Upcoming Events at ETSU

For a listing of activities associated with Homecoming 2014, “Mardi Gras: When the Bucs Go Marching In,” visit www.etsu.edu/homecoming.

Star Party
Nov. 1, 8 p.m., Harry Powell Observatory
ETSU astronomer Dr. Donald Luttermoser will give a short talk, “UFOs and Life in the Universe.”  Visitors may view celestial objects through the observatory’s telescopes, and Luttermoser and other ETSU astronomers will be on hand to answer questions.  Will be cancelled in case of rain or cloud cover.  Contact: Dr. Beverly Smith, 439-8418 or smithbj@etsu.edu.

Samuel Beckett Reading with Barry McGovern
Nov. 3, 7 p.m., Ball Hall auditorium
Known as “one of Ireland’s finest actors,” Barry McGovern is also considered one of the pre-eminent interpreters of the works of Samuel Beckett.  He has been performing a one-man show compiled from Beckett’s novels for nearly three decades, and he is also a familiar face from film (“Braveheart”) and television (“The Tudors,” “Game of Thrones”).  His reading and discussion of Beckett and his work is co-sponsored by the Mary B. Martin School of the Arts and Department of Literature and Language.  Contact: MBMSOTA, 439-8587 or artsinfo@etsu.edu.

“Unicoi’s Farm Heritage, 1945-2014: Seeds of the Past, Seeds of the Future”
Continuing through Dec. 12, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, Reece Museum
Opening reception, Nov. 6, 5-7 p.m.
This exhibition, based on field research done by students in the Department of Appalachian Studies’ “Documenting Community Traditions” class, chronicles changes in Unicoi County, from early markets prior to 1945 though shifting markets, the rise of agribusiness and the recent rise of creative farm economies.  Contact: Reece Museum, 439-4392.

“‘Animal Temporalities’ by Mary Hood”
Oct. 28-Nov. 21, 4-6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Tipton Gallery, 126 Spring Street
ArtyFact Lecture by the Artist, Nov. 6, 6 p.m.
First Friday opening reception, Nov. 7, 6-8 p.m.
This exhibition features Mary Hood’s work in print and photogravure that investigates utopian and dystopian constructions.  She employs animals as metaphor for human behaviors, alluding to contemporary cultural themes that express a political or social ideal.  Hood is an associate professor of art/printmaking at Arizona State University.  Contact: Slocumb Galleries, 423-483-3179.

Family Fun Walk/Run
Nov. 8, 9:30 a.m. registration, parking lot 21 (adjacent to Warf-Pickel Hall and parking garage)
This race winds through the ETSU campus and benefits the ETSU Child Study Center.  The run begins at 10:30 a.m. and will be followed by children’s activities.  Pre-registration fees are $12 for ETSU students, $20 for individuals, $35 for a family of up to four and $50 for a team of up to seven; prices increase by $5 per category for race-day registration.  Visit www.etsu.edu/coe/child.

“Moonlight Silver”
Nov. 8, 6:30 p.m., D.P. Culp Center ballroom
This evening of dinner, dessert and music will feature the music of Greyscale and the ETSU Jazz Combo.  The cost of dinner, dessert and the show is $36.  A second option for $22 covers dessert only and the show; guests should plan to arrive at 7:15 p.m. for this option.  Seating is limited.  Tickets may be purchased at www.etsu.edu/cas/music. Contact: Department of Music, 439-4276.

Mystical Arts of Tibet: Mandala Painting
Opening Nov. 10, noon/Closing Nov. 13, 5 p.m., Reece Museum
Stage Performance Nov. 14, 7:30 p.m., D.P. Culp Center, Martha Street Culp Auditorium
Monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery in India will spend a week at ETSU creating and sharing a mandala sand painting and giving a stage performance, “Sacred Music, Sacred Dance” for world healing.  The hours in which the monks will work on the mandala are Monday until 6 p.m.; Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Thursday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  Sponsored by the Mary B. Martin School of the Arts.  Contact: MBMSOTA, 439-8587 or artsinfo@etsu.edu.

Film Screening: “Good Ol’ Freda”
Nov. 10, 7 p.m., D.P. Culp Center, Martha Street Culp Auditorium
Freda Kelly was just a teenager when she was asked to work for a local band hoping to make it big.  Though she had no concept of how far they would go, Kelly had faith in The Beatles from the beginning, and The Beatles had faith in her.  She was there as history unfolded, a witness to the advances and setbacks, breakthroughs and challenges of the greatest band in the history of rock ‘n roll.  In this documentary film, Kelly tells her stories for the first time in 50 years.  After the screening, which Freda Kelly is scheduled to attend, filmmaker Kathy McCabe will engage in a discussion with the audience.  A reception with McCabe and Kelly will follow.  Part of the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers, funded by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.  Hosted by the Mary B. Martin School of the Arts.  Contact: MBMSOTA, 439-8587 or artsinfo@etsu.edu.

Guest Artist Recital
Nov. 10, 7:30 p.m., Mathes Hall auditorium
Dr. Andy Larson, tuba, will perform in recital.  Larson is an instructor of low brass at Southern University, Baton Rouge, and an adjunct instructor of tuba/euphonium at Louisiana State University.  He is currently touring the southeastern U.S., performing at universities and high schools.  Contact: Department of Music, 439-4392.

Lunch Break Seminar: “Soul-Connected Letter-Writing”
Nov. 11, noon, Women’s Resource Center, 220 Campus Center Building
Artist and creative coach Pam Murray will facilitate this workshop, “Soul-Connected Letter-Writing: Knowing Who You Are and Living Your Truth Out Loud,” as part of the Women’s Personal Enrichment Lunch Break Seminar series sponsored by the Women’s Resource Center.  Reservations required.  Contact: Women’s Resource Center, 439-5772.

“Grape Expectations: Choosing, Pairing and Appreciating Wine”
Nov. 11, 6:30 p.m., Cranberries Restaurant
In this workshop sponsored by the Office of Professional Development, Phil Scharfstein, owner of One Stop Wine and Spirits, will discuss characteristics, such as texture and flavor, in both food and wine and how they interact with each other.  Registration required at www.etsu.edu/professionaldevelopment; the fee is $49.  Contact: Janet Meek, 439-8084.

Milton Marathon
Nov. 13, 9 a.m.-7 p.m., D.P. Culp Center forum
This all-day public reading of Milton’s Paradise Lost will be accompanied by exhibits of student art and rare books, including illustrated editions from the 17th-20th centuries.  Contact: Dr. Josh Reid, 392-8032 or reidjs@etsu.edu.

“A Cycle of Shepherdess’ Life”
Nov. 14, 7:30 p.m., Mathes Hall
Living surrounded by beautiful mountains in the Tri-Cities area, soprano Dr. Sun-Joo Oh, associate professor in the Department of Music, is inspired to tell a tale about a young shepherdess’ love and life.  Different languages, styles and composers’ music are intertwined to create a story about the young woman’s journey through life.  Oh will be joined by visiting faculty member Dr. Esther Park on piano and Eugene Jones on clarinet.  Contact: Department of Music, 439-4276.

“Story Tapestries”
Nov. 16, 3 p.m., D.P. Culp Center, Martha Street Culp Auditorium
Dancer, actor, teacher, storyteller and musician Arianna Ross uses acrobatics, dance, photography, music and spoken word to create programs that are a mix of personal experiences, international folk tales and historic, true stories.  Ross weaves her experiences as a performer and teacher in India, Brazil, Indonesia and Vietnam with energy and a sense of fun.  A family-friendly performance presented by the Mary B. Martin School of the Arts.  Tickets are $15, $10 and $5.  Contact: MBMSOTA, 439-8587 or artsinfo@etsu.edu.

Esther Bauer: Holocaust Survivor
Nov. 18, 7 p.m., D.P. Culp Center, Martha Street Culp Auditorium
Esther Bauer recounts her harrowing experiences as a Holocaust survivor.  Born in Hamburg, Germany, in 1924, she lost her father to meningitis after the family was deported to a ghetto in Czechoslovakia, and later lost her husband and mother, who were murdered at Auschwitz.  Bauer survived and decided to “live each day, have fun and be a human being.”  She speaks to students as often as she can so that they will “learn what happened, and see to it that it never happens again.”  Presented by the Erna P. Kaldegg Endowment through the Office of Multicultural Affairs.  Contact: Multicultural Affairs, 439-6633.

“Have the Brass to Do Something?”
Nov. 18, 7:30 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 105 S. Boone St.
The brass faculty of the ETSU Department of Music pride themselves on their ability to have the brass needed to perform whatever is called for to please any audience.  Performing in this program of chamber music for brass will be Carrie Tedder, horn; David Bubsey, trombone; Jimmie Self, euphonium; Dr. Stephanie Frye, tuba; and Dr. David Champouillon, trumpet.  Contact: Department of Music, 439-4276. 

Nov. 19-22, 7:30 p.m., and Nov. 23, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Bud Frank Theatre, Gilbreath Hall
This performance of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s first collaboration is jointly produced by the Department of Communication and Performance, Department of Music and Mary B. Martin School of the Arts.  Tickets are $15 and $7.  See article elsewhere in this issue.  Visit www.etsu.edu/theatre.

Notable Women of ETSU Colloquium
Nov. 19, 5-7 p.m., D.P. Culp Center, East Tennessee Room
This annual awards program and colloquium highlight the expertise and accomplishments of women academicians at ETSU.  The 2015 honorees will be Dr. Beth Bailey, associate professor and director of Primary Care Research in the Department of Family Medicine, and Dr. Karen Schetzina, associate professor and chief of the Division of Community Pediatrics Research in the Department of Pediatrics.  See full article elsewhere in this issue.  Contact: Women’s Studies Program, 439-4125 or womenstudies@etsu.edu.

“Java Jive”
Nov. 20, 8 p.m., Acoustic Coffeehouse, 415 W. Walnut St.
Students, faculty and staff are welcome to enjoy a cup of coffee while listening to the jazz-pop fusion of Greyscale from the ETSU Department of Music.  Free admission.  Contact: Department of Music, 439-4276.

Story Slam
Nov. 21, 8 p.m., Nelson Fine Art Center, 324 E. Main St.
“Jive Turkeys” is the theme of the last event in the fall “Re-Generation: A Johnson City Story Slam” series sponsored by the Storytelling Program, Division of Theatre and Dance and TaleTellers of ETSU.  Seven patrons selected at random from the audience may tell tales that are related to the theme and no longer than 10 minutes.  The first-place winner, selected by judges from the audience, will receive a cash prize.  Contact: Dr. Joseph Sobol, 439-7863 or sobol@etsu.edu.

“We Broke the China Rabbit”
Nov. 22, 7:30 p.m., Acoustic Coffeehouse, 415 W. Walnut St.
Dada Cabaret, a contemporary chamber ensemble based at ETSU, debuted last spring with “China Rabbit and Other Tales,” and now continues the absurdity with “We Broke the China Rabbit.”  The group is inspired by literary nonsense, transgressive cinema, the artistic movement of Dadaism and the avant-garde movement.  For mature audiences.  Contact: Department of Music, 439-4276.

“Symphonic Soundings”
Nov. 25, 7:30 p.m., D.P. Culp Center, Martha Street Culp Auditorium
The ETSU Bands program will conclude its fall performance schedule with selections related to the sounds of symphonic compositions.  Featuring the ETSU Concert Band and Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Drs. Christian Zembower and Joe Moore.  Contact: Department of Music, 439-4276.

“The FL3TCH3R Exhibit: Social & Politically Engaged Art”
Continuing through Dec. 3, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, Reece Museum
This second annual national juried exhibit explores the current trends and trajectory in the field of social and politically engaged art.  It is named for Fletcher Dyer, who died in a motorcycle accident in 2009 at the age of 22, when he was a senior pursuing his B.F.A. degree with a concentration in graphic design at ETSU.  Proceeds from the exhibit will fund the Fletcher H. Dyer Memorial Scholarship at ETSU.  The juror for the exhibit was Elliott Earls, artist-in-residence and head of the Graduate Graphic Design Department at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.  Contact: Reece Museum, 439-4392.

“The DeVault Tavern” Exhibit
Continuing through Dec. 12, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, Reece Museum
Twenty large framed photographs by Paul Kennedy of the DeVault Tavern, a two-story brick tavern built in 1819-21 by Frederick DeVault that is now listed in the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.  The house originally served as a way station and inn along the region’s primary stagecoach route.  Kennedy is a Brooklyn-based artist who grew up in Jonesborough.  Contact: Reece Museum, 439-4392.



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