October 14, 2015

Southern Illinois University Arts and Cultural Events

Oct. 16 – Nov. 6

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. 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.

OCT. 21-23 – The 2015 Devil’s Kitchen Literary Festival brings up-and-coming writers to campus for readings, panel discussions, book signings and informal chats. The “Grassroots” undergraduate literary magazine staff organizes the event each year. All events are in the John C. Guyon Auditorium at Morris Library. Visiting authors are: 2015 Devil’s Kitchen Reading Award Winner in Non-fiction Prose Ben Tanzer, Crab Orchard Series in Poetry authors Sass Brown and Lisa Fay Coutley, 2015 Devil’s Kitchen Reading Award Winners in Poetry and Fiction David Thomas Martinez and Megan Milks, and readings by “Grassroots” editors and contributors and poetry by Angie Macri. This is also the 20th anniversary of the Crab Orchard Review, and founding editors Allison Joseph and Jon Tribble present a special question and answer forum about their experiences founding a successful literary journal.

OCT. 22-25 – McLeod Theater. Creepy, spooky, mysterious and kooky, the members of the Addams family tango their way onto the McLeod Theater stage Oct. 22-25 as part of the musical “The Addams Family” production. In this musical adventure, the audience follows an all-grown-up Wednesday, whose love and impending marriage might impact her relationship with her brother, and the ability of Addams’ family ghosts to return to their graves. “The Addams Family” plays in the McLeod Theater in co-production with the SIU School of Music. Performances are Thursday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults, $6 for students and children. Get tickets in person from noon to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, at the SIU Arena or McLeod Theater box offices, by telephone at 618/453-6000 or online. Some charges may apply to online and phone orders.

OCT. 27 – The Southern Illinois Symphony Orchestra joins forces with the symphony orchestra from SIU Edwardsville to present Dvorak’s Cello Concerto beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Shryock Auditorium. Sara Saint’ Ambrogio joins the combined symphonies as solo cellist. Saint’ Ambrogio is a Grammy-winning musician with an impressive classical music biography, she is also known for her work as a founding member of the award-winning, globe-trotting Eroica Trio. The music program also includes a celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Finnish composer, Jean Sibelius, with a performance of his First Symphony. Edward Benyas and Michael Mishra share the conductor’s podium.

OCT. 29-31 – “Hell House” comes to the Marion Kleinau Theater (second floor, Communications Building). The performance begins at 8 p.m. all nights. Written and directed by Colin Whitworth, the performance plays off the haunted house attraction known as a “hell house,” which depicted the torments of the damned. The show weaves together fiction and memory with religion and a touch of Flannery O’Connor. The audience has the opportunity to tour a haunted hell house. Mature themes. Tickets are available at the door or reserve them at 618/453-5618. Ticket price is $7, $5 for students with I.D.

Here are other select upcoming events in list form:


16 – Fundraising event, Touch of Nature. The Fifth Annual Buffalo Tro event 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. 

20 – Lecture. Ryan Netzley, associate professor of English, presents “Learning from Devotion: Problems, Solutions and Conversion in George Herbert and John Donne,” beginning at 3:15 p.m. in the University Museum auditorium. The Humanities Faculty Writing Group and the Humanities Forum present this lecture. 

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 mark a major turning point in the modern gay civil rights movement. 

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 kwoolsey@siu.edu. 

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. 

22 – Third Annual Fall Festival / FFA Day. Starting on the Agriculture Building front lawn at 9 a.m., high school students from the region attend hands-on and classroom sessions. Barry Hinson, Saluki men’s basketball coach, and Mickey A. Latour, dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences, open the day’s events with a short address. 

23 – Fall Festival Alumni / 60th Anniversary event. The College of Agricultural Sciences invites alumni, agricultural industry professionals, faculty, staff and students to celebrate 60 years of agriculture degrees at SIU. The evening activities begin at 6 p.m. with social time on the front lawn of the Agriculture Building before 6:30 p.m. dinner in the large white tent. The program and awards follow the dinner. Tickets are available through the college and are $15. The Fall Festival coincides with SIU homecoming. The homecoming parade begins at 11 a.m. and tailgate activities are 2:30-5:30 p.m. The homecoming game, against Youngstown University, begins at 6 p.m. 

23 – Regional Energy Forum: Energy Careers and Education Opportunities. Student Center, Thebes Room. The event begins at 11:30 a.m. with a provided box lunch. Presentations and question/answer periods with panelists is noon – 1:30 p.m. Panelists include: Kanchan Mondal, professor of mechanical engineering and energy processes; Geory Kurtzhals, SIU sustainability coordinator; Betsy Miller, workforce planning and development manager at Ameren. Register here

23 – Open Studio. The School of Art and Design invites the community to tour the facilities and studios faculty and students call “home.” The tour begins at 3 p.m. at the foundry, located across the street from Evergreen Terrace Apartments on Pleasant Hill Rd. Other stops include Pulliam Hall (main campus) and the Glove Factory (corner of College and Washington streets). Visitors will see the facilities and artwork in the process of creation and will have the opportunity to meet faculty and student artists. 

24 – Lecture. Gary G. Grindler, former acting Deputy Attorney General of the United States and Chief of Staff to Attorney General Eric Holder, now a partner with King and Spalding’s Special Matters / Government Investigations Practice Group, discusses “The Government’s Exercise of Discretion: Department of Justice Priorities and Policy Considerations.” The lecture begins at 5 p.m. in the School of Law courtroom. A reception follows. 

28 – Concert. Southern Illinois Jazz Orchestra fall concert, 7:30 p.m. in Shryock Auditorium. 

29 – Recital. Doug Worthen and Junghwa Lee present a concert that previews one they will present in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil at the International Festival: Composers of Today. The recital begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Old Baptist Foundation Recital Hall. The performance includes Frank Stemper’s “Pipe: Three Pieces for Solo Flute.” Stemper, SIU professor emeritus and former composer-in-residence, wrote the piece specifically for Worthen to debut in Brazil at the festival. Worthen also selected “Sonata I for Flute and Piano,” a piece composer Martin Amlin wrote for him in 1985. It has since become part of the standard flute repertoire in the United States.  


1 – Family event. Haunted Hollow returns to the Touch of Nature Environmental Center (Giant City Rd.), from 1 to 4 p.m. The event will include a haunted hayride, interpretive nature walks, a costume parade and pumpkin decorating. There will also be Harry Potter-themed activities and children’s games. Participants will learn about and have the chance to hold snakes, lizards and other creepy crawlers. Everything is family friendly and suitable for all ages.  

2 – Award luncheon. The Ralph A. Dunn Public Service Award luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m. in the Student Center, Ballroom B. The award honors Sen. David Luechtefeld. Reservations required. This is a Paul Simon Public Policy Institute event. 

5 – Visiting Artist. Teresa Cole, a New Orleans-based artist, presents a guest art talk beginning at 7 p.m. in the John C. Guyon Auditorium in Morris Library. Her installation screen prints emphasis pattern as communication and embedded cultural identity as well as a means to distort, confuse and manipulate information. 

4 – Faculty recital. David Dillard, baritone, and Yuko Kato, piano, invite Lindsay Garritson, pianist, (also known as a violinist and singer) to join them in a recital beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Old Baptist Foundation Recital Hall. 

5 – Lecture. State Rep. James Durkin, Illinois House Minority Leader presents a lecture at 7 p.m. in the Student Center, Ballroom B. This is a Paul Simon Public Policy Institute event.