“There are two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” – Albert Einstein
I have been given that gift of sight, and I see the miracle. I see what the arts do in improving our community, our children and our lives. It is the reason I live. Without it, I am lost. And in that truth I am, happily, not alone.
There are plans afoot to bring us nearer — much nearer — to our goal of a new center for arts and education. My plan is to step aside once the project is underway and the ground broken, allowing new blood and fresh ideas to pick up the gauntlet and to carry on.
For those who have legitimate concerns about the current Roxy marquee, it will be recreated for the new center for arts and education and, at last, all of it will be in top-notch working order.
Also, the new center will not conceal or destroy Ricky Deel’s grand mural which flanks the current Roxy. The mural will be highly visible, either from the walkway from Franklin Street to the parking lot behind or, better yet, from the glass-enclosed lobby running along the east side of the building. At one point in his tenure, Mayor Piper talked about a glass covering for all of Franklin Street, from First to Second — a bold idea.
At a single performance of The Vagina Monologues, we were able to collect $170 for the Magdalene House in Nashville, which offers a safe haven for women who have previously earned their living on the streets, but now produce an incredible line of products under the banner of Thistle Farms.
At one performance of Happily Ever After, we garnered $50 for The Imagination Library, which makes books accessible to those who might not have the luxury of the printed word readily at hand. Reading is essential. Those who proffer books and offer the ability to decode an alphabet, as well as those who help to make learning an adventure, a voyage worth taking, and time well-spent, are golden.
Travis Kendrick’s 8am morning yoga class continues to awe, amaze and inspire every day and twice on Saturday. Brandon Meeks’ improvisation workshop for beginners, intermediates and seasoned professionals fills Tuesday nights here from 6pm until 7pm. All are welcome. Classes are $10.
I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, with Heather Anderson, Josh Bernaski, Ryan Bowie and Ashley Laverty, places the game of love and life under the musical comedy microscope Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7pm and Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, through March 3.
Edward’s Steakhouse, right across the street from us, is featuring a free Roxy cabaret next Tuesday, February 28, from 6pm until 7:30pm … so be sure to stop in for dinner, drinks and musical entertainment from the cast of I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change.
See you at the theatre!