Category: Arts

University Theatre present 'The Great Gatsby'

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Great-Gatsby.jpgOne of the blog's favorite American novels and fictional protagonists comes to the Fine Arts Theatre beginning November 6:

University Theatre at the University of Georgia will present "The Great Gatsby," adapted for the stage by Simon Levy from F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel and directed by T. Anthony Marotta, on Nov. 6-8 and 12-14 at 8 p.m. with matinee performances Nov. 9 and 16 at 2:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Theatre.

Additional events surrounding this Spotlight on the Arts feature include a small opening night reception Nov. 6, "A Party with Gatsby" Nov. 7 and a special matinee for area high school groups Nov. 11.

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When Fitzgerald published the novel in 1925, "it was written about and gifted to a generation that, for the first time in America's history, was under the spell of the media," Marotta explained. "Americans were suddenly being supplied with a stream of images depicting how the ‘haves' look and live. We, mostly the ‘have-nots', have been watching closely ever since.

"While the era may look different and seem far away, we have much in common with people in this play, and the expectations they project onto the American Dream."

To make the connection between the past and the present, Marotta's team is creating an immersive experience in which audience members will be offered the option to receive text messages that supplement the action onstage during the performance. There will be a "phone-free" area for patrons that wish to opt out of this supplementary feature of the production.

Spotlight on the Arts, and how. This wonderfully ambitious production will be one of the great highlights not just of this year's festival but of the academic year. Good luck to our students and faculty. Let's come out and enjoy this great effort. Tickets here.

Graduate Acting Ensemble: Danny and the Deep Blue Sea

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Danny.pngThe Graduate Acting Ensemble in the department of theatre and film studies will present a two-night engagement Oct. 21-22 in the Cellar Theatre of the Fine Arts Building - Danny and the Deep Blue Sea by John Patrick Shanley:

A violent maniac and a neglectful mother walk into a bar, but the only punch lines are the scars they carry with them. Danny wants to fight his way out of this vicious world, and Roberta wants punishment for her awful life choices. When they cross paths one night in a dingy Bronx bar, they might be each other's last hope for redemption.

Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door. The production contains adult content and themes, so discretion is advised. The Graduate Acting Ensemble is comprised of MFA students in the department and advised by professor Ray Paolino.

Spotlight on the Arts: Opera Theatre

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2014 spotlight.jpgWe'll be highlighting a few of the upcoming Spotlight on the Arts events, and first but not least is the UGA Opera Theatre production of 'Hansel and Gretel':

 University of Georgia Opera Theatre will present "Hansel and Gretel" in a three-night engagement Nov. 5-7 at 7:30 p.m. in Hodgson Concert Hall.

The performance, part of both the UGA Spotlight on the Arts Festival and the Hugh Hodgson School of Music's 2nd Thursday Scholarship Concert Series, also features the Georgia Children's Chorus, dance department and UGA Symphony Orchestra, conducted by professor Mark Cedel.

The quasi-children's opera is the best-known work of 19th century German composer Engelbert Humperdinck.

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UGA's production of the opera will be sung in English, using a libretto unique to the performance that draws upon several translations. Presented as a fully-staged concert production, the opera features Marisan Corsino as Hansel, Elisabeth Slaten as Gretel, Chalis Montgomery in the dual role of the mother and witch, Isaiah Feken as the father and Alexis Minogue as the Sandman and Dew Fairy, two spirits encountered by the children in the forest.

"Beyond beautiful singing, musical elements, melodies and an understanding of the text, I find the most important element in any opera to be the relationships between characters," Burchinal said. "You can dress things up in all manner of fantastic settings, but the characters' interaction is at the heart of whether or not we believe what is happening in the opera. The goal is to always find a way to create reality onstage."

That's what the spotlight is for - live performance on a stage, with music, costumes, singers and musicians. All with a great story. Come out and support our students and faculty in the Opera Theatre. It's a great experience, with extraordinarily skilled performers in a friendly environment. Step into the Spotlight. #UGASpotlight

Concert on the Lawn, Oct. 17

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The Concert on the Lawn has become a fall tradition on North campus, and the Hodgson Wind Ensemble will present the fifth installment this Friday, Oct. 17 at 12:30 p.m.

Enjoy an hour of good fellowship and fun at this free concert by the Hodgson Wind Ensemble and director of bands Cynthia Johnston Turner!

Begun in 2010, the program includes light classics, patriotic numbers, and beloved marches in the style of old-fashioned band concerts in the park. This year's repertoire includes Glinka's overture to Ruslan & Ludmilla; American classics such as Whistler and His Dog, The Stars & Stripes Forever, 76 Trombones, Circus Bee March, and America, the Beautiful; John WIlliam's famous Olympic Fanfare; Slava! by Leonard Bernstein; and medlies Disney at the Movies, Broadway Spectacular, andSelections from "The Wiz."

The event is free and open to the public—bring your blanket or lawn chair and a picnic lunch!

So much fun - and if you don't believe it, here's a video we made from the 2011 concert. Bring a chair and see you there.

 

 

Idea lab mini grants

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Idea Lab Mini Grants has issued a Call for Proposals
http://idealab.uga.edu
Idea Lab is a UGA student organization committed to providing an open, interdisciplinary platform for engagement in arts. UGA students from all disciplines are invited to apply for funding up to $500 to support new creative and collaborative projects. 
Selected projects will be assigned a mentor, receive regular feedback from Idea Lab members, and be featured during the ICE Conversation Series. 
Grant proposals should be sent via email to:
idealab@uga.edu 

Please include the following information:
- Title and brief description of proposed project (500 word maximum)
- List of project participants (include majors and year of study)
- Name of Lead Applicant (include majors and year of study)
- Project outcomes
- Itemized budget
Selection Criteria:
- Creative merit
- Extent of collaborative and interdisciplinary activity
- Feasibility 

All UGA students are eligible to apply. Lead Applicant must be a current UGA student. Deadline for grant proposals is midnight on November 2, 2014.
The Idea Lab Mini Grant Program is supported by Ideas for Creative Exploration (ICE), an interdisciplinary initiative for advanced research in the arts at UGA. ICE is supported in part by the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, and the Graduate School. For more information about ICE, visit: http://ice.uga.edu

Lauren Fensterstock lecture at the Dodd

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Fensterstock.jpgThe Lamar Dood School of Art welcomes Maine-based installation artist Lauren Fensterstock to campus for a lecture on Sept. 30 at 5:30 pm:

Based in Portland, Maine, Fensterstock is an artist, writer and curator whose work was the subject of a recent major solo exhibition at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, where she filled four rooms with cut paper flowers to create an immersive environment, and another at the Contemporary Austin in Austin, Texas. Her work is held in public and private collections in the U.S., Europe and Asia.

In her UGA lecture, Fensterstock plans to show examples from her work from the previous 15 years, a mixture of sculpture and installation.

"I'm going to share some of the research that I do-my work tends to come out of a lot of reading, and my interest in history," Fensterstock said. "So I'll talk about some of the historical references that inspire my work and then talk about my process and how my research and the making come together in these installations."

Fensterstock studied at the Parsons School of Design and SUNY New Paltz, and her background in metalsmithing and jewelry continue to play a role in her work.

Hodgson Wind Ensemble - selections from West Side Story

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WestSide.jpgThe Hodgson Wind Ensemble presents a special Second Thursday Scholarship Series concert on Oct. 9, with a program featuring selections from "West Side Story."

The concert also marks the Second Thursday debut of new director of bands in the Hodgson School of Music, Cynthia Johnston-Turner, with a program of music written entirely by American composers.:

 Selections include Joan Tower’s Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman, No. 2, John Adams’ Short Ride in a Fast Machine, Slava!, and Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, both compositions by Leonard Bernstein.

“Jazz is America’s music, and the work of Bernstein and Adams tap into that genre,” said Turner, who began her position at the Hugh Hodgson School of Music this fall. “It’s exciting, gritty music with artistic value that appeals to this country’s aesthetic, and their inclusion makes for an uplifting, fun performance.”

The performance also features graduate conducting students Tyler Ehrlich and Jack Eaddy, Jr., as well as special guest soloist Pamela Mia Paul for the Georgia premiere of Steven Bryant’s Concerto for Piano.

The renaming of the University of Georgia Wind Ensemble to the Hodgson Wind Ensemble represents the new direction and vision Turner has for the group. In addition to this rebranding, Johnston Turner has changed the ensemble’s structure, reducing the number of performers to one-per-part.

“Excellence has its place,” said Turner. “These are the finest wind musicians here, and reducing the instrumentation encourages more ownership and responsibility, in addition to pushing students to be more sensitive musicians. It’s structured like a chamber ensemble—though that doesn’t mean we still can’t get quite loud when appropriate.”

Get your tickets today to enjoy a fantastic evening of music and welcome Dr. Johnston-Turner to the Second Thursday tradition. Bravo, Hodgson School.

Pavlić awarded National Poetry Series prize

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pavlicv2.jpgProfessor Ed Pavlić is one of our most accomplished faculty members, and even as a star among many, his sterling accomplishments as a poet, critic and cultural interlocutor stand out. His impressive resume recently received another bolded line as a winner of the Open Competition from the NPS for 2014:

The National Poetry Series recently announced the five winners of its 2014 Open Competition, which included "Let's Let That Are Not Yet: Inferno" by the University of Georgia's Ed Pavlić, a professor of English and creative writing in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences.

The National Poetry Series arranges publication of the winning books, scheduled to be released in summer 2015. The prize also includes a cash award, which has been raised to $10,000 from $1,000 thanks to a grant from the Lannan Foundation, which has awarded literary prizes since 1989.

About 1,200 manuscripts are entered for the open competition each year.

"Since the late 1970s, arguably more than any other American literary institution, the National Poetry Series has helped produce and publicize a portrait of our culture's real diversity, which is also its actuality," Pavlić said. "In a culture in which evidence, everywhere, seems designed, chillingly, to prove that all power is financial power and that all news is, at bottom, financial news, the Lannan Foundation's generous support of the NPS supports one crucial-at times seemingly powerless-need of the culture: that it be empowered, in ways against itself, for itself."

And indeed that is no small thing. In a society where money serves as the great indicator, it is notable that the NPS prize has been pushed into wider recognition with the increased prize purse. The publication of "Lets Let That Are Not Yet: Inferno" by Fence Books is the more important aspect, but if more people pay attention because of the added cultural currency (sorry), then all the better. Great job and congratulations to Pavlić.

 

Athens Photographers at the Dodd

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Lachowski-PhotoTopos1-Canon-AF35ML.jpgFriday evening, September 12 is a big evening for openings at the Lamar Dodd School of Art galleries, which will open four new exhibitions at once with a reception beginning at 6 p.m.:

LDSOA Galleries celebrates the opening of four new exhibitions: Ry Rocklen: Local Color in Gallery 307; Photo Topos 1 featuring Rinne Allen, Michael Lachowski, and Carl Martin in Gallery 101, Zipporah Thompson: Menagerie in the Suite Gallery, and Jessica Machacek + Ella Weber: Suspended Preservatives in the Plaza & Bridge Galleries

The Photo Topos 1 show, curated by Dodd associate director Asen Kirin, is of particular interest as it showcases the work of three prominent Athens photographers and represents a new direction for the Galleries. Lots of great work. See you at the Dodd tomorrow.

Image: Michael Lachowski: Canon AF35ML 1982, 2014

Sculptor Ry Rocklen to lecture September 9

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RyR.jpgVisiting artist and Gallery Artist-in-Resident Ry Rocklen will discuss the work he has created while in Athens as well as comment on his recent sculptural pieces in porcelain and his furniture enterprise Trophy Modern. Rocklen's exhibition of work, Local Color, made largely in tandem with students at the Lamar Dodd School of Art will open on September 12th in Gallery 307. His lecture is on Tuesday Sept. 9 at 5:30 p.m. in room S151 of the Dodd:

Rocklen began his career studying with Charles Ray at the University of California, Los Angeles, and continued at the University of Southern California where he received his Master of Fine Arts degree. Rocklen has exhibited his work nationally and internationally, most recently holding solo exhibitions at Praz-Delavallade in Paris, France, and UNTITLED in New York. His work is in the collections of the Thomas J. Watson Library at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and the MoCA Library at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.