Fulcrum Point musicians, Flamenco dancer Chiara Mangiameli, and the Sones de Mexico Ensemble are creating quite the musical mashup next week, when arts education and new music and Latin culture come together.
In a performance benefiting Fulcrum Point’s Sound Tracks education programming, the Fiesta Latina is definitely a celebration of music and dance says Stephen Burns, executive director of Fulcrum Point.
Tuesday’s concert promises to be a combination of music and dance, and something Chicago-based flamenco dancer Chiara Mangiameli (who you might remember from the Looking Glass production of Rick Bayless’ Cascabel), has been working long and hard on with her students in Soundtracks. She says her own love of dance, particularly the story that comes with the flamenco music is really exciting for the kids.
Though I've never been one to read comic books, I enjoy a good superhero film as much as the next girl. This summer has been a big one for heroes: Spiderman, The Avengers and another Batman movie all hit theaters this summer. Probably most anticipated and definitely most appealing to me is the Batman story. In The Dark Knight Rises, we see a broken hero who has assumed the role of villain in order to preserve the image of the hero "Harvey Dent" that Gotham so desperately needed. Maybe my arts advocacy wheels have been turning a bit too hard lately, but when I thought about the blurred line of hero and villain... something came to mind: corporate sponsorship in the arts.
Whenever people see "government" or "politics" in article titles, they tend to either have or prepare for a reaction. With the election just around the corner, more than ever we are focused on what we would like to see improved in our country and on who we think is capable of implementing the change. The election season and discussions I have had with some very engaged arts advocacy friends of mine have caused me to wonder: When it comes to the arts, what is the role of government in the United States? Even more daunting than that question was the realization of my own ignorance - and I know I'm not alone.