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Wesleyan University's Center for the Arts 
Calendar Listings for February 2012

Wesleyan University's Center for the Arts
283 Washington Terrace
Middletown, CT 06459
Email: boxoffice@wesleyan.edu
Phone: 860-685-3355

Type: Gallery Talk
Title of Event: A Late Christmas Gift Gallery Talk
Location: Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies
Date: Wednesday, February 1, 2012 at noon
Fee: FREE!
Phone: 860-685-2330
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/mansfield/exhibitions

Description: Curator Patrick Dowdey will discuss the exhibit, A Late Christmas Gift: Contemporary Prints from Japan. A luncheon buffet will be served.

Imagine a box of all kinds of ornaments that come to light up the snows of February. These 45 little images are a late-arriving Christmas gift from the contemporary print culture of Japan--from playful to reflective, from abstract to realist, from symbolic to descriptive. Together they are a charming and effective cure for the mid-winter blues.

Type: Gallery Reception
Title of Event: APOTHECARY (storehouse) Reception
Location: Davison Art Center
Date: Friday, February 3, 2012 from 5pm to 7pm; Gallery Talk by David Schorr at 5:30pm
Fee: FREE!
Phone: 860-685-2966
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/dac

Description: With more than 75 paintings on paper, this exhibition reveals the recent work of David Schorr, Wesleyan Professor of Art. Meticulously executed in gouache and silverpoint, the works in this series depict antique apothecary bottles, complete with mysterious labels such as Deep Dark Secrets, Sleepless Nights and Love Remembered. In the accompanying catalog, Phyllis Rose, Wesleyan Professor of English, Emerita, identifies the Shakespearean sources for labels such as Rough Magic and Present Mirth. Other labels remain obscure, tantalizing the viewer, for whom the bottles dance just out of reach.

Type: Theater
Title of Event: Great Small Works
Location: CFA Theater
Date: Friday, February 3 and Saturday, February 4, 2012 at 8pm
Fee: $15 general public; $12 senior citizens, Wesleyan faculty/staff, non-Wesleyan students; $6 Wesleyan students
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/cfa

Description: Co-founded in 1995 by Wesleyan alum Mark Sussman '85, the six artists of the New York-based collective of Great Small Works met through their associations with Vermont's Bread and Puppet Theater. The group draws on folk, avant-garde and popular theater traditions to address contemporary social issues. Performances at Wesleyan will include Three Graces, a cantastoria (picture-based storytelling work) in which three mythical graces--Harmony, Strategy and Splendor--float down to earth for an op-art romp inspired by Grace Paley, Grace Kelly, Grace Jones and Grace Lee Boggs; and Toy Theater of Terror As Usual, Episode 12: Desert and Ocean, a surreal serial drama using excerpted texts and images quickly cut from daily newspapers.

"[Great Small Works has] breathed new, pointed life into the form of toy theater."
-The Village Voice

Type: Workshop
Title of Event: Pojagi Workshop with Jinyoung Kim
Location: Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies
Date: Sunday, February 5, 2012 at 2pm
Fee: FREE! Registration required: contact Ann Gertz, 860-685-2330 or agertz@wesleyan.edu
Phone: 860-685-2330
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/mansfield/exhibitions

Description: Celebrate the Lunar New Year by learning the tradition of Korean patchwork (pojagi) and making traditional Korean pojagi by yourself. Participants in this hands-on workshop will explore unique Korean fabrics and how to adopt Korean pojagi into your everyday life. The traditional aesthetics of pojagi are related to both traditional American quilts and contemporary abstract painting. For ages 13 and up; mother-daughter participation encouraged. Jinyoung Kim is Gallery Director at The Korea Society and curator of the exhibitions 10,000 Threads: The Collected Works of Quilt Master Kim Haeja (2011) and Pojagi: Cloth, Color and Beyond (2009).

Type: Music
Title of Event: Karas String Quartet: Afternoon with Chamber Music
Location: The Russell House
Date: Sunday, February 5, 2012 at 3pm
Fee: FREE!
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/cfa

Description: The Karas String Quartet--violinist Cyrus Stevens, pianist Ruriko Kagiyama, violist Michael Wheeler--and guest cellist Julie Ribchinsky, Wesleyan Private Lessons Teacher, will perform the world premiere of the Wesleyan Concertante by William Zinn, as well as Mozart's Piano Quartet in g minor and other works.

Type: Theater Lecture
Title of Event: Theater After Wesleyan: Class of '06
Location: CFA Hall
Date: Monday, February 6, 2012 at 5pm
Fee: FREE!
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/cfa

Description: Four Wesleyan Theater alumni talk about their professional careers in acting, directing, dramaturgy and playwriting: Joshua Lubin-Levy (performer, scholar, dramaturg) is a doctoral candidate at New York University specializing in performances of historical memory; Anna Moench (playwright) is a member of the 2011 Emerging Writers Group at The Public Theater and Youngblood at Ensemble Studio Theatre; Kaneza Schaal (actor) performs nationally and internationally with The Wooster Group and Elevator Repair Service; Lily Whitsitt (director), M.F.A. in Directing from the California Institute of the Arts, is a Drama League Directing Fellow.

Type: Comedy
Title of Event: RISK!
Location: Crowell Concert Hall
Date: Friday, February 10, 2012 at 7pm & 10pm
Fee: $12 general public; $10 senior citizens, Wesleyan faculty/staff, non-Wesleyan students; $5 Wesleyan students
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/cfa

Description: Creator Kevin Allison (MTV's The State) will host two performances of RISK! featuring special guest headliner W. Kamau Bell (Comedy Central), as well as members of the Wesleyan community, dropping their "act" and telling their amazing true tales, showing sides of themselves that they never thought they'd dare to share in public. Watch a preview and hear podcasts from previous RISK! headliners such as Samantha Bee, Michael Ian Black, Kerri Kenney-Silver and Lisa Lampanelli at www.risk-show.com. Watch videos of W. Kamau Bell at www.wkamaubell.com. Co-sponsored by the Center for the Arts and Desperate Measures Improv(e) Comedy.

"Jaw-dropping, hysterically funny, and just plain touching."
–Slate.com

"W. Kamau Bell is ferociously funny!"
–Robin Williams
 
"W. Kamau Bell is the most important guy doing comedy right now. Do yourself a favor and go see him. He's got the most astute, hilarious and completely righteous material going and he's going to be a legend in his own lifetime like Richard Pryor and Lenny Bruce. Think Bill Hicks but slightly taller."
–Margaret Cho
 
"W. Kamau Bell is in the vanguard of a new era of American comedy for an unsettling, troubling, and strangely hopeful time. Firmly in the fearless tradition of Mort Sahl, Lenny Bruce, Richard Pryor, and Chris Rock. Comedy as common sense purged of the absurd hypocrisy that is Our America."
–Vernon Reid of the Grammy Award-winning band Living Colour

Type: Music
Title of Event: February Organ Fête
Location: Memorial Chapel
Date: Saturday, February 11, 2012 at 4pm
Fee: FREE!
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/cfa

Description: A mini-festival of organ music featuring some of the top players at Wesleyan. Brian Parks MA '09 will perform University Organist and Artist in Residence Ronald Ebrecht's editions of works by Maurice Durufle (1902-1986), including the Prelude Adagio and Choral Varie sur le Veni Creator Op. 4, and the monumental Suite Op. 5, and Wesleyan organ students will perform.

Type: Music
Title of Event: Music of Bresnick and Bruce
Location: Crowell Concert Hall
Date: Sunday, February 12, 2012 at 3pm
Fee: FREE!
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/cfa

Description: Flutists Helene Rosenblatt and Peter Standaart (Wesleyan Private Lessons Teacher), and pianist Neely Bruce, Professor of Music, will perform a program that includes premieres by Mr. Bruce and composer Martin Bresnick.

Type: Music
Title of Event: Graduate Recital: Maxwell Tfirn
Location: Crowell Concert Hall
Date: Friday, February 17, 2012 at 7pm
Fee: FREE!
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/cfa

Description: A graduate music recital by Maxwell Tfirn entitled “Pieces from Nature.

Type: Music
Title of Event: Senior Recital: Aaron Peisner
Location: Memorial Chapel
Date: Saturday, February 18, 2012 at 7pm
Fee: FREE!
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/cfa

Description: A senior music recital by Aaron Peisner entitled “Four Centuries of Choral Music.”

Type: Art Lecture
Title of Event: Approaching Apothecary: Lecture by Professor of Art David Schorr
Location: CFA Hall
Date: February 22, 2012 at 4:30pm
Fee: FREE!
Phone: 860-685-2966
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/dac

Description: Professor of Art David Schorr will talk about how he came to produce the exhibition APOTHECARY (storehouse).

Type: Spoken Word
Title of Event: An Evening of Spoken Word with Javon Johnson
Location: Crowell Concert Hall
Date: Thursday, February 23, 2012 at 8pm
Fee: $15 general public, $12 senior citizens, Wesleyan faculy/staff, non-Wesleyan students, $6 Wesleyan students
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/cfa

Description: Spoken word/slam poet Javon Johnson merges the sharp criticism of critical race and gender theory with comedy, lyricism and hip-hop rhyme schemes to discuss the power of words, communication and performance. Mr. Johnson has appeared on HBO's Def Poetry Jam and BET's Lyric Cafe, and he co-wrote the poetic narration for Showtime's basketball documentary Crossover. Co-sponsored by the Center for African American Studies.

"Javon Johnson's spoken-word performance of soul-baring lyrics and rapid-fire delivery brought the audience to its feet."
-University of Southern California News

Type: Music
Title of Event: Lionel Loueke Trio
Location: Crowell Concert Hall
Date: Saturday, February 25, 2012 at 8pm
Fee: $23 general public; $19 senior citizens, Wesleyan faculty/staff, non-Wesleyan students; $6 Wesleyan students
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/cfa

Description: Benin-born jazz guitarist and vocalist Lionel Loueke combines harmonic sophistication, soaring melodies and grounding in West African music to create a warm, intimate sound with his trio, which features Swedish-born bassist Massimo Biolcati and drummer Marcus Gilmore. Praised by mentor Herbie Hancock as "a musical painter," Loueke was featured on Hancock's album River: The Joni Letters (2007), which won Album of the Year and Best Contemporary Jazz Grammy Awards. A Crowell Concert Series event presented by the Music Department and the Center for the Arts. Co-sponsored by the Center for African American Studies and the Office of Diversity and Institutional Partnerships.

"His music rolls along with a feel-good sense of joy...a new Afro-jazz star."
-DownBeat magazine

Type: Theater
Title of Event: SPILL
Location: Fayerweather Beckham Hall
Date: Saturday, February 25, 2012 at 7pm & 10pm;
Sunday, February 26, 2012 at 2pm & 7pm
Fee: $12 general public; $10 senior citizens, Wesleyan faculty/staff, non-Wesleyan students; $5 Wesleyan students
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/cfa

Description: A collaboration between writer Leigh Fondakowski (The Laramie Project, The People's Temple, I Think I Like Girls) and visual artist Reeva Wortel (American Portrait Project), SPILL is a new play and installation that explores the true human and environmental cost of oil. SPILL is based in part on interviews with people from the Gulf Coast of southern Louisiana in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill of April 2010, the largest environmental disaster in United States history. The performances at Wesleyan are the first public showing of the art installation, featuring life-sized painted portraits of the interviewees, along with a choral reading of the play. SPILL was commissioned by the Center for the Arts with support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

"A pioneering work and a powerful stage event."
-Time magazine, on The Laramie Project

Ongoing Exhibitions at Wesleyan University

Type: Gallery Exhibition
Title of Event: Passing Time
Location: Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery
Date: Friday, January 27 through Sunday, March 4, 2012
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, noon-4pm
Fee: FREE!
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/zilkha

Description: The multiple and converging meanings of the phrase "passing time"--spending time, time to die--are explored in the evocative imagery of recent art by thirteen international artists working in video, photography, sculpture and works on paper. Some artists turn to sport, some to music; some refer to nature and its rhythms to explore concepts of time--short term, long term and terminating. Others partner with time itself in their making of art. Time is a concept that philosophers and physicists ponder. Time provides a framework that orders, measures and defines. We spend time, we waste it, we keep it; time flies, it drags. It is elastic in its perception--long when we are young, gaining momentum as we age. This exhibition explores the relationship between the time of our life and the time of the eons. The exhibit features works by Rineke Dijkstra (The Netherlands), Shaun Gladwell (Australia), Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Stefana McClure and Bill Viola (United States), among others. It will be guest-curated by Ginger Gregg Duggan and Judith Hoos Fox of C2 (curatorsquared).

Type: Gallery Exhibition
Title of Event: A Late Christmas Gift: Contemporary Prints from Japan
Location: Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies Gallery
Dates: Wednesday, February 1 through Friday, March 9, 2012
Hours: Tuesday–Sunday, Noon–4pm
Fee: FREE!
Phone: 860-685-2330
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/mansfield/exhibitions

Description: Imagine a box of all kinds of ornaments that come to light up the snows of February. These 45 little images are a late-arriving Christmas gift from the contemporary print culture of Japan--from playful to reflective, from abstract to realist, from symbolic to descriptive. Together they are a charming and effective cure for the mid-winter blues. This exhibit will be curated by Patrick Dowdey.

Type: Exhibition
Title of Event: APOTHECARY (storehouse): new paintings by David Schorr
Location: Davison Art Center
Dates: Friday, February 3 through Thursday, March 8, 2012
Hours: Tuesday–Sunday, Noon–4pm
Admission: FREE!
Phone: 860-685-2966
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/dac

Description: With more than 75 paintings on paper, this exhibition reveals the recent work of David Schorr, Wesleyan Professor of Art. Meticulously executed in gouache and silverpoint, the works in this series depict antique apothecary bottles, complete with mysterious labels such as Deep Dark Secrets, Sleepless Nights and Love Remembered. In the accompanying catalog, Phyllis Rose, Wesleyan Professor of English, Emerita, identifies the Shakespearean sources for labels such as Rough Magic and Present Mirth. Other labels remain obscure, tantalizing the viewer, for whom the bottles dance just out of reach.

About the Center for the Arts

Wesleyan University's Center for the Arts is an eleven-building complex on the Wesleyan campus that houses the departments of art and art history, dance, film studies, music, and theater. Opened in 1973, the CFA serves as a cultural center for the region, the state and New England. The Center includes the 400-seat Theater, the 260-seat Hall, the World Music Hall (a non-Western performance space), the 414-seat Crowell Concert Hall and the Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery.

The Center for the Arts gratefully acknowledges the support of its many generous funders and collaborators, including the Center for Creative Research, the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Middletown Commission on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New England Foundation for the Arts, as well as media sponsors the Hartford and New Haven Advocates, WESU 88.1FM, and WNPR.

For more information about Center for the Arts performances and events, please call (860) 685-3355, or visit http://www.wesleyan.edu/cfa.

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