Craven Community College’s (CCC) Lifetime Learning Center (LLC) kicks off the second season of its Explorations in the ARTS series with Blair Crimmins and The Hookers this Thursday, September 11.
Just as in its first season, the Explorations in the ARTS series will showcase talent from near and far. The series features music and dance performances that give audiences variety. Coupled with a diverse line-up is the unique “informance” format that mixes entertainment with education. Audiences enjoy a live performance, an interview by host Colleen Roberts, and an audience Q&A.
“The informance format was something I had not experienced and I liked getting to know more about the artist and performers,” said Joanne Straight, a New Bern resident who recently retired from her job as the head librarian of the New Bern-Craven County Public Library. Straight said she enjoyed the last season’s series because it was affordable, offered variety, and provided opportunities to see performers she’d normally have to travel outside of the local area to see.
On Thursday, Blair Crimmins and The Hookers are traveling from Atlanta, Ga., to the New Bern campus to perform traditional Ragtime and 1920’s Dixieland jazz in their own high-energy style. Hailed as a “rock star of Ragtime,” Crimmins will perform with this band at the Orringer Auditorium on CCC’s New Bern campus from 7:30 – 9:00 pm.
The second performance in the series features a popular Eastern North Carolina band, Molasses Creek, on Thursday, November 6. Molasses Creek is from Ocracoke Island, but frequently performs around the eastern U.S. The band performs Folk and Americana music and recently released its 14th album.
The final series performance will be held on Friday, March 6, 2015, and will feature Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana II. Currently in its 30th season, the national flamenco and Spanish dance company is based in both New York and North Carolina. Two flamenco dancers will be accompanied by a flamenco guitarist. Flamenco is a Spanish folk and music performance art form originating in the Andalusia region of southern Spain.
“The Lifetime Learning Center was launched in the winter of 2006, and since then we’ve strived to bring interesting and exciting entertainment that becomes memorable experiences for our LLC participants,” said Jennifer Baer, director of the LLC and community engagement.
The three-performance series tickets are $54 for adults and $30 for students, through Thursday, September 11. Single performance tickets are $20 each for adults, $12 each for students. To purchase tickets to the series or for individual performances, call: (252) 638-1351 or go online: www.cravencc.edu/llc.
Deborah Kania is the director of marketing, communications and development liaison at Craven Community College.
Article originally appeared in the New Bern Sun Journal.