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Spotlight on the Arts 2016 Schedule of Events

Wednesday, Nov. 2

Tour at Two: Thompson Collection
2 p.m., Georgia Museum of Art
Join Shawnya Harris, Larry D. and Brenda A. Thompson Curator of African American and African Diasporic Art, for a tour of works from the Thompson collection on view in the permanent collection.

Archive Fever
2:30 p.m., Lamar Dodd School of Art S150,
This hour-long event that features visiting artists, professors and students discussing their current research in 15-minute slide-presentations.

Spotlight on the Arts Opening Celebration
Time TBA, UGA Performing Arts Center
Description to come.

Thursday, Nov. 3

Student Spotlight
10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Tate Plaza
Performances throughout the day

4 minutes, 33 seconds: Spotlight on Scholarship
4:33 p.m., TBD
This third-annual competition features presentations on graduate student research in the Arts.

Jacknife Lee, Willson Center/Terry College Music Business Program Visiting Fellow: Public Conversation with David Barbe
4 p.m., Chapel
The internationally renowned music producer (R.E.M., U2, Snow Patrol, Weezer) is the inaugural Willson Center / Terry College Music Business Program Visiting Fellow.  He will take part in classes and a recording studio session with students, have a public conversation with MBUS Director David Barbe, and perform a DJ set at the 40 Watt Club in downtown Athens.

Chris Sickels Illustrator/Animator Lecture
5:30 p.m., Dodd Auditorium S151
Artist, illustrator, animator and author Chris Sickels comes to the Dodd as the Jack Davis Visiting Artist/Designer lecturer for fall 2016. Sickels creates 3D illustration and stop-motion animation through his award-winning Red Nose Studio in Greenfield, Indiana.

Teen Studio: Abstract Expressionism
5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Teens ages 13–18 are invited to participate in this studio workshop led by local artist and educator Kristen Bach. The group will check out the bold, colorful works of abstract expressionist artist Gary Hudson, then experiment with color and scale to create their own expressionist art in the studio classroom. Includes a pizza dinner. This program is free, but space is limited. Call 706.542.8863 or email callan@uga.edu to reserve a spot.

Guest Artist Concert: Fortunato Ensemble
6 p.m., Ramsey Concert Hall, Performing Arts Center
Free
Guest artists Fortunato Ensemble (D'Anna Forunato, Peter Bloom, and Mary Jane Rupert) perform an evening of music, new and old. This event is supported by a Willson Center for Humanities and Arts Distinguished Visiting Artist grant

Third Thursday Twilight Tour: Highlights from the Permanent Collection
7 p.m., Georgia Museum of Art
Led by docents.

Thursday Scholarship Series: An Evening in Paris
7:30 p.m., Hodgson Concert Hall, Performing Arts Center
$20/$6 with UGA student ID
An all-star faculty ensemble takes the stage for “An Evening in Paris,” a musical tour of the City of Light by way of French chamber music of the ‘20s and ‘30s. The audience will have its very own storyteller guiding them through the music and the era.

“Jane Eyre,” adapted from Charlotte Bronte’s novel by Polly Teale
8 p.m., Fine Arts Theatre
$16/$12 with UGA student ID
This inventive adaptation of a literary classic is about an orphan who endures a severe childhood before becoming a governess for the ward of Mr. Rochester. He awakens her long-buried passionate self, though his own secrets have been hidden for years.

Friday Nov. 4

FRIENDS First Friday – Wildflowers of Georgia
9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., State Botanical Garden of Georgia, Gardenside Room
$12
“The Field Guide to the Wildflowers of Georgia and Surrounding States,” the first field guide devoted to Georgia's wildflowers, is getting rave reviews. Come hear author Linda Chafin, conservation botanist at the State Botanical Garden, and get your copy signed.
This event includes a full breakfast and an opportunity to meet new people while learning about the Garden, gardening or garden history. Please make your reservation by the Wednesday before by calling 706-542-6138.

Morning Mindfulness
9:30 a.m., Georgia Museum of Art
The Georgia Museum of Art invites you into the galleries to participate in free guided mindfulness meditation sessions, held on select Fridays during the fall semester. Sessions include instructor-led meditation followed by a period of reflection and discussion. Stools (without backs) are provided; please bring a cushion if desired. Reservations are encouraged; contact 706.542.8863 or callan@uga.edu.

Emily Greenwood
Time & venue TBD
Lecture by Yale Classics scholar, co-hosted by Willson Center for Humanities and Arts and Dept. of Classics

Musical Performance: Elizabeth A. Baker
2:15 – 3:30 pm
New Renaissance Artist primarily working in the sonic medium Elizabeth A. Baker will perform original works for toy piano, Indian harmonium and electronic instruments in the museum's M. Smith Griffith Grand Hall. 

UGA Symphonic Band
8 p.m., Hodgson Concert Hall, Performing Arts Center
Free
The UGA Symphonic Band, directed by Director of Athletic Bands Michael Robinson, performs works from the classic band repertoire as well as exciting new music.

“Jane Eyre,” adapted from Charlotte Bronte’s novel by Polly Teale
8 p.m., Fine Arts Theatre
$16/$12 with UGA student ID
This inventive adaptation of a literary classic is about an orphan who endures a severe childhood before becoming a governess for the ward of Mr. Rochester. He awakens her long-buried passionate self, though his own secrets have been hidden for years.

Jacknife Lee, Willson Center/Terry College Music Business Program Visiting Fellow: DJ set
9 p.m., 40 Watt
The internationally renowned music producer (R.E.M., U2, Snow Patrol, Weezer) is the inaugural Willson Center / Terry College Music Business Program Visiting Fellow.  He will take part in classes and a recording studio session with students, have a public conversation with MBUS Director David Barbe, and perform a DJ set at the 40 Watt Club in downtown Athens.

Saturday, Nov. 5

Spotlight on the Arts Family Day Activities
10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Various locations

Saturday Morning Club
10 a.m., Hodgson Concert Hall
Fun, interactive performance designed for children age four through twelve and their parents and grandparents. This free event features student performers from the UGA Department of Theatre and Film Studies.

Georgia Museum of Art Family Day
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Kids and families are invited to explore works of art in the exhibition "Icon of Modernism: Representing the Brooklyn Bridge, 1883–1950" with interactive stations in the galleries, then to put their design skills to the test as they create their own bridges with unique materials. Be sure to check out spaghetti bridges made by students from UGA’s Civil Engineering program on display in the lobby and create your own journal at a station hosted by the Georgia Review.

Community Music School Instrument Petting Zoo
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.  Hugh Hodgson School of Music Band Room (1st floor)
Come in and check out the musical instruments!  Wind, Brass, Percussion, and String instruments will be on display for guests to touch, hear and even try.  Open to guests of all ages.

Community Music School Performances
11:15 a.m. – New Horizons Band
12:30 p.m. — Georgia Children’s Chorus
2 p.m. — Community Music School Violin Ensemble

Creative Writing for kids and teens
1 p.m. – 2 p.m. for kids ages 8 – 13
3 p.m. – 4 p.m. for teens ages 14 – 18

Dance
Orchestra Room, Performing Arts Center
All-day Tap Along with Liz Osborn Kibbe
11:30 a.m. — Big Moves for Little Movers – Creative Movement and Games, ages 3-6
12:30 p.m. — Intergenerational Folk Dance with Janet Robertson
2 p.m. — Hip-Hop for All ages with Tamara Thomas
3 p.m. — Ballroom Dancing with Michael Fulford and Natalie Cox, ages 12+

Theater workshops for kids and teens
TBD

Art carnival
TBD

TRANSPORTATION
A free shuttle will be provided from the Multimodal Transit Center (775 E. Broad St. Athens, GA 30603) to the UGA Performing Arts Center between 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. For more information about using Athens Transit, visit https://athensclarkecounty.com/2098/Information-Services

Fall Festival
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
State Botanical Garden of Georgia
Free but donations for the Children’s Garden accepted
Playing in the leaves? Storytelling? Making apple cider? Creating art out of nature? What else would you think of to celebrate fall? Join us for the beginnings of many seasonal festivals to come as we celebrate the Theatre in the Woods and the space that will become known to be the Forest Play area of the Children’s Garden. 

Folk Day at Special Collections
1—4 p.m., Richard Russell Special Collections Building
In conjunction with an exhibit looking at 50 years of Foxfire.

Rote Hund Muzik
6:30 p.m., Hugh Hodgson School of Music
The Hugh Hodgson School of Music’s contemporary chamber ensemble, Rote Hund Muzik, conducted by Director of Bands Cynthia Johnston Turner, will perform a special concert of bold, modern music in the Leebern Band Hall (Room 116) at the School of Music.

“Jane Eyre,” adapted from Charlotte Bronte’s novel by Polly Teale
8 p.m., Fine Arts Theatre
$16/$12 with UGA student ID
This inventive adaptation of a literary classic is about an orphan who endures a severe childhood before becoming a governess for the ward of Mr. Rochester. He awakens her long-buried passionate self, though his own secrets have been hidden for years.

Sunday, Nov. 6

Athens Flute Choir fall concert
2 p.m., State Botanical Garden of Georgia Visitor Center
Free
The Athens Flute Choir will present “Music Inspired by the British Isles”. The program will feature works inspired by England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales depicting their culture, the strength and majesty of their landscape, and the joy and excitement of the live music found in the pubs. 

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center: Destination Vienna
3 p.m., Hodgson Concert Hall
$42/$6 with UGA student ID
For centuries, Vienna stood as the cultural epicenter of Europe, a rich melting pot of music, art, and literature. This program traces the evolution of musical expression in the “city of dreams” through the works of three of its greatest voices: Mozart, Schoenberg, and Brahms.

Bill Shipp’s Political Pen: Mightier Than the Sword 
3:30 p.m., Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries
A student-led Q&A with Bill Shipp as part of the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame induction festivities.

Roy Blount Jr.: "Where I'm Coming From"
5 p.m., Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries
Book talk with Roy Blount Jr. as part of the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame induction festivities.

Georgia Writers Hall of Fame Reception
6 p.m., Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries
Part of the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame induction festivities.

Monday, Nov. 7

Georgia Writers Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
10 a.m., Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries
Inductees include Roy Blount Jr., Brainard Cheney, Katharine Du Pre Lumpkin, James Alan McPherson and Bill Shipp

Barry McGovern
7:30 p.m., Ciné
Reading of letters by Samuel Beckett, hosted by the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts

The Dardanelles
8 p.m., Hodgson Concert Hall
$36-41/$6 with UGA student ID
The Dardanelles are a new breed of folk musician out to show that traditional music is alive, vibrant, and powerful. Over the past eight years, they have established themselves as one of the most exciting groups ever to play Newfoundland traditional music on the global stage.

Tuesday, Nov. 8

Family Day Special Event: Toddler Tuesday
10 a.m., Georgia Museum of Art
Join us for a special tour, story time in the galleries, and an art making activity just for little ones! This free, 40-minute program is designed for families with children ages 18 months to 3 years. Space is limited; please email callan@uga.edu or call 706.542.8863 to reserve a spot. 

“Jane Eyre,” adapted from Charlotte Bronte’s novel by Polly Teale
Special matinee for area schools, Fine Arts Theatre
This inventive adaptation of a literary classic is about an orphan who endures a severe childhood before becoming a governess for the ward of Mr. Rochester. He awakens her long-buried passionate self, though his own secrets have been hidden for years.

Spotlight on the Arts Reading Featuring Gabrielle Fuentes and Magdalena Zurawski
7 p.m., Cine
Free
Coinciding with UGA’s 2016 Spotlight on the Arts celebration, the Creative Writing Program is hosting a reading featuring one current Ph.D. student and one faculty member. Ph.D. student Gabrielle Fuentes' first novel, “The Sleeping World,” is from Simon & Schuster.  Faculty member Dr. Magdalena Zurawski’s poetry collection “Companion Animal” was awarded the 2016 Norma Farber First Book Award by the Poetry Society of America.
Sponsored by the Creative Writing Program

UGA Wind Symphony
8 p.m., Hodgson Concert Hall, Performing Arts Center
Free
One of the Hugh Hodgson School of Music's large wind bands, the UGA Wind Symphony will perform the finest standard and new repertoire for wind bands.

Wednesday, Nov. 9

Tour at Two: “Storytelling: The Georgia Review’s 70th Anniversary Art Retrospective”
2 p.m., Georgia Museum of Art
Jenny Gropp, managing editor of The Georgia Review and guest curator of the exhibition, will give a special tour.

Nicholas Grene
Lecture by Shakespearean/ literary scholar/ author, Emeritus Trinity College Dublin, sponsored by the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts, hosted by Sujata Iyengar, Dept. of English

“Jane Eyre,” adapted from Charlotte Bronte’s novel by Polly Teale
8 p.m., Fine Arts Theatre
$16/$12 with UGA student ID
This inventive adaptation of a literary classic is about an orphan who endures a severe childhood before becoming a governess for the ward of Mr. Rochester. He awakens her long-buried passionate self, though his own secrets have been hidden for years.

Young Choreographers Series: Senior Exit Concert
8 p.m., New Dance Theatre, Dance Building
Choreography and production by graduating senior dance majors.  The 2016 concert will include choreography by 9 B.F.A. candidates performed by dance majors and minors selected by audition.  A reception will follow the Friday evening performance.

Thursday, Nov. 10

Kim Mawhinney
4 p.m., Georgia Museum of Art
Lecture by Kim Mawhinney, curator of the Ulster Museum, hosted by the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts and the Georgia Museum of Art

Arts and the Environment Roundtable
4 p.m., Miller Learning Center
This will be a roundtable featuring arts and environmental science people and visiting speaker Elizabeth Corr, Art Partnerships Manager with the National Resource Defense Council. Sponsored by Watershed UGA and ICE (as part of our affiliation with the Willson Center we are developing new arts+environment projects and grant proposals). We will also announce the winners of the campus “Daylighting the Watersheds” Design Competition at this event.

Fall Exhibits Reception
5:30-7:30 p.m., Richard B. Russell Special Collections Building

Jazz Ensembles I and II
6 p.m., Ramsey Concert Hall, Performing Arts Center
Free
UGA's most talented jazz musicians come together for the fall concert of the School of Music's jazz ensembles, performing classics of the genre as well as lesser known gems.

An Evening of Harry Crews: Blood, Bone, and Marrow book event
Doors open at 6 p.m., screening and talk at 6:30 p.m.
Ciné
$5
Ted Geltner, author of “Blood, Bone, and Marrow,” the recently released full-length, authorized biography of Harry Crews is coming to Athens. The University of Georgia Press will sponsor a talk and reception as well as present a rare public screening of the “lost” 1993 documentary “Harry Crews: Guilty as Charged.” Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Tom Thurman, “Guilty as Charged” is an intimate portrait of the controversial, Georgia-born author and features candid and exclusive interviews with Crews and his friends and associates.

Student Night
6:30 p.m., Georgia Museum of Art
Join the Student Association of the Georgia Museum of Art for a night of music, food, fun and themed activities to celebrate the current exhibitions. Student Night is generously sponsored by the UGA Parents and Families Association and the Friends of the Georgia Museum of Art.

UGA Symphony Orchestra
8 p.m., Hodgson Concert Hall, Performing Arts Center
$12/$6 with UGA student ID
For their final performance of 2016, the UGA Symphony Orchestra will thrill and amaze when the best student musicians at the University of Georgia perform masterworks of classical repertoire.

“Jane Eyre,” adapted from Charlotte Bronte’s novel by Polly Teale
8 p.m., Fine Arts Theatre
$16/$12 with UGA student ID
This inventive adaptation of a literary classic is about an orphan who endures a severe childhood before becoming a governess for the ward of Mr. Rochester. He awakens her long-buried passionate self, though his own secrets have been hidden for years.

Young Choreographers Series: Senior Exit Concert
8 p.m., New Dance Theatre, Dance Building
Choreography and production by graduating senior dance majors.  The 2016 concert will include choreography by 9 B.F.A. candidates performed by dance majors and minors selected by audition.  A reception will follow the Friday evening performance.

Friday Nov. 11

Department of Dance Performance Sampler
12:15 — 12:45 p.m., New Dance Theatre, Dance Building
UGA dance students will perform a variety of dance styles in classical and contemporary ballet, contemporary modern, and aerial dance with mixed media featuring faculty created choreographic works by CORE Concert Contemporary and Aerial Dance Company, Spring Dance Concert, and CADE:NCE (Contemporary African Dance Ensemble: New Conscious Explorations).  This will showcase a sample of works to be presented in the Spring 2017 Department of Dance concert productions.

BFA Exit Exhibition Opening Reception
6 p.m., Lamar Dodd School of Art Galleries
This reception celebrates student work in Sculpture, Art X and Printmaking.

Hodgson Singers
8 p.m., Hodgson Concert Hall
$12/$6 with UGA student ID
The UGA Hugh Hodgson School of Music’s premier choral ensemble, the Hodgson Singers, performs its fall concert, titled “Americana” and celebrating American composers and American musical styles.

“Jane Eyre,” adapted from Charlotte Bronte’s novel by Polly Teale
8 p.m., Fine Arts Theatre
$16/$12 with UGA student ID
This inventive adaptation of a literary classic is about an orphan who endures a severe childhood before becoming a governess for the ward of Mr. Rochester. He awakens her long-buried passionate self, though his own secrets have been hidden for years.

Young Choreographers Series: Senior Exit Concert
8 p.m., New Dance Theatre, Dance Building
Choreography and production by graduating senior dance majors.  The 2016 concert will include choreography by 9 B.F.A. candidates performed by dance majors and minors selected by audition.  A reception will follow the Friday evening performance.

Saturday, Nov. 12

Willson Center / Waffle House Tailgate
Time TBD (3 hours before kickoff), Willson Center for Humanities and Arts
With UGA alumni band Winfield Smith & Ansley Stewart

Building Your Own Natural Furniture with Bim Willow
9 a.m. – 3 p.m., State Botanical Garden of Georgia
Fee:  varies based on which project participants choose
Bim Willow is a nationally recognized furniture builder. He has been featured on HGTV and has been building furniture for 30 years.   He specializes in making rustic and bent willow furniture.  Bim will be coming to Athens to share his love and passion for this art.  Bim will guide each participant to create their very own handmade piece of furniture to take home.   All materials are provided with the registration fee but participants are asked to bring gloves and a hammer.  Upon registering each participant must choose which piece to build.  For more information check out Bim Willow online at http://gardenartists.cc/Bimwillow/bimwillow.htm Deadline for registration is October 28. 

Sunday, Nov. 13

“Jane Eyre,” adapted from Charlotte Bronte’s novel by Polly Teale
2:30 p.m., Fine Arts Theatre
$16/$12 with UGA student ID
This inventive adaptation of a literary classic is about an orphan who endures a severe childhood before becoming a governess for the ward of Mr. Rochester. He awakens her long-buried passionate self, though his own secrets have been hidden for years.

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
3 p.m., Hodgson Concert Hall
$31-72/$6 with UGA student ID
Maestro Spano is on the podium as the ASO surveys a two-and-a-half century array of “Fire” works in this innovative program that includes Handel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks, the “Magic Fire Music” from Wagner’sDie Walküre, Scriabin’s Prometheus: The Poem of Fire, and Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite.

Exhibitions

Georgia Museum of Art

“Gifts and Prayers: The Romanovs and Their Subjects”

"Living Color: Gary Hudson in the 1970s”

"Man’s Canyons: New York City on Paper”

"Icon of Modernism: Representing the Brooklyn Bridge, 1883–1950”

"Driving Forces: Sculpture by Lin Emery”

"Storytelling: The Georgia Review’s 70th Anniversary Art Retrospective”

Permanent Collection

Lamar Dodd School of Art Galleries

BFA Exit Exhibition featuring work in Sculpture, Art X and Printmaking

Richard B. Russell Special Collections Building

Rotunda: "Keep your seats everyone ... the Redcoats are coming!" 

Hargrett: 50 years of Foxfire

An exhibit on the waters of Georgia in observance of the 20th anniversary of the Stephen E. Draper Center and Archives for the Study of Water Law and Policy

Georgia Writers Hall of Fame - focus on the 2016 inductees

Russell: "On the Stump! What it takes to get elected in Georgia"

           The 1996 Olympics 

Media: Georgia Music Hall of Fame

State Botanical Garden of Georgia Visitor Center & Conservatory 

Lacemaking in Georgia Art

Grady College of Journalism & Mass Communication

Designing History: Posters Exploring Twentieth Century Design Style & the UGA Special Collections Libraries Archives
November 2–18, Journalism Building, third floor
Students in the class ADPR 3520: Graphic Communication will use the Special Collections Libraries as part of their study of 20th Century graphic design styles. The posters will feature people and topics from primary research in special collections. 
Sponsored by the Grady College of Journalism & Mass Communication. This project is part of the Special Collections Libraries Faculty Fellows Program, a joint effort of the UGA Libraries and the Center for Teaching and Learning to broaden the scope of fields using special collections materials in classes.