FAU is presenting the best in Mexican film in its Mexican Film Festival, “Viva Mexico: A Retrospective of Mexican Cinema,” held Thursday, April 5, through Saturday, May 5. Film screenings and lectures will take place on the Boca Raton campus, at Cinema Paradiso, 503 SE 6th Street, Fort Lauderdale and the Broward County South Regional Public Library, 7300 Pines Boulevard, Pembroke Pines. The festival will include everything from historical documentaries to popular favorites, and most of the films have English subtitles.
“This is a great time for Mexican cinema because people are starting to appreciate it beyond its national and regional borders,” said Luis Duno-Gottberg, director of the Caribbean and Latin American Studies Program at FAU. “Mexican directors, producers and actors are participating in transnational markets with great success. We saw this at the recent Academy Awards celebration when many Mexican filmmakers were recognized, including the Oscar nomination that Alejandro González Iñárritu received for ’Babel.’ And this is just the most recent success in a long history of excellent Mexican film.”
The festival began earlier this month. The festival reception will be held on Thursday, April 12, at 7 p.m. in the Sean Stein Pavilion of the Barry Kaye College of Business. The Honorable Consult of Mexico, representing the consulate in Miami, will deliver remarks, and there will be free Mexican food, drinks and music. This will be followed by a lecture titled “Distributing Mexican Cinema North of the Border: Challenges and Opportunities” by Carlos A. Gutierrez, director of Cinema Tropical, a non-profit arts organization dedicated to the promotion of Latin American cinema in the United States. The lecture will take place in the College of Education Building, room 119.
Film screenings at FAU run from Friday, April 13, through Friday, April 27. They are free and will be held in the Performing Arts Building, room 101. Screenings at Cinema Paradiso run from Monday, April 16, through Saturday, May 5, and are $6, with FAU students receiving free admission. Screenings at the Broward County South Regional Public Library are free and run from Tuesday, April 10, through Tuesday, April 17. A full schedule of the films at all locations can be found at www.fau.edu/artsandlettersnews.
The festival will close with “Fiesta Mexicana” on Cinco de Mayo, Saturday, May 5, at 6 p.m. at Cinema Paradiso. There will be free Mexican food and drinks, followed by a screening of “Amores Perros.”
The festival is presented by FAU’s Caribbean and Latin American Studies Program in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters. Additional sponsors include Complete Media Solutions; Sun-Sentinel and El Sentinel; Cinema Paradiso; the Broward County Library; Televisa; Cinema Tropica; Tequila Don Julio; as well as the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, the Department of Languages and Linguistics and Comparative Literature and its Spanish Program, and the School of Communication and Multimedia Studies in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters; and the DeSantis Center in FAU’s Barry Kaye College of Business.
For more information, contact Luis Duno-Gottberg at 561-297-0612 or email@example.com.
Climate Change in Florida
Conference May 9-11
The first conference on Climate Change in Florida, hosted by FAU and the University of South Florida, will take place May 9-11 in Tampa. This timely conference will focus on Florida, identifying impacts and actions that should be taken to respond to climate change and offering the latest scientific findings. Global, national and state experts will share their perspectives with conference participants in both general and concurrent sessions.
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For more information, contact Doreen DiCarlo, Conference Coordinator,
Center for Environmental Studies, at (561) 799-8553 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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FAU Libraries’ Outreach and Exhibition Committee and the Palm Beach Museum of Natural History present “The Prehistory of Southeast Florida,” the story of the state from 12,000 years ago until Spanish exploration, through May 31. Among artifacts included are fossil fragments of mammoths, Mastodons, Saber-toothed cats, spear points and decorated pottery sherds.
The exhibition, which is free and open to the public, can be viewed on the second floor west wing in the hall outside the entrance to Room 214 of the S.E. Wimberly Library on the Boca Raton campus. For more information, call Stacey Mihm, senior library technical assistant, at 561-297-6920, or click here.
The theatre department presents “The Lady From Dubuque,” Edward Albee’s play of games and questions about who we are. The play, directed by Desmond Galant, will run from Friday, April 13 through Sunday, April 22. Shows are at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights and 2 p.m. on Sundays. There are no shows Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights. The play is in the Studio One Theatre on Boca Raton campus. General admission tickets are $20. FAU faculty, staff and alumni tickets are $10, and students may obtain tickets free at the door or ahead of time with a $5 reservation fee. Tickets can be purchased and student reservations made by calling 800-564-9539 or at the theatre two hours prior to the performance. Following the opening night performance, there will be a reception with the cast of the show that is free and open to the public.
The department of music invites you to travel the world through music in a celebration of diverse cultures and kinds of music during FAU’s 2007 Music Festival. The festival runs from Friday, April 13 through Sunday, April 29, on the Boca Raton campus.
Concert ticket prices are $15 for one concert, $30 for two concerts and $40 for three concerts. Tickets are $20 for the President’s Reception, held on Saturday, April 14, at 5:30.
The festival opens with an evening of jazz on Friday, April 13 at 7 p.m. in the University Theatre. The FAU Jazz Band, directed by Neal Bonsanti, will be joined by special guest saxophonist Mark Colby. Colby has performed with Frank Sinatra, Maynard Ferguson and others. The New York Times called Colby “a brilliant saxophone soloist in the virtuoso range.”
On Saturday, April 14, at 5:30 p.m., there will be a President’s Reception to celebrate the seventh annual music festival. This pre-concert reception, sponsored by FAU’s University Club, will be held on the Visual Arts Patio on the lake and will feature the flavors of South America. It will be followed by a concert in the University Theatre with The FAU Chamber Singers titled “¡Viva el Canto!” Dr. Patricia P. Fleitas will conduct the ensemble in Latin American/Iberian music, including music from Cuba, Guatemala, Colombia, Argentina, Brazil, Venezuela and Peru. The singers will be accompanied by Krisztina Kover and David Rossow on piano.
On Friday, April 20, at 7 p.m. festival goers will be treated to the FAU World Music Ensemble, followed by the Lenore Raphael Trio, with “Women in Jazz,” in the University Theatre. Under the direction of James E. Cunningham, the World Music Ensemble will perform Brazilian percussion music featuring batacuda, a type of street samba that includes heavily rhythmic-oriented music on bass and snare drums, shakers and bells. The band will be followed by Lenore Raphael, a jazz pianist who was cited as “one of the top new talents in mainstream jazz” by Jazz Review magazine. Recent notable performances include “Jazz at Lincoln Center” in New York and “The Clifford Brown Jazz Festival” in Wilmington, Delaware.
On the following evening, Saturday, April 21, at 7 p.m., the FAU Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Kyle Prescott, will appear in the University Theatre to present a program including works dating across five centuries. This includes the world premier of the piece “Celebration” by Stuart Glazer, an FAU faculty member; “Fandango” by Joseph Turrin; and “Dance Mix” by Rob Smith.
On Sunday, April 22, at 3 p.m. in the University Theatre, Laura Joella will conduct the FAU Symphony Orchestra in works by French and Austrian masters. The program includes music from two French operas and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s rarely performed "Concerto No. 7 in F Major for Three Pianos." The latter will feature FAU’s world-renowned pianists Heather Coltman, Anne Louise-Turgeon and Edward Turgeon.
The final weekend of the festival will feature a concert on Sunday, April 29, at 3 p.m. of “Opera Scenes” presented by outstanding FAU choral students. Amy Elizabeth Lim will accompany on piano.
Proceeds from the 2007 Music Festival will benefit the music scholarship fund in FAU’s School of the Arts in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters. The festival is presented by the School of the Arts, the Palm Beach County Cultural Council, Palm Beach County and FAU’s University Club.
For tickets to the concerts or reception, call 1-800-564-9539 or visit www.fauevents.com.
The music department presents the U.S. Air Force Concert Band and the Singing Sergeants in a free concert on Sunday, April 15, at 3 p.m. in the Carole and Barry Kaye Performing Arts Auditorium at the University Center on the Boca Raton campus. Some non-ticket holders may be admitted the night of the concert. For more information, call 561-297-3854.
“Books in Black: A New Page!,” a traveling exhibition of books handmade by black artists to pay tribute to black inventors and trailblazers, continues through April 16, at the S.E. Wimberly Library on the Boca Raton campus. The New York-based exhibition was founded by Ruth E. Edwards to raise awareness of black achievements. It has been shown in Brazil and in New York at such venues as the Mount Vernon Library, the Center for Book Arts and the National Museum of Catholic Art and History.“Books in Black” artists often use origami, doll making and other personal interests to deliver significant messages in their books.
The exhibition, which is free and open to the public, can be viewed in the library’s main lobby, at the entrance of the second floor administrative offices and in the atrium outside of the Arthur and Mata Jaffe Center for Book Arts on the library’s third floor. For additional information, call 561-297-3787.
The Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters department of visual arts and art history will present the opening reception of “Cubicide,” a bachelor of fine arts show on Thursday, April 19, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Ritter Art Gallery on the Boca Raton campus. The exhibition will run Friday, April 20, through Wednesday, May 2. Both the reception and the exhibition are free and open to the public.
This spring, 29 graduating seniors will receive their bachelor of fine arts degrees in studio art and graphic design. Featured artwork is executed in various disciplines, including painting, photography, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking and graphic design. All exhibition artists will be in attendance at the reception to discuss and answer questions about their creative works. Gallery hours of operation are Tuesday through Friday, 1 to 4 p.m., and Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m.
Director Pratibha Parmar will give a public presentation "Women Directors: From Margin to Center" and screen selections from her early film work as part of the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies and the Program in Film and Video's Spring 2007 Lecture Series. The event will be held on April 28 at 7 p.m. in the Higher Education Complex, Room 910 on the Fort Lauderdale campus. The series brings together a diverse array of women media makers, from film, video, television and new media, and considers the gendered politics of producing mainstream commercial texts, independent commercial texts and experimental works, and the relative presence of women in a number of sectors of varied media industries. Parmar is a documentary and feature fiction filmmaker who began making films after her travels to India in 1975 when she worked as a volunteer in rural development projects. This event is presented by the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies and the Program in Film and Video of the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters. For event details, contact Eric Freedman at 561-297-2534 or email@example.com. This event is free and open to the public.
A day-long continuing education workshop titled "Getting to the Heart of It: How to Change Intimate Relationships Quickly, Dramatically and Permanently" will be held on Friday, May 4, in the Grand Palm Room of the University Center on the Boca Raton campus.
The featured speaker will be Terry Real, a long-time family therapist and best-selling author who is a senior faculty member of the Family Institute of Cambridge in Massachusetts, and a clinical fellow of the Meadows Institute in Arizona. He also heads his own organization, the Relational Life Institute. His most recent book is titled "The New Rules of Marriage: What You Need to Make Love Work."
In this workshop, professionals will learn why couples therapy often fails. Terry Real will teach the three key principals of the Empowerment Therapy Model:
-- The use of leverage
-- "Clean-up" of emotional issues
-- The Relationship Grid
Participants will learn:
-- How to take sides productively
-- How to help women be effectively assertive and constructive in their relationship
-- How to inspire men to open their hearts and learn the new language of emotion
-- How to help clients "use the worst parts" of their partner as a springboard to health
The workshop will begin with registration and a continental breakfast at 8:15 a.m. and continue until 4:30 p.m. Professionals can earn six contact hours by attending. The registration cost for professionals is $109 if CEU credits are desired, $99 if they are not. Student registration is $75. Space is limited, so early registration is encouraged.
This workshop is being presented by the Counseling Center. To register or get more information, please contact Caren Tacher at firstname.lastname@example.org or ext. 7-3540.
For more events, visit the University's Calendar of Events.