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Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters Has Plans to Fill up Your Fall

If it's fall, it's time for the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Art and Letters to fill the University's music halls, performance spaces and lecture rooms with a wide variety of programs, plays, concerts and lectures. Many of the events are free for faculty and staff, and discounts are available for most others.

September and early October offered a number of events, including a successful run of "A Bright Room Called Day" a play by award-winning playwright Tony Kushner. The listings below offer a look at what's ahead (check the online events calendar and review the twice-weekly e-mail announcements for a complete rundown of events):

Arts Lectures
On Oct. 11 and 24, the University Galleries will highlight artists talking about their works in the 2006 South Florida Cultural Consortium Visual and Media Artists Fellowship exhibition. The exhibition, featuring 12 artists from the southeastern counties of Florida, will run through Oct. 28 in the Schmidt and Ritter galleries. The lectures below are free and open to the public.

On Wednesday, Oct. 11, at 7 p.m., two video-filmmakers will discuss their work. Chad Tingle will screen his film "Another Day, Another Dollar" in the General Classrooms South building, Room 119. This film is inspired by issues specific or relative to Florida and its respective communities. Eric Freedman will give a gallery talk in the Ritter Art Gallery about his films. Freedman's works have been exhibited in Florida, Minnesota, Louisiana and California. He is an associate professor and coordinator of multimedia studies in the School of Communication and Multimedia Studies.

For the final lecture in the series, Christina Louis Pettersson and Tim Curtis will appear on Tuesday, Oct. 24, at 7 p.m. Pettersson has had solo exhibitions at Roket Projects, Miami, and group exhibitions at Brent Sikkema Gallery, New York, and the Vanersborg Museum in Sweden, among others. Curtis was recently an artist-in-residence at the Godown Arts Center in Nairobi, Kenya. For more information about the lecture series or exhibitions, call 561-297-2966.

Shostakovich Centenary Festival
The music department celebrates the 100th birthday of Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich with a two-part festival.
Part one includes a concert on Saturday, Oct. 14, at 3 p.m. in the Harid Conservatory, 2285 Potomac St., Boca Raton; the same concert will be performed on Sunday, Oct. 15, at 2 p.m. in the Liberal Arts Auditorium on the Davie campus. The concerts feature two of Shostakovich's best known works, "String Quartet No. 8" and "Quintet for Piano and String Quartet."

Part two offers a concert on Saturday, Nov. 4,. at 2 p.m. in the Liberal Arts Auditorium and on Sunday, Nov. 5, at 3 p.m. at the Harid Conservatory. These concerts will include Shostakovich's "Prelude and Fugue in D minor," a piece inspired by Johann Sebastian Bach, and "Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano, Opus 67," a piece dedicated to the memory of Holocaust victims.

Featured in the first concert are Leonid Treer, piano, founder of the FAU Chamber Soloists, and the Biava String Quartet. The second concert features Mei Mei Luo, violin; Ian Maksin, cello; Sarah Lopez and Jonathan Li, piano; and Wendy Reynolds, soprano.

FAU students, faculty, staff and alumni may obtain free admission with ID. General admission is $15 at the door. For more information, call the department of music at 561-297-3820.

More Sounds of Music
The University Theatre on the Boca Raton campus will host three concerts this month. The FAU Symphony will play on Sunday, Oct. 15, at 3 p.m.; the FAU Piano Faculty will perform on Saturday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m.; and the Ratz! Jazz Quintet will play on Sunday, Oct. 22, at 3 p.m. These events are free. For more information, call the department of music at 561-297-3820.

The U.S. Marine Band
Established in 1798, the United States Marine Band is America's oldest professional musical organization. In 1891, the band's legendary 17th director, John Philip Sousa, led the Marine Band on its first concert tour. Since then, the band has performed throughout the country on a set schedule, coming to the southeastern states every five years.

The music department will present the United States Marine Band in a free concert on Saturday, Oct. 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the Carole and Barry Kaye Performing Arts Auditorium on the Boca Raton campus. Tickets may be obtained by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope with a request for tickets (limit four) by Friday, Oct. 13, to University Bands/Department of Music, 777 Glades Road, AH 119, Boca Raton, Florida 33431. Letters must be received by October 13 to ensure timely delivery.

Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Ticket holders must be seated by 7:15 p.m. If additional seats are still available at that time, non-ticket holders will be admitted. For more information, visit www.fau.edu/music or call 561-297-3854 or 800-564-9539.

FAU Receives Donation of Russian Art Valued at Over $2 Million from Michael and Tonya Aranda of EH Building Group

Last month, FAU received a gift of 20th century Russian fine art valued at $2,255,700 from Michael and Tonya Aranda of EH Building Group. The gift will enhance the programs of the department of visual arts and art history, academic and public programs within the School of the Arts in FAU's Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters. The collection of 977 pieces includes 70 original signed lithographs and serigraphs by the Russian artists Mihail Chemiakin, Shimon Okshteyn, Kasimir
Malevich, Moisey Kogan, Alexandre Zlotnik and Michail Aleksandrov. Additional details and a look at this collection will appear in a future Update.

Fulbright Scholar Lecture
Fulbright Scholar Dr. Fatima Amrani Zerrifi is visiting FAU through Nov. 18 as part of the Fulbright "Direct Access to the Muslim World" program. She will offer a free public lecture titled "Gender Equity in Islam" on Monday, Oct. 23, at 4 p.m. in the Senate Chambers, University Center, Boca Raton campus.

O'Sullivan Memorial Lecture
The history department's annual John O'Sullivan Memorial Lecture will feature Dr. Glenda Gilmore, the Peter V. and C. Vann Woodward Professor of History at Yale University. She will lecture on "The Nazis and Dixie: African-Americans and Fascism," offering a look at the black and white radicalism that laid the groundwork for the 1950s civil rights movement and how communist organizing produced a Southern popular front in the 1930s to fight the dual enemies of racial oppression at home and fascism abroad. The lecture is on Thursday, Oct. 26, at 2 p.m. in the Live Oak Pavilion on the Boca Raton campus. For more information, contact the history department at (561) 297-3840.

Visiting Scholar Lectures
The Eminent Scholar Program of the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters will offer two public lectures by this year's Visiting Scholars in Art, Roberta Smith, art critic for the New York Times, and Jerry Saltz, art critic for the Village Voice. Smith will lecture on Oct. 25 and Saltz on Nov. 2. For more details, check the events calendar.

Galleries Redux
"The Graphic Imperative: International Posters for Peace, Social Justice and the Environment" and "Graphic Noise: Art at 1,000 Decibels" will both run from Nov. 10 to Jan. 27, with a combined opening reception on Thursday, Nov. 9 from 6 to 8 p.m. "The Graphic Imperative: International Posters for Peace" — in the Schmidt Center Gallery & Public Space — is an exhibition of 111 posters from around the world. The strong statement and design of these posters address the issues of racism, war, conservationism and the importance of voting. "Graphic Noise: Art at 1,000 Decibels" — also in the Schmidt Center Gallery Public Space — is an exhibition of contemporary concert posters by more than 100 artists representing eight countries. It provides a visual culmination of work from skilled screenprinters, illustrators and graphic designers. More information can be found at www.fau.edu/galleries.

Plays, Dances and More Shows
"Hunting the Basilisk" opens on Friday, Nov. 10, in the Studio One Theatre. An original work by University of Central Florida professor John Schafer, this play features a talk-back session with the cast following each performance. "Dances We Dance," the showcase for FAU's fall class of dance students, will take place on Dec. 5 and 6 at 8 p.m. in the University Theater. The BFA student art exhibitions will open with a recption from 7 to 9 p.m. on Nov. 29 and run through Dec. 8 in the Ritter Gallery.

December Music
Finally, December offers the Latin American Music Festival and Duo Turgeon on Dec. 2, at 7 p.m. and the Latin Jazz Rats on Dec. 3, at 3 p.m. Both events are at the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art. Cuarteto Latinoamericano with Heather Coltman, piano will perform on Dec. 16, at 3 p.m. in the University Theatre on the Boca Raton campus. For more information, call 561-297-2977.



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