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An Overview of the Arts: December 2013

"Art is not a thing; it is a way."

- Elbert Hubbard

December 4: A Bucknell Jazz Christmas with Steve Rudolph and Friends - 7:30 p.m., Bucknell Hall

Part of the Jazz at Bucknell Series, swinging holiday favorites with Steve Rudolph, piano; Peter Paulsen, bass; Tony Micelli, vibraphone; Jonathan Ragonese, saxophone; and Phil Haynes, percussion.

December 6 & 7: Fall Dance Concert - 8:00 p.m., Harvey Powers Theatre. Tickets $5 for students

The program features original works by faculty Er-Dong Hu, Kelly Knox and Dustyn Martincich; student choreographers; and guest artist Diane Coburn Bruning, founder and artistic director of the Chamber Dance Project in Washington, D.C.

December 7: Natalie MacMaster, Cape Breton Christmas - 7:30 p.m., Weis Center. Tickets $10 for students

Equally at home on the concert stage or at a folk festival, Cape Breton fiddler Natalie is one of the most versatile and exciting young musicians on both the Folk music and Celtic music scenes. Natalie's many projects have seen her collaborate and perform with Alison Krauss, the Chieftains, Paul Simon, and Pavarotti.

December 7: Fiona Powell Storytelling for Children - 2:00 p.m., 
Bucknell Hall

Professional storyteller Fiona Powell is a collector of international folklore, particularly Celtic tales and speechways. The daughter of a Welsh-American lawyer and a British actress, she has lived in such wide-ranging locales as Japan, France, and Great Britain. For a time, she worked as a shepherd in Somerset, Wales, and Scotland. In addition to appearing at schools, festivals, and other events as a storyteller and performer, she is an announcer for WVIA, northeastern Pennsylvania's public radio affiliate. She returns to the British Isles every year, spending most of her time in her beloved Wales, where she studies the folkways of her ancestors.

December 9 & 10: Cocktail Theatre: Evening of One-Acts - 5:00 p.m., Tustin Studio Theatre

If you are looking for a treat before finals, stop by the Tustin Studio Theatre on December 3rd and 4th at 5:00 p.m. to see "Cocktail Theatre: An Evening of One-Acts." This series of one-act plays is directed by students from Assistant Professor of Theatre and Dance Anjalee Hutchinson's Theater 240 class.

December 14: David Engel's Pirate School - 1:00 p.m., Weis Center. Free Admission

Pirate School! (ages 4-8) is the madcap, swashbuckling one-man family vaudeville show created and performed by veteran New York physical comedian and actor David Engel. Pirate School! has enthralled, emboldened and delighted thousands of families for over 18 years with its own mischievous blend of clown theater, slapstick antics, adept magic and puppetry, zany music, rich special effects score and its signature brand of boisterous full-audience participation. Featured in New York Magazine's "Best of New York: Kids" Pirate School! incorporates elements of clowning, puppetry, song, with lots of audience interaction to spoof the Golden Age of Sail and satisfy children's universal curiosity of the briny buccaneers of yore. David Engel is an accomplished, award-winning entertainer performing over 250 shows a year. David has worked in TV, commercials and film and has been seen on stages across the US, Europe, Singapore and China. 
He's played for notable companies as Steppenwolf Theater, 500 Clown, Redmoon Theatre, and for twelve years as a "clown doctor" with the Big Apple Circus' in-hospital Clown Care Program.

Showing in the Samek Art Gallery:

"do it." - September 16 to December 12

Global meets local in this participatory process-oriented contemporary art project and exhibition. International artists create artworks that are sets of instructions or "scores" that are interpreted, made, and performed by local residents. Do it! "do it" is a traveling exhibition conceived and curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, and organized by Independent Curators International (ICI), New York. The exhibition and the accompanying publication were made possible, in part by grants from the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation, the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, and with the generous support from Project Perpetual and ICI's International Forum and Board of Trustees.

"Strange Bedfellows" - September 16 to December 12

"Strange Bedfellows," a nationally traveling visual arts exhibition and guest curated by Amy Cancelmo, explores collaborative practice in historical and contemporary queer art. The show presents diverse strategies for collaboration and considers multiple authorship as a radical concept.

Showing in the Downtown Art Gallery:

"Abstraction Today." - October 5 to March 2, 2014

This exhibition will feature five major paintings and two to four works on paper by five prominent Pennsylvania artists. These artists incorporate a love of the process of painting with an interest in design, landscape, science and biology. Their painting practices are driven by: arresting time, curiosity, the linear mark, undercurrents that shape and reshape our world and atmosphere/location.


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