This week in An Appalachian Summer
An Appalachian Rendezvous with French Cinema: ‘My Afternoons
Monday, July 16, 8 p.m.
A pre-film talk with festival film expert Dr. John Pfeifer begins at 8 p.m. and will last approximately 30 minutes.
This story about a village idiot and an articulate writer that forge an unusual bond after a chance meeting in a local park has captured the hearts of many. Germain is in his 50s and completely illiterate; Margueritte is in her 90s and shares her passion for writing with anyone who will listen.
When lumbering Germain shares a park bench with Margueritte, her reading aloud helps him to connect with his inner intellectual. Little does Germain realize that Margueritte is getting as much out of their relationship as he is; as Germain becomes more literate, Margueritte discovers a unique friendship that she never thought possible.
Unrated; Directed by Jean Becker (2010); 82 minutes; This film includes subtitles.
‘Shipwrecked! An Entertainment - The Amazing Adventures of Louis de Rougemont (as Told by Himself)’ – A Play by Donald Margulies
Thursday, July 19, 8 p.m.
Join Louis de Rougemont on his amazing adventures of bravery, survival and celebrity that left 19th-century England spellbound. Dare to be whisked away in a story of the high seas, populated by exotic islanders, flying wombats, giant sea turtles and a monstrous man-eating octopus.
“Shipwrecked” examines how far we’re willing to blur the line between fact and fiction in order to leave our mark on the world. This production is a cooperative venture between Appalachian State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance and An Appalachian Summer Festival.
Linda Eder: Songbirds - A Tribute to the Ladies
Friday, July 20, 8 p.m.
Showcasing one of the greatest contemporary voices of our time, Linda Eder takes the stage to pay tribute to some of the most iconic women in American music history. Performing the music of Lena Horn, Etta James, Barbara Streisand, Judy Garland, Eva Cassidy and others, Eder channels the essence of these great singers, while also performing the songs that define her as one of today’s most powerful Broadway and recording artists.
Eder’s career took flight in 1987 after her 12-week winning streak on the hit show, “Star Search.”
This success led to the release of her first album in 1991 and a leading role on Broadway as Lucy Harris in “Jekyll & Hyde,” which resulted in a nomination for a Drama Desk Award in 1997. Two decades and 13 albums later, she is one of America’s most popular and acclaimed interpreters of pop standards and theatrical songs, noted for her flawless ability to add in her own emotional underscores.
Eder performs for sold-out crowds throughout the U.S. and Europe, appearing at many prestigious venues, such as Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Radio City Music Hall and Wolftrap.
Always touring in good company, Eder collaborates with Oscar-winning composer and pianist Marvin Hamlisch and Tony-winner Michael Feinstein, among others.
The Travelin’ McCourys with Sierra Hull and Highway 111 – July 21
Chicago and The Doobie Brothers – July 25
26th Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Walk – July 28
Most tickets for An Appalachian Summer Festival events cost $25 for adults, $15 for ASU students, $15 for children ages 6 to 18, and $10 for children younger than 6. Tickets are available at the Farthing Auditorium Box Office, located at 733 Rivers St. on the ASU campus, by calling (800) 841-ARTS, or by visiting http://www.appsummer.org.
For more information, including workshops, film screenings and other Appalachian Summer events, call (828) 262-4046 or visit http://www.appsummer.org.