Event Description: Directed by Jessica Edwards, MAVIS! is the first feature-length documentary on gospel/soul music legend and civil rights icon Mavis Staples and her family group, the Staple Singers. From the delta-inflected gospel sound she helped pioneer in the 1950s, to the “message songs” of the civil rights era marching beside Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., to massive hits such as “I’ll Take You There” in the soul-filled Stax era, and her recent Grammy-winning work with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, Mavis Staples is one of the most influential and enduring vocalists of our time and a true American icon. MAVIS! follows her unrivaled career through dynamic live performances, archival footage, captivating storytelling and interviews with friends and collaborators. She occupies a singular place in American music: a soldier of love and peace whose fight continues; her message of equality is needed now more than ever.
Mavis Staples will join Stephen Colbert in a post-screening discussion of the film.
Venue: The Wellmont Theater Date:Friday May 8, 8:00 PM Tickets:[Link]
Stephen Colbert once battled Jon Stewart over who could lay claim to the title of biggest “Star Wars” fan on the planet. Mr. Stewart may have won that round, but Mr. Colbert’s expertise will be put to the test again when he sits down for a public conversation with George Lucas on April 17, one of several events, including talks with Courtney Love and Harvey Weinstein, announced Monday by organizers of the Tribeca Film Festival.
The festival runs April 15-26. For complete lineup and ticket information, see tribecafilm.com.
On Thursday, February 19th, 2015, Stephen Colbert guest hosted “Modern Fables” on ‘Selected Shorts‘. The episode features Gail Godwin’s “St. George,” about a lonely medieval scholar who loses a boyfriend but acquires a pet dragon, read by Jane Curtin. And Annie Proulx’s “The Trickle-Down Effect,” about down-on-his-luck hero, read by James Naughton.
Stephen Colbert is currently competing in the 32nd Biennial Pineapple Cup Race from Port Everglades, Florida to Montego Bay, Jamaica. The race kicked off on Friday, February 6th, 2015 and features a 12-boat fleet take on the challenging 811 nautical mile course to Montego Bay, Jamaica. Stephen is serving as one of three helmsman aboard Miss Maris, J/122, a 40-footer owned by Mark Jordan from the Carolina Yacht Club.
In addition to watching the start of the race in the video above, you can keep track of Miss Maris’s progress with the official race tracker, and following the SORC Sailing Facebook page for race updates.
Stephen Colbert introduces Lynda Resnick, receipient of the 2014 Corporate Leadership Award, at The Aspen Institutes 31st Annual Awards Dinner held on Thursday, November 13, 2014 at The Plaza Hotel in New York City.
On Tuesday, November 18th, 2014 Stephen Colbert appeared via video to introduce the Neo-Futurists at the Neo Gala in New York.
According Neo-Futurist alum Dave Awl, Stephen was briefly a member of the group in the early 90s, when “at the time Stephen was considering moving on from Second City, so he auditioned for ‘Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind’. And of course we cast him. […] He actually participated in one rehearsal for ‘Too Much Light’, and wrote a very funny script for the show, but then he got a last-minute hail-mary promotion from Second City. Someone there evidently realized they were on the brink of losing one of their brightest young lights […] So between the Tuesday rehearsal and the Friday show, Stephen apologetically bowed out of ‘Too Much Light'”. […] The piece Stephen wrote for ‘Too Much Light’ was a hyperbolic rant in which he berated another performer (the late Ted Bales, if I recall correctly) for being colossally, even metaphysically, wrong about something or other — was an interesting foreshadowing of his Colbert Report persona.”
FedEx CEO Fred Smith was ostensibly the main man at the Ad Council’s annual fundraising dinner on Wednesday night, but it can be hard even for the winner of a public service award to compete with The Man Who’s Succeeding David Letterman.
Yes, Stephen Colbert, in his waning days as host of Comedy Central’s Colbert Report and just months away from taking the reins of CBS’s The Late Show, shined in his role as emcee of the event, which drew some 1,400 ad executives to the Waldorf Astoria in New York and raised a record $3.5 million.