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This Week at AASF: ‘Twenty Feet from Stardom,’ Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton, ‘Without Words’, 29th Annual Rosen Sculpture Walk

Coming up next with An Appalachian Summer Festival: an Academy Award-winning documentary, a Grammy Award-winning singer, a powerful theater performance and an annual celebration of art.

Weicholz Global Film Series: Twenty Feet from Stardom 

Wednesday, July 22 at 7 p.m.
Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts

This 2013 Academy Award-winning documentary spotlights the triumphant and sometimes heartbreaking stories of the back-up singers behind some of the greatest musical legends of the 21st Century. These gifted artists reflect on the sacrifices and rewards of a career spent harmonizing with others. Lisa Fisher, one of the featured performers who has appeared on albums by Sting, Tina Turner, and Aretha Franklin, as well as touring with the Rolling Stones, will perform a live concert the following evening. Purchase a ticket to the Lisa Fischer concert (July 23) and receive a complimentary ticket to this film!

Lisa Fischer

Twenty Feet from Stardom’s Lisa Fischer and Grand Baton
Thursday, July 23 at 8 p.m.
Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts

A phenomenal powerhouse….in resplendent vocal shape at 56, she brought down the house in the single best show I’ve seen in many years. – The New York Times, April 24, 2015

The festival proudly presents Lisa Fischer, one of the featured singers in the 2013 production “Twenty Feet from Stardom,” a film that pays homage to unsung heroes of the music industry. Fischer won a Grammy for Best Female R&B Performance for her hit single “How Can I Ease the Pain” and has been on tour with the Rolling Stones, Sting, Chris Botti and Nine Inch Nails. The talented singer has also recorded music with artists including Beyonce, John Scofield and Dolly Parton. Purchase a ticket to this concert and receive a complimentary ticket to Twenty Feet from Stardom (July 22)!

In/Visible Theatre presents Without Words
Friday, July 24 and Saturday, July 25 at 8pm
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by Derek Davidson adapted from the book A Man Without Words by Susan Schaller

Language connects us. We use words to ask, express love, argue, and to take our place in human society. Without Words is the story of Idelfonso, a languageless deaf man and Susan, the sign language interpreter determined to help him learn. Experts say someone cannot learn a first language as an adult; Susan and Idelfonso proved the experts wrong. In/Visible Theatre uses dance, drama, sound and silence in this remarkable true story of how language is so much more than words.

Rosen Sculpture Walk

29th Rosen Sculpture Walk
Saturday, July 25 at 10am
Smith Gallery, Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts

To mark the 29th season of the Rosen Sculpture Program, the Rosen Sculpture Invitational features work selected by the Turchin Center’s curatorial staff in honor of Martin and Doris Rosen. A variety of artists who have participated in past Rosen exhibitions were invited to submit new work for display on the Appalachian campus. Join the Turchin Center’s curatorial staff for an outdoor tour of the featured work from the 29th Rosen Sculpture Invitational, which promises a fascinating perspective on the world of contemporary sculpture!