April Arts and Events at Plymouth State University
[All images from the 2010 BFA Exhibition opening April 21]
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1 Lecture: “Saving the Mountains: Joseph B Walker, Phillip Ayers and the Weeks Act of 1911.” Marcia Schmidt Blaine. 4 p.m., Heritage Commons.
1 Sidore Lecture Series: Maude Barlow. 7 p.m. Silver Center Smith Recital Hall. (Rescheduled from March 2) Barlow, national chairperson of the Council of Canadians and founder of the Blue Planet Project will discuss “The Global Water Crisis and the Fight to Stop the Corporate Theft of the World’s Water.” Barlow asks whether water is a market commodity to be put on the open market for sale, like running shoes, or is it a public trust and a human right? On one side of the debate are the World Bank, many First World governments, and large water transnationals like Coca-Cola and Nestlé. On the other side, a global water justice movement of people and communities determined to take back control of life-giving local water sources fights the market commodity concept. Barlow will share her experiences at the heart of this debate.
Contact: Professor Mark J. Fischler, (603) 535-2474. Free tickets at Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-ARTS (2787) or (800) 779-3869.
6 Guest Artist. Painter Erin Murray. 3:30–4:30 p.m. informal discussion in Collins Gallery, D&M Building second floor; formal talk 6:30–7:30 p.m. D & M 314. A reception will follow. Murray says the narrative of her work content directly reflects issues she believes we, as a society, mask and avoid. Her paintings are about women—about the rituals women create and perpetuate. Hosted by the PSU Department of Art; the Art Club; the Sexuality, Anti-Violence, Gender and Equity (SAGE) organization and the Women’s Studies Council.
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6 PSU Guitar Ensemble. 7 p.m. Silver Center Smith Recital Hall. The seven-member PSU Guitar Ensemble will perform a program of jazz standards, a classical work and an original composition. Free tickets for the Guitar Ensemble concert are available at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-ARTS (2787) or (800) 779-3869. Contact: Jim Alba at firstname.lastname@example.org.
8 Silver Series: Natraj. 7 p.m. Silver Center for the Arts. Natraj seamlessly melds the classical music of India, traditional music from West Africa and contemporary jazz to create its own unique and infectious style. Hard-driving African grooves and graceful Indian ragas meet in the band’s expansive jazz conception. Natraj is online at sonicbids.com/Natraj. Tickets are $25 for adults, $23 for seniors and $13 for youth at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-ARTS (2787) or (800) 779-3869. Contact: Diane Jeffrey, (603) 535-2874 or email@example.com.
13 Sidore Lecture Series: Adam Jones. 7 p.m. Silver Center Smith Recital Hall. An internationally recognized expert in Holocaust and genocide studies, Jones will speak on “The Future of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity.” He says, “The laws regarding genocide and crimes against humanity are intimately interlinked, arising from the same impulse to establish international humanitarian norms and laws that have developed over the past century. Jones will outline the laws pertaining to genocide and crimes against humanity, explore their areas of crossover and mutual influence, and gauge what the future holds in both the legal and social-political spheres for these attempts to grasp and confront some of humanity’s most enduring evils. Free tickets at Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-ARTS (2787) or (800) 779-3869. Contact: Professor Mark J. Fischler, (603) 535-2474.
9 •Speaker: “Stories of New Hampshire and the Forests.” Rebecca Rule. 2¬–3:30 p.m., Plymouth Regional Senior Center, downtown Plymouth.
15-18 Student Theatre: Marat/Sade. Silver Center. The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade, also known by the abbreviated title Marat/Sade, is the story of the imprisonment of the infamous Marquis de Sade for endangering public morals. The prison/asylum allows the patients to perform plays as therapy, so the Marquis sets out to dramatize the murder of French Revolutionary Marat. With a cast of sociopaths, schizophrenics and narcoleptic, the play is a wild celebration of insanity and a terrifying re-enactment of historic events. Recommended for mature audiences. Performances April 15-17 at 8 p.m., April 17 at 2 p.m. and April 18 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $8 for youth at the Silver Center Box Office,, (603) 535-ARTS (2787) or (800) 779-3869. Contact: Elizabeth Cox, firstname.lastname@example.org or (603) 535-2499.
16&17 Medieval and Renaissance Forum: Time, Temporality, History More than 100 students and scholars of medieval and Renaissance culture will present their most recent research on topics ranging from the Apocalypse and church architecture to Robin Hood and brothels. Sessions will be held throughout the day in Rounds Hall. A mini Renaissance Fair, featuring chainmail workshops, a falconry demo, a smithing station, and a longbow archery demo, will be held on the HUB alumni green. Keynote speaker: Dr. Carolyn Dinshaw, professor of English/Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University. “How Soon is Now? Problems of the Present, Medieval and modern” at 1 p.m. on Sat. April 17in HUB MPR.
20 Eagle Pond Authors’ Series: Oni Buchanan. 7 p.m. Silver Center. An accomplished poet and pianist, Oni Buchanan wrote Spring, which was selected for the 2007 National Poetry Series. Her first poetry book, What Animal, won the University of Georgia Press Contemporary Poetry Series competition. Buchanan received the Stanley P. Young Fellowship in Poetry from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and was one of the Poetry Society of America’s New American Poets of 2005. A reception follows the reading. Free tickets at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-ARTS (2787) or (800) 779-3869. Contact: Diane Jeffrey, email@example.com or (603) 535-2874.
21 Gallery Opening. Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition. 4–6 p.m. Karl Drerup Art Gallery and Silver Center for the Arts. See below.
22 Women of Words. 7pm, Smith Recital Hall. Poetry and prose readings, sponsored by the Silver Center. Call for free tickets at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-ARTS (2787) or (800) 779-3869.
24 PSU Choirs: Fables and Folksongs. 8 p.m. Hanaway Theatre, Silver Center for the Arts. The PSU choirs, conducted by Professor Dan Perkins, present a delightful collection of Aesop’s fables and multicultural folksongs by Chilcott, Brahms and others. Tickets are $10–8 for adults, $9–7 for seniors and $7–5 for youth at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-ARTS (2787) or (800) 779-3869. Contact: Dan Perkins, firstname.lastname@example.org.
25 Chamber Recital. 4 p.m. Silver Center for the Arts. Carleen Graff, piano; Bozena O’Brien, violin and Donna Denniston, cello perform works for piano trio. Free tickets at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-ARTS (2787) or (800) 779-3869. Contact: Carleen Graff, (603) 535-2313 or email@example.com.
27 BFA Gallery Talk. 4–5 p.m. Drerup Gallery. See below.
27 PSU Student Jazz Ensembles. 7 p.m. Silver Center for the Arts. The PSU Jazz Combo and the Jazz Band perform a mix of small group and big band jazz from classic to contemporary. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and youth at Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-ARTS (2787) or (800) 779-3869. Contact: Tom Robinson, firstname.lastname@example.org.
28 BFA Gallery Talk. 4–5 p.m. Drerup Gallery. See below.
29 Silver Series: John McDermott. 7 p.m. Hanaway Theatre, Silver Center for the Arts. John McDermott started his professional singing career in his own band and as an opening act for The Chieftans, but it was The Irish Tenors on PBS in 1999 that catapulted McDermott into an international touring and recording phenomenon and the best-selling solo artist in Canada. His a cappella rendition of Danny Boy is thought by many to be the definitive performance of this iconic tune. McDermott’s latest release, Journeys—Bringing Buddy Home was recorded to help support fundraising for the Fisher House in Boston and launch the Canadian initiative for an outreach center for Canadian veterans. Additional information is online at johnmcdermott.com.
Tickets are $35-25 for adults, $33-23 for seniors and $25-15 for youth at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-ARTS (2787) or (800) 779-3869. Contact: Diane Jeffrey, email@example.com or (603) 535-2874.
Exhibitions — Contact: Karl Drerup Art Gallery
April 21–May 21 The Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition. Karl Drerup Art Gallery and Silver Center for the Arts. Opening reception April 21, 4¬–6 p.m. During their senior year, Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) candidates develop a body of work through which they explore a range of themes, styles and techniques. A committee of art faculty guides each student’s artistic progress and assists with the selection of a group of works to be featured in the annual BFA exhibition. Gallery talks 4¬–5 p.m. April 27 and 28 at the Drerup Gallery and 4¬–5 p.m. May 4 at the Silver Center. Contact: Karl Drerup Art Gallery, (603) 535-2416.
Through April 11. Protecting the Forest: The Weeks Act of 1911. Silver Center for the Arts.
Exhibition celebrates the centennial of the Weeks Act, which was signed into law in 1911 and authorized the federal government to purchase and maintain land as national forests. New Hampshire lands were among the first protected by the Weeks Act, which was named for Massachusetts Congressman John W. Weeks, a native of Lancaster, N.H. The Silver Center is open Monday – Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. and during performances. Contact: Karl Drerup Art Gallery, (603) 535-2416.
Through April 14. The Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition. Students from all levels of achievement share their work, presenting a glimpse of the process of transformation PSU students experience as they mature as artists. Professional jurors evaluate works in a variety of media. Exhibition opening reception March 17, 4–6 p.m. Gallery talk March 31, 4–5 p.m., “The Jurying Process.” The Karl Drerup Art Gallery is open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.; Wednesday, 10 a.m.–8 p.m. and by appointment; closed most holidays. Contact: Karl Drerup Art Gallery, (603) 535-2416.
Coming in May
2 PSU Symphonic Band
5 PSU Percussion Ensemble
6 PSU Biennial Piano Monster Concert
9 Pemi Choral Society: America the Beautiful
12 PSU Chamber Players
14&15 PSU Contemporary Dance Ensemble
15 Graduate Commencement
22 Undergraduate Commencement