WCU Arts and Cultural Events series to feature Second City, Japanese drummers

Oct 12, 2016

CULLOWHEE – Quirky films, arts and crafts workshops, a holiday circus show and a comedy performance by Chicago’s renowned improvisational group Second City are among the offerings of the 2016-17 Arts and Cultural Events series at Western Carolina University.

Second City will perform for the annual Homecoming Comedy Show at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, at the Bardo Arts Center. Second City’s performance is titled “Free Speech! (While Supplies Last)” and is an irreverent look at America’s electoral insanity. The new topical show features political satire made famous by Second City stars such as Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert and Keegan-Michael Key, as well as brand-new scenes, songs and improvisation straight from the group’s sold-out shows in Chicago and Toronto.

WCU’s ACE committee is partnering with the student Art Education Club and the university’s Fine Art Museum to present a series of hands-on workshops in fine arts and crafts for students and community members. The series is free for students and $20 for all others. All events begin at 6 p.m.in Room 150 at the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center. Preregistration is required forWCU students by emailing Talitha Bowers at tcbowers1@catamount.wcu.edu and for all others by emailing Bobby Hensley at hensley@wcu.edu.

Table loom weaving will be the subject of a crafts workshop Thursday, Nov. 3. Participants will design and create a small woven piece through the traditional and compact weaving method. The workshop is being presented in conjunction with the “Language of Maya Weaving” exhibit at the Fine Art Museum.

The Southern Circuit Film “Hotel Dallas” will be screened at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, in the theater of A.K. Hinds University Center. The film presents an unusual story about a post-1980s Romanian filmmaker named Livia, whose father Ilie has built a hotel that is a replica of the house from “Dallas,” the only American television show to play in their country at the time. Livia, who has a crush on series star Patrick Duffy, emigrates to America to film him waking up in her father’s hotel.

Hands-on workshop participants at a Thursday, Dec. 1, event will try their hands at welt-felting, creating a hat or slippers for the approaching winter season. The wool will be gleaned from an Asheville-based fiber event.

The “Snowkus Pocus Cirque Holiday Show” will usher in the season in an acrobatic way at7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, at the Bardo Arts Center. Performers will present wintry vignettes, including a bendy ballerina inside a living snow globe, a snowball battle between the North Wind and Jack Frost, and an aerial snow ballet.

The ACE season continues into the new year during WCU’s Martin Luther King Week with a presentation by Step Afrika! with spoken-word artist Kyla Lacey at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20, in the Bardo Arts Center. Honoree of the American College Personnel Association’s “Poet of the Year” award, Lacey tells her story of love, loss and redemption with a comical twist through the art of spoken word. Step Afrika! is the first professional dance company in the world dedicated to the tradition of stepping. The company began in 1994 as an exchange program with the Soweto Dance Theatre of Johannesburg, South Africa, and has expanded to become an international touring company presenting performance, residencies and workshops worldwide.

“Mango Dreams,” the next film in the Southern Circuit series, tells the story of a Hindu doctor with dementia and a Muslim rickshaw driver forming an unlikely friendship as they journey 1,000 miles across India in a rickshaw. The film will be shown at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, in the University Center theater.

A fusion of film, dance and music, “Taj Express: The Bollywood Musical Revue” captures the vibrant and expressive spirit of the world of Bollywood movies that have been entertaining billions of people in India for generations. The multimedia/live performance will be at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, in the Bardo Arts Center.

“I Come From,” a documentary in the Southern Circuit series, focuses on incarcerated poets and playwrights who use the power of creativity to change the direction of their lives in the country that imprisons the largest percentage of its population, the U.S. It will be shown at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 14, in the University Center theater.

The next film in the series, “Speed Sisters,” documents the activities of the first all-woman race car driving team in the Middle East, with a screening at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 5, in Room 130 of the Bardo Arts Center.

Taikoza Japanese Drummers will entertain the audience with the taiko – a large, barrel-like drum that can fill the air with the sounds of rolling thunder – during a performance at the Bardo Arts Center on Tuesday, April 18, at 7:30 p.m. A workshop associated with the performance is being planned.

Tickets for presentations taking place at the Bardo Arts Center will be available at the box office and online at bardoartscenter.wcu.edu, or by calling 828-227-2479. Tickets purchased in advance are significantly discounted: $5 for students; $13 for WCU faculty and staff; $18 for general admission; and $15 per ticket for groups of 20 or more. On the day of the event, regular ticket prices apply: $10 for students; $18 for WCU faculty and staff; and $23 for general admission.

WCU students will be admitted free to the Second City show on Oct. 26.

All showings in the Southern Circuit Film Series are free for everyone.

For more information about the ACE series, contact Brandon Lokey, assistant director for campus programs, at 828-227-7206 or by email at bklokey@wcu.edu.