Seaside’s Escape To Create (E2C) artist residency launches its 26th season with the arrival of a dozen artists selected from an international pool of applicants for the renowned creative retreat in Seaside, Florida. E2C artists are in residency this January and February as they escape to create their individual projects in the music, literary, visual, theater and performance arts. As a residency requirement, artists give a public performance as a contribution to the community. Produced in partnership with The REP Theater in Seaside, their readings, screenings, lectures and performances bring outstanding cultural programs to the South Walton community. Tickets to performances: lovetherep.com The 2018 E2C performance season opens Tuesday, Jan. 9 with The Escape Trio and Calvin Arsenia on stage at the Seaside Repertory Theatre at 7:30pm. Performances continue throughout January and February. Escape to Create Performance Schedule 2018 Tuesday January 9 The Escape Trio and Calvin Arsenia Seaside REP Theatre | 7:30pm | Tickets $25 at LoveTheREP.com Escape to Create 2018 season opens Tuesday, January 9th at 7:30pm with a one-night only performance by four musicians already redefining their genres as emerging artists. Miami virtuoso pianist Jacob Mason, UK violinist Andrew Samarasekara, and Venezuelan-American cellist Sebastian Ortega represent the next generation of international classical music artists. They have each achieved international recognition while current students at the prestigious New England Conservatory of Music. Their performance of classical and jazz repertoire as The Escape Trio showcases astounding individual virtuosity and eloquent interpretation. Fresh from his European summer tour and following select appearances on the West Coast, Kansas City’s ascending star, the Neo-folk harpist and singer-songwriter Calvin Arsenia, defies categorization and is credited with “turning the arts world on its head...” (iheartlocalmusic.com). At 6’5,” the multi-instrumentalist is a commanding presence on stage and his alluring 5-octave range voice leaves audiences transfixed. Sunday January 21 The Escape Trio Concert & Reception Seaside Institute Assembly Hall | 2pm Tickets are $25 at the door or online Reception and concert featuring a full classical program performed by The Escape Trio. THE ESCAPE TRIO was formed at the New England Conservatory of Music (NECM) by Jacob Mason following his electrifying solo performance as an Escape to Create Visiting Artist in 2017. Pianist Jacob Mason, Cellist Sebastian Ortega and Violinist Andrew Samarasekara. Thursday January 25 Book Reading, Signing & Reception with Authors Dennis Covington and Mark Spano Seaside Institute Assembly Hall | 6pm Tickets $20, at Sundog Book Store, at the door or online: Seaside Institute Wine and hors d'oeuvre reception, reading and book signing with awarded authors Dennis Covington and Mark Spano. Hosted by The Seaside Institute at the Town Assembly Hall, 168 Smolian Circle. Alabama author DENNIS COVINGTON is revered for his deep understanding of the idiosyncratic South and for finding substance in places where cultures collide and people are living on the edge. The author of six books, Covington’s best-known work, Salvation on Sand Mountain: Snake Handling and Redemption in Southern Appalachia, was finalist for the 1995 National Book Award. Redneck Riviera: Armadillos, Outlaws and the Demise of an American Dream, is a comic and tender tribute to his father that provides a ”...brilliant look at the clash of values that is tearing apart much of rural America.” (Publisher’s Weekly). Revelation: A Search for Faith in a Violent Religious World, is a fast-paced memoir of his journeys through violent domains in Mexico, Turkey and Syria while on a quest for “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Awarded writer and filmmaker MARK SPANO's fiction, poetry and criticism have appeared in over 40 national publications. At age 66 Spano created his own publishing company and published his first mystery/crime novel Midland Club. The 120-page knotted tale of corruption, lies and murder set in Middle America during the 1950’s received unexpected critical praise and continues to attract a passionate readership in the genre of noir fiction. The book received a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award from the National Association of Book Entrepreneurs in 2017, one of only two new novels honored in the mystery category. Wednesday January 27 Film Screening: A Plastic Ocean hosted by John K. Melvin, International Artist Seaside REP Theatre | FREE | 4pm Free community event with film screening, potluck and conversation. International sculptor John K. Melvin up-cycles discarded plastics to create arresting ecological sculptures exhibited across the world. A 2016 artist resident of the World Monuments Fund (Plastic Pollution), Siem Reap Cambodia, Melvin will co-host a screening of the awarded adventure documentary film, A Plastic Ocean on January 27th at 4pm. johnkmelvin.com Filmed in 20 locations across the globe, the epic adventure follows a filmmaker and a world record-holder free diver during their four-year search for the elusive blue whale and their discovery of what lurks just below the surface. The film explores the personal, scientific and technological solutions that if adopted today, can restore our oceans for the better. plasticoceans.org Sunday, January 28 JOLEY Script Reading with Playwright Caitlin Saylor Stephens Seaside REP Theatre | 7:30PM Tickets $25 at the door or LoveTheREP.com Caitlin Saylor Stephens is a Brooklyn-based playwright who writes plays about bad women. Recipient of the 2018 Goody Fellowship for Playwrights, Stephens represents a new generation of voices and diversity of works written for theatre. JOLEY is her dramatic new Americana play about a Tennessee mountain woman who, inspired by self-help television, kills her abusive husband in hope of building a life of integrity. JOLEY: After a long separation, two Tennessee mountain lovers reunite one hot n’ heavy evening in a broke-ass bar. But when Joley reveals her battle wounds from a particularly violent episode of domestic abuse, the two are challenged with the task of confronting their wrongs, unearthing their truths, finding forgiveness, and burying a body.