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Datebook: Former Roanokers Return With Music, Film

 BullingtonConcert: Roanoke native Ben Bullington returns to town on Sunday, April 28 for a concert at Mill Mountain Theatre. The music starts at 7:30, the tickets are .00. Bullington, until recently a family doctor in Montana,  recently released his fourth album, “Lazy Moon.”  He dedicated the project “to the hardy and hard working people of Montana and the Rocky Mountain West.”

 Bullington, who is joined by brother Andy Bullington (guitars) on Lazy Moon, and on the tour that brings them to Roanoke, says, “There is something in the freedom of the West, the countryside and the people, that I needed.” Lazy Moon centers on songs about Montana and the West.

 “Its string band music with a modern feel,” said Bullington on his website,  Mill Mountain Theatre reopens this weekend (the Trinkle Main Stage) with both the Bullington concert on Sunday night and The Marvelous Wonderettes musical play, which opened April 24 and runs through May 12.

 Documentary: filmmaker Katie Teague, based in Seattle, is bringing her documentary Money & Life to the Grandin Theatre this Thursday, April 25. The feature length film explores the nature and the potential of money – and the possibility of leveraging the global economic crisis “as our greatest opportunity for realizing our greatest human capacities.” Teague, a former Roanoke resident, founded Storm Cloud Productions and is “committed to bringing educational media to the social change process.”

 Teague’s background includes developmental psychology; she formerly had a practice in Seattle where she worked with individuals in the realm of personal growth, helping people find a deeper fulfillment in their lives. Money & Life has been shown in Boston, San Francisco, New York and Washington D.C. It’s showing here on the 25th at the first Grandin Theatre Festival of New Cinematic Delights – it is part of the closing day program that starts at 7 pm and Teague will be present for a post film discussion.

 “The most exciting and encouraging fruition for me has been the post film discussions…the discussions have been lively, vital and deep,” said Teague on the website. “The reception to the film itself has been overwhelmingly positive and truly rewarding beyond words.” Teague said the economic crisis can be viewed not as a disaster but perhaps as a “tremendous opportunity.” The film starts with the origins of money itself, connecting systemic dots that lead to the recent global financial crisis.

Money & Life will also be released on DVD and streaming video May 1. (see for more information)

 By Gene Marrano

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