CSU Happenings for March 21-28

MARCH 21 - ‘Green’ Activist Artists to Present Home Composting Workshop; ‘Interact’ Exhibition Reception to Follow
Chicago-based artists Kevin Kaempf and Lora Lode will present a workshop, “People Powered: Talk Dirt,” at 2 p.m. Friday in CSU’s Corn Center for the Visual Arts’ Illges Gallery. The program will demonstrate a soil starter kit and is designed to encourage home composting.

The workshop will be followed by a gallery reception for the upcoming exhibition, “Interact.” The March 26-April 19 group exhibition in the Illges Gallery will include an installation by Lode and Kaempf, a sculptor who operates the Chicago organization People Powered (http://www.peoplepowered.org), which focuses on community building, bike culture, environmental activism, design and art. The workshop and reception are free and sponsored by CSU’s Department of Art. For more information, call 706-507-8300.

MARCH 21 - NCAA Tennis at CSU
The CSU men’s and women’s tennis squads will host USC Aiken for matches starting 2:30 p.m. Friday at the Blackmon Tennis Center. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-568-2204 or go to http://www.csucougars.com.

MARCH 21-22 - NCAA Baseball: CSU to Host Francis Marion
The CSU baseball squad will host Francis Marion for games at 6 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday at Ragsdale Field. Admission is $5 per day for adults, $3 for students (age 5 through college) and free with CSU or Cougar Club member ID. For more information, call 706-568-2204 or go to http://www.csucougars.com.

MARCH 21 - International Medieval Poetry Reading
CSU will present an International Medieval Poetry Reading at 7 p.m. Friday in the Smith-McCullers House, 1519 Stark, Ave., Columbus. The program is free and open to the public.

CSU students and faculty will read poetry in original language with English translation, and medieval music and images will accompany the readings. Spanish language professor Jose Barroso-Castro is directing the program, a collaboration among CSU’s Department of Modern and Classical Languages, Department of English and Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians. For more information, call 706-565-4021.

MARCH 21 - Student Voice Recital
CSU’s Schwob School of Music will present a student voice recital by soprano Becky Chambers at 7:30 p.m. Friday in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-7287.

MARCH 22 - NCAA Softball: CSU to Host Armstrong Atlantic State
The CSU softball squad will host Armstrong Atlantic State for games at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday at Lady Cougar Field. Admission is $5 per day for adults, $3 for students (age 5 through college) and free with CSU or Cougar Club member ID. For more information, call 706-568-2204 or go to http://www.csucougars.com.

MARCH 24 - Student Voice Recital
CSU’s Schwob School of Music will present a student voice recital by soprano Brittany Schwendenman at 7:30 p.m. Monday in RiverCenter’s Studio Theatre. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-7287.

MARCH 25 – U.S. Army’s Trombone Quintet to Perform
CSU’s Schwob School of Music will present a performance by the Trombone Quintet from the U.S. Army Field Band at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-7287.

MARCH 25 – Violin Studio Gala
CSU’s Schwob School of Music will present a “Violin Studio Gala” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. The program will feature CSU's Sergiu Schwartz, the William B. and Sue Marie Turner Distinguished Faculty Chair in Violin, and his students from the Schwob School of Music Violin Studio. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-7287.

MARCH 26-APRIL 19 - Group Art Exhibition: ‘Interact’
The Department of Art will stage a group exhibition, “Interact,” from Wednesday through April 19 in CSU’s Corn Center for the Visual Arts’ Illges Gallery. The theme is premised on “interaction as an experience from the public-to-artist, artist-to-artist, or art-to-artist.”

Works will include a video installation documenting CSU Professor and Rothschild Endowed Chair of Art Mara Scrupe’s “Pie Social,” her performance installation of the same title at Limerick, Ireland’s 2007 Unfringed Festival. Collaborating with local volunteers, Scrupe baked American-style pastries using organic and local ingredients and from personal family recipes passed down from several generations of Midwestern American farm women. The home-baked delicacies — apple, pecan, lemon meringue, banana crème and pumpkin pies – were displayed at a local cafe and auctioned off with proceeds donated to charities, and relief and aid organizations in Ireland.

In addition to Scrupe, Interact also will feature artists Anna Callahan from Seattle; CarianaCarianne, who lives and works in Chicago and Brooklyn, and Chicago artists Kevin Kaempf and Laura Lode. Illges Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Friday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 706-507-8300.

MARCH 26 - Student Violin Recital
CSU’s Schwob School of Music will present a student violin recital by Sara Beth Flink at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in RiverCenter’s Studio Theatre. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-7287.

MARCH 28 - Film Screening, Discussion with Composer Nico Muhly
CSU’s Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians and the Columbus Film Society will host a screening of the film “Joshua” and discussion led by the movie’s score composer Nico Muhly at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 28 at RiverCenter’s Studio Theatre. Muhly will discuss the Joshua score, followed by a screening of the horror-thriller film about an affluent Manhattan couple, and how they are torn apart by the increasingly psychotic behavior of their mentally disturbed son. The program is free and open to the public.

The McCullers Center Resident Composer in Percussion, Muhly’s orchestral works have been premiered by the likes of the Boston Pops and he recently provided film scores for “Choking Man” (2006) in addition to “Joshua.” He also has worked extensively with Philip Glass as editor, keyboardist, and conductor for numerous other film and stage projects. For more information, call 706-565-4021.

MARCH 28 – Concert by Guitarist David Russell
CSU’s Schwob School of Music will present a concert by Grammy-winning classical guitarist David Russell at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 28 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. Russell’s CD “Aire Latino” earned a 2005 Grammy in the category of best instrumental soloist in classical music. Admission is $10 and half-price for military personnel, senior citizens and CSU faculty, staff and students. For tickets, call the RiverCenter Box Office at 706-256-3612. For more information, call 706-649-7287 or go to http://music.colstate.edu.