CPAC Connects Arts to Life

Arts for Life, a free education program designed by the Richard and Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center to engage the greater Long Beach community in the arts, is offering a host of activities for all ages.

Included on the Community Connections 2014 schedule is a national civic engagement initiative, Community Cinema, which provides screenings of films from the Emmy Award-winning PBS series “Independent Lens.” Films include “The Trials of Muhammad Ali,” “Medora” and “The New Black.”

The community is also invited to take part in “Shakespeare Aloud.” One Saturday each month, the education program, which began in 2013, offers participants the opportunity to read aloud one of the writer’s 37 plays until the entire canon is complete. Attendees can participate as readers—no experience or audition required—or as audience members.

In a celebration of Mother’s Day, Arts for Life will present an afternoon exploring the role of mothers in our lives. The event kicks off with the documentary theater piece, “Questions for My Mother,” created by Long Beach high school sophomores and juniors that are taking part in Sparking Curiosity, a 12-week workshop led by LBSU’s Theater Arts faculty member Andrea Caban.

Caban will follow the documentary with a tour-de-force performance in the one-woman show, “Questions My Mother Can’t Answer,” as she portrays eight “women of a certain age” looking for guidance from a variety of female role models.

“Arts for Life is important because it offers a way into the performing arts for people of all ages, backgrounds and traditions,” said Carpenter Center Executive Director Michele Roberge. “It doesn’t matter how old you are, whether you’ve been to college or not, and it doesn’t cost money. Arts for Life activities are free, wide-ranging and fun!”

Arts for Life is generously funded by Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe, the School For You Foundation, Arts Council for Long Beach, the Long Beach Rotary Charitable Foundation, Target stores and individual donors.

For complimentary general admission tickets, activity location information or more details, contact the Carpenter Center Ticket Office at 562.985.7000 or visit www.carpenterarts.org/artsforlife/.

Arts for Life Schedule of Events
March-July 2014
Community Cinema
Carpenter Performing Arts Center
Tuesdays, 7 p.m.
“The Trials of Muhammad Ali” – March 11
“Medora” – April 22
“The New Black” – May 6

Annie Moses Band

Annie Moses Band. Photo courtesy of Carpenter Performing Arts Center.

Annie Moses Band
Carpenter Family Terrace
Friday, March 14, 7 p.m.

A special outdoor concert on the Carpenter Family Terrace. The delightful American roots sounds of the Annie Moses Band in original and standard tunes for the whole family’s enjoyment.

Aquila Theatre Company Master Class

Aquila Theatre Company Master Class

Master Class of Shakespeare
Aquila Theatre Company
Department of Theater Arts Building
Saturday, March 15

Shakespeare Aloud

Shakespeare Aloud
Department of Theater Arts Building
Saturdays, 11 a.m.
“The First Part of Henry VI” – March 29
“The Second Part of Henry VI” – April 26
“The Third Part of Henry VI” – May 31
“The Tragedy of Richard III” – June 28
“The Taming of the Shrew” – July 26

Andrea Caban

Andrea Caban. Photo courtesy of Carpenter Performing Arts Center.

“Questions for My Mother”
“Questions My Mother Can’t Answer” Performance
By Andrea Caban and Sparking Curiosity Workshop Participants
Carpenter Performing Arts Center
Sunday, May 11, 2 p.m.