Sept. 5-Oct. 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, check http://www.jmu.edu/arboretum or call (540) 568-3194. Free.
Sept. 5-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.
Sept. 5-Oct. 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.
Sept. 5-6: Christopher K. Morgan & Artists – Headlining the New Dance Festival, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Mainstage Theatre, Forbes Center for the Performing Arts: Christopher K. Morgan founded his professional contemporary dance company in 2011, the same year Dance Magazine named him “one of the six breakout choreographers in the United States.” This year’s festival features new works by Christopher K. Morgan & Artists and JMU’s award-winning dance faculty members. For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2014/09/05-christopher-morgan.shtml.
Sept. 8-Oct. 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. Opening reception Sept. 8 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the gallery. For information, call (540) 568-7175.
Sept. 9-Oct. 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.
Sept. 9: Storytime in the Understory, 11 a.m.-noon, Jurney Stage Garden, Edith J. Carrier Arboretum (rain location: Frances Plecker Education Center, Edith J. Carrier Arboretum): Young story enthusiasts will develop an understanding of the importance of nature from children’s literature selections. Bring a picnic blanket and picnic lunch for after story time and plan to explore miles of arboretum trails. No advance registration is needed. For information, check http://www.jmu.edu/arboretum or call (540) 568-3194. Free.
Sept. 12: EMERGENCY written and performed by Daniel Beaty, 8 p.m., Concert Hall: Forbes Center for the Performing Arts: “The most important new American drama since ‘Angels in America’” – NYTHEATRE.COM. A slave ship emerges in front of the Statue of Liberty sending New York City into a whirlwind of emotion in Daniel Beaty’s explosive, solo tour-de-force featuring slam poetry, multi-character transformation and song. One of the most acclaimed new playwrights and performers of our time, Beaty portrays a cast of 40 characters who all respond to the unexpected phenomenon. Through the characters’ individual responses to this surreal happening and their varied testimonies on identity and personal freedom, EMERGENCY weaves a stirring commentary on what it is to be human and the longing to be free. Adult content and language. For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2014/09/12-daniel-beaty-emergency.shtml.
Sept. 13: Remarkable Trees Field Trip, 7:45 a.m.-5 p.m., meeting in the parking lot at the Frances Plecker Education Center, Edith J. Carrier Arboretum: Enjoy a tour with destinations including viewing the Remarkable White Oak of the Oak Ridge Estate in Nelson County, a tree known to be about 400 years old. Then see the Lesesne State Forest where American chestnut restoration research in under way with the Virginia Department of Forestry. A $10 fee per person includes transportation and tour. To register by Sept. 10, check http://www.jmu.edu/arboretum or call (540) 568-3194.
Sept. 13: Children’s Monarch Migration Tagging Workshop, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Frances Plecker Education Center, Edith J. Carrier Arboretum: A workshop program with Linda Marchman, owner of Social Butterflies, teaches tagging for migratory monarch butterflies that emerged from their pupae. The program includes a lecture, a tagging demonstration and the release of butterflies to start migration from the arboretum. Beginning at noon, registrants also enjoy a butterfly craft activity with Gail Napora, creative activity facilitator, to create a memento of their released butterfly. Cost is $25. To register, check http://www.jmu.edu/arboretumor call (540) 568-3194.
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 [email protected]; 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.