Department of Performing Arts presents “The Wolves” – a new play by Sarah DeLappe

Tuesday – Saturday, February 4-8
Roberts Studio Theatre, Scott Studios at Arts West, Feb. 4-7, 7:30 p.m.;
Feb. 8, 2 p.m.

Directed by Kim Shively

After multiple successful off-Broadway runs, The Wolves, an exciting new play by Sarah DeLappe, comes to Elon! This fresh and raucous script chronicles one season of a girls’ indoor soccer team. The team warms-up and dribbles while dealing with the cut-throat, competitive world of high-school sports. As the teens straddle the unsteady terrain between adolescence and adulthood, they struggle and sweat their way through this funny and poignant 90-minute play. Adult language and themes. Not recommended for audiences under 13. Admission: $15 or Elon ID. Reservations are highly recommended and will be offered beginning January 11 at elonperformingarts.com or the Roberts Studio Reservation Line at (336) 278-5650.


CLOSED: Leigh Ann Halberg, artist talk and opening reception

Monday, February 10
Gallery 406, Arts West, 5:30 p.m.

The work in this exhibition includes a series of drawings/watercolors, Phenomenological Walks, leaf “prints” titled “in memoriam” and the Portable Contemplation Cube. All of these works originated from an artist friend’s suggestion to make work that elucidates her particular way of perceiving and understanding existence and experience. The works all incorporate what are recurring themes for her: those of semi-permeable membranes (what is let in and what is kept out), human perception (its marvels and insufficiencies), and the visual as a kind of a philosophy. Exhibition continues through March 27.


Tectonic Plates: Alamance County’s Science Café – Black holes: shedding light on eternal darkness

Tuesday, February 11
Fat Frogg Bar and Grill, 7 p.m.

Learn cutting edge science in a relaxed informal atmosphere without all the technical jargon. Programs held on the second Tuesday of each month (September through May). In February, Chris Richardson of Elon University, will speak on black holes and eternal darkness.

Information is available at https://www.facebook.com/TectonicPlatesScienceCafeAdmission is free; no ticket required. 


Lunar New Year

Thursday, February 13
McBride Gathering Space, 7 p.m.

Join the Asian-Pacific Student Association (APSA) as we usher in the Year of the Rat as part of our annual Lunar New Year festival! Activities will range from live performances to cultural stations including a calligraphy table, chopstick competitions, fortune-telling and more! Food will be provided and traditional Asian cuisines followed by a fan favorite, Boba Tea. Everyone is welcome at this free event! Sponsored by the Asian-Pacific Student Association, Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life, Elon International Society and the CREDE.


Tom Clynes, “The Art of Audacity”

Thursday, February 13
Whitley Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

National Geographic author and photographer Tom Clynes feels audacity is the missing ingredient in far too many endeavors. And yet, some people seem to possess it in abundance. Clynes brings audiences along on assignment to the most intriguing places on Earth and introduces the astonishing people who shaped once-ordinary lives into extraordinary, world-changing adventures: explorers, archaeologists, virus hunters, Ebola doctors and more – whose stories embody the spirit of adventure. Admission is free; no ticket required.


Holocaust Speaker Event – “Bittersweet Memories of Survival”

Thursday, February 13
McKinnon Hall, Moseley Center, 5:30 p.m.

Local Holocaust survivors Agnes and Robert Heller will share their personal story of survival in German-occupied Hungary during World War II. They were both born in Budapest, Hungary. Agnes Heller hid at the home of the Halmi family. Robert Heller also survived in hiding before moving to a house protected by the Swedish embassy and being helped by Raul Wallenberg. Both Hellers emerged from the Holocaust with a strong will to survive, and to build a new and successful life in the United States. While times were bitter, the end was sweet.

Ths special event recognizes International Holocaust Remembrance Day, an international Memorial Day observed on January 27, that marks the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi concentration and death camp.

The event is co-sponsored by Elon Hillel, Jewish Studies, Religious Studies, the Department of History and Geography, the Dean of Elon College, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Center for the Study of Religion, Culture, and Society, the Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life and Chabad Elon.


Department of Performing Arts presents “We Will Rock You”

Thursday – Sunday, February 13-16
McCrary Theatre, Center for the Arts, Feb. 13-15, 7:30 p.m., Feb. 16, 2 p.m.

Music and lyrics by Queen, Book by Ben Elton, Directed and Choreographed by Paul Stancato, Music Direction by Valerie Maze

Based on the songs of the British rock group Queen, this futurist comedy features more than 24 of Queen’s biggest hit songs, including We Are the Champions, Radio Ga Ga, I Want To Break Free, Somebody To Love, Killer Queen, Don’t Stop Me Know, Under Pressure, Bohemian Rhapsody, Another One Bites The Dust, and of course, We Will Rock You.

We Will Rock You tells the story of a globalized future without musical instruments. A handful of rock rebels, the Bohemians, fight against the all-powerful Globalsoft company and its boss, the Killer Queen. They fight for freedom, individuality and the rebirth of the age of rock. Scaramouche and Galileo, two young outsiders, cannot come to terms with the bleak conformist reality. They join the Bohemians and embark on the search to find the unlimited power of freedom, love and Rock! Admission: $15 or Elon ID. Tickets available beginning January 23 at the Center for the Arts Box Office. For ticket information, please call (336) 278-5610.


The Vagina Monologues

Friday, February 14
Whitley Auditorium, 6:30 and 9 p.m.

Based on V-Day founder/playwright Eve Ensler’s interviews with women of different ages, nationalities, ethnicities and circumstances, the monologues celebrate women’s sexuality and strength and are performed by Elon students as part of the National V-Day campaign to stop interpersonal violence. Sponsored by EFFECT. Admission: $5. Proceeds benefit CrossRoads Sexual Assault Response and Resource Center of Alamance County.  


The National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine
Volodymyr Sirenko, conductor
Volodymyr Vynnytsky, piano

Wednesday, February 19
Schar Center, 7:30 p.m.

Elon University Lyceum Series

The National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine is considered to be one of the finest symphony orchestras in Eastern Europe. For their 2020 tour, the Grammy-nominated orchestra performs Lysenko (Taras Bulba Overture), Tchaikovsky (Piano Concert No. 1 in B-flat Minor, Op. 23) and Brahms (Symphony No. 4 in E Minor, Op. 98). Admission is free; no ticket required. 


2019 Ripple Interfaith Conference: Interfaith in the Real World – Cultivating Community Cooperation

Friday – Sunday February 21-23
Numen Lumen Pavilion, Check-in begins Friday at 4 p.m.

Ripple is an Elon student-created and student-led interfaith conference that seeks to, instead of simply talk about interfaith, make interfaith happen. Participants will engage in dialogue, reflection, and training through keynote speakers, panels, and interactive breakout workshops. This year’s Ripple theme “Interfaith in the Real World: Cultivating Community Cooperation” will explore the value of engaging our diverse stories as a way of promoting rich interfaith dialogue.

Registration/Admission: $20 for Elon faculty, staff, and students; $40 for students and $80 for faculty and staff from surrounding colleges and universities before the January 15th deadline. Register at rippleconference.orgSponsored by The Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life.


Elon Jazz Festival Concert featuring Andy Page, guitar, Phillip Whack, saxophone and the Brubeck Brothers Quartet

Saturday, February 22
McCrary Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

The annual Jazz Festival Concert is a show not to be missed and annually features a number of wonderful guest artists. Phillip Whack, Eastman Saxophones Performing and Recording Artist, and jazz guitarist Andy Page, currently on the music faculty at Appalachian State University, will serve as guest clinicians throughout the festival. The Saturday evening concert will combine the Elon Jazz Ensemble with the guest clinicians and a special appearance by the Brubeck Brothers Quartet. Chris and Dan Brubeck have been making music together for more than a half century, playing a variety of styles with a number of different groups, including with their father, jazz giant Dave Brubeck. Guitarist Mike DeMicco and pianist Chuck Lamb, complete the dynamic quartet. These versatile musicians will bring a very special night of large format jazz music to Elon University. Admission is free; no ticket required. 


Deliberative Dialogue: What Should We Do About the Opioid Epidemic?

Monday, February 24
Lakeside 212, Moseley Center, 4:30 p.m.

Drug abuse, a problem the United States has faced for decades, has sharply taken a more lethal turn with the rise of opioids – both legal pain killers, such as oxycodone and fentanyl, and illegal ones like heroin. Drug overdose is now the leading cause of death among Americans under 50. More than 64,000 Americans were killed by drug overdoses in 2016, according to the Centers for Disease Control. That is worse than the deaths in the entire Vietnam War.

A Deliberative Dialogue is an opportunity for students, faculty and staff to gather to exchange diverse views and experiences to seek a shared understanding of a challenge facing our society and to search for common ground for action. This spring’s dialogue will focus on the topic of the opioid crisis. The opioid epidemic sweeping the country affects virtually every American, directly or indirectly, often in deeply personal ways. This model has been established by the National Issues Forum, a nonpartisan, nationwide network of locally sponsored public forums for the consideration of public policy forums. Sponsored by Elon University’s Kernodle Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement and Council on Civic EngagementAdmission is free; Advanced registration is required at this link


Khyati Y. Joshi, “White Christian Privilege: The Illusion of Religious Equality in America”

Monday, February 24
McBride Gathering Space, Numen Lumen Pavilion, 5:30 p.m.

The Smith-Chase Lecture in Religious Studies

Dr. Joshi will speak about the connections between Christian privilege and white supremacy. Dr. Joshi is a scholar and thought leader on the intersecting issues of race, religion and immigration in the U.S. Her writings, speeches and course work focus on promoting cultural and religious pluralism in the United States. Sponsored by the Religious Studies department. Admission is free; ticket not required.


Mardi Gras

Tuesday, February 25
McBride Gathering Space, 6 p.m.

Join us for a pancake supper and discussion of Lenten practices in diverse Christian traditions. All are welcome. Sponsored by the Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life, Catholic Campus Ministry, and LEAF (Lutherans, Episcopalians, and Friends). Admission is free.


Department of Performing Arts presents Black History Month Dance Concert

Tuesday, February 25
McCrary Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

Directed and choreographed by Nekeshia Wall

A dance concert observing and celebrating Black History Month. The concert will feature performances by students who accompanied Professor Wall to Ghana over the winter term. Admission is free; ticket not required.


Ash Wednesday Observances

Wednesday, February 26
Elon Community Church, 12:15 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
Sacred Space service, Numen Lumen Pavilion, 3:30 p.m.

All are welcome to receive ashes during a worship service beginning the Christian season of Lent. The 12:15 p.m. worship is ecumenical (Protestant and Catholic), and the 9:00 p.m. service is Catholic Mass. A shorter Ash Wednesday service is also available in the Sacred Space service, Numen Lumen Pavilion, at 3:30 p.m. Sponsored by Catholic Campus Ministry, LEAF (Lutherans, Episcopalians, and Friends), and the Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life.


Take Back the Night – Survivor Speak Out

Thursday, February 27
Whitley Auditorium, 5:30 p.m.

The Gender & LGBTQIA Center invites campus and community members to show support as we create a space and opportunity for survivors to share their stories of gender-based violence, harassment and abuse. Confidential advocates will be available throughout the event to provide individual support. A reception follows the speak-out in Steers Pavilion with many campus and community resources, including confidential Violence Response, CrossRoads, Family Abuse Services, Counseling Services, the Title IX Office and student organizations. Sponsored by Gender and LGBTQIA Center. Admission is free; ticket not required.


Muslim Cool: Race, Religion and Hip Hop in the United States

Thursday, February 27
LaRose Digital Theatre, Koury Business Center, 7 p.m.

Dr. Su’ad Abdul Khabeer will offer a lecture and performance that explores the intersections of race, religion and popular culture. Su’ad is author of the critically acclaimed book, Muslim Cool: Race, Religion and Hip Hop in the United States and the founder and Senior Editor of Sapelo Square, an award-winning website dedicated to comprehensive analysis of the Black Muslim experience in the United States. In 2018, she was named one of the 25 most influential Muslims in the United States by CNN. Dr. Su’ad is Associate Professor of American Culture and Director of Arab and Muslim American Studies at the University of Michigan. Admission is free; ticket not required.


Leading Women in Audio: Rising to the Challenge

Friday – Saturday, February 28&29
Arts West, Friday 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Two days of events designed for high school and college students, highlighting the contributions of women in the music and entertainment industry. Women from the audio community will present technical workshops, along with panel discussions on topics such as Professionalism, Facing Stereotypes and Career Development. On Saturday, an accompanying manufacturer expo will feature product exhibits, demonstration sessions and vendor presentations, along with connection time with local industry professionals. Sponsored by a grant from the Elon Fund for Excellence, Elon College, The College of Arts & Sciences, the Department of Music and the Music Production & Recording Area, and the Education Committee of the Audio Engineering Society. Admission is free but registration is required at www.elon.edu/u/leading-women-in-audio. For more information, contact LWIA@elon.edu.