Appalachian Summer welcomes k.d. lang July 15

Article Published: Jul. 14, 2011 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
Appalachian Summer welcomes k.d. lang July 15

k.d. lang and The Siss Boom Bang perform July 15 at ASU.

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An Appalachian Summer Festival, Appalachian State University's celebrated and highly anticipated summer arts attraction, welcomes Grammy Award winner k.d. lang and her band, The Siss Boom Bang, to the Farthing Auditorium stage at 8 p.m. on Friday, July 15.

For more than 25 years, k.d. lang's voice has been capturing hearts. The smooth sound of country-rock, matched with her edgy style, got people talking, and it wasn't long before her 1988 album, "Shadowland," was in the Top 10 on the Billboard Country album charts. She won her first Grammy in 1989 for Best Female Country Vocal Performance for Absolute Torch and Twang.

Perhaps lang's biggest hit, "Constant Craving," came from her 1992 platinum-selling album "Ingenue," which gave her another Grammy for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. She has collaborated with some of the world's forefront musicians, including Bonnie Raitt, Elton John and Tony Bennett, who described lang as "the best singer of her generation." In April 2011, lang debuted her most recent album, "Sing It Loud," with The Siss Boom Bang. The album includes the lead single, "I Confess," and a striking version of Talking Heads' "Heaven."

Tickets cost $40 for adults, $22 for students ages 6 to 18, $21 for ASU students, and $15 for children 5 and under.

The performance, a Schaefer Popular Series event, is sponsored by Westglow Resort & Spa and Rowland's Restaurant. Storie Street Grille and Reynolds Blue Ridge provided additional performance sponsorship. Pre-concert concessions are provided by Peabody's Beer & Wine Merchants and Storie Street Grille.

Wild & Scenic Films July 16

This year, An Appalachian Summer Festival's "Celebrate the Arts in Film" series pays tribute to different art forms through motion pictures. In addition to these arts films, the festival welcomes back the Wild & Scenic Environment Film Festival for a free event on Duck Pond Field. These films are generously sponsored by Footslogger's Outdoor & Travel Outfitters of Boone.

The films offered this July include Movies on the Lawn: Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Festival, featuring "Bag It" and "Meet Your Farmer" on July 16, "Séraphine" on July 18, "Mad Hot Ballroom" on July 22 and "The Concert" on July 25.

The Wild & Scenic films begin at 9 p.m. at Duck Pond Field. All other films start at 8 p.m. at Farthing Auditorium. Dr. John Pfeifer, vice chairman of the festival advisory board, will lead a pre-show discussion in the auditorium as an introduction to each film.

Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at the festival box office in advance, or at the door. A discount price is given if tickets are purchased to all four evenings. Movies on the Lawn: Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Festival is a free event and begins at 9 p.m. at Duck Pond Field on the campus of Appalachian State University in front of Kidd Brewer Stadium.

Halpert Biennial reception July 17

The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts presents the Halpert Biennial '11, a national, juried, two-dimensional art competition and exhibition program that is held every other year as one of the visual arts components of An Appalachian Summer Festival.

This year's juror, Steven Matijcio, the curator of contemporary art at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, has selected a group of 68 works by 48 artists that will be on display in the Turchin Center from July 1 through Dec. 3 in the Main Gallery.

A gallery tour by the juror and reception for the artists will be held at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 17. This event is free.

The winning artists of the Halpert Biennial '11 are Stephanie Adelman, Dave Alsobrooks, Kristin Ashley, Jerry Atnip, Geoffrey Ault, Dianne Baker, Kevin Benisvy, Denee Black, Aaron Blum, Mickael Broth, Joe Burleson, Les Caison III, Emily Clare, Julia Clift, Louis DeLuco, William T. Dooley, David Dorsey, Marjorie Durko Puryear, Bryan Florentin, Jenny Freestone, Carl Gombert, Carly Greene, Susan C. Gregory, Dorothy Griffith, Leslie Hirst, Constance Humphries, Rowan James, Carmella Jarvi, Dale Klein, Dan Lobdell, Neil Loughlin, Kathleen Madigan, Leigh Moose, Cindy Murray, Daniel Nevins, Bongkyun Noh, Jim Pearson, Kurney Ramsey Jr., Craig Screven, Darron R. Silva, Gregory L. Smith, Tom Stephens, D. B. Stovall, Ineke Thomas, Carole Usdan, Justin R. Webb, Erin Wiersma, and Michael Zakely.

The Halpert Biennial '11 is a national, juried, two-dimensional art competition and exhibition program designed to recognize new works of art by emerging and established artists residing in the United States. The Halpert Biennial, an integral part of An Appalachian Summer Festival, is made possible through an endowment from Buddy and Charlotte Halpert and is dedicated to the couple's memory.

This exhibition has grown to feature some of the most exciting new visual art in the country and focuses on a range of art including paintings, drawings, prints, photography, mixed media and works using traditional and nontraditional materials. The awards for the competition amount to $5,000 and include two Juror's awards, a Director's Award, as well as multiple Purchase awards that allows the expansion of The Halpert Biennial Collection within the Turchin Center's Permanent Collection.

The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts is located at 423 W. King St. in downtown Boone. For more information, including details on upcoming events throughout July, call (828) 262-3017 or visit and

Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Walk July 23

The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts and An Appalachian Summer Festival are celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition with their annual Sculpture Walk on at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 23, followed by a reception in the Farthing Auditorium lobby.
This event is free and open to the public.

The juror for this year's competition is artist Mel Chin from Burnsville. The eight winners are Paris Alexander (Raleigh), "The Burning"; Aaron Lee Benson (Jackson, Tenn.), "Love Hurts"; Loren Costantini (Milford, Conn.), "Flower"; Jennifer Hecker (Brockport, N.Y.), "Martyr Dress #1"; Ira Hill (Tallahassee, Fla.), "AMUK"; IlaSahai Prouty (Bakersville), "Tidal Sand"; Adam Walls (Laurinburg), "Surprise"; and Glenn Zweygardt (Alfred Station, N.Y.), "Melt."

The Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition is a national, juried competition presented annually by the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts on the ASU campus.

Made possible by the generosity of longtime arts supporters Martin and Doris Rosen, the competition continues a long-held tradition of showcasing the best of large-scale, contemporary American sculpture. Each year, sculptures are selected for exhibition and are sited in outdoor, public settings across campus.

A cash prize is awarded to the artist whose work is chosen as the Rosen Award winner.
Since its establishment in 1987, The Rosen has become an integral part of An Appalachian Summer Festival, the university's annual multi-arts celebration, with the announcement of the Rosen Award winner and the unveiling of the catalog during the festival's annual Sculpture Walk.

For more information on the Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition, visit

The 25th Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition will be on display beginning May through February 2012. For a preview of the incoming sculptures, visit or

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