Cultural Calendar, Spring 2010


Wednesday-Saturday, February 2-5
Department of Performing Arts presents Crimes of the Heart by Beth Henley
Directed by Fredrick J. Rubeck
Black Box Theatre, Wednesday-Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 2 and 7:30 p.m.

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, Henley's play teems with humanity and humore as it examines the plight of three women betrayed by their passions. In the end it is a story of how these characters escape the past to sieze the future with telling so true, touching and consistenly hilarious that it will linger in the mind after the lights have faded.

Admission: $12 or Elon ID. Reservations are highly recommended and will be taken beginning January 13.

Saturday, February 5
Marguerite Jay Gignoux, "Artist Reflections - Penland Connections"
Oak Grove Lounge, Belk Library, 2 p.m.

Artist talk and reception honoring Gignoux, known for art quilting and book arts, and a former Penland student, mentor and teacher. This event is in conjunciton with the Alamance Reads 2011 community book celebration of The Pleasure Was Mine by Tommy Hays. Gignoux's exhibition, Pages - Mixed Media Works, is on view in Belk Library through February 18.

Sponsored by Carol Grotnes Belk Library and Alamance Reads

Sunday, February 6
Ken Cowan, organ
Whitley Auditorium, 3 p.m.

Elon University celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Alyse Smith Cooper Casavant organ with a recital featuring Cowan, one of America's finest concert organists. Praised for his impeccable technique and imaginative programming, he performs at major concert venues across America, Canada and Europe. Cowan is a professor of organ at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ.

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

Monday, February 7
Faculty Art Exhibition, opening reception
Arts West, 12:30 p.m.

Faculty of Elon University's Department of Art will exhibit work in both university galleries (Arts West Gallery and Isabella Cannon Room). Exhibitions continue through March 2.

Sponsored by the Department of Art

Tuesday, February 8
Alex DeGrassi, guitar
Whitley Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

Recognized as one of the tope fingerstyle, steel-string acoustic guitarists, DeGrassi creates a canvas of sound unheard of in a solo performance, and his artistry takes the listener beyond the instrument.

Admission: $12 or Elon ID. Tickets available January 20.
Elon University Lyceum Series

Thursday-Sunday, February 10-13
Department of Performing Arts presents Rent by Jonathan Larson
Directed & Choreographed by Lynne Kurdziel Formato; Musical Direction by Nathaniel Fox Beversluis
McCrary Theatre, Thursday-Friday, 7:30 p.m. Saturday & Sunday, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

VIVA LA BOHEME! The Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning musical is a provocative, rocking show inspired by Puccini's classic that captures the heart of a generation as it celebrates art and art maker, counter culture otherness, life, love and faith in a group of friends on the verge of the millennium circa 1996.

Admission: $12 or Elon ID. Tickets available January 20.

Friday-Sunday, February 18-20
Black Box One Acts
Black Box Theatre, Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 2 and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m.

Performing arts majors take to the director's chair for a program of short plays.

Admission: $5 or Elon ID at the door. Note: Some of the plays may not be suitable for all audiences. Viewer discretion advised.

Saturday, February 19
The Evolution of Gospel Music
Whitley Auditorium, 4 p.m.

In celebration of Black History Month, local college choirs will put forth the history of gospel music through song and spoken word from the Negro spirituals to new age hip hop.

Admission: $2 or Elon ID at the door.

Sponsored by the Elon University Gospel Choir

Saturday, February 19
Elon University Jazz Festival Concert: The Blue and Green Project
McCrary Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

A mixed media presentation of new compositions by tenor saxophonist Jack Wilkins based in American roots music and influenced by Blue Ridge Mountain arts and culture. The musicians featured include Tom Brantley, trombone; Per Danielsen, piano; Jack Wilkins, and festival director Jon Metzger.

Sponsored by the Department of Music Jazz Studies Program

Monday, February 21
North Carolina's WWII Experience, film screening
Room 011, Iris Holt McEwen Building, 6 p.m.

Through remarkable archival film, photography and revealing personal interviews, a UNC-TV original production brings World War II experience to life and stands as a testament to the North Carolinians who served and sacrificed in our nation's battle to preserve freedom in the world.

Sponsored by elondocs

Monday, February 21
Rebecca Solnit, "A Paradise Built in Hell"
Whitley Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

Surveying five events from the 1906 San Francisco earthquake to 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina, Solnit examines how disaster throws people into a temporary utopia of changed states of mind and social possibilities. Solnit found the altruism after each of these occurences was consistent, resulting in much different accounts than those propelled by local and federal government reports and commercial media.

Sponsored by the Liberal Arts Forum

Tuesday, February 22
J.C. Watts, "Leadership Lessons from the Sidelines and Aisles of Congress"
McCrary Theatre, 7:30 p.m.
Isabella Cannon Distinguished Visiting Professor of Leadership Lecture

Replete with anecdotes and personal stories, Watts' message of self-determination and teamwork shows that now matter what the particular situation, anyone can be a leader. Drawing from his experiences as congressman and chairman of the House Republican Conference, quarterback of the Oklahoma Sooners and ordained minister, Watts explores leadership practices and tactical steps to achieve goals and dreams.

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

Thursday, February 24
Nordic Voices
Whitley Auditorium 7:30 p.m.

The international a cappella sensation will perform mediaeval through contemporary work polished with sophistication and a dash of humor.

Admission: $12 or Elon ID. Tickets available February 3.
Elon University Lyceum Series