During the past decade or so puppetry has really come into its own. Oh sure, there were the occasional odd ducks doing serious adult art with puppetry, but they lived in the basements of
Kimi Maeda’s “The Crane Wife” is based on a Japanese fable. “
“The Crane Wife” tells the story of a farmer who saves a crane. Not long after he free the bird from a trap, he falls in love with a beautiful woman who weaves beautiful cloth. But she insists that he never watch her weave.
Maeda, an award-winning theater designer who studied at USC, has brought the story up the today, setting part of it in an airport and using the old story to examine new complications of love. She does all the puppetry and voices, mostly from inside a confessional-like contraption using shadow puppetry. The show starts with Maeda writing across a screen “This is a story your grandmother carried in her suitcase when she flew away from home.”
The first part of the play “is pretty much told as I heard it from my mom,” said Maeda who is of Japanese heritage.
”I’ve been working on this story for about eight years now – call it an obsession,” she said.
Hill’s wife Jennifer stumbled upon the
“The story stuck with me and I’ve been developing it off and on since then,” said Hill, who holds a degree from the USC art department.
It was created for a puppetry festival in
Performances are at the USC Lab Theatre, on
I wish I could tell you what Larry Hembree told me while we were driving to
But you can hear some stories about Hembree, director of the Nickelodeon theater (and formerly with the various other arts organizations and a theater director) at Larry’s Family Reunion.
The event, complete with covered dishes involving canned vegetables, lots of salt and a sprinkling of marshmallows is a fund raiser for the Nickelodeon. It will involve various local talents singing and acting the fool and Hembree may even show how he won the title of Hula Hoop Champion of Ware Shoals.
Such entertainment does not come cheap, but neither does renovating an old
The Southeastern Piano Festival concerts continues tonight (Thursday) with Christopher Taylor playing Bach’s “Goldberg Variations” and “The People United Will Never Be Defeated,” a 1976 work by Frederic Rzewski.
If you’re really into the piano you can also spend the entire day and most of the night () Friday listening to the 20 students who have come here to learn and compete.
The three winners play Saturday night at .
Can’t say there’s much more going on. But if you haven’t been yet, head to City Art for “Perceptual Painters,” the Robert Courtright collage show and the historic ceramics show at the
It might also be a good time to hit the road for art.
If you have the misfortune of being in
The show is at the
Paintings by the late Larry Connatser, who lived in
Connaster earned a degree in literature, but was a self-taught artist. The
The Mint Museum of Art in
The show which covers a couple hundred years of European and American art is on display through June 21.
An exhibition of figurative wooden sculptures by