November 12, 2015

Southern Illinois University Arts and Cultural Events

Nov. 13-Dec. 4

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. 


NOV. 12-14 – The SIU Guitar Festival features guest musicians, recitals and master classes. A full schedule is available here.

NOV. 18 – A leading scholar on global politics and law will discuss United States foreign policy in the Middle East. Richard Falk, professor emeritus of international law at Princeton University and Fellow of the Orfalea Center of Global Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, will present his views, “Why U.S. Foreign Policy is Failing in the Middle East,”  at 7 p.m. in Morris Library’s John C. Guyon Auditorium. The event is part of the Morton-Kenney Public Affairs Lecture Series. Admission is free and open to the public. The Department of Political Science and the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute sponsor the lecture. 

NOV. 19 – Special guest artist Timothy Mooney brings Molière mania to the McLeod Theater with his hit, one-man show “Molière than Thou.” The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. in McLeod Theater (Communications Building). It is free and open to the public. Molière, the stage name for Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, was the leading French comic actor and playwright of the 17th century. His sharply witty satires, including “Tartuffe” and “The Imaginary Invalid,” are still popular today. Mooney channels the wit and zaniness of Monsieur Molière and many of his famous characters in an evening of comedy that lampoons virtue, vice and human folly.

DEC. 3-5 – Performance. “Damnsels” comes to the Kleinau Theater (Communications Building, second floor) with performances beginning at 8 p.m. This show, written and directed by Stephenie DeArcangelis, follows the young woman, Tris, after she escapes the abuse she’s endured all her life. As she looks for answers about why these things happened to her, she finds fairy tales at the root of her own self-damaging self-image, and, with the help of a prince, a villain and a science nerd, re-writes the tales with new possibilities for freedom. Tickets are $7, $5 for students with ID. Buy tickets beginning one hour before the performance begins at the door, or reserve them at 618/453-5618.

DEC. 3 – Concert. The Southern Illinois Symphony Orchestra joins forces with the Southern Illinois Studio Jazz Orchestra and the New Arts Jazztet to present Holiday Jazz, the third of the five-concert SISO season. Dick Kelley, assistant professor of saxophone and jazz studies, directs this concert, featuring jazzy favorites of holiday favorites, including Jingle Bells, Silent Night, Sleigh Ride and more. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in Shryock Auditorium. Tickets are $20, $8 for students, and free to SIU students with student ID. Get tickets at the SIU Arena or McLeod Theater box offices, by calling 618/453-6000 or online.

Here are other select upcoming events in list form:


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 (SIU Arena). 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. 

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 – Concert. SIU Percussion Ensemble Fall Concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in Shryock Auditorium. 

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

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.

20 – Film screening. The Department of Cinema in the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts presents a “Film Friday” event on Nov. 20 with the screening of “Tangerine” at 6 p.m. in the John C. Guyon Auditorium in Morris Library. “Tangerine,” released this year and directed by Sean Baker, follows the adventures of two trans sex workers looking to run down a cheating boyfriend and his girlfriend. This is a free event made possible by the SIU Fine Arts Activity Fee, the LBBTQ Resource Center and the Center for Inclusive Excellence.

20 – Regional Energy Forum. The forum is set for the third floor rotunda in Morris Library and targets those who want to start their own energy consulting businesses. This is the third of several forums on topics pertaining to issues and solutions for the future. Doors open at 11 a.m., the panel discussion begins at noon. 

21 – SIU Day of Percussion. This all day event begins at 8 a.m. in Altgeld Hall, room 112. Details forthcoming.

21 – Symposium. College of Applied Sciences and Arts Multidisciplinary Research Symposium. This all day event takes place in the Student Center. The symposium features sessions on allied health, architecture, automotive technology, aviation and information systems and applied technology, along with a panel discussion on “Big Data” and a hands-on workshop hosted by IBM to introduce Watson Analytics software. Visit the website to register and learn more.

29 – Astronomy Observation. The Department of Physics invites visitors to Neckers Observation Deck, 6-7:30 p.m. to use the university’s telescopes to view Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, Pluto and other bodies in the night sky. A presentation accompanies the observation. Free, and children accompanied by adults are welcome.


1 – Presentation. Beth Hall, director of the Midwestern Regional Climate Change Center, will talk about the MRCC and “Climate Services and Collaborations,” beginning at 3 p.m. in the University Museum auditorium in Faner Hall. Light refreshments will be available at 2:30 p.m. and a question and answer period follows. The Department of Geography and Environmental Resources and the environmental resources and policy doctoral program co-sponsor this event.

1 – Seminar. “This is How We Do It: Culture and Me,” an experiential workshop to help students learn how to interact with other cultures, facilitated by Magnolia Hood in the Grinnell Dance Studio, 6-7 p.m.

2 – Voices of Inspiration Soul Food Day, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the first floor rotunda, Morris Library. For more information, contact Cody Essien at

3 – SIU Research Park Open House. This celebration of 15 years of service to SIU and Southern Illinois innovation and entrepreneurship is 4-6 p.m. in the Dunn-Richmond Economic Development Center. Learn about current activities, client businesses and available facilities.

3 – Underground Arts Open Mic Night, 6:30-9 p.m., Student Center, Big Muddy Room. Contact Brian Schuman,, for more information.

3 -5 – Holiday Craft Sale, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday in the Student Center.

4 – Concert. The Flute Choir Fall Concert, an off-campus event, begins at 7:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church (214 W. Main St. Carbondale).