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Join us at Clark Hall for two captivating selections of Arts programming.

 

Wed, July 18, 2018, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

An original one-woman show, “Becoming Dr. Ruth”, performed by Alice Springer

Alice Springer performs the one-woman play (from her March 4-20 staging at the Mansfield Music and Arts Society’s Black Box Theatre).  Springer always admired Dr. Ruth who overcame such adversities to give voice to a previously undiscussed societal subject.  Ruth was sent to Switzerland as a young girl to avoid Nazis’ atrocities.  Afterward, she emigrated to Palestine where she became a member of the Haganah paramilitary organization in the late 1940s, and served as a sharpshooter during the Israeli war of independence. She was seriously wounded.  Later she moved to France and eventually New York City, where she earned degrees in sociology and education, as well as completing post-doctoral work in sexuality.  Dr. Ruth later took her views about sex and sexuality to radio and eventually TV, where she prompted greater and more open discussion of the subject both on the air and within society.  She remains extremely active and continues to make appearances worldwide.

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Fri, August 3, 2018, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Singer/Songwriter Chris Trapper

Chris Trapper is a musician based in Boston, Massachusetts, best known as the lead singer of The Push Stars. With The Push Stars, Trapper has written material for four studio albums and three self-produced discs.

Chris Trapper is a storyteller. With his soulful, honeyed tenor, sly humor and an uncanny knack for melody, Chris has traveled the world over, performing to a dedicated and ever-growing fan base with nothing but his guitar and his songs. Raised on Prine and Kristofferson, Trapper’s first foray in the music industry was as the frontman of the critically acclaimed alt-rock band The Push Stars (Capitol Records). Over the past decade, Chris has become a modern day acoustic troubadour, performing over 150 dates a year as a headliner and sharing the stage with the likes of Colin Hay, Martin Sexton and even John Prine himself.

The New York Times has called his work “classic pop perfection.”

The new CD SYMPHONIES OF DIRT & DUST is a collection of 12 songs written and performed by Chris Trapper and Produced by Jason Meeker at Silver Top Studios, Boston, MA. Guest musicians include Dan McLoughlin of The Push Stars on bass and NYC singer/songwriter Amy Fairchild on harmonies.

I have to mention Jason, the producer of Symphonies of Dirt & Dust. He is my old friend, who not only worked the clubs in rock bands but also worked for Geffen records in their heyday, so he has a good sense of the music business as a whole. What I love about Jason is that he is absolutely obsessed with his craft and getting songs right.

Every record tells a story. For me, much more than gimmicks, my albums are like diary entries or truthful accounts of where I’m at in life. I suppose that might be the same for most songwriters, but in the spectrum of the music business, it’s still an animal that’s nearly extinct.”

Chris has toured North America and the UK with multi-platinum songwriter COLIN HAY.

In the Spring of 2013, Chris performed a duet with his songwriting idol JOHN PRINE at the Portsmouth Songwriter Festival.

 

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