Whoever coined the phrase “The show must go on” evidently never rode out a hurricane.
Hurricane Irene arrived Saturday just in time for five events at area venues. Calls today confirmed that four were canceled. The good news is that some of them will be made up.
Monkey Foot was to have played Saturday night at Westridge Grill.
“I’m working on some dates right now” for a makeup show, owner Michael Wise said. “Most likely, it’s going to be the late-year season,” possibly in late October.
Ebony “E-Bone” Moore was to have played Saturday night at Via Cappuccino. While admission was to have been free, donations would have been accepted to benefit the My Sister’s House domestic violence shelter.
Via Cap co-owner John Fatheree said that he would reschedule the show if Moore would contact him, but no plans have been made yet.
The Rocky Mount chapter of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays had planned to show two films, “Prayers for Bobby” and “For the Bible Tells Me So,” on Saturday afternoon at Braswell Memorial Library. However, the last installment in the group’s three-month film series was canceled when the storm forced the library to close.
“We have not rescheduled,” chapter Vice President Susan Ayers said. “We haven’t met yet to decide if or when we’re going to reschedule it.”
Another Irene casualty was the outdoor landscape oil painting workshop that the Howard Arts Center was to have run all day at Battle Park. It is coming back, albeit in a different form, on Oct. 9.
“We’re not going to reschedule the workshop,” said Maureen Daly, the city’s cultural arts administrator. “We’re going to swap it for a gallery talk.”
The instructor, Robert Tynes, will participate in the artists reception for the center's upcoming exhibits. The event runs from 2-5 p.m., with Tynes speaking later in the program.
Artists who paid for the painting workshop will have their money refunded, Daly said.
The office at Lakeland Theatre and Cultural Arts Center in Littleton was closed today. No word was available on the fate of its final weekend productions of “Catch Me If You Can.”
Two other interesting things came out of the calls.
> The formal ceremony to name the arts center after Maria V. Howard will lead off the program there on Oct. 9, Daly said.
> Via Cap will start opening weekdays at 7 a.m. beginning Thursday, Fatheree said. The coffeehouse had moved its weekday opening time back to 8 a.m. from 7 a.m. about two years ago.
Ross Chandler is Life editor of the Rocky Mount Telegram.