Springer and CSU Merge Missions in Theatrical “Marriage”

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COLUMBUS, Ga. — After a long courtship, the Springer Opera House and Columbus State University have taken their relationship to the next level by creating a more perfect union called the Georgia Repertory Theatre.

In a Memorandum of Understanding signed in December, the CSU Department of Theatre and the 145-year-old State Theatre of Georgia have merged their missions to create a professional theatre company with a focus on artistic excellence and finding jobs for graduates.

“The Georgia Repertory Theatre offers a dynamic new operating model that we expect to have a national impact on the American theatre industry,” said Paul Pierce, producing artistic director of the Springer Opera House. “We are creating a partnership that provides unsurpassed artistic excellence for audiences, astonishing professional advantages for students and an innovative service program for every child in our public schools.”

The goal of the Georgia Repertory Theatre (GRT) is to be “America’s professional teaching theatre,” featuring the nation’s finest stage talent, teachers and blue chip students  and making Columbus a national hotspot for artistic innovation and training, said Pierce.

The concept is modeled along the lines of teaching hospitals, which allow student physicians to work alongside the world’s top doctors before they graduate. The Georgia Repertory will do the same for theatre with CSU students, making them immediately employable in the theatre and film industries.

“Over the years, Columbus has carefully assembled a theatre infrastructure that is virtually unmatched anywhere in the country,” said CSU President Chris Markwood. “With the advent of this partnership, I hope we will use these programs and these great facilities to further launch Columbus into the national spotlight.”

“Within two blocks, CSU and the Springer collectively own four state-of-the-art theatres, 250,000 square feet of amazing production and education facilities and employ 34 of the nation’s finest theatre practitioners,” explained CSU Department of Theatre Chair Larry Dooley. “Separately, we are better than average operations. Together, we are among the best in the world. It’s time to rally all of these resources together to make history.”

“It’s all about artistic excellence, audience building and workforce development,” said Richard Baxter, dean of the College of the Arts at CSU. “We want to leverage the investments that have already been made at CSU and the Springer to expand enrollment and make CSU the first choice for America’s best theatre students. Columbus has an opportunity to become a prominent voice in shaping America’s rising creative economy. And that’s our overall goal.”

The bonanza for students is that the GRT will provide new opportunities to collect professional resume credits while still in school and receive job placement counseling that will allow them to graduate with jobs waiting for them in theatre and film.

CSU Theatre and the Springer Opera House have been gradually combining parts of its operations for several years.

“CSU students are serving internships with us, working as stage technicians and stage managers and performing in our shows,” said Pierce. In addition, CSU theatre professors are working as guest artists and designers and teaching classes in our theatre academy. We are also sharing equipment. Simultaneously, Springer staff have been serving as adjunct faculty and guest lecturers in the department. The Georgia Repertory Theatre enterprise dramatically expands a collaboration that has been building organically for several years.”

“CSU is committed to expanding enrollment,” said Baxter. “When Paul Pierce came to us and asked, ‘What can the Springer do to help CSU increase its capacity?’ I knew it was a game-changing moment. Once we put all of our assets on the same table, we quickly realized we were inventing America’s next great theatre company.”

The Georgia Repertory Theatre’s goals include:

— Make Columbus ground zero for top-ranked theatre and film training in America
— Invest in artistic excellence to make GRT a professional theatre with a national profile
— Recruit first-tier professional guest artists for performing and teaching on all stages
— Expand enrollment to make CSU the largest and best theatre department in the South
— Present world premieres of new plays by Georgia playwrights
— Fund a broad range of scholarships, internships and assistantships
— Establish formal paths to employment for students in theatre and film
— Provide subsidized tickets for all students in every school in every district
— Provide free performances for all Title I schools in the Muscogee County School District
— Establish a national audience development conference hosted by GRT
— Create student showcases for agents, producers and directors in Atlanta and New York

“This is not a bricks-and-mortar project,” explained Tom Flournoy, chairman of the Georgia Repertory Theatre’s joint advisory committee. “Columbus’ generous donors have already invested in the finest facilities in America over the past 20 years. Of course, the partnership will require new funding to realize the full scope of this vision, and the community will learn more about that in the future. For the moment, we are going to concentrate on putting these amazing assets to work to transform CSU, the Springer and the theatre industry in the U.S.”

The Georgia Repertory Theatre will feature twin programs working in tandem:

  1. Georgia Repertory Theatre – Springer
    The Spring GRT is a professional theatre with mainstage, studio and children’s theatre, national touring shows and theatre/film training for students K-12. CSU faculty and students will be integrated into all aspects of these professional programs.
  2. Georgia Repertory Theatre – Riverside
    The Riverside GRT is an educational theatre with mainstage, studio and children’s theatre, summer stock, regional touring shows and conservatory education in theatre performance, design, technical skills, arts management and drama education. Springer artists and staff will be integrated into all aspects of these programs.

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CSU Happenings for Nov. 20-28

NOV. 20 – International Food, Entertainment, Fashion Programs
Columbus State will close its International Education Week celebration with a pair of programs Friday. An “International Fun and Food Fest” is slated for 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the International House at the corner of University Avenue and Clearview Circle. At 6 p.m., an “International Fashion and Dance Review” will be staged in the Cougar Lounge on the Davidson Student Center’s second floor. These programs are free. For more information, call 706-565-4036.

NOV. 20-22 – CSU Theatre Staging Cloud Nine
Columbus State Theatre is staging British playwright Caryl Churchill’s comedy Cloud Nine through the weekend at CSU Theatre on the Park Mainstage in downtown Columbus. Curtain times are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Directed by professor Becky Becker, the play’s first act satirizes the late-19th century British Empire and the repressive nature of the Victorian family. The second act shows what could happen when the restrictions of both the genre of comedy and Victorian ideology are loosened in a more permissive society. Ticket prices are $15 for adults and $13 for seniors, children, active military and CSU alumni and free for CSU faculty-staff (limit two) and students (limit one). For more information, call the theatre box office at 706-507-8444.

NOV. 20 – CSU Wind Orchestra and Choral Union
The CSU Wind Orchestra and Choral Union will perform 7 p.m. Friday in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall as part of the Schwob School of Music’s 13th Annual Conductors Workshop. Wind Ensemble guest conductors Allan McMurray (University of Colorado) and Mark Scatterday (Eastman School of Music) will join Robert Rumbelow for a program featuring works by Grainger, Schuman, Laurisden, and the world premiere of a major composition by Christopher Theofanidis. Vocal soloists for the Theofanidis piece are soprano Michelle DeBruyn, tenor Andrew Skoog and baritone David Grogan. The concert is free. For more information, call 706-649-7225, e-mail schwobmusic@ColumbusState.edu or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

NOV. 21 – NCAA Co-Ed Rifle Competition: Thanksgiving Classic
Columbus State’s NCAA Division I Co-Ed Rifle squad will host and compete in the inaugural Thanksgiving Classic on Saturday, Nov. 21 at Fort Benning’s Army Marksmanship Unit. The competition begins 9 a.m. For more information, call 706-568-2204 or go to http://www.csucougars.com.

NOV. 21 – Visitation Day for Prospective Students
Columbus State will hold a Visitation Day for prospective students and their parents starting 9 a.m. Saturday at the Lumpkin Center. Participants will tour the university, view student apartments, get insight from current CSU students, speak with professors, attend a social event with CSU student organizations and dine in the CSU Cougar Café. For more information or to register, go to http://www.visit.colstate.edu or call 706-507-8800.

NOV. 21 – Astronomy Night
Columbus State’s Coca-Cola Space Science Center will host a free Astronomy Night program Saturday at the center, 701 Front Ave. A planetarium presentation at 5 p.m. is followed by stargazing and planet viewing at 6 p.m. For more information, go to http://www.ccssc.org or call 706-649-1470.

NOV. 21 – NCAA Co-Ed Rifle Competition: Thanksgiving Classic
Columbus State’s NCAA Division I Co-Ed Rifle squad will host and compete in the inaugural Thanksgiving Classic on Saturday at Fort Benning’s Army Marksmanship Unit. The competition begins 9 a.m. For more information, call 706-568-2204 or go to http://www.csucougars.com.

NOV. 22 — Guest Clarinetist Robert Spring
Columbus State’s Schwob School of Music will present a performance by Robert Spring, described as “one of this country’s most sensitive and talented clarinetists” (Arizona Republic), 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. Spring, from the Arizona State University music faculty, will be joined by CSU pianist Yien Wang. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-7225, e-mail schwobmusic@ColumbusState.edu or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

NOV. 23 – CSU Guitar and Flute Recital
Students from the studios of professors Andrée Martin (flute) Andrew Zohn (guitar) will perform duos from the flute and guitar repertoire 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 23 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-7225, e-mail schwobmusic@ColumbusState.edu or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

NOV. 24 – CSU Blood Drive
Columbus State University will host a blood drive 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Tuesday in the Davidson Student Center Columbus Room. Participation is open to the public. To set an appointment go to http:// www.givelife.org.

NOV. 25-27 – CSU to Close for Furlough, Holiday
Columbus State will close Wednesday — the result of a furlough day — and remain closed Thursday and Friday for Thanksgiving.

NOV. 27-28 – NCAA Women’s Basketball: Jack Hughston Classic
Columbus State’s women’s basketball squad will host and compete in the Jack Hughston Classic Friday and Saturday, Nov. 27-28 at the Lumpkin Center. The match-ups include CSU and Tusculum (7:30 p.m. Friday), Georgia College and State and Tusculum (2 p.m. Saturday) and CSU and Carson Newman (4 p.m. Saturday). Daily Lumpkin Center 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.

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CSU Theatre to Stage British Comedy Cloud Nine

COLUMBUS, Ga. – Audience members can watch as characters, imprisoned by inhibitions, break free and explore unexpected roles in the next Columbus State Theatre Department production, the British comedy Cloud Nine.

Playwright Caryl Churchill’s work comes to the CSU Theatre on the Park Mainstage at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 19-21 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22.

Directed by professor Becky Becker, the play’s first act satirizes the late-19th century British Empire and the repressive nature of the Victorian family. The second act shows what could happen when the restrictions of both the genre of comedy and Victorian ideology are loosened in a more permissive society.

Churchill often employs a before-and-after sequence to communicate her message. For instance, Cloud Nine’s first act takes place in colonial Africa in the 1880s, while the second act is set in London in the late1970s. “But according to Churchill, only 25 years have passed for the characters,” Becker said. Mature themes, particularly those related to sex and gender identity, shape the play as it demonstrates how “attitudes and moral codes of the colonial Victorian era continue to impact contemporary attitudes.”

Can comedy achieve such a thing? Becker thinks so. “Comedy can often be the best vehicle to encourage thoughtful engagement with serious topics,” she said. “Comedy helps the audience let its guard down and possibly even examine ideas from a perspective they wouldn’t normally see or try to understand.”

This exploration of identity is what Becker likes most about the production. “I think we are rather confused, culturally, when it comes to sex, in particular,” she said. “We don’t really want to talk or deal frankly with the topic of sex, yet we use sex to sell everything from shoes to cigarettes to cars.”

Becker believes Churchill is addressing many related contradictions.

Also an ensemble play, Cloud Nine’s characters collectively represent the themes of the production. In the first act, a man plays a woman, a woman plays a young boy, a white man plays an African, and one character is played by a “dummy” or doll. In the second act, a man plays a four-year-old girl, and one character, a young boy, is talked about but never actually seen.“These casting requirements are integral to the play and the ideas that Churchill explores,” Becker said. ”Each of the characters undergoes a journey to figure out where they fit, in terms of sexual and gender identities.”

Becker said her student actors enjoy the challenge of working with difficult material.

As for viewers, Becker said audiences shouldn’t shy away from Cloud Nine because of its mature themes as it has much more to offer. “Well, first, it’s very funny — both in a slapstick, music hall sort of way, and in a witty way,” Becker said. “I hope audiences will take away a new or more nuanced appreciation for how far we have come and how far we still have to go …. It pokes fun at the way we, as humans, treat sexual identity, especially.”

Becker also hopes audiences find the play “wildly entertaining.” Among her favorite scenes is a disco performance choreographed by student Richard Frazier and added to the beginning of Act 2.

Ticket prices are $15 for adults and $13 for seniors, children, active military and CSU alumni and free for CSU faculty-staff (limit two) and students (limit one). For more information, go to http://theatre.colstate.edu or call the theatre box office at 706-507-8444.

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CSU Happenings for Nov. 14-21

NOV. 14 — Closing Day of Nerdacon Gaming-Entertainment Event
The Campus Nerds, a Columbus State student organization, will host the second evening of its fourth annual gaming event, Nerdacon v4, 10 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Saturday in Davidson Student Center. Campus Nerds bills its event as the area’s largest sci-fi, fantasy, anime, manga and popular arts convention. Activities will include panel rooms, vendors, video game tournaments, martial arts demonstrations, role-playing game demonstrations, collectible card tournaments, anime-movie viewing rooms, a maid café, guest speakers and live music. The event is free. For more information, go to http://www.nerdacon.com.

NOV. 14 — NCAA Women’s Basketball Exhibition Game
CSU’s Lady Cougars kick off their 2009-2010 season with a non-conference exhibition game, hosting Huntingdon College at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14 at the Lumpkin Center. No admission will be charged for the exhibition game. For more information, visit http://www.csucougars.com.

NOV. 16 — Schuster Student Success Center Dedication
Join Columbus State University as it celebrates the completion of its newest building, the Schuster Student Success Center, located at the University Avenue entrance to main campus, at 11 a.m. Tuesday. Devoted to developing future generations of leaders, the Schuster Center is named for Schuster Enterprises Chairman Marvin Schuster and the Schuster family in recognition of a generous gift to the university’s capital campaign and for dedicated leadership, commitment and support for the university over the last two decades. The $9 million, 37,700-square foot building will also free up space in the neighboring Davidson Student Center for more student activities and programs.

NOV. 16 — International Film Screening: Children of Heaven
Columbus State’s Center for International Education will screen the 1997 Iranian film Children of Heaven 7 p.m. Monday in the Spencer Event Hall at CSU’s International House. The program is free and part of CSU’s celebration of International Education Week. The film by Majid Majidi, nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, is about a brother and sister and their adventures involving a lost pair of shoes. For more information, call 706-565-4036.

NOV. 18 — Cougar Madness to Kick Off Basketball Season
To kick off the 2009-2010 basketball season, Columbus State University athletics and student affairs are collaborating to present Cougar Madness, a basketball pep rally and a night of fun starting 8 p.m. on Wednesday at the Lumpkin Center. Players for the men’s and women’s teams will be introduced; the CSU Dance team will perform; and faculty and staff members will supplement the action with their own basketball game and by adding their own members to the university’s cheerleading squad. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 706-568-2204.

NOV. 19 — Financial Times’ Richard Waters to Speak on Media Globalization
Financial Times West Coast Bureau Chief Richard Waters will speak on “The Death of Traditional News: How Technologies are Globalizing the Media” 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19 in the CSU International House’s Spencer Event Hall. The program is free and part of CSU’s celebration of International Education Week. Waters oversees all FT coverage of the West Coast, Silicon Valley and global technology industry. For more information, call 706-565-4036.

NOV. 19 — Dinner, Talent Show Fundraiser: ‘A Night Around the World’
Columbus State will host a dinner and talent show fundraiser, “A Night Around the World,” starting 7 p.m. Thursday in the Spencer Event Hall. The event will feature student performances and food representing cultures around the world. Tickets, $20 or $10 per student, are limited and can be purchased in advance from CSU’s International House at Clearview Circle and University Avenue or by calling 706-565-4036. Proceeds will benefit CSU international programs and Heifer International, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending world hunger. The event also is part of CSU’s International Education Week celebration.

NOV. 19 — Art Sale and Open House
Columbus State’s Department of Art will host a Studio Open House and Student Art Sale 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19 at the Corn Center for the Visual Arts on the RiverPark Campus at Front Avenue and Dillingham Street. Ceramics, photographs, prints, paintings, jewelry and more on sale in time for the holidays. The event will include refreshments and live music from the CSU Jazz Band. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-507-8300.

NOV. 19-22 — CSU Theatre to Stage Cloud Nine
Columbus State Theatre will stage British playwright Caryl Churchill’s comedy Cloud Nine 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 19-21 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22 at CSU Theatre on the Park Mainstage in downtown Columbus. Directed by professor Becky Becker, the play’s first act satirizes the late-19th century British Empire and the repressive nature of the Victorian family. The second act shows what could happen when the restrictions of both the genre of comedy and Victorian ideology are loosened in a more permissive society. Ticket prices are $15 for adults and $13 for seniors, children, active military and CSU alumni and free for CSU faculty-staff (limit two) and students (limit one). For more information, call the theatre box office at 706-507-8444.

NOV. 19 — CSU Wind Orchestra
The CSU Wind Orchestra will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. The program will feature concert band works by composers such as Vincent Persichetti, Gustav Holst and Warren Benson. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-7225, e-mail schwobmusic@ColumbusState.edu or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

NOV. 20 — International Food, Entertainment, Fashion Programs
Columbus State will close its International Education Week celebration with a pair of programs on Friday. An “International Fun and Food Fest” is slated for 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the International House at the corner of University Avenue and Clearview Circle. At 6 p.m., an “International Fashion and Dance Review” in the Cougar Lounge on the Davidson Student Center’s second floor. These programs are free. For more information, call 706-565-4036.

NOV. 20 — CSU Wind Orchestra and Choral Union
The CSU Wind Orchestra and Choral Union will perform 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall as part of the Schwob School of Music’s 13th Annual Conductors Workshop. Wind Ensemble guest conductors Allan McMurray (University of Colorado) and Mark Scatterday (Eastman School of Music) will join Robert Rumbelow for a program featuring works by Grainger, Schuman, Laurisden, and the world premiere of a major composition by Christopher Theofanidis. Vocal soloists for the Theofanidis piece are soprano Michelle DeBruyn, tenor Andrew Skoog and baritone David Grogan. The concert is free. For more information, call 706-649-7225, e-mail: schwobmusic@ColumbusState.edu or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

NOV. 21 — NCAA Co-Ed Rifle Competition: Thanksgiving Classic
Columbus State’s NCAA Division I Co-Ed Rifle squad will host and compete in the inaugural Thanksgiving Classic on Saturday, Nov. 21 at Fort Benning’s Army Marksmanship Unit. The competition begins 9 a.m. For more information, call 706-568-2204 or go to http://www.csucougars.com.

NOV. 21 — Visitation Day for Prospective Students
Columbus State will hold a Visitation Day for prospective students and their parents starting 9 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 21 at the Lumpkin Center. Participants will tour the university, view apartment-style dorms, get insight from current CSU students, speak with professors, attend a social event with CSU student organizations and dine in the CSU Cougar Café. For more information or to register, go to http://www.visit.colstate.edu or call 706-507-8800.

NOV. 21 — Astronomy Night
Columbus State’s Coca-Cola Space Science Center will host a free Astronomy Night program Saturday, Nov. 21 at the center, 701 Front Ave. A planetarium presentation at 5 p.m. is followed by stargazing and planet viewing at 6 p.m. For more information, go to http://www.ccssc.org or call 706-649-1470.

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Columbus State to Host Georgia Theatre Conference

COLUMBUS, Ga. – Columbus State University will showcase its RiverPark campus teaching and performing spaces when the university hosts the Georgia Theatre Conference Oct.14-18.

The conference, the annual gathering for Georgia’s official theatre organization, will draw about 1,300 participants to Columbus State’s downtown Columbus campus.

“This presents a great opportunity for surrounding retailers, as well as for the CSU theatre department in terms of recruiting the state’s top theatre students,” said Associate Professor of Theatre Steven Graver, who is organizing the conference.

In addition to high school students and their teachers, conference-goers will include college-level theatre students and professors, community theatre professionals and novice enthusiasts.

Columbus State previously hosted the conference in 1999, prior to the conception of the downtown campus. Activities were based at what was then Fine Arts Hall on main campus. The same facility’s (now University Hall) auditorium will be the site for one of this year’s programs, the Georgia High School Association Secondary Play Competition.

Meanwhile, other conference programs will be staged in downtown Columbus. Planned activities include:

• The Southeast Theatre Conference secondary play competition at CSU Theatre on the Park Mainstage.
• The community theatre festival at CSU Theatre on the Park Studio Theatre.
• The Southeast Theatre Conference screening auditions, RiverCenter of the Performing Arts Studio Theatre.
• A theatre for youth festival at St. Luke United Methodist Church Ministry Center, 1104 Second Ave.
• Secondary college auditions in CSU Theatre on the Park’s Lab Theatre.

A special event — “Joseph Golden Plays Broadway” — will be staged 9:30 p.m. Friday in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall for all convention participants. Golden, Columbus State’s director of opera, professor of organ and coordinator of music history and literature, will perform selected Broadway numbers on a Steinway concert grand piano. He will be accompanied by CSU student singers. The program will include a salute to “unsung backstage heroes of theater” and culminate with an audience sing-a-long.

The conference also will feature a staged reading of the winning entry from the conference’s annual One-Act New Play Competition.

Established in 1965, the Georgia Theatre Conference mission is to encourage and coordinate a close relationship among the community, educational and professional theatres in Georgia; to aid in maintaining the highest possible quality of live theatre; and to promote and facilitate education in varied phases of theatre. Membership is open to all individuals and groups.

The RiverPark campus is home to Columbus State’s College of the Arts, where the theatre department is joined by the art and communication departments and Schwob School of Music. The campus also is home to student apartments and a space science center.

Day passes, $10 each, can be purchased from the Theatre on the-Park Box Office at 10th Street and Bay Avenue. The pass is good for all activities on the day of purchase. For more information, contact Mary Norman, Georgia Theatre Conference executive director, at 229-798-0227, or mnorman830@yahoo.com.

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CSU Happenings for Sept. 25-Oct. 4

SEPT. 25 – Jordan Organ International Competition Final Round Performances for the final round of Columbus State’s second Jordan Organ International Competition are free and open to the public and will take place from 2-9 p.m. Friday in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. In one of the world’s premier organ competitions, competitors from around the globe are performing and being judged by a panel of leading international concert organists and teachers. First place is $30,000 for the competition made possible by the Jordan family and the Jordan Foundation. For more information, call 706-649-7287 or go to http://jic.colstate.edu.

SEPT. 26 – ‘Kicks for the Cure’ Soccer Event to Raise Breast Cancer Awareness The CSU Women’s Soccer program will raise breast cancer awareness by staging an upcoming Peach Belt Conference match as a “Kick for the Cure” game. The event features the CSU-USC-Aiken match set for 1 p.m. Saturday at the Walden Soccer Complex. CSU will sport white uniforms with pink trim while the USCA Pacers will wear pink, and the Peach Belt Conference will provide pink soccer balls for the contest.

The Kicks for the Cure game will raise money and awareness of breast cancer in support of the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Rather than charging admission to the event, CSU asks spectators to make a donation at the gate. Literature on breast cancer awareness will be given out during the event. For more information, call 706-568-2204 or go to http://www.csucougars.com.

SEPT. 26 – Astronomy Night Columbus State’s Coca-Cola Space Science Center will host an Astronomy Night program of stargazing and planet viewing on Saturday at the center, 701 Front Ave., Columbus. A 7 p.m. planetarium presentation will precede telescope viewing at 8 p.m. The program is free. For more information, call 706-649-4900 or go to http://www.ccssc.org.

SEPT. 27 – Trombone Masterclass and Recital by Jay Evans Alabama Symphony Orchestra principal trombonist Jay Evans will give a masterclass (1 p.m.) and recital (4 p.m.) Sunday in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. Both programs are free and open to the public. The recital will feature Evans and pianist Joanna Sobkowska performing music of Mendelssohn, Brahms, Hindemith and others. For more information, call 706-649-7287 or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

SEPT 29, OCT. 1 – Banned Books Read-Outs CSU Libraries will commemorate Banned Books Week (Sept. 26-Oct. 3) with a pair of “Banned Book Read-Outs,” 12:30-1:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday at the Schwob library. In both programs, Columbus State faculty and staff will read from their favorite banned books — defined as having been banned and-or challenged by individuals or groups who want them removed from library shelves or from reading lists. Examples include The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Scarlet Letter and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. For more information, contact English Professor Josh Eyler at 706-568-2054 or eyler_joshua@ColumbusState.edu.

OCT. 1 – International Learning Community Lecture Guest speaker Adrienne Hurley of McGill University’s (Quebec) Department of East Asian Studies will present “What Some Japanese Kids Are Dying to Tell Us,” 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1 in the CSU International House’s Sara D. Spencer Event Hall. The program, part of the International Learning Community speaker series, is free. For more information, call 706-565-4036 or go to http://cie.colstate.edu.

OCT. 1 – Guest Speaker to Discuss Leadership Tactics in the U.S. House of Representatives Emory University political scientist Randall Strahan will give a lecture based on his book Leading Representatives: the Agency of Leaders in the Politics of the U.S. House at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1 in the Center for Commerce and Technology auditorium. Strahan’s 2007 book includes an examination of how colorful and prominent speakers of the House — Henry Clay, Thomas Reed, and Newt Gingrich — advanced changes inside Congress and in national policy. Sponsored by Columbus State’s Political Science Department, the lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, call 706-568-2027.

OCT. 1 – Free Seminar for College Re-Entry Program Columbus State will present a free seminar, 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1 at the Elizabeth Bradley Turner Center, to provide information on its College Readiness Program, which serves as a study skills refresher course for nontraditional students. The program is designed to review and update reading, writing and math skills for individuals who have been out of school for five or more years. The course also includes a brief orientation to CSU. Those who successfully complete the course receive one semester hour of degree credit upon enrolling at CSU. For more information, go to http://conted.colstate.edu or call 706-507-8070.

OCT. 1-4 – CSU Theatre to Stage A Streetcar Named Desire Columbus State Theatre will stage A Streetcar Named Desire, 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 1-3 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4 at CSU Theatre on the Park Mainstage in downtown Columbus. Professor Larry McDonald directs a CSU student cast in Tennessee Williams’ 1947 Pulitzer Prize-winning play. Ticket prices are $15 per adult; $13 per senior citizen, child, active military and CSU alumni; and free with CSU ID (faculty-staff limit two, students limit one). Call the CSU Theatre Box Office at 706-507-8444 or go to http://theatre.colstate.edu.

OCT. 2 – Slaughterhouse Five Reading Marathon to Close Banned Books Week As part of Banned Books Week, Columbus State will stage a marathon reading of Slaughterhouse Five from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2 in front of the Schwob library. CSU students will take turns reading from Kurt Vonnegut’s anti-war science fiction novel. Baked goods and t-shirts commemorating Banned Books Week will be sold. The event, presented by Sigma Tau Delta, is free. For more information, call 706-568-2054.

OCT. 4 – Club Sports Tackle Football: CSU Hosts South Alabama Columbus State will host South Alabama in a club sports tackle football game at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4 at Kinnett Stadium, 7610 Schomburg Road, Columbus. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-568-2273 or go to http://campusrec.colstate.edu/clubsports.asp.

OCT. 4 – CSU Philharmonic Concert The CSU Philharmonic will perform 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. Schwob School of Music Director Fred Cohen will conduct a program that includes the overture to The Marriage of Figaro by Mozart, Brahms’ Symphony No. 4 and the premiere of a piano concerto composed by Cohen, dedicated to Schwob School benefactor Maxine Schiffman and performed by CSU faculty pianist Gila Goldstein. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-7287 or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

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CSU Happenings for Sept. 11-20

SEPT. 11-13 – Theatre Season Opener Señora Tortuga
Columbus State Theatre opens its 2009-2010 season with a family series production of Señora Tortuga, concluding its opening weekend run at CSU Theatre on the Park Mainstage in downtown Columbus. Curtain times are 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Roxanne Schroeder-Arce’s bilingual play is about a young boy and his family who live in a barn on the Mexican border and have their lives changed by a visiting and mysterious señora. Ticket prices are $10 for general admission, $5 for senior citizens, children, active military personnel and CSU alumni. For the entire production, CSU faculty and staff receive two complementary tickets and CSU students receive one free ticket. For more information, including details on season ticket packages, call 706-507-8444 or go to http://theatre.colstate.edu/productions.asp.

SEPT. 12 – NCAA Women’s Soccer
Columbus State’s women’s soccer squad will host North Carolina Pembroke at 1 p.m. Saturday at CSU’s Walden Soccer Complex. Admission prices are $5 for adults; $3 for students/kids (non-CSU students); and free for ages 5 and under and with CSU ID. For more information, call 706-568-2204 or go to http://www.csucougars.com.

SEPT. 13 – Clarinetist Derek Bermel to Perform
Clarinetist Derek Bermel, a composer-in-residence with CSU’s McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians, will perform at 4 p.m. Sunday in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. Described by the Toronto Star as an “eclectic with wide open ears” and by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette as “one of America’s finest young composers,” Bermel’s works draw from a variety of musical genres, including classical, jazz, pop, rock, blues, folk and gospel. The concert also will feature performances by Schwob School of Music faculty vocalist Michelle DeBruyn, the CSU Philharmonic Orchestra directed by Fred Cohen, and a world premiere written by Bermel for the CSU Percussion Ensemble, directed by Paul Vaillancourt. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-7287 or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

SEPT. 14 – International Film Series: Soldier Child
Columbus State’s Center for International Education will screen the film Soldier Child, at 7 p.m. Monday in the Spencer Event Hall in CSU’s International House at University Avenue and Clearview Circle. The 1998 documentary, narrated by Danny Glover, was filmed in northern Uganda and portrays the efforts to rehabilitate children who have been abducted and forced into duty as “child soldiers.” The program is free. For more information, call 706-565-4036.

SEPT. 15 – Joint Exhibitions Open Celebrating Lamar Dodd
Columbus State University and the W.C. Bradley Co. are collaborating to host exhibitions from Sept. 15-Oct. 10 celebrating the work of one of Georgia’s most influential artists. CSU will present “Drawings of Lamar Dodd,” in the Corn Center for the Visual Arts’ Illges Gallery, Meanwhile, the W.C. Bradley Co. Museum will feature “The Master of Mood,” a survey of Dodd paintings depicting the different techniques and themes from his work. Both sets of works are from the Athens, Ga.-based C.L. Morehead collection. Dodd (1909-1996) is noted for subjects ranging from Southern landscapes, city scenes and space exploration to touching portraits and athletics at the University of Georgia, where the Lamar Dodd School of Art represents his most visible legacy. The paintings can be viewed noon-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday in the W.C. Bradley Co. Museum, 1017 Front Ave., Columbus. The Columbus State exhibition of Dodd’s drawings can be viewed noon-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday in the Illges Gallery at 6 West 10th Street (use the Front Avenue entrance). For more information, call 706-507-8300.

SEPT. 17 – Constitution Day Programs
Columbus State’s political science department will stage programs to commemorate Constitution Day on Thursday, Sept. 17. Assistant Professor of Political Science Troy Vidal will give a keynote speech, “Federalist 10 and the U.S. Constitution: Madison’s Bridging of Classical and Modern Political Thought,” at 12:30 p.m. in the Center for Commerce and Technology auditorium. The presentation is free and open to the public. Meanwhile, political science majors throughout the day will hand out pocket U.S. Constitutions while supplies last. More information, including a series of video testimonials by CSU President Tim Mescon and other faculty members titled “What Does the Constitution Mean to Me, can be viewed at http://polsci.colstate.edu/constitutionday. For further information, call 706-568-2027.

SEPT. 18, 20 – CSU to Host Soccer Invitational
Columbus State’s women’s soccer team will host an invitational involving NCAA men’s and women’s teams from the Peach Belt, Sunshine, Gulf South and South Atlantic conferences with a total of 10 matches on Friday and Sunday, Sept. 18 and 20 at the Walden Soccer Complex. The schedule is:

• Friday – Tampa vs Carson Newman (women), 2 p.m.
• Friday – Harding (Ark.) vs North Georgia (men), 4 p.m.
• Friday – Tusculum vs Barry (women), 6 p.m.
• Friday – Georgia College and State vs. West Georgia (women), 7 p.m.
• Friday – Harding vs. Columbus State (women), 8 p.m.
• Sunday – Harding vs Tusculum (women), 10 a.m.
• Sunday – Harding vs GSW (men), noon
• Sunday – Carson Newman vs. West Georgia (women), 1 p.m.
• Sunday – Barry vs. GCSU (women), 1 p.m.
• Sunday – Tampa vs. Columbus State (women), 2 p.m.

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.

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CSU Happenings for Sept. 4-12

SEPT. 4, 6 – Cougar Invitational to Open Home Soccer Season
The Columbus State women’s soccer team will host Chowan University (Tenn.), the University of Tampa and Tusculum College (Tenn.) in the Cougar Invitational on Friday and Sunday at the Walden Soccer Complex. The matches are CSU-Chowan at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Tampa-Chowan at 11 a.m. Sunday and CSU-Tusculum at 1:30 p.m. Sunday. 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.

SEPT. 7 – Columbus State Closed for Labor Day

SEPT. 10 – Continuing Education Open House
Columbus State’s Continuing Education division will host an open house, 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10 at the Elizabeth Bradley Turner Center. The event begins with a reception,continues with entertainment and prizes, and instructors will be on hand to answer questions about professional certificate programs and upcoming classes. Participants who register for classes during the event will receive 10-percent discount. The event is free. Guests also can register separately for “PhotoShow Live,” a free 7:30 p.m. demonstration of camera buying, photography and Photoshop techniques, and more by instructor Kenny Gray during the open house. For more information, call 706-507-8070 or go to http://conted.colstate.edu/.

SEPT. 10 – Visiting Artist Lecture on RiverPark Campus
Columbus State’s Department of Art will present a lecture by Soo Sunny Park, a Dartmouth College faculty member who specializes in sculpture, installation art, mixed media, drawing and public sculpture, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept, 10 in Carpenters Hall on CSU’s RiverPark campus. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-507-8300.

SEPT. 10-13 – ‘Señora Tortuga’ Opens Theatre Season
Columbus State Theatre opens its 2009-2010 season with a family series production of Señora Tortuga, Sept. 10-13 at CSU Theatre on the Park Mainstage in downtown Columbus. Curtain times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Roxanne Schroeder-Arce’s bilingual play is about a young boy and his family who live in a barn on the Mexican border and have their lives changed by a visiting and mysterious señora. Ticket prices are $10 for general admission, $5 for senior citizens, children, active military personnel and CSU alumni. For the entire production, CSU faculty and staff receive two complementary tickets and CSU students receive one free ticket. For more information, including details on season ticket packages, call 706-507-8400 or go to http://theatre.colstate.edu/productions.asp.

SEPT. 10 – Classical Guitarist Paul Galbraith to Perform
Columbus State will host Grammy-nominated, international touring guitarist Paul Galbraith for his first Columbus performance at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. Cited for “exceptional artistry” (The New Yorker) and presenting concerts “exhilarating beyond compare” (Guitar Review), Galbraith performs on a specially constructed eight-string guitar, which he plays in the position of a cello. His Columbus concert is part of the Schwob School of Music’s Legacy Live Series. Admission is $20 or $15 with CSU ID. For ticket information, call the RiverCenter Box Office at 706-256-3612. For more information, including Legacy Live season ticket details, including the CSU faculty, staff and student discount, call 706-649-7287 or e-mail johnson_laura3@ColumbusState.edu.

SEPT. 12 – NCAA Women’s Soccer
Columbus State’s women’s soccer squad will host North Carolina Pembroke at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12 at CSU’s Walden Soccer Complex. Admission prices are $5 for adults; $3 for students/kids (non-CSU students); and free for ages 5 and under and with CSU ID. For more information, call 706-568-2204 or go to http://www.csucougars.com.

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Bilingual Production ‘Señora Tortuga’ to Open Theatre Season

COLUMBUS, Ga. – Columbus State University invites audiences to indulge in the magic of storytelling as the theatre department opens its season with Señora Tortuga – a bilingual play featuring a young boy, Pedro, who is enchanted by tales told by the mysterious woman his family invites into their home.

Barrett ScroggsDirector Barrett Scroggs, right, a senior theater education major from Duluth, Ga., was introduced to the play by CSU theatre professor Brenda May Ito and instantly knew it would be a hit. “Señora Tortuga is a beautiful story that encourages young people to use their imaginations,” he said.

The production will run 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 10-12 at and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 12-13, at CSU’s Theatre on the Park Mainstage in downtown Columbus.

In the story, Pedro’s mother tries to prevent him from using his imagination, saying, “Fill your head with fantasies and you’ll never know what’s real.” However, Pedro begins dreaming about the stories that he hears from Señora Tortuga.

“We see his imagination begin to grow,” said Scroggs, who added that storytelling is another important theme repeated in the play. “It shows the importance of telling stories and passing stories down through the family,” he said.

Señora Tortuga is part of the theatre department’s family series, and Scroggs said what he loves most about it is how it appeals to all ages. “Younger students,” he said, “will be entertained by the vibrant colors and exciting masks and costumes. They will also love to watch the characters act out different stories from Mexican folklore.”

Scroggs said older students also will be able to empathize with characters like Pedro in the way that he relates to his mother. “The show is bilingual, with part of the dialogue spoken in Spanish, so we are also very excited to be recommending it to high school Spanish programs,” he said.

Scroggs is no stranger to the stage. His resume includes working for the Children’s Theatre of Charlotte (N.C.), touring the Midwest with the St. Paul, Minn.-based Climb Theatre Company, serving an internship the past two summers at the Omaha (Neb.) Theater for Young People and performing in and stage-managing numerous CSU main stage productions.

While this is his solo directing debut, he was assistant director for Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, which was part of CSU’s Theater for Young Audiences Tour last spring. The tour will feature Señora Tortuga this fall for Georgia and Alabama schools through December. “We tour up to Atlanta, into Alabama and as far east as Camden County,” said Scroggs.

He confesses being passionate about the impact theatre has on young audiences. “Seeing a play live on the stage is much different from watching a movie,” he said. “There is much more room for the imagination. I am blessed to have the opportunity to direct a show for young audiences.”

Scroggs said he loves seeing a student watch a play for the first time and encourages his performers to make their experience unforgettable.

“One of the things that we tell the actors in the show is that this is going to be the only theatre that some of these students ever see,” he said.

A young audience can also be challenging. “Young people are the most honest audience,” he said. “If they love what you are doing they will tell you by laughing, cheering and sometimes audibly saying that they like it. Likewise, if they don’t like what you are doing, they will tell you that too. As a director, I have to step out of my own head and imagine how the audience would feel. You have to be open to thinking like a child in order to direct a show for them.”

Ticket prices are $10 for adults and $5 for seniors, children, active military and CSU alumni and free for CSU faculty-staff (limit two) and students (limit one).

For more information, call the theatre box office at 706-507-8444 or go to http://theatre.colstate.edu/productions.asp.

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CSU Happenings for June 1-14

JUNE 1 – Activ8 Kids’ Summer Camps Open
Columbus State University Continuing Education’s award-winning Activ8 kids’ summer camps will open Monday, June 1. Activ 8, winner of this year’s Georgia Adult Education Association Outstanding Innovative Programming Award, consists of enrichment and sports programs for ages 8-14. Participants can build their own weekly schedules from 10 or more morning and afternoon classes under the categories 3 R’s, Create-A-Lot, Global, iTech, Scienceologies, Showbiz, Sports/dance, Trendy and UR Life. A separate section of classes are designated for ages 4-7. Activ8 campers can eat lunches brought from home or purchase a meal during a supervised lunch hour in the university’s main campus cafeteria.

For more information, including all weekly kids’ summer camps that include sports camps directed by CSU coaches and athletes, ballet programs at the Rankin Arts Center and space science camps at CSU’s Coca-Cola Space Science Center, go to http://conted.colstate.edu or call 706-507-8070.

JUNE 1 – Monday Astronomy Night Series at Callaway Gardens Opens
Columbus State’s Coca-Cola Space Science Center will present its annual Astronomy Night series on Monday evenings at Callaway Gardens, starting June 1. The sessions of stargazing and planet viewing at Overlook Pavilion are free and begin at 9 p.m. For more information, call 706-649-1470 or go to http://www.ccssc.org.

JUNE 5-6 – Columbus State Theatre to Stage Prize-Winning Play
Columbus State University’s Department of Theatre will stage the prize-winning play Fly Over Land Friday and Saturday, June 5-6 in the CSU Theatre on the Park Studio. Curtain times both evenings is 7:30 p.m. Adjunct professor Haley Rice directs a CSU-student cast in the premiere of Rhonda Carlson’s dark comedy, winner of the 2008 Larry Corse Prize for Playwriting. The CSU-hosted competition drew 300-plus entries worldwide. Tickets are $6 and on sale as of Monday. For more information, call the CSU Theatre on the Park box office at 706-507-8444.

JUNE 5-6 – Bibb City Oral History Dramatization and Exhibit to Open
Columbus State University and the Chattahoochee Shakespeare Company will present the opening of Bibb City: Collected Lives from a Mill Town, an exhibition and oral history dramatization at 7 p.m. Friday the RiverMill Event Centre, 3715 1st Ave. and 7 p.m. Saturday in the historic Comer Auditorium, 107 41st St. Subsequent weekend shows are set for 7 p.m. June 12-13 and 19-20 in the CSU Theatre on the Park Studio.

Complementing the opening shows, CSU student participants have created 30-minute, Bibb City walking tours to take place at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Friday from RiverMill. The following evening, a 6 p.m. tour will start from the Comer Auditorium. For the performances, there is no admission price, but donations supporting the Chattahoochee Shakespeare Company will be collected at the door. For more information, call 706-507-8403 or e-mail becker_becky@ColumbusState.edu.

JUNE 5 & 7 – CSU to Stage Musical ‘Into the Woods’
Columbus State’s Schwob School of Music will present the Steven Sondheim musical Into the Woods at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 5 and 3 p.m. Sunday, June 7 in RiverCenter’s Bill Heard Theatre. The production, led by guest stage director Shawn Churchman and CSU professors Joseph Golden (creative director) and Constantina Tsolainou (conductor), will feature the CSU Philharmonic, singers representing the Schwob School of Music vocal division, and professional sets and costumes. Ticket prices are $10 general admission and $5 per student. Contact the RiverCenter Box Office at 706-256-3612. For more information, call 706-649-7287 or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

JUNE 6 – Southern Watercolor Exhibition Opening Reception
An opening reception for the the 32nd Annual Southern Watercolor Exhibition is set for 6:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday, June 6 at the Corn Center for the Visual Arts on Columbus State University’s downtown RiverPark campus. Columbus State, plus CSU Friends of Art and the Southern Watercolor Society are co-hosting the June 6-26 exhibition in the Illges Gallery. The reception is free and will feature Charles Reid, an internationally known watercolor artist, educator and author. Reid is the juror and awards judge for the exhibition that has drawn 509 submitted pieces, of which 85 have been selected. A portion of the exhibition sales proceeds will benefit CSU’s art scholarship fund. Gallery hours for the exhibition will be 11a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 706-507-8300.

JUNE 10 – Summer Session Orientation for New Students
Columbus State will hold an orientation Wednesday, June 10 for new students enrolled for the June 15-July 29 summer session Check-in for the daylong program is 8-8:30 a.m. in the Davidson Student Center. Costs are $42 per student and $17 per adult and $11 per child family members. The fees cover materials and meals. Participants have an opportunity to meet other new students, explore campus resources and organizations, learn academic policies and procedures, and distinguish between academic myths and facts. Following the orientation, students can receive advising and register for classes. Advance registration for orientation — at http://orientation.colstate.edu/ — is required. For more information, call 706-568-2330.

JUNE 13 – ‘Build a Bird Nest Box’ Workshop
Kids ages 10 and older and accompanied by an adult are targeted to participate in a workshop to build a bird’s nest box at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, June 13 at Columbus State’s Environmental Learning Center at Oxbow Meadows, 3535 South Lumpkin Rd., Columbus.

Columbus woodworker Scott Samples will direct the workshop. All materials to construct a pre-cut, slab wood pine nest box for a Carolina Wren will be supplied. Participants must bring a Phillips-head screwdriver. In addition, CSU staff will present a program on the life history of the Carolina Wren, advice on where and how to install nest boxes and instructions for participating in the nationwide online “Nest Watch Program.” The workshop will last about an hour and each team will take home an attractive, ready-to-install nest box. The cost per team is $20. Register in advance by calling 706-687-4090. For more information, go to http://oxbow.colstate.edu.

JUNE 14 – Attracting Hummingbirds, Orioles and Nectar Feeders to your Yard
Columbus State’s Environmental Learning Center at Oxbow Meadows will present “Attracting Hummingbirds, Orioles and Nectar Feeders to your Yard” on Sunday, June 14 at the center, 3535 South Lumpkin Road, Columbus. A 1:30 p.m. program for adults will be followed by a 3:30 p.m. session for families with children ages 10 and older. The program will identify how and why more than three-dozen types of birds, including hummingbirds and orioles, are attracted to nectar feeders. In addition to adding color, drama and music to a yard, attracting nectar feeders also consume large quantities of insects. The program also will feature garden design and water features that attract the birds and guidelines for selecting and maintaining feeders.

The cost is $10 per person and includes a Perky Pet hummingbird feeder, a Georgia Department of Natural Resources packet of seeds for native plants that attract hummingbirds and a copy of Birdwatching Basics from Leupold & Stevens. Register in advance by calling 706-687-4090. For more information, go to http://oxbow.colstate.edu.

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

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Columbus State Theatre to Stage Prize-Winning Play

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Columbus State University’s Department of Theatre will stage the prize-winning play Fly Over Land Friday and Saturday, June 5-6, in the CSU Theatre on the Park Studio. Curtain times both evenings is 7:30 p.m.

Adjunct professor Haley Rice directs a CSU student cast in the premiere of Rhonda Carlson’s dark comedy, winner of the 2008 Larry Corse Prize for Playwriting. The CSU-hosted competition drew 300-plus entries worldwide.

The play is billed as “one woman’s struggle out of a surreal post-surgery recovery” and addresses “the overwhelming pain and sense of loss that accompanies it as the ineffable, healing power of the arts is set against the traditional roles of religion, psychology and medicine.”

Carlson, of Portland, Maine, said the story is loosely based on her experience with the painful spinal cord condition, Syringomyelia. She has served as a director, music director and conductor around the United States. She has taught theater and music theater at The Boston Conservatory and currently teaches in the theater program at the University of Southern Maine. As a composer and playwright, she has written for independent films and books-on-tape, and has received critical acclaim for her musical, Dear Emma.

Rice is known to Columbus theatergoers from roles in such Springer Theatre productions as A Member of the Wedding and Enchanted April, as well as several Sherlock’s Mystery Dinner Theatre productions at the Marriott in downtown Columbus.

Tickets for Fly Over Land are $6 and go on sale Monday, June 1. For more information, call the CSU Theatre on the Park box office at 706-507-8444.

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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.

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CSU Happenings for March 27-April 4

MARCH 27 – CSU Day: Columbus State To Thank Supporters
Columbus State will hold its 15th annual CSU Day as a thank-you to its supporters on Friday. Activity begins around 8:30 a.m. at the Elizabeth Bradley Turner Center. About 100 volunteers will fan out from there and place red, white and blue signs displaying “We are Partners with Columbus State University” in front of area homes and businesses that have contributed to CSU’s 2008-2009 Annual Fund. For information,call 706-562-1596 or go to http://giving.colstate.edu/csu_day.asp.

MARCH 27 – International Journalist to Speak on ‘Hidden Histories of Intolerance and Ethnic Violence’
Journalist David Tereshchuk will speak about “The Honest Reconstruction of Hidden Histories of Intolerance and Ethnic Violence” to Columbus State faculty and students as part of an International Learning Community” program at 1 p.m. Friday in the International House at Clearview Circle and University Avenue.

Tereshchuk has worked as a United Nations media consultant and television producer and helped establish the International Broadcasting Trust, a non-profit London-based distributor of programs about Third World subjects. He also has reported for the New York Times and British papers The Guardian and Observer, and has worked as a producer, correspondent, anchor and network executive for ITV and Channel Four in England, and ABC, CBS, CNN, The Discovery Channel, A&E and The History Channel in the United States. For more information about Friday’s program, call the Center for International Education at 706-565-4036.

MARCH 27 – Experimental-Film Screening by Mark Street
New York City-based experimental filmmaker Mark Street will screen a series of his short films from 7-9 pm, Friday in CSU’s Corn Center for the Visual Arts Sculpture Garden downtown Columbus (corner of 10th Street and Bay Avenue). Street works in various unconventional film methods including hand painting on film, working with found film footage and constructing documentary and narrative films that create a projected visual diary of his environments. He teaches at Fordham University, and has had his work screened internationally via the New York Museum of Modern Art, Anthology Film Archives, Tribeca Film Festival and San Francisco Cinematheque. The event is free and sponsored by CSU Friends of Art and funded by CSU student fees.

Earlier the same day — starting 1 p.m. — Street will give a workshop for CSU students, faculty and staff. The workshop, “Oral Histrionics and Sound Image Hijinks,” focuses on the spoken word as a starting point to filmmaking. Participants are asked to bring a short 30-60-second recording of spoken word, and the workshop will create accompanying images. For more information, go http://art.colstate.edu or call 706-507-8300.

MARCH 27-29 – Carson McCullers Film Festival
Columbus State’s McCullers Center for Writes and Musicians and the Columbus Public Library will present a Carson McCullers Film Festival Friday through Sunday at the library, 3000 Macon Rd., Columbus. The festival will feature major film adaptations of McCullers’ work:

Reflections in a Golden Eye with Elizabeth Taylor, Marlon Brando and Julie Harris, 7 p.m. Friday
The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter with Alan Arkin, Cicely Tyson, Stacy Keach, and Sondra Locke, 2 p.m. Saturday
Wunderkind, a short film by New York director Lauren Rosen and The Ballad of the Sad Cafe with Vanessa Redgrave and Keith Carradine,7 p.m. Saturday
The Member of the Wedding with Ethel Waters, Julie Harris, and Brandon de Wilde, 2 p.m. Sunday

In addition to the film screenings, visitors can tour the Carson McCullers childhood home at 1519 Stark Avenue from 4-6 p.m. Friday through Sunday. All programs are free and open to the public and part of a larger celebration across Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi — the opening of the Southern Literary Trail (go to http://www.southernliterarytrail.org). For more information about the film festival, call 706-565-4021, e-mail: mccullerscenter@ColumbusState.edu or go to http://www.mccullerscenter.org.

MARCH 28-29 – NCAA Baseball: USC Aiken
The Columbus State baseball squad will host USC Aiken for a weekend series at Ragsdale Field. Game times are 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday. 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.

MARCH 28 – Student Clarinet Recital
Columbus State’s Schwob School of Music will present a student clarinet recital by Emily Tindall at 4 p.m. Saturday in RiverCenter’s Studio Theatre Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-1986 or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

MARCH 28 – Visitation Day for Prospective Students
Columbus State’s recruitment office will hold a Visitation Day for high school seniors and their parents from 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday. The program will begin in the Lumpkin Center and activities will include a tour of campus and an opportunity to speak with current CSU students and professors. CSU also offers daily tours 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information or to register, call 706-507-8800 or visit http://www.colstate.edu/Future/tour.asp.

MARCH 28 – NCAA Tennis: CSU Hosts Flagler
Columbus State’s men’s and women’s tennis squads will host Flagler College (Fla.) Saturday at the Blackmon Tennis Center. Matches start 11a.m. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-568-2204 or go to http://www.csucougars.com.

MARCH 29 – Legacy Live: Shanghai String Quartet
Columbus State’s Schwob School of Music will present the Shanghai String Quartet in concert at 4 p.m. Sunday in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. Formed in Shanghai, China, the quartet is known for passionate musicality, virtuosic technique and multicultural innovations. The concert is part of the Schwob School’s “Legacy Live” series. General admission is $20, $17 for CSU faculty and staff and $5 for CSU students. 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.

MARCH 30 – NCAA Softball Doubleheader: Francis Marion
Columbus State will host Francis Marion for an NCAA softball doubleheader on Monday at Lady Cougar Field. Game times are noon and 2 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.

MARCH 30 – Student Voice Recital, Student Composers’ Showcase
On Monday, Columbus State’s Schwob School of Music will present a student voice recital by Faith Thomas at 7 p.m in RiverCenter’s Studio Theatre and a performance of original compositions by CSU student musicians at 7:30 p.m. in Legacy Hall. Admission to both is free. For more information, call 706-649-1986 or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

MARCH 31 – Career Planning Event
Professionals and prospective graduate students can explore opportunities for their next move at a Career Planning workshop at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Elizabeth Bradley Turner Center. This event is tailored to working professionals and active duty military personnel and their spouses who are interested in obtaining a two-year, four-year or graduate degree through traditional, online, weekend and evening programs.

Columbus State faculty members will answer questions about CSU degree programs and career paths. Career professionals will talk about returning to school, resume building, interviewing and job-search skills — particularly for the current economy. CSU representatives also will be available to answer questions about the university’s admissions process, financial aid, transfer credits, scholarships, ROTC, Alternative Teacher Program, academic advising, adult re-entry, Fort Benning services and more. Registration is available online through Saturday at http://tinyurl.com/d5km2c. For more information, call the CSU Career Center at 706-569-3198.

MARCH 31 – ‘Rosie the Riveters’ to Recount WWII-era Experiences
“Rosie the Riveters” — women who worked to support the WWII war effort — will talk about their experiences in a presentation at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Columbus Public Library on Macon Road. The program also will feature USO-style entertainment and WWII-era artifacts. The event is free and sponsored by Columbus State University’s Department of History and Geography. For more information, call 706-568-2263.

APRIL 1 – Guest Artists to Perform ‘Piano Four-Hand’
Guest pianists Shih-Hsing Chang and Pei Chi Hong will present a concert titled 1, 2, 3, 4… Piano Four-Hand at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. The pair, who serve on the faculty of Tainan National University of the Arts in Taiwan,will perform together on one piano. The program will include selections by Brahms, Dvora, Lambert and more. 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 2 – Student Recitals
Columbus State’s Schwob School of Music will present student recitals by Kimberly Render (6 p.m.) and Matt Franhsen (7:30 p.m.) on Thursday, April 2 in RiverCenter’s Studio Theatre. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-1986 or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

APRIL 2-5 – CSU Theatre to Stage ‘Machinal’
Columbus State University Theatre will stage the 1928 Broadway classic, Machinal, April 2-5 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 – Student Violin Recital
Columbus State’s Schwob School of Music will present a student recital by violinist Ninel Jabotinsky at 6 p.m. Friday, April 3 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, April 3 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 Jazz Band performance, 8am, Studio Theatre, free admission
• Harris County High School Jazz Band 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 respected as a stellar 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.

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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.

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CSU Theatre to Stage ‘Machinal’ April 2-5

COLUMBUS, Ga. – Columbus State University Theatre will stage the 1928 Broadway classic, Machinal, April 2-5 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.

Director and CSU theatre professor Becky Becker said the play is a classic of the feminist theater movement that was re-discovered in the 1980s.

James Phass and Mandi Kerr rehearse a scene from Machinal.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 — Sophie Treadwell’s story digs deep into the mind of a young woman who dares to push her boundaries created by a cold, machine-like world.

“Women making non-typical decisions in an era when women had distinct expectations is a human statement as well as a feminine one,” said Becker. “Machinal is about a young woman who doesn’t fit into the mold of that time. And with no resources to help her cope, she strikes out.”

The script represents one of the best examples of American expressionism, said Becker. In selecting the play, Becker said her faculty colleagues agreed it was timely. “Women writers were overlooked a lot in the 1920s,” she said. “We recognized this and decided the play would be a good experience for the students.”

Becker said the production also transcends feminism. “There are many important issues the play emphasizes,” she said. “It is about greater equity for humankind … It’s a beautifully written example of a person struggling to find their own voice in a journey I think we all can relate to.”

Complementing the storyline, the cast and stage design elements bring the production full circle. “We have more than 28 total characters played by 15 actors,” said Becker. “Mandi Kerr, in the lead role, is the only cast member in a single role. After all, we’re following her through this jarring reality. It seems familiar but also has a nightmarish feel.”

Becker also pointed out a unique sound design by sound and lighting designer Krystal Kennel. “The idea is to fill the production with sounds of that world – the machine age,” said Kennel, an assistant professor in the theatre department. “It’s very much like the scoring of a film —constantly reminding the audience of the world they’ve entered, connecting them to the characters and the storyline.”

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.

CSU’s Student Cast
• Mandi Kerr – Young Woman
• Carrie Poh – Stenographer, First Clerk, Jailer br> • E.J. Cameron – Adding Clerk, G-Man, Second Clerk, First Guard
• Richard Frazier – Filing Clerk, Young Doctor, Boy, Third Clerk, Second Guard
• Brittany Allen – Telephone Girl, First Reporter
• Jim Pharr – Mr. J, Man at Bar, Prosecution, Barber
• Kizzy Louis, Mother, Girl at Bar, Second Reporter
• Stephen Smith – First Man. Huckster, Third Reporter
• Lindsay Hand – Nurse,Wife’s Voice, Court Reporter/Matron
• Dylan Bollinger – Doctor, Small Boy’s Voice, Judge, Priest
• Jon Sanderson – Second Man, Man’s Voice, Bailiff, Execution Spectator
• Jeremiah Hobbs – MIB, Husband’s Voice, Defense, First Barber

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CSU Theatre Major a Finalist for National Stage-Acting Title

Caroline ThrasherCOLUMBUS, Ga. — Columbus State University junior theatre student Caroline Thrasher recently won the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Region 4 Irene Ryan acting competition.

Thrasher, right, and her acting partner and fellow CSU student Jim Pharr, will go to Washington, D.C., on April 18 to perform on the Kennedy Center stage for a chance to win the festival’s national title. They also will also participate in workshops and seminars with Tony Award-winning directors, authors and playwrights.

Thrasher outperformed 500 graduate and undergraduate students who were nominated for the competition from schools throughout Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama and Mississippi. Thrasher was among 12 Columbus State nominees, including senior Samantha May, who finished as a semi-finalist at the regional competition.

The Irene Ryan Acting Award is the highest collegiate acting award in the country. Ryan is best known for playing Granny on long-running television series, ‘The Beverly Hillbillies.’

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CSU Playing a Key Role in Georgia Thespian Conference

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Thousands of budding actors and their teachers will flood the RiverPark campus of Columbus State University this weekend, Feb. 26-28.

The Georgia Thespian Conference, traditionally held in the Atlanta area, is expected to attract 2,500 high school students, teachers and others to the campus’ world-class theatre facilities, plus other Uptown Columbus venues.

The Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau offers details about the agreement and what the conference means to the area economy.

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CSU Happenings for Feb. 20-28

FEB. 20-21 – Closing Weekend for CSU Theatre’s ‘The Cripple of Inishmaan’
Columbus State University’s Department of Theatre will stage The Cripple of Inishmaan at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday in CSU Theatre on the Park Studio. Written by Martin McDonagh in the tradition of Irish storytelling, the plot’s setting is a remote island in 1934 off the coast of Ireland where a Hollywood producer has arrived to make a film and draws ‘Cripple Billy’ from the nearby town of Inishmaan to vie for a role, and the town’s diverse and eccentric citizens watch ravenously to see what happens. Friday morning, the show was sold out. Contact the box office at 706-507-8444 for more information.

FEB. 20 – Guest Clarinetist David Singer
Columbus State’s Schwob School of Music will present a performance featuring guest clarinetist David Singer at 7:30 p.m. Friday in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. Singer, co-principal clarinetist of New York City’s Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and chair of the Woodwind Department at Montclair State University (N.J.), will perform with CSU faculty artists Gila Goldstein (piano), Andre Gaskins (cello) and Sergiu Schwartz (violin). The program will include works by Poulenc, Cohen, Brahms and Bartok. 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.

FEB. 21-22 – Tree Identification Workshops at Oxbow Meadows
Columbus State’s Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center will present ‘This Bud’s For You: February Tree Identification’ at 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. CSU’s Environmental Learning Center staff will show how to identify a tree when its branches are bare by applying the ‘3-B’s’ of winter tree identification: bark, branching and buds. The workshops also will explore winter fruit, seeds and twigs. The programs are structured for adults and children 10 and older at $4 per person. Reservations are required. Call 706-687-4090 or go to http://oxbow.colstate.edu.

FEB. 21 – Schwob School of Music’s Children’s Open House
Columbus State’s Schwob School of Music will stage a children’s open house from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Saunders Center for Music Studies in RiverCenter for the Performing Arts. CSU music students will present games and an ‘Instrument Petting Zoo,’ where kids can touch, see and hear various instruments. Also, the CSU Philharmonic will perform children’s classics between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. The event is free and intended for children ages 4-14, accompanied by a parent. For more information, call 706-649-7225.

FEB. 21 – Science Olympiad for Middle Grades
Columbus State will host a 2009 Science Olympiad regional tournament for area middle school students from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. Competitions will take place in Lenoir and Stanley halls, plus Woodruff Gym. A 4 p.m. awards ceremony will take place in the University Hall auditorium. CSU faculty members and students will supervise 23 events involving biology, computers, chemistry and physics. Directed by Columbus State chemistry professor Anil Banerjee, with assistant director and biology professor Katey Sellers, the competition will involve 14 teams from 12 middle schools, including eight Columbus-area schools. For more information, call 706-507-8464 or e-mail carroll_jill@ColumbusState.edu.

FEB. 21 – CSU-USC Aiken NCAA Basketball Doubleheader
Columbus State will host USC Aiken for a pair of NCAA basketball games on Saturday, Feb. 21 in the Lumpkin Center. The women’s contest tips off at 2 p.m., followed by the men at 4 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.

FEB. 21 – Astronomy Night at Roosevelt State Park
CSU’s Coca-Cola Space Science Center will stage an Astronomy Night program of stargazing and planet viewing at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21 at Roosevelt State Park, Pine Mountain. The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call 706-649-1470 or go to http://www.ccssc.org.

FEB. 22 – Faculty Voice Recital by Constantina Tsolainou
Columbus State’s Schwob School of Music will present a faculty voice recital by Constantina Tsolainou at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. Tsolainou, the Paul S. and Jean R. Amos Faculty Chair in Music and Director of Choral Activities, will perform a program titled Love Songs, Folk Songs, and Hums with works by Strauss, Canteloube, Sargon and Jeffers. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-1986 or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

FEB. 22 – Guest Euphonium Recital
Columbus State’s Schwob School of Music will present a guest euphonium recital by Demondrae Thurman at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22 in RiverCenter’s Studio Theatre. Thurman, a low brass professor at the University of Alabama, will perform a program for euphonium and piano. 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.

FEB. 23-28 – Homecoming Week Activities
Themed ‘Winner Takes All,’ Columbus State’s 2009 homecoming celebration will involve several activities Monday through Saturday:

• Monday: ‘Ultimate Gaming Experience’ (Combat Zone Laser Tag, in the Gym Annex) and (Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 gaming in the Davidson Student Center lounge), 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; night-student appreciation (food and giveaways), 5:45-7:30 p.m., Howard Hall and Center for Commerce and Technology; student flag (in Lumpkin Center) and faculty-staff office-door (around campus) competition entries on display; ‘Mr. & Miss Housing Pageant,’ 7 p.m., Davidson auditorium

• Tuesday: Homecoming lunch (including trivia contest and giveaways), 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Davidson cafeteria; RiverPark campus night-student appreciation, 5:45-7:30 p.m.; Intramural basketball All-Star Night (includes slam dunk,three-point shooting contests), 7 p.m., Woodruff Gym

• Wednesday: Dodgeball tournament, (open to faculty-staff, as well as students), 12:30 p.m. (sign up at 12:15 p.m.), Gym Annex; ‘Find the Cougar’ competition (student organizations compete)

• Thursday: Golf cart parade, 12:30-1 p.m., clock tower-through-main campus route; Homecoming Ball, 8 p.m.-midnight, Cunningham Center

• Friday: Bonfire and pep rally (music DJ, giveaways, team introductions, cheerleader performance), 7-9 p.m., parking lot behind the Elizabeth Bradley Turner Center

• Saturday: Tailgating/hamburger cook-off, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Lumpkin Center parking lot; softball doubleheader: CSU vs. Francis Marion, noon, Lady Cougar Field; baseball doubleheader: CSU vs. West Florida, 1 p.m., Ragsdale Field; basketball doubleheader: CSU vs. UNC Pembroke, 2 p.m. (women), 4 p.m. (men), Lumpkin Center.

• Between basketball games: homecoming court introductions and homecoming week competition results

• CSU alumni game day activities (call 706-568-2280 for more information): campus tour, 1 p.m., from Lumpkin Center; children’s activities in designated area, 2-5:30 p.m., Lumpkin Center; alumni and Silver C Society reception (honoring class of 1984), between basketball games in President’s room

For more on homecoming week, go to http://studentlife.colstate.edu/homecoming/index.asp or call 706-568-2273.

FEB. 23 – Violin Studio Gala Concert
Columbus State’s Schwob School of Music will present ‘Bravissimo,’ a violin studio gala concert, at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 23 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. Sergiu Schwartz, the William B. and Sue Marie Turner Distinguished Faculty Chair in Violin, will be joined by award winning CSU violin students in a concert of romantic and virtuoso works from the violin repertoire. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-1986 or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

FEB. 24 – NCAA Softball: CSU Hosts Georgia Southwestern
Columbus State will host Georgia Southwestern for a NCAA softball doubleheader on Tuesday Feb. 24 at Lady Cougar Field. Game times are 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. 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.

FEB. 25 – NCAA Baseball: CSU Hosts Albany State
Columbus State will host Albany State for a NCAA baseball game at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25 at Ragsdale Field. 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.

FEB. 26 – NCAA Men’s Tennis: CSU Hosts Morehouse
Columbus State’s men’s tennis squad will host Morehouse on Thursday, Feb. 26 at the Blackmon Tennis Center. Matches start at 1 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-568-2204 or go to http://www.csucougars.com.

FEB. 26 – Choral Concert
Columbus State’s Schwob School of Music will present a concert by the Chamber Singers and Concert Chorale at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. Graduate student Terrance Green will conduct a program of works by Pergolesi, Faure, Durufle, Thompson and Barber. 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.

FEB. 27 – Black Applause Banquet
Columbus State will hold its 26th annual Black Applause Banquet on Friday, Feb. 27 in the Cunningham Center’s Blanchard Hall. A 6:30 p.m. reception will be followed by dinner at 7 p.m. A CSU Black History Month tradition, the event will feature recognitions of outstanding local high school and CSU students and the presentation of the Dr. John Townsend Achievement Award to a local individual or service group, in honor of Townsend, the first African American to enroll at CSU. The keynote speaker will be state Sen. Emanuel Jones, president-owner of Legacy Chevrolet in Columbus. The event is presented by CSU’s Office of Diversity Programs and Services. Tickets are $30. For more information, call 706-568-2273.

FEB. 27 – Student Organ Recital
Columbus State’s Schwob School of Music will present a student recital by organist Helen Wiley at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-1986 or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

FEB. 28 – Bird Walk at Oxbow Meadows Columbus State’s Oxbow Meadows
Environmental Learning Center will host a ‘Bird Walk’ from 8-9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 28 along the trails at the center, 3535 South Lumpkin Road. The cost is $4 per person, and the program is structured for adults and children 10 and older. Binoculars and bird field guides will be provided. For more information, call 706-687-4090 or go to http://oxbow.colstate.edu.

FEB. 28-March 1 – International Guitar Competition and Symposium
Columbus State’s Schwob School of Music will host its 10th annual CSU Guitar Competition and Symposium on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 28 and March 1 at RiverCenter. Classical guitarists of all levels, and from around the world, will gather for guest artist concerts, masterclasses, lectures and an international competition with divisions for middle school and professional levels. For more information, go to http://music.colstate.edu/events/guitar or contact Andrew Zohn at 706-649-7295 or by e-mail at zohn_andrew@ColumbusState.edu.

FEB. 28 – Guitar Symposium Concert by Duo Spiritoso and SoloDuo
Columbus State’s Schwob School of Music will present classical guitar performances by Duo Spiritoso and SoloDuo Matteo Mela and Lorenzo Micheli at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. The concert is part of the 10th annual CSU Guitar Competition and Symposium.

Duo Spiritoso’s Jeffrey McFadden and Andrew Zohn have performed together since 2004, drawing reviews, such as from Guitar Magazine: ‘Their shared musical sensibilities, technical prowess and unwavering standards provided a performance that was at once audacious, dynamic, moving and powerful.’ Zohn, a Schwob school faculty artist, is the symposium’s founding director. SoloDuo features Italy’s Matteo Mela and Lorenzo Micheli, who have performed worldwide since 2000. Admission is $20. For ticket information,call contact the RiverCenter Box Office at 706-256-3612. For more information on the symposium, call 706-649-1986 or go to http://music.colstate.edu/events/guitar.

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CSU Happenings for Feb. 12-22

FEB. 12-15 & 20-21 – CSU Theatre Staging ‘The Cripple of Inishmaan’
Columbus State University’s Department of Theatre is staging the comedy The Cripple of Inishmaan this weekend and the following weekend, Feb. 20-21, in the Studio at CSU Theatre on the Park. Curtain times both weekends are 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday (Feb. 15). Written by Martin McDonagh in the tradition of Irish storytelling. the plot’s setting is a remote island in 1934 off the coast of Ireland where a Hollywood producer has arrived to make a film and draws ‘Cripple Billy’ from the nearby town of Inishmaan to vie for a role, and the town’s diverse and eccentric citizens watch ravenously to see what happens. General admission is $15; $13 for seniors, children, active military and CSU alumni; and free for CSU faculty and staff (limit 2) and students (limit one). Contact the box office at 706-507-8444. For more information, call 706-507-8415.

FEB. 13 – Student Violin Recital
Columbus State’s Schwob School of Music will present a student violin recital by Kristen Wright at 7 p.m. Friday in RiverCenter’s Studio Theatre. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-1986 or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

Feb. 14-15 – Bird Walks at Oxbow Meadows: ‘Rusty Blackbird Blitz’
Columbus State’s Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center will host weekend ‘Bird Walks’ from 8-9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday at the center, 3535 South Lumpkin Road. CSU ornithologist Annie Crary will guide these walks themed ‘Rusty Blackbird Blitz’ and focused on finding Rusty Blackbirds. The cost is $4 per person, and the program is structured for adults and children 10 and older. Binoculars and bird field guides will be provided. For more information, call 706-687-4090 or go to http://oxbow.colstate.edu.

FEB. 14-16 – ‘Great Backyard Bird Count’ at Oxbow Meadows
The Environmental Learning Center at Oxbow Meadows will be one of several sites for the ‘Great Backyard Bird Count’ from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday through Monday across the United States and Canada. Bird watchers of all ages can participate in this annual effort to count birds to create a real-time snap shot of ‘where the birds are across of North America.’ The data helps researchers understand bird population trends,which is critical for effective conservation. For more information, call 706-687-4090 or go to http://oxbow.colstate.edu.

FEB. 14 – ‘Bees and Beekeeping’ Demonstration at Oxbow Meadows
Jim Harris of the Chattahoochee Valley Beekeepers Association will present ‘Bees and Beekeeping’ at 10 a.m. Saturday at Columbus State’s Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center, 3535 South Lumpkin Road, Columbus. The program is structured for adults and children 10 and older. Reservations are required. Donations at the door are requested. For more information, call 706-687-4090 or go to http://oxbow.colstate.edu.

FEB. 14 – NCAA Men’s Tennis: CSU Hosts Samford
Columbus State’s men’s tennis squad will host Samford on Saturday at the Blackmon Tennis Center. Matches will start at 3 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-568-2204 or go to http://www.csucougars.com.

FEB.14-15 – NCAA Baseball: CSU Hosts Philadelphia
Columbus State will host Philadelphia (Penn.) University in a three-game NCAA baseball series Saturday and Sunday at Ragsdale Field. Game times are 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday. 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.

FEB. 16 & 21-22 – Tree Identification Workshops at Oxbow Meadows
Columbus State’s Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center will stage ‘This Bud’s For You: February Tree Identification’ at 3 p.m. Monday, plus 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 21-22. Experts from the Georgia Forestry Commission and Trees Columbus (Monday), plus CSU’s Environmental Learning Center staff (Feb. 21-22) will show how to identify a tree when its branches are bare by applying the ‘3-B’s’ of winter tree identification: bark, branching and buds. The workshops also will explore winter fruit, seeds and twigs.

The programs are structured for adults and children 10 and older at $4 per person. Reservations are required. Call 706-687-4090 or go to http://oxbow.colstate.edu.

FEB. 16 – CSU-GCSU NCAA Basketball Doubleheader
Columbus State will host Georgia College and State University for an NCAA basketball doubleheader on Monday in the Lumpkin Center. The women’s contest tips off at 5:30 p.m., followed by the men at 7:30 p.m. 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.

FEB. 16 – Concert to Feature Works of Guest Composer Derek Bermel
The CSU Percussion Ensemble, Philharmonic Orchestra and faculty artists Lisa Oberlander (clarinet), Andre Gaskins (cello) and Brad Palmer (trombone) will perform a concert featuring the works of guest composer Derek Bermel at 7:30 p.m. Monday in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. Bermell, a 2009 composer-in-residence with CSU’s McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians, is a composer, clarinetist and conductor noted for incorporating various facets of world music, funk and jazz into classical music. His awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship and the prestigious Rome Prize. 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.

FEB. 17 – Student Cello Recital
Columbus State’s Schwob School of Music will present a student recital by cellist Jack Musick at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in RiverCenter’s Studio Theatre. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-1986 or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

FEB. 18 – NCAA Softball: CSU Home Opener
Columbus State will host West Florida for an NCAA softball doubleheader on Wednesday at Lady Cougar Field. Game times are 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. 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.

FEB. 18 – NCAA Baseball: CSU Hosts Montevallo
Columbus State will host Montevallo for an NCAA baseball game at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Ragsdale Field. 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.

FEB. 19 – CSU Wind Orchestra
The CSU Wind Orchestra,conducted by assistant professor Sean Powell, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19 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.

FEB. 20 – NCAA Women’s Tennis: CSU Hosts Clayton State
Columbus State’s women’s tennis squad will host Clayton State on Friday, Feb. 20 at the Blackmon Tennis Center. Matches will start at 2 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-568-2204 or go to http://www.csucougars.com.

FEB. 20 – Guest Clarinetist David Singer
Columbus State’s Schwob School of Music will present a performance featuring guest clarinetist David Singer at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. Singer, co-principal clarinetist of New York City’s Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and chair of the Woodwind Department at Montclair State University (N.J.), will perform with CSU faculty artists Gila Goldstein (piano), Andre Gaskins (cello) and Sergiu Schwartz (violin). The program will include works by Poulenc, Cohen, Brahms and Bartok. 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.

FEB. 21 – Schwob School of Music’s Children’s Open House
Columbus State’s Schwob School of Music will stage a children’s open house from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Saunders Center for Music Studies in RiverCenter for the Performing Arts. CSU music students will present games and an ‘Instrument Petting Zoo,’ where kids can touch, see and hear various instruments. Also, the CSU Philharmonic will perform children’s classics between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. The event is free and intended for children ages 4-14, accompanied by a parent. For more information, call 706-649-7225.

FEB. 21 – Science Olympiad for Middle Grades
Columbus State will host a 2009 Science Olympiad regional tournament for area middle school students from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, February 21. Competitions will take place in Lenoir and Stanley halls, plus Woodruff Gym. A 4 p.m. awards ceremony will take place in the University Hall auditorium. CSU faculty members and students will supervise 23 events involving biology, computers, chemistry and physics. Directed by Columbus State chemistry professor Anil Banerjee, with assistant director and biology professor Katey Sellers, the competition will involve 14 teams from 12 middle schools, including eight Columbus-area schools.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of Science Olympiad, which aims to improve the quality of science education and provide recognition for those who excel in science. For more information, contact Jill Carroll at 706-507-8464 or carroll_jill@ColumbusState.edu, or go to http://scienceolympiad.colstate.edu. During the competition, media and other guests seeking information, can receive assistance at Clearview II, behind Lenoir Hall, across Clearview Circle.

FEB. 21 – CSU-USC Aiken NCAA Basketball Doubleheader
Columbus State will host USC Aiken for a pair of NCAA basketball games on Saturday, Feb. 21 in the Lumpkin Center. The women’s contest tips off at 2 p.m., followed by the men at 4 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.

FEB. 21 – Astronomy Night at Roosevelt State Park
CSU’s Coca-Cola Space Science Center will stage an Astronomy Night program of stargazing and planet viewing at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21 at Roosevelt State Park, Pine Mountain. The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call 706-649-1470 or go to http://www.ccssc.org.

FEB. 22 – Faculty Voice Recital by Constantina Tsolainou
Columbus State’s Schwob School of Music will present a faculty voice recital by Constantina Tsolainou at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. Tsolainou, the Paul S. and Jean R. Amos Faculty Chair in Music and Director of Choral Activities, will perform a program titled Love Songs, Folk Songs, and Hums with works by Strauss, Canteloube, Sargon and Jeffers. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-1986 or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

FEB. 22 – Guest Euphonium Recital
Columbus State’s Schwob School of Music will present a guest euphonium recital by Demondrae Thurman at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22 in RiverCenter’s Studio Theatre. Thurman, a low brass professor at the University of Alabama, will perform a program for euphonium and piano. 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.

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CSU Happenings for Feb. 6-15

FEB. 6 – Reception for Visiting Artist-Scholar Pepon Osorio
A reception for artist Pepón Osorio, Columbus State University’s 2009 Elena Diaz-Verson Amos Eminent Scholar in Latin American Studies, is set for 5 p.m. Friday in the Corn Center for Visual Arts’ Illges Gallery. Born in Puerto Rico, the Philadelphia-based Osorio’s work is influenced in part by his experiences as a social worker in the Bronx. He is noted for large-scale installations, designed to inspire awareness of place within communities and class structures. The reception is free and hosted by Friends of Art, an organization supporting CSU’s Department of Art. For more information, call 706-507-8300. 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. To view directions online, go to http://art.colstate.edu/directions.asp.

FEB. 6 – NCAA Tennis: CSU Hosts Tuskegee
Columbus State’s men’s and women’s tennis squads will host Tuskegee University on Friday at the Blackmon Tennis Center. Matches will start at 2 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-568-2204 or go to http://www.csucougars.com.

Feb. 7-8 & 14-15 – Bird Walks at Oxbow Meadows: ‘Rusty Blackbird Blitz’
Columbus State’s Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center will host weekend ‘Bird Walks’ from 8-9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 7-8 and 14-15 at the center, 3535 South Lumpkin Road. CSU ornithologist Annie Crary will guide these walks themed ‘Rusty Blackbird Blitz’ and focused on finding Rusty Blackbirds. The cost is $4 per person, and the program is designed for adults and children ages 10 and older. Binoculars and bird field guides will be provided. For more information, call 706-687-4090 or go to http://oxbow.colstate.edu.

FEB. 7-8 & 14-16 – ‘Great Backyard Bird Count’ Activities at Oxbow Meadows
The Environmental Learning Center at Oxbow Meadows will conduct free training at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 7-8, for individuals interested in participating in the Great Backyard Bird Count. Subsequently, the center will become one of several sites across the United States and Canada for the ‘count,’ Feb. 14-16, as bird watchers of all ages participate in the annual event for counting birds to create a real-time snap shot of ‘where the birds are across of North America.’ For more information, call 706-687-4090 or go to http://oxbow.colstate.edu.

FEB. 7 – NCAA Tennis: CSU Hosts Stillman
Columbus State’s men’s and women’s tennis squads will host Stillman College on Saturday at the Blackmon Tennis Center. Matches will start at 10 a.m. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-568-2204 or go to http://www.csucougars.com.

FEB. 7 – Visitation Day for Prospective Students, Their Parents
Columbus State will host a Visitation Day for high school students and their parents from 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday. Activities will begin at the Lumpkin Center as participants can learn about CSU, tour campus, meet current students and speak with professors in their academic field of interest. Call 706-507-8800 or register online.

FEB. 7 – Student Voice Recital
Columbus State’s Schwob School of Music will present a student voice recital by Anita Purcell at 6 p.m. Saturday in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-1986 or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

FEB. 8 – Trombone Studio Recital
Columbus State’s Schwob School of Music will present a Trombone Studio Recital at 4 p.m. Sunday in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-1986 or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

FEB. 9 – Horn Studio Recital
Columbus State’s Schwob School of Music will present a Horn Studio Recital at 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.

FEB. 9 – International Film Series: ‘Moolaade’
Columbus State’s Center for International Education will screen the 2004 African film Moolaade at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 9 in the International House at University Avenue and Clearview Circle. Written and directed by Ousmane Sembene, the film is about, and against, the custom of female circumcision. The setting is a small village in Burkina Faso, where a woman draws the ire of village traditionalists by providing moolaade (sanctuary) to young girls seeking to avoid the circumcision ritual. ‘It is a film of politics and anger, and also a film of beauty, humor, and a deep affection for human nature,’ said film critic Roger Ebert. The screening at CSU is free and open the public. For more information, call 706-565-4036.

FEB. 10 – BET’s Jeff Johnson to Speak
Award-winning journalist Jeff Johnson will give a presentation themed ‘365 DAYS: Black History Beyond February’ at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday in the University Hall auditorium. Johnson, managing editor and chief correspondent for BET’s The Truth with Jeff Johnson, also provides weekly commentary on the nationally syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show and has contributed frequently to MSNBC’s Dayside and Hardball with Chris Matthews, CNN, FOX News Channel, Huffington Post and other media outlets and Internet sites. He earned a 2008 NABJ Salute to Excellence Award for BET’s Life & Death in Darfur, Jeff Johnson Reports series and is one of 30 young leaders selected for the British Council’s Transatlantic 2020 team of Europeans and Americans for a new cross-border dialogue to reinvigorate traditional alliances and mend transatlantic rifts. His presentation at CSU is free and open to the public and sponsored by the university’s Office of Diversity Programs and Services. For more information, call 706-568-2273.

FEB. 10 – Columbus Regional Science and Engineering Fair
Columbus State will host the Columbus Regional Science and Engineering Fair for local students from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday in Founders Hall at the Elizabeth Bradley Turner Center. The participants — 94 middle school students and 34 high school students – will display their research projects and discuss their work with the judges, including CSU science professors and off-campus professionals. The projects cover biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, environmental science, mathematics, medicine and physics. Top finishers will qualify for the 61st Georgia Science and Engineering Fair in April at the University of Georgia. For more information, call Jill Carroll at 706-507-8464 or e-mail carroll_jill@ColumbusState.edu.

FEB. 10 – Pianist Ian Hominick to Perform
Columbus State’s Schwob School of Music will host a performance by guest pianist Ian Hominick at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. Hominick, who has performed across North America and Europe, will perform works by Clementi, Schubert, Ravel and Thalberg, whose music Hominick featured on his acclaimed CD The Piano Music of Sigismund Thalberg. His performances have aired on CBC Radio, Radio-Canada and National Public Radio. Admission prices for his CSU performance 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.

FEB. 11 – CSU-North Georgia NCAA Basketball Doubleheader
Columbus State will host North Georgia for a pair of NCAA basketball games on Wednesday in the Lumpkin Center. The women’s contest tips off at 5:30 p.m., followed by the men at 7:30 p.m. 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.

FEB. 12 – Guest Artist Lecture
Columbus State’s Department of Art will present a lecture by Auburn art professor Christopher McNulty at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12 in Carpenters Hall at 9th Street and Broadway on CSU’s RiverPark campus. McNulty, whose work is part of 34.5 N.W., a Jan. 21-Feb. 21 exhibition in CSU’s Illges Gallery, creates sculptural objects, video and works on paper. He has exhibited his work nationally, including the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Atlanta’s Saltworks Gallery, the Mobile Museum of Art, the Rockford (Ill.) Art Museum and others. His lecture is free. For more information, call 706-507-8300.

FEB. 12 – CSU Philharmonic with Concerto Competition Winners
The CSU Philharmonic Orchestra will perform six concerto movements with the student winners of the 2008-2009 Schwob School of Music Concerto Competition at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. The orchestra. conducted by Schwob School Director Fred Cohen, also will perform Verdi’s overture from ‘La forza del destino.’ 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.

FEB. 12-15 – CSU Theatre to Stage ‘The Cripple of Inishmaan’
Columbus State University’s Department of Theatre will present the comedy The Cripple of Inishmaan Thursday-Sunday, Feb. 12-15, and Friday and Saturday, Feb. 20-21, in the CSU Theatre on the Park Studio. Curtain times are 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Written by Martin McDonagh in the tradition of Irish storytelling, the setting is a remote island in 1934 off the coast of Ireland where a Hollywood producer has arrived to make a film and draws ‘Cripple Billy’ from the nearby town of Inishmaan to vie for a role, attracting the attention of the town’s diverse and eccentric citizens. 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). Contact the box office at 706-507-8444. For more information, call 706-507-8415.

FEB. 13 – Student Violin Recital
Columbus State’s Schwob School of Music will present a student violin recital by Kristen Wright at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13 in RiverCenter’s Studio Theatre. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-1986 or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

FEB. 14 – NCAA Men’s Tennis: CSU Hosts Samford
Columbus State’s men’s tennis squad will host Samford on Saturday, Feb. 14 at the Blackmon Tennis Center. Matches will start at 3 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-568-2204 or go to http://www.csucougars.com.

FEB. 14 – ‘Bees and Beekeeping’ Demonstration at Oxbow Meadows
Jim Harris of the Chattahoochee Valley Beekeepers Association will present ‘Bees and Beekeeping’ at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 14 at CSU’s Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center, 3535 South Lumpkin Road, Columbus. The program is for adults and children 10 and older (accompanied by an adult). Reservations are required. Donations at the door are requested. For more information, call 706-687-4090 or go to http://oxbow.colstate.edu.

FEB.14-15 – NCAA Baseball: CSU Hosts Philadelphia
Columbus State will host Philadelphia (Pa.) University in a three-game NCAA baseball series Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 14-15 at Ragsdale Field. Game times are 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday. Daily 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.

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CSU Theatre to Stage Dark Comedy ‘The Cripple of Inishmaan’

COLUMBUS, Ga. – A collection of eccentric characters who ‘talk to stones, drink all day and are obsessed with throwing eggs’ are part of the backdrop for the dark comedy ‘The Cripple of Inishmaan,’ running Thursday-Sunday, Feb. 12-15 and Friday and Saturday, Feb. 20-21, in the CSU Theatre on the Park Studio.

Written by Martin McDonagh in the tradition of Irish storytelling, the plot’s setting is a remote island in 1934 off the coast of Ireland where a Hollywood producer has arrived to make a film, drawing ‘Cripple Billy’ (Eddie Zaboroskie) from the nearby town of Inishmaan to vie for a role.

Billy’s disfigurement, however, causes more than just physical grief as the town’s diverse and eccentric citizens begin stirring up trouble.

‘Eddie has been working with the physical impediment of ‘Cripple Billy’ for over two months,’ said Director Larry McDonald, referring to his lead actor’s preparation.

McDonald, an assistant professor of theatre, said the play is full of Irish eccentricity written not only to provide laughs. ‘It’s a dark comedy, absolutely,’ he said. ‘Dark comedies are rooted in pain, and that is evident in this show. All the characters are obsessed with how the rest of the world views them and their country. So while their individual eccentricities may be comical, it is really through their inability to recognize their own flaws that we find humor.’

Thus, ‘Cripple Billy’ sees Hollywood as an opportunity to escape the emotional burdens that weigh him down. ‘What I appreciate most is how the playwright truly captured the spirit of the Irish and that not only is it extremely funny, but it’s also a deeply moving story as well,’ said McDonald. ‘As much as we laugh at these people, we are also able recognize their humanity and struggle.’

Curtain times for ‘The Cripple of Inishmaan’ are 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, plus 2 p.m. Sunday. 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). Contact the box office at 706-507-8444. For more information, call 706-507-8415.

Cast (all CSU students)
• Kate – Kimberly Belflower
• Eileen – Caroline Thrasher
• Johnny Pateen Mike – Nicholas Wolfe
• Billy – Eddie Zaboroskie
• Bartley – Caleb Lawton
• Helen – Kori Jackson
• BabbyBobby – Nicholas Crawley
• Doctor – Kyle Phillips
• Mammy – Lena Thomas
• Male Understudy – Cory Jarrell
• Female Understudy – Samantha Mongogna

Production Crew
• Stage Manager – Brian Elston (student)
• Costume Designer – Steve Graver (associate professor)
• Lighting – Krystal Kennell (assistant professor)
• Set – Christopher North (guest artist from Brown University)
• Student Assistant Director – Megan Noelle Smith

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