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ART TAP episode 060

ART TAP

Release Date: 10/08/2018

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On tap this week is my friend, Richard Stockton Rand, actor, director, and Professor and Coordinator of Undergraduate Theatre Studies in the Department of Theatre at Purdue University.

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On tap this week are director Laurie Russell, choreographer Brian Kocher, and actor Kate Walker, all working to bring to the Civic Theatre stage a magnificent production of Mamma Mia! We have some laughs while recounting the experience of rehearsing and planning the show, which is nearly completely sold out at this point and will be quite the spectacle.

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On tap this week, local journalists and artists Cindy Gerlach, Amy Long, and Jeff Smith. We share some cocktails, some discussion of recent and coming arts events and movies, “old things in a new way,” favorite artists and visual experiences, “who understands art better than a six-year-old?,” a coming 30-Day Arts Challenge, jumping the shark, etc.

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On tap this week is the author of more than a dozen novels and numerous short stories, who happens to make his home right here in Lafayette-West Lafayette – Jonathan Janz. We talk about the appeal of scary stories, outlets of fear, allowing yourself to suck, being a “psychic vampire” in a historic place, and a life of creative writing.

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On tap this week is local musician, singer-songwriter Scott Greeson. We talk about his overcoming dyslexia through the inspiration of music, the Songwriters Association of Mid-North Indiana (SAMI), a new nonprofit recording studio at the Tippecanoe Arts Federation achieved with a North Central Health Services grant, and a unique presentation coming up with Dr. Will Miller. 

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On tap this week are some thoughts on the Art Biz, from the perspective of an artist new to the commerce of social media art sales.

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On tap this week are members of the cast and crew of Dead Man’s Cell Phone, by Sarah Ruhl, presented from November 1st through 16th at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. I sat down with my castmates (I played the titular dead man) on closing night of the production to get their thoughts on community theatre and reactions to the show. We talk about wrestling with “odd” and very avant-garde scripts and sharing our fun with audiences.

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On tap this week are members of local band Frank Muffin.  With me are Brittany Rees, Hans Rees, and Jerome Hemersbach.  The Muffin group will be presenting the next of their annual album tribute concerts, this time celebrating Rumours by Fleetwood Mac, to be staged on Saturday, November 9th at 7:30 pm at Lafayette Theatre.  The band plays a number from Rumours, as well as an original number, and talks about a project coming in 2020.

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On tap this week is Tippecanus Rex, with guest author and reader, local arts supporter, and yarn-spinner extraordinaire Shelley Lowenberg-DeBoer. Shelley and I read a couple of stories from Lafayette’s earlier and wilder days, highlighting more of the background of Ginger Wigglemann and a new discovery, the enigmatic Percy Hare.

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On tap this week is local teacher, actor, and improv performer Stephanie Bosma. Stephanie works with young people in the classroom and now in the theatre, as well as being a terrific comedic performer herself. And she’s directing a Civic Youth Theatre show, The Phantom Tollbooth by Susan Nanus, based on the book by Norton Juster, opening this Friday, October 4th.

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On tap this week is a conversation with photographer and educator Lynn Lee.  Until recently, Lynn was a photography faculty member at Purdue University and she acts as a freelance photographer.  I’ve always been intrigued by her photo posts from her once “summer cottage” and now residence on the lake in Arcadia, Michigan.