Join us for the CreativeOrange Holiday ArtyParty Tuesday, December 18 at 6:30pm at The PIT Chapel Hill. Enjoy live music with Thomas Rhyant’s Sam Cooke Review and presentations by Hear & After, photographer Donn Young, and filmmakers Michael Galinski and Suki Hawley. Free to attend. Cash bar. Open to everyone!
Gospel singer Thomas Rhyant and his 3 piece band give the history and the music of the legendary Sam Cooke. Rhyant grew up singing in a gospel quartet with his four brothers where he played guitar and learned to “sing pretty” as he calls it. Nowadays, Rhyant still sings pretty, and he especially enjoys singing gospel from Cooke’s days with the Highway QCs and the Soul Stirrers and from the R&B and Soul days. With his tasteful guitar style and stunningly wide-ranging voice and enigmatic backing band, Rhyant brings joy to audiences while keeping the history of soul music alive.
Suki Hawley and Michael Galinsky have made 9 feature films together. Their first two films were fictional narratives with documentary elements. Their subsequent films have been documentaries which rely on narrative film techniques. Before making their films, Suki paid her dues in Hollywood while Michael was a musician who documented the New York underground music scene through photography. This led to the production of Hawley and Galinsky’s first film, “Half-Cocked.” The film got raves in Variety and the LA Weekly and the pair took it on tour, showing it in bars, rock clubs and cinemas. Their follow up, “Radiation,” about a Spanish music promoter, premiered at Sundance. They moved on to docs and their first, “Horns and Halos” about an unauthorized biography of George W. Bush was short-listed for the Oscar. They are currently working on a documentary about the toppling of Confederate statues in NC, focused on Silent Sam.
Donn Young has been a professional photographer for over 46 years. As an assignment photographer his work has appeared in over 100 national, state and local publications including Time, Newsweek, USA Today, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Paris Match, Mother Jones, The Los Angeles Times, Village Voice and The Washington Post. His work has been exhibited in 59 museum and gallery exhibitions. Donn will be discussing his time documenting hunger in eastern North Carolina.
Hear & After is a group of individuals, former youth poets, activists, musicians, and community organizers who have come together to create spaces for community art and expression. We seek to empower the people through the tools of spoken and written word, performance, and artistic expression. Based in Chapel Hill and serving the Triangle area, Hear & After’s goal is to provide a platform to both its members and the community we serve.