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THEATRE: Langston Hughes vs Joe McCarthy, March 9 to 17, 2019

February 5th, 2019
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March 9 to 17, 2019. All tickets $15.00. Call 905-543-8512
Artword Theatre is bringing back its timely and sensitive piece of documentary theatre, Langston Hughes vs. Joe McCarthy, written and directed by Ronald Weihs and produced by Judith Sandiford. Dancer-choreographer-actor Learie Mc Nicolls plays the role of Langston Hughes and character actor Howard Jerome plays The Interrogator.

Is poetry subversive? U.S. Senator Joe McCarthy thought so. On March 24, 1953, Langston Hughes, renowned poet of the Harlem Renaissance, was summoned before the Senate Committee on Investigations. Did his poems contain communist ideas? In reply, Langston Hughes tells about his personal encounters with racism in America. The script is based on the actual transcript of his testimony, interwoven with the controversial poems, and incorporating dance, music and powerful images of the era.
Only 8 performances! Running time: 60 minutes. Show dates and times:
Saturday March 9 at 7:30 pm, OPENING Special, includes admission to the Beg To Differ concert, following at 9 pm.
Sunday March 10 mat at 3:00 pm, Tuesday March 12 at 7:30 pm, Wednesday March 13 at 7:30 pm, Thursday March 14 at 7:30 pm, Friday March 15 at 7:30 pm, Saturday March 16 mat at 3:00 pm only, Sunday March 17 mat at 3:00 pm, final show.


Read Gary Smith’s review March 13, 2019 in the Hamilton Spectator:

Langston Hughes vs. Joe McCarthy is a moving and probing drama

“Langston Hughes vs. Joe McCarthy,” playwright Ron Weihs’s probing drama, packs a lot of power into an hour. This short play, interspersed with elegant stage moves, as well as haunting poetry by the iconic Hughes, is a fusion of art forms that sits neatly on the Artword Artbar stage.

The room is small. So is the stage. But the ideas are large.

Read more…

Event, Theatre

Latin American Peña, music and poetry, Sat March 16

February 4th, 2019
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Saturday March 16, 2019, at 8 pm, $15 at the door.
(advance closed).
Another of our regular Latin American Peñas, with music and poetry from South and Central America.

Performers include: musicians Marcelo Puente, Lil America, and Fito Molena, and poets Ama Luna, Jessica Carrasco and Constanza Durán.

Event, Music, Music-World

Tiny Bill Cody Sees the Devil, Friday March 15 at 9 pm

February 3rd, 2019
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Friday March 15, 2019, at 9:00 pm, $10. Tiny Bill Cody Sees the Devil. (This is a late show after the 7:30 performance of Langston Hughes vs Joe McCarthy.) Call 905-543-8512.
Tor Lukasik-Foss (aka Tiny Bill Cody) has been delivering off-kilter original songs in this city for two decades, and has recently cut his teeth as a storyteller with the Hamilton Seven. Join him as he presents Tiny Bill Cody Sees the Devil, an interconnected song and story cycle on hesitation, regret, social anxiety, and Satan!

Event, Music, Storytelling

The Purple, White and Green: the story of the Scottish Suffragettes, Thur Mar 14, 9 pm

February 1st, 2019
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Thursday March 14, 2019, at 9:00 pm, $10 or by donation. (This is a late show after the 7:30 performance of Langston Hughes vs Joe McCarthy.) Call 905-543-8512.
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The Purple, White and Green: the story of the Scottish Suffragettes. Written to mark the 1918-2018 centenary of (some) women’s right to vote in the UK, this powerful piece of storytelling is both timely and compelling. Storytellers Nicola Wright and Lea Taylor (from Edinburgh, Scotland) present with verve and vigour this mix of historical facts and prose, where deeds and words come together.

Nicola Wright and Lea Taylor performing The Purple, White and Green: the story of the Scottish Suffragettes.

Photo left: performers Lea Taylor and Nicola Wright marching down the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, 2018.

Their performance has enthralled audiences and even played at the Scottish Parliament before MSP’s and children.
They will also be performing this show at the Toronto Storytelling Festival on or near International Women’s Day.

Event, Storytelling, Theatre

Beg to Differ Quartet, Sat March 9, at 9 pm

January 16th, 2019
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Saturday March 9, 2019, at 9:00 pm, $10. An Artbar favourite, Beg To Differ Quartet, are back with a special late concert. Tim Ninehouse on keyboards, vocals; Doug Sikma on guitar; Steve Foster on drums and new member Ryan Ethier on bass. Unique renditions of blues, jazz and funk songs, drawing from a large musical repertoire from early blues roots to jazzified contemporary songs. http://reverbnation.com/begtodiffertrio

This show follows the performance of Langston Hughes vs Joe McCarthy from 7:30 to 8:30 pm.

Event, Music, Music-Blues, Music-Jazz

Beelays: Jazz Quartet, + Nosey Neighbour, double-bill, Fri March 8

January 15th, 2019
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Friday March 8, 2019, at 8 pm, $15. A double bill of jazz and funk.
Beelays: Jazz Quartet, with Jordan Snider on drums, Tom Altobelli on bass, Chris Bruder on piano and Scott McIntosh on guitar, is a stripped down instrumental edition of Hamilton’s hard-hitting funk rock band The Beelays. The quartet formed ten years ago while studying music at Mohawk College. The quartet features compositions written by all members of the group that fuse elements of improvisation with the energy of live music to make a unique performance every time.

Nosey Neighbour, with Juno-nominated guitarist & bandleader Paul MacDougall, George Ouellette on bass and Costa Chatzis on drums, is a group based in Brantford, born from a shared love of jazz, fusion and funk. Nosey Neighbour‘s style fuses catchy heads and adept improvisation much like John Scofield, Medeski Martin & Wood, and Miles Davis.

Event, Music, Music-funk, Music-Jazz