I can’t wait to see what it’s like to be in our pretty intimate Auditorium space with him, live. One can check him out on the web, of course, and get an idea. Still, who ever conjures up much of a physical image when they think of Ira Glass? Don’t you just mainly hear the voice, the unique speech pattern, the slow but suspenseful unraveling of whatever story he’s telling? (A story that, if told by anyone else, just wouldn’t work.) I’m really curious to see the facial expressions, the gestures, how he uses the stage, how he interacts with the audience . . .
After their house-rocking debut at Door Community Auditorium (DCA) in 2013, genre-bending sister band Rising Appalachia returns to DCA on Sunday, June 29. Passionate and enthralling, Rising Appalachia centers on multi-instrumentalist sisters Leah and Chloe Smith, who wrap their haunting vocals around banjo, fiddle, kalimba, djembe, spoon, and washboard accompaniment, fusing a broad array of world music traditions with their own deep Appalachian roots.
Though they classify their music as “progressive Appalachian groove,” Rising Appalachia is impossible to pigeonhole, mixing traditional folk songs with soul music, spoken word poetry, and even beatboxing. National Public Radio calls the resulting musical blend “aural divinity.”
Since its inception in 2005, Rising Appalachia has toured almost 20,000 miles, gathering critical acclaim and a devoted fan following along the way. Their prolific self-sculpted career has also included five independently released albums, filled with the rich musical cross-pollination that has become Rising Appalachia’s trademark.
In addition to their prodigious vocal and instrumental skill, Leah and Chloe Smith are known for integrating powerful social messages into their music. Leah says, “Music is the tool with which we wield political prowess….We are building community and tackling social injustice through melody—making the stage reach out with octopus arms to gather a great family.”
Critics and audiences agree that Rising Appalachia has succeeded in their social and musical mission. Huffintgon Post calls their work “the kind of music you can believe in.”
Rising Appalachia will perform at DCA at 8 p.m. on Sunday, June 29. Tickets for the concert range from $18 to $32. Advance reservations are recommended and can be made through the DCA box office, located at 3926 Highway 42 in Fish Creek. The box office is open Monday-Friday, 12-5 p.m. Tickets can be purchased in person, on the phone at (920) 868-2728, or online at www.dcauditorium.org.
Amidst a record-breaking kickoff for season and individual ticket sales, Door Community Auditorium announces staff changes including a retirement, a promotion, and the addition of a new employee.
After ten years of faithful and diligent service, Eileen Phetteplace has retired from her role as Office Manager. Eileen plans to devote more time to traveling with her husband, John.
Amanda Berby, originally from Rhinelander, Wisc., is DCA’s new Office Manager. Amanda has lived in Door County for two years and brings many years of experience in management and customer service to DCA. Amanda is excited to continue her career with an organization focused on enriching and challenging through the arts. Of her new position Amanda comments, “I’m particularly excited to welcome Ira Glass and the entire DCA line-up of artists to Door County and I look forward to meeting DCA’s volunteers and patrons.”
After three years of employment as the Production Coordinator and House Manager, Jennifer R. DuPont has been promoted to Production and Marketing Manager. Jennifer is a Door County native. Her new role reflects her day to day responsibilities of making certain DCA patrons and visiting artists are all happy, safe, and having unforgettable experiences while visiting DCA. She is also responsible for making sure that word of DCA events reaches people far and wide.
Jennifer has a background in broadcast television production, and came to DCA after a successful career in Atlanta where she worked for CNN and Turner Broadcasting. Jennifer is thrilled to have returned to Door County, and is happy to be able to serve her community and put her skill sets to good use at DCA. Jennifer is looking forward to the Ziggy Marley show and to swimming in the bay without a wetsuit for protection.
Door Community Auditorium’s 2014 Season begins on June 20th with a concert featuring Don McLean and Judy Collins. All are encouraged to stop by the box office to say hello to Jennifer and Amanda.
Date: Sunday, May 11, 2014
COMMUNITY PARTNER EVENT: YMCA Spring Dance Recital
Date: Sunday, April 27, 2014
‘Culture Under Canvas’ comes to Door County as Tent Show Radio Live celebrates its 20th Anniversary with this wonderfully dynamic radio show! The show features New York Times best-selling author, songwriter, radio show host, and amateur pig farmer – Michael Perry – along with Big Top’s Blue Canvas Orchestra and special guests.
Date: Friday, April 25, 2014
Featured St. Norbert’s College Lecturer: Dr. Jamie O’Brien
Date: Saturday, February 22, 2014
In the era of globalization competitive advantage is at a premium, and how we manage our people remains a differentiating factor. Understanding how national culture affects management style can be a key strategy for organizations in the United States, especially if expansion overseas is being considered. This lecture explores five dimensions of national culture that have an impact on how organizations might manage most effectively across countries: power distance, individualism, masculinity, uncertainty avoidance, and long- versus short-term focus. Dr. O’Brien is an Assistant Professor of Management on the St. Norbert College Business Administration faculty.
Featured St. Norbert’s College Lecturer: Dr. Deirdre Egan-Ryan
Date: Saturday, February 15, 2014
Our journeying through space is deeply embedded in our national identity. The American appetite for travel and expanded horizons is explored by looking to our literature, maps, advertisements, and art. Dr. Egan-Ryan is an Assistant Professor of English and Director of American Studies at St. Norbert College. Her scholarly work investigates the ways that our relationship to space and place influence our modern and American identities. She is fascinated especially by the ways that women writing during the first few decades of the 20th century found themselves negotiating gender identities through the shifting cultural spaces of American modernity: urban and rural, private and public.
Featured St. Norbert’s College Lecturer: Dr. Rebecca McKean
Date: Saturday, February 8, 2014
Within the desert landscapes of southern Utah, some surprising fossils have been found – fossils of fish, turtles, sharks, and large marine reptiles called plesiosaurs! Parts of Utah were covered by a vast ocean about 90 million years ago, creating the perfect environment for marine life. So just how big was this ocean? What kinds of fossils are found in Utah and just how were they preserved? And what does a paleontologist do with these fossils? We will address all of these questions as we explore this ancient ocean. Dr. McKean is Assistant Professor of Geology at St. Norbert College. She recently gained notoriety in scientific circles for her identification of a previously unknown plesiosaur that lived some 90 million years ago.
Featured St. Norbert’s College Lecturer: Dr. Mark Glantz
Date: Saturday, January 25, 2014
How do political television commercials inform and persuade citizens? Political television ads that accuse rival candidates of flip-flopping will be analyzed using Kenneth Burke’s theory of form. Romantic comedy films will be used as the example to explain how the theory operates. Examples from popular music (Katy Perry) and professional sports (Brett Favre) will be provided to further probe the content of flip-flop messages. Dr. Glantz is an Assistant Professor of Communications and Media Studies. His primary research and teaching interests are media studies and political rhetoric.