October 28, 2015

Southern Illinois University Arts and Cultural Events

Oct. 28-Nov. 20

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. 29-31 – “Hell House” comes to the Marion Kleinau Theater (second floor, Communications Building). The performance begins at 8 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.

OCT. 30 - There’s all manner of odd, unusual and plain old weird art in the University Museum archives.. A selection of the bizarre and strange is on exhibit in the museum’s Hall of Weirdness one day only – Oct. 30, 4-8 p.m. Visitors can help keep the atmosphere mysterious by appearing as a favorite artist. Or a favorite work of art. Or, at least wear a mask!

NOV. 12-14 – The SIU Guitar Festival features guest musicians, recitals and master classes. Here are some highlights for the festival: Nov. 12, opening gala featuring Steve Jacobson, jazz guitarist, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Old Baptist Foundation Recital Hall; Nov. 13, events in Altgeld Hall, room 112 - jazz guitar masterclass with Steve Jacobson, 1-2:20 p.m.; Persian sitar recital of Ali Behjatian, 2:35-3:25 p.m.; bass guitar masterclass with Gabriel Rodriguez and Fidel Morales, 3:40-4:30 p.m.; Isaac Lausell Trio CD release concert, 7:30 p.m.; Nov. 14, events in the Old Baptist Foundation Recital Hall – Classical guitar masterclass with Moacyr Teixeira Neto, 10 a.m.-noon; arranging for jazz guitar with Jose Guzman, 1:30-2:20 p.m., SIU Guitar Ensemble recital, 2:35-4:35 p.m.; closing night of the SIU Guitar Festival with Moacyr Teixeira Neto, 7:30 p.m.

Here are other select upcoming events in list form:


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 Road), 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. 

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 – 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 emphasize pattern as communication and embedded cultural identity as well as a means to distort, confuse and manipulate information. 

5 – Native American Heritage Month event. “Native Americans’ Portrayal in American Movies,” with Dakota Justice, 5:30 p.m., Agriculture Building, room 102. 

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. 

5 – Lecture. Walter Metz, professor of cinema and photography, presents “Color by Numbers: Science Fiction Film and that Nature of Art,” beginning at 4:15 p.m. in the University Museum auditorium in Faner Hall. This is a Humanities Faculty Writing Group and the Humanities Forum event. 

6 - Native American Heritage Month event. “The Importance of Storytelling and Songs in Maintaining Culture,” with Marsha Forrest at 5:30 p.m. in the Student Center, Saline Room. 

7 – Music recitals. Illinois Music Education Association District VI Festival. All day, Shryock Auditorium. 

9 - Native American Heritage Month event. “Smoke Signals,” film and discussion with Rene Francisco Poitevin, 5 p.m., University Museum auditorium, Faner Hall. 

10 - Native American Heritage Month event. Learn how archaeologists conduct research and perform excavations at prehistoric Native American group sites and discover the connection between Cahokia and local archaeological sites, regional artifacts and the new and exciting finds from the recent SIU Field School at the Kincaid Mounts.  Ayla M. Amadio, from SIU’s Center for Archaeological Investigations, will present “The Archaeology of Native American Groups in the Ohio and Mississippi River Valleys” in the Student Center’s Saline Room at 5:30 p.m.  

12 – Lecture. Women in Blues, by Isaac Lausell, 6 p.m. in Altgeld Hall, room 119. 

12 – Film screening. Beginning at 6:30 p.m. in Lawson Hall, room 161, “Rising Voices,” a documentary film about the endangerment and revitalization of the Lakota language, the film shows the day-to-day struggles of one of the largest Native American nations. The focus is on the Lakota nation’s struggle to keep alive the ancestral language. A question and answer forum with SIU linguists Jeff Punske and Vicki Carstens follows the film. 

13 – Concert. The Altgeld Trio offers a recital in the Morris Library rotunda beginning at noon. The trio of School of Music faculty is Michael Barta, violin, Eric Lenz, cello, and Edward Benyas, oboe. This performance previews the concert the trio will perform in Beijing, China, later in November. 

14 – Theater event. New Faces, the showcase for new theater majors to make their debuts as official members of SIU’s Department of Theater. They will present scenes, monologues and songs beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the C. H. Moe Theater (Communications Building). 

16 - Native American Heritage Month event. Keynote address by Walter Echo-Hawk at 6 p.m. in the John C. Guyon Auditorium, Morris Library. 

16 – Paul Simon Public Policy Institute event. Presidential Election Luncheon, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in the SIU Saluki Stadium Club. Institute staff David Yepsen, director, John Jackson, visiting professor, and Charles Leonard, director of the PSPPI polling, discuss the presidential election and talk about its direction. RSVP by Nov. 12 to Shiloh Deitz at rsvp@paulsimoninstitue.org or call 618/453-4004. 

17 – Concert. Southern Illinois Civic and Junior Orchestra’s Fall Concert, 7:30 p.m. in Shryock Auditorium. These combined orchestras showcase School of Music ensembles that include community members and younger musicians as well as SIU students. 

17 – Art talk. Guest artist Lampo Leong, an artist working in abstract oil, drawing, calligraphy, ink painting, photography and multimedia art, discusses his work beginning at 7 p.m. in the John C. Guyon Auditorium, Morris Library. 

18 - Native American Heritage Month event. “Two Spirits,” film and discussion with Dominique White, 5 p.m. in the Student Center, Sangamon Room. 

18 – Lecture. Richard Falk, Orfalea Center of Global Studies Fellow at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he directs a project on climate change, human security and democracy, discusses “Why U.S. Foreign Policy is Failing in the Middle East,” beginning at 7 p.m. in the John C. Guyon Auditorium in Morris Library. This is a Paul Simon Public Policy Institute event. 

18 – Concert. Low Brass Collective, 7:30 p.m., Old Baptist Foundation Recital Hall.

19 – Theater event. Special guest artist Timothy Mooney brings Moliere mania to McLeod Theater with his hit one-man show “Moliere than Thou,” at 7:30 p.m. In this dazzling tour de force, Mooney channels the wit and zaniness of Monsieur Moliere and many of his famous characters in an evening of comedy that lampoons virtue, vice, and human folly.

19 - Native American Heritage Month event. “American Indian Activism and the Primitive Imaginary in the Age of Edward Curtis,” with Gray Whaley, at noon in Morris Library’s first floor rotunda.