Kids of all ages, get ready for a fun weekend! For the small fry, Richard Meeks will perform at the Kids Show, 11 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 19 in the Rockford Public Library Auditorium, 215 N. Wyman St. Celebrate storytelling with the areas own virtuoso storyteller, Richard Meeks. An actor with New American Theater (NAT) for many years and a founding member of Black Theater Ensemble and a member of Ebone Community Players since their inception, Richard has concentrated on storytelling in the parks and schools for 17 years. His dramatic portrayals include tales from both the African Griot and the African-American traditions. Co-sponsored by RPL Youth Services, the show is free!
Galena Rose: How Whiskey Won the West–20th anniversary
For adults who still remember the talent of Jim Post in the spirit of Mark Twain, its a chance to revisit old memories and take a trip back in time. The musical docu-drama Galena Rose: How Whiskey Won the West debuted 20 years ago. At 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 19 at Memorial Hall in downtown Rockford, Jim Post will delight us all as he again brings Mark Twain to life with the wit, energy, humor and intelligence Twain deserves.
Post, a native Texan, first performed as a soloist in his Baptist church choir at age 12. He has been performing professionally since the mid-60s, and is totally devoted to his craft. He delights audiences with his rich tenor voice and catches them off balance with his engaging humor.
Post is one of the Midwests great treasures, wrote Rick Kogan of the Chicago Tribune.
Posts depiction of Mark Twain is nothing less than brilliant, and each sentence and song is a gem… nothing but kudos from our audience members of all ages… this is a show that should be on Broadway.Smithsonian Institution
Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Tickets are available at Rockford Area Arts Council, 713 E. State St., 963-6765; The Postal Shoppe, Edgebrook Center, 397-7301; and Tin Whistle, N. Main & Auburn, 963-0270; or by mail with check and SASE, 10928 N. Main, Rockton, IL 61072. For Web information, call 964-2238.
From the Nov. 16-22, 2005, issue