The VSA North Fourth Art Center’s PLAY Conservatory Project is taking on William Golding's classic tale about true, brutal human nature, Lord of the Flies. The conservatory is an educational experience geared toward young actors, in which they will work closely with Director Jonathan Dunski and receive feed back not only on their acting ability, but in their skills in cooperation, following directions and treating others with respect. Auditions for the conservatory, ending in a run of Lord of the Flies from Oct. 12 through Oct. 28 at the N4th Theater, are being held for young actors and actresses ages 8 to 14 on Thursday, Aug. 30, from 7 to 8 p.m. Call 345-2872 ext. 18 to make an appointment or visit www.vsartsnm.org for more info.
Ambassadors of La Salsa
Salseros and Salseras won't need telling that El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico will be at the National Hispanic Cultural Center (1701 Fourth Street SW, 246-2261) this Friday, Aug. 31. They already have their tickets ($35 for general admission, $50 for VIP) and plan to wear their best dance shoes to light the floor on fire as soon as the 45-year-strong salsa legend hits the stage at 7:30 p.m. El Gran Combo's first album, Acángana, was released in 1963 just a few days before the assassination of President Kennedy. After holding off on distribution in wake of the national tragedy, Acángana was released in Puerto Rico and New York City and went gold. In 45 years, the band has seen a rotation of many talented musicians including Andy Montañez and Roberto Roena and today includes some of the brightest talent in salsa. They are the Ambassadors of La Salsa, after all.