On Tour: Newport News, VA

24 Nov

November 17, 2015 | Miriam Beerman: Expressing the Chaos | Newport News, VA

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Such a handsome facility is the Ferguson Center for the Arts on the campus of Christopher Newport University. Traveling up and down the East Coast has been a real pleasure. Every one of the states I’ve been to so far is one of the original 13 colonies, and I feel immersed in American history. The Music and Theater Hall is a lovely space with plush red seats and a great vibe. And they’ve got a Blu-Ray player!

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Tonight is a small audience but the film is well-received. And I can certainly understand the sparse numbers—I’m up against a night with Frank Sinatra, Jr. The high-rolling Newport crowd is having dinner on the other side of the Center getting ready for Ol’ Blue Eyes II.

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The crowd for the film is mostly made up of art students, and there is a nice moderated discussion with Kristin Skees and Lindsay Schiller, who give me some real insight into the artistic process and how to look at Miriam’s work through a better historical context.

In Kristin’s class earlier in the day, she said that some of her students got a bit misty thinking about their impending careers as artists.

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I’ll be spending the night in Charlottesville, Virginia, about halfway between Newport and Lewisberg, West Virginia (part of Virginia during the Colonial era) for the next screening at Carnegie Hall. I love saying that I’m playing there!

Post by OSIP touring filmmaker, Jonathan Gruber.


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