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College of Arts & Sciences

  • Season 8 – Fall 2016
  • More Indie Film from South Arts – Sept. 12, Oct. 17 & Nov. 14
  • Paul Taylor Creative Domain – Sept. 15
  • Kannapolis: A Moving Portrait – Sept. 22
  • Crista Cloutier, The Working Artist – Sept. 29
  • Paul Taylor 2 Dance Company – Oct. 13
  • Julie Fowlis: Music of the Scottish Isles – Oct. 20
  • Dr. Eric Avery, 2016 FL3TCH3R Exhibit juror, free Artist Talk – Oct. 27



Art of the Prank Portofess

Art of the Prank, documentary film

Monday, Sept. 12, 7 p.m., Culp Auditorium ~ FREE
with filmmaker Andrea Marini & subject Joey Skaggs

Known as the godfather of the media hoax, Joey Skaggs is famed for such media fictions as the Celebrity Sperm Bank, the Cathouse for Dogs and the Portofess mobile confessional. Art of the Prank pulls back the curtain to take filmgoers on a humorous journey, following an artist who, for decades, has dedicated his life to seeking social change by changing the status quo.


Paul Taylor Creative Domain film

Paul Taylor Creative Domain, film

Thursday, Sept. 15, 7 p.m., Culp Auditorium ~ FREE
with filmmaker Kate Geis

A follow-up to the 1998 film Dancemaker, Paul Taylor Creative Domain is the next chapter in the creative life of the dance legend. Taylor is still living his life in the moment, with his mind intently focused on his next dance. The documentary "doesn't fetishize every aspect of the dancer's day," says The Washington Post. "It zeroes in on a mystery."


Jenny Scheinman

Kannapolis: A Moving Portrait

Thursday, Sept. 22, 7:30 p.m., Culp Auditorium - $20/$15/$5
with live music/score by Jenny Scheinman & band                   

Dubbed a "musical meditation," this multimedia event combines an hour of laboriously edited film from the archives of Depression-era filmmaker H. Lee Waters accompanied by an original score played live to a film created by Finn Taylor from Waters' footage. Jenny Scheinman composed the music and performs it live as the portraits "move" and dance.  BUY TICKETS


Crista Cloutier

Crista Cloutier, The Working Artist

Thursday, Sept. 29, 5 p.m., Reece Museum ~ FREE

Crista Cloutier has sold millions of dollars of artwork to galleries, museums and collectors; run a gallery and studio; been certified as an art apraiser and worked as an arts licensor; and curated exhibitions around the world. Then, burnout inspired her to change directions and inspire others. Now Cloutier uses her experience to bring insights and tools to students, artists and the public through her The "Working Artist" master classes.


Paul Taylor 2 Dance Company

Paul Taylor 2 Dance Company

Thursday, Oct. 13, 7:30 p.m., Culp Auditorium – $20/$15/$5

Paul Taylor's American Modern Dance featuring Paul Taylor Dance Company is world-renowned. In 1993, Taylor established Taylor 2 – six professionals with a gift for his style – to reach audiences, unhindered by economic or technical limitations. "Don't think of it as a farm team," says The Berkshire Eagle. "Taylor 2 is wonderfully intimate ... like hearing Mozart played on original instruments."  BUY TICKETS


SHU-DE! documentary film

SHU-DE!, documentary film

Monday, Oct. 17, 7 p.m., Culp Auditorium – FREE
with filmmaker Michael Faulkner

In 2011, Baltimore beat boxer and vocal percussionist Shodekeh met and jammed with the Alash Ensemble, known for their Tuvan throat singing and a unique friendship began. SHU-DE! – which is Tuvan for "Let's  go" – follows Shodekeh on a musical and cultural journey still developing today. The film presents viewers with a sensory experience of music, landscape and collaboration.


Julie Fowlis: Music of the Scottish Isles

Julie Fowlis: Music of the Scottish Isles

Thursday, Oct. 20, 7:30 p.m., Culp Auditorium – $25/$20/$5

A torchbearer for her native tradition, Julie Fowlis is a multi-award-winning Gaelic singer influenced by her upbringing in the Outer Hebridean island of North Uist. Her “crystalline” and “intoxicating” vocals have enchanted audiences around the world. She recorded the theme song to Brave, Disney Pixar's award-winning film. Hear more music and lore at the Celtic Festival & Games at Sycamore Shoals Historical Site Oct. 21 & 22.  BUY TICKETS


Printmaker Dr. Eric Avery

Dr. Eric Avery, artist talk

Thursday, Oct. 27, 5 p.m., Rogers-Stout 102. Reception to follow at the Reece Museum, 6-7 p.m. ~ FREE
Part of the FL3TCH3R Exhibit, Oct. 10-Dec. 19, Reece Museum

Dr. Eric Avery is a celebrated printmaker and recently retired physician, who for decades has practiced medicine and art in tandem. His complexly layered work connects issues of printmaking and art history with social concerns of public health, human rights abuse, HIV/AIDS, death, sexuality and the body. Avery is the juror for ETSU's FL3TCH3R Exhibit.


Patrick Duffy in Hotel Dallas

Hotel Dallas, experimental film

Monday, Nov. 14, 7 p.m., Culp Auditorium – FREE
with filmmakers Sherng-Lee Huang & Liv Ungur

Mixing fiction and documentary, Hotel Dallas is a surreal parable of communism, capitalism and the power of art. Set in communist Romania and America, the film depicts Ilie, a small-time criminal, and his daughter Livia, who is in love with Dallas' leading man Patrick Duffy, and their aspirations. The film moves between fantasy, found footage, musical numbers, drama and interviews.



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