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Carpenter Performing Arts Center, CSULB
6200 Atherton Street Long Beach, CA 90815
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36 events
28 reviews
84 stars
$5 for the lot in front, but some street park and walk
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4 stars
The weather was warm. I wore dressy casual outfit.
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"First Person: Seeing America"
28 ratings
4.1 average rating
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577 events
155 reviews
48 stars
attended Jul 02 2011

What can I say ... it was an interesting event. Some of the music didn't seem to blend in naturally with the photos and spoken word segments. Coming all the way down from L.A. to Long Beach was a bit far for what I experienced. The most...continued

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145 events
22 reviews
25 stars
attended Jul 02 2011

I'm a big Neil Conan fan, but this event was a disappointment. The music was monotonous and didn't add anything to the coherence of the show. Basically it was a powerpoint presentation of some famous photographs (and not enough of them!) with...continued

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27 events
13 reviews
3 stars
attended Jul 02 2011

A presentation of historical photographs from the civil war to early twentieth century, with live narration and a musical ensemble.

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This 4th of July weekend, experience the defining moments that shaped this land of the free and home of the brave, as the gritty determination of extraordinary people are illuminated in the inspirational and moving performance.

More than 100 images offer a unique glimpse into the photographic collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, exploring the strength, diversity and depth of early American photographers — from Mathew Brady’s searing pictures of the Civil War to Walker Evans’ haunting portraits from the Great Depression to Edward Curtis’ pictorial history of Native Americans to iconic images by Ansel Adams, Edward Stieglitz, WeeGee, Thomas Eakins and more. These images will be accompanied by Neal Conan and Lily Knight narrating prose, poetry and other written work by American authors such as Frederick Douglass, Jim Harrison, Studs Terkel, Stanley Kunitz, Ted Kooser, James Agee, Chief Seattle, and Lucille Clifton. The soundtrack is the evocative music of Ensemble Galilei — Bach, traditional music from Scotland and Ireland, and new compositions featuring fiddles, harp, viola da gamba, percussion, whistles and oboe.

From its inception in 1990, Ensemble Galilei has redefined the boundaries of chamber music, created new work, seized opportunities for collaborative relationships and consistently pushed the envelope in a series of innovative projects that explore combinations of images, words, and music. Ensemble Galilei took audiences into space through the lens of the Hubble Space Telescope in A Universe of Dreams, on journeys of exploration and discovery with pictures from the National Geographic Image Collection _in First Person: Stories from the Edge of the World _and now looks to home with First Person: Seeing America.

Award-winning journalist Neal Conan has collaborated and toured with Ensemble Galilei since 2000. Conan is the host of Talk of the Nation, the national news-talk call-in show from NPR News, which reaches nearly 3 million listeners per week on more than 280 NPR member stations. A familiar voice on NPR for the past quarter century, Conan has served as NPR’s Bureau Chief in both New York and London and has served as executive producer of NPR’s flagship evening newsmagazine, All Things Considered.

Lily Knight, as a company member of Circle Rep in New York (and Circle West in Los Angeles), has collaborated in the development of many new plays, several of which she helped develop from workshop to off-Broadway to Broadway production. She is an acting teacher and coach in Los Angeles and a member of the classical acting company Antaeus. She has played roles on over 50 television shows (Big Love, The Mentalist, Boston Legal, Weeds, The Shield, Without a Trace, Buffy, The Guardian, ER, The Practice, NYPD Blue, Law & Order, Chicago Hope, Family Law, and Ally McBeal_, to name a few), in feature films (Changeling, Around the Bend, The Assassination of Richard Nixon, The Singing Detective, The Secretary, Dahmer, AI_). Her theatrical experience includes on Broadway (Agnes of God, As Is, The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940), off-Broadway (Holy Terror, The Early Girl, and The Fiery Furnace and many others), and plays at many regional theaters across the country.

Photo Credit: Walker Evans (American, 1903-1975), Alabama Tenant Farmer, 1936. Gelatin silver print, 23.6 × 18.7 cm (9 5/16 × 7 3/8 in.). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Purchase, Jennifer and Joseph Duke Gift, 2000 (2000.329) © Walker Evans Archive, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.