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Goodnight, Captain White!

Goodnight, Captain White! Photo: Destination Salem

What is everyone laughing at?  Well, they are laughing at a fun, comedic, murder mystery that is being unraveled through cross-examination and improvisation on the second floor of Old Town Hall!  Goodnight, Captain White opens on Saturday, October 18 and will play for only five nights this October.  If you are looking for non-haunted, somewhat historical, innuendo-rich fun, this is the night out for you! 

Produced by History Alive!, the same group that gives us Cry Innocent: The People versus Bridget Bishop, Captain White is a great mishmash of historic and modern that connects with the audience and makes everyone laugh... at a murder.

Don't laugh too hard, because you need to pay attention to clues in the first act. The audience should be prepared for cross-examination in the second half, as their contributions to the analysis of the suspects is relied upon to not only solve the crime, but to inspire the improvisation that makes Act Two hysterically funny. 

This is a really fun addition to the October schedule in Salem. Grab your friends or family and head down to Old Town Hall for one of hte remaining 7:15 performances, and soon you will be wondering, "Was it Knapp in the parlor with the candlestick?"

Posted by Kate on 10/17 at 10:21 PM Permalink

“Someone Else’s Country,” Photographs by Jo Ratcliffe

Man maintaining the lawn of the Monumento de Agostinho Neto, 2007

The Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) presents nearly 50 works from Jo Ractliffe’s four-year quest to photograph Angola in the aftermath of its civil war. The Angolan Civil War was one of the longest and bloodiest in African history. With South Africa and the United States backing one side and Cuba and the Soviet Union supporting the other, the war lasted from 1975 to 2002 and cost the lives of some 1.5 million people while displacing 4 million others. In 2007, long after the war correspondents and photojournalists had left the country, Ractliffe made her first trips to the capital city, Luanda. Images of Angola’s post-war markets, monuments and makeshift communities are on view in Someone Else's Country, Photographs by Jo Ractliffe beginning October 11, 2014.
The artist traveled with veterans who were returning to battle sites in the southern part of the country. The exhibition title is drawn from a South African colonel who observed, “If you’re going to have a war, best to do it in someone else’s country.” As a South African, Ractliffe recalls how in the 1970s and early 1980s, most of her contemporaries viewed Angola abstractly as “the border,” a secret, unspoken location where brothers and boyfriends were sent as part of their military service. The unsettling tales that filtered back starkly contrasted the sanitized narrative put forward by the South African government.
As an outsider -- connected to, yet unfamiliar with this landscape --  Ractliffe patiently uses her camera to document battle scars, fading signs of colonial histories and the aftermath of Cold War ideologies that fueled Angola’s violence.
Trevor Smith, PEM’s Curator of the Present Tense, notes: “Ractliffe’s photographs can be spare but they are never empty. Each image can be understood as her attempt to orient herself in what she calls ‘a landscape of leftovers.’ Reverberating with loss and disorientation, her photographs also hint at how life moves forward after trauma.”
Ractliffe’s close looking allows us to understand things that may not be initially visible. She has said, “I feel as if I am in a place that has abandoned itself, is indifferent to the collapsing of time and history. Sometimes these remains are so actively present, their event so precisely articulated, that it feels as if the moment has only just passed.”
Jo Ractliffe was born in 1961 in Cape Town and lives in Johannesburg. In 2010 she was a Writing Fellow at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (WISER), Johannesburg, and an invited artist at Phillips Exeter Academy, New Hampshire. Ractliffe was nominated for the 2011 Discovery Prize at the Rencontres d'Arles photography festival and her work As Terras do Fim do Mundo was nominated as best photobook of 2010 at the International Photobook Festival.
On view October 11, 2014, through spring 2015

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Posted by Kate on 10/11 at 08:00 AM Permalink