Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Suppers On June 19th and June 25th

Our first supper dates for the season are on June 19th and June 25th. Feeling a bit nostalgic, we wanted to post a few photos from last year. Don't forget to RSVP!

House Concert: June 18th

Tickets are $10


Lynn Book


As an artist, Lynn Book’s interdisciplinary practice cuts across boundaries between performance art, theater, visual art, language, dance, and new music forms resulting in hybrid projects that explore self in the world through embodiment, cultural critique and radical imagination.  She often deploys what she calls the ‘voiced body’ - playing with forms of order, destabilizing conventions of the word, and enlarging the scope of singing through extended vocal techniques from both contemporary and traditional cultures from across the globe.  Lynn’s performances in the U.S. have included: Roulette, the Knitting Factory and the Kitchen, NY, Museum of Contemporary ArtChicago, Cleveland Performance Art Festival, OH, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, NC, and in Europe in MarseillesBerlinBourgesVienna, among others.  Her creative research and practice as an artist couples with designing, teaching and directing innovative curriculum, programs and projects.  Lynn is currently Visiting Associate Professor in Theatre and Dance and Program Director for Creativity and Innovation at Wake Forest University.  She also serves on faculty with the Transart Institute, an international low-residency MFA program in new media based in Europe. 




Richard Robeson

Composition, Guitar, Ethnic Flutes & Percussion


In three decades as a professional artist, NC native Richard Robeson has written and performed music and texts for the dance, theater and concert stages, in settings ranging from Trinity Repertory Theater (ProvidenceRI), to a concert tour of Morocco by special invitation of the Kingdom’s Ministry of Culture. Although nourished during his formative period on American musical idioms, a lifelong interest in the art of improvisation led inevitably to the study of classical traditions that encompass improvisational imperatives. His teachers have included — in addition to American composer and guitar virtuoso Ralph Towner — masters of North Indian (Hindustani), South Indian (Carnatic) and Middle Eastern music.   May 2009 marked the conclusion of a two-semester residency in the UNC-Chapel Hill Dept. of Music, during which he taught Guitar and was Interim Director of the UNC Guitar Ensemble.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Suppers, Solstice, Songbirds... OH MY!

And we're back!
Margaret and Salem are rockin' and ready for Year 2, Season 5
of Beta Verde, and we hope you are, too! June is the kick-off month for Beta Verde, Year 2. We have many new ideas up our sleeves for this year and are excited to share them with you. From now on, all of the information from our e-mails and related information will also be available on the blog so do continue to check it out and pass it on!

Now approaching the end of spring, we look back on the winter gardens - the beautiful kale, chard, spinach and mache that sustained us while we worked on the RiverRun Film Festival. No sooner did the films roll onto the screen than the pea plants, strawberries, onions, fava beans, white and red garlic ( oooh, love those scapes!), Chioggia, golden, and Detroit Dark Red beets and more shot through the spring earth, reminding us of how fabulously rewarding and at times ample the harvest can be.

With a goal of growing twice as much as last year, we have expanded our garden beds and will include more suppers and private events, inspired by friends and their visceral response to Beta Verde. For the month of June, our two suppers will be on Friday, June 19th and Thursday, June 25th. We hope to have more al fresco evenings, celebrating the green meadow and starry nights. An RSVP is required, and we can accommodate the first 12 RSVPS so we recommend letting us know as early as possible! We will post our Beta Verde supper primer on the blog as a reminder or an FYI. It has all the details on what to expect, where the donation is directed and recs for wine and beer pairings.

On June 18th, the day before our first supper and thus our first official event of the season, Lynn Book ( ) and Rich Robeson will be introducing their dual collaboration to the public with a house concert, titled "Outside Music from the Inside". This is sure to be a riveting, unique, and spellbinding evening.

Please check the listing below - we look forward to seeing you in the coming weeks and into the summer!

Thursday, June 18th
"Outside Music from the Inside"
Lynn Book and Rich Robeson
Compositions and improvisations for voice, guitars, flute and other instruments.
7:30 PM- $10( the door is determined by and goes directly to the artists)

Friday, June 19th
Four-course, BYOB gourmet local supper grown and created by Margaret and Salem

Sunday, June 21st
Bring a soup, salad, fruit, vegetable, dessert, or home-brew, relax in the meadow, be merry... It's the longest day of the year!
6:30PM til...

Thursday, June 25th
Four-course, BYOB gourmet local supper grown and created by Margaret and Salem

P.S. Recently, we visited our seed saving heroes at Seed Savers Exchange in Decorah, Iowa after Salem's grandmother's 89 1/2 birthday party ( oh to be so young!).
Seed Savers is the largest non-governmental seed bank in the United States and amongst the thousands upon thousands of acres of corn and soybeans along the way, this 890-acre farm is an American gem. Producing a wide variety of fruits and vegetables for the table and promoting local food, heirloom seeds, and seasonal creativity remains our main focus, and we would be far more limited without organizations like this one that have been saving since 1975.