On November 16, I attended Jail Break at the Old City Jail. After attending last year, I absolutely had to go again this year. Within the jail, there are displays of artists’ work as well as people performing interpretive dance throughout the hallways. In the backyard, there was live music, concessions, and dance performances. All of the artists were standing by their work to answer any questions that the viewers may have had. One of the artists even walked up to me and asked me what my interpretation of his work was. I loved the fact that I could converse with the artists, hear about their inspiration, and tell them what I thought.
This event was very well attended, but as it got later and the bands started to come out and perform, it seemed a bit crowded. Because the event spanned for seven hours, it would be hard to put a limit on how many tickets should be for sale, considering most people aren’t going to stay the whole time. However, an excellent management aspect was the fact that they kept a list of people who ordered tickets online. When I purchased my ticket, I never received the email to print it, but I was to get in because my name was on the list. After attending two years in a row, I would certainly recommend this event to anyone. With so many different mediums, everyone can find something at Jail Break that they would enjoy.
On Thursday, October 3, I saw As It Is In Heaven at the Emmett Robinson Theatre in the Simons Center. The play, written by Arlene Hutton and directed by Beth Lincks, depicts the life of the Shaker community in Pleasant Hill, Kentucky. The production featured a small cast performing on a very basic set that acted as both an indoor and outdoor environment. Initially, the play didn’t seem to have any clear plot. Things just happened and nothing really made sense. As it progressed, however, points came together and I understood the underlying meanings.
As far as management goes, one issue I noticed was the long line to get tickets. Both people who payed online and those who were just buying their tickets were crammed together into one line, causing the play to start a few minutes late. Perhaps there could have been separate lines for each. Other than that, everything else went smoothly. I would recommend this play to anyone with an interest in theater. It integrates history, music, and humor into one production and is easily entertaining to a wide array of audiences.
On September 12, I checked out Redux Contemporary Art Center on St. Philip St. downtown. Before entering, it’s impossible not to immediately notice the huge mural of alien-like creatures; after seeing it, I absolutely had to walk inside. The work of Gwyneth Scally was on display, which included a few paintings as well as a lifelike display of jellyfish and a scene with a wolf sculpture and hanging trees. While I expected to see more quantity of work, I was amazed at the quality. Scally used a wide variety of mediums in her work, such as distorted plastic and cloth for the jellyfish. The wide array of mediums and settings made each work more interesting than the next, each transporting you to a new environment.
As I continued to peruse, I noticed that there are several studios for people to come and take classes or for artists to continue their work. This is certainly a strong point in attracting people. Redux also effectively uses Facebook and Twitter to keep their followers updated on any events or new exhibitions, giving them a technological advantage. I would definitely recommend this exhibition to anyone with interest in art. It’s free! For zero dollars and zero cents, why would you not want the chance to step into Gwyneth Scally’s world?