September 30, 2015

Southern Illinois University Arts and Cultural Events

Oct. 2-23

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. 


OCT. 2 – Art exhibits. The University Museum maintains a continual series of exhibits, all of them carefully curated by museum staff, including director Dona Bachman, curator Alison Erazmus, and graduate student assistants. Exhibit receptions offer the public a chance to enjoy the exhibits as part of an event, to meet the curators and in some cases the artists whose work or collection is on display. The first exhibit reception of the academic year begins at 4 p.m. and goes until 7 p.m. Meet Barry Wolf, photographer, whose detailed eye and digital manipulation present images with an other-worldly or other-timely feel.  

OCT. 3 – Fundraiser event. Friends of Morris Library present the Annual Library Gala Fundraiser, an event that includes the debut of “Buffoons, Babes and Bastards,” a new play by Lori Merrill-Fink, professor of theater and director of the University Honor’s Program. Merrill-Fink’s play makes use of the library’s Sherman Theater Collection of vaudeville acts, radio plays, songs and skits from the late 1890s to the 1950s. Merrill-Fink’s play is enhanced by a discussion from Sarah Blackstone, professor emeritus, who first discovered the significance of the large collection. This event begins at 5:30 p.m. in Morris Library, the first floor rotunda and the Hall of Presidents. Tickets are $75. The library also hosts a brunch on Oct. 4 at 11 a.m., same location, featuring a display of some of the theater items in the Special Collections Research Center. Blackstone is a special guest at the brunch. Tickets are $35. Call Kristine McGuire at 618/453-1633 for more information.

OCT. 9 – Broadcast journalist and investigative reporter Juan Gonzalez, co-host of the radio and television program “Democracy Now!” visits SIU as the keynote speaker for Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month 2015. He will discuss, “Harvest of Empire: A History of Latinos in America,” a landmark book that is now also an award-winning documentary film. The book chronicles the long history of Latinos in the United States, from the colonial days until now. The film won an award for its use of archival footage. The film is particularly relevant to current immigration discussions. His presentation is scheduled for 5-7 p.m. in the Hiram H. Lesar Law Building auditorium.

OCT. 9-10 -- The Southern Illinois Metalsmiths Society hosts its annual conference Oct. 9-10 on campus. On Oct. 9, events are at the University Museum in Faner Hall. The exhibit reception for the annual “Form Forge Fabricate” exhibit is 4-7 p.m. at the museum, with guest lectures from 7 to 9 p.m. in the museum auditorium. The visiting artists are Michael Rossi and Andrew Hayes. On Oct. 10, Rossi and Hayes offer public demonstrations of their work and techniques at the L. Brent Kington Smithy in the Pulliam Hall industrial wing from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 4 p.m. with a lunch break scheduled between demonstrations. The event concludes with a fine art auction beginning at 5 17th Street Barbecue in Murphysboro. Michael Rossi (Philadelphia) specializes in modern architectural works, sculpture and accessories. He’s been a professional metalsmith for 12 years. Andrew Hayes’ metalsmith education was both formal (Northern Arizona University) and industrial. He is a past Core Fellowship recipient at Penland School of Crafts, where he since returned as artist in residence.

OCT. 16 – Time travel on the SIU campus by going to Shryock Auditorium for a film screening of “Metropolis,” a silent movie from 1927. When silent movies were first in the theaters, many were enhanced by live organ music. Peter Krasinski, a specialist in silent film accompaniment, will lend his talent to this film screening. Krasinski is on the faculty of St. Paul’s Choir School in Cambridge, Mass., and he is dean of the Boston chapter of the American Guild of Organists. “Metropolis” is a German expressionist science-fiction drama, and a pioneering movie. The futuristic urban dystopia focuses on the star-crossed love of young idealists against a backdrop of class unrest and mob action. And there is a famous robot that could almost be a long-lost relative of C3PO.  Tickets are $12 for the general public, $6 for students and free for SIU students and employees with valid SIU I.D.

OCT. 20 – Latino Heritage Month – Paul Simon Public Policy Institute event. Jorge Ramirez, president of the Chicago Federation of Labor (CFL), appears as part of the State of the American Worker series at 7 p.m. in the John C. Guyon Auditorium in Morris Library. The CFL represents approximately half a million people working in Chicago and Cook County. Ramirez is the first Latino president of the organization. In his role as president, Ramirez serves on executive and advisory boards for labor, civic and community organizations, representing the interests of labor and workers’ rights. The son of Mexican immigrants, Ramirez earned his first union card in 1988 through the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union Local 1546.

Here are other select upcoming events in list form:


2 – Relay race and festivities. Moon Dawg 50 and fall festival, beginning at 7 p.m., with race registration check-in at 6 p.m. and mandatory packet pick-up at 5 p.m. This is a relay race around the campus lake trail – 23+ laps. Contact Brittany Pender with Recreational Sports and Services for additional information. 

3 – Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month event. Salsa the night away at the always-popular Noche de Gala, 7-11 p.m., Student Center Ballrooms. 

5 – LGBTQ History Month event. Amy Stewart presents “Queer Revolt: Legacies of Transgender Resistance,” 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Morris Library, rooms 752/754. 

5 – LGBTQ History Month event. Royce Burnett presents “Financial Management: Now That We Have Marriage, What Do We Do?” 5-7 p.m., Student Center Mackinaw Room. 

7 - Paul Simon Public Policy Institute/Dunn-Richmond Economic Development Center event. “The Role of Education in Wealth Accumulation.” This luncheon event is from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Dunn-Richmond Economic Development Center (1740 Innovation Drive, Carbondale) includes several guest speakers, including Bill Emmons, vice president and senior economic adviser with the St. Louis Federal Reserve’s Center for Household Financial Stability. Other guests are: Kathy Lively, CEO of Man-Tra-Con Corp.; Randolph Burnside, associate professor of political science at SIU; and Teresa Katubig, president and CEO of Extra Help, Inc. Note to the media: If you want to cover this event, contact Mike Eggleston at 314/444-8610. 

7 – LGBTQ History Month event. Nathan Stephens presents “Intersection of LGBTQ and Title IX,” 5-7 p.m., Student Center, Activity Room D, third floor. 

7 – Visiting artist. Dorthea Bilder presents an arts lecture at 7 p.m. in John C. Guyon Auditorium in Morris Library as a guest of the School of Art and Design. Bilder, chair of the fine arts studio division at Northern Illinois University, states that her works is based on her personal experience, dreams and conversations. Her paintings depict landscapes and situations of an ethereal nature. 

8 – Concert. Wind Ensemble and Concert Choir join forces for “Summer Remembrances / Remembering Connections,” beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Shryock Auditorium. 

9 – Concert. Scott Dettra visits SIU as a featured guest artist in the Marianne Webb and David N. Bateman Distinguished Organ Recital Series. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in Shryock Auditorium, where Dettra will play the Marianne Webb Pipe Organ. Admission is free. Immediately following the concert, the Office of the Chancellor hosts a reception. 

14 - LGBTQ History Month event. Coming Out Day photo, 5 p.m. at the Student Services Building fountain. Note for media: This might be a good place for interviews. 

15 - LGBTQ History Month event. Queer Mentors presents “Changing Language: Terms of Identification in LGBTQ+ Communities,” a presentation by Craig Gingrich-Philbrook, associate professor of communication studies, 6-7:30 p.m., Student Center Sangamon Room. 

15 - Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month event. Film screening, 5 p.m., Faner Hall, University Museum auditorium. “Latino Americans: Prejudice and Pride.” An episode of the PBS series on Latino Americans. 

16 – Fundraising event, Touch of Nature. The Fifth Annual Buffalo Tro begins at 5:30 p.m. at Freeburg Hall at the Touch of Nature center. The event includes a specialized dinner of beef steaks marinated in Native American style, auctions, live music and more. See the press release for details. 

19 - LGBTQ History Month event. “Hate Crimes: A Tool for Gender Violence and Oppression,” presented by Adam McCallister, 3-4:30 p.m., Student Center, Mackinaw Room. 

19 - LGBTQ History Month event. “The Sex Ed You Never Got in High School: Demystifying Queer Sex,” Rainbow Café, 7:30-9 p.m., Student Center, Mackinaw Room. 

21 - LGBTQ History Month event. Film screening and discussion, “Stonewall Uprising,” 6-8 p.m., Student Center, Ohio Room. The film is a documentary about a police raid on the Stonewall Inn, a popular gay bar in the Greenwich Village section of New York City in 1969. The raid sparked six days of violent protests. The Stonewall riots marked a major turning point in the modern gay civil rights movement. 

21-23 – Devil’s Kitchen Literary Festival, John C. Guyon Auditorium, Morris Library. Details forthcoming soon. 

22 – College of Agricultural Sciences event. Fall Fest/FFA Day. Events begin at 9 the Agriculture Building. Details forthcoming soon. 

22 – Visiting Artist. Karen Linduska presents the art talk “A Journey in Fiber Art” as part of the School of Art and Design Visiting Artist series. The lecture begins at 7 p.m. in the John C. Guyon Auditorium in Morris Library. She presents a workshop the following day, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a lunch break, in the Allyn Building, Room 102. The workshop fee is $20 for community members, free for students. Register with Karie Woolsey at 

22 - LGBTQ History Month event. Film screening and discussion. “The New Black,” 6-8 p.m. Student Center, Ohio Room. The documentary tells the story of how the African-American community is grappling with the gay rights issue in light of the recent gay marriage movement and the fight over civil rights. The film documents activists, families and clergy on both sides of the campaign to legalize gay marriage and examines homophobia in the black community’s institutional pillar — the black church.