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Boston College Arts Festival 2015

Arts and Entertainment

April 10, 2015

From: Boston College Arts Festival

17th Annual Arts Festival

The Boston College Arts Festival brings the Boston College and surrounding communities together to celebrate the arts. In 2015, the 17th annual Arts Festival committee will once again invite the community to experience the variety of arts at Boston College firsthand. A talented group of more than 1,000 student and faculty artists will present music, theater, dance, poetry, film, painting, sculpture, and more. Enjoy some music, buy some art, try your hand at ceramics, listen to readings, enjoy a play...there's so much to experience at the BC Arts Festival.

We will hold our annual Arts Awards ceremony on Friday, April 24, 2015, at 4:00pm in the Stokes Art Tent. Along with recognizing accomplished students, the awards program will also be honoring a distinguished faculty member, and a BC alum who has made significant contriubtions to the arts in their field. Stay tuned for awards updates throughout the year.

Festival Events Every Day

- Music, theater, and dance events every hour.

- Art demonstrations, sidewalk chalk, and craft art for purchase by BC artists.

- Literary readings, film screenings, and art exhibitions throughout the day.

Featured Events

- Arts and Social Responsibility programs are featured at the festival this year. Check out the schedule pages and look for events marked with a LEAF.

- The Tempest: Directed by Professor Patricia Riggin, The Tempest, known as Shakespeare's final play, is set on a remote island, where Prospero, the rightful Duke of Milan, plots to restore his daughter Miranda to her rightful place using illusion and skillful manipulation. He conjures up a storm, the eponymous tempest, to lure his usurping brother Antonio and the complicit King Alonso of Naples to the island. There, his machinations bring about the revelation of Antonio's lowly nature, the redemption of the King, and the marriage of Miranda to Alonso's son, Ferdinand. *Admission $15, $10 for seniors or with a BC ID. Tickets available online at www.bc.edu/robsham or at 617-552-4002. Robsham Theater Arts Center

Noon-5:00 p.m. : Children's Activities

- Arts & crafts, face painting, cookie decorating.

- Children's Story Hour.

- Instrument Petting Zoo, music and dance demonstrations.

Schedule

April 23, 2015

12:00-12:45 : Irish Studies Music Program

Under the direction of Seamus Connolly, includes Irish dance and instrumentation along with the study of the historical and cultural context behind them.

O'Neill Plaza

12:00-1:00 : Asinine

Sketch and improv comedy.

Stokes Art Tent

12:00-2:00 : Readings by Senior Creative Writing Concentrators

The Creative Writing Concentration is a special track of the English major. Graduating Seniors: Kathleen Fahy, Sophia Gorgens, Kate Lewis, Alexandra Machetanz, Alexandra McKenzie, Alexis Murphy, and Patty Owens.

Gasson 100

12:45-1:30 : Dance Showcase

The Festival Dance Showcases feature an assortment of dance styles ranging from traditional ballet, jazz, modern, and tap to hip-hop, swing, and step. These showcases feature student choreographers and dancers from 18 different student groups working extensively outside the classroom on their art form. Intercultural student groups will present exhibitions of their dance styles from all over the world.

O'Neill Plaza

1:00-1:45 : ACT: AHANA Collective Theatre

The goal of ACT is to share plays from AHANA playwrights with the BC community in order to continue fostering communication and community.

Stokes Art Tent

1:30-2:00 : Popular Styles Ensemble

Professor Erik Kniffin's ensemble performs popular rock, blues, jazz and fusion numbers.

O'Neill Plaza

2:00-2:45 : Musical Theatre Wing

A cabaret performance of musical theatre songs.

O'Neill Plaza

2:00-2:30 : Sharp 11th

Original jazz compositions and standards by faculty Ned Rosen (Mathematics) and Peter Clote (Biology).

Stokes Art Tent

2:00-3:00 : Middle Eastern Music

The newest ensemble from the BC Music department performs.

Gasson 100

2:45-3:15 : Dance Showcase

The Festival Dance Showcases feature an assortment of dance styles ranging from traditional ballet, jazz, modern, and tap to hip-hop, swing, and step. These showcases feature student choreographers and dancers from 18 different student groups working extensively outside the classroom on their art form. Intercultural student groups will present exhibitions of their dance styles from all over the world.

O'Neill Plaza

3:00-3:45 : Dramatics Society

Members talk: "Why Theatre at BC," followed by performance.

Stokes Art Tent

3:00-4:00 : Chamber Music Society

Gasson 100

4:15-5:15 : University Chorale

Under the direction of John Finney.

O'Neill Plaza

4:30-6:00 : Gallery Opening and Reception

Opening reception for Student Art Show. Presentation of Critics' Choice Awards. Featuring Artists Talk and a discussion of the artistic process.

Stokes Art Tent

6:00-8:00 : Graduate Literary Reading

Graduate students share original fiction and poetry, followed by a staged reading of Selected Works from The Collected Works of Dr. Rolfe Templechong.

Stokes Art Tent

7:00-9:00 : Liturgy Arts Group

A showcase of sacred choral, contemporary Christian, and gospel music by BC's liturgical choir.

Gasson 100

7:30-9:30 : Stylus Spring Launch and Reception

Robert Polito '73 and a diverse array of student writers read their works.

Stokes South 195

7:30-10:00 : The Tempest

Directed by Professor Patricia Riggin, The Tempest, known as Shakespeare's final play, is set on a remote island, where Prospero, the rightful Duke of Milan, plots to restore his daughter Miranda to her rightful place using illusion and skillful manipulation. He conjures up a storm, the eponymous tempest, to lure his usurping brother Antonio and the complicit King Alonso of Naples to the island. There, his machinations bring about the revelation of Antonio's lowly nature, the redemption of the King, and the marriage of Miranda to Alonso's son, Ferdinand. *Admission $15, $10 for seniors or with a BC ID. Tickets available online at www.bc.edu/robsham or at 617-552-4002.

Robsham Theater Arts Center

8:00-10:00 : BC's Best

A singer/songwriter competition and battle of the bands. Co-sponsored by CAB and the Music Guild.

O'Neill Plaza

April 24, 2015

12:00-1:00 : BC bOp!

Under the Direction of Sebastian Bonaiuto, instrumental and vocal ensemble performs traditional and contemporary jazz literature. Its repertoire of over 50 selections includes music from the 1940s to the present and is designed to satisfy a variety of musical tastes.

O'Neill Plaza

12:00-12:30 : The Committee for Creative Enactments

Improv comedy show.

Stokes Art Tent

12:00-2:00: Readings by Faculty

Professors Andrew Sofer, Suzanne Berne, Allison Adair, Suzanne Matson, Maxim D. Shrayer, and this year's Faculty Award Recipient, Elizabeth Graver.

Gasson 100

1:15-2:00 : Dance Showcase - Critics' Choice

The Festival Dance Showcases feature an assortment of dance styles ranging from traditional ballet, jazz, modern, and tap to hip-hop, swing, and step. These showcases feature student choreographers and dancers from 18 different student groups working extensively outside the classroom on their art form. Intercultural student groups will present exhibitions of their dance styles from all over the world.

O'Neill Plaza

1:30-2:00 : Theatre Sports Smackdown!

Theatre faculty Jackie Arko's Improvisation for the Stage class competes in a comedy battle royale full of hilarious characters and amazing feats of improvisation.

Stokes Art Tent

2:15-3:15 : Inside the BC Studio

Professor Sheila Gallagher interviews honored alumni guest Chris Doyle '81, acclaimed multidisciplinary artist.

Stokes Art Tent

2:15-3:15 : Chamber Music Society

Performances by the BC Flute Choir, BC Cello Ensemble, and BC Baroque.

O'Neill Plaza

3:15-4:00 : A Cappella Showcase - Critics' Choice

A variety of a cappella groups.

O'Neill Plaza

3:00-4:00 : Symphony Orchestra

Under the direction of John Finney.

Gasson 100

4:00-6:00 : Awards Celebration and Reception

Please join Vice President of Student Affairs, Dr. Barbara Jones and Dean of Arts and Sciences, Gregory Kalscheur, J.D. in recognizing the artistic accomplishments of BC students, faculty, and alumni. The Arts Council Alumni Award will be presented to Chris Doyle ('81) and the Faculty Arts Award to English Professor Elizabeth Graver. Reception to follow. Event is free and open to the public, for questions please call 617-552-4700.

Stokes Art Tent.

6:15-7:00 : Juice

Poetry expressing the Black experience at university and in professional life.

Stokes Art Tent

7:00-7:45 : Taking on New Heights: Stand-Up Comedy

Comedy show directed by Dana Jay Bein, BC '00.

O'Neill Plaza

7:00-8:00 : Spoken Word

Performance Poetry.

Stokes Art Tent

7:00-8:00 : Film Studies Documentary Screenings

Devlin 008

7:00 & 9:00 : The Committee for Creative Enactments

An interactive comedic murder mystery. Discretion advised. *Admission $5 at the door.

O'Connell House

7:30-10:00 : The Tempest

Admission charge.

Robsham Theater Arts Center

8:00-9:00 : Symphonic Band

90 musicians perform works of Bernstein, Sousa, Ticheli, and more.

Gasson 100

8:00-9:00 : My Mother's Fleabag

A night of comedy celebrating the 35th anniversary of BC's oldest improv and sketch group. Discretion advised.

O'Neill Plaza

9:00-10:00 : Mod of Cards Premiere

Screening of Episodes 5 and 6.

Stokes Art Tent

9:30-11:00 : BC Underground

An evening showcasing BC students in often underrepresented genres: Electronic musicians, DJs, mixers, rappers, break dancers, and hip hop dancers will perform in collaborative programming. *Discretion advised.

O'Neill Plaza

11:00-12:00 : After Hours Theatre

A night of ten-minute plays written, directed, and performed by students. O'Neill Plaza.

April 25, 2015

12:00-1:00 : Voices of Imani Gospel Choir

Boston College's gospel choir fills the main tent with joyful praise and enthusiasm as they perform some of their greatest hits and live up to their name: powerful voices lifted up in imani, the Swahili word for "faith."

O'Neill Plaza

12:00-2:00 : Readings by Faculty

Professors Bob Chibka (a farewell reading in celebration of his retirement after 30 years at BC), Sue Roberts, Brian Sousa, James Najarian, John M. Anderson, and Christopher Boucher.

Gasson 100

1:00-1:45 : Laughing Medusa Reading

The Laughing Medusa presents female artists reading poetry and prose, dancing, singing, and acting.

Stokes Art Tent

1:00-2:00 : Dance Showcase

The Festival Dance Showcases feature an assortment of dance styles ranging from traditional ballet, jazz, modern, and tap to hip-hop, swing, and step. These showcases feature student choreographers and dancers from 18 different student groups working extensively outside the classroom on their art form. Intercultural student groups will present exhibitions of their dance styles from all over the world.

O'Neill Plaza

1:00-2:00 : Op Shop

Performing Troupe of BC Opera Theatre performs selections.

O'Neill Plaza

2:00-2:00 : Industry Insider Panel

Honored alumni guest Chris Doyle '81 leads panel of art gallery professionals, curaotrs at MASS MoCA and MFA, Boston.

Stokes Art Tent

2:00-3:00 : Children's Theatre

The Princess Bride performed by Prof. Luke Jorgensen's Theatre for Youth class.

O'Neill Plaza

2:30-3:30 : Chamber Music Society

BC music students present chamber works by Ludwig van Beethoven.

Bonn Studio, Robsham Theater Arts Center

3:00-3:45 : A Cappella Showcase - Critics' Choice

Featuring professionally selected, exceptional performances by a cappella groups.

O'Neill Plaza

3:00-4:00 : Contemporary Theatre

A one-women show written and performed by Jeanette Bonner. Discretion advised.

Stokes Art Tent

3:45-4:30 : Dramatics Society: Legally Blonde

Highlights from the spring musical.

O'Neill Plaza

4:00-4:30 : Madrigals!

Medieval a cappella music composed in modern and traditional styles and performed in costume.

Gasson 100

5:00-6:00 : Salmanowitz Program Social Justice Films

Devlin 026

6:00-7:00 : Juice

Poetry expressing the Black experience at university and in professional life.

Stokes Art Tent

7:00 & 9:00 : The Committee for Creative Enactments

An interactive comedic murder mystery. Discretion advised. Admission $5 at the door.

O'Connell House

7:30-10:00 : The Tempest

Admission charge.

Robsham Theater Arts Center

7:30-9:30 : Michael B. Kreps Memorial Readings in Russian Emigré Poetry

Three contemporary Russian emigré poets, Alexander Gabriel, Vladimir Druk, and Ian Probstein, will read from their works.

Devlin 101

8:00-10:00 : Dancing with bOp!

An exciting evening of jazz and dance with music performed by BC bOp! with choreography by Boston College dance groups. *$15 admission at the door. BC students w/ID free.

O'Neill Plaza

Date: April 23-25, 2015

Time: Noon - 11:00 p.m.

Location:

Boston College,

140 Commonwealth Avenue,

Chestnut Hill, MA 02467.

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