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Blumenthal, Actor’s Theatre announce missing plays

CNN Hero of the Year Pushpa Basnet and the 48 kids she cares for are living in a makeshift shelter after the recent Nepalese earthquake. Charlotte filmmaker Tom Morgan, who profiled her in the documentary “Waiting for Mamu,” is raising funds to help.
CNN Hero of the Year Pushpa Basnet and the 48 kids she cares for are living in a makeshift shelter after the recent Nepalese earthquake. Charlotte filmmaker Tom Morgan, who profiled her in the documentary “Waiting for Mamu,” is raising funds to help.

Both Blumenthal Performing Arts’ Broadway Lights series and Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte announced 2015-16 seasons with one missing show. Those have now been named.

The Blumenthal will import the Broadway revival of the musical “Cabaret,” which gave Michelle Williams, Emma Stone and Sienna Miller chances to play opposite Alan Cumming. (No word yet on tour casting.) It’ll come in the last slot of the season, in November 2016. Details will be forthcoming at blumenthalarts.org.

Actor’s Theatre recently completed negotiations to produce Suzan-Lori Parks’ “Father Comes Home From the Wars (Parts 1,2 and 3). The 2015 Pulitzer finalist was described by that committee as a “distinctive and lyrical epic about a slave during the Civil War that deftly takes on questions of identity, power and freedom with a blend of humor and dignity.” It’ll run in the Feb. 24-March 12 slot. Details: atcharlotte.org.

Filmmaker helps Nepal hero

When Charlotte filmmaker Thomas Morgan made the documentary “Waiting for Mamu” about Pushpa Basnet, he had no idea she’d be CNN’s Hero of the Year for 2012.

Nor did he expect Basnet, who runs a home for Nepalese children rescued from jails where the parents are imprisoned, to need help so soon. But the earthquake that measured 7.8 in magnitude when it struck Kathmandu forced her and her 48 adopted children from their rented home.

At the same time, the home she is in the process of building (Butterfly Home) took considerable damage as it was nearing completion. Morgan says the website waitingformamu.com is gathering tax-deductible donations for Basnet and her Early Childhood Development Center.

Pecha Kucha returns

The 13th Charlotte installment of Pecha Kulcha is dubbed “The Art of the Cause/The Cause of the Arts.” Presenters, each one kept to less than 10 minutes, must deal with topics “at the confluence of art/creativity and social issues/causes.”

The evening begins at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Amos’ Southend, 1423 S. Tryon St. Tickets are $10. Quentin Talley hosts.

The presenters are Natalie Abrams, Jennifer Appleby, Lynn Caldwell & Laura Deynes, Natalie Frazier Allen & Micaila Ayorinde, Preach Jacobs, Marcus Kiser & Jason Woodberry, April Marten, Indrani Nayar-Gall, Joanne Spataro & Ahmer Inam and Rosalia Torres. Details: point8.org/pechakucha.

Joedance hosts jam

Joedance Film Festival will host its third annual Joedance Jam Saturday, 5:30 to 10 p.m., at Tyber Creek Pub, 1933 South Blvd. Bands include Ancient Cities, Bad Karol, Dynamo, Elonzo Wesley, JohnDungan, The Sammies and Sherman Hellville.

The $10 charge raises money for Levine Children’s Hospital, which receives all proceeds from Joedance Film Festival activities. The festival itself takes place in Fourth Ward Aug. 7-8 and is accepting free submissions. Details: joedance.org.

Concord’s Ulrich in ‘50 to 1’

The horse racing movie “50 to 1,” based on the true story of Kentucky Derby winner “Mine That Bird,” debuted Tuesday on DVD and Digital HD from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Details: sonypictures.com.

The film starred Concord native Skeet Ulrich as Chip Woolley, the trainer who overcame his own shortcomings (and the horse’s, too) to win the 2009 Derby at odds of 50 to 1. Charlotte was one of the cities that got the limited theatrical premiere last June.

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