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MCU: 11 Major Movie & Show Reveals to Expect at Marvel’s 2022 D23 Event

Disney, Scarlet Witch, Mr. Fantastic, Wolverine

Marvel Studios has long been famous for its blockbuster announcements events that see President Kevin Feige stand before a crowd to showcase the future of the MCU. After a two-year hiatus from such events due to the pandemic, Feige returned to San Diego Comic-Con in July to show off the Multiverse Saga, which also got its official name at the fan convention.

The grand-scale event brought with it new footage, the Phase 5 slate, and confirmation for two new Avengers blockbusters on the way. Despite that, Marvel Studios still left some gaps in the pipeline, most notably in Phase 6 to be filled in at a later date that may be coming soon.

Feige will soon take the stage once more at the bi-annual D23 convention in a panel that will be shared with Lucasfilm and other Disney studios. Marvel Studios is expected to bring plenty to the table and The Direct has some predictions for the event before it takes place on Saturday, September 10.

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Black Panther 2 Shows Off New Footage

Black Panther, Namor

San Diego Comic-Con brought with it the debut trailer for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever and it brought with it glowing reactions. With the November release now just two months away, D23 ought to bring more footage.

Who knows whether this will amount to the full online release of the second trailer or just attendee-exclusive footage, but the next public look can’t be far away. Perhaps fans will finally see a closer look at Namor and his Kingdom of Talocan.

Werewolf by Night Finally Announced

Werewolf by Night, Disney+ Logo

Marvel Studios’ upcoming Disney+ Halloween Special has been among the worst-kept secrets in its history. Composer Michael Giacchino will make his directorial debut on the secretive project that stars Gael García Bernal and Laura Donnelly.

The Werewolf by Night special began production in March and wrapped shortly after. The composer-turned-director promised in June that news is coming “very soon,” and with release expected in October, that ought to come at D23.

MCU Directors Become Official

WandaVision, Fantastic Four Director, Matt Shakman, MCU

Many of the MCU’s upcoming Phase 5 and 6 projects have reportedly signed directors, but have yet to be formally revealed in a presentation. Among these is Shang-Chi‘s Destin Daniel Cretton, taking Avengers: The Kang Dynasty, and WandaVision‘s Matt Shakman, who will tackle Fantastic Four.

These directorial signings ought to be part of Kevin Feige’s D23 announcements, perhaps with them even coming out on stage to offer a tease of what to expect from their upcoming MCU flicks.

Guardians Holiday Special Reveals Footage

Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special, Disney+, MCU

Werewolf by Night may be hiding in the shadows, but Marvel Studios has already confirmed The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special for this year. Although the festive event was strangely omitted from the Phase 4 and 5 slates, it’s expected to serve as the epilogue to the current chapter of the Multiverse Saga.

Having previously gone undiscussed at Comic-Con, the Holiday Special ought to be highlighted at D23 only a few months out from release. This should involve the reveal of the first trailer, but who knows whether it will find its way online or remain exclusive to attendees.


Deadpool 3 Goes Official

Deadpool 3, Ryan Reynolds

Four years after Ryan Reynolds’ last superhero outing, Deadpool 3 is finally close to becoming a reality with Free Guy‘s Shawn Levy taking over directing duties and the writers of the last two flicks back once again.

Reynolds has begun training and filming preparations are getting underway, suggesting production on the “fish-out-of-water” story will begin soon. With evidence pointing to the sequel joining Phase 5 on February 16, 2024, news ought to come at D23, perhaps with Reynolds even coming out on stage.

Thunderbolts Cast Confirmed

Yelena Belova, US Agent, Baron Zemo

Thunderbolts was one of the biggest reveals of Comic-Con as it will round out Phase 5 on July 26, 2024, with production expected to begin early next year. Unfortunately, Feige omitted the roster from his last presentation, but that ought to come at D23 this month.

Based on the latest report, Yelena Belova, The Hood, and Valentina are all a lock for the ensemble. Other potential villains to be included are reportedly Abomination, U.S. Agent, The Punisher, and Baron Zemo.

Blade Drops News Before Filming

Blade, Mahershala Ali, Marvel Studios

Mahershala Ali’s Blade now stands as the only element of Kevin Feige’s 2019 Comic-Con presentation to have not yet been released. Nonetheless, Blade’s release is set for next November and production will begin in October, so there’s likely to be some news at D23 ahead of filming, such as casting announcements.

Wonder Man Finds Its Star

Wonder Man, MCU, Disney+

Progress appears to be moving fast on Disney+’s Wonder Man series that is being developed by Shang-Chi director Destin Daniel Cretton as a “Hollywood satire.” The cast already includes the return of Ben Kingsley’s Trevor Slattery, but D23 ought to offer the reveal of the titular star and a release window.

Comic-Con Clips Gets Re-Runs

Marvel Studios San Diego Comic-Con Panel

Comic-Con brought with it the first footage of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, Secret Invasion, and Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, including Kang the Conqueror, privately shown to attendees. These same clips may well show re-runs, possibly along with some new snippets as post-production continues to progress on all three.

The Marvels Gets a First Look

The Marvels, MCU

Despite having concluded filming prior to the event, The Marvels didn’t show any footage at Comic-Con, likely due to the Ms. Marvel finale still being fresh. With some time now passed, attendees ought to catch an exclusive look at the all-female ensemble, showing off Captain Marvel, Ms. Marvel, and Monica Rambeau.

Phase 5 Disney+ Series Make Waves

Phase 5, MCU, Disney+

After She-Hulk wraps up in October, Marvel Studios won’t have another Disney+ series until spring’s Secret Invasion. Nick Fury’s mystery thriller may have already shown footage at Comic-Con, but D23 will likely bring exclusive peeks at Echo and Loki Season 2, the former of which has already wrapped filming.

The other Phase 5 Disney+ series include Ironheart, Agatha: Coven of Chaos, and Daredevil: Born Again, none of which would have enough footage to reveal. However, there may still be casting announcements or other news to offer.


She-Hulk Drops Mid-Season Trailer

She-Hulk, MCU, Disney+

By the time D23 gets underway, She-Hulk: Attorney at Law will have just premiered the fourth installment of its nine-episode season. As Disney will likely be eager to market the legal comedy to some degree at its biggest event of the year, a mid-season trailer, or at least some new footage, ought to be shown.

Whatever Marvel Studios does show ought to feature a recap of the events so far, along with a peek at what’s to come in the second half. Perhaps this could even include more of Charlie Cox’s Daredevil and the return of Bruce Banner/Hulk.

Armor Wars Receives Update

Armor Wars, Iron Man, Disney+

Don Cheadle’s Armor Wars – which will explore the legacy of Tony Stark as his technology falls into the wrong hands – was strangely omitted from Comic-Con, despite having been announced over a year prior. Nonetheless, the team behind the show has insisted it is still going ahead amid cancellation fears.

Now, most are expecting Armor Wars to finally get its moment in the spotlight at D23 as it gets slotted into one of the vacant Phase 6 release slots. Perhaps this will come with casting, storyline details, and hints toward Ironheart connections.

Eternals 2 Gets Revealed

Eternals 2, MCU

The controversial Eternals ended on a game-changing cliffhanger that many are now desperate to see resolved. A sequel has yet to be formally announced but Pip the Troll actor Patton Oswalt recently let slip that Eternals 2 will be happening with director Chloe Zhao returning at the helm

As Marvel Studios will probably want the Eternals to get involved in the climax of the Multiverse Saga, this should release at some point in 2025 in order to free up the team from their current cliffhanger ahead of the crossover event. So, if that is indeed the plan, it may become official 

Shang-Chi 2 Goes Official

Shang-Chi 2, Iron Fist, MCU

Shang-Chi 2 has already been revealed to be in development but has yet to be made official. One factor that could greatly influence where Shang-Chi 2 places in the future is whether the first film’s director will be returning. 

With Destin Daniel Cretton turning his focus to Avengers: The Kang Dynasty and Wonder Man, it’s hard to imagine him having time for the sequel anytime soon. So, whether Cretton returns ought to dictate if Shang-Chi 2 is announced for Phase 6 at D23 or if it’s saved for the next saga.

World War Hulk Confirmed

World War Hulk, Bruce Banner, MCU

Hulk fans have been waiting for a sequel to The Incredible Hulk for over a decade now, but rights issues with Universal have prevented that. Now, World War Hulk appears to be in the pipeline and may even be getting set up by She-Hulk: Attorney at Law right now. 

Production will reportedly begin in the not-too-distant future, so an announcement is entirely possible. But if the storyline hinges around the latter episodes of She-Hulk then that reveal may be saved until later to avoid spoilers.

Nova Enters The Fold

Nova, Marvel Studios logo, Avengers

The wait has been long to see Nova – either Richard Rider or Sam Alexander – enter the MCU, and all signs are pointing to it being not too far away. Granted, nobody yet knows whether this will be a big-screen movie or Disney+ series, but reports indicate Rider will be the star.

The last word on production indicated a 2023 start to what is “likely” to be a Disney+ series, so it ought to slot somewhere into Phase 6, perhaps leading Marvel Studios to shock fans with the reveal at D23.

Major Casting Announcements

Giancarlo Esposito, Professor X, MCU

Among Marvel Studios’ most shocking event moments yet was the shock reveal of Mahershala Ali’s Blade at Comic-Con 2019. Part of what made this moment so special was the fact this had yet to be reported anywhere, and perhaps Kevin Feige has something similar up his sleeves again.

One report suggested Marvel Studios has signed John Boyega, Henry Cavill, Jodie Comer, Daisy Edgar-Jones, John Krasinski, Giancarlo Esposito, and Denzel Washington in various roles that may be announced at D23. For now, this rumor is unverified, but this may be a taste of the potential shock castings to expect.

Wild Picks

Secret Wars Gets a Director

Secret Wars, The Russo Brothers, Avengers, MCU

Avengers: The Kang Dynasty may have signed Destin Daniel Cretton as director, but reports are suggesting Secret Wars may put someone else at the helm. There’s no telling which director will take the job on the November 2025 release, but the Russo Brothers have been taken out of the equation.

Secret Wars won’t have to begin filming until 2024, so Marvel Studios doesn’t necessarily need to choose and announce a director right now. But if Kevin Feige already has one lined up, he may choose to announce that name at D23.

Scarlet Witch Goes Solo

Scarlet Witch, Elizabeth Olsen, Marvel Studios

Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch has been rumored to lead her own solo movie or Disney+ series ever since Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Now, with months passed since her apparent demise in the reality-hopping blockbuster, it may be time to announce her upcoming return.

However, even if a solo project is on the cards for Wanda, Marvel Studios may wish to deliver her triumphant return on screen before announcing anything. After all, her shocking return in Avengers 5 to turn the tides in the fight against Kang the Conqueror would be jaw-dropping for moviegoers.

Avenger Icons Receive Sequels

Clea, Doctor Strange

With the Multiverse Saga spanning three Phases, many of the flicks coming earlier in the saga ought to receive sequels by the time the end of it all. Doctor Strange 2 and Thor 4 have both arrived this summer and left off on intriguing cliffhangers to tease the future of their characters, so when will they be resolved?

As of now, there have been no major reports pointing toward either Doctor Strange 3 or Thor 5 having entered development, lowering the chances of a mention at D23. But perhaps Marvel Studios will come with some surprises to continue these stories before the current saga comes to a close.

Disney+ Season 2 Renewals

Moon Knight Season 2, MCU, Disney+

On the topic of sequels, the time may have come for more Disney+ series to receive a coveted Season 2 renewal. As of now, Loki is the only live-action MCU show to have confirmed a follow-up is on the way, but the odds are high that more will eventually follow suit, even if that’s not necessarily at D23.

Moon Knight, Ms. Marvel, and She-Hulk all ought to see their stories continued on Disney+, but some will come sooner rather than later. Perhaps the most likely contender for now is Oscar Isaac’s Egyptian epic, especially since Moon Knight has yet to line up any more upcoming appearances.

Marvel Brings X-Men Updates

X-Men, Marvel Studios logo, Avengers

With every Marvel Studios presentation since acquiring Fox, fans have been eagerly awaiting news on the X-Men. Now, the odds are higher than ever as the MCU has begun planting seeds for their introduction with Ms. Marvel, but the time may still not be quite right yet.

Firstly, reports have indicated that existing Fox contracts may prevent the MCU from recasting the X-Men until 2025, likely placing their debut into the next saga. Marvel Studios also has plenty of new characters and teams to play with for now, so it may opt to save a whole new super-powered race for the next saga.

Fantastic Four Finds Actors

The Fantastic Four comics, Marvel Studios

Fantastic Four may have found its director in Matt Shakman, but there’s still the question of which actors will bring Marvel’s First Family to life. As high as hopes may be to see the cast come out on stage, actors have likely yet to be signed as the newfound director ought to have some say in that choice.

But with filming placed to begin next year, Marvel Studios is likely currently hard at work on finding its four leading actors. If those, or even any of them, happen to be found before D23, there’s a chance they will be revealed at the event. 

Doctor Doom Enters The Fold

Doctor Doom, Mr Fantastic, MCU

Doctor Doom earned his own spot on this list thanks to rumors he could be involved in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, and possibly even make an appearance. Rumors have suggested the Latvian ruler may be the one pulling the strings of the war between the African nation and Namor’s Talocan.

If these rumors were to pay off, Doctor Doom could be joining the MCU before the year is out, meaning an actor may well have been cast. Granted, chances are Marvel Studios will want to keep any shocking cameo from the Fantastic Four villain quiet, but perhaps they may lean into it to further push the sequel. 

The Phase 6 Slate Gets Completed

MCU, Phase 6, Multiverse Saga

Almost every potential Phase 6 project was placed in the lower echelon of likelihood on this list. This comes down to the chance that Kevin Feige steers clear of the Multiverse Saga’s conclusion altogether and instead focuses on Phase 5.

The first Phase 6 entry isn’t expected to release until Fall 2024, so Marvel Studios could comfortably save those announcements for 2023’s Comic-Con. But even though those projects likely won’t start filming until the second half of 2023, Feige may wish to complete the picture of the Multiverse Saga sooner rather than later.

Manage Expectations for the MCU at D23

Avengers Endgame, Comic-Con, MCU

It’s important to go into D23 with reasonable expectations for what Marvel Studios will reveal. Feige just dropped plenty of major bombshells at Comic-Con, so it wouldn’t be awfully surprising if D23 isn’t quite as spectacular.

As the studio will probably want to save some announcements for future events, the Phase 6 slate may well be left incomplete. After all, there are still two more Comic-Cons to come before the final phase of the Multiverse Saga gets underway.

D23 ought to be used more as a platform to expand on what has already been revealed, as opposed to announcing tons of new projects. Nonetheless, the D23 weekend will undoubtedly be an exciting one for MCU fans.

Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige will make his D23 presentation on Saturday, September 10. He will also be joined by Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy, and The Direct has 14 predictions of what to expect from the Star Wars galaxy.

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Zee To Exclusively Show ICC Events On TV From 2024 Till 2027 After An Agreement With Disney Star

Zee To Exclusively Show ICC Events On TV From 2024 Till 2027 After An Agreement With Disney Star

Tuesday saw the announcement of a strategic licencing agreement between ZEE Entertainment and Disney Star for the exclusive TV rights to ICC Men’s Cricket Tournaments in India

In accordance with the agreement, Disney Star will pay ZEE an undisclosed sum in order to licence ZEE the television broadcasting rights of the Men’s and Under 19 (U-19) global events of the International Cricket Council (ICC) for a term of four years (2024–2027).

All ICC tournaments will continue to be streamed exclusively through Disney Star’s online service, Disney+ Hotstar. This contract has received in-principle approval from ICC. The Men’s T20 World Cup (2024, 2026), Champions Trophy (2025), and One Day International World Cup (2027), as well as important U-19 competitions, would be seen exclusively on ZEE thanks to this affiliation.

IPL Media Rights: Disney Star Sports Wins TV Rights In Indian Subcontinent For 2023-27 Cycle - Reports
IPL Media Rights: Disney Star Sports Wins TV Rights In Indian Subcontinent For 2023-27 Cycle – Reports

Disney Star Had Won Both The Digital And TV Rights Last Week

“This is a first-of-its-kind partnership in the Indian media & entertainment landscape, and this association with Disney Star reflects our sharp, strategic vision for the sports business in India. As a one-stop television destination for ICC men’s cricket events until 2027, ZEE will leverage the strength of its network to offer a compelling experience for its viewers and a great return on investment for its advertisers. Long-term profitability and value-generation continue to be our areas of focus across the business, and we will always evaluate all the necessary steps that will enable us to make sports a compelling value proposition for the company”, Punit Goenka, MD & CEO,  Enterprises Ltd. said

Zee To Exclusively Show ICC Events On TV From 2024 Till 2027 After An Agreement With Disney Star
Disney Hotstar, Tata IPL (Image Credits: IPL)

For $3 billion, Disney Star last week renewed its contract to air International Cricket Council (ICC) competitions through 2027.

After defeating competitors, the network won the closed-loop bid procedure. The agreement covers both digital and television rights for ICC competitions for men and women. It is a significant win for Disney Star, which in June lost to Viacom18 the digital rights to the Indian Premier League (IPL) for the cycle 2023–27.

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THE WIGGLES – Big Show Tour – GlobalNews Events

TWO SHOWS!!! 12:00noon and 4:00pm.  TCU PLACE, SASKATOON.

TICKETS AVAILABLE online, through the TCU Place Box Office by Phone (306-975-7799) or In Person, 9:00am to 4:00pm, Monday through Friday.

Canada, get ready to Wiggle!  The Wiggles are bringing their brand-new Big Show Tour! to you this October!  The world’s most popular children’s entertainment group, The Wiggles will be travelling across Canada from St. Johns to Vancouver to perform their biggest show yet!  Anthony, Tsehay, Lachy and Simon are delighted to sing, dance and play music for their fans, and will bring along all of their Wiggly friends too!  Captain Feathersword, Dorothy Dinosaur, Wags the Dog, Henry the Octopus, Shirley Shawn the Unicorn are all coming along for the fun, PLUS The Wiggles are excited to introduce Caterina Wiggle and John Wiggle from the Fruit Salad TV series to their Canadian fans!  The Wiggles Big Show Tour! will feature all your favourite Wiggles songs such as ‘Do The Propeller’, ‘Hot Potato’ and ‘Rock-a-Bye Your Bear’, along with new and catchy tunes such as Dippy Do Dinosaur Dance!  The Wiggles Big Show Tour! will get your hands clapping and toes tapping!  Come along and sing and dance with Anthony, Lachy, Simon, Tsehay, Caterina and John and all their Wiggly friends!


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Editors’ Picks: 8 Events for Your Art Calendar This Week, From a Show by a Banksy Precursor to Trisha Brown at Rockaway Beach | Artnet News

Editors’ Picks: 8 Events for Your Art Calendar This Week, From a Show by a Banksy Precursor to Trisha Brown at Rockaway Beach | Artnet News

Each week, we search for the most exciting and thought-provoking shows, screenings, and events, both digitally and in-person in the New York area. See our picks from around the world below. (Times are all ET unless otherwise noted.)


Tuesday, August 16

Federico Zuccaro Taddeo Rebuffed by Francesco Il Sant'Angelo, (about 1595). Image courtesy the J. Paul Getty Museum.

Federico Zuccaro Taddeo Rebuffed by Francesco Il Sant’Angelo, (about 1595). Image courtesy the J. Paul Getty Museum.

1. “Hardship and Inspiration” at the Getty Center, Los Angeles

In this virtual talk on the occasion of “The Lost Murals of Renaissance Rome” (through September 4), Getty Museum curator Julian Brooks will explore one of the first illustrated “starving artist” narratives and its enduring relevance. Twenty drawings by Federico Zuccaro map out the setbacks, rejections, and eventual success of his older brother, Italian Renaissance painter Taddeo Zuccaro. Brooks will also explore how these images of artistic persistence have inspired 21st-century Los Angeles singer-songwriters.

Price: Free with Zoom registration
Time: 2 p.m. PT (5 p.m. ET)

—Eileen Kinsella


Friday, August 19

Blek Le Rat, <em>Danseuse Colour</em> (2021). Photo courtesy of West Chelsea Contemporary, New York.

Blek Le Rat, Danseuse Colour (2021). Photo courtesy of West Chelsea Contemporary, New York.

2. “Blek Le Rat” at West Chelsea Contemporary, New York

French artist Blek Le Rat developed his unique blend of printmaking and graffiti in Paris the early 1980s after encountering street art in New York City and the work of Richard “Shadowman” Hambleton. His symbol was a small black rat: an anagram of the word “art” that he spread art throughout the city the way rats carry disease. Blek’s pop culture-infused stencil graffiti helped pioneer the art form and was highly influential: in Banksy’s first public interview, with the Daily Mail in 2008, the British artist lamented that “every time I think I’ve painted something slightly original, I find out that Blek Le Rat has done it too, only Blek did it 20 years earlier.”

Location: West Chelsea Contemporary, 231 10th Avenue, New York
Price: Free
Time: Monday–Wednesday and Saturday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m.–8 p.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m.–6 p.m.

—Sarah Cascone


Saturday, August 20

Trisha Brown Dance Company in rehearsal at Rockaway Beach, Queens. Photo by Alice Plati for Beach Sessions Dance Series.

3. “Trisha Brown: Beach Sessions” at Rockaway Beach, New York

In this event, dancers will perform a work by choreographer Trisha Brown along the Rockaway shoreline. The audience is invited to follow the dancers along the beach as they move from Beach 97th Street to Beach 110th Street. Now in its eighth year, “Trisha Brown: In Plain Site” is a program highlighting a selection of early works by the choreographer specifically chosen to respond to the beach and its shoreline.

Location: Various locations, Rockaway Beach, New York
Price: Free
Time: 5:30 p.m.

—Neha Jambhekar


Through Friday, August 26

Nam June Paik, <em>Admiral/Crying TV</em> (2005). Photo by Rob McKeever, ©Nam June Paik Estate, courtesy of Gagosian.

Nam June Paik, Admiral/Crying TV (2005). Photo by Rob McKeever, ©Nam June Paik Estate, courtesy of Gagosian.

4. “Nam June Paik, Art in Process: Part Two” at Gagosian, New York

Gagosian wraps up the second and final installment of its career survey of pioneering Korean American video artist Nam June Paik. The exhibition features three of the artist’s 1980s satellite broadcasts and late examples of his television sculptures. The show is curated by John G. Hanhardt, the man behind the artist’s shows at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1982, the Guggenheim Museum in 2000, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum in 2011.

Location: Gagosian Park & 75, 821 Park Avenue, New York
Price: Free
Time: Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

—Sarah Cascone


Through Monday, September 5

Liz West, Hymn to the Big Wheel (2021) at Manhattan West. Photo by Jakob Dahlin, courtesy of Brookfield.

5. “Liz West: Hymn to the Big Wheel” at Manhattan West

Take advantage of the break in New York’s summer heatwave to check out this immersive sculptural work by Liz West just east of Hudson Yards. The octagonal structure features transparent sheets in jewel-like colors that catch the sunlight, creating vibrant shadows across cobblestone streets. The project is curated by Canadian public art firm Massivart, and was originally displayed last summer in London during the Canary Warf Summer Lights festival. It will also be on view on the Waterfront Plaza at Brookfield Place (September 9 through September 25).

Location: Manhattan West Plaza, 385 9th Avenue, New York
Price: Free
Time: 8 a.m.–7 p.m.

—Sarah Cascone


Through Sunday, September 18

"Adama Delphine Fawundu: Wata Bodis," Newark. Photo by Anthony Alvarez, courtesy of Project for Empty Space, Newark.

“Adama Delphine Fawundu: Wata Bodis,” Newark. Photo by Anthony Alvarez, courtesy of Project for Empty Space, Newark.

6. “Adama Delphine Fawundu: Wata Bodis” at Project for Empty Space, Newark

Adama Delphine Fawundu, a 2022 artist-in-residence at Project for Empty Space, presents an exhibition featuring a 360-video projection and mixed-media hanging sculptures made from hand-dyed fabrics. Fawundu conceived of the exhibition, which is inspired by the African diaspora experience, as a spiritual conversation with her namesake, her late grandmother who she called Mama Adama. “Although our physical bodies have only shared space on this earth for 23 years, our spirits have always been intertwined,” Fawundu wrote in her artist’s statement.

Location: Project for Empty Space, 800 Broad Street, Newark
Price: TK Free
Time: Wednesday–Saturday, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.

—Sarah Cascone


Through Saturday, September 24

Luchita Hurtado, <em>Untitled</em> (1971). Photo by Jeff McLane, ©the Estate of Luchita Hurtado.

Luchita Hurtado, Untitled (1971). Photo by Jeff McLane, ©the Estate of Luchita Hurtado.

7. “Luchita Hurtado” at Hauser and Wirth, Southampton

Luchita Hurtado, who died in 2020 at age 99, only began to received recognition for her decades-long career in the final years of her life. But while you may have seen her paintings, Hurtado’s works on paper, including charcoal, crayon, graphite, and ink drawings, have kept a low profile. Hauser and Wirth presents intimate self-portraits, plus other pieces never exhibited in her lifetime.

Location: Hauser and Wirth, 9 Main Street, Southampton, New York
Price: Free
Time: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.; Thursday, 11 a.m.–8 p.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m.–6 p.m.

—Sarah Cascone


Tojiba CPU Corp, <em>Disc Buddie #4448</em> (2022). Photo by Tom Powel Imaging, courtesy of Nahmad Contemporary, New York.

Tojiba CPU Corp, Disc Buddie #4448 (2022). Photo by Tom Powel Imaging, courtesy of Nahmad Contemporary, New York.

8. “The Painter’s New Tools” at Nahmad Contemporary, New York

There’s more to art and technology that the love-it-or-hate it NFT, as this group show at Nahmad Contemporary suggests. Artists pushing the boundaries of painting have been incorporating everything from computer printers and tablets to CGI, AI, and coding into their practices. The exhibition includes groundbreaking works by Darren Bader, Urs Fischer, Wade Guyton, Camille Henrot, and Sarah Sze, among others.

Location: Nahmad Contemporary, 980 Madison Avenue, Third Floor, New York
Price: Free with appointment
Time: Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

—Sarah Cascone

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Documents show how Trump landed Lincoln Memorial for Fox News event

Documents show how Trump landed Lincoln Memorial for Fox News event
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In the spring of 2020, National Park Service personnel were preparing for an event President Donald Trump was holding with Fox News to address the nascent covid-19 pandemic from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, site of historic protests and inaugural concerts.

But, first, they had to brief Trump on the plans.

“As of now we’re looking at an event at base of Lincoln from 6-8 or so Sunday night. No event in chamber. I will see if that holds once POTUS is briefed later today,” Jeff Reinbold, the Park Service’s superintendent for the National Mall and Memorial Parks, wrote in an April 28, 2020, email to other agency officials.

By the next morning, the virtual “town hall” was no longer to be held at the base, the documents show. Trump’s two-hour sit-down with Fox News anchors would take place inside the memorial’s main chamber, on the landing in the shadow of the marble statue of a seated Lincoln. With the exception of an annual birthday tribute to Lincoln, federal regulations bar events from being held in that area.

The email is among hundreds of pages of newly released government documents that help fill in the picture of how officials from multiple government agencies worked to engineer the event at the Lincoln, one of the many norm-defying moments of the Trump presidency. They show that the Park Service provided security personnel at a cost of nearly $150,000 and that a U.S. Secret Service official apologized to colleagues for the planning process, calling it a “$#!t show.”

After the event, officials noted that the memorial itself — then 98 years old — had sustained scratches and gouges in its pink marble floor, according to a final memorandum.

In the end, the Trump-appointed interior secretary, David Bernhardt, relaxed the rules by finding that the venue was appropriate, given the president’s need to communicate with the American people during a “grave time of national crisis.” That finding has been previously reported.

Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, the executive director of the Partnership for Civil Justice, a progressive group that acquired the documents through a public-records request, said she believes Bernhardt exceeded his authority and allowed Trump to use “the Lincoln Memorial as his stage set.”

“They’re trying to find a way, it looks like, to give him the chamber when there is no legal way to give him the chamber,” she said.

Verheyden-Hilliard’s group often litigates on behalf of those seeking access to public spaces, pressing the government to properly allow free-speech activities and protests along Pennsylvania Avenue and elsewhere.

Mike Litterst, a spokesman for the Park Service, did not address specific questions from The Washington Post. He said in a statement that the agency monitored the activity associated with the town hall, as it does any event not sponsored by the Park Service.

A spokesman for the Secret Service declined to comment. A Trump spokesman did not respond to requests for comment.

Bernhardt said in an interview that he stood by the decision and that government lawyers had approved it. At the time, federal officials and the nation were in the early stages of learning how deadly and transmissible the novel coronavirus was. Mass business closures enacted weeks before had forced layoffs. The unemployment rate had quadrupled.

“I felt that it was an important moment for the country,” Bernhardt told The Post.

On May 3, 2020, at the opening of the town hall, Trump greeted Fox anchors Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum by saying, “We never had a more beautiful set than this did we?” according to a transcript.

The hosts asked about criticism that had already surfaced about the use of the memorial as the site for the event.

“What can you criticize? It’s — I don’t think it’s ever been done, what we’re doing tonight here,” Trump said. “And I think it’s great for the American people to see.”

All presidents use national parks as backdrops for photo opportunities and promotional events, said Kristen Brengel of the National Parks Conservation Association, a nonprofit organization that works to protect the national park system. For his 2009 inaugural, President Barack Obama hosted a concert on the steps of the memorial and was photographed in the chamber. Four years later, he gave a speech on the steps as part of a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a dream” speech.

But, by siting the town hall inside the memorial, with Fox News, Brengel said, the Trump administration held an event in defiance of federal regulations in a space that is hallowed ground to many Americans.

“This wasn’t a national emergency to do an event inside the Lincoln Memorial,” she said. “This was the commercial use of a park site in the middle of a pandemic.”

On April 28, the day before the event was announced, officials began sharing early information about it with one another, according to the documents. Reinbold told colleagues that it was being planned for the front steps of the memorial and directed a Fox News staffer to apply for the necessary permit.

Reinbold mentioned that the plans could change after they were presented to Trump that day.

Security personnel at the U.S. Park Police and the Secret Service began to make staffing considerations on short notice. A Park Police official justified the need to call in extra officers on the weekend by citing an emergency order issued weeks earlier allowing for “mission critical adjustments” to help the nation respond to the pandemic.

A Secret Service official helping to staff the event apologized for the process. “Sorry this is such a $#!t show. Will have answers shortly,” wrote the official, whose name is redacted in the documents.

The next day, with the event moved into the memorial’s chamber, Fox News would not need a permit after all, Reinbold wrote. He told colleagues it was out of his hands. “They are using the site as a venue and this is not a co-sponsored or NPS event in any way,” he wrote on April 29.

Trump and Fox announced that the event would take place four days later, on a Sunday evening.

Fox News began making arrangements. A Fox staffer sent Park Service officials a photo taken from the 1963 March on Washington, shot from behind Lincoln’s statue looking out at the entrance, that she hoped to replicate.

“We are also looking to achieve the camera shot in the attached picture,” she wrote on April 30.

An inscription marks the spot where King spoke, 18 steps from the top landing of the memorial.

On May 3, Bernhardt issued a “record of determination,” citing the growing pandemic and the need for the president to communicate with Americans as reasoning to allow the event. “In this grave time of national crisis, the Memorial is a uniquely appropriate place from which our President can communicate an official message to the American people,” Bernhardt wrote.

Verheyden-Hilliard rejected the idea that the interior secretary had such authority. “All they are really doing is putting window dressing on something that is clearly illegal,” she said.

In response to questions from The Post, Fox News Media said in a statement that the station had been approached by the Trump administration and “agreed to moderate the May 2020 event in an effort to provide critical information to the American public.”

“The location of the Lincoln Memorial was proposed by the administration and Fox News worked directly with the National Park Service to ensure the production followed every protocol to protect the space,” the company said.

A Park Service memo after the event said the production crew had “generally followed previously agreed to requirements.” But it also said: “Inside the Lincoln Chamber there are several scratches and gouges on the flooring. Photo documentation taken and referred to the park’s senior management.”

No photos of damage were among the documents released. Fox News said it was unaware of any damage. “At no point was the network made aware of any damages as a result of the event,” the company said.

Litterst said in the statement that the damage was “addressed in-house by the park’s conservators.”

In correspondence in the days after the event, about how to respond to reporters’ questions, Litterst made clear to colleagues that he did not want to give the impression that the agency would allow such an event to take place again: “I think it’s a good opportunity to slam the door on anyone who thinks they can make a similar ask to do an interview in the chamber.”

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Tuesday, July 19

• Penticton City Council meets at City Hall, sessions begin at 1 and 6 p.m., to view agenda or watch meeting:

• Now showing at the Penticton Art Gallery: “Lasting Impressions” by Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528), Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn (1606-1669), and William Hogarth (1697-1764); “A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words” Art and Activism: Contemporary printmaking from Oaxaca, Mexico; and “Southern Cross,” Laurence Evelyn Hyde (1914-1987), gallery open Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

• Open bike days at Penticton Safety Village, 1:30-4:30 p.m., ride around the village, learn more about bike safety, helmets and parental waivers required

• Open Mic Night hosted by Tristan Telle, Barley Mill Pub & Sports Bistro, 7:30 p.m.

• Penticton Seniors Drop-In Centre, new line dance level 1, 9 a.m., Tuesday lunch special, 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.., crafts, 1 p.m.

• Now showing at the Penticton Museum, “Made Right Here: Penticton’s Built Heritage.” This exhibit showcases Penticton’s distinctive heritage properties and how they have contributed to our city’s unique history and character, Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 785 Main Street, by donation

• Penticton Public Sculpture exhibit, eight pieces of public art are now on display on Lakeshore Drive, outside City Hall and at the Vancouver Hill roundabout

• Yoga in the Garden at Linden Gardens in Kaleden, 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Tuesday evenings, $17 drop-in or to register for classes:

• The Grist Mill and Gardens in Keremeos is now open for the season, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. daily, $15 (adults), $10 (students and seniors), $30 for the family, season passes available for $45, for more details:

• LocoLanding Adventure Park now open daily for the season, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

• Coyotes Cruises, float the River Channel, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., launch at 215 Riverside Drive, open daily

• Cascades Casino Penticton daily, 10 a.m. – midnight; 10 a.m.-2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays

• Penticton Lawn Bowling Club, open bowling at 260 Brunswick Street, 9:30 a.m., $10 drop-in fee ($5 for students), everyone is welcome

• Hoodoo Adventures open daily: bikes, kayaks, canoes, stand-up paddle boards, climbing gym, visit:

• Now playing at Landmark Cinemas 7: “Minions: The Rise of Gru” (rated G, 87 minutes); “Elvis,” (PG, 159 minutes); “Jurassic World: Dominion (PG, 147 minutes); “Top Gun: Maverick,” (PG, 131 minutes), “Thor: Love and Thunder,”  (PG, 120 minutes);  “Where the Crawdads Sing,” (PG, 125 minutes); “Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank,” (G, 103 minutes) For showtimes and to purchase reserved tickets:

• Now playing at the Oliver Theatre: “Top Gun: Maverick,” Wednesday and Thursday; “Lightyear,” Friday, Sunday and Monday

Wednesday, July 20

• Summerland Community Arts Council presents: Music in the Park, featuring Chick Jaager & the Rolling Tones, Memorial Park in Summerland, 6:30 p.m.

• Penticton Lawn Bowling Club, open bowling at 260 Brunswick Street, 6:30 p.m., $10 drop-in fee ($5 for students), everyone is welcome

• Penticton Seniors Drop-In Centre,new line dance 2, 10:15 a.m., ukulele, 6:30 p.m.

• Naramata Farmers Market, Manitou Park in Naramata, 4-7 p.m.

• Open bike days at Penticton Safety Village, 4-7 p.m., ride around the village, learn more about bike safety, helmets and parental waivers required

• Hot Rockin’ Bingo at Slackwater Brewing, 7 p.m.

Thursday, July 21

• Masters of Justice, a tribute to Metallica, Slackwater Brewing, 9 p.m., $30, available from

• Outdoor Movie on the Barley Mill patio, the original “Nightmare on Elm Street,” 9:30 p.m., by $10 donation to BGC Canada, full menu, beverages and popcorn available

• Live@Time, featuring Joe Hafez, Time Winery, 6:30 p.m.

• Steven Marriott performs at Cannery Brewing Co, 5-7 p.m.

• Open Mic at Clancy’s Pub and Grill, 6:30 p.m., ages 19 and over

• Penticton Seniors Drop-In Centre, EZ line dance, 11 a.m., bingo 1 p.m. (doors open at 11 a.m.) crafts, 1 p.m.

• “Off the Grid,” by John Spurway, presented by The Many Hats Theatre Co., The Cannery Stage, 8 p.m., $28 (adults, includes GST), $25 (seniors and students), to purchase tickets:

• Penticton Lawn Bowling Club, open bowling at 260 Brunswick Street, 9:30 a.m., $10 drop-in fee ($5 for students)

• Tacos and Trivia on Thirst Days, 7-9 p.m. at The Barley Mill Brew Pub

• Learn about our city’s history, visit the SS Sicamous Maritime Museum, open Thursday through Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

• All aboard: Kettle Valley Railway in Summerland is operating again this season, scenic runs on Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays, 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., $29 (adults), $27 (seniors), $24 (youth), $19 (kids 3-12), visit:

Friday, July 22

• BC Hockey Hall of Fame induction gala and auction, South Okanagan Events Centre, $75, for tickets:, (inductees include 2012 Penticton Vees)

• Colleen Brown sings the Joni Mitchell Songbook, The Dream Café, 8 p.m., $25, visit:

• 97 South Song Sessions, Penticton Trade and Convention Centre, featuring Tim Nichols, Chris DeStefano, Jessi Alexander, Teigen Gayse, Alan Frew, Kim Mitchell, Jeff Trott and Marc Jordan, for tickets: 97/

• “At the Table,” with Peach Gravy’s Cain Critchlow, Isaac Gilbert and Sean Wood, long-form improv, Tempest Theatre & Film Society, 7:30 p.m., $20, for tickets:, first of two nights

• Ultraman Canada, first of three days at Okanagan Lake Park for event details:

• Boston Pizza “Raises Dough” for Canadian Mental Health Association, Boston Pizza in Penticton, 7 p.m., $30 with all proceeds directly to Unity clubhouse (an anonymous donor will match all ticket sales), featuring DJ Russ Treit, magician Leif David, emcee Mike Tarrant, for tickets:

• Summer Dance Party with The Steadies and DJ Kicks, Slackwater Brewing Co., 8 p.m.-midnight, 19 and over, $10 in advance, $15 at the door

• Downtown Penticton Association presents Music in the Park with Gord McLaren, 8-10 p.m., Gyro Park bandshell

• Paul Gibbons performs on The Barking Parrot’s patio, 5:30 p.m.

• “Off the Grid,” by John Spurway, presented by The Many Hats Theatre Co., The Cannery Stage, 8 p.m., starring Jamie Eberle, Melissa Kuse and Martin Pedersen, for

• Penticton Seniors Drop-In Centre, French conversations, 9 a.m., beginner line dance, 3 p.m.

• Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 40, fish and chips, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., karaoke with Candie, 7:30 p.m.

• Fraternal Order of Eagles, Friday night dinner, 5-7 p.m.

• Penticton Lawn Bowling Club, open bowling at 260 Brunswick Street, 6:30 p.m., $10 drop-in fee ($5 for students), everyone is welcome

• Karaoke Friday Nights at Howling Coyote Pub, 6341 Main Street, Oliver, beginning at 8 p.m.

• Yoga in the Garden at Linden Gardens in Kaleden, 9:30-10:45 a.m. on Friday mornings, $17 drop-in or to register for classes:

Saturday, July 23

• Fundraiser for The Dream Café, donated by 97 South Song Sessions, a live music event featuring award-winning singers and songwriters, The Dream Café, 12:30-2 p.m., limited tickets available for $100 per person

• Blues musician Steve Kozak performs at The Dream Café, 8 p.m., $35, for tickets:

• “At the Table,” with Peach Gravy’s Cain Critchlow, Isaac Gilbert and Sean Wood, long-form improv, Tempest Theatre & Film Society, 7:30 p.m., $20, for tickets:, second and final night

• Pacific Coast Premier Mens Soccer League action, Port Moody at Penticton Pinnacles, King’s Park, 4 p.m.

• 97 South Song Sessions, Penticton Trade and Convention Centre, featuring Tim Nichols, Chris DeStefano, Jessi Alexander, Teigen Gayse, Alan Frew, Kim Mitchell, Jeff Trott and Marc Jordan, for tickets: 97/

• Ultraman Canada, second of three days at Okanagan Lake Park for event details:

• Penticton Speedway, 7 p.m., gates open at 6 p.m., Avion RS1 Series

• Paul Gibbons performs on The Barking Parrot’s patio, 5:30 p.m.

• “Off the Grid,” by John Spurway, presented by The Many Hats Theatre Co., The Cannery Stage, 8 p.m., directed by Rob McCaffery, to purchase tickets:

• Penticton Lawn Bowling Club, open bowling at 260 Brunswick Street, 9:30 a.m., $10 drop-in fee ($5 for students)

• Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 40, meat draw, 2 p.m.

• Fresh BC Talent presents live performers ages 9-18 outside Blenz Coffee on Main St., 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

• Penticton Farmer’s Market, 100 block of Main Street, 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. and Downtown Penticton community market, 200 block of Main Street, 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., bike valet available from Penticton and Area Cycling Association

• Fraternal Order of Eagles burgers, noon-4 p.m., Eagle races, 4 p.m.

• Charity bottle drive, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at IGA in Summerland and Penticton in support of C-DART animal organization, BC-SPCA and Penticton Regional Hospital

• Karaoke at The Barley Mill Pub, 8:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.

• Summerland Estate Winery B&B, Summer Concert series with Marv Machura

• Penticton Elks Lodge, drop-in cribbage, 10 a.m., meat draw, 4 p.m., dinner, 5:30 p.m., live music with The Blueshounds, 6:30 p.m.

Sunday, July 24

• Penticton Ministerial Association presents City-Wide Church in the Park, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Gyro Park, for more information visit:

• Art and Music is Back in Summerland Ornamental Gardens, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., visit with local painters, potters and fibre artists, music with Double Sharp, free guided tour of the gardens begins at 1 p.m.

• Summerland Rotary Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Main Street

• Live music with Brent Tyler, District Wine Village in Oliver, 3-7 p.m.

• Ultraman Canada, third and final day at Okanagan Lake Park for event details:

• 97 South Song Sessions, Penticton Trade and Convention Centre, featuring Tim Nichols, Chris DeStefano, Jessi Alexander, Teigen Gayse, Alan Frew, Kim Mitchell, Jeff Trott and Marc Jordan, for tickets: 97/

• Aaron Loewen performs at Cannery Brewing Co, 5-7 p.m.

• “Off the Grid,” by John Spurway, presented by The Many Hats Theatre Co., The Cannery Stage, 2 p.m., $28 (adults, includes GST), directed by Rob McCaffery, produced by Ben Amos and Eric Hanston, $25 (seniors, students), for tickets:

• Fraternal Order of Eagles, meat draw, 4 p.m.

• Penticton Elks Lodge breakfast, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Grimms meat draw, dog races, last man standing, 2 p.m.

• Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 40, drop-in cribbage and darts, 1 p.m.

• Penticton Lawn Bowling Club, open bowling at 260 Brunswick Street, 9:30 a.m., $10 drop-in fee ($5 for students), everyone is welcome

• Summerland Estate Winery B&B, Summer Concert series with Steve Smith

• BC-SPCA South Okanagan Similkameen Flea Market, 8 a.m.- 2 p.m. at 1550 Main Street in front of the Wholesale Club

• Survivorship Flea Market, 1397 Fairview Rd.(N.W. corner of Fairview and Duncan, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.,, all proceeds to local dragonboat team and breast cancer awareness

• Fraternal Order of Eagles, Sunday afternoon meat draw, 4 p.m.

• Rotary Club of Penticton charity meat draw supporting Pathways Addictions Centre, multiple chances to win, 1:30-3 p.m. at Barley Mill Brew Pub

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Annual show and shine event honours lives lost on lake

Annual show and shine event honours lives lost on lake

DRAYTON – The second annual Conestogo Lake Car Show and Shine is set for July 30.

The event is once again being held in honour of Tania Yonan and Matt Ottens and others who have lost their lives on the water.

“Show off your special car, no matter how old or new it is. Or come out and have a look around while sharing a morning of fellowship with your cottage neighbours,” organizers urge.

The show and shine will be held at 11 Main Street West in Drayton, in the municipal parking lot across from the fire hall, from 11am to 2:30pm.

There is a registration fee of $10 per car for those showing vehicles. All proceeds go to the Canadian Safe Boating Council (CSBC).

For admission, organizers encourage attendees to make a donation to the CSBC at For more information contact

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P.E.I. queer-centred event company Lacuna presenting cabaret show Let’s Try This Again at The Guild | SaltWire

P.E.I. queer-centred event company Lacuna presenting cabaret show Let’s Try This Again at The Guild | SaltWire

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. — P.E.I. will get a taste of New York nightlife through a new show at The Guild in Charlottetown presented by queer-centred events company Lacuna.

Fresh off a successful cabaret run at some of New York’s most iconic nightspots, the cabaret show Let’s Try This Again will stop at The Guild for one night on Aug. 1.

Actor and vocalist Andrew Morrisey and pianist and composer Andrew Boudreau created the show with a blend of the city’s sophistication and East Coast charm.

“After two long years away, it feels almost surreal to be coming back to Charlottetown,” said Morrisey in a news release.

“This show is both a reflection of a deeply personal journey and our collective experience. I can’t wait to share it with you.”

The 75-minute performance explores themes of love, queer identity and re-learning how to navigate social interaction in a world emerging from a global pandemic.

Production director Margot Bégin said the cabaret format is the perfect medium for the intimate exploration of what it means to be emerging from the pandemic experience.

“It taps into our shared experience of loss and isolation while making room for those unexpected moments of self-discovery and joy,” said Bégin.

Tickets are available for purchase at The Guild box office or online.

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WATCH NOW: Kenosha Opera Festival hosting public events

WATCH NOW: Kenosha Opera Festival hosting public events

The Kenosha Opera Festival, launched in the fall of 2019, is back in a big way this season, with two operas, a recital and even a night of bawdy songs at a local brewery.

All of that activity continues the mission of the opera festival’s founders, Nicholas Huff and Kaila Bingen, to “unstuff” opera.

“It’s been going great,” Huff said of their efforts to bring opera to the general public.

“We’ve got more ways to move that ball down the court this year,” he said, “including a Kenosha Opera Festival app with games on it.”

The app — developed by Bingen’s husband, Rick, a computer science professor at Carthage College — is free to download and features opera “fun facts” and games. (When we talked, the app was only available on Android systems.)

“We’ll be playing games on the app during intermission of ‘The Barber of Seville’ with the audience,” Huff said. “It makes the opera fun and energized, not snobbish, which is what we’re all about.” As a bonus: There will be prizes awarded during those “Barber” intermission games.

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Fellowship program

The Kenosha Opera Festival features four young members in the troupe’s fellowship program — two singers and a pianist.

“We’re proud that our program is completely free for these college-age students to attend,” Huff said.

The fellowship program includes workshops on singing, of course, but also offers practical guidance on such topics as how to file your taxes if you’re a freelance performer and how to use social media.

The “fellows” will be performing an opera, “Orfeo ed Euridice” (“Orpheus and Euridice”), based on the Greek myth.

In the story, Orpheus is promised that he may enter Hades and retrieve his wife, Euridice, from death on one condition: he may not look back to see if she is there for the entire journey from the underworld back to the land of the living.

The opera, composed by Christoph Willibald Gluck, was first performed in Vienna on Oct. 5, 1762.

The opera is the most popular of Gluck’s works.

“It’s a full-length opera but is a short show,” Bingen said, adding that while the story is based on the classic Greek story “this version isn’t quite so tragic. We can’t leave everyone sad walking out of the theater.”

Note: The opera will be presented in Italian with English supertitles. This is a black-box production, accompanied by piano.

‘Barber of Seville’

This season’s main production is “The Barber of Seville,” Gioachino Rossini’s comedy, which premiered in 1816 and has remained popular ever since.

“It’s one of the most fun operas ever written,” Huff said. “Also, people kind of know this one — from the ‘figaro, figaro, figaro’ singing and some of the familiar arias in it.”

Audiences, he said, “should enjoy it because it is somewhat familar — and it’s just a hoot.”

The cast features this season’s six guest artists — who are coming to Kenosha from New York, Cincinnati, the Chicago area, Florida, Portland, Ore., and even from South Korea.

“We reached out in the opera world and received a lot of interest from all over,” Huff said of casting this year’s production.

The cast, he added, “are all great singers — real bangers.”

This opera — a frantic comedy about, yes, a barber in the city of Seville — features the classic opera plot devices of romantic pursuit, false identities and disguises.

“The show is filled with big personalities,” Bingen said. “All the cast members get to go really big on stage. The vocal fireworks will blow your hair back.”

Note: The opera will be presented in Italian with English supertitles, accompanied by an orchestra.

Guest artist recital

Before they perform on stage in the opera, those guest artists — Heeseung Chae, Max Hosmer, Edith Grossman, Stacey Murdock, Alex Boyd and Janese Pentico — will perform in a Friday night recital at First United Methodist Church, 919 60th St.

“This is a great opportunity to get up close and personal with this group of singers,” Bingen said. “The recital features a fantastic set list, and the church is a wonderful setting for the concert.”

The recital will feature “a teaser” for “The Barber of Seville,” along with songs from musical theater, plus a Mozart set and “Easter eggs” — arias that are routinely cut from operas.

“There will be opera and non-opera pieces, and music from all genres and from all periods,” Huff said.

Overall, the two are happy with the audience response to the opera festival’s productions and other events.

“We’re building up momentum, with everything from our YouTube Channel to our live productions,” Bingen said.

Huff added that our little local opera group is also “becoming more well-known in the opera world. That’s very exciting.”