Set in the run-up and aftermath of the 2016 election, Pop brings the Canard County trilogy to a close as Dawn, the young narrator of Gipe’s first novel, Trampoline, is now the mother of the seventeen-year-old Nicolette. Whereas Dawn has become increasingly agoraphobic as the internet persuades her the world is descending into chaos, Nicolette narrates an Appalachia where young people start businesses rooted in local food culture and work to build community. But Nicolette’s precocious rise in the regional culinary scene is interrupted when her policeman cousin violently assaults her, setting in motion a chain of events that threaten to destroy the family—and Canard County in the process.
In the tradition of Gipe’s first two novels, Pop’s Appalachia is full of clear-eyed, caring, creative, and complicated people struggling to hang on to what is best about their world and reject what is not. Their adventures reflect an Appalachia that is overrun by outside commentators looking for stories to tell about the region—sometimes positive, sometimes negative, but almost always oversimplified.
About the Author - Robert Gipe lives and works in Harlan County, Kentucky. Pop is his third Ohio University Press novel. His first, Trampoline, won the 2016 Weatherford Award for Appalachian novel of the year. His second novel, Weedeater, was a Weatherford finalist. For the past thirty years, he has worked in arts-based organizing and is the founding co-producer of the Higher Ground community performance series. He has contributed to numerous journals and anthologies, is a playwright, and is currently a script consultant on a forthcoming television show based on Beth Macy’s Dopesick. Author photo by Amelia Kirby.
About the Author - Richard Chase collected The Jack Tales in the mountain country of North Carolina, where they have been handed down for generations. Everyone knows the story of Jack and the Beanstalk. This book contains eighteen stories about Jack, many of them still completely new to the average reader. And what adventures Jack has! Noted American folklorist Richard Chase (1904–1988) has been called the man “most responsible for the renaissance of Appalachian storytelling.” A collector of tales that had been handed down from generation to generation in the Appalachian regions of the United States, Chase was born in Alabama and lived in the mountains of North Carolina.
Elliott Daingerfield: Art and Life in North Carolina is devoted to a figured described as the most important artist in North Carolina. From his youth in Fayetteville to his years in Blowing Rock, we will learn all about Elliott Daingerfield's time in North Carolina. This book contains beautiful color prints of Daingerfield's most impressive works as well as archival family photos.
The 10th Anniversary Commemorative Book tells the story of the founding and infancy of BRAHM.
BRAHM History Committee formed in 2020 to tell the story of the founding of the museum leading up to our 10th anniversary in October 2021.
J. Richard Gruber, Ph.D., is Director Emeritus of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, University of New Orleans. He was Director of the Ogden Museum and a member of the UNO faculty from 1999-2010. He also served as the Deputy Director of the Morris Museum of Art and Director of its Center for the Study of Southern Painting; Director of the Wichita Art Museum; and Director of the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. He holds an M.A. in art history from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Ph. D. in art history from the University of Kansas at Lawrence. He has published numerous books on artists including Thomas Hart Benton, Benny Andrews, William Christenberry, Robert Rauschenberg, Robert Stackhouse, Nellie Mae Rowe, William Dunlap, and Wolf Kahn.
BRAHM Book Club: Junaluska Speaks edited by Sue Ke
About the Book: Junaluska is one of the oldest African American communities in western North Carolina and one of the few surviving today. After Emancipation, many former slaves in Watauga County became sharecroppers, were allowed to clear land and to keep a portion, or bought property outright, all in the segregated neighborhood on the hill overlooking the town of Boone, North Carolina. Land and home ownership have been crucial to the survival of this community, whose residents are closely interconnected as extended families and neighbors. Missionized by white Krimmer Mennonites in the early twentieth century, their church is one of a handful of African American Mennonite Brethren churches in the United States, and it provides one of the few avenues for leadership in the local black community. Susan Keefe has worked closely with members of the community in editing this book, which is based on three decades of participatory research. These life history narratives adapted from interviews with residents (born between 1885 and 1993) offer a people's history of the black experience in the southern mountains. Their stories provide a unique glimpse into the lives of African Americans in Appalachia during the 20th century--and a community determined to survive through the next.
About the Editors: Susan E. Keefe is Professor Emerita of Anthropology at Appalachian State University where she taught for 38 years. Her publications include seven books and monographs and over 40 articles and chapters in professional journals and edited books. Keefe began her work in Junaluska, the African American neighborhood in Boone, in 1989. She has worked with the community most recently as a member of the Junaluska Heritage Association and as co-editor of Junaluska: Oral Histories of a Black Appalachian Community (McFarland, 2020). She has called Blowing Rock her home since 1978.
Roberta Jackson is Facilitator for the Junaluska Heritage Association, a community-based organization dedicated to preserving cultural heritage and assisting in community growth. She is a life-long resident of the community and a graduate of Appalachian State University. She worked in the Physical Plant Department at ASU for 30 years. Jackson is Secretary of the Boone Mennonite Brethren Church and serves as a member of the Watauga County Library Board, the Appalachian Regional Library Board, and the Digital Watauga Board.
About the Book: In 2016, headlines declared Appalachia ground zero for America's "forgotten tribe" of white working class voters. Journalists flocked to the region to extract sympathetic profiles of families devastated by poverty, abandoned by establishment politics, and eager to consume cheap campaign promises. What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia is a frank assessment of America's recent fascination with the people and problems of the region. The book analyzes trends in contemporary writing on Appalachia, presents a brief history of Appalachia with an eye toward unpacking Appalachian stereotypes, and provides examples of writing, art, and policy created by Appalachians as opposed to for Appalachians. The book offers a must-needed insider's perspective on the region.
About the Author: Elizabeth Catte is a writer and historian from East Tennessee. She holds a PhD in public history from Middle Tennessee State University and is the co-owner of Passel, a historical consulting and development company. She lives in Staunton, VA.
The Summer Dance Intensive immerses you in four weeks of movement-intensive classes that celebrate what we can learn from dancing remotely online together.
Contemporary movement practice classes give you a range of forms to explore.
Repertory and composition classes culminate in online performances and integrate making, dancing, researching, and performing.
Four-week-long classes, drop-in classes and discussions, evening performances, and weekend workshops provide variety and community.
Join us in a way that works for you, choosing from drop-in, part-time, and full-time enrollment options.
The Summer Dance Intensive (SDI) is for dancers who are age 18 or older by June 21, 2021. Classes are designed for intermediate and advanced dancers with a consistent movement practice. We recommend that, minimally, you have some prior dance training and a regular practice. No audition is required to enroll.
As our capacity for this intensive is limited, we’d like everyone who attends to be present at each class to create a community and reap the benefits of the full experience.
The American Dance Festival (ADF) is pleased to present dendy/ donovan projects' Mark Dendy (Obie and "Bessie" award winning choreographer) and British producer/director Stephen Donovan as they make the jump from stage to screen with their debut film "tHe aGe oF aNXieTy" (The ADF Exclusive Cut). This acclaimed duo has been making and producing experimental dance-theater-visual art in and around New York for over a decade. Drawing upon their own personal mental health challenges, this formidable team leaps full force into the world of the moving image and a journey of displacement, sadness and rage, and real life. Illuminated through dance and a landscape of disparity, racial and social injustice, political chaos, and dysfunction, their story is told through the eyes of the central character, Monsieur Le Clown.
"tHe aGe oF aNXieTy" is a reaction, a document of its time, a call to action. It is a visual feast that is "a twisted love letter to New York City." The film investigates the self and the collective. "tHe aGe oF aNXieTy" explores how our minds are held hostage by a fractured society and the actions of others, and where fragments of reality and fiction blur the boundaries of public and private and collide where history and the personal live together.
Dendy’s daring physicality and wit, combined with Donovan’s pointed social commentary and "grit and guerrilla" visual style, along with a poignant and surreal non-linear narrative, chronicles the vibrancy, color, and kinetic life-force of the New York City streets during the 2020 lockdown.
A dynamic score, sixteen incredible performers, and many iconic New York locations such as Central Park, The World Trade Center, The Hudson River Piers, The Public Library, and East Village rooftops connect together to heighten the raw visual energy as we witness this unique moment in history told through the eyes of Monsieur Le Clown. This is his personal and life affirming journey.
Directed by Stephen Donovan and Mark Dendy. Choreography by Mark Dendy in collaboration with the Performers.Written and edited by Stephen Donovan. @the_age_of_anxiety_film
Pride Trilogy III - Darius de Haas Sings Billy Strayhorn "Something to Live For"
THU, JUN 24, 2021 7:00 PM
This event will be performed and streamed LIVE from Flushing Town Hall's Theater. Buy tickets to receive the LIVE link and get a reminder!
Tickets: $5 (plus $1 service fee)
Obie Award winning actor and singer Darius de Haas (Broadway's "Rent", "Shuffle Along", "Kiss Of The Spiderwoman", and Amazon's "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel") performs the music of Billy Strayhorn in an intimate setting, celebrating the composer's rich contribution to the Great American Songbook- Billy Strayhorn wrote "Take The A Train", "Lush Life", "Day Dream", "Chelsea Bridge", "Something To Live For", and more.
The Queens Jazz Orchestra Ensemble will be performed and streamed LIVE from Flushing Town Hall's Theater.
This concert will present the core rhythm section of the larger Queens Jazz Orchestra in a special program honoring NEA Jazz Master Jimmy Heath who passed away in January 19, 2020 at the age of 93. Jimmy Heath passed the baton to his protégé, Antonio Hart to conduct and lead the orchestra in his aftermath.
The ensemble is comprised of six amazing musicians: Freddie Hendrix on trumpet, Steve Davis on trombone, Antonio Hart on saxophone, Jeb Patton on piano, David Wong on bass, and Vince Ector on drums. They will perform some music composed by Jimmy Heath as well as jazz standard arrangements.
Pride Trilogy II - Marieann Meringolo "Here's to the Ladies! A Salute to Great Ladies of Song"
THU, JUN 17, 2021 7:00 PM
This event will be performed and streamed LIVE from Flushing Town Hall's Theater.
Tickets: $5 (plus $1 service fee)
Multi award winning vocalist, Marieann Meringolo, presents "Here's to the Ladies! A Salute to Great Ladies of Song," celebrating such icons as Peggy Lee, Barbra Streisand, Joni Mitchell, Dionne Warwick, and more.