By Mary Anne Andersen
Cedar City Arts Council
Okay. So let’s say you have seen the Shakespeare plays that are running Friday evening, July 28. (You would have seen them on a weeknight, when Iron County residents can buy half-price tickets. If that is a surprise to you, now you know.) But you still want to be out on a beautiful summer evening.
The action is definitely in the Main Street/Center Street corridor and you are looking to be there.
So let me plan a perfect Friday evening for you. (My family doesn’t call me the Master Planner Extraordinaire for nothing.) You need to plan a 3-hour block of time, say 5:30 to 8:30.
The Cedar City Arts Council’s Final Friday Art Walk gets under way about 5:00. Artists and musicians will be on the streets, performing, demonstrating, displaying. You will be able to see their work, see them at work, maybe purchase their work, if you should be so inclined. The two art galleries in the area, Artisans and Art Works, have enough to occupy a good part of the evening by themselves, but don’t ignore the other artists and displays on the streets surrounding.
You will want to eat while you are downtown, and fortunately for you, there are great places along the way. I can’t name them here but there are five or six restaurants that will be open into the evening until 8:00 or later.
Okay, so it is about 7:00 by now. Make your way down to SUMA as your last stop, looking over your left shoulder at the USF Greenshow as you go by. Be sure to see the gorgeous quilt show “Pathfinders” in the gallery itself and then step into the cool classroom for a special way to end an already great evening. There, beginning at 7:30, the Council’s summer Arts Social will provide a place to sit down and be entertained by some local artists and enjoy some great snacky finger food. (I’ve seen the menu. Yum.)
The performing artists that evening is Debra Stillman and Danielle Dubrasky. Deb Stillman is a fabulous singer who plied her trade in New York City for a time. She and her guitar will make you glad you made the effort to leave home. The voice is beautiful, as is the person, and you will want to learn when you can hear her again.
Danielle Dubrasky teaches in the English department at SUU and is a published poet. One of her works was the inspiration for a commissioned piece played by the Orchestra of Southern Utah last season. She will read some of her pieces, which are very lovely and accessible for the modern audience.
The Sagebrush Fiber Artisans Guild will display some of its fabulous work for you to see, and will be able to answer any questions you may have. All three presenters are past recipients of CCAC artist mini-grants.
There. Just follow this itinerary for a perfect summer evening! You’re welcome.