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Andrea J. Burney, APR

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(Schedule Revised 3/24/10)

Lyle, Lyle Crocodile

The Church Sisters Fred Motley Christine Oglesby and Cameron Owen
John Guzlowski Kuumba Dance Company Glenwood Smith Band David Burgess


DANVILLE, VA, March 9, 2010 — After more than 28 years, Danville Community College’s annual Celebration of the Arts is still going strong and providing entertainment for the community. This year’s event, set March 29 – April 1, offers a variety of music, poetry, art, photography, and literature. Also, the “Robert V. Shaver Lecture Series?, the DCC Photography Club Exhibition, and an event designed specifically for children are being incorporated into the festivities.

“We have an exciting line up this year with more events than ever before,? says Dr. Mark Wallace, Assistant Professor of History and Chair of the Celebration of the Arts Planning Committee. “We invite the community to come join us.?

The schedule is as follows:
Monday, March 29 – April 1, 2010
DCC Photography Club Exhibit will be on display during the week and until April 16 in the Mary M. Barksdale Library in the Clement Learning Resources Center. The exhibit, featuring works by students, faculty and staff, will be on display during the library’s normal hours: Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.; and Sunday, 1- 5 p.m.

Monday, March 29, 2010
“Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile? by Theatre IV of Richmond will be presented. Based on the timeless picture books by Bernard Waber, this production features young Josh Primm as he moves to New York City and shares magical adventures with his loving parents, his nemesis Hector P. Valenti, his new friends, his neighbor Mr. Grumps, and his misfit (but oh so special) reptilian pet – Lyle! Children will love this performance.
Time: 4 – 5 p.m. Location: Oliver Hall in Temple Building.

African Storytelling by Fred Motley. The Danville native is a master storyteller, having appeared before numerous audiences in Virginia and North Carolina. Motley’s storytelling captivates young and old alike because of his special way with words. He uses a variety of intonations that fit his characters and settings, making the stories come alive. Motley also uses gourds and other instruments to add a musical component to the stories and games.
Time: 6:15 – 7:15 p.m. Location: Oliver Hall in Temple Building.

African Dance – The Kuumba Dance Company of Danville, is under the leadership of Patricia Hall, who has been studying African dance and drumming for more than eight years. She has performed with different groups throughout North Carolina and, in 2006, she established her own dance company, The Kuumba West Dance Co., a family-oriented group. Others in the group include her husband, Reginald Hall; son, Korey (9); and daughter, Shelita (11); as well as Marina Batson, Florence Coleman and Terry Yancey. They are committed to sharing positive energy, connecting with and inspiring audiences everywhere, while raising cultural awareness through song, music and dance.
Time: 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. Location: Oliver Hall in Temple Building.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Poetry Reading by David Roderick. The Greensboro, NC resident’s first book, Blue Colonial, was selected by Robert Pinsky as the 2006 winner of the APR/Honickman Prize. It was published by The American Poetry Review and Copper Canyon Press. He also has published poems and fiction in several journals, including The Hudson Review, New England Review, Poetry, The Virginia Quarterly Review, and Roderick was the recipient of the 2007-2008 Amy Lowell Travelling Scholarship. He currently teaches poetry and creative writing in the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Writing Program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Time: 11 a.m. – 12 noon. Location: Room 108 in Temple Building.

The Robert V. Shaver Lecture Series featuring Dr. Judith Shatin, a composer, sound artist, community arts partner and educator has been cancelled.

Classical Guitarist David Burgess is recognized as one of today's outstanding guitarists. His international appearances as soloist and chamber musician have included concert halls throughout North and South America, Europe and the Far East. Through his extensive travels in both Spain and Latin America, Burgess explores traditional guitar styles, along with many popular and folkloric types of music. A former guitar instructor at the University of Washington and the Cornish Institute of the Arts, Burgess currently resides in New York City where he has performed at Town Hall, Carnegie Recital Hall and Lincoln Center. He has recorded for Musical Heritage Society, Tritone, Athena and Camerata Records and has also recorded Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez with the Philharmonia Virtuosi on the CBS Masterworks label.
Time: 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. Location: Oliver Hall in Temple Building.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Kirk Glenwood Smith and the Glenwood Smith Band will be in concert. A songwriter, composer, musician and powerful lyricist, Smith considers his works as "music with a message." His subjects revolve around issues such as peace, love, understanding and forgiveness, which he draws upon his own personal experiences and convictions for inspiration. Established in the late 1970's, the band has recorded eight (8) internationally distributed CDs and currently working on two additional recordings. The Glenwood Smith Band includes: Kirk Glenwood Smith, songwriter, keyboards, and vocals; Donnie Fitzgerald, guitars and vocals; Mike Brown, drums, percussions, and vocals; and Wayne Adams, bass guitar.
Time: 6:00 – 6:45 p.m. Location: Oliver Hall in Temple Building.

Christine Oglesby offers an acoustic folk-rock performance. Oglesby has been writing and performing progressive, acoustic folk-rock for the past three decades. She began performing in 1982 and has played venues in Richmond, VA and Austin, TX. She attended the South by Southwest Music Conference in 1994 where she met another aspiring (and then unknown) songwriter, John Mayer , who she said encouraged her. In 2000, she released her first CD, entitled “Not Necessarily Serious?. Oglesby is accompanied in this performance by lead guitarist Cameron Owen, who also plays in the well-known local band “Backstreet?.
Time: 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Location: Oliver Hall in Temple Building.

Thursday, April 1, 2010
Performance by John Guzlowski, poet and author. Born in a refugee camp after World War II, Guzlowski came with his family to the United States as a displaced person in 1951. His parents had been prisoners in the concentration and slave labor camps in Nazi Germany. Growing up in the immigrant and refugee neighborhoods in Chicago, he met hardware store clerks with Auschwitz tattoos on their wrists, Polish cavalry officers who still mourned for their dead comrades and women who had walked from Siberia to Iran to escape persecution. The poems in his books Lightning and Ashes, Language of Mules, and Third Winter of War: Buchenwald try to remember these voices and lives. He is the winner of the Illinois Arts Award for Poetry, short-listed for the Bakeless and Eric Hoeffer Awards, and nominated for two Pushcart Prizes and the Pulitzer Prize. Guzlowski was the featured poet in the 2007 edition of Spoon River Poetry Review.
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon Location: Room 108 in Temple Building.

The Church Sisters in Concert. The Church Sisters are 13- year-old twins, Sarah and Savannah Church of Ringgold. They started singing publicly in March 2007 after winning the WAKG Radio Rising Stars talent competition. They have opened for national country recording artist Ty Herndon, singer Russ Taff of the Bill Gaither Gospel Group, and the Christian Bluegrass group, The Isaacs. Most recently, the Church Sisters performed alongside acclaimed bluegrass artist, Rhonda Vincent, at the 2009 Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America (SPBGMA) in Nashville.
Time: 7:15 – 8:15 p.m. Location: Oliver Hall in Temple Building.

All events are offered free of charge and open to the public. For more information about DCC’s Celebration of the Arts contact Dr. Mark Wallace at 434.797.8471; toll-free: 800.560.4291, ext 8471; or click here.


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