The following events are open to the public and free unless otherwise noted. For a schedule of ETSU PRIDE Week (Aug. 20-Sept. 3) events, see the PRIDE Week item on the front page of Accent.
ETSU Storytelling at Umoja Festival
Aug. 14-15, Gazebo Storytelling Stage, Majestic Park, downtown Johnson City
The 11th annual ETSU Storytelling-Umoja Festival partnership will feature Sheila Arnold Jones, CEO and lead performer of History’s Alive! from 6-7 p.m. both days. Arnold Jones, who will share her repertoire of original and historical tales, is scheduled to be a featured New Voice at this year’s National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough. Her performances will be preceded by stories and songs by faculty and students of ETSU’s storytelling graduate program and members of the Jonesborough Storytelling Guild beginning at 4 p.m. Contact: Dr. Joseph Sobol, 439-7863. (For information on the Umoja Festival, visit www.umojajc.org/.)
“Maintain Your Brain”
Aug. 18, noon, D.P. Culp Center, dining room 1
In this Women’s Health Series Lunch Break Seminar, sponsored by the Women’s Resource Center, Tabitha Ebbert will discuss research in the areas of diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity and social engagement as they relate to healthy aging and reducing the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Ebbert is manager of programs and education for the Alzheimer’s Association in Johnson City. Participants are welcome to bring their lunch. Contact: Women’s Resource Center, 439-5772.
Book Review Group
Aug. 19, noon, Women’s Resource Center, 220 Campus Center Building
Members of the Book Review Group sponsored by the Women’s Resource Center will meet to discuss The Last Kashmiri Rose by Barbara Cleverly. New members are welcome, and participants may bring their lunch. Contact: Women’s Resource Center, 439-5772.
Aug. 21, 9:30 a.m., D.P. Culp Center, Martha Street Culp Auditorium
Following a 9 a.m. reception in the Alumni Gallery outside the auditorium, this annual gathering of faculty features an address by ETSU President Dr. Brian Noland, the bestowing of emeritus status upon retiring faculty, introduction of new faculty, and the presentation of the 2015 Distinguished Faculty Awards in the areas of teaching, research and service. Contact: Carla Landreth, 439-4305.
Fossil and Artifact ID Night
Aug. 25, 4-6 p.m., ETSU and General Shale Natural History Museum and Visitor Center
Members of the community are invited to bring fossils, rocks, minerals and artifacts to be identified and photographed by the team of experts at the museum and visitor center at the Gray Fossil Site. Light refreshments will be served. Contact: Natural History Museum, 439-3659 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Pneumatica” by Squonk Opera
Aug. 28-29, various times, Founders Park, State of Franklin Road
The Mary B. Martin School of the Arts opens its fall season with a show of musical mayhem by Squonk Opera of Philadelphia. The outdoor extravaganza features a 40-foot steam-breathing Lady Pneumatica crowned by a wind turbine and mane of sun-colored sails, a cannon drum that shoots smoke rings, and dozens of inflatable tentacles, all powered by air, vortex fans and blowers. The 30-minute shows will begin at 4 and 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 28, and at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 29. Contact: Martin School of the Arts, 439-TKTS (8587).
SGA Outdoor Welcome Week Concert
Aug. 29, 7:30 p.m., Wayne G. Basler Center for Physical Activity backyard
This annual Welcome Week Concert sponsored by the Student Government Association features Switchfoot with special guest Colony House. Students, faculty and staff will be admitted free with valid ETSU ID. Public tickets go on sale online for $15 each at www.etsu.edu/concerts. Admission the day of the show will be $20 at the gate. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. Contact: Carter Warden, 439-8474 or email@example.com.
At Slocumb Galleries
Continuing through Aug. 7, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Slocumb Galleries, Ball Hall
“Struttura: Texture and Narratives in Ceramics” explores various textures, patterns and the way these elements are used on ceramic surfaces created by regional artists, as well as the narrative quality of each piece. The exhibit is curated by Slocumb Galleries summer curatorial interns Moira Frazier, a graduate student at Yale University whose research focus is medieval Christian art, and Shai Perry, an ETSU senior who is pursuing a B.F.A. degree with a concentration in ceramics and sculpture. Perry is also president of the Slocumb Galleries Student Society. Contact: Karlota Contreras-Koterbay, 483-3179 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
At the Reece Museum
Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Reece Museum
“From an African American Perspective,” an exhibition of 76 works curated by the late Sammie L. Nicely, continues through Aug. 14. Included are works from Nicely’s personal collection and the collections of Jan and Sylvia Peters and Dr. Jerome W. Wright. Also on display, through Sept. 18, is “Victory from Within: The American Prisoner of War Experience,” a traveling exhibition designed to educate the public about the stories and sacrifices of American prisoners of war (see article on front page of Accent). Contact: Reece Museum, 439-4392.
At the Natural History Museum
Continuing through Nov. 11, Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., ETSU and General Shale Natural History Museum and Visitor Center
“Trilobite Treasures: Arthropods of the Ancient Seas” features more than 200 actual artifacts and specimens of these invertebrate animals that lived, thrived and became extinct long before the age of dinosaurs. The exhibit tells the story of the discovery, history, research and preparation of these ancient fossils from around the world and the United States (see article on front page of Accent). Contact: Natural History Museum, 439-3659 or email@example.com.
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