At Penumbra Theatre, the play’s not the only thing. Producing plays is just part of what they do. A big part, and the most public part, but Penumbra is more than a theater. It’s a community center, a conscience, a keeper of history and a changemaker. Beyond what we see on each year’s mainstage season, Penumbra offers a full slate of events and services including education and outreach, race workshops, speakers, residencies and consultations on equity, diversity and inclusion. The plays are an entree into what Penumbra does as a leading black theater in America. Its public programing also includes “Let’s Talk” conversations around issues of social justice, equity and the arts and “Reel Talk” film screenings. Since Sarah Bellamy first moved into place to take over as artistic director from her father and Penumbra’s founder, Lou Bellamy, each new season has had a theme, an umbrella beneath which the plays and events are grouped. The … [Read more...] about Penumbra’s 2019-20 season declares a ‘State of Emergence’
Envision festival 2019
WASHINGTON (AP) — The partial government shutdown is hitting home for President Donald Trump in a very personal way. He lives in government-run housing, after all.Just 21 of the roughly 80 people who help care for the White House — from butlers to electricians to chefs — are reporting to work. The rest have been furloughed.Even so, the shutdown doesn't mean Trump is making his own bed or emptying the trash on the second floor of the White House, where he and the first lady live with their 12-year-old son, Barron.The pared-down White House residence staff typically still includes a butler and a chef. Basic housekeeping continues.But forget fresh flower arrangements from the White House florist — that's hardly considered an essential service.Trump joked this week that because of the skeletal staff, Melania Trump might have had to make salads for members of the championship Clemson football team when they visited the White House on Monday. Instead, he shelled out … [Read more...] about Government shutdown hits home for Trump; he lives in government housing
Staff report Published 12:00 am CST, Friday, November 30, 2018 Using her own experience with life on the streets, a Houston Community College student has produced a documentary she hopes will create understanding and compassion for America’s homeless. Justice Butler’s documentary, “Invisible,” shares the stories of students who once found themselves without homes and focuses on their harrowing experiences, and the lessons they learned. “It’s called ‘Invisible’ because that’s how we see the homeless,” Butler said. “But those people aren’t invisible. They could be you tomorrow. That’s the message I want people to receive.” Butler believes she is the perfect person to deliver that message. As a young woman, she envisioned a bright career in radio and entertainment. “I thought I knew my future,” Butler said. Instead, she fell on hard times. Butler ran out of money, out of food, … [Read more...] about Houston Community College student rises from homelessness to documentary producer
Kristen Jordan Shamus Detroit Free Press Published 12:15 AM EDT Oct 31, 2018 Calling Detroit the new Berlin for its thriving arts scene, Alberto Ibargüen, president, CEO and trustee of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, announced Wednesday that the nonprofit will invest $20 million in arts organizations in the city through 2023. “Great art, tough art, challenging art helps to tell a great city’s own story. Nowhere is this more true that today’s Detroit,” said Alberto Ibarguen, president of the Knight Foundation. “This is the place where art, culture and design have changed the narrative of a community. And in the art world, Detroit has become the new Berlin." The money will be split among several organizations, including: $2.5 million each to the Detroit Institute of Arts and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra Hall $1.5 million to the Sphinx Organization $1.325 million to the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan $1 … [Read more...] about What can $20M buy Detroit? New art, theater, music for the masses.
Compiled by Jim Kiest Updated 6:55 pm CDT, Thursday, September 20, 2018 Symphony season opener The San Antonio Symphony, which launched its new season with a series of community concerts, kicks off its classics series with a program featuring noted pianist Andre Watts (pictured). Watts will perform Grieg’s Concerto in A minor for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 16. The program also holds Anna Clyne’s “Masquerade” and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony Nov. 5 in E minor, Op. 64. Music Director Sebastian Lang-Lessing conducts. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday. H-E-B Performance Hall, Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, 100 Auditorium Circle. $5 to $96 at the box office, by calling 210-223-8624 or online at tobi.tobincenter.org. — Deborah Martin less Symphony season opener The San Antonio Symphony, which launched its new season with a series of community concerts, kicks off its classics series with a program featuring noted pianist Andre Watts (pictured). ... more … [Read more...] about River City Rockfest tops a jam-packed music weekend.