Kontras Quartet

Thursday, February 28
Whitley Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

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Ailey II

Thursday, March 7
McCrary Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

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David Hamlow: Archival Structure 5: Bricks

Monday, March 18
opening reception, Arts West Gallery, 12:30 p.m.
artist talk, Yeager Recital Hall, 5:30 p.m.

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Jimmy Webb

Thursday, March 14
Whitley Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

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William Chafe, “The Unfinished Journey: America Since World War II”

Tuesday, April 2
Whitley Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

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Grand Night

Friday & Saturday, April 5 - 6
Yeager Recital Hall, 6:30 and 8:30 p.m.

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February

Wednesday—Saturday, February 6-9
Department of Performing Arts presents Cloud Nine by Caryl Churchill
Directed by Fredrick J. Rubeck
Black Box Theatre, Wednesday-Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 2 and 7:30 p.m.

Cloud Nine both parodies and spoofs the Victorian Empire and its rigid attitudes, especially toward sex and gender. There is Clive, a British aristocrat; his wife Betty (played by a man); their daughter Victoria (a rag doll); Clive’s son Edward (played by a woman); and Joshua, a native servant who knows what is really going on. Admission: $12 or Elon ID. Reservations highly recommended and will be taken by calling (336) 278-5650. Note: Contains mature language and subject matter—viewer discretion is advised.


Monday, February 11th
The Faculty Biennial and the Art Kit, opening reception and discussion
Isabella Cannon Room, 5:30 p.m.

The studio faculty of the Art & Art History department exhibits current work surrounding the idea of the “art kit.” The concept has become pervasive in popular culture and whether it bolsters or breaks down the perceptions of contemporary art is one of many questions that may be addressed in this exhibition. During the reception, the faculty will share their approaches in a roundtable discussion. Exhibition continues through Tuesday, April 9.


Tuesday, February 12?
Polly Butler Cornelius, soprano; Carey Harwood, guitar, Inara Zandmane, piano
Whitley Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

Music by De Falla, Villa-Lobros, Paul Bowles and Vernon Duke. Sponsored by the Department of Music.


Thursday – Sunday, February 14-17
The Wild Party
Book, music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa; Direction and choreography by Lynne Kurdziel Formato; Musical direction by April Hill
McCrary Theatre, Thursday-Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m.

An exciting piece of contemporary musical theatre set in the hedonistic 1920’s just before the “crash” and described as “the ultimate show-biz party gone really wrong.” Filled with sex, drugs and some anachronistic nods to rock/blues/pop and R&B, The Wild Party is an interesting look into the deep, dark regions of human nature, propelled by song, dance and biting humor. Admission: $12 or Elon ID. Tickets available January 24. Note: Contains mature language and subject matter – viewer discretion is advised.


Monday, February 18
Colleen Choquette Raphael, Write/Writhe
opening reception, Arts West Gallery, 12:30 p.m.
artist talk, Yeager Recital Hall, 5:30 p.m.

Text, video and appropriated imagery meet at the intersection of delirium and logos, fluidity and stasis, memory and experience – the imaginary filament between an utterance and the word. Exhibition continues through Tuesday March 12.


Tuesday, February 19
James Tocco, piano
Whitley Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

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

Praised for his interpretations of Liszt as well as twentieth century composers, Italian-American virtuoso James Tocco is currently an Eminent Scholar and Professor at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. His return engagement at Elon includes works by Liszt, Erwin Schulhoff, Earl Wild and George Gershwin.Admission: $15 or Elon ID (RS). Tickets available January 29.


Wednesday, February 20
Billy Stevens, “Sincere Forms of Flattery: Blacks, Whites, and American Popular Music”
Whitley Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

American music is a natural outgrowth of the unique culture of the American South with its roots in slavery and the fusion of musical traditions brought from both Africa and Europe. Using musical instruments as well as rare recordings, Stevens discusses the relationship between jazz, blues, ragtime and gospel. This project is made possible by a grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and sponsored by Elon’s Black History Month steering committee.


Saturday, February 23
17th Annual Elon University Jazz Festival Concert
McCrary Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

The culmination of Elon’s week-long Jazz Festival features visiting guest artists/clinicians Glenn Cashman (tenor saxophone) and Richard Roeder (guitar) performing with the Elon University Jazz Ensemble directed by Festival Host Jon Metzger. Sponsored by the Department of Music and the Jazz Studies Program.


Monday, February 25
Cultural Sustainability in Tibet? Religion, Art and Identity in the 21st Century
panel discussion, Yeager Recital Hall, 7 p.m.
reception, Isabella Cannon Room, 8:30 p.m.
An interdisciplinary panel discusses the sustainability of Tibetan Buddhist identity in the wake of China's annexation of Tibet in 1949 and amidst increasing globalization today. It explores the role of religion in Sino-Tibetan relations, contemporary Tibetan art, and minority cultural rights. As a result, it serves as an invaluable primer to 'the Tibet question' in anticipation of the Honorable Arjia Rinpoche's visit to campus for Spring Convocation. Sponsored by Department of Religious Studies, Asian Studies, Political Science, Peace and Conflict Studies (formerly Non-Violence Studies), the Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life and the Office of the Faculty Diversity Fellow.


Tuesday, February 26
Courtnay Micots, “Architectural Displays of Prestige and Resistance in Colonial Ghana”
Yeager Recital Hall, 6 p.m.

Why do some old African buildings in coastal Ghana, West Africa look like stately British homes? This talk will explore the appropriation of British architectural elements in Ghanaian elite architecture constructed between the 1860s and 1920s. Anomabo, a historically-significant port town, serves as a microcosm for a Coastal Elite style that was popular in almost every major port city during the Colonial Period. Through careful analysis of the styles, history and patrons, these homes are revealed as markers of status that were refashioned in order to counter the growing authority of the British administration. Art History Lecture Series


Wednesday, February 27
Harriet Washington, “Medical Apartheid”
McCrary Theatre, 7:30 p.m.
Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present was the first social history of medical research with African Americans. Washington completed this work while a research fellow at Harvard Medical School, focusing upon the intersection of bioethics, medicine, and culture. Sponsored by the Liberal Arts Forum.


Thursday, February 28
Kontras Quartet
Whitley Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

The Mary Duke Biddle Chamber Series

KONTRAS means “contrasts” in violinist Francois Henkins’ native Afrikaans language. This ensemble met while members of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. Touring since 2009, KQ brings fresh interpretations of the established string quartet canon. The current resident string quartet of the Western Piedmont Symphony in Hickory, NC, visits Elon to perform works by Schumann, Shostakovich, and Schubert. Admission: $12 or Elon ID. Tickets available February 7. Elon University Lyceum Series