Join us October 4, 2015 at 2:00pm for a Sunday afternoon painting demonstration by Debby Kaspari featuring her “News From the Woods” gallery exhibit currently showing in The Depot Gallery. The Depot Gallery will remain open until 4:00 pm serving light refreshments for those who wish to leisurely enjoy the exhibit. Regular gallery hours are 9 to 2 Mon. - Fri. “News From the Woods” continues through October 30.
Discounted concert ticket packages for Depot concerts are now available for purchase. The "Pick 5" package allows you to select any 5 shows for a 5% discount with no online ticketing fees. The "Pick 10" package allows you to select any 10 shows for a 10% discount with no online ticketing fees.
These packages are available for a limited time.
Single show tickets can be purchased here.
Many people think of Austin's Jimmy LaFave as being from Oklahoma because of his strong musical ties to the state. He will return to Oklahoma on October 4 to take the Winter Wind stage for a 7:00 pm concert in The Depot, 200 S. Jones. Tickets are $20. Seating is limited. Advance ticket purchase is highly recommended.
LaFave helped craft the musical style called Red Dirt music years ago while living in Stillwater. In 1996 he received the Kerrville Folk Festival songwriter of the year award and appeared on the TV show Austin City Limits. He has recorded 15 albums. His 2007 release, Cimarron Manifesto, reached the No. 1 mark on the Americana Music Association album chart.
LaFave's 14th release, Depending On The Distance, was released on September 18, 2012. Backing musicians include Eliza Gilkyson (who will take the Winter Wind stage on February 14, 2016.) In her review for The Oklahoman, Brandy McDonnell said: "Jimmy LaFave’s first studio album in five years, lives up to the intriguing promise of its title, finding the Oklahoma-Texas troubadour in a contemplative mood whether he is crooning his new original songs, covering an ’80s pop smash or reinterpreting anthems penned by Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen."
This year, LaFave released The Night Tribe. A review of the new release in No Depression stated that LaFave "delivers 11 exquisitely crafted self-penned songs and re-interprets two Americana masterpieces; barely making them recognizable as they become Jimmy LaFave songs."
Winter Wind Concerts are a program of The Depot Performing Arts Studio and made possible in part by grants from the Norman Arts Council, the Oklahoma Arts Council and by sponsors Tom McAuliffe of Don Cies Real Estate and Cindy Merrick of Therapy in Motion. Additional support comes from contributors Skye Diers, Gingerbread Nursery School and Tom & Mary Cay Woodfin; Friends include Nancy McClellan; Danna Primm; and The Grider Family. In-kind support comes from the City of Norman, The Montford Inn and Norman Music Institute.
David M. Parsons, 2011 Texas Poet Laureate, will read from his work at the October 11 Second Sunday Poetry Reading beginning at 2:00 pm at The Depot, 200 S. Jones Ave. The reading is free and open to the public.
Parsons has been recipient of a National Endowment of Humanities Dante Fellowship to the State University of New York, the French-American Legation Poetry Prize, and the Baskerville Publisher’s Prize from TCU for an outstanding poem published in their literary journal, descant. He holds eight Writing Awards from the Lone Star College System and was inducted into The Texas Institute of Letters in 2009.
He has published five books of poetry: Editing Sky (winner of the 1999 Texas Review Poetry Prize and a 2000 Violet Crown Book Award Special Citation), Color of Mourning, Feathering Deep, David M. Parsons New & Selected Poems, and Reaching For Longer Water. He also co-edited, with Wendy Barker, Far Out: Poems of the Sixties, which is due out from Wings Press next year.
Parsons grew up in Austin and, after serving in the U.S. Marine Corps, attended The University of Texas and Texas State University where he received a BBA. After careers in haberdashery and advertising, he taught marketing and coached baseball and basketball at Bellaire High in Houston. After a short stint as a Racquetball Club Pro, he entered the University of Houston’s graduate creative writing program where he studied with Edward Hirsch, Stanley Plumly, Richard Howard, Robert Pinsky and the late Howard Moss. He received his MA in 1991 and has taught Creative Writing at Lone Star College in The Woodlands since then.
He has four grown children and lives in Conroe, Texas with his wife, Nancy Dazey Parsons, an award winning fine artist and graphic designer. Visit www.daveparsonspoetry.com for further information about Dave.
For further information about programs at The Depot phone 405 307-9320. Programs at The Depot are made possible in part by grants from the Norman Arts Council and the Oklahoma Arts Council.
Norman’s Debby Kaspari, a representational artist with a naturalist’s background, brings “News from the Woods” to The Depot Gallery, 200 S. Jones, with plein air drawings and acrylic paintings portraying how time and nature transform abandoned places -- places made even more vibrant by the wildlife occupying them. The exhibit begins September 8.
An opening celebration on September 11 from 6 to 9 pm in conjunction with 2nd Friday Art Walk, will also feature the annual Terry Shaw Memorial Hootenanny. Come sing along!
Unable to attend the September 11 reception, Kaspari will be at The Depot Gallery on Sunday afternoon, September 20 at 2:00 pm, to talk about her work and her experiences in creating this exhibit.
October 4 will feature another Sunday afternoon with Debby Kaspari highlighted by a painting demonstration. The Depot Gallery will remain open from 1:00 to 4:00 pm both Sunday’s, serving light refreshments for those who wish to leisurely enjoy the exhibit as well as visit with the artist.
During a residency in Massachusetts’s Harvard Forest, Kaspari wandered the woods looking for birds. She found mill foundations, cellar holes, stone quarries and the scattered relics of once-thriving farms and villages remaining by the thousands, waiting to be discovered under ferns, mosses and huge trees and to be recorded artistically by Debby as “News from The Woods.”
Kaspari found diaries, ledger books and letters in Harvard’s historical archives written by the people who built and lived on these sites. Many of these narratives accompany the artworks, telling stories of cattle-trading, cider making, and cotton mill inventories as well as ambition, love, and tragic loss.
Debby Kaspari grew up in Berkeley and graduated from California College of the Arts in 1981. Her work has been shown in galleries and museums around the country, including solo exhibits at Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, Oklahoma State Capitol’s Governor’s Gallery and JRB Art at the Elms.
A closing reception for “News From the Woods” will held on Friday, October 9, from 6 to 9 pm. Debby will be present to visit about her paintings and their inspiration. A second highlight of the evening will begin at 7:30 with the music of Bob French and John Arnold -- who may well be joined by Debby on banjo.
The “News From the Woods” exhibit will continue in the Depot Gallery through October 30. Regular gallery hours are 9 to 2 Monday - Friday. There is no admission charge.
For information on this and other Depot programs phone 405 307-9320. Programs at The Depot are made possible in part by grants from the Norman Arts Council and the Oklahoma Arts Council and by generous program donors.
The Depot will soon move our concerts inside to the intimate setting of our Depot home at 200 S. Jones. Winter Wind and Whistle Stop Concerts will follow close on the heels of Summer Breeze beginning in September and continuing into March. The Concert Schedule is as follows:
Sept. 9, Whistle Stop Concert, The Honey Dewdrops, 7:00 pm, $15
Oct. 4, Winter Wind, Jimmy LaFave, 7:00 pm, $20
Oct. 25, Winter Wind, Rebecca Loebe, 7:00 pm, $15
Nov. 1, Whistle Stop Concert, Annie Oakley, 7:00 pm, $10
Nov. 8, Winter Wind, MilkDrive, 7:00 pm, $20
Nov. 10, Whistle Stop Concert, Heather Maloney, 7:00 pm, $15
Nov. 22, Winter Wind, Peter Bradley Adams, 7:00 pm, $20
Dec. 6, Winter Wind, Michael Fracasso, 7:00 pm, $20
Dec. 20, Winter Wind, Claudia Schmidt, 7:00 pm, $20 (Member’s Choice)
Jan 17, Winter Wind, Horseshoe Road, 7:00 pm, $20
Jan 31, Winter Wind, Carrie Newcomer, 7:00 pm, $20
Feb. 14, Winter Wind, Eliza Gilkyson, 7:00 pm, $20
Mar. 6, Winter Wind, Ellis Paul, 7:00 pm, $20
Jazz concerts will be announced soon.
The Depot accommodates audiences of 100, allowing a more personal interaction between audience and artist. The concerts feature outstanding established artists, excellent sound and complimentary refreshments in a lovely, gallery setting.
Tickets for individual concerts may be purchased on-line by visiting www.normandepot.org/events, by visiting The Depot at 200 S. Jones, or by phoning 405 307-9320.
Concerts and other events at The Depot are made possible in part by grants from Norman Arts Council and Oklahoma Arts Council, and by generous donors and businesses in the community.
The Depot is thrilled to welcome back Heather Maloney for another Whistle Stop Concert on November 10, 2015 as part of her Making Me Break album release tour. Heather mesmerized The Depot audience in her last solo performance here and will have new songs and a new CD to offer for this performance. Tickets for the 7:00pm concert are $15.
Maloney’s new music has a definite edge, but it also has a classically trained voice that delivers well-crafted lyrics over a technical arrangement — a combination we’ve recently seen getting mainstream appreciation once more. Suddenly, the term “singer-songwriter” carries serious weight again. Chalk it up to a revival of everything 90s and Maloney’s influence from “those bleeding hearts,” as she calls them, referring to artists like Fiona Apple, Tori Amos and Aimee Mann.
“We wanted to make something more relevant, in a new zone.” Maloney wasn’t kidding – she teamed up with producer Bill Reynolds (who moonlights as the bassist for Band of Horses) and an all-star group of players with extraordinary talent, including engineer Jason Kingsland (Iron & Wine, Delta Spirit), guitarist Tyler Ramsey (Band of Horses), and guitarist and sax player Carl Broemel (My Morning Jacket).
Throughout the new musical heights and depths on this record, Maloney’s voice and lyrics remain center stage, truthfully articulating the insights and emotions of growing up, without clichés nor quirks for their own sake.