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Archive for January, 2013

Mess Around & Fall in Love with Felicia P. Fields

Posted by Newsroom On January - 29 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS


Munster, IN– Celebrating the most romantic night of the year, powerhouse songstress Felicia P. Fields will perform her all new show, Mess Around & Fall in Love, on Thursday, February 14 at 7:30 p.m. at Theatre at the Center, 1040 Ridge Rd. Filled with sassy hits like “I Got It Bad (And That Ain’t Good)”, “Women Be Wise”, “You Can Have My Husband But Don’t Mess With My Man”, and “I Got My Mojo Workin’, Mess Around & Fall in Love brings entertainment to a new level and will have the audience singing and dancing in their seats for the entire 75-minute program. Dinner theater packages are available for $50 per person and performance only tickets are available for $35.

A Tony Award-nominee for her role in THE COLOR PURPLE on Broadway, Felicia recently performed in MY ONE AND ONLY at the Marriott Theatre, CROWNS at the Goodman Theatre, HAIRSPRAY at Drury Lane Theatre, and THE WIZ at Theatre at the Center. She has also appeared in numerous productions at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Nightlight Theatre, and Apple Tree Theatre. She received a Black Theatre Alliance Award, multiple Jeff Award nominations, a 2006 Theatre World Award, a Clarence Derwent Award, two Broadway.com awards, an NAACP nomination, and a Denver Post Ovation Award.

Founded in 1991, Theatre at the Center is a year-round professional theater at its home, The Center for Visual and Performing Arts, 1040 Ridge Road, Munster, Indiana. Theatre at the Center is Located off I-80/94, just 35 minutes from downtown Chicago, and has free parking.

The performances will take place Thursday, February 14 at 7:30 p.m. Individual tickets at $35 and can be combined with dinner for $50, which will be served at 5:30 p.m. To purchase individual tickets call the Box Office at 219.836.3255 or Tickets.com at 800.511.1552. Gift certificates, perfect for all special occasions, are also available by calling the Box Office at 219.836.3255.  For more information on Theatre at the Center, visit TheatreAtTheCenter.com.

The World Famous Platters Revue Comes to Drury Lane Theatre on February 4 & 5

Posted by Newsroom On January - 28 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS
For two performances only!
The_World_Famous_Platters_of_BransonOakbrook Terrace, IL— The World Famous Platters Revue will perform the greatest hits of The Platters, who had 40 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 in the 1950’s and 1960’s, at Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, on Monday, February 4 at 1:30 p.m. and Tuesday, February 5 at 1:30 p.m.  The World Famous Platters Revue pays tribute to one of the world’s most successful vocal groups since the introduction of the classic “Doo-Wop” sound of the 1950’s.
The Platters are known for timeless classics including “Only You,” “The Great Pretender,” “My Prayer,” “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes,” “Harbor Lights,” “Ebb Tide,” “Red Sails In The Sunset,” “If I Didn’t Care” and “The Magic Touch.” Since the group formed in 1953, they have recorded approximately 400 songs, sold over 89 million records, received 230 awards and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Platters quickly became a favorite of rock-n-roll, pop, rhythm and blues, and country listeners around the world. The World Famous Platters Revue continues their tradition, performing their smash hits from the 1950’s and 1960’s in Branson for over 15 years.
The performance schedule for The World Famous Platters Revue is Monday, February 4 at 1:30 p.m. and Tuesday, February 5 at 1:30 p.m.  Tickets are $50 for each performance. Lunch/theatre packages are available for $65 and discounts are available for subscribers. For reservations, call the Drury Lane Box office at 630.530.0111, or visit http://www.ticketmaster.com/ or http://www.drurylaneoakbrook.com/.

Soap Box Rants: Quit Faking It!

Posted by Admin On January - 2 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

WEEKLY COLUMN to CopyLine Magazine

By Pamela Bratcher-McMillan
President, Chair & CEO, of PETAL et al.

If in fact history repeats itself – as we’ve always been told – when will the era of passionate, not in it for the money creative talent return? Not just in music, but in art too. It appears that these days ego is put before true talent: If you can fake it, you’ll make it.

Then, too, what happened to Soul music? You know…Soul music? Soul music was the smooth heartfelt sounds of crooners that would bring tears to your eyes when they sang from the deep bellies of their soul. In magical moments, they would hit that note, and say the right words that would just overwhelm you with emotion and make you smile, laugh and cry. Have you heard a song like that lately? We went from folks singing to folks singing and playing instruments, to folks singing with computer/electronic generated music to everything being done with the computer and electronic instruments in the studio. You can’t make any mistakes in there with voices being auto-tuned! Unfortunately, we miss out on the natural side of music which includes acoustics, strings, drums, wind instruments and naturally beautiful voices. Let there be no misunderstanding here. Beautiful voices are not always pretty. They can be haunting, rich, deep, grungy, raspy, etc., but they fit the song appropriately, naturally and perfectly as they are felt my singer as well as the listener. The best Blues singers actually sound like people with the blues which means they probably really know about it and sing as an outlet at the same time sharing feelings and entertaining.

In fact, we are living in times where our youth are taught the most important thing is how much money you have and how many material things you acquire. What about happiness, peace of mind, and quality of life while honing their craft, if any? We often spend our time with the distractions of chasing dreams, trying to make that million dollars, but in the process we lose what really matters – spending time with family and making sure they are learning values, how to protect themselves in an often cruel world and the art of being happy carefully around associates that often mean them no good (because of their own miseries), but disguise themselves as friends.

We instill in them the importance of having money, but never really show them how to be happy when they have money and don’t have it and how to avoid being taken advantage of while pursuing dreams. Often, they’ll sell out by putting half-baked music on the market just to make a buck. If the marketing people and news media are saying they are the next greatest thing, everybody starts to buy in, except those that recognize the distinction of quality in music and art. It is very important that they understand how the business side works. It is for profit. The business doesn’t care if you are a one-hit wonder as long as that hit makes them a million dollars. You have nothing else? Then they’ll just spit you out.

True talent will be found out and there is no holding it down, especially in the age of the Internet. YouTube channels, social networks, email blasts and web presence all see to that. Little advice: learn how to play an instrument. Musicians say it all the time “singers come a dime a dozen.” Don’t be one of those. If you sing very well and play an instrument that is great. But if you don’t play an instrument, unless you are using this as part of a plan (you’ll need some degree of talent here, but apparently not as much looking at most film and television today) to become an actor or actress, your voice had better be exceptional outside of the studio as well as in the studio or you won’t last. That’s where the “you should know how to be happy, have peace of mind, and quality of life” while pursuing those things comes in. You may need to lean on those attributes one day.

There was a time, many decades ago, before the city outlawed it, folks on the Southside would meet up and have free concerts in parks, alleys on the beach, etc. with some well-known talent singing on the street because, guess what? They just liked to sing and entertain people, and it didn’t expect anything but your time and offering some encouragement, although donations were welcome as the hat passed around. Many of those names were very well known or became that.

As for want-to-be “professional” fine artists, quit faking! You know who you are. I went to some gallery showings last year. They were pitiful. There is obviously some misconception that if you splash some paint on a canvas, and move it around you are an artist. Get over yourself! There were what they called many years ago “Masters” and they took on what was called “Apprentices” and trained them in their years of looking and recognizing things like color and emotion, shadows and lighting, volume and texture. I can go on and on, but most importantly, artists need to look and express with mediums as a masterful creator, and quit pretending, because they think it looks cool and seems easy. Paint if you want, but be careful who you invite to a show, because you may not get the attention again of those that recognize talent after you have wasted their time with a subpar gallery showing. There are very few it comes easy for, and skilled artists know. Curators and critiques recognize the difference too. There are books on this stuff. Please read them. Study other artists, nature, tools and see how they make you and others feel. There is no instant anything, babe. Ask yourself what truly makes your art special, unique or worthwhile?

Pamela Bratcher-McMillan is a technology Expert and President, Chair & CEO, of PETAL et al.

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