The following events are open to the public and free unless otherwise noted.
Basler Lecture: “Sound, Experience, and Understanding”
March 1, 7:30 p.m., Ball Hall auditorium
Sounds connect. Two or more beings present in sound to each other constitute co-presence. Sounding is one of several means of co-presence, but unlike others, it involves vibrating at the same or sympathetic frequencies, an auditory aura forming a basis for a sound community. What might the study of animal sound communication contribute to a study of sound and sociality? Birds communicate in songs and calls that create and maintain order and that sustain their group. Musicians coordinate their sound by “tuning in” to each other and listening to each other’s sound presences. Musicians feel community strongly during peak music-making experiences. Sounding co-presence is an interdependent, resonant, relational way of being in and knowing the world. How might sound exchanges model participatory democratic communities and social justice? This second of four lectures by musicologist Dr. Jeff Todd Titon is an exploration of sound and community. Titon is the spring 2016 chairholder of ETSU’s Wayne G. Basler Chair of Excellence for the Integration of the Arts, Rhetoric and Science. Contact: Department of Appalachian Studies, 439-7072.
“Going Global: Around the World in 90 Minutes”
March 1, 7:30 p.m., D.P. Culp Center, Martha Street Culp Auditorium
The ETSU Wind Ensemble and Concert Band will perform numbers from composers and cultures around the world, conducted by Drs. Christian Zembower and Joe Moore. Contact: Department of Music, 439-4276
Women on Wednesdays: Dr. Sun-Joo Oh
March 2, noon, D.P. Culp Center, Multicultural Center presentation room
“Intersection of the East and the West: Survey of the Korean Art Song in the Midst of the Western Influence” is the topic to be addressed by Dr. Sun-Joo Oh, lyric-coloratura soprano and associate professor of voice in the ETSU Department of Music. Part of the “Women on Wednesdays” series sponsored by Women’s Studies. A light lunch will be provided. Contact: Women’s Studies, 439-4125 or email@example.com.
Guest Artist Lecture: Sculptor Joyce Ogden
March 2, 7 p.m., Ball Hall auditorium
Through her work, Indiana-based artist Joyce Ogden explores the relationship of humans to nature, time and space. Her explorations and observations of soil, sap, sand, seeds, pods and natural elements result in natural and telling artworks. She will give a talk on her process and work with students while at ETSU. Sponsored by the Mary B. Martin School of the Arts. Contact: Mary B. Martin School of the Arts, 439-TKTS (8587) or www.etsu.edu/martin.
Guest Artist Recital: Aaron Hynds
March 2, 7:30 p.m., Mathes Hall auditorium
Ohio-based tuba player Aaron Hynds performs contemporary works for solo tuba and tuba-plus-electronics. Contact: Department of Music, 439-4276.
“Teaching, Research, and Service: Lessons on an Integrated Faculty Life”
March 3, 6 p.m., D.P. Culp Center, Martha Street Culp Auditorium
Dr. Michael T. Miller, professor of higher education and senior associate dean of the University of Arkansas College of Education, will address this topic in the inaugural talk of the spring research lecture series hosted by the Clemmer College of Education. Contact: Clemmer College of Education, 439-7616.
“Kindred” Artist Reception
March 4, 6-8 p.m., Tipton Gallery, 126 Spring Street
This reception honors master of fine arts candidate Katelyn Osborne, whose exhibit, “Kindred,” includes two bodies of work that center on a personal mythology and symbolism of self-identity and discovery. These works explore the physical and spiritual connection behind being a fraternal twin through the metaphorical use of animal imagery. The reception is schedule in conjunction with downtown Johnson City’s “First Friday” celebration. Contact: Karlota Contreras-Koterbay, 483-3179 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Guest Artist Recital: The Appalachia Piano Trio
March 4, 7:30 p.m., Brown Hall auditorium
This trio, comprised of professors from three regional universities, will perform works by Rachmaninov and Brahms with guest violist David Kovac. Tickets: $15 general, $10 seniors, free with student ID. Contact: Department of Music, 439-4276.
Guest Artist Recital: Army Grand Forces Trombone Quartet
March 14, 7:30 p.m., Mathes Hall auditorium
More information TBA. Contact: Department of Music, 439-4276.
Women on Wednesdays: Dr. Heather Killmeyer
March 16, noon, D.P. Culp Center, Multicultural Center presentation room
“Dada Cabaret: Audience Engagement and Sustainability in the Digital Age” is the topic to be addressed by Dr. Heather Killmeyer, assistant professor of oboe in the ETSU Department of Music. Part of the “Women on Wednesdays” series sponsored by Women’s Studies. A light lunch will be provided. Contact: Women’s Studies, 439-4125 or email@example.com.
March 17, 7 p.m., ETSU Planetarium, 207 Hutcheson Hall
In this planetarium show, “The Origin of Time,” participants will learn what causes the seasons and how we tell time. Contact: Dr. Gary Henson, 439-6906 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
PUSH Physical Theatre
March 17, 7:30 p.m., D.P. Culp Center, Martha Street Culp Auditorium
Intensely athletic, gravity-defying and soulful, the award-winning PUSH Physical Theatre employs a combination of theater, comedy, acrobatics and dance to enact “storytelling using only (their) bodies.” Their programs illustrate the strength of the human soul using the power of the human body and often integrate modern technology to create riveting effects. Sponsored by the Mary B. Martin School of the Arts. Tickets: $25 general, $20 seniors, $5 students with ID. Contact: Mary B. Martin School of the Arts, 439-TKTS (8587) or www.etsu.edu/martin.
Music and Friends Concert: “Piano Extravaganza!”
March 18, 7:30 p.m., Mathes Hall
The ETSU Department of Music piano faculty join forces for the third event of the spring in the Music and Friends concert series. Various combinations of piano ensemble (one piano, four hands; one piano, six hands; two pianos, four hands; two pianos, eight hands; and four pianos) will be presented. Tickets: $15 general, $10 seniors, free with student ID.
Comedy: Upright Citizens Brigade
March 18, 8 p.m., D.P. Culp Center, Martha Street Culp Auditorium
The Upright Citizens Brigade is an American improvisational theater and training center that was founded by Amy Poehler, Matt Besser, Ian Roberts and Matt Walsh and has four locations in New York and Los Angeles. Hosted by Buctainment as part of the Comedy & Color Weekend. Contact: Buctainment, 439-6828 or email@example.com.
Re-Generation Story Slam
March 18, 8 p.m., Nelson Fine Art Center, 324 E. Main Street
“Lucky Charms” is the theme of the March story slam in the “Re-Generation” series presented by the ETSU Storytelling Program and Department of Communication and Performance. Tellers and judges will be selected from the audience for this competitive event. Admission: suggested donation of $5-$10. Contact: Storytelling Program, 439-7606 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Egg Hunt at Shelbridge
March 19, 2-4 p.m., Shelbridge
President and Mrs. Noland and Jackson invite ETSU faculty, staff and their families to the fifth annual Egg Hunt at Shelbridge. Participants will enjoy photos with Sunny Bunny, face painting with members of the ETSU dance and cheer teams, music, refreshments, crafts and surprises. Parking is at Heritage Baptist Church, 1512 John Exum Parkway, Johnson City; shuttles will begin at 1:30 p.m. and run continuously throughout the event. The Egg Hunt is free, but registration is required by Monday, March 14. In case of inclement weather, the event will be canceled. Registration: www.etsu.edu/president/etsuegghunt.php.
Guest Artist Recital: Pianist Kirill Gliadkovsky
March 19, 7:30 p.m., Brown Hall auditorium
This award-winning Russian pianist will perform works by Bach, Brahms, Liszt and Schumann. Tickets: $15 general, $10 seniors, free with student ID. Contact: Department of Music, 439-4276.
Observatory Open House
March 19, 8 p.m., Harry Powell Observatory
Dr. Gary Henson, ETSU associate professor of Physics and Astronomy, will give a short presentation, “Mercury Transits the Sun (May 2016),” and visitors will be able to view the night sky through the observatory’s telescopes. In case of rain or cloud cover, the event will be cancelled. Contact: Dr. Beverly Smith, 439-8418 or email@example.com.
March 20, noon-3 p.m., Amphitheatre
In India, Holi is known as the celebration of color and the arrival of spring. Students may enjoy a day of throwing color and having a “color gun fight” with their friends. Contact: Multicultural Affairs, 439-6633 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Hail to Victor Borge!” Piano Comedy Show
March 20, 3 p.m., Mathes Hall auditorium
The ETSU piano faculty and students present this annual show of entertaining skits and musical performances inspired by the legendary pianist-comedian Victor Borge. Tickets: $15 general, $10 seniors, free with student ID. Contact: Department of Music, 439-4276.
Film Screening: “Embers”
March 21, 7 p.m., D.P. Culp Center, Martha Street Culp Auditorium
This science fiction feature film intertwines the stories of five people who survive a global neurological epidemic, existing in a world without memory. The film will be followed by a question-and-answer session with the filmmaker. Part of the South Arts Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers sponsored by the Mary B. Martin School of the Arts. Contact: Mary B. Martin School of the Arts, 439-TKTS (8587) or www.etsu.edu/martin.
Alliance for Continued Learning Spring Classes Begin
March 22, 10 a.m.
Spring classes in the Alliance for Continued Learning will run from March 22-April 27, allowing members to experience lifelong learning in a friendly and stimulating atmosphere, with informal classes and no exams or grades. No age limits apply, and members come from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences. Members decide what study groups, forums, classes and other activities will be held. Registration for the entire session is $40 before March 15. Visit www.etsu.edu/professionaldevelopment for complete details and registration. Contact: Darla Dye, 439-8084 or email@example.com.
“An Evening with Rick Darke”
March 22, 6 p.m., ETSU and General Shale Natural History Museum and Visitor Center at the Gray Fossil Site
Rick Darke, a living landscape expert and author of The Living Landscape: Design for Beauty and Biodiversity in the Home Garden, will give a presentation, “Collision or Collusion? Culture, Ecology, Landscape?” Afterward, he will be available for a book-signing. Also during the event, the museum will present plans for a pollinator garden that is set to be located in front of the main building and will include plants and trees from the Miocene Epoch. Guests will be invited to sponsor a plant or tree to be purchased for this “living landscape” garden at the museum. Contact: Natural History Museum, 439-3659 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“The Road Not Taken”
March 24, 7:30 p.m., D.P. Culp Center, Martha Street Culp Auditorium
The ETSU Wind Ensemble, BucsWorth Men’s Choir and East Tennessee Belles Women’s Choir will present an evening of music featuring “Frostiana,” a work by Randall Thompson based on the poetry of Robert Frost. Soloist Karen Smith, ETSU voice faculty member, will perform several Percy Grainger songs with the Wind Ensemble. Contact: Department of Music, 439-4276.
Fun Friday Movie: “Sisters”
March 25, 7 p.m., D.P. Culp Center, Martha Street Culp Auditorium
Buctainment presents this movie starring Tina Fey and Amy Poehler about two sisters who decide to throw one last house party before their parents sell their family home. Contact: Buctainment, 439-6828 or email@example.com.
March 25, 7:30 p.m., Acoustic Coffeehouse, 415 W. Walnut Street
Details TBA. Contact: Department of Music, 439-4276.
Brown Bag Dialogue: “Multiraciality and Civility”
March 28, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., D.P. Culp Center, Multicultural Center presentation room
Participants may bring their lunch and engage in discourse on why diversity, multiculturalism, social justice and interfaith are essential elements of civil society. Contact: Multicultural Affairs, 439-6633 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Basler Lecture: “An Economy of Sound”
March 29, 7:30 p.m., Ball Hall auditorium
Music is both a gift and a commodity. It is both free and subject to exchange in the marketplace. It has cultural, aesthetic and economic value. It has a price, but like all art, it is also beyond price. “Economic man,” the underlying assumption of neoclassical economics and neoliberal politics, turns music and the arts into intellectual property to fuel the economic engine of cultural tourism. Instead, what economy follows from a sound community based in co-presence? If sound comprised a commons, could sound exchanges express a commonwealth of sound and an economic justice worth wanting? This third of four lectures by musicologist Dr. Jeff Todd Titon is an exploration of sound and economy. Titon is the spring 2016 chairholder of ETSU’s Wayne G. Basler Chair of Excellence for the Integration of the Arts, Rhetoric and Science. Contact: Department of Appalachian Studies, 439-7072.
“DanceVersity: Fusion of Cultures, Music and Dances”
March 30, 8 p.m., D.P. Culp Center ballroom
Different cultures come together to experience diverse moves and music to express cultural civility in this event sponsored by Multicultural Affairs. Contact: Multicultural Affairs, 439-6633 or email@example.com.
Newt Gingrich: “Civility in Politics”
March 31, 7 p.m., D.P. Culp Center, Martha Street Culp Auditorium
Former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives will speak on “Civility in Politics” as part of Civility Week activities at ETSU. His appearance is hosted by the College Republicans and Young Americans for Freedom, with co-sponsors including the ETSU Student Government Association, Alpha Delta Pi Sorority, Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity and the Department of Political Science, International Affairs and Public Administration, along with the Milligan College Republicans, King University College Republicans, Washington County Republican Women and more. Contact: Brandon Johnson, 494-4894 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Music and Friends Concert: “Zusammen!”
March 31, 7:30 p.m., Mathes Hall auditorium
The German word zusammen means “together.” The voice and piano faculty members of ETSU’s Department of Music will come together for an evening of German Lied. The highlight of this concert will be the Brahms Liebeslieder Waltzes with quartet and two pianos. This is the closing event of the second season of the Music and Friends concert series. Tickets: $15 general, $10 seniors, free with student ID. Contact: Department of Music, 439-4276.
March 30-May 3, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, Reece Museum
This video art installation exhibit by Travis Graves, an associate professor in the ETSU Department of Art and Design, focuses on the physical and symbolic impressions humans have transferred onto the natural landscape. An opening reception will be held Thursday, April 7, from 5-7 p.m. Contact: Reece Museum, 439-4392.
“Positive/Negative 31” National Juried Art Exhibition
Continuing through March 4, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, Slocumb Galleries
This annual exhibition of innovative contemporary art exposes the region to current trends and directions in visual art, provides a platform for dialogue, and promotes diversity, creative excellence and critical thinking. This year’s juror is Al Miner, assistant curator at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. The exhibit is presented by the ETSU Department of Art and Design and Slocumb Galleries in partnership with the Honors College and Student Government Association B.U.C. Fund. In addition to the regular hours above, Slocumb offers extended hours until 6 p.m. on Thursdays and other times by appointment. Contact: Slocumb Galleries, 483-3179 or email@example.com.
The Works of John Grant
Continuing through March 7, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, Multicultural Center, D.P. Culp Center
This selection of wood and stone carvings by Cherokee artist John Grant is the first exhibit in the display area of the newly opened Multicultural Center at ETSU. Grant, a U.S. Air Force veteran and former federal police officer with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, uses a variety of materials, and his carvings sometimes take him well over 100 hours each to complete. Contact: Multicultural Center, 439-4844.
“Between You and Me: Exhibit of Multifaceted Works”
Continuing through March 24, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, Reece Museum
In this series of multifaceted works, Vanessa Mayoraz, an assistant professor in the ETSU Department of Art and Design, explores the boundaries between the personal and subjective, and the common and the shared. Her work takes the form of ephemeral installation, distributable pieces and public interventions that reflect current events. The exhibit highlights the contradictions found within the absurd efforts to refashion and reshape nature for humankind’s benefit. Contact: Reece Museum, 439-4392.
Continuing through March 25, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, Reece Museum
This exhibit features work by photographer, visual artist, and ETSU master of fine arts candidate Amber Law. In these pieces, Law delves into the duality of travel and symbols of home. An artist’s reception will be held Thursday, March 17, from 5-7 p.m. Contact: Reece Museum, 439-4392.
“Reading Appalachia: Voices from Children’s Literature”
Continuing through March 25, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, Reece Museum
Museum visitors can walk through pages of their favorite storybooks in this interactive traveling exhibit from the East Tennessee Historical Society. Sporting life-size characters from Appalachian children’s books, the exhibit looks at seminal titles from the late 1800s to the present. Included are clothing and toys from Appalachia, music and hands-on activities. Children may try on masks of storybook characters and find themselves in a story, or create their own story of childhood set in Appalachia. Visitors may also hear the voice of old-time storyteller Ray Hicks. Contact: Reece Museum, 439-4392.
Registration for Paleo-Camp
Early registration is under way for the summer Paleo-Camp at the ETSU and General Shale Natural History Museum and Visitor Center. Paleo-Camp is designed for children interested in paleontology, science, art and nature and allows children to explore paleontology in the field and lab at the five-acre Gray Fossil Site. Four one-week sessions are scheduled for two age groups (first-second grades and third-fifth grades). Regular registration is $185; discounts are available for children of museum members and ETSU faculty/staff ($165). Reservation forms and camp schedules are available at www.etsu.edu/naturalhistorymuseum. Contact: Natural History Museum, 439-3659 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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