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Improvisational Arts February 19, 2009

Posted by cbuchanan in Uncategorized.

I blame the lack of posts this week on staying up too late last weekend! But I’d better get some sleep tonight because I’m going to be busy this time around, too.

First of all, on Friday night, What’s on Second is hosting an art exhibit by Joe Minter, an urban folk artist who improvises poignant and sometimes humorous sculptures from cast-off items and found materials. He has turned his yard in a Birmingham neighborhood into an “African Village in America,” and I’m intrigued to see what he’ll think of all the goodies in What’s on Second! This event is his first solo show and sale, and I can’t wait to see what he brings. The opening reception lasts from 5:00 till 9:00.

(Speaking of folk art, has anyone visited the Birmingham Museum of Art’s newly opened folk art gallery? I definitely want to check that out soon.)

I also want to see some theatrical improvisation as well–in the form of the Extemporaneous Theatre Company (or ETC), which is putting on three Whose Line Is It Anyway? style shows this weekend–on Friday and Saturday nights and a Saturday matinee–at Birmingham Festival Theatre in Five Points South. I was hanging out with some members of this troupe last weekend, and let me tell you–if their improv is anywhere near as funny as their karaoke rendition of Morris Day and the Time’s “Jungle Love,” you’re in for one hilarious show. (I don’t think that song will ever–or should–be performed quite like it was that night!) Click the link for ticket info.



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