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Performance Warm-Up Tips

Listen to music that relaxes, inspires, moves you…puts you in the mood required for performance. Samuel Barber–Adagio for Strings

The Audience Wants to Hear: Tips for Reading to an Audience

First Folio Technique for actors and performers Comma–short breath Period–full breath Pencil in pauses Underline Use musical notations for lists. Vary pacing and pitch, emotional coloring.

TLC’s “The Singing Office” features my young friend Annemieke Marie Farrow in “Animal Shelter vs. School Bus Drivers”

Annemieke Marie Farrow, Master of the Portable Portfolio Today at 9 p.m. CST (my time!) for 60 minutes check out: The Singing Office Animal Shelter vs. School Bus Drivers Joey Fatone (N’SYNC) and Mel B. (Spice Girls) are on a fun mission to discover hidden talent in workplaces across America. Mel B. is searching at […]

St. Louis Social Life: 5 things I’ve learned about our city’s culture in the past 12 months

1) In the year I’ve been here I’ve learned that St. Louis is such a Big Small Town. I love going to functions and watching everyone greeting one another with such warmth—folks they’ve often known all through school, grown up in the same neighborhoods, and can compare the ages and names of brothers and sisters […]

Dick Gregory, Live, In Living Color! In St. Louis!

Hey! Dick Gregory, internationally known comic and social activist, is coming home to St. Louis. How cool is that? The New Millennium Group invites you to welcome Gregory on June 19, 2008. Doors open at 5 p.m. at the Starlight Room on 8350 N. Broadway. Dick Gregory Dick Gregory recently stole the stage at Tavis […]

“Harlem Duet” sings: St. Louis Black Rep Company stages Djanet Sears’ award-winning play: power dynamics of interracial love spanning three eras

Ruth-Miriam Garnett and I have great “bumping into each other” luck. I first met Ruth at the St. Louis Poetry Center gala last fall. Subsequently, we’ve magically bumped into each other 1) on the metro platform at the Central West End; 2) at Wole Soyinka’s talk at the Black Rep with her friend Lavelle Wilkins-Chin; […]

Salon 53 bronze sponsor for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Dance St. Louis Ballet Ball

Freida Wheaton gets around. She’s a board member of Dance St. Louis and a member of the Ballet Ball Committee. Freida’s fun and saavy. She assembled a group of friends and supporters to join her at table #33. Freida, Salon 53 and friends provided Bronze Sponsorship to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Alvin Ailey […]

“Deeper Shade of Blues” performed by Joel P. E. King at The Space

“Deeper Shade of Blues,” a two-act one-man show written and performed by Joel P. E. King premiers at The Space. And, there’s still time to see it! Tonight is Saturday at 8 p.m. and tomorrow is Sunday at 6 p.m. for only a $10 admission. Just go to THE SPACE in St. Louis on 320-24 […]

Soyinka in St. Louis Conversation at Black Rep

Wole Soyinka HOMEWORK LINKS 1) Hear Soyinka’s rolling baritone, relaxed, just chatting, sharing wisdom First, let me give you a link to a 1998 conversation between Harry Kreisler and Wole Soyinka that took place in Berkeley, California as part of the “Conversations with History” series. What is said is still fresh today, AND you’ll get […]

Soyinka’s “The Lion & The Jewel” brings total art to Edison Theatre, Washington University, St. Louis

“The Lion and the Jewel” written by Wole Soyinka, directed by Ron Himes and presented by the Washington University Performing Arts Department, opened tonightat Washington University’s Edison Theatre in St Louis, Missouri. The play continues through April 27th. The Washington University Performing Arts Department describes the dance-drama cum social satire like this:Wole Soyinka, Nobel Laureate […]