Monday, August 9, 2010

Midway Arts Series bringing author House and songwriter Gover to Thoroughbred Theater Aug. 21

The latest installment in the Midway Arts Series will be held Saturday, Aug. 21, at the Thoroughbred Theater with a noted author and a singer-songwriter, both from Appalachia. The series is a collaborative project of the theater and Midway Renaissance.

Carla Gover, right, an award-winning songwriter, will conduct a songwriting workshop from 1 to 4 p.m. at a cost of $25 per person. Reservations are required; to make one, call 846-9827. "Her original songs range from misty, traditional sounding ballads accompanied by banjo to up-tempo, pop-influenced songs with a groove," says the performing arts directory of the Kentucky Arts Council. She is a native of Whitesburg in Letcher County. For more on her, from the arts council, click here.

Silas House, left, will hold a free reading from his work at 7 p.m. The theater doors will open at 6:30 for coffee and dessert. House was recently named National Endowment for Humanities chair in Appalachian studies at Berea College. He has been Appalachian writer of the year and is a native of Lily in Laurel County. For more on him, here is his website.