Sunday, September 13, 2009

Discovering Odds Bodkin

Last week was another great week for meeting interesting people. Odds Bodkin, (http://www.oddsbodkin.com)world-renowned storyteller from Bradford, NH, came on my radio show, and then dropped by the Concord TV studio to promote the Granite State Storyteller Festival, coming to New London this October 17, where Odds will be the Headliner for the event. The Festival will feature storytellers from across New England and New York. There will be four categories of tales; young children, families, adults and ghost stories. Visit the website to find more information, www.granitestatestorytelling.com
or go to the Coffee Chat archives on www.wkxl1450.com
Storyteller, Lauretta Phillips arranged the visit. Lauretta also has a storytelling show on WKXL, called Tale Spinner Cafe, which is on Saturday afternoons at 4 pm.

Other interviews:
The Audi Gala
September 13 is the date of the annual Audi Gala. Director Allwynne Fine, Producer David Murdo, and Arts Fair Coordinator Candy Brehm (happening at 6 pm in the parking lot prior to the 7pm show), came on the show to talk about the event that features a full schedule of performances by those groups that will be presenting on the audi stage this season.

The Community Players of Concord (www.communityplayersofconcord.org)
The organization had a plethora of news to talk about. Carol Kyne talked of the September 19th
Players Auction, happening at the Concord City Auditorium at 6pm. You won't want to miss this exciting first in the area. Players members donated each auction item that offers both hand crafted pieces as well as services that we can all use. Candy Brehm made another appearance
to talk about the upcoming Walker Lecture's Big Band Comedy Canteen on September 25 at the Audi (to benefit the Players). And Bob Pearson presented the 2009 season for the theatre group:
Godspell in November, The Underpants (a comedy by Steve Martin) in February, and Big, The Musical in May. And let's not forget the Children's Theatre Production of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer on October 16 and 17. We could have talked for another hour for sure.

What's happening next week?
Listen for The Concord Library, the SPCA, Community Concerts, and Nashua Theatre Guild, among other surprises. Tune in to 1450am or 103.9fm every morning from 9 to 10 am.

Monday, September 7, 2009

A Passion for Discovery; A Passion for a Play

In life, discovery never ends. I realized this when watching the first online video program of my 7 yr. old granddaughter, "Avery Discovers." In the video, she shares her likes and dislikes of her favorite new characters created by The Littlest Pet Shop. How does that fit in to the description of my blog? Well, I've wanted to start my own blog for a long time, but could never come up with a title that captured the essence of what I envisioned as the content of my blog.

Having three careers in community radio, television and my small business, I wondered how I could connect my experiences in a cohesive flow on a blog. Then it came to me! Just like Avery, my blog would be about discovery. Every day, in every aspect of my life, I have the pleasure of meeting new people, new organizations and businesses that are doing important and exciting things. Even at my age (not to be published, please), I was not only continuing the discovery process (sounds a bit like legalese, doesnt' it?), but I seem to have developed a greater appetite for discovery today, more than any other time in my life. So that's what my blog is all about. I hope the reader comes along for this great life discovery ride with me. Read on.

Have you ever heard of the play, "Woyzeck"? Written by George Buchner, it's about a German soldier's isolation and gradual descent into madness. It is an absurdly comic, genuinely poignant, and dramatically provocative portrait of a poor man whose final act tragically destroys the only thing he truly loves. Directed by the extremely talented Glenn Stuart, Professor of Theatre at New England College, the play is presented by The Open Door Theatre at the College on September 18 and 19 at 7:30 pm and September 20 at 3:00 pm.

Glenn was on my show on WKXL's Coffee Chat last Friday and I was struck by his tremendous passion for the play and of the author who died before completing the piece in the early 1800's.
I hope you'll plan on seeing the show and supporting the work of this outstanding theatre company and cast.

New England College's contributions to local theatre is worth discovering. For more on the production:
http://www.nec.edu/news/july-17-19-nec-open-door-theatre-presents-woyzeck