The display by 14 artists in Hammond Hall Gallery will be up through Nov. 21.
Pieces by Ron Baker, Doug Clark and Charles Groover stir deep thought, emotion and appreciation for things we see every day. Baker’s pastel “The Blue Toulouse” prompts the viewer to wonder: Is the dancer lonely or simply in a lonely place?
She could be a working dancer in the Moulin Rouge district of Paris in the early 19th century, Baker said, although her story is up to the viewer. His inspiration came from his research on Jane Avril, a French can-can dancer made famous through the paintings of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. The pastel is framed by a sewing pattern for a little girl’s dance costume.
A large panoramic photo by Doug Clark shows the Little River Canyon Nature Preserve. It was taken two miles south of the waterfall over a period of eight weekends, he said. You would never realize that 15-20 images overlap to produce this colorful, clear photo.
Across the gallery is Charles Groover’s “New Orleans Lullaby,” a hand-colored print of a lady seen in a restaurant window. Groover acquired the piece while on a hunt for something eye-catching in the French Quarter “because she represented so much of what was there,” he said.
JSU Show Choir sings Thursday
What’s playing at the movies? The dancers in JSU’s Show Choir “Encore!” have an idea. Their fall concert — “A Night at the Movies: Part I” — features singing and dancing from the films “Footloose,” “Eragon” and more. “A Night at the Movies: Part I” will be presented at the Performance Center of Mason Hall on campus at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Choir director Renee Baptiste calls it a fast-paced show with 25 singers and dancers and a rhythm combo of instrumentalists. The event is free.
“Part II” will be performed in the spring.
‘A Christmas Story’ at CAST
Christmas is for children, it’s been said. People do special things for children during the holidays. But in “A Christmas Story,” opening Nov. 23 at McClellan Theatre, the kids are doing the entertaining and working hard to generate holiday excitement.
Seventeen children are portraying the familiar characters (both naughty and nice) in the story. According to Kim Dobbs, artistic director, the children were exuberant at auditions. All agreed to accept any role they were given, just to be in the production, she said.
A.J. Long portrays Ralphie Parker, the little boy who wants a BB gun for Christmas. His brother, Randy, is played by Bryant Whitney, and John Mark Butler plays Scut, the bully.
“Ralphie is a good kid, but sometimes he gets out of control,” A.J. related. “It’s a great plot, and it has some good side stories.”
For more information, visit www.castalabama.com or call 256-820-CAST.
A capella concert today
The Church of St. Michael and All Angels will host the JSU a capella choir at 3 p.m. today. The choir will perform a variety of works, including one for choir and percussion ensemble entitled “Stars” by Dan Forrest.
The newly formed student chapter of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) will also hold a food drive for the St. Michael’s “Beans and Rice” program at the concert. Attendees will be asked to bring a food donation (canned fruits and vegetables, peanut butter, cereal, pasta dinners, etc.) to the concert.
In addition, the ACDA student chapter will hold a food drive at the Calhoun County Civic Chorale winter concert on Sunday, Dec. 2, at 3 p.m. at St. Michael’s. The featured work will be Benjamin Britten’s “Ceremony of Carols,” with guest harpist Katherine Newman, along with other works of the season.