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LaShawn Woolridge, who performs under the name "Poe Anonymous", is a writer, actor, songstress, and poet who has just graduated from Winthrop University. While there, in addition to her work in theatre, she founded the organization Winthrop Def Poets Society.

Def Poets Society, a community for students that are passionate about the spoken word, held a college tour this year called Souls n Substance with events at the University of South Carolina and Clemson University, as well as Winthrop University.

Poe Anonymous will be performing as the featured artist in the Charlotte, North Carolina area over the next few weeks at these locations:

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"Waiting Rooms was written by playwright Laura Sansing Pfizenmayer, formerly of York, South Carolina, and premiered at Rock Hill Community Theatre in 2000. Set in the South, the story follows the lives of siblings Augusta, Savannah and Mary Lee as they hash out their family's conflicts in a hospital waiting room while the life of their family matriarch, Mama Alma, hangs in the balance."

Directed by Laura Sansing Wheat.

Waiting Rooms
November 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st at 8:00 pm
November 15th, 22nd at 3:00 pm
Rock Hill Community Theatre
546 South Cherry Road
Rock Hill South Carolina
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Tonight in Rock Hill: The Gospel of Hipbones 
A film by local filmmakers Micah Troublefield and Chris Gervais. Block E at 7:00 pm.

" A Mormon teen's reality is called into question when he meets a girl in a bikini and falls in love."

The Underexposed Film Festival sponsored by the York County Arts Council begins tonight thru Saturday in Rock Hill, South Carolina.  Enjoy a an evening of films in all genres from local filmmakers and afar.

Underexposed Film Festival
November 4th thru 7th, 2015
Rock Hill, South Carolina

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The Underexposed Film Festival sponsored by the York County Arts Council begins tonight thru Saturday in Rock Hill, South Carolina.  Enjoy a an evening of films in all genres from local filmmakers and afar.

Underexposed Film Festival
November 4th thru 7th, 2015
Rock Hill, South Carolina

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Come for the band, stay for the party!

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The 39 Steps is an adaption by Patrick Barlowe from the novel by John Buchan. Directed by: Rodrick Freitas. More information about the play here.

The 39 Steps
Winthrop University
October 28th thru 31st, 8:00 pm
November 1st, 2:00 pm
Studio Theatre
115 Johnson Hall
Rock Hill, South Carolina

More information about this and other Winthrop University theatre events here:
Winthrop College of Visual and Performing Arts


Kelly Cheats

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Kelly cheats, or so I'm told.

Seriously, the Kelly Cheats band got their name from an incident at a poker game. I'm sure it serves them well as it's both intriguing and easy for the audience to remember. So they can be sure to come back to see the band the next time they're in town.

There's no cheating when it comes to their sound. A well seasoned group of musicians that like to have fun. Currently finishing up the final touches of their second, soon to be released, album Out of the Patch. 

Always ready to tour the southeast they will be appearing this weekend at Ri Ra Irish Pub in Charlotte, North Carolina (Friday, October 23rd) with their blend of rock, reggae, pop, and blues.

Photos from the PJ Brunson Gala

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A night honoring PJ Brunson.  PJ has been nominated for Best Folk Album of the Year at the IMEA Awards.

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The festivities involve a Best Dressed Prize among other fun things. 

Friday, October 17, 2015 
7:00 pm
Ledo Pizza 
489 South Herlong Avenue 
Rock Hill, South Carolina

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Cocktails and music to celebrate the upcoming 2015-2016 Opera Season. 

Opera Carolina - Prelude to the Season Party
October 15th, 9:00 pm
900 NC Music Factory Boulevard
Charlotte, North Carolina

More information about this and other Winthrop University theatre events here:

Jane Eyere is an adaption by Polly Teale from the novel by Charlotte Bronte. Directed by David Wohl.

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North Lees Hall. and out buildings. Otherwise known as Thornfield Hall from the novel `Jane Eyre` by Charlotte Bronte (Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)

Jane Eyere
Winthrop University
October 7th thru 10th, 8:00 pm
October 11tth 2:00 pm
Johnson Theatre
115 Johnson Hall
Rock Hill, South Carolina

More information about this and other Winthrop University theatre events here:
Winthrop College of Visual and Performing Arts


A select group of films will be shown with the directors there for a discussion and  Q&A along with a meet and greet.

The Hinson Girls

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As a performer, your job is to entertain. No matter how much a virtuoso you are on your instrument it doesn't mean a thing if you are unable to entertain your audience.

The Hinson Girls succeed at both of these things. Playing a combination of bluegrass and gospel each member can hold their own in a room full of pickers. A young band, ranging from 15 to 20 years old, all sisters. Katelyn, Allison, Melissa, and and Kristin.

Darren Conrad: A Father's Love

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Darren Conrad 1.jpgDarren Conrad is a work in progress, constantly honing his filmmaking skills. A hard working man. He is a highway patrolman by day (or night) who fills most of the rest of his time making films. Not content to just act, he also writes screenplays and produces his own works as well as helping other filmmakers with their projects.  Darren has done his share in other departments too. From casting director to wardrobe, makeup, set design, and assistant director. All the while making friends and business contacts.  Filmmaking is a team sport so this comes back to him when he needs help with one of his projects.

Over the years he has stepped up his game by investing more time and effort with each new film.  Finding the right actors for the roles and using the best equipment and production talent he can procure in order to deliver a quality piece of work. Hashing out the details with his go-to director (Jesse Knight)  for the Partners series and his latest film A Father's Love. Whatever it takes.

PJ Brunson

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When we think of "folk music", our minds wander to the past, to the vivid stories about the real characters that our favorite folk songs are about, and to those phenomenal artists who made those stories come alive! We think of Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Woody & Arlo Guthrie and Neil Young. 
When we think of singer-songwriters, we reflect on the poetic and heart-felt style of writers like James Taylor, Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, Seals & Crofts, Jim Croce and the emotional wellspring of their songs. 
And when we our thoughts go to contemporary performer-songwriters, our favorite ballad and blues artistes materialize; favorites like Norah Jones, Sheryl Crow, Darius Rucker, Bonnie Raitt and Taylor Swift.

Athena nominated for 3 awards.

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Athena Poster.jpgRobert W. Filion's Athena has been nominated for three awards at the Action On Film Festival. Nominations include Best Visual Effects, Best Dialogue, and  Vanelle who played the part of Emily has been nominated as Best Actress in a Feature Film.

Micah Troublefield loves filmmaking.  Writing, filming, directing, editing... whatever is thrown at him.  But, his main passion is storytelling.  

A partner in the Strawhouse Pictures gang of four along with Brian Oxendine, Anil Dhokai, and Chris Gervais.  They have the ability and sensibility to make quality movies and that's just what they've been doing. 

One of those movies is a short film called The Gospel of Hip Bones premiering this week at the Indie Grits Film Festival in Columbia, South Carolina. Starring Erika Chase, Ernest Bryant Hinnant, Benjamin Caswell, Patrick G. Keenan, and Janice Mitchell Wyatt. Co-written and directed by Micah and Chris Gervais it is a story about a couple of Mormon young men like the ones on bicycles with white shirts and black ties you see going door to door in your neighborhood.  More importantly it is a behind the scenes look at these teenagers and some of the normal distractions of growing up.  Such as discovering the wonders of young girls.
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Here's what Anil Dhokai, a friend since high school and accomplished director/cinematographer, had to say about Micah.  "Micah is a good friend and long time collaborator. His films are some are some of my favorite projects to come out of Stawhouse pictures. The humor and style of his stories reflect shows like Freaks and Geeks as well as early John Hughes' movies."

Another co-worker, Justin Hoogeveen, described him like this.  "Working with Micah was fun. He has good knowledge of films and the film making process. He is a really funny guy so every day on set was a great time and we never had a dull moment. He was able to get what he wanted out of a shot and could explain things well to his other camera operators to make sure it came out how he wanted."

I have the impression that being creative is in Micah's DNA and he only wants to work on things that he can do his best on.  We should all have such aspirations!

Below is a conversation I had with Micah last year.

Athena_Worldly_Possessions_Event.jpgTonight in Shelby, North Carolina is a premiere event that you don't want to miss.  Athena, a long awaited feature length movie by director Robert Filion and the highly anticipated Worldly Possessions from Brad Hord.

"Brad Hord, Robert W. Filion and the Don Gibson Theatre cordially invite you to a night of bloodcurdlingly exquisite entertainment featuring the very first screenings of Worldly Possessions (a short written by Brad Hord and directed by Robert W. Filion), and Athena (a feature length motion picture written by Michael Louis Calvillo and directed by Robert W. Filion). "


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Athena Poster.jpgAthena is a feature length movie from director Robert Filion that will be premiering this weekend in Shelby, North Carolina at the Don Gibson Theatre.

Many years in the making it is a story about a man, Carl,  who has lost his wife and has the emotional scars that situation has left him with.  Then there's Emily, who has everything going for her except Carl.  What they do share is a voice in their heads, the voice of Athena (Mahri Shelton).  Where will this voice lead them?

"It was so much fun having a part in bringing such a complex and intriguing character to life. Robert is always such a professional and a pleasure to work with." - Mahri Shelton - Actor

We had a conversation recently with Robert and some of the cast.  See the trailer for the movie and the conversation below,

Worldly Possessions

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Worldly Possessions is the latest short film written and produced by Brad Hord along with Executive Producer Darren Conrad; Producers: Adam Ginsberg, Elsie Martinez Ginsberg, James Morales, Robert Filion, and Linda H Parks; and  Associate Producers: Jesse H. Knight and Jason Ledford.

The action, directed by Robert Filion, centers around Stephen Drake who is played by Tim Ross, an adept actor who is becoming very popular here in the southeast.  Stephen, who has a few demons of his own, must stop demons from entering our world.  A murder brings him back to his hometown. Detective Michelle Ryan (Morgan Monnig) is somehow changed by this experience.

I don't know much more as I haven't seem the movie yet. With this team you can bet that it will be a great film. Premiering  on October 11th in Shelby, North Carolina at The Don Gibson Theatre.  A fitting place since the movie was filmed in Shelby. 

I understand that Robert Filion had the style of Stanley Kubrick in mind as he was directing and filming the scenes.  I'm a big Kubrick fan so I'm glad no spoilers have been given away.  I want to enjoy, and discover this film as it comes, beginning to end.