Film Director Spike Lee will appear with the NFL Hall of Famer Jim Brown, the subject of his new documentary , "Jim Brown: All-American," at the Walker Art Center Sunday Dec. 1 following a screening of the film.
The documentary is a portrait of the nine-season Cleveland Browns football star turned actor and activist. Lee interviews many of Brown’s teammates, friends and family, who alternate between praise and criticism. Brown founded a non-profit for young people and has been a supporter of the African-American community, qualities that contrast with his well-publicized problems with domestic violence.
A question-and-answer session with Lee and Brown will follow the 1 p.m. screening of the documentary, moderated by film and television producer Robin Hickman. Following the second screening at 5:30 p.m., Brown and former CBS sportscaster and NFL player Irv Cross will discuss African-American athletes as role models. Tickets are on sale now, for $25, call 375-7622 or www.walkerart.org/tickets.
If you miss this screening, the documentary will premiere on HBO on Dec. 11.
By Caitlin Pine
For their 9th Annual show, Tony Martini and Olive Heatherton, also known as Grant Richey and Judy Heneghan, are back at the Bryant-Lake Bowl for another 1970s holiday lounge-singing act. Revel in medleys, dances, sketches and videos that will make you wish the holidays were over even quicker! The show opens Friday, Nov. 29 and continues through December at $18 per ticket. Tickets are $25 for a special New Year’s Eve show at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Call Bryant-Lake Bowl, 810 W. Lake St., at 825-8949.
South High theater benefit
South High’s theater program is a huge draw for Southwest-area students, and on Mon. Nov. 25, the Friends of South High Theater are staging "Some Enchanted Evening," a celebration of Broadway show tunes, dance and a few other surprises. The show, at South’s auditorium, 3131 19th Ave. S., will benefit the school’s theater program.
South High parent (and Star Tribune theater critic) Graydon Royce will emcee the cabaret, which features South alum Sanford Moore performing with jazz vocalist Connie Evingson; cabaret artist Mary Keepers; Cathy Fuller, a Windom resident and local actor; taiko drummer Rick Shiomi of Lyndale neighborhood’s Theater Mu; and a full cast of talented South High students, faculty and alums.
The 90-minute show is directed by Kingfield resident, South parent and Guthrie regular Bob Davis with musical direction provided by South’s Theater Program Director Phil Bratnober.
Each year, more than 400 students participate as actors, directors, playwrights and technicians. The program has prepared many students for professional theater careers. Funds raised at "Some Enchanted Evening" will go toward a winter touring production of last year’s successful "Ain’t Misbehavin’" and the area public-high premiere of Stephen Sondheim’s "Sunday in the Park with George" next spring.
Tickets are available at the door, or by calling 668-4350. Tickets are $30 for adults, $10 for students and seniors, $50 for families and $100 for patrons. Ticket prices include the show and a pre-performance dessert buffet.
A tip from your server
The Jungle Theatre’s new comedy "Fully Committed" has a theme most actors can relate to: restaurant work. Nathan Keepers (who’ll jump from the Guthrie’s Comedy of Errors to the Jungle, 2951 Lyndale Ave. S.) plays a struggling actor who works as a reservationist in a trendy Manhattan restaurant. Keepers plays 40 different characters while he juggles unending phone calls, special requests and securing a big audition. Playwright Becky Mode was an actress and waitress before she got her big break to write "Fully Committed," which debuted in 1999. The show opens Friday, Nov. 22 and runs through Jan 5. Prices range from $18 to $28, call the box office at 822-7063.
Stevens Square arts sale, air fair
By Scott Russell
The Stevens Square Community Organization is cohosting an art sale by local artists at the Acadia Caf, 1931 Nicollet Ave., Monday, Dec. 2, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
The event, which includes live music, will feature 15 visual artists, including painters, photographers, wood carvers and book artists.
SSCO also invites visual artists to submit their work for the second annual Red Hot Art fair, June 7 and 8.
The application deadline is Friday, Dec. 6. Judges will review submissions based on the fair’s mission: To celebrate the authentic self-expressions of local artists.
It costs $10 to have the work reviewed. If selected, artists pay $25 to participate. SSCO will host an informational meeting Friday, Nov. 24, 7 p.m. at the City of Lakes building, 110 E. 18th St.. For more information, call Arts Coordinator Julie Filapek at 871-7307.