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By Kathryn Kopchik
LEWISBURG, Pa. — Bucknell University will host a festival celebrating the fine, visual, creative and performing arts called Arts. Everywhere. on Aug. 26 through 28. The three-day event features numerous activities on campus and in Lewisburg, including a street festival along with art, dance, fiction, film, music, performance art, poetry and theatre programming.
The festival is the first event of the new Presidential Arts Initiative. In 2010, representatives of the arts departments and centers at Bucknell coalesced into what has become the Bucknell Arts Council. Later that year, the Arts Council designed an arts initiative for advancing, supporting and enhancing the arts at Bucknell.
"When we were developing the Presidential Arts Initiative, a Bucknell student admonished us to 'Make art everywhere,'" said Carmen Gillespie, professor of English and University arts coordinator at Bucknell.
"We loved the thought and the impulse, and have incorporated 2011 graduate Brenna Loeb-English's advice into the fundamental message of the Presidential Arts Initiative and the arts festival.
"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 Gillespie.
Friday, Aug. 26
The festival begins Friday, Aug. 26, at 4 p.m. with an opening ceremony and street festival on Market Street in front of the Campus Theatre and in the M&T Bank parking lot. The Campus Theatre will celebrate its official reopening following an extensive renovation with a film cutting ceremony and the movie "The Music Man." Admission to the movie is 25 cents for adults, 10 cents for children, the same admission prices charged in 1941 when the theatre opened.
Saturday, Aug. 27
Saturday's events begin at 9:30 a.m. with an opening ceremony in front of the Arts Building, located at the corner of Loomis and Walker streets on the Bucknell campus. The opening event includes welcoming comments by Associate Provost Robert Midkiff and visual artist Nancy Cleaver, and the playing of Tibetan bowls by Jessica Rasp. In addition, Dustyn Martincich, a professor of dance at Bucknell, will lead a short spiral community dance. (rain location: Weis Center lobby)
Immediately following the opening ceremony, Cleaver will create a Mandala chalk drawing on the sidewalk in front of the Elaine Langone Center from 10:15 a.m. to noon. (rain location: Smith Hall passageway)
Other events on Aug. 27 include:
- 10 a.m.: "Glass Rhythms/Movement Refracted," an improvisational duet of dance and percussion with Kelly Knox and Phil Haynes, Weis Center lobby. This site- and sound-specific performance uses the contours and acoustics of the Weis Center's glass lobby as a backdrop for jazz improvisation and real time choreographed dance.
- 10:45 a.m.: Rustical Quality String Band, Elaine Langone Center outdoor stage. Based in State College, the Rustical Quality String Band has been playing Appalachian string band music since 1978. (rain location: Bison stage, ground floor, Elaine Langone Center)
- 11 a.m.: University Press Book Display, Elaine Langone Center lobby. The display includes free copies of one of their outstanding publications and one of their new catalogs.
- 11:45 a.m.: Welcoming remarks by Bucknell President John Bravman, Lewisburg Mayor Judy Wagner, and Lewisburg Arts Council President Sara Kelley, Samek Art Gallery, Elaine Langone Center, third floor.
- Noon: Jazz Trio with Barry Long, Josh Davis and Phil Haynes, Samek Art Gallery, Elaine Langone Center, third floor. The program features jazz standards and original works with Bucknell faculty Barry Long, flugelhorn, and Phil Haynes, drums, with bassist Joshua Davis of Susquehanna University.
- 1:30 p.m.: Samek Art Gallery Open House, Elaine Langone Center. The Timothy Greenfield-Sanders portraits feature large-scale presentations of leading African-Americans who appeared in HBO's Black List Project. 'Self Portraits' is a collection of autobiographical portraits created by artist Myra Greene. (through 5 p.m.)
- 2 p.m.: Andre Phillips calypso and reggae band, Elaine Langone Center outdoor stage. The band, from the Caribbean island of Barbados, will perform music of the West Indies featuring the vocalists, steel pan, percussion and keyboards. (rain location: Bison stage, ground floor, Elaine Langone Center)
- 3 p.m.: Universal African Dance and Drum Ensemble, Elaine Langone Center, uphill side. The event will include stilt walkers, dancers, drummers, ground masquerades and an exciting acrobatic show. (rain location: Tustin Dance Studio)
- 4:15 p.m.: Classical guitar solo performance, Bucknell Hall patio. Luke Chohany, a 2010 Bucknell alumnus, will perform a variety of classical guitar pieces from composers including Heitor Villa Lobos, Carlo Domeniconi, Antonio Lauro and Isaac Albeniz. (rain location: Bucknell Hall)
- 5 p.m.: Student/Faculty Poetry Reading, Stadler Center for Poetry, Bucknell Hall patio. (rain location: Bucknell Hall)
- 6 p.m.: Original theatre production created collaboratively by students in 24 hours, McDonnell Amphitheatre. (rain location: Powers Theatre)
- 7 p.m.: Salsa dance lessons with Hector Rosado y Su Orchestra, Weis Center patio. Lessons provided by the Bucknell Latino Dance Corner. (rain location: Weis Center lobby)
- 7:30 p.m.: Concert. Hector Rosado y Su Orchestra, Weis Center patio. Based in Bethlehem, the salsa band performs a mix of high voltage Latin grooves and sizzling dance rhythms with a dash of rumba, merengue and cha-cha-cha. (rain location: Weis Center lobby)
- 8:45 p.m.: Author and Punisher, uphill lawn, Elaine Langone Center. San Diego-based artist Tristan Shone melds performance art, drone metal music and DIY custom-built industrial kinetic-sound machines. (rain location: Weis Center lobby)
- 9:30 p.m.: "Hairspray," the original 1988 version directed by John Waters, Elaine Langone Center hillside. (rain location: Trout Auditorium, Vaughan Literature Building)
Sunday, Aug. 28
Visual artist Nancy Cleaver will create a gravel mandala between 1 and 4 p.m. in front of the Art Building at the corner of Loomis and Walker streets.
The festival will close with a Theatre and Dance Open House from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Harvey Powers Theatre in Coleman Hall.Contact: DIvision of Communications