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Mary B. Martin School of the Arts

College of Arts & Sciences

  • Season 8 - Spring 2017
  • Indie Film from South Arts – Monday, Feb. 6, Monday, March 13, Monday, April 10
  • Parting Shots and Under the Influence Photography Exhibitions – Jan. 6-March 3 – FREE
  • LeStrange Viols – Jan. 29
  • Sheila Pepe, artist talk, Feb. 9
  • Mercy Killers with Michael Milligan – An Evening of Health, Wellness and the Arts – Feb. 21 – FREE
  • Guitarist – Matt Palmer – March 23
  • Mountain Stage with Larry Groce featuring The Claire Lynch Band – April 2
  • Oscar Gillespie – Artist Talk – April 6
  • A Celebration of Harold Pinter with Julian Sands – April 21



Under the Influence exhibit

Parting Shots & Under the Influence

Photography Exhibitions, Opening Jan. 3 & 9, Reece Museum
Reception Thursday, Jan. 26, 5-7 p.m.

Parting Shots features new works by Mike Smith, a retiring professor in Art & Design. Smith has taught and mentored students since 1981. A concurrent exhibition, Under the Influence, highlights photography of some of Smith’s students. It should create a visual connection and conversation between students and teacher.


LeStrange Viols concert

LeStrange Viols, concert

Sunday, Jan. 29, 6 p.m., St. John's Episcopal Church, JC - $20/15/5

LeStrange Viols brings together six American viol players committed to crafting musical experiences full of vigor, passion and technical prowess. It combines the classic 17th-century English consort tradition with a bold, imaginative approach to music from a broad array of times and places. "Music of sublime beauty, sublimely performed," says Fanfare Magazine.   BUY TICKETS


Mango Dreams, narrative  film

Mango Dreams, narrative film

Monday, Feb. 6, 7 p.m., Culp Auditorium - FREE
w/ filmmaker John Upchurch, reception to follow                  

A Hindu doctor with dementia and a Muslim auto rickshaw driver form an unlikely friendship as they journey a thousand miles across India in a rickshaw in this narrative film. “The film is hilarious as well as touching,” says OSHO News. Mango Dreams was written, produced and directed by John Upchurch, who is married to an Indian.


Work by Sheila Pepe, visual artist

Sheila Pepe, visual artist talk

Thursday, Feb. 9, 7:30 p.m., Ball Hall Auditorium - FREE

Using what she calls “improvisational crochet” technique, Sheila Pepe is known for her large-scale three-dimensional ephemeral installations and sculpture – out of materials such as shoelaces, yarn, nets, ship anchor line and rubber bands. Crocheting, a skill she learned from her mother, is part of the feminist underpinnings of her work, which is widely exhibited worldwide.


Mercy Killers with Michael Milligan

Mercy Killers with Michael Milligan

Tuesday, Feb. 21, 7 p.m., Culp Auditorium - FREE
An Evening of Health, Wellness & the Arts annual event

Collected from personal stories of financial and emotional bankruptcy, Mercy Killers depicts the plight of a blue-collar mechanic, Joe, whose wife has cancer, and their life-and-death struggle with the American healthcare system. Through the eyes of Joe, the audience sees health care in America “unblinkingly.”


I Come From documentary film

I Come From, documentary film

Monday, March 13, 7 p.m., Culp Auditorium - FREE
with filmmaker Robby Henson, reception to follow

This film by award-winning director Robby Henson focuses on incarcerated poets and playwrights who use the power of creativity to change their lives. Shot in the world’s largest and most over-burdened corrections system, I Come From features the stories of six artists who are determined to survive and grow.


Matt Palmer, classical guitarist

Matt Palmer, guitarist

Thurs., Mar. 23, 7:30 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, JC - $20/15/5

Matt Palmer’s solo guitar performances and recordings have been called “one of a kind,” “truly accomplished and refined” and “jaw-dropping.” A recent “Up and Coming Guitarist of the Year,” Palmer has not only impressed audiences and reviewers around the world, but he also has pioneered his own guitar method, “The Virtuoso Guitarist.”      BUY TICKETS


Mountain Stage - Bumper Jacksons

Mountain Stage with Larry Groce

Sunday, April 2, 7 p.m., Culp Aud. - $30/25/10 advance & $35/30 door

The School of the Arts is pleased to bring back Mountain Stage for another live concert, featuring Band of Ruhks, the award-winning The Claire Lynch Band, the jazzy Bumper Jacksons and the ETSU Bluegrass Pride Band. Band of Ruhks combines the talents of bluegrass household names Ronnie Bowman, Don Rigsby and Kenny Smith.    BUY TICKETS


Oscar Gillespie visual artist

Oscar Gillespie, visual artist talk

Thursday, April 6, 7:30 p.m., Ball Hall Auditorium - FREE

Noted for his expertise in monotypes and intaglio, especially metal-plate engraving, printmaker and professor Oscar Gillespie has shown his work in more than 300 solo, group, invitational and juried exhibitions. Inspiration, he says, “comes from that same mysterious place that gives me a giggle when I least expect it, or lights up my taste buds with a bright new sense of flavors ..."


Speed Sisters film image

Speed Sisters, documentary film

Monday, April 10, 7 p.m., Culp Auditorium - FREE
w/Amber Fares, filmmaker, reception to follow

Grabbing headlines and turning heads at tracks across the West Bank, the “Speed Sisters,” the first all-woman race-car driving team in the Middle East, have sped their way into the heart of the gritty, male-dominated Palestinian street car-racing scene. Featuring their lives on and off the track, this film focuses on the drive to go further and faster.


Julian Sands in A Celebration of Harold Pinter

A Celebration of Harold Pinter

one-man theatre with actor Julian Sands
Friday, April 21, 7:30 p.m., Culp Auditorium - $20/15/5

Coached by Nobel Prize-winning playwright Harold Pinter himself and directed by John Malkovich, British actor Julian Sands has been performing A Celebration of Harold Pinter the world-round since 2011. Sands is known for his work in more than 100 films, television and the stage, including The Killing Fields, Oceans 13, Dexter and 24.   BUY TICKETS

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