Ever wonder what kinds of fun, artsy things are going on around campus? Well, here is a list of events happening during the rest of the semester for you to check out.
Starting with a reception at 6 p.m. on Nov. 3, the art and art history department is putting on an exhibition entitled “Chinese Paintings: Facsimile Reproductions from the National Palace Museum, Taipei, Taiwan.” Located at the Fine Arts Gallery in the Fine Arts Building, this is a display of exact copies of these historic Chinese scrolls that represent the height of the Chinese landscape painting tradition. These scrolls are a capstone project for students Elise Huff, Derry Jameson, Laurel McEuen, Cynthia Murphy, Kate Peteet and David Thomas Branch Pruit under the guidance of Assistant Professor Diana Tenckhoff. The exhibition goes until Nov. 24 and is open every day from 1 to 5 p.m. free of charge.
The weekend of Nov. 7 is Homecoming weekend, and to kick it off Austin’s Bob Schneider Band will be playing on the Mall starting at 9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 6. Opening for them at 8:30 p.m. is Mudphonic, featuring Southwestern alumnus John Branch. The next evening at 7 p.m. is the time honored tradition of Southwestern SING. If tickets aren’t already gone, come watch many of the organizations around campus perform a song and dance routine for a cash prize. The theme is “Southwestern Hall of Fame” and will be taking place in the Alma Thomas Theater.
On Tuesday, Nov. 9, the A. Frank Smith, Jr. Library will be hosting fiction writer Tobias Wolff for the annual Writer’s Voice Series. He will give a lecture titled “Saved by Stories: This Writer’s Life” at 8 p.m. that evening in the Alma Thomas Theater. The lecture is free, but you must reserve your ticket online on the library’s website.
With two showings, one on Friday, Nov. 13, and another on Saturday, Nov. 14, the SU Opera Theatre Ensemble is performing two short operas by American composer Gian Carlo Menotti. Entitled “The Telephone” and “The Medium,” this duo is sure to entertain you with its themes of comedy and tender tragedy. They will be performed in the Alma Thomas Theater and the cost is free. No needs to worry, all of the scenes are in English.
The SU Orchestra has a free performance on Sunday, Nov. 15, in the Alma Thomas Theater. It starts at 7 p.m. and goes until 9. It will be directed by Lois Ferrari.
Tuesday, Nov. 17, the Department of Music is hosting a concert with Nancy Zhou, violinist, and Kiyoshi Tamagawa on piano. The concert is free and will be held in the Alma Thomas Theater from 7 to 9 p.m.
Opening for the general public on Friday, Nov. 20, the SU Theater Department is putting on “Pinocchio: Theater for Young Audiences.” The show will run Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with performances at 7 p.m. on Friday and 3 p.m. on both weekend days. It is being held in the Jones Theater, and tickets can be picked up in the Box Office from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are complimentary for students, faculty and staff, and are $8-10 for community members. The play is the classic story of Pinocchio, the puppet turned live boy who is trying to find his way in the real world.
The SU Wind Ensemble is holding a free concert on Saturday, Nov. 21, at 7 p.m. in the Alma Thomas Theater. The concert will feature Susan Rider on trumpet, Eileen Meyer Russell on trombone, Jonathan Newman, composer and guest lecturer, and Lois Ferrari, conducting.
The following night, also at 7 p.m., the SU Chorale will be holding a performance in the Alma Thomas Theater, conducted by Kenny Sheppard. The event is free. And on Tuesday, Dec. 1, the SU Jazz Band will be performing, same time, same place, same price. They will be conducted by David Guidi.
With everything going on for the remainder of the semester, you shouldn’t ever complain of not having anything to do!