November 24, 2015

Southern Illinois University Arts and Cultural Events

Nov. 27-Dec. 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. This is the last arts and cultural events email of the semester. The email notification will resume on Jan. 27, 2016.


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. DeArcangelis believes that “art touches the soul,” and transforms her performance on a serious topic into a multi-dimensional performance that even elicits a few laughs. This is her debut as director. 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 School of Music makes the holiday season cool by jazzing it up with the Holiday Jazz concert. The Southern Illinois Symphony Orchestra joins forces with the Studio Jazz Orchestra and New Arts Jazztet to present holiday music specially arranged in jazz forms by Dick Kelley and Phil Brown. 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. A pre-concert wine and cheese reception begins an hour before the concert in the balcony lobby. The SISO Patrons Committee hosts the event, which is a fundraiser for the orchestra. The reception includes entertainment by a student jazz combo. Tickets are $30 and are available by the same means as the concert tickets. 

DEC. 10-13 – Play. Eugene O’Neill’s powerful drama, “Beyond the Horizon,” comes to the McLeod Theater Dec. 10-13. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. except for Sunday, when the performance begins at 2 p.m. “Beyond the Horizon” is an insightful and emotional drama about the effects of lost dreams. The story centers on two brothers who change destinies when they discover they are in love with the same girl. Spanning 12 years, the play charts the shifts in fortune that result from the choices made by the characters in this love triangle. Tickets for the play are $18, $6 for students. Get them in advance in person at the McLeod Theater or SIU Arena box offices, by phone at 618/453-6000 or online.

Here are other select upcoming events in list form:


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.

30 – Concert. SIU Improvisation Unit, a student ensemble formed to promote non-idiomatic improvisational music, brings their best to the Old Baptist Foundation Recital Hall for a 7:30-10 p.m. performance.


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).

8 – Performance. Performing Culture Spotlight, an anticipated event each semester, presents highlights from student performances – their best work as chosen by their professors. This free performance begins at 8 p.m. in Kleinau Theater (Communications Building, second floor).

8 – Concert. The SIU Choral Union and the SIU Concert Choir present “Carols and Lullabies of the Season” beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Shryock Auditorium.

10 – Concert. The SIU Wind Ensemble presents “Juxtapositions,” beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Shryock Auditorium. Tickets are $12, $6 for students. Concert details forthcoming. Get tickets at the SIU Arena or McLeod Theater box offices, by calling 618/453-6000 or online.

10 – Performance. Advanced Spotlight Hour, an anticipated event each semester, showcases advanced performance studies students offering their best work. This free performance begins at 8 p.m. in Kleinau Theater (Communications Building, second floor).

12 – Concert. The combined jazz ensembles – the Studio Jazz Orchestra, the Lab Jazz Orchestra and the Jazz Combos – combine for a concert in Shryock Auditorium beginning at 7:30 p.m.

12 – Concert. The Southern Illinois Children’s Choir, an affiliate, community-outreach program of the School of Music, present “Gifts of Peace, Love and Joy,” in concert beginning at 3 p.m. This concert is off campus, at Epiphany Lutheran Church (1501 Chatauqua, Rd. Carbondale).

13 – Concert. The Guitar Studio presents its fall recital beginning at 3 p.m. in the Old Baptist Foundation Recital Hall. Students from the guitar program offer solo and ensemble selections.