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  • Fall 2015 - From Classic to Cool
  • Fall 2015 Opener: Pneumatica by Squonk Opera, Aug. 28 & 29
  • Mark your Mondays for three South Arts films: Sept. 14, Oct. 19 and Nov. 9
  • Marcos M. Villatoro, will read from his newest work & hold outreach with students, Sept. 29
  • LAYERS: Quilt As Form with lecture by Joan Schulze, Oct. 15, 6 p.m.
  • Classic country with The Malpass Brothers, Oct. 8
  • Chanticleer, an orchestra of voices, Oct. 25
  • Raisin' Cane: A Harlem Renaissance Odyssey with Jasmine Guy and the Avery Sharpe Trio, Tuesday, Nov. 17
  • Let's talk arts! @artsatetsu Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

Fall 2015 Season



Pneumatica w/Squonk Opera

Friday & Saturday, Aug. 28 & 29 Founders Park, Johnson City
Friday: 4 & 7 p.m., Saturday: 11 a.m., 2 & 5 p.m. ~ FREE

For 20 years, Squonk Opera has traveled the world presenting spectacles of music, machinery & mayhem. They will bring their newest flight of fancy: Pneumatica – an outdoor event made of air and powered by air and live, original music – for ETSU Pride Week. Shows are 30 minutes with Q&As to follow.


She's Beautiful When She's Angry

She's Beautiful When She's Angry

Monday, Sept. 14, 7 p.m., Ball Hall Auditorium ~ FREE

This South Arts documentary transports viewers from the founding of NOW to contemporary discussions of race, reproductive rights, sexual violence and homosexuality. Thrilling, scandalous and often hilarious, She's Beautiful captures the spirit of the time and the history of the women's movement.


marcos villatoro

Marcos M. Villatoro

Tuesday, Sept. 29, 7 p.m., Ball Hall Auditorium - FREE

Two-time Emmy award-winner Marcos McPeek Villatoro is the author of six novels, two collections of poetry and a memoir. His Romilia Chacón crime fiction books have won national and international acclaim. Villatoro, who grew up in Rogersville, Tenn., recently shot a documentary, Tamale Road, in El Salvador. He will read from his new novel, set in Appalachia.


City Woman Quilt by Schulze

LAYERS: Quilt As Form

Oct. 5-30, Slocumb Galleries

This exhibit explores the evolution of quilting and innovative techniques and forms artists are now incorporating into the quilt-making process. Patricia Mink, head of the ETSU fibers program, is curator for the exhibit, which includes work by a number of contemporary quilters. Quilt artist Joan Schulze will give a lecture Oct. 15 at 6 p.m.


Malpass Brothers

The Malpass Brothers

Thursday, Oct. 8, 7:30 p.m., Martha Street Culp Auditorium

For Christopher and Taylor, The Malpass Brothers, "traditional country music is the 'real deal' ... It comes from the heart and has depth and truth." The duo from Goldsboro, N.C., has toured with Merle Haggard, and now headlines its own shows, chockfull of down-home charm, classic country, rockabilly and honky-tonk songs of decades past. ETSU's Pride Band will open the show.


Shield and Spear

Shield and Spear

Monday, Oct. 19, 7 p.m., Martha Street Culp Auditorium – FREE

In the changing political climate of South Africa, a revolution is taking place as artists, musicians and designers tackle issues of activism, race and history. Shield and Spear documents what it means to live and work in the new democracy. As part of the South Arts Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers series at ETSU, filmmaker Petter Ringbom will answer questions after the film.




Sunday, Oct. 25, 6 p.m., Martha Street Culp Auditorium

The Grammy award-winning all-male vocal ensemble was established in 1978 to perform medieval and Renaissance music, but now tours the world with a repertoire spanning 10 centuries. The New Yorker called Chanticleer, which holds a spot in the American Classical Music Hall of Fame, "the world's reigning male chorus." The ETSU Chorale will perform a pre-concert at 5:30 p.m.


Frame by Frame

Frame by Frame

Monday, Nov. 9, 7 p.m., Martha Street Culp Auditorium – FREE

This South Arts Southern Circuit documentary traces the efforts of four Afghan photojournalists attempting to build a free press in Afghanistan after decades of war and the Taliban regime. "Frame By Frame reveals the dazzling colors and textures of Afghanistan in a manner seldom seen in the West – through the camera lenses of its photojournalists," says one reviewer. Filmmaker Mo Scarpelli will conduct a talkback after the screening.!


Raisin' Cane jasmine guy

Raisin' Cane: A Harlem Renaissance Odyssey

NEW DATE: Tuesday, Nov. 17, 7:30 p.m., Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts

Starring the actress, singer and dancer Jasmine Guy and the Avery Sharpe Trio, Raisin' Cane celebrates the legendary voices of the Harlem Renaissance through literature, song, music, movement and imagery. Guy and the Sharpe Trio take audiences back to post World War I America, where a new generation of African-Americans was bursting with artistic expression.



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