April 13, 2016

Southern Illinois University Arts and Cultural Events

April 18-May 14

This bi-weekly email brings together the highlights of arts and cultural events at SIU Carbondale. From music to art, film to dance, guest lectures to workshops and theater, you will find the information here. Event information is subject to change. This is the last scheduled arts and cultural events e-mail for the 2015-2016 academic year.


APRIL 23 - Guitar Meets Live Painting. Isaac Lausell, assistant professor of guitar, and Kendra Stenger, a graduate student in the School of Art and Design, bring a multi-media concert to the Old Baptist Foundation Recital Hall beginning at 7:30 p.m. Using the spirit of jazz improvisation for inspiration, Lausell provides the steady with a classical guitar concert, and Stenger provides the unpredictable, creating visual art by interacting with the live music.

APRIL 28- MAY 1 – In the play, he wormed his way into a family’s trust and good graces and repaid them with treachery and fraud. In the theater world, playing his character is a feather in an actor’s cap. It’s Tartuffe, one of Moliere’s most famous fictional creations. The Department of Theater closes out the 2015-16 season with the comedy, “Moliere’s Tartuffe.” When the play was first performed in 1664, the public liked it and so did the French King Louis XIV – but the French Roman Catholic Church and some influential members of the upper class did not. In fact, the Archbishop of Paris threatened to excommunicate anyone who had anything to do with the play. Today the play has been performed in translation, in the original language, as opera and in adaptations. The McLeod Theater run has performances at 7:30 p.m. except on May 1, when the performance begins at 2 p.m.

APRIL 26 – Farm to Fork Dinner. Enjoy the elegance of Old Main Restaurant in the Student Center, the culinary expertise of William “Chef Bill” Connors and eat fruits, vegetables and meats from the region. Dinner is 7-9 p.m. Tickets are $20 for SIU students and $30 for faculty, staff and people from the community. The deadline to register for the event, which organizers are describing as the first public SIU Farm to Fork Dinner, is April 18. Seating is limited. Sign up online at http://ow.ly/ZRc6I or via the Sustainability Office website, www.sustainability.siu.edu. For additional information, you can also call 618/453-2846 or email sustainability@siu.edu

APRIL 30 -- The Great Cardboard Boat Regatta, a 43-year-old university tradition, returns this spring with a new location but the same excitement and fun as always. The 43rd annual event will take place on April 30 at the Carbondale Reservoir boat launch at Evergreen Park. Boat registration and inspection begin at 10 a.m. and the racing starts at 1 p.m. Everyone is welcome to participate as a contestant or a spectator. The cost is $15 to enter a boat in the race. Watching the spectacle is free. Go here for more information.

Here are other select upcoming events in list form:


19 – Delta Award Presentation and Reception. Mark J. Wagner, director of the Center for Archaeological Investigations and associate professor of anthropology, is the recipient of the Friends of Morris Library’s 2016 Delta Award. He will be the guest of honor and speaker at a special presentation and reception, and will deliver a talk about “The Land Between the Rivers: The History of Archaeology of Southernmost Illinois” at 6 p.m. in the library’s John C. Guyon Auditorium. 

19 – Presentation and expert panel. Perspectives on Hydroclimate, 4:30-6 p.m. at the University Museum Auditorium. Light refreshments served at 4 p.m. Panel is: Justin Schoof, chair of the Department of Geography and Environmental Resources, climate variability and change, statistical climatology; Trent Ford, assistant professor, Department of Geography and Environmental Resources, hydroclimatology and climate variability; Ajay Kalra, assistant professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, hydroclimatology, urban sustainability and water resource management; and Kofi Akamani, assistant professor in the Department of Forestry, human dimensions of natural resource management.

20 – Concert. Southern Illinois Jazz Orchestra presents an end-of-year concert at 7:30 p.m. in Shryock Auditorium.

21 – Purchase Award reception. The Student Programming Council Visual Arts and the Student Center host an annual Purchase Award competition for SIU students of any major. The Student Center purchases the winning exhibits and displays them permanently in the Student Center. The reception for this exhibit and competition begins at 5 p.m. in the Student Center.

21 – Fashion Design and Merchandising Showcase. This Saluki fashion show highlights the work of a select number of designers who have created their final collections. The show includes an exhibit and a runway show. The show begins at 7 p.m. in the Student Center ballrooms.

23 – Concert. Earth, Wind and Fire Woodwind Quartet visits SIU for an event beginning at noon at the Old Baptist Foundation Recital Hall.

24 – Concert. Southern Illinois Chamber Music Society Season Finale: Crossroads, at the Unitarian Fellowship Church (105 N. Parrish Lane), 3 p.m. Chamber music is based in the classical tradition but with fewer instruments meant for a smaller audience and more intimate performance space than an auditorium.

25 – Concert. Combined Orchestras, 7:30 p.m. in Shryock Auditorium. The combined orchestras include the Southern Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Civic Orchestra and Junior Orchestra.

28 – High School CEO Trade Show. High school students from the region are trying out their entrepreneurship skills. The public is invited to visit the trade booths and talk with the young business owners. The event begins at 4:30 p.m. in the Dunn-Richmond Economic Development Center.

28 – Concert. Symphonic Band, 7:30 p.m., Shryock Auditorium.

28-30 – Performance. Rebecca Walker, assistant professor in communication studies, wrote and will perform and direct “Peacocks and Porches,” a performance production about second chances. In her solo show, Walker uses memoir, poetry and the traditions of southern fiction to look at grace and hospitality in the South. Performances are at 8 p.m. in the Kleinau Theater (Communications Building, second floor). Seating is limited and once the performance begins, no further seating is permitted.

29 – SIU Distinguished Alumni Awards Ceremony will honor four individuals. The ceremony begins at 3:30 p.m. in Morris Library, the John C. Guyon Auditorium, followed by a reception in the Hall of Presidents and Chancellors.


3 – Concert. The SIU Choral Union and the Concert Choir are “Singing the Psalms” in a combined choral concert beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Shryock Auditorium.

4 – Performance. Performing Culture Spotlight, a medley of the some of the best student performances of the semester. The show begins at 8 p.m. in the Kleinau Theater (Communications Building, second floor).

5 – Concert. The SIU Wind Ensemble presents “New York Stories,” a collection meant to evoke the atmosphere of the Big Apple. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in Shryock Auditorium.

6 – Concert. The Flute Choir presents its spring concert at 7:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church (214 W. Main St.).

7 – Performance. Advance Spotlight Hour, highlights of the best performances from students, both graduate and undergraduate, in advanced performance classes. The event begins at 8 p.m. in the Kleinau Theater (Communications Building, second floor).

8 – Concert. The SIU Guitar Studio presents a Mother’s Day concert at 4 p.m. in the Old Baptist Foundation Recital Hall.   

12 – Film screening. The Africana Film Series presents “Yeelen,” also released as “Brightness,” the story of a young man with magical powers who seeks out his uncle’s help as he battles against his sorcerer father. The movie is from 1987, written and directed by Souleymane Cissé, and the winner of several international awards, including the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, where it was also a Palme d’Or nominee. The movie starts at 7 p.m. in the University Museum Auditorium. Soda and popcorn are free.