Carolina Actors Studio Theatre will perform both halves of Tony Kushner’s “Angels in America” May 7-31, and the company plans related events up to, during and after the run. The first is “ ‘Angels in America’ Retrospective: A Community Conversation with Charlotte Viewpoint.” It starts Tuesday at 6 p.m. at CAST, 2424 N. Davidson St. Tickets cost $10 and can be bought at nccast.com.
Arts & Science Council President Robert Bush will moderate. The panelists are Charles LaBorde and Thom Tonetti, co-directors of the show; Michael Marsicano, president and CEO of Foundation for the Carolinas; Wesley Mancini, founder of the Wesley Mancini Foundation; and representatives from the Levine Museum.
The cast will perform scenes from the show. Marsicano will present a short film about the 1996 Charlotte Repertory Theatre production; Mancini will discuss the creation of his foundation in response to public outcry around that production; Levine representatives will share information about their upcoming historical installment about “Angels.”
The retrospective is the first of several events planned to celebrate this production and Charlotte as a whole. Activities are planned through June 30, though no other dates have been announced.
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Moving Poets dough drive
Moving Poets’ Spring Fling FUNdraiser takes place from 7 to 10 p.m. May 3 at The Chop Shop, 399 E. 35th St. in NoDa. It supports a company that’s based simultaneously in Charlotte and Berlin and brings together artists from many disciplines.
The night will offer dance performances by Moving Poets Theatre of Dance as well as the unique instrumentation of the Fat Face Band (trumpet/melodica, guitar and tuba), which blends sounds from New Orleans, traditional Americana and jazz. There’ll be light bites, drinks and a silent auction. Tickets are $25. Get them at the door or www.chopshopnoda.com. Details about Moving Poets: www.movingpoets.org.
Joedance looks for films
Joedance Film Festival, which will be held Aug. 1-2, is accepting film submissions through June 1. There’s no entry fee. Joedance is looking for short or feature-length documentaries and fiction films. Filmmakers should live in Charlotte, be from Charlotte originally or be connected to the city via cast, crew or locations. Four short films and two features will be chosen.
The festival, which celebrates the life and cinematic passion of the late Joe Restaino, raises awareness and money for rare pediatric cancer research at Levine Children’s Hospital, specifically sarcomas, blastomas and brain tumors. It raised $20,000 and sold out both nights last summer. To learn more about the festival or donate to it, write to Joedance Film Festival, 308 W. 10th St., Charlotte, NC 28202 or go to www.joedance.org.
Taylorsville in Tribeca
The Tribeca Film Festival, which runs April 16-27 in New York City, will feature a filmmaker from Taylorsville: Onur Tukel, whose “Summer of Blood” opens the festival’s Viewpoint section on the 17th. The program guide has this to say about this maiden effort by the Brooklyn-born writer-director-star-producer-editor:
“Misanthropic and immature Eric faces a premature midlife crisis after his girlfriend leaves him. With no career and even less charisma in bed, it seems this loveable loser is beyond hope, until one fateful summer night when a vampire bites him in a Brooklyn alleyway. The next day, Eric finds his confidence invigorated and his stomach in excruciating pain that can be cured by one thing … blood.” Details: tribecafilm.com.