Author David Madden will give a dramatic reading from his new work, “Marble Goddesses and Mortal Flesh,” at Pellissippi State Community College Nov. 21.
The presentation — which includes a book signing — is free to attend and open to the public. The event begins at 12:30 p.m. in the Goins Building Auditorium, 10915 Hardin Valley Road.
“Marble Goddesses and Mortal Flesh” is a collection of four novellas, each narrated by idealist Lucius Hutchfield, whose romantic vision of life makes him witness to the actions of unconventional heroes and heroines.
Madden is a native Knoxvillian and is author of “Bijou,” “Sharpshooter: A Novel of the Civil War,” and “The Suicide’s Wife.” He has been twice nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and has earned a number of awards and grants, including the National Council on the Arts Award for Fiction and the Rockefeller Grant in Fiction.
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How does one destroy a myth? Jackson Pollock was a legend who shattered previous assumptions about painting. Associate Professor Jennifer Brickey shows how a new cool-school of female post-modern painters is competing with abstract expressionism in a way that is full of controversy, vulgarity and, of course, renegade attitude. Lecture is from 12:30-1:30 p.m., Nov. 7 in the Goins Building Auditorium.
Aspiring actors are invited to Pellissippi State Community College to audition for a spring performance of “The Seagull,” by Anton Chekhov.
Auditions will be held from 7-10 p.m., Nov. 15-16, in the Clayton Performing Arts Center, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. Actors should bring a headshot and résumé and prepare a one- to two-minute monologue of a classical work similar to Chekhov’s. No Shakespearean monologues, please. Readings from the script also will be provided.
Actors who cannot attend either audition date may contact director Grechen Wingerter to schedule an alternative appointment time at email@example.com.
Performance dates for “The Seagull” are April 13-15 and 20-22.
“The Seagull” is part of The Arts at Pellissippi State, an annual community arts series of theatrical and musical performances, visual arts exhibits and lectures. For more information about the Arts series, visit www.pstcc.edu/arts or call 865-694-6400.
Pellissippi State Community College’s student Debate Team won Berea College’s John G. Fee Memorial Forensics Tournament, a novice National Parliamentary Debate Association (NPDA) Competition, earlier this month.
The competition is hosted by Berea College and included teams not only from Berea, but from Berry College, Butler University, Carson-Newman University, Cedarville University, Cleveland State Community College, Morehouse College, Spelman College, Walters State Community College and the University of Kentucky.
Debater Dustin Paul won the debate even though he competed alone in a team competition. His debate record throughout the competition was 7-0, with a 4-0 in the preliminary rounds. He beat a team from Berea College in the quarterfinals, semi-finals and finals. In the final round, the judges voted for him 3-0.
Pellissippi State also took home the Top Community College Award for NPDA Debate. The team of Robert Taylor and Preston Waggoner took turns debating in favor of, or against, a given topic related to current events. The students were given only 15 minutes to prepare for the debate, which lasted 40 minutes. Each student delivered a series of speeches based upon persuasive fact, persuasive value or persuasive policy topics.
For more information about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call 865-694-6400.