CSU Happenings for April 3-12

APRIL 2-5 - CSU Theatre Staging ‘Machinal’
Columbus State University Theatre will is staging the 1928 Broadway classic, Machinal, this weekend at CSU Theatre on the Park Mainstage in downtown Columbus. Curtain times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. CSU professor Becky Becker directs Sophie Treadwell’s drama that’s loosely based on the sensational 1927 murder trial of Ruth Snyder, the first woman put to death by the electric chair for murdering her husband. General admission is $15; $13 for seniors, children, active military and CSU alumni; and free for CSU faculty and staff (limit two) and students (limit one). For more information, call the CSU theatre box office at 706-507-8444.

APRIL 3 – Solo Ceramics Exhibition to Open on Main Campus
Columbus State’s Department of Art will open a solo exhibition, “The Grandiose Numerical Equation,” by ceramics professor Matthew Paul Isaacson 6-8 p.m. Friday in the University Hall Experimental Theatre on the CSU main campus. The exhibition will run through an April 24 closing reception. In between, free viewing hours are noon-5 p.m. Monday through Thursday. For more information, call the CSU Department of Art at 706-507-8300.

APRIL 3 - Student Violin Recital
Columbus State’s Schwob School of Music will present a student recital by violinist Ninel Jabotinsky at 6 p.m. Friday in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-1986 or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

APRIL 3 - Mingus Big Band to Open Jazz Festival
The Mingus Big Band will open the inaugural Columbus State Jazz Festival with a concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday in RiverCenter’s Bill Heard Theatre. The band specializes in the works of the late Charles Mingus, performs weekly at New York City’s Jazz Standard and also tours Europe and North America. Its Columbus performance will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the landmark Mingus albums Mingus Ah Um and Blues And Roots. Earlier in the evening, band members will present a pre-concert discussion beginning 6:45 p.m. in RiverCenter’s Studio Theatre. This program is free while concert admission prices are $5; $2 for senior citizens, military personnel and non-CSU students; and free with CSU ID. For tickets, contact the RiverCenter Box Office at 706-256-3612. For more on the jazz festival, go to http://music.colstate.edu/jazz/festival.asp.

APRIL 4 - Columbus State Jazz Festival Programs
Columbus State’s Schwob School of Music will present a high school band performances, a workshop and a pair of feature concerts on Saturday as part of the inaugural Columbus State Jazz Festival at RiverCenter:

• Jackson County High School performance, 8am, Studio Theatre, free admission
• Harris County High School performance, 9am, Studio Theatre,free admission
• CSU Jazz Workshop, 10:15-10:45 a.m., Studio Theatre, free admission
• CSU Jazz Band concert, 1 p.m., Bill Heard Theatre; $5
• David Brothers Super Big Band concert, 4 p.m,, Bill Heard Theatre, $5

The CSU Jazz Band, led by festival director and CSU professor Shirantha Beddage, will feature guest trumpeter Melvin Jones, director of bands for Morehouse College. The Atlanta-based David Brothers Super Big Band is an ensemble of jazz performers from across Georgia. Along with the $5 general ticket price for each concert, admission is $2 for senior citizens, military personnel and non-CSU students; and free with CSU ID. For tickets, contact the RiverCenter Box Office at 706-256-3612. For more on the jazz festival, go to http://music.colstate.edu/jazz/festival.asp.

APRIL 5 - Bass Trombonist Charlie Vernon
Charlie Vernon, virtuoso bass trombonist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, will perform 4 p.m. Sunday at RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. Vernon will be accompanied by the CSU Trombone Octet and the CSU Philharmonic Orchestra, directed by Schwob School of Music Director Fred Cohen. With the philharmonic, Vernon will perform new concerto Chick-a-Bone Checkout, composed for him by Christian Lindberg. Admission prices are $5; $2 for senior citizens, military personnel and non-CSU students; and free with CSU ID. For tickets, contact the RiverCenter Box Office at 706-256-3612. For more information, call 706-649-1986 or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

APRIL 6 - Speaker: How U.S. Civil Rights Movement Influenced Irish Writers
Michael Parker, professor of English at the University of Central Lancashire in England, will deliver a lecture, “Civil Rights, Uncivil States: America's Impact on Northern Irish Literature, 1960-71,” 7 p.m. Monday at the Carson McCullers Center, 1519 Stark Ave., Columbus. Parker will describe how literature of Northern Ireland in the 1960s was influenced by the American civil rights movement. The program is free and sponsored by Columbus State’s Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians. For more information, call 706-565-4021 or go to http://www.mccullerscenter.org.

APRIL 6 - Guitar and Voice Studio Recital
Columbus State’s Schwob School of Music will present a guitar and voice studio recital 7:30 p.m. Monday in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-1986 or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

APRIL 7 - Student Piano Recital
Columbus State’s Schwob School of Music will present a student recital by pianist Alice Barna at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 7 in RiverCenter’s Studio Theatre. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-1986 or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

APRIL 7 - Choral Concert: ‘Art Songs and Part Songs’
The CSU Chamber Singers and the Concert Chorale present Art Songs and Part Songs, — a program of solo and ensemble repertoire from 19th-21st century composers — 7 p.m. Tuesday in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. Admission prices are $5; $2 for senior citizens, military personnel and non-CSU students; and free with CSU ID. For tickets, contact the RiverCenter Box Office at 706-256-3612. For more information, call 706-649-1986 or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

APRIL 7 – Art History Lecture
University of West Georgia Art Historian Rebecca Lee Reynolds will present “From Green Cube to Site: Site-Specific Practices at American Sculpture Parks and Gardens, 1965-1987,” 6 p.m. Tuesday in Carpenters Hall at 9th Street and Broadway on CSU’s RiverPark Campus. The program, hosted by CSU's Department of Art, is free and open to the public. For more information, call 706-507-8300.

APRIL 8 – Rehab to Headline Concert at CSU
Columbus State’s Student Activities Council and Student Government Association will host a concert performance by Southern rock-hip hop act, Rehab, with special guest Ethos, at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 8 in the Lumpkin Center. Rehab’s current tour is in promotion of the band’s latest CD release, Graffiti The World. The group recently released the single, “Bartender Song,” recorded with country superstar Hank Williams Jr. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 for the general public and $7 for CSU students, faculty and staff. Tickets for general admission may be purchased by going to the BUY TICKETS NOW link at http://sac.colstate.edu. For more information, call 706-568-2273.

APRIL 9 – Civil War Historian to Present ‘Bitterly Divided’
Civil War historian David Williams will give a talk based on his recent book, Bitterly Divided: The South’s Inner Civil War, at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 9 at the Port Columbus National Civil War Naval Museum, 1002 Victory Drive, Columbus. The program, presented by Columbus State’s Department of History and Geography, is free. Williams, a Valdosta State University history professor, contends white Southerners were as likely to have opposed secession as supported it, and subsequently undermined the Confederate war effort. For more information, call 706-568-2263.

APRIL 9 - Student Voice Recitals
Columbus State’s Schwob School of Music will present student voice recitals on Thursday by Christian Ivey at 6 p.m. in Studio Theatre and Shera Francis at 7:30 p.m. in Legacy Hall. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-1986 or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

APRIL 10 - NCAA Softball Doubleheader: Augusta State
Columbus State will host Augusta State for an NCAA softball doubleheader on Friday, April 10 at Lady Cougar Field. Game times are 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Admission prices are $5 for adults; $3 for students/kids (including non-CSU students); and free for age 5 and under and CSU students, faculty and staff with ID. For more information, call 706-568-2204 or go to http://www.csucougars.com.

APRIL 10-11 - NCAA Baseball: Georgia College and State
The Columbus State baseball squad will host Georgia College and State for an April 10-11 series at Ragsdale Field. Game times are 5 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday. Daily admission prices are $5 for adults; $3 for students/kids (including non-CSU students); and free for ages 5 and under and CSU students, faculty and staff with ID. For more information, call 706-568-2204 or go to http://www.csucougars.com.

APRIL 11 - Student Recitals
Columbus State’s Schwob School of Music will present a series of student recitals on Saturday, April 11 in RiverCenter’s Studio Theatre: trombonist Hazel Geissinger (4 p.m.), Hyun Ji Kim (5:15 p.m.), and violinists Yaniv Gutman (6:30 p.m.) and Boris Abramov (7:30 p.m.). Admission is free. For more information,call 706-649-1986 or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

APRIL 11 - Astronomy Night
Columbus State’s Coca-Cola Space Science Center staff lead Astronomy Night programs of stargazing and planet viewing at 9 p.m. Saturday, April 11 at Roosevelt State Park near Pine Mountain. For more information, call 706-649-1470 or go to http://www.ccssc.org.

ONGOING
Weekend Bird Walks at Oxbow Meadows
The Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center is hosting weekend “Bird Walks” from 8-9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday at the center, 3535 South Lumpkin Road. The program is free and designed for adults and children ages 10 and older. Binoculars and bird field guides are provided. Reservations are required. For more information, call 706-687-4090 or go to http://oxbow.colstate.edu.

Group Exhibition: ‘Standing on the Shoulders of Giants’
Columbus State’s Department of Art is hosting “Standing on the Shoulders of Giants,” a ceramics exhibition by guest artists through April 18 in the Corn Center for Visual Arts’ Illges Gallery in downtown Columbus. Participating artists are Val Cushing, Chris Gustin, Wayne Higby, John Jessiman, Ji-Wan Joo, Karen Karnes, Jackson Li, Brad Schwieger, Don Reitz, Allan Rosenbaum, Chris Staley, Lydia Thompson and Peter Voulkos. A closing reception is set for 6-7 p.m. April 17 in the gallery.

Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Saturday. The Corn Center is located at 6 West 10th St. in downtown Columbus. Parking is available in the RiverCenter parking garage on Broadway, allowing visitors to enter the Corn Center’s Front Street entrance. For more information, call 706-507-8300.