January 20, 2016

Southern Illinois University Arts and Cultural Events

January 25 – Feb. 13

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.


JAN. 26 – Concert. The Southern Illinois Symphony Orchestra Rockin’ the Symphony II brings the orchestra together with the Beatles tribute group Yesterday for this special concert. It begins at 7:30 p.m. in Shryock Auditorium. This is part of the season package for season ticket holders. Tickets for this concert are $20, $8 for students, SIU students get free admission with SIU I.D. at the box office the night of the concert. Get tickets online, by calling 618/453-6000, or at the door beginning one hour before the concert. 

FEB. 5 – What does art know about love? Enough to warrant a museum exhibit. The University Museum opens the spring 2016 exhibit season with Artists on Love, a look at artistic expressions of love nestled in the museum’s archives and solicited from the campus and community. Alison Erazmus, curator of exhibits, put this exhibit together. Most exhibits run Jan. 22 through March 6 with an exhibit reception 4-7 p.m. on Feb. 5 in the museum. Exhibits include Artists on Love, Dan Johnson: Consideration of Place, The Carl W. Lutes Textile Collection, Digging Kincaid Mounds, Sacred Icons: Divine Imagery in the Nepal Collection and Hair Wreaths and Jewelry from the Collection of Charles and Frances Swedlund. 

FEB. 8 -- Black History Month event: Keynote address: Author Lawrence C. Ross, Jr. delivers a talk on “Racism on Campuses in the United States.” Ross is the author of six books, including the Los Angeles Times bestseller, “The Divine Nine: The History of African American Fraternities and Sororities,” “The Ways of Black Folks,” “Money Shot: The Wild Nights and Lonely Days in the Black Porn Industry,” and, most recently, “Blackballed: The Black and White Politics of Race on America’s Campuses.” A graduate of the University of California Los Angeles with a master of fine arts degree from the School of Theater, Film and Television, Ross has lectured at more than 500 colleges and universities. His address begins at 7 p.m. in John C. Guyon Auditorium in Morris Library. 

Here are other select upcoming events in list form:


26 – Illinois Farm Bureau and FFA Acquaintance Day, 9:30 a.m. welcome for a day-long event at the Student Center. This event typically draws 300-400 high school students from the region. It is a major FFA event.


1 – Black History Month event: The kickoff for Black History Month 2016 begins at 6 p.m. in the Old Main Lounge at the Student Center. Stay for a screening of “Selma” beginning at 7 p.m. in the Student Center Auditorium. 

2 - Black History Month event: Film screening, “Dear White People,” 7 p.m. in the Student Center, Kaskaskia/Missouri Room. 

3 - Black History Month event: The Black Mammy Monument, presented by Tiffany Player, lecturer in history, 5 p.m. in the Student Center, Ohio Room. 

4 - Black History Month event: Novotny Lawrence, associate professor in the Department of Radio, Television and Digital Media, presents “Banished: How Whites Drove Blacks out of Town,” 5 p.m., John C. Guyon Auditorium, Morris Library. 

5 – Concert. First Friday at Morris. Native American Flute and Drum, noon, First Floor Rotunda, Morris Library. 

6 – Performance. Faculty Performance Hour. This traditional offering from the performance studies faculty offers a glimpse at performance art as practiced and taught. The event begins at 8 p.m. in Kleinau Theater and admission is free. 

10 - Black History Month event: Film screening. “Meet Me at the Bottom,” in cooperation with the Big Muddy Film Festival, 6 p.m. in John C. Guyon Auditorium, Morris Library. 

10 – International Food Fair, presenting the cuisine of international students on campus, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Student Center Ballrooms. 

11 - Black History Month event: Film screening. “The Mirror Boy,” part of the African Film Series, 7 p.m., University Museum Auditorium. 

12 - Black History Month event: Oops! Entertainment presents Jeff McGoy and guests. 7 p.m., location TBA. 

12 – Valentine’s Day Craft Show, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Student Center. 

13 - Black History Month event: Theater. The Africana Theater Laboratory presents an original play, “A Nightingale for Du Bois,” 7:30 p.m. in the Moe Theater (Communications Building). The play also runs Feb. 14 at 2 p.m. in the Moe Theater.