April 23, 2012


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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The 43rd annual Lewisburg Arts Festival sponsored by the Lewisburg Arts Council, will be held April 27 through May 12.
The festival will include the Market Street Festival on Saturday, April 28, with art, entertainment and food along Market Street. As part of the festival, Bucknell University will host several related events.

Bucknell events on Saturday, April 28, include:

  • Film: Bucknell senior Diego Chiri will show his documentary, "Devising The American Family," at noon in the Forum of the Elaine Langone Center. Chiri's film explores devising as a theatrical technique through the performance of "The American Family," a collaborative piece between students from Bucknell University and Western Washington University. The documentary takes place in the Fringe Festival of Edinburgh, Scotland.  
  • Theatre Showcase: "How I Learned to Drive" by Paula Vogel, directed by Bucknell senior Ali Keller, 2 p.m., Tustin Studio Theatre. Admission: $5.
  • Rooke Chapel Ringers concert, directed by William Payn, 8 p.m., Rooke Chapel. The program will include original compositions by Michael Joy, William Payn and Cathy Moklebust for handbells, hymn and spiritual settings, and popular classics by Bach, Handel and Bizet arranged for handbells.
  • Spring Dance Concert: The Bucknell Dance Company, 8 p.m., Weis Center for the Performing Arts. The program will feature a mix of modern, ballet and tap dance, with original choreography by guest artists Nick Ross and Melissa Bobick, new work by faculty choreographers Er-Dong Hu and Kelly Knox, and student choreographers. Tickets are $10 a person, $5 for students and senior citizens. Tickets are available in advance at the Campus Box Office in the Weis Center and at the door one hour before each performance.

Bucknell events on Sunday, April 29, include:

  • Department Piano Recital, 1 p.m., Rooke Chapel.
  • Rooke Chapel Choir Pre-tour concert, directed by William Payn, 7:30 p.m., Rooke Chapel. The Choir will travel to Venice, Croatia and Slovenia at the end of May, singing in Venice on May 23, Ljubljana on May 25, and Dubrovnik on May 28. Some significant works from the choir program will be the Eric Whitacre "Alleluia" and the Mealor "Ubi Caritas" (sung at Princess Kate's royal wedding) and Ola Gjeilo's "Dark Night of the Soul." Other works by Payn, Holst, Stroope and Clausen will be included as well as several popular African-American spirituals
  • Theatre Showcase: "How I Learned to Drive" by Paula Vogel, directed by Bucknell senior Ali Keller, 8 p.m., Tustin Studio Theatre. Admission: $5.

In addition to events on campus, there are several Bucknell related events in Lewisburg on Saturday, April 28.

  • The Downtown Art Gallery, located in the DeWitt Building, will be open to visitors, with a local band from the Lewisburg High School, The Rise of Tiny Giants, playing outside the gallery.
  • The Downtown Art Gallery's student group — the Gallery Engagement Team — will be doing a T-shirt screen-printing activity downtown during the festival.
  • The Campus Theatre will be open to visitors.
  • The Bucknell chapter of Habitat for Humanity will host its annual Duck Derby at 2 p.m. in Bull Run Creek. Ducks — in singles or six-quacks — can be sponsored prior to the race at the Habitat table in Hufnagle Park.

On Sunday, April 29, the film, "All is Normal," directed by Todd G. Bieber and Juliana Brafa, will be shown at 1 p.m. in the Campus Theatre. A 2005 Bucknell graduate, Brafa stars with Linda Blair and Kyle Brosius in the 2008 drama/thriller, playing a college drop-out who takes a job as a house-sitter in an Appalachian mountain home to escape from her sadistic boyfriend and finds herself in a disturbing mixture of isolation, confusion and murder.

The Lewisburg Arts Festival culminates with Lewisburg Live! on Saturday, May 12. The downtown music festival will feature performances by 8-10 bands in venues throughout downtown Lewisburg. Locations include Cherry Alley Café, Puirseil's Pub, The New Temperance House and Second Street Pub, Towne Tavern, Brasserie Louis and Bull Run Inn.

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