auditors to ensure a quality level of discussion and feedback.‭

The workshops are as follows:‭ ‬The Shimmer:‭ ‬Metaphor in the Machine of Words,‭ ‬with Kim Addonizio; ‬The Art of the Draft:‭ ‬Reading the Poem’s Palm,‭ ‬with Cornelius Eady; ‬Mother of Muses‭ – ‬Poetry and Memory,‭ ‬with Claudia Emerson;‭ ‬Three-Dimensional Poetry,‭ ‬with David Kirby; ‬and‭ ‬Word by Word,‭ ‬Line by Line,‭ ‬with Thomas Lux.‭

Three manuscript conferences are also available,‭ ‬for an additional fee.‭ ‬For more information on the events,‭ ‬or to apply,‭ ‬visit‭ ‬

Biophilia‭ (‬detail‭)‬,‭ ‬by Walter Hnatysh.

FAU‭ ‬art‭ ‬professor wins South Florida cultural fellowship

Walter Hnatysh,‭ ‬a professor in Florida Atlantic University’s department of visual arts and art history,‭ ‬is one of‭ ‬12‭ ‬artists who recently received a South Florida Cultural Consortium‭ (‬SFCC‭) ‬Visual and Media Artists Fellowship,‭ ‬and the only recipient residing in Palm Beach County.‭

The‭ ‬2011‭ ‬fellowship,‭ ‬announced June‭ ‬14,‭ ‬was‭ ‬granted for paintings and drawings and‭ ‬includes a‭ ‬$15,000‭ ‬award,‭ ‬one of the largest provided by local art organizations nationwide.‭ ‬Hnatysh had previously received a SFCC fellowship in‭ ‬2007,‭ ‬for his digital photography work.‭

An exhibition featuring the works of the‭ ‬12‭ ‬recipients is scheduled to open at the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood‭ ‬from Sept.‭ ‬9‭ ‬through Oct.‭ ‬16.

Hnatysh lives in Lake Worth and has shown work in‭ ‬20‭ ‬one-person‭ ‬exhibits and more than‭ ‬100‭ ‬group shows.‭ ‬He holds a BFA from Indiana University and an MFA from‭ ‬the‭ ‬Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Philadelphia.

The South Florida Cultural Consortium is an alliance of the arts councils of Palm Beach,‭ ‬Broward,‭ ‬Miami-Dade,‭ ‬Monroe and Martin counties.‭ ‬Recipients of the annual awards are chosen following a two-tier panel decision process,‭ ‬which includes the input of regional and national arts experts.

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