|Subject: ||Weekly Media Tips January 13, 2012|
|Date to send: ||1/14/2012 at 6:00 AM|
January 13, 2012
For coverage information contact Tiffany Woods, Director of Public Relations for Roanoke City Public Schools, at firstname.lastname@example.org
EVENT: Tribute Concert for Don Pullen to Make Special Stop at Jazz Performer’s Former School, Lucy Addison
SCHOOL: Lucy Addison Middle School
DATE/TIME: Friday, Jan. 13 at 12 PM
DETAILS: A jazz quintet celebrating the music of Roanoke native Don Pullen will perform January 13 at Lucy Addison Middle School, where Pullen was a student. Pullen graduated from Lucy Addison in 1959 when it was a high school, and he played for the school choir. The special performance coincides with the Don Pullen Art Exhibit currently housed at the Jefferson Center and the Don Pullen Tribute Concert featuring special guest presenter Nikki Giovanni on January 14. The events are the result of a partnership between the Jefferson Center and the Harrison Museum of African American Culture. Don Pullen was born in Roanoke on December 25, 1941 and developed a passion for music that led him into a professional career travelling the world with his innovative take on jazz piano. He died April 22, 1995.
EVENT: Virginia Heights Parent Wins $1,000 Donation for School in Towers Shopping Center Contest
SCHOOL: Virginia Heights Elementary School
DATE/TIME: Tuesday, Jan. 17 at 2 PM
DETAILS: Virginia Heights Elementary School will receive a $1,000 donation thanks to one of its parents, Jenny Lowe, who listed Virginia Heights as her favorite school in a contest drawing at Towers Shopping Center. Lowe will also receive $1,000 worth of gift certificates for the Towers Shopping Center. A giant-sized check will be presented at Virginia Heights on January 17 at 2 PM.
EVENT: Fishburn Park Partners with Community Business Sponsors to Advocate Energy Conservation
SCHOOL: Fishburn Park Elementary
DATE/TIME: Thursday, January 26
DETAILS: Fishburn Park Elementary is joining forces with Roanoke Cement, AEP and Trane to educate students on conserving energy. On January 26, the elementary students will participate in an interactive school-wide assembly promoting energy-saving tips. The children will then be encouraged to use their new knowledge at home to help reduce their family’s monthly power bill. Students will learn how to interpret their power bills to compare their savings, and prizes will be given to the families with the biggest savings. The campaign is part of Fishburn Park’s Focus for Environmental Science initiative.
January 27-February 4
EVENT: William Fleming Presents Comedy “I’m Not Rappaport”
SCHOOL: William Fleming High School
DATE/TIME: Friday-Saturday January 27,28 and Friday-Saturday, February 3,4; Performances at 7:30 pm
DETAILS: On January 27-28 and February 3-4, William Fleming High School students in the Colonel’s Theatre Company will present their next comedy romp, I’m Not Rappaport.
The Tony-award-winning play—set in a secluded spot in New York’s Central Park—follows two men in their 80s as they doggedly fight off all attempts to put them “out to pasture.” The pair includes Nat, a lifelong Jewish radical determined to fight injustice (real or imagined), and Midge, a black apartment super who spends his days in the park hiding from tenants trying to force him into retirement. The “odd couple” forms an unlikely friendship that will warm your heart. Combined with a zany cast of characters, this is an evening of laughter you won’t want to miss!
All performances will be at 7:30 PM in William Fleming’s Black Box Theatre. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. For ticket information, call 362-0139 or 853-6241.
Tickets will also be available on the nights of the show, but seating is limited to 90 seats per performance.
EVENT: Patrick Henry Students to Perform Original Play Based on Macbeth at VHSL Festival
SCHOOL: Patrick Henry High School
DATE/TIME: Tuesday, Jan. 31 at 4 pm (tentative)
DETAILS: At this year’s VHSL District One-Act Play Festival, the PH Players will perform an original play called “The Sound and the Fury,” a modern presidential campaign loosely based on William Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Like the original story, a successful and popular soldier (General Macbeth) is promised a position of power by three witches (three political pundits) but is reluctant until his ambitious wife convinces him that only through his presidency can he fulfill his—or her—destiny. The festival will take place in the Patrick Henry auditorium and will begin at 4 PM. Later this year, the PH Players will perform West Side Story as their spring musical.