JMU Calendar of Events: October 2014

jamesmadisonlogopurplepcOctober 2014 Calendar of Events
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Oct. 1-31: Art in the Arboretum, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, Frances Plecker Education Center, Edith J. Carrier Arboretum: Artist and educator Jewel Yoder Hertzler, who recently retired from teaching at Broadway High School, exhibits encaustic and oil paintings that reveal the play of light on color-rich tress and rocks, mountains and valleys. For information, checkhttp://www.jmu.edu/arboretum or call (540) 568-3194. Free.

Oct. 1-Dec. 16: Seventh Annual Area Youth Art Exhibition, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, Memorial Hall first and second floors: More than 120 works of art created by students from Harrisonburg City Public Schools, Eastern Mennonite School, Redeemer Classical School and Woodland Montessori School showcase creativity and talent. Area art teachers select some of their prekindergarten through high school students’ best work for this open exhibition, which includes a wide range of media. Supported by JMU’s College of Education. Free. For more information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/coe/aayae2014.shtml.

Oct. 1-31: The Art of the Puppet, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday and by appointment, Institute for Visual Studies, Room 208, Roop Hall: This exhibition explores the art of both puppet making and performance. Visitors will see a range of puppets including marionettes and shadow puppets, and have the chance to create their own. Opening reception Sept. 9 at 11 a.m. in the institute. For information, call (540) 568-5656.

Oct. 1-3: Celebrating Furious Flower Exhibit, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday, James and Gladys Kemp Lisanby Museum, Room 1108, Festival Conference and Student Center: Celebrating Furious Flower and the Art of Malaika Favorite Exhibit. Curated by Dr. Maureen Shanahan. For information, call (540) 568-5577.

Oct. 1-10: Wole Lagunju Exhibition, noon-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 2-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Duke Hall Gallery of Fine Art: Wole Lagunju hails from Nigeria and now lives in North Carolina. His works are in the collection of institutions such as the World Bank and the Denver Art Museum as well as the image bank of the Pollack-Krasner Foundation. Lagunju, a lavish user of paint, uses acrylic liberally to fuse on canvas tradition and modernity, Yoruba icons unite with Euro-American iconic images, and modernity is defined by his Afro-diasporic sensibilities. Time collapses as Lagunju merges images from the Victorian era with Yoruba Gelede to create intriguing paintings, and as pop-culture becomes bedfellows with archetypal imagery in his kaleidoscopic works. Such genre-bending works speak to the notions of identity, gender, power, and difference. They also generate conversations about multiculturalism, globalization and transcultural ethos. For information, call (540) 568-6918.

Oct. 1-10: Martyr of Dixie Exhibition, noon-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday, noon-4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, New Image Gallery, 131 Grace St.: The gallery presents the Martyr of Dixie Exhibition featuring Artist Pat Jarrett. A religious zealot who led an inferior army to victory against the United States, Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson did not live to lose the Civil War. He was martyred by friendly fire while on patrol during the battle of Chancellorsville. Because he died at the height of his career, he is remembered more fondly than almost any figure in the Civil War in the South. From the myth that he enjoyed sucking on lemons in battle to the headstone for his amputated left arm, Jackson’s legacy lives on today. The Stonewall Brigade Band still plays at the bandstand of the same name in Staunton’s Gypsy Hill Park and hundreds still march to honor the man during Lee-Jackson Day festivities in Lexington every year.
Pat Jarrett is a photographer and digital media specialist with the Virginia Folklife Program, so he typically shoots with one eye toward the past. He uses digital photography and printing to create the photographs. His project about Stonewall Jackson is still in progress. For information, call (540) 568-7175.

Oct. 4: “Jazz 4 Justice,” 8 p.m., Concert Hall, Forbes Center for the Performing Arts: Featuring the JMU Jazz Ensemble and faculty. This concert featuring hits from the big-band swing era is in cooperation with Virginia State Bar’s Diversity Conference, and benefits Blue Ridge Legal Services and JMU’s School of Music scholarships. For tickets and further information, visithttps://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2014/10/04-jazz-justice.shtml.

Oct. 7-12: “Gone Missing,” 8 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Studio Theatre, Forbes Center for the Performing Arts: Dubbed a “cunningly constructed show” by The New York Times, “Gone Missing” is a wry and whimsical documentary musical about things that go missing: keys, personal identification, a Gucci pump or one’s mind. Written by Steve Cossan from interviews by the Civilians. Music and lyrics by Michael Friedman. For tickets and further information, visit https://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2014/10/07-gone-missing.shtml.

Oct. 8: Visiting Scholars Program Lecturer Andrew Morris-Singer, 6:30 p.m., Room 2301, Health and Human Services Building: Andrew Morris-Singer, physician; instructor, Harvard Medical School; president and principal founder, Primary Care Progress, presents “Revitalizing Primary Care: All Hands on Deck.” Sponsored by the College of Arts and Letters. For information, call(540) 568-6472. Free.

Oct. 10: Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood: Two Man Group, 8 p.m., Wilson Hall Auditorium: These stars of the Emmy-nominated “Who’s Line Is it Anyway?” team up to present an evening of extraordinary improvisational comedy. For tickets and further information, visit https://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2014/10/10-colin-and-brad.shtml.

Oct. 11: JMU Pops! Music from Stage and Screen, 8:30 p.m., JMU Convocation Center: Some of JMU’s finest ensembles perform music from “Riverdance,” a medley of James Bond themes, John Williams’ unforgettable “Star Wars Suite,” plus songs from “Les Miserables” and Gershwin favorites. For tickets and further information, visit https://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2014/10/11-jmu-pops.shtml.

Oct. 13-Dec. 12: “Beyond the 300: The Classical World and You,” 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday, James and Gladys Kemp Lisanby Museum, Room 1108, Festival Conference and Student Center: Learn how Greek and Roman ideas on religion, politics and medical practices have been adopted into today’s culture. For more information, visit https://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2014/10/13-beyond-the-300.shtml. Free.

Oct. 13: Visiting Scholars Program Lecturer Ed Sarah, 7 p.m., Room 2105, Harrison Hall: Ed Sarah, professor of music and director of the program in creativity and consciousness studies, presents “Creativity, Consciousness and the Future of Education: Jazz as Change in the 21st Century Academy.” Sponsored by the College of Arts and Letters. For information, call (540) 568-6472. Free.

Oct. 14: Marianne Gedigian, flute, 8 p.m., Recital Hall, Forbes Center for the Performing Arts: Having served as acting principal flute with the Pittsburgh Symphony, Boston Pops Orchestra and Boston Symphony Orchestra, Gedigian can be heard on dozens of “Evening at Pops” television broadcasts and on the soundtracks for “Saving Private Ryan” and “Schindler’s List.” For tickets and further information, visit https://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2014/10/14-marianne-gedigian.shtml.

Oct. 16: Madison Vision Series: Jeff Rosen, 3-4 p.m., Concert Hall, Forbes Center for the Performing Arts: The Office of the President, in conjunction with the Madison Institutes of JMU Outreach and Engagement, welcomes Jeff Rosen. Rosen became president and chief executive officer of the National Constitution Center in 2013. He is a law professor at George Washington University as well as a noted journalist whose essays and commentaries have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly and The New Yorker and on National Public Radio. This event is free and open to the public.

Oct. 20-Dec. 5: Rebecca Kamen Sculpture, noon-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 2-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Duke Hall Gallery of Fine Art: Kamen has exhibited and lectured both nationally and internationally in China, Hong Kong and Egypt. Her work explores the nexus of art and science, and is informed by wide-ranging research into chemistry, cosmology, spirituality and philosophy – and the investigation of rare books and manuscripts. She is the recipient of a Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship, among others, and her work is represented in many private and public collections. For information, call (540) 568-6918. Free.

Oct. 20-Dec. 5: Richard Robinson, “Rothstein’s First Assignment,” noon-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday, noon-4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, New Image Gallery, 131 Grace St.: This re-photographic project by Richard Robinson, an award-winning photographer and filmmaker based near Charlottesville, Va., documents the first assignment of Arthur Rothstein at Shenandoah National Park. For more information, visit https://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2014/10/20-richard-robinson.shtml. Free.

Oct. 21: JMU Symphonic Band, 8 p.m., Concert Hall, Forbes Center for the Performing Arts: For tickets, visithttps://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2014/10/21-symphonic-band.shtml.

Oct. 23: Visiting Scholars Program Lecturer Caty Borum Chatto, 7 p.m., Room 2105, Harrison Hall: Caty Borum Chatto, professor of public communication and executive in residence, School of Communication, American University, presents “Designing for Impact: A Strategic Approach to Storytelling.” Sponsored by the College of Arts and Letters. For information, call(540) 568-6472. Free.

Oct. 24: JMU Madison Singers and Chorale, 8 p.m., Concert Hall, Forbes Center for the Performing Arts: For tickets, visithttps://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2014/10/24-madison-singers-chorale.shtml.

Oct. 26: JMU Symphony Orchestra, 2 p.m., Concert Hall, Forbes Center for the Performing Arts: For tickets, visithttps://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2014/10/26-symphony-orchestra.shtml.

Oct. 27: Visiting Scholars Program Lecturer Alice Honig, 3 p.m., Memorial Hall Auditorium: Alice Honig, professor emerita, Syracuse University, presents “Infant Mental Health: Insurance for our Future.” Sponsored by the College of Arts and Letters. For information, call (540) 568-6472. Free.

Oct. 27: JMU Percussion Ensemble, 8 p.m., Concert Hall, Forbes Center for the Performing Arts: For tickets, visithttps://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2014/10/27-percussion-ensemble.shtml.

Oct. 28-Nov. 1: “Machinal,” 8 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 2 and 8 p.m., Saturday, Mainstage Theatre, Forbes Center for the Performing Arts: Written by Sophie Treadwell. Suffocated by her manipulative mother, overbearing husband and the dehumanizing industrialism that drives Prohibition-era New York City, a “Young Woman” makes the ultimate bid for freedom. For tickets and further information, visit https://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2014/10/28-machinal.shtml.

Oct. 30: Visiting Scholars Program Lecturer Charles Morgan, 7 p.m., Room 1261, Harrison Hall: Charles Morgan, research psychiatrist/associate clinical professor of psychiatry at Yale University, presents “Stress vulnerability and stress reliance; why people differ in their responses to traumatic events: Insights from psycho-neurological studies of Special Forces.” Sponsored by the College of Arts and Letters. For information, call (540) 568-6472. Free.

Oct. 30: JMU Wind Symphony, 8 p.m., Concert Hall, Forbes Center for the Performing Arts: For tickets, visit https://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2014/10/30-wind-symphony.shtml.

Oct. 31Nov. 2: Homecoming. A weekend full of fun activities is planned, including the Annual Homecoming Alumni Golf Tournament, Homecoming Headquarters, the JMU vs. William & Mary football game with new head coach Everett Withers and post-game dance party with the ’80s cover band, The Reflex.

Attractions

Edith J. Carrier Arboretum, open daily dawn to dusk, off University Boulevard: Contains a wide variety of trees and plants native to Virginia; call (540) 568-3194 for tours; free.

“Dressing for Education: Carrier Library’s Diamond Jubilee 1939-2014” Exhibition, open during all library hours through spring semester 2015, historic west wing of Carrier Library: Presented by JMU Libraries and Educational Technologies, the exhibition features artifacts, images and ephemera from Special Collections paired with items from the School of Theatre and Dance’s Historic Clothing Collection. Additional images provided by the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society and JMU Facilities Management. Come experience campus fashion, technology and architecture circa 1939. Free.

JMU Meteorite Collection, open daily, first- and second-floor hallways, Physics and Chemistry Building: Features fragments of meteoroids that survived passage through the atmosphere to fall to the earth’s surface as masses of metal or stone; includes specimens from Diablo Canyon, Ariz., the Sahara Desert and the Central European Strewn Field; free.

Masks from Around the World Collection at the College of Education, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, lobby of War Memorial Auditorium, Memorial Hall: Featuring 50 masks, this collection was donated to the college for use by its students interested in studying the interplay between cultural ideals and masks; the collection includes masks used in performance, masks of Asia and masks of Europe; for information and to view the online gallery, see http://www.jmu.edu/coe; free.

JMU Mineral Museum, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, Room 6139, Memorial Hall: The Department of Geology and Environmental Science opens its collection of over 550 crystals and gemstones from around the world to the public; for information, call (540) 568-6130; free.

JMU Libraries and Educational Technologies’ Special Collections, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Thursday and by appointment, Room 207, Carrier Library: Features manuscripts, rare books and periodicals, oral histories and other resources for study, including many acquisitions focusing on the Central Shenandoah Valley; for information, call (540) 568-3612 or send email to library-special@jmu.edu; free.

John C. Wells Planetarium, Miller Hall: The planetarium offers full-dome shows and special events for the public; groups can schedule visits by calling (540) 568-4071; check the planetarium’s website at http://www.jmu.edu/planetarium/index.shtml for the latest information; free.



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