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By Kathryn Kopchik
LEWISBURG, Pa. — The arts will be celebrated during Bucknell University's third annual Arts Everywhere Festival beginning Friday, Aug. 30, through Sunday, Sept. 1. Festival events are free and open to the public with no tickets required.
The festival is part of the University's continuing Presidential Arts Initiative. "We hope that the festival and the events and programs to follow will infuse the academic year and the students, faculty, staff and community with the message that the arts are alive and well at Bucknell and that the arts, broadly and inclusively defined, are a fundamental aspect of who we are and what we value as an institution," said Carmen Gillespie, professor of English and University arts coordinator at Bucknell.
Friday, Aug. 30
The festival begins Friday, Aug. 30, at noon with a reception for the Samek Art Gallery exhibition, "Summer Salon 1: 160 years of Collecting Art," on the third floor of the Elaine Langone Center. Samek Art Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Downtown Art Gallery, located at 416 Market St. in Lewisburg, is hosting the exhibition, "Cheryl Kelley: Detailed," a series of high revved, high shine photorealist oil paintings of all-American muscle cars from noon to 7 p.m.
The Hexagon sextet, with Bucknell faculty members and local artists, will perform original music influenced by modern jazz, pop, funk and Bon Iver at 3 p.m. on the Bison patio near the downhill entrance of the Elaine Langone Center. [rain location: Bison stage inside ELC]
The Poetry Path Community Tour begins at 4 p.m. in front of the Campus Theatre. Shara McCallum will lead the tour through Lewisburg and onto campus. Ten markers along the path feature poems that pay tribute to historic and culturally significant Lewisburg locales.
A Community Street Fair begins at 4 p.m. at the corner of South Fourth and Market streets.
The Street Fair, with balloon animals, face painting, hot dogs, snacks and soft drinks, children's crafts and games, and musicians, will run through 6 p.m.
Following the street fair, the Campus Theatre will show the movie "Oliver," a 1968 musical adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic, at 6:30 p.m. Admission is the same price charged when the theatre first opened in 1941 — 25 cents for adults and 10 cents for children. Free popcorn and soda for attendees.
The Weis Center will host a free performance by Americana trio Red Molly at 5:45 p.m. on the Weis Center Plaza. [rain location: Weis Center lobby] This past year, the trio was invited to open multiple shows for music legend Willie Nelson and they performed at the RockyGrass festival in Colorado. [note new start time]
Saturday, Aug. 31
Saturday's events begin with a performance by The Bucknell Brass at 11 a.m. on the Science Quad, located between the Olin and Dana buildings. [rain location: Bucknell Hall] The quintet, composed of members of the Bucknell faculty and brass artists from throughout the region, will perform diverse styles of music from baroque-era fugues to jazz and popular classics.
Beginning at noon, Soul in Motion: African Dance and Drum Troupe will perform on the Science Quad, located between Dana and Olin buildings. [rain location: Bucknell Hall]. The annual opening event for the Griot Institute for Africana Studies will feature 13 African dancers and drummers.
A Fiction and Poetry Reading with Bucknell students and award-winning faculty and staff begins at 2 p.m. in the Stadler Center for Poetry, Bucknell Hall.
Vocalist Paul Botelho will perform in concert at 3:30 p.m. in Bucknell Hall.
Student members of Cap & Dagger theatre club will collaborate, create and perform original plays beginning at 6 p.m. in the McDonnell Amphitheatre near the stadium. [rain location: Harvey Powers Theatre, Coleman Hall]
Sunday, Sept. 1
Bucknell's Department of Theatre and Dance will host an Open House with students, staff and faculty, detailing upcoming events for the year, at 1 p.m. in Harvey Powers Theatre in Coleman Hall.
The Campus Theatre in Lewisburg will host a free showing of "The Searchers," John Ford's epic 1956 Western, co-hosted by Bucknell's Film/Media Studies program, at 3 p.m.