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Fred Motley Le Hotclub de Biglick

Fred Motley

Le Hotclub de Biglick
Wayne Alan Kirby Wilkins
Wayne Alan Kirby Wilkins

DANVILLE, VA, March 20, 2013 - Danville Community College’s annual Celebration of the Arts enters its 31st year of providing entertainment for students and the community. This year’s event offers a variety of activities. The Celebration starts April 8 and continues through April 12.

The schedule is as follows:

Monday, April 8, 2013
Le Hotclub de Biglick - a style of music known as "Gypsy Jazz? became popular in the 1930s. This style of music was made famous by guitarist Django Reinhardt and violinist Stéphane Grappelli. Gypsy Jazz began with French musicians trying to emulate the jazz music coming out of America, while incorporating the gypsy influences that flavor their music. Time: 2:00 p.m. Location: Student Center.

Fred Motley, a storyteller/educator, theatre director, and actor, has been professionally active across the southeast and the nation for more than 30 years. He performs, directs and gives workshops at festivals, colleges and universities, schools, libraries and community events with a special emphasis on African-American stories. Time: 4:00 p.m. Location: Student Center.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Kirby Wilkins, a lifelong native of Reidsville, NC, lives with his wife Jenny and two cats in a solar-powered home. He has played guitar for 42 years and performed in bands since his teens. For the last 25 years, he has played primarily solo. Wilkins repairs all types of stringed instruments, builds custom electric guitars, and provides guitar and bass lessons. Time: 11:00 a.m. Location: Oliver Hall, Temple Building. Wilkins will also conduct a workshop on guitar building at 12:00 noon in Temple 109.

“Winnie the Pooh? will be presented by the Union Street Theatre which provides a wide variety of performing arts experiences for local children, youth and adults. They offer education in all aspects of live theatre. Through one-day classes, summer camps, and production of nationally-known plays, Union Street Theatre is bringing the magic of live performance to Southside Virginia. Children of all ages are welcome to this performance. Time: 4:00 p.m. Location: Student Center.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013
John Hardy - “Rattlesnake? - In his 30-year career, Hardy has directed over 100 professional productions and acted many of the great roles at some of the nation’s finest theatres, including The Barter Theatre, The Cincinnati Playhouse, and Off-Broadway at The Lamb’s Theatre. As a playwright, he has had more than 50 productions of 15 plays produced across the country and overseas. Time: 6:30 p.m. Location: Oliver Hall, Temple Building.

Thursday, April 11, 2013
Wayne Alan, Celebrity magician, World Champion Illusionist and the new owner of the Historic North Theatre. Alan is the only American to ever win the gold medal for grand illusion at the International Olympics of Magic. He has performed on national TV on Entertainment Tonight, MTV, Inside Edition, Good Morning America, ABC, NBC and CBS Network News programs. He has also appeared with Oprah Winfrey, Larry King and Maury Povich and acted as a consultant for David Copperfield. Alan has performed thirteen times at the White House and also the first magician to write a cookbook, titled Magical Meatless Meals-Famous Foods from Famous People and Places. Time: 6:30 p.m. Location: Student Center.

Friday, April 12, 2013
Joey Crutchfield and Jim Cooper present the Native American Education Experience through art, dance, music, song, and story. Time: 6:30 p.m. Location: Oliver Hall, Temple Building.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information about DCC’s Celebration of the Arts, contact Sherry Gott at 434.797.8566; toll-free: 800.560.4291, ext 8566; or click here.


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