BGSU Lively Arts Calendar, March 24-April 7, 2010

March 24—Jazz Fest 2010 continues at Bowling Green State University with a concert by the Faculty Jazz Group with special guest pianist Arturo O’Farrill, at 8 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall of Moore Musical Arts Center. Performing with O’Farrill will be David Bixler, saxophone; Charles Saenz, trumpet; William Mathis, trombone; Chris Buzzelli, guitar; Jeff Halsey, bass, and Roger Schupp and Olman Pierdra, percussion. The event, also a Faculty Artist Series concert, is free.

March 24— The Bachelor of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition at Bowling Green State University continues in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union Art Gallery and the Willard Wankelman and Dorothy Uber Bryan galleries in the Fine Arts Center. The exhibit will run through April 3. Hours for the Union Art Gallery are 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sundays. The Bryan and Wankelman galleries are open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 6-9 p.m. Thursdays and 1-4 p.m. Sundays. Free.

March 25—Novelist Michael Kimball, author of “Dear Everybody” (2008), will give a free reading of his work at Bowling Green State University’s Prout Chapel at 7:30 p.m. Kimball is the College of Arts and Sciences Visiting Fiction Writer.

March 25—A musical version of Studs Terkel’s “Working” will be presented by the Bowling Green State University theatre program. Adapted by Stephen Schwartz and Nina Faso from the best-selling book of interviews with American workers, “Working: A Musical ” explores the plight of the American employee from the Monday-morning blues through TGIF. The original words of some uncommon “common” men and women convey the hopes, dreams, joys and concerns of all in this musical. Performances will be at 8 p.m. March 25-27 and at 2 p.m. March 27 and 28 in the Joe E. Brown Theatre in University Hall. For tickets or more information, call the box office at 419-372-2719.

March 25—Bowling Green State University’s Vocal Jazz Ensemble will be in concert at 8 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center. The free performance is part of Jazz Fest 2010 at BGSU.

March 26—Bowling Green State University’s Jazz Lab Band I, with featured guest Arturo O’Farrill, will present a concert at 8 p.m. in Kobacker Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center. The concert is the final event of Jazz Fest 2010 at BGSU.

March 27—The Young People’s Concerts series at Bowling Green State University concludes with “Funharmonia” at 11 a.m. in Kobacker Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center. Enjoy a special, young-people’s introduction to the instruments of the orchestra performed by members of the Bowling Green Philharmonia, and a performance of Saint Säens’s “Carnival of the Animals.” The Toledo Zoo will also be on hand, with a petting zoo of small animal friends, plus fossils and artifacts. The program is recommended for children age 5 and older. Tickets, $2 for adults and $1 for children, will be available at the door 30 minutes before the performance.

March 27— The Dr. Marjorie Conrad Peatee Art Song Competition Preliminaries begin at 1 p.m. in Kobacker Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center at Bowling Green State University. Free.

March 27—The finals of the Dr. Marjorie Conrad Peatee Art Song Competition begin at 8 p.m. in Kobacker Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center at Bowling Green State University. Free.

March 28—The Faculty Artist Series at Bowling Green State University continues with a recital by Sean David Cooper, bass-baritone, at 3 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center. Free.

March 29—Guest duo pianists Pierre Van der Westhuizen and Sophie Grobler will present a recital at 8 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center at Bowling Green State University. Both are assistant professors of piano at Heidelberg University and co-coordinators of the keyboard division. Free.

March 30—“Snow Angels,” a 2008 film by American director David Gordon Green, screens at Bowling Green State University’s Gish Film Theater. A tumultuous coming-of-age story, the movie follows the progress of a teenager whose first, tentative steps toward romance are derailed by the breakdown of relationships among the adults in his life. Free.

March 30—“Music from Bowling Green at the Manor House” will feature the winners of the Dr. Marjorie Conrad Peatee Art Song Competition in concert at 7:30 p.m. in Toledo’s Wildwood Metropark. Free.

March 30—Violinist Spyros Gkykontis and pianist Elena Petridou, guest artists from Ionian University in Corfu, Greece, will present a free recital at 8 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall of Bowling Green State University’s Moore Musical Arts Center.

March 31—Guest artist and violinist Spyros Gkykontis, from Ionian University in Corfu, Greece, will present a master class at 11:30 a.m. in Bryan Recital Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center at Bowling Green State University. Free.

March 31—The Bowling Green State University Faculty Scholar Series features presentations by Dr. Laura Kennedy, an instructor of musicology, and Dr. Ronald Scherer, a professor of communication disorders, at 8 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center. Kennedy will present “A Creative History: Shostakovich’s Sketches for Symphonies No. 8 and 10,” and Scherer will discuss “Teaching Singing: Science Meets the Art at BGSU.” Free.

April 1—A comedic drama from Bulgaria, “After the End of the World,” will be shown at 7:30 p.m. in the Gish Film Theater in Bowling Green State University’s Hanna Hall. This 1998 film by Bulgarian director Ivan Nichev, a former student of Andjej Wajda in Poland, follows what happens when ethnic harmony between Bulgarians, Armenians, Jews, Turks, Gypsies and Greeks is disrupted by political changes. Free.

April 1—Bowling Green State University Creative Writing alumna Melissa Fraterrigo will read from her fiction at 7:30 p.m. in Prout Chapel on the BGSU campus. The winner of the Tartt First Fiction Award, Fraterrigo’s stories have been nominated for the Fountain Award from the Speculative Literature Foundation and for a Pushcart Award. She was awarded the Charles B. Wood Award for Distinguished Writing from The Carolina Quarterly in 2001 and in 2000, won the Sam Adams/Zoetrope: All-Story Short Fiction Contest. Free.

April 3—Pianist Ning Yu, guest artist at Bowling Green State University, will give a recital at 2 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center. The program will include works by Utics, Claude Debussy, Unsuk Chin, Alexander Scriabin, Gyorgy Ligeti and Andre Boucourechiliev. Yu is a faculty member at the Third Street Music School Settlement in New York City. Free.

April 3—Greek violinist Spyros Gkykontis, guest artist at Bowling Green State University, and violist Vasile Beluska, a BGSU faculty member, will present a duo recital at 8 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center. The show will include works by Dinos Konstandinides, Alkis Baltsa, Theodore Antoniou, Jacques-Fereol Mazas and Vasilis Stamats. Free.

April 6—Cartoonist Nina Paley mixes genres, eras, jazz and autobiographical material in her 2008 film “Sita Sings the Blues,” the next offering in Bowling Green State University’s Tuesdays at the Gish film series. The film is a modern retelling of an ancient Indian tale of marriage and fidelity, enhanced by the music of Annette Hanshaw. The screening is at 7:30 p.m. in the Gish Film Theater, Hanna Hall. Free.

April 4—Sunday Matinees at the Gish Film Theater at Bowling Green State University continue with “The Outlaw,” a 1943 film directed by Howard Hughes, with Jane Russell and Walter Huston. Proof positive that Hughes was once an able, intelligent director, this Western was unusual in its time for its literate, witty treatment of the Billy the Kid legend. With the cartoon “Dripalong Daffy,” from 1951 and commentary from film historian Dr. Jan Wahl, the screening begins at 3 p.m. in Hanna Hall. Free.

April 6—“Music from Bowling Green at the Manor House” will feature an evening of woodwind ensembles at 7:30 p.m. in Toledo’s Wildwood Metropark. Free.

April 6—Bowling Green State University’s Early Music Ensemble, directed by Dr. Mary Natvig, will present a concert at 8 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center. Free.

April 7—The New Music Ensemble, directed by Dr. Kenneth Thompson, will give a free concert at 8 p.m. in Kobacker Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center at Bowling Green State University. Free.

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(Posted March 18, 2010 )