CSU Happenings March 23-30

• MARCH 23 – Student Voice Recital
CSU’s Schwob School of Music will present a student recital by mezzo-soprano Becky Chambers at 7:30 p.m. Friday in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. General admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-7287.

• MARCH 23 – NCAA Softball: CSU to Host Francis Marion
The CSU women’s softball squad will host Francis Marion, at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Friday at Lady Cougar Field. Admission is $5 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 visit www.csucougars.com.

• MARCH 24 - CSU Student Group to Stage Interactive Game and Arts Expo
CSU will host an interactive exposition of computer gaming and popular arts, including science fiction, on Saturday at the Davidson Student Center. The event will run 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. as visitors can compete in video game tournaments, costume contests and boffer combat (mock battles with padded swords). Demonstrations will range from video game design and sci-fi movies and anime (Japanese-style animation) to art, poetry, live music and martial arts. Refreshments and hourly door prizes also are on tap.

Dubbed “NerdaCon” by its organizers, the “Campus Nerds” CSU student organization, the event is designed as the largest of its kind in the Columbus area, replacing the Columbus Game and Hobby Expo formerly hosted by CSU’s Coca-Cola Space Science Center, said Matthew Ballard, CSU student and leader of Campus Nerds. “We’re anticipating anywhere from several hundred to 1,000 participants.”

About 20 local businesses are supporting the event, which targets students as well as families. Admission is free. For more information visit www.nerdacon.com or call 706-536-7425.

• MARCH 24-25 – NCAA Baseball: CSU Hosts Georgia Southwestern
The CSU baseball squad will host Georgia Southwestern at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Ragsdale Field. Admission is $5 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 visit visit http://csucougars.com.

• MARCH 24 – Astronomy Night at Space Science Center
CSU’s Coca-Cola Space Science Center will present Astronomy Night starting 7 p.m. Saturday, March 24 at the center, 701 Front Ave., Columbus. The event, featuring a planetarium presentation followed by planet viewing and stargazing, is free and open to the public. For more information, call 706-649-1470.

• MARCH 25 – NCAA Tennis: CSU Hosts USC Upstate
CSU’s men’s and women’s tennis squads will host USC Upstate on Sunday at the Blackmon Tennis Center. Matches start at 1 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-568-2204 or visit www.csucougars.com.

• MARCH 25 - Premier Series to Feature Rob Kapilow
Rob Kapilow, a conductor, composer and commentator, will be featured in a CSU Premier Series concert, “What Makes it Great,” at 4 p.m. Sunday in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. The program is designed to entertain and educate audiences of all ages and will include a performance by the CSU Philharmonic, conducted by Andre Gaskins. Reserved seating is $20 per ticket. Discounts apply for senior citizens, military personnel and CSU students. For tickets, call 706-256-3612. For more information, call 706-649-7287.

• MARCH 27- Concert to Feature Prize-Winning Violinists
CSU’s Schwob School of Music will present “Bravissimo,” a violin studio gala concert, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. General admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-7287.

Violinist Sergiu Schwartz, CSU’s William B. and Sue Marie Turner distinguished faculty chair in violin, with his prize-winning students, will perform virtuoso and romantic works from the violin repertoire. The violin studio at CSU includes 18 students from the United States, Canada, Russia, Israel, Mexico, Korean, Dominican Republic and Spain. Many have won awards in national and international competitions.

• MARCH 28 – NCAA Baseball: CSU Hosts Valdosta State
The CSU baseball squad will host Valdosta State at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Ragsdale Field. Admission is $5 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 visit www.csucougars.com.

• MARCH 29 – Pianist Eugenio Urrutia to Perform
CSU’s Schwob School of Music will present a performance by pianist Eugenio Urrutia at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 29 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. General admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-7287.

• MARCH 29-APRIL 1 - ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ Christens CSU’s New Downtown Theatre
The first theatre production in the new CSU RiverPark art and theatre complex will be staged March 29-April 1 when “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” signals a new era of CSU performances in downtown Columbus. Curtain times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, March 29 -31 and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 1.

The Shakespeare comedy marks the first performance for Theatre on the Park, the 350-seat venue that’s a centerpiece of the new riverfront complex. While the venue will be showcased in full starting in the fall when all the kinks are worked out, theatre-goers can get a first look at the new spaces during the upcoming shows.

Admission prices for this “PG-13” production are $15 per adult, $13 per child, senior citizen, active military and CSU alumni and free for CSU faculty, staff and students. Tickets are available at the Theatre on the Park Box Office or charge by phone at 706-569-3179. The box office is open Monday through Friday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, including parking directions, call 706-507-8400.

• MARCH 30 – Jazz Band with Richard De Rosa to Perform
CSU’s Schwob School of Music will present a performance by the CSU Jazz Band with New York based drummer, composer and educator Richard De Rosa at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 30 in RiverCenter’s Studio Theatre. General admission is $5 and free for CSU students and personnel. Tickets are available at the RiverCenter Box Office or by calling 706-256-3612. For more information, call 706-649-7287.