(l-r) Justin Ivan Brown, Ron Himes, and Ronald L. Connor in the Black Rep's production of "The Whipping Man," which the company performed in last year's season at The Grandel Theatre. This year the company will be housed at the Emerson Performance Center on the campus of Harris-Stowe State University.
After being ousted from their home at The Grandel Theatre in Grand Center, The Black Rep theater company has found a new place for its productions at Harris-Stowe State University.
The company will now hold its performances at the Emerson Performance Center on the school’s campus, which seats over 200. The Grandel Theatre was owned by Grand Center Incorporated, which sold it earlier this summer.
Halloween has been my favorite holiday for as long as I can remember. Ghosts, witches, vampires, and, with ever more frequency, zombies, inhabit the world of what scares us and entertains us. The sheer number of zombie movies, TV shows, books and video games seems overwhelming to me. I just don’t get the fascination. But it’s there and has even crossed over to the stage. Stray Dog Theatre remounts Evil Dead, a zombie musical, created in Canada and most lovingly imported to the USA. Yes, that’s right, a zombie musical.
Nick Garcia talks to Bryan Toben and Lola Hennicke, known as the musical duo Bryan and Lola. They'll talk about their quiet, informal beginnings and how they came to their mix of rock, pop and jazz, inspirations for music and their songwriting process. Before they head back to teaching music, they'll show us a little of their musical abilities with some original tunes.
Jazz Unlimited for October 13 will be “Classical Themes in Jazz-Part 2.” There are a lot of connections to jazz from classical music. Most of today’s musicians are as well versed in classical music as in jazz. Since the beginning, classical themes have crept into the jazz lexicon. The show will feature themes by Bach, Ravel, Brahms, Lizst, Mozart, Lehar, DeFalla, Chopin, Scarlatti, Johan Strauss, Verdi, Gershwin, Vaughan-Williams, Rachmaninoff, Offenbach, Dvorak, and Ravel. The musicians include “Hot Lips” Page, the Nat “King” Cole Trio, Art Tatum, The Gerald Wilson Orchestra, Bach to t