Artist's talk scheduled
The Southeast Museum of Photography will hold an artist talk with faculty member Steven Benson at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5, 1200 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach.
Faculty Focus exhibitions present photographic works from faculty of the photography studies programs at Daytona State College.
For more information, call (386) 506-4475 or visit smponline.org.
Daytona State to hold auditions for resident modern dance company
Daytona State College's resident modern dance company, Dance Theatre, under the artistic direction of Kevin Veiga, will hold auditions for the coming year at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5.
Auditions will take place in the Daytona Beach Campus Theater Center (Building 220) Dance Studio ( Room 120).
Interested students should come prepared in proper dance attire or comfortable movement-oriented clothing, dance shoes (ballet and jazz) and/or bare feet.
The audition will consist of ballet barre and center, modern movement across the floor and learning excerpts from recent repertory.
The Dance Theatre is primarily a modern dance company, but members should be able to perform ballet, jazz and other dance forms as may be called for by the choreography. An informal performance in the fall and a main stage performance in the spring will highlight the year, along with other campus and community performances scheduled as requested or needed.
Auditions are open to the community and members need not be students. Dance Theater members receive college credit if enrolled in DAA2640. Tuition assistance may be available. Rehearsals are from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. each Monday and Wednesday, starting Sept. 10. Additional rehearsals also may be scheduled as needed. In addition, each member is encouraged to register for a technique class through the dance course offerings.
For additional information, email veigak@DaytonaState.edu or call (386) 506-3183.
Poets to meet
As the general elections near, poets, writers and those interested in the arts locally and in Florida are meeting from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, at the Daytona Beach Regional Library on City Island in Daytona Beach.
Those attending will be briefed on an urgent situation surrounding the Florida State Poet Laureate, and asked for suggestions how to further the writing arts and cultural programs.
Currently, the State Poet Laureate, Dr. Edmund Skellings, is serving in a lifetime post, but at 80, he wants to retire. The Sept. 6 meeting will revolve around Dr. Skellings' wish to have legislation approved that would make the next laureate a two- to four-year post and establish a committee that would select a proper replacement. Last year's attempt to pass new enabling legislation was tabled.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (386) 337-4567.
Theater group to hold auditions
The Ormond Beach Senior Theater Workshop will conduct open auditions for "Anything Goes," a musical with music and lyrics by Cole Porter, at 9 a.m.
on Friday, Sept 7, in the conference room at the Performing Arts Center in Ormond Beach, 399 North U.S. 1.
Rehearsals will be 9 to noon Tuesday, Sept. 11.
Productions dates for the play are Friday, Jan. 11, Saturday, Jan. 12 and Sunday, Jan 13.
Participants must be at least 50 years of age. Everyone is cast.
For more information, call (386) 676-3375.
Historical society receives humanities council grant
The Ormond Beach Historical Society has received an $8,000 matching grant over two years from the Florida Humanities Council to continue the popular lecture series that has become one of the hallmarks of the Society's programming.
"This is the seventh year we have received this grant." said Bonda Garrison, Chair of the Society's Education Committee and coordinator for the Discover Our History Lecture Series. "The Historical Society would not be able to offer the caliber of presenters we have scheduled if we did not have this grant. Scholars from around the state will offer topics relating to Florida history once a month, free of charge from September through May."
Several of the Historical Society's programs will highlight the Viva Florida 500 initiative spearheaded by the Florida Department of State. This will celebrate the discovery of Florida by the Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon in 1513.
The Ormond Beach lecture series begins its seventh season on Saturday, Sept. 29 with "Unusual Tales of the Everglades" with James Zacharias. On Oct, 27, Dr. Michael Francis will speak about "Murder and Martyrdom in Spanish Florida."
The lecture series is presented at the Anderson-Price Memorial Building,
42 N. Beach St., Ormond Beach. Free refreshments are offered at 9:30 a.m. and the program runs from 10 to 11 a.m. Admission and parking are free.
A complete list of the programs are included below and can be found on the website www.OrmondHistory.org.
For more information, call (386) 677-7005.