FREE EVENT! RSVP by calling 716.484.7070 or emailing RSVP@reglenna.com. Limit of 72 seats.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Pre-show refreshments and post show meet and greet in Pre-Function Room. Take elevator to 3R for Media Arts Studio and to 3 for the Pre-Function Room.
David Schein, former Executive Director of the Reg Lenna Civic Center and Arts Council for Chautauqua County returns to Jamestown to read from his novel, "The Adoption". WRFA Station Manager Dennis Drew will also interview Schein before a live audience. The reading and interview is the first of a new series of events produced by WRFA at The Reg called "Arts On Fire LIVE". "The Adoption" contains adult themes and language. The reading is recommended for audiences aged 18 and older.
The book opens with the adoption of an Ethiopian girl, Kalkidane, by an interracial American couple who live in Chicago. Kalkidane is supposedly an orphan, but her adoptive parents discover that the adoption was not as promised; in fact she has a real family, still living in Ethiopia, who never fully understood that an adoption was forever.
Travelling to Ethiopia the Chicagoans meet Kalkidane’s birth parents and her sisters and brother. Thus begins a relationship lasting twenty years, as the book alternates between Kalkidane’s life in Chicago and her sibling’s lives in Ethiopia, chronicling the always disruptive visits of the American family and the gradual dispersal of the Ethiopian teenagers from their hometown, Dice Dota. Their stories culminate in a huge demonstration on Bob Marley's birthday in Shashamene.
"Arts on Fire LIVE" is made possible by support from Arts Consulting Group.
The Media Arts Studio is possible with grants from the Sheldon, Gebbie and Lenna Foundations, Downtown Redevelopment Initiative, the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation and Holmberg Foundation.
Events, artists, times, and dates are all subject to change.