November 04, 2014

Southern Illinois University Arts and Cultural Events

Nov. 11-25 

This weekly email brings together all the arts and cultural events happening in a two-week period at SIU Carbondale. From music to art, film to dance, guest lectures to workshops and theater, you will find the information here. Please note that information listed under “for the media” is to assist reporters and is not intended to be published or aired. Also, event information is subject to change. 


Performance art and theater offer back-to-back weekends of thought-provoking stage stories. “Toil and Rubble: Media in Ruins” plays Nov. 13-15 at the Kleinau Theater. “Clybourne Park” has a McLeod Theater run from Nov. 20-23. 

“Toil and Rubble” is from original work by Lindsay Greer, a doctoral student in communication studies. She co-directs this production with Craig Gingrich-Philbrook, associate professor of performance studies. The directors say this is a “show about endings, resisting them, and in the meantime, living.” Characters include a Girl Scout living in an abandoned library after the apocalypse; a woman who lives in the head of a silent movie actress and edits her dreams, and a psychic medium who channels the ghosts of old media. 

“Clybourne Park,” is inspired by the play “A Raisin in the Sun.” The play examines two incidents set 50 years apart. In the 1959 scenario, a white neighborhood is concerned about the sale of a house to a black family. In 2009, the situation is reversed, as a white couple moves into a black neighborhood. 

Seven actors play roles in both scenarios. Segun Ojewuyi directs the play; he directed a production of “A Raisin in the Sun” at SIU Carbondale in 2009. 

For ticket information, see these items by date, below. 

Upcoming Events: 


12 -- Speaker: Bob Moses, a primary organizer of the 1964 Mississippi Freedom Summer civil rights and black voter registration initiative, will present “We the People: Constitutional Personhood in Our Time” at 7 p.m. in the Student Center Ballrooms. 

13 -- An evening of short films on fracking, 7 p.m., Morris Library, John C. Guyon Auditorium

FOR THE MEDIA: Contact Brent Ritzel at or 618/203-4844. 

13-15 -- Performance: “Toil and Rubble: Media in Ruins,” 8 p.m. all nights, Kleinau Theater. See performance description in Spotlight Event. Tickets are $5 for students, $7 for the public. Tickets are also available at the door beginning one hour before the performance. 

FOR THE MEDIA: Contact Lindsay Greer, or Craig Gingrich-Philbrook, or 453-2291. 

14 -- Museum reception: C4 and MFA Preview exhibits, 4-7 p.m., University Museum. The C4 exhibit displays work from the School of Art and Design sculpture students, while the MFA preview is a chance for MFA students to display some of the pieces that go into what will constitute their master’s degree thesis. 

FOR THE MEDIA: Contact Dona Bachman, or 453-5388; or Diane McClain-Inman, or 453-4313. 

14 -- Southern Illinois Symphony Orchestra, “Celebrating America,” 7:30 p.m., Shryock Auditorium. The program features American music and patriotic songs from a variety of American composers, including World War II veteran Lionel Semiatin, Aaron Copeland, and Samuel Barber. SISO is under direction from Edward Benyas and graduate student Joseph Ryker. Joining them for this concert are: the SIU Concert Choir, directed by Susan Davenport; the Southern Illinois Children’s Choir, directed by Alice Berry; the New Arts Jazztet, an SIU School of Music faculty ensemble; violin soloist, Michael Barta, professor of violin at SIU; and vocal performers, graduate students  Lydia Eiche, Michelle Ford, and Zoe Jensen. 

Tickets are $20 for general admission. There is no admission fee for SIU students; all other student tickets are $8. Tickets are available from the SIU Arena and McLeod Theater box offices, by phone at 618/453-6000; or online at the SIU Ticket Office. Tickets are also available at the Shryock Auditorium box office beginning one hour before the concert. 

FOR THE MEDIA: Contact Edward Benyas, or 453-5834; Susan Davenport, or 453-5800. 

15 -- Music recital: Guest artists Amy Catron, cello, and Silvan Negrutiu, piano, 7:30 p.m., Old Baptist Foundation Recital Hall. 

FOR THE MEDIA: Contact the School of Music at 536-8742 or 

17 -- Music performance: Recital with guest violinist Julieta Mihai, 7:30 p.m., Old Baptist Foundation Recital Hall. Mihai, an associate professor at Western Illinois University, served as concertmaster of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra in Springfield from 2001 to 2013. 

FOR THE MEDIA: Contact Michael Barta, or 453-5805. 

18 -- Paul Simon Public Policy Institute Luncheon Lecture: John A. Becker, will discuss United States food policy, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., SIU Student Center Ballroom B. Becker is an SIU alumnus and senior policy adviser in the U. S. Agency for International Development. He recently completed an assignment in the Bureau for Food Security, during which he provided policy and program guidance on agricultural development and collaboration with U.S. universities including support to the Board for International Food and Agricultural Development. 

FOR THE MEDIA: Contact Vanessa Sneed, or 453-4004. 

18 – Student Composers Concert, 8 p.m., Old Baptist Foundation Recital Hall

FOR THE MEDIA: Contact Frank Grzych, or 536-8742. 

19 – Music performance: Percussion ensemble concert, 7:30 p.m., Altgeld Hall, Room 112. The percussion ensemble is headed by Christopher Butler, a lecturer in the School of Music. 

FOR THE MEDIA: Contact Christopher Butler, or 536-8742. 

19 – Seminar: Robert Jacobson, 4 p.m. Morris Library, John C. Guyon Auditorium. Jacobson is a supervisory research hydrologist for the United States Geological Survey. He has 25 years of experience with the USGS, and has studied geologic hazards, neotectonics, riverine habitat dynamics and more. He supervises a staff of geomorphologists and hyrdologists researching fundamental river processes. 

FOR THE MEDIA: Contact Dana Wise, Coal Extraction and Utilization Research Center, or 453-7328. 

20 – Music performance: Studio Jazz Orchestra, 7:30 p.m., Shryock Auditorium. The Studio Jazz Orchestra is the top student jazz ensemble. 

FOR THE MEDIA: Contact Dick Kelley, or 812-239-0656. 

20 – Presentation: Retired CNN international correspondent Walter C. Rodgers talks about “Presidents I Have Known and Liked, Sort Of,” beginning at 5 p.m. at Morris Library, John C. Guyon Auditorium. Rodgers has a distinguished career in broadcast journalism. He got his start as a White House correspondent for The Associated Press Radio. He worked for ABC News, covering the Falklands War and was the network’s Moscow bureau chief from 1984-1990, during the collapse of the Soviet Union. He joined CNN in 1993 based in Berlin. He later served as the network’s Jerusalem bureau chief and senior Middle East correspondent. Rodgers continues to write a column for the “Christian Science Monitor” newspaper. He is a guest of the Friends of Morris Library. 

FOR THE MEDIA: Contact Morris Library, 453-2818. 

20 – Presentation: Tomasz Wiltowski, director of the Coal Extraction and Utilization Research Center and professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Energy Processes, talks about the “Future of Energy: Will We Survive?” 7 p.m., The Science Center, inside the University Mall, Carbondale. The presentation is free. 

FOR THE MEDIA: Contact Tomasz Wiltowski at or 453-7000. 

20-24 – Theater production: “Clybourne Park,” see description under the Spotlight Event. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20-23, and at 2 p.m. on Nov. 24. There is a free pre-show lecture at 1:30 on Nov. 24. Tickets are $16 for the public, $6 for students. Tickets are available at the McLeod Theater and the SIU Arena box offices, by phone at 618/453-6000 or online at the SIU Ticket Office. Tickets are also available at the theater beginning one hour before each performance. 

FOR THE MEDIA: Contact Vincent Rhomberg, or 453-7589. 

21 – Music performance: SIU Flute Choir, 7:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 214 W. Main St., Carbondale. 

FOR THE MEDIA: Contact Douglas Worthen, or 53-5832.