Schedule glitches. We’ve all experienced them. Sometimes they’re annoying, and other times, simply your worst nightmare. The library gallery’s exhibit schedule is often booked a full year ahead. We pretty much already know what’s happening two months from this date in 2012. But a few months ago, there was a change in the plan that left us with a wide open week in the middle of October. It didn’t make sense to extend the prior engagement, and we couldn’t think of an exhibit we could (or would want to) load in and pull out in seven days. Instead, we decided to turn the glitch to our and your advantage and transform the space into The Gallery Theatre.
What that means for the lucky general public is that we’re bringing you three special events for the library’s regular program admission of $no-cost-to-you.
On Thursday evening, 10/20 at 7pm, we have an evening of jazz called Sampling the Scene. Three local groups, one venue. Included are: The River Falls Cultural Project, which can be heard at Emma’s on most any Sunday night; Plus 1 Trio, the Wednesday evening staple at Earth Angels; and Jazz for the Occasion with a new mix of seasoned musicians. Each group will play for 30 minutes, followed by another half hour of all-out jamming. How often do you get to see three jazz bands in one evening anywhere, never mind in River Falls? These groups are excellent; come support the jazz scene and have a great evening.
On Saturday morning, 10/22 at 10:30am, we present Martial Arts Mastery, a demonstration and differentiation of various martial art forms. Mark Tomlinson will offer a glimpse of t’ai chi. Greg Garves of AKF in River Falls will demonstrate kyukido and also some judo. Jeffrey Vorwald and Paul Wachsmuth of the Shaolin Kempo Karate group at UWRF will perform karate and kung fu. These people will be able to answer questions about the differences between the styles, and literature will be available for area classes. We very much appreciate their time. This event is great for all ages!
And on Sunday, 10/23 at 1:30pm, we are proud to bring to the stage fives forms of dance in one afternoon. Songs of the Body is a gift to the community by six area dance instructors. Nancy & Gary Sukowatey will perform ballroom dances; Lynne Butenhoff will dance ballet; Jocelyn Gorham will offer Bharatanatyam; Jen Bush will show us Middle Eastern dance, and Mari Kline from UWRF’s dance faculty will close with modern dance. This is an unusual “recital,” and we are deeply grateful to these performers for gracing our stage.
I hope the place is packed for every one of these shows. Bring your family, your date, your buddies, your mom & dad, some long-neglected friend. And it’s tiered seating, so you’ll be able to see what’s going on!