Friday, May 3, 2002
Carlisle writer offers writing class
Carlisle copywriter, editor, and freelance feature writer, Nancy Shohet West, returns to Concord-Carlisle Adult & Community Education this spring with her workshop, Circle of Writers. This class, oriented toward writers of all levels, will meet for six Wednesdays, May 8 through June 19, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Concord-Carlisle High School. Students will take turns reading and critiquing one another's works-in-progress. In addition, there will be in-class free-writing exercises. This course is especially appropriate for those who have participated in a writing group and are looking for a more intensive experience. Fiction and non-fiction writers are welcome. The fee is $59. Community Education spring/summer catalogs are available at the library. For more information or to register, call Concord-Carlisle Adult & Community Education at 1-978-318-1540.
Morrison's music and poetry inspires 'Dance of the Lizard King'
Jennifer Micarelli Webb is a performer, teacher, and choreographer who has in the past few years earned quite a reputation in the Concord-Carlisle area, where her playful and imaginative dances have sparkled in the celebrated high school musicals and Dance Club performances. Webb also teaches dance classes in Boston close to Emerson College, where she is currently earning her masters in Theater and Education. Her most recent project, "Dance of the Lizard King," involves a handpicked core of high school dancers, a few trampolines, an old army parachute, and a lot of great Doors' music.
"Dance of the Lizard King" tries to expose the lesser-known side of Jim Morrison through a series of innovative dances that expose his tribal influences and moving poetry. Webb is the creator, choreographer, and artistic director behind the show, while selected students take charge of costume design, advertising, budgeting, visual design and make-up. This group has been preparing and rehearsing throughout the school year in preparation for the performance on May 16 and 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the Concord-Carlisle High School Auditorium. (Tickets are $8.)
All those involved in the show are extremely excited about this presentation, and the rare opportunity it gives for a different view of the oft-misunderstood American rock icon.
Annual CCHS exhibit at art association
For over 20 years, the Concord Art Association has been hosting a spring exhibition of art by students of the Concord-Carlisle High School. This year the exhibition opens on May 1 and runs through May 17. It will feature painting, drawings, ceramics, sculpture and photography in a show that enables students, teachers and parents to celebrate a year of creativity in the CCHS art program. The event is an opportunity for students to see their work presented to the public in a gallery setting. On May 15, there will be a reception, open to the public, with scholarships totalling $2,000 being awarded at 8 p.m. Jurors for the awards will be George Nick, vice president and art director, and Betsy Adams, director of the Concord Art Association. The event is supported in part by a grant from the Concord Cultural Council, a local agency supported by the the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and will be held at the Concord Art Association, 37 Lexington Road in Concord. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Call 1-978-369-2578 for more information.
Spring Fling concert in Concord
Calling all eighth graders of Concord and Carlisle on May 11, from 1 to 4 p.m., the Concord Recreation Department will be sponsoring "Spring Fling," a new and exciting outdoor concert. There will be live music from the rock and roll band Eclipse, with a special guest appearance by Serotonin, volleyball, pizza, and a "Battle of the Bands," all at the beautiful facility of the Concord Rod and Gun Club on Strawberry Hill Road in Concord.
Pre-registration for this event is required by calling 1-978-369-6460. Deadline for registration is Thursday, May 9. Please note this event will be cancelled if there is insufficient sign-up. Tickets are $10, which includes everything, so call now to be included in this great event. Come meet your future high school classmates of Concord while supporting your local bands. There is no rain date.
Concord Players 'Little Women' features two Marmees
It's not easy being a director, especially when casting a show and
particularly when contemplating two actresses who both happen to be
perfect for a single role. Although another director might have resorted
to flipping a coin, Dorothy Schecter came up with a different solution
for the Concord Player's current production of Little Women:
she gave the role to both women. In a unique form of on-stage job sharing,
Jan Turnquist and Susan Ellsworth are the play's two Marmees.
"It really has worked out very nicely," says Turnquist, who is director of the Alcott's family home, Orchard House. "It's given us both a little more leeway with our time. It has allowed for my very hectic schedule as well as Susan's, who is a teacher and has lesson plans to do and papers to grade."
Little Women, written by David Fielding Smith specifically for the Players, has been presented every ten years since 1932. This is the final weekend, with performances on May 3 and 4 at 8 p.m., and May 5 at 2:30 and 7 p.m., at 51 Walden Street, Concord. Tickets are $14 ($12 matinee) and can be reserved by calling 1-978-369-2990.
The performance on May 5 will be a benefit for the Orchard House, which is undergoing a major and costly renovation, in part because powder-post beetles have eaten away at the 300-year-old wood holding up the house.
In addition to the two Marmees, the cast includes Katie Lynch, Tracy MacKenzie, Judith Broggi, Meg Streff, Steve Barrett, Bill Maxwell, Sheryl Peters, Webb Tilney, Eric Ruben, Charlie Streff, and Fritz Kussin.
To find out more about Little Women or the Concord Players, check out their website at: www.concordplayers.org.
Order Mother's Day baskets now
This year the Carlisle Garden Club has a new item for Mother's Day. Baskets filled with all sorts of appropriate plants and other goodies can be ordered for pick up at the plant sale on May 11. Baskets include: The Red Hot Mama, (a salsa group), The Shady Lady, The English, The Zen, The Gardener's Kitchen, Relaxation, and the Highland Fling. Prices range from $12 to $40. Call Debbie Bentley at 1-978-287-4783 to order.
Walk for Hunger Sunday, May 5
May 5 marks Project Bread's 34th Walk for Hunger, the oldest continuous pledge walk in the country. Since its inception in 1969, the 20-mile walk has provided help to hundreds of thousands of families and individuals who are struggling to put food on the table. In one day, the Walk for Hunger raises the baseline funding needed to support the state's emergency food programs for the year to come.
Last year, the Walk raised $3 million, which supported 366 food pantries, soup kitchens, food banks, and food salvage programs in 119 communities throughout Massachusetts.These programs provided 29 million lifesaving meals to hungry people last year.
The Walk for Hunger starts at the Boston Common Parade Grounds (at the corner of Beacon and Charles Streets) between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m rain or shine. The 20-mile walk route weaves through Boston, Brookline, Newton, Watertown, and Cambridge before returning to the Boston Common. Shuttle buses are available at all eight checkpoints. Entertainment stops feature 15 local performers.
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