Arts & Culture Editor
November is approaching and, as always, the Lancaster community looks forward to First Friday in downtown Lancaster. Millersville’s off-campus location, The Ware Center, is located right in the heart of downtown where the sidewalks are filled with bustling groups of people that are ready to see what the city has in store this time around. Each First Friday is a different experience at The Ware Center where they have new and unique events, performances, music and art each month.
Katie Glorioso, a pop/folk artist from York, will be performing the music for the evening in the main lobby. Her first full length album, “Fine and Foolish,” was released in May of 2012 after the attention from Jeremy Casella, a producer and artist that began Katie’s journey into the music industry. She has since been booking shows and playing in many venues across Pennsylvania to make a name for herself in the music scene. Her performance will last the entire duration of First Friday in the lobby and will include her own hits such as “Lights,” “Am I Alright?” and “Ghost.”
Kickoff for the 2013 Rumschpringe International Short Film Festival begins its two day festival Friday night at 8pm in Steinman Hall. Entering its sixth season and growing in not only submissions but in attendance, the festival will showcase multiple independent films from around the world. Animation & music video, comedy, drama, horror, all ages, and documentary will be the categories of this year’s festival.
Friday night will begin with a screening from last year’s winners and a preview of entries from this year. It will then move into this year’s Kickoff Medley that screens several films in the drama, comedy and animation categories. shortly followed by the Horror category. Many other films are in store for Saturday that will be judged throughout the day. The festival will end with closing ceremonies and awards.
Artist Gail Gray will be opening her art exhibit Friday evening for the entire month of November. Gray has lived and worked in Lancaster since 1972 and has owned a downtown studio since 1991. Gray’s work has been featured in several galleries around the city including the Court House, legal buildings, and other public buildings that help her gain attention. Her influences stem from abstract ideas of nature and color.
Georges Polti’s “36 Dramatic Situations” is brought to life by the influence of Gail Gray’s artwork that was inspired by his original piece through theater, dance, music, spoken word, puppetry and more. A dozen different local performing artists have been tasked with creating a 5-minute performance piece based off one of Gray’s paintings that will surprise audiences with the ideas and creativity of her painting brought to life. Twelve of Gray’s paintings will be explored this year for a varied one-hour production that shows off the capability of local performing artists.
If there wasn’t enough to choose from, dance previews of The Donetsk Ballet Company of Ukraine, Us-Intron and the Viktor Yeliohin International Ballet Academy’s performance of “The Nutcracker.” Students of the Academy have participated in Youth America Grand Prix dance competition along with former students dancing in companies such as Joffrey Ballet, in productions of “The Lion King,” with founder of modern dance Martha Graham, and in other ballet companies. This performance will get you into the holiday spirit early and could help the audience form an appreciation for dance and the performing arts community.
First Friday welcomes different events and performances of all genres that strive to attract viewers of all interests. With several events scheduled for the evening and open to the public, there is plenty to choose from to make your November First Friday a busy one. Be sure to check out the film fest, art exhibit, “36 Dramatic Situations” performance and “The Nutcracker” all taking place in one night right in downtown Lancaster.