Artists in Action: Reap the bounty of fall arts
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The Etowah Youth Orchestra's Fall Formal Concert will be Sunday, Nov. 3, at 2 p.m.
The Etowah Youth Orchestra's Fall Formal Concert will be Sunday, Nov. 3, at 2 p.m.
The late summer efforts to produce art has led to a plentiful harvest of fall entertainment. The line-up for the coming weeks will satisfy a wide spectrum of viewing appetites in theater, visual arts and music. Mark the dates in your calendar because these events affirm our area’s talents.

Last chance to catch ‘The Curious Savage’

This afternoon marks the final performance for Jacksonville State University’s “The Curious Savage.” The matinee is at 2 p.m. in the Ernest Stone Center Theatre.

The comedy was written in the 1950s, according to Randal Blades, JSU drama department head.

“I think it is still very relevant today,” he commented. “The play really celebrates the power of joy and kindness and exposes the ridiculousness of greed. It’s fun, madcap, yet at times a poignant play and one that I think our audiences will enjoy.”

The show is directed by the drama department’s newest faculty member, Mike Boynton. The set design is by guest designer Pam Hickey of Atlanta.

Twelve characters contribute to the play’s humor and, at moments, its humanity. Certain characters are played rather naturalistically according to Boynton, and others in more of a high farce/slapstick style.

“This aspect should provide an intriguing contrast,” he added.

The “Savage” in this story is Ethel Savage, played by Audrae Peterson. She is a widower who is trying to give her money away to a foundation to help people realize their dreams. But her stepchildren object; they’d rather have the money for themselves.

The action revolves around patients in a sanitarium who called themselves The Cloisters. These misfits, according to the drama department’s brochure, are all as strange as they are affectionate.

Boynton, who is a director, actor, teacher and playwright, has worked on Broadway as a creative assistant on a number of plays and musicals, most notably “Hairspray.” Boynton’s directing work has ranged from university main stages and experimental devised performances to readings of new works and musical theater cabarets. As a teacher, Boynton has taught classes for all ages nationwide on Shakespeare, acting, voice, dance, stage combat and more.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for JSU personnel and senior citizens and $5 for students and military. The box office can be reached at 256-782-5648

Public reception at Nunnally’s

November brings new art to view and new artists to meet during a public reception at Nunnally’s Noble Street Frame & Gallery Nov. 2 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Featured artist is painter, printmaker and photographer Janet H. Hinton from Fairhope. Guest artist Jami Wright from Monroe, Ga., creates metal jewelry and mixed media pottery. The work of these two ladies work, along with the landscape paintings and crafts by 20 local artists, will transform the gallery into a place of abundant color and movement, and perhaps provide an opportunity to select special gifts with Christmas in mind.

Wright will demonstrate her craft in the gallery’s loft during the reception, and Hinton, whose work includes the banners hanging in the sanctuary of Anniston’s First United Methodist Church, will be on hand to talk about her collection. Hinton’s works have been exhibited in private, public and corporate displays throughout the United States and Europe, and she has led art groups on tours of England, Spain and Italy.

EYO concert Nov. 3

The Etowah Youth Orchestras’ 2013-2014 season is titled “Espíritu y Alma (Spirit and Soul),” and features music composed by Latin American composers and inspired by the Latin American musical sound. Pieces for this concert season were selected to correlate with the EYO’s 2014 trip to Puerto Rico.

The EYO Fall Formal Concert will be Sunday, Nov. 3, at 2 p.m. at the Wallace Hall Fine Arts Center at Gadsden State Community College.

“The rhythmic drive and energy are indicative of Latin American music,” said director Michael Gagliardo. “Fast or slow, this music is all about the driving rhythm.”

Tickets are $12, $15 and $19, and may be purchased online at or at the front desk of the Mary G. Hardin Center for Cultural Arts.
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