A number of events are taking place the next few weekends at Meadville Council on the Arts’ Gardner Theatre in a series titled “Live from the Gardner.”
The Gardner Theatre is located on the second floor of the Meadville Market House, 910 Market St. Meadville Council on the Arts strives to represent and preserve the heart of arts and culture in Meadville.
The Live from the Gardner series opens at 7 p.m. Saturday with the band NTR, which is said to be a group of local ne’er do wells and ruffians that plays “Pennsyltucky” versions of rock, folk, hillbilly and country music covers — along with some originals.
Suggested donation is $5.
The next weekend is the monthly Poetic Evenings at 7 p.m. March 7.
Hosted by Dan Hunter, Poetic Evenings invites individuals to come and share any form of poetry such as rap, spoken word, original poems or other readings. Those who don’t want to be on stage are invited to be part of the audience.
Suggested donation is $5.
“Dark Side of Oz” will be shown at 7 and 8 p.m. March 13. Also known as “The Wizard of Floyd,” this film pairs the 1973 Pink Floyd album “The Dark Side of the Moon” with the visual portion of the 1939 film “The Wizard of Oz.”
The run time of this music video mashup experience is 45 minutes. The suggested donation is $5 for each showing.
A day later, the band Sneaky Heat Missiles performs at 7 p.m. March 14. The group performs punk, rock, and ska music. The suggested donation is $10.
The play “Trumbo: Red, White, and Blacklisted” is at 7 p.m. March 20 and 21 and 2 p.m. March 22.
Legendary screenwriter Dalton Trumbo (“Spartacus,” “Roman Holiday,” “Exodus”) was at the top of his game when, in 1947, he stood up to the House Un-American Activities Committee and was thrown into prison as one of the infamous Hollywood Ten. Though vilified, exiled and “broke as a bankrupt’s bastard,” Trumbo refused to be silenced.
Through his brilliant and funny letters to friends, former friends, fronts and family emerges the story of a family’s survival and one stubborn artist’s quest to break the blacklist.
The run time is 90 minutes. Written by Christopher Trumbo, this is directed by Tom Hall. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased online at meadvillecalendar.com starting Sunday or at the door.
The metal band Tears From Grace then performs at 7 p.m. March 28. The suggested donation is $10.
Poetic Evenings once again fills the first Saturday of the month slot in April at 7 p.m. April 4.
Upon a weekend off for Easter, the final event at this point in the “Live from the Gardner” series is a Cootie Harris Jazz Jam at 2 p.m. April 19.
This is an opportunity for musicians of any jazz variety and any skill level to play on stage at the Gardner Theatre. Admission is $5.
Concessions will be available at a cost at each event. Tickets are available at the door for each event.