Film festival is ready for action
June 12, 2013 2:32PM
Emerson School for Visual and Performing Arts and Juilliard School graduate Briana Robinson of Gary rehearses at Julliard with Roger Jeffrey. | Photo provided
The Gary Black International Film Festival’s Cinema Conversation Series continues at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 20 at the Grant Theater, 3850 Grant St., with the screening of the documentary “Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp.”
The documentary examines the legendary life of Iceberg Slim, aka Robert Beck, notorious Chicago pimp and author of seven books.
The documentary features interviews with well-known artists, scholars, friends and family members and also includes artifacts, photos and archival footage. The documentary features interviews with Chis Rock, Quincy Jones, Bill Duke, Henry Rollins and Katt Williams.
“Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp” is executive produced by rapper and actor Ice-T (“Law and Order: Special Victims Unit”). Tickets are free, but seating is limited. Reserve your seat at www.brownpapertickets.com.
South Shore Dance Alliance Summer 2013 schedule is up and running with dance programs instructed by former SSDA member and 2013 Juilliard School graduate Briana Robinson.
Robinson, along with fellow Juilliard School alumnus Roger Jeffrey, will serve as guest instructors at the SSDA Summer Dance Intensive for dance students age 10 and up, July 1-Aug. 9 at SSDA Studios at the Franklin Center, 201 N. Griffith Blvd., in Griffith.
Robinson is also an alumna of Emerson School for Visual and Performing Arts — now known as Wirt-Emerson VPA Academy. She will be on faculty for Level 1 and 2 dancers for the entire summer.
Jeffrey, of New York, is creative director of “Subtle Changes” and a former dancer with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet. He will be a guest instructor for the first two weeks of the summer program.
Classes will be held 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday beginning July 1 (no classes July 4-5) through Aug. 9. Tuition is $850 for a full six weeks and $160 per week if paid on a weekly basis. Special pricing for part-time students is available.
There is also an SSDA Kids Summer Dance Camp for children ages 4-9 and those new to dance ages 10 and up happening 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday, July 1-Aug. 9 at the SSDA Studios.
This is described as a great camp that introduces kids to dance. Tuition is $25 for six weeks or $75 per week. Special pricing is available for part-time students. For information about SSDA Summer Intensive and SSDA Kids Summer Dance Camp, visit southshoredance.org/summer_dance_2013 or to reserve a space online, email email@example.com or call 513-9368.