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Saturday, October 3
LGBT Conference
McCoy Commons, The Oaks, 2 p.m.

Spectrum will host a mini-conference for Elon students and community members on topics of interest to the lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender community, including responses to homophobia, gay marriage, employment rights, straight allies training and ways to advocate for LGBT personal and political rights.

Registration is recommended by emailing by Friday, September 25.

Saturday, October 3
Tri-State Sculptors Exhibition, closing reception
Isabella Cannon Room, 6 p.m.

Light refreshments and an opportunity to meet the sculptors whose work has been on view across campus during the previous weeks of the semester.

Sponsored by the Department of Art

Monday, October 5
Giovanna Negretti, "The Importance of Political Engagement"
Whitley Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

Negretti is the founding executive director of ¿Oiste? ("Have you heard?"), a Massachusetts-based organization with a mission to promote the principles and practice of democracy and to advance the political, social and economic standing of Latinos and Latinas.

Sponsored by Institute of Political & Public Affairs, Department of Political Science, National Campaign for Student Political Engagement, and the Center for Civic Engagement.

Tuesday, October 6
Marium Stephan, painting, opening reception
Isabella Cannon Room, 4:30 p.m.

Through the painterly languages of representation and abstraction, Stephan explores the seemingly disparate themes of infinity and interconnectedness through the metaphor of landscape. Exhibition continues through Monday, November 23.

Sponsored by the Department of Art

Tuesday, October 6
Thorpe Moeckel, poetry reading
Yeager Recital Hall, 7:30 p.m.

After years of guiding trips on rivers and trails in the Appalachians, Moeckel earned an MFA in poetry in 2002 at the University of Virginia. He has since published two chapbooks and two full-length collections of poems. A former Kenan Visiting Writer at UNC Chapel Hill, he is now an assistant professor at Hollins University.

Sponsored by the Department of English and the William Maness Fund

Wednesday-Tuesday, October 7-13
Department of Performing Arts presents Psycho Beach Party by Charles Busch
Directed by Fredrick J. Rubeck
Black Box Theatre, Wednesday-Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 2 and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m.; Monday-Tuesday, 7;30 p.m.

Originally titled Gidget Goes Psychotic, Busch's campy play lampoons the beach and psychological thrillers of the early '60s. Surfers, beach bums, a Joan Crawford-like mother, a multiple personality-afflicted teen and a B-movie queen all mix together for a wacky evening in the theatre!

Admission: $12 or Elon ID. Reservations are highly recommended and will be taken beginning September 30 by calling
(336) 278-5650. Note: contains mature subject matter - viewer discretion is advised.

Thursday, October 8
Mark Robinson, opening reception
Arts West Gallery, 6 p.m.

Robinson is a mixed media and video sculpture artist interested in the intersections and networks of culture, technology and visualization. His past works explored the relationships of Quantum (Mechanics) identity with forms of subjectivity and cultural mediation found on the Internet. Exhibition continues through Thursday, November 5. 

Sponsored by the Department of Art

Thursday, October 8
Giuseppi Pelli and Stefano Ragni, "Italian Music, Ambassador of Culture in the World," lecture and recital
Whitley Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

Pelli and Ragni are a pianistic duo teaching at the Universita per Stranieri in Perugia, Italy. Their program connects Italian music with important manifestations of Italian patrimony in literature, theatre and art. Their collaborative work is inspired by Tullio Macoggi, a maestro of refined sonorous sensibility with a profound capacity of interpretation.

Sponsored by the Department of Music and the Office of Cultural and Special Programs

Sunday, October 11
Bel Canto Company
Whitley Auditorium, 3 p.m.

The Triad's premier choral ensemble previews the 27th season with a performance of its signature sound and repetoire. Treat yourself to a concert that spans both centuries and styles.

Sponsored by the Office of Cultural and Special Programs

Tuesday, October 13
Elon University Fall Convocation with Khaled Hosseini
Alumni Gym, Koury Athletic Center, 4 p.m.

Elon Common Reading Program

Hosseini is author of A Thousand Splendid Suns, a novel tracing the volatile events of Afghanistan's most recent decades. It is the Elon University Common Reading selection for 2009-10. The Fall Convocation program will include a moderated discussion with Hosseini about his homeland, the violence that persists and the humanitarian efforts necessary for rebuilding.

Admission: $12 or Elon ID. Tickets available September 22.

Thursday-Friday, October 22 & 23
Choreography Salon
Moderators: Cherie Bower & Lauren Kearns
Studio A: Center for the Arts, 6 and 8 p.m.

The "salon" is based on the French model of performing works-in-progress in an intimate environment that encourages dialogue between the audience and the artists. The program will include original solos and duets from the Choreography I class and quartets, quintets and sextets from the Choreography II class.

Sponsored by the Department of Performing Arts

Thursday, October 22
Patrick Cook-Deegan, "Cycle for Schools"
LaRose Digital Theatre, Koury Business Center, 7:30 p.m.

Cook-Deegan, a 2008 graduate of Brown University, raised $22,500 to build a school in Laos as well as provide two K-12 scholarships for girls in Cambodia by bicycling 27,000 miles through Southeast Asia during his sophomore year. He recently began working for the U.S. Campaign for Burma, a group that promotes freedom, democracy and human rights in that country. In very short time, Cook-Deegan has raised more than $75,000 and published a host of articles on the subject of Burmese human rights violations.

Sponsored by the Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life, STAND, and Students for Peace and Justice

Thursday, October 22
American Place Theatre presents The Secret Life of Bees
From the novel by Sue Monk Kidd; adapted and directed by Wynn Handman; performed by Denise Wilbanks
Whitley Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

A verbatim adaptation of the New York Times bestseller set during the Civil Rights Movement. A young girl's search for the truth leads her to three beekeeping sisters and the discovery of the true meaning of family.

Admission: $12 or Elon ID. Tickets available October 1.

Elon University Lyceum Series

Monday, October 26
Rebecca Brown, "India's Modern Antiquity: An Unreadable Text, a New Ruin, and the Question of Modernity after 1947"
Yeager Recital Hall, 6 p.m.

The simultaneity of India's past and present often appears in tourist brochures and coffee table books, and it permeates much of how India articulates itself to itself and to the world. Rebecca Brown examines two works: K.C.S. Paniker's Words and Symbols painting (1964) and Satish Gajral's Belgian Embassy building of 1980-83. Both artists imbue their works with something of antiquity but also provide creative answers that show India's relation to its colonial past while transforming a definition of the modern.

Art History Lecture Series

Monday, October 26
Marijuana Debate
Kris Krane & Paul Chabot
Whitley Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

Questions on whether to legalize marijuana, the use of medical marijuana and the enforcement of marijuana law take the stage in a moderated debate between federal policy experts.

Sponsored by General Studies and the Liberal Arts Forum

Tuesday, October 27
Jeanne Stark, piano
Whitley Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

Adams Foundation Piano Recital Series sponsored by the Times-News and Elon University

Stark is regarded with the highest esteem, in Europe and in America, for her superb musicianship and deeply spiritual interpretations of classical music's most challenging repertoire for the piano. Her Elon concert will include works by Beethoven, Chopin and Debussey.

Admission: $15 (RS) or Elon ID. Tickets available October 6.

Wednesday, October 28
Ann Jones, Ph.D., guest lecture and book signing
LaRose Digital Theatre, 7:00 p.m.

A writer and photographer who has several books written on domestic violence and women's issues. She has worked in Afghanistan as a humanitarian volunteer for four years, teaching Afghan High school English teachers, documenting the cases of women detained in prison, and advocating for women's rights.

Thursday, October 29
Study Abroad Forum
McKinnon Hall, Moseley Center, 4 p.m.

Students and faculty present scholarly, artistic and reflective work based on study abroad experience.

Sponsored by the Study Abroad Committee and the Isabella Cannon Centre for International Studies 

Thursday-Saturday, October 29-31
Department of Performing Arts presents Kiss Me, Kate
Directed by Catherine McNeela, Choreography by Lynne Kurdziel Formato, Music Direction by Nathaniel Fox Beversluis
McCrary Theatre, Thursday-Saturday, 7:30 p.m.

Taking its inspiration from Shakespeare, Kiss Me, Kate recounts the backstage and onstage antics of two feuding romantic couples during a touring production of The Taming of the Shrew. Sparkling with 18 classic Cole Porter songs - including "Another Op'nin, Another Show," "Always True to You in My Fashion," and "Too Darn Hot" - Kiss Me, Kate epitomizes the Broadway musical comedy at its irresistible best.

Admission: $12 or Elon ID. Tickets available October 8.