Art After Dark to Feature Summer Songwriters Showcase
Series also Offers Increased Family Programming; Islamic Film Series
The Norton’s weekly Art After Dark series – Where Culture and Entertainment Meet – is highlighting the art of songwriting this summer by featuring the popular Chrystal Hartigan Presents…Songwriters Showcase. Hartigan has been hosting her showcase each month at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale since 2008.
Art After Dark is held Thursdays from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Norton, and this summer will be free to Florida residents! (The Museum is offering Free Thursdays to Florida Residents during June, July, and August, and, as part of the national Blue Star Museum initiative, free admission to active military and their families from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.)
Hartigan will host three “Art After Dark” showcases, each featuring a “thematic” lineup of songwriters “in-the-round” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Museum Theater:
June 6: Female singer-songwriters, featuring Inez Barlatier, Gin Blische, formerly of Inhouse; and Charlene Chuckaree, aka "A Girl Named Chuck."
Performers for the following showcases will be announced later:
July 11: Young singer-songwriters (male and female), ages 17 and under.
Aug. 1: Male singer-songwriters.
Hartigan, a longtime promoter of the arts, has been organizing showcases since 1996 when songwriter-producer Desmond Child, who has penned hits for Bon Jovi, Cher, Aerosmith, and Ricky Martin, among others, asked her to help him organize a “Songwriters-in-the-Round” in Miami Beach. She’s been presenting it at various South Florida venues ever since.
Songwriters look forward to performing, because, in the words of one artist, Hartigan’s showcases are, “respectful of the song and the art of writing.” Magic can occur when performers, who work in a variety of styles and are often strangers to one another, add musical backing or harmonies to each other’s songs when the mood strikes.
South Florida is so rich with talent that Hartigan has no trouble finding artists deserving of the spotlight. Recent performers have included American Idol contestant Brett Lowenstern of Boca Raton, and Johnne Sambataro of Cooper City, who has toured with Dave Mason and Firefall.
More Art After Dark offerings
Yael Mattan, Art After Dark Program Manager, is developing a full schedule for the summer, including the following programs and events:
On select evenings in June and July the Shangri La Film Series introduces audiences to acclaimed documentary films that shed light on people from majority-Islamic nations. The series begins on June 13 with Bhutto, a film featured at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival that chronicles the life of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.
Families will have their hands full, quite literally, as the special exhibition Block by Block: Inventing Amazing Architecture opens June 20, featuring a play area where visitors can build using LEGO bricks. In addition, special nights feature DIY (Do It Yourself) Art Projects for kids to explore creative concepts in architecture. A highlight for families will be the Aug. 8 Family BLOCK PARTY Night with special guest Dan Parker, LEGO© Certified Professional.
Program and Volunteer Coordinator, and former art teacher, Malissa Reese hosts Sketchbook Thursdays on the third Thursday of every month. Visitors of all ages and levels of experience are invited to draw in the galleries. Reese's summer session sequence begins with an evening focusing on line and proceeds through shading, color, rendering the human figure, and portraying motion.
During the summer, visitors also can enjoy Curators' Conversations, discussing artworks and exhibitions with the Museum's curators and educators.
Also new during Art After Dark, the restaurant will be offering a selection of gourmet pizzas!
To find out more about Art After Dark, log onto www.norton.org.
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