Friday, October 19, 2007

SOUL FOOD: Daisy, Stage & Screen, Chamber Music, etc.

Hey, Soul Foodies!

Quick notes about today's menu: click on the links to find out more on the Soul Food blogs. (Strangely enough, a number of blog posts disappeared in the past few days. I may be able to get around to reposting in the next few days, but if not, and you want more details... Well, I guess we'll just have to put your Google skills to the test!)

First up of course is the marvelous DRIVING MISS DAISY at Pacific Theatre. I've posted some of my thoughts as well as some swell photos and all the details on the blog. Exquisite, affecting work by Tom Pickett, Erla Faye Forsyth and Paul Moniz da Sa in a show perfectly suited to our intimate space. Closes Nov 10.

And don't forget the first of my Stage & Screen nights, Nov 6, when I'll be joined by noted cinematographer Jan Kiesser and DAISY director Sarah Turner to take a close look at how this Pulitzer-winning story gets told in two very different media. Join in the conversation as we take a close look at clips from the film, and peek behind the scenes to find out how live theatre artists bring the same story to life in three dimensions.

And of course we're launching another brand new aspect of Pacific Theatre's season! Join us November 4 at 3pm for the first of our Music At Pacific chamber music series with the Pacific Rim Quartet, under the artistic direction of acclaimed cellist Brian Mix. The program consists of American composer Samuel Barber’s String Quartet (including the famous and beautiful “Adagio for strings”), UBC composition professor Dorothy Chang’s quartet “Beautiful Things” (with the composer in attendance), and Schubert’s string quartet masterpiece “Death and the Maiden.”

Speaking of music, there's another free Bach Canatata at St Johns, Oct 21. A cantata in church - just like it was always meant to be!

This coming week the Trinity Western theatre department opens THE LADY'S NOT FOR BURNING by Christopher Fry, directed by Aaron Caleb who was responsible for that crazy-fun version of THE TAMING OF THE SHREW this spring. "Just a gigolo..."

Of course Pacific Theatre actors are busy in shows all over the place. Julia Mackey takes JAKE'S GIFT to Bellingham this week and next, Kyle Rideout plays Buster Keaton in THE STONE FACE, and Anthony Ingram and Todd Thomson are onstage at Chemainus in A DOLL'S HOUSE. And I'm a happy little playwright this year: TENT MEETING closes this weekend at Rosebud Theatre in Alberta, with Steven Waldschmidt, David Snider and Jonathan Bruce in the cast; I'll be heading to St. Louis in a few weeks to see my play REMNANT open the brand new Mustard Seed Theatre; and A BRIGHT PARTICULAR STAR plays at a college in Tennessee in February. (Heck, might as well mention as well, I've just signed my Soul Food Movies book project with an agent in Los Angeles – very exciting, after four years working on my own!)

On the Soul Food Movies front, PT pal and filmmaker Jason Goode just got word about a $20K Kick Start grant for his short film project with Lucia Frangione and Michael entitled POP SWITCH. Congrats! And – thank goodness! – the silly cinematic season of summer has passed, and the good stuff starts falling from the sky like so many autumnal leaves. At the Soul Food Movies blog there's a cornucopia of news about what's Now Playing on Vancouver screens big and small, as well as what's Coming Soon.

And there's an ever-so-brief opportunity to see Robyn Lynne Williams' thesis project show, a ceramics exhibition at Trinity United Church Nov 8/9. I met Robyn on the Regent Summer School course I co-taught with Loren Wilkinson at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival a couple summers ago: I've seen her dance, but have yet to experience this side of her work.

By the way, you don't wait for the emails. I keep posting things as they come up at the Soul Food blog, Pacific Theatre blog and at Soul Food Movies, as well as general things I read or write over on the Oblations blog. (I'm thinking of combining the lot of them: what do you think, better to keep them specialized, or would you like the one-stop-shopping idea?)

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