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Upcoming arts events at Wofford


SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The following is a list of arts events coming to Wofford College. All are free and open to the public except where noted.

2/18/2009 through 3/27/2009
Recent Paintings by Justice C. Littlejohn. Martha Cloud Chapman Gallery, Campus Life Building
Justice Littlejohn is a 2003 graduate of Wofford College and the University of South Carolina. He has taught in the public schools and his work has been exhibited in galleries in the Columbia area as well as Atlanta. This is his first return exhibition at his alma mater.

2/18/2009 through 3/26/2009
Thomas Scanlin Collection of African Art, Sandor Teszler Library Gallery (pictured)
Primarily derived from Central and Western Africa, the works in this collection exhibit several of the characteristics of African art as a whole – especially abstraction – and rather than being created solely for their beauty, they actually saw use within the society in ritual dancing, celebrations, and expression of status. The visual strength and interest of pieces such as these has profoundly influenced Western art, especially in the work of Picasso and his contemporaries in the early part of the 20th century.

7:00 PM
Troubadour Series: William Yelverton, Leonard Auditorium, Main Building
William Yelverton's exceptionally diverse repertoire and brilliant technique set him apart as one of today's most exciting and unique concert artists. He is an award-winning classical guitarist whose eclectic recital programs often include jazz, folk, latin, and flamenco, together with early music performed on Renaissance lute. As an authority on the art of guitar transcription, his unprecedented performances and recordings of masterworks by great composers have received wide critical acclaim. He holds a Doctorate in Guitar Performance from the Florida State University and has won top prizes in the Guitar Foundation of America International Competition and the National Federation of Music Clubs Competition. As an instructor, he has given masterclasses throughout the US and has been invited to teach at the National Guitar Workshop's "Classical Summit" in Connecticut. He currently directs guitar studies at Middle Tennessee State University, in Murfreesboro, Tenn., where he is professor of music.

3:30 PM and 7:30 PM
World Film Series, "Lost in Beijing." Olin Teaching Theater, Franklin W. Olin Building

2/25/2009 through 3/25/2009
Exhibit: Interlocking Faces of Humanity: Diversity, Beauty and Hardship as photographed by members of the Wofford Community, Mickel Chapel, Leonard Auditorium

7:00 PM
Wofford Chamber Music Series, Leonard Auditorium, Main Building

11:00 AM
Wofford Chamber Music Series, Leonard Auditorium, Main Building

8:00 PM
"Exhibitionism: Galleries, Museums, and Exhibitions in 19th-Century France and England," a lecture presentation by a visiting art historian; Olin Teaching Theater, Franklin W. Olin Building

11:00 AM
Speaker – Elke Kennedy on “Sean's Last Wish,” Leonard Auditorium, Main Building
Sean Kennedy was killed on May 16, 2007, in Greenville, S.C., when a man came up to him outside of the bar, called him a derogatory name, and punched him in the face. Elke Kennedy, his mother, now travels around the country speaking about the importance of tolerance and raising awareness of the gaps in South Carolina law.

4:00 PM
Faculty Talk: Dr.Laura Barbas Rhoden: Ecological Imaginations in Latin American Fiction, Montgomery Room, Burwell Building

3:30 PM and 7:30 PM
World Film Series, "Priceless." Olin Teaching Theater, Franklin W. Olin Building

9:00 AM
Shape Note Singing, AAAS Room, Burwell Building
Shape-note singers from throughout the Southeast will gather for the annual tribute to Spartanburg’s William “Singin’ Billy” Walker (1809-1875), the man who helped bring musical literacy to remote country churches around the South. The traditional a cappella Appalachian folk hymn singing dates back to colonial times, and was featured in the film “Cold Mountain,” starring Nicole Kidman and Jude Law. No experience in shape-note singing is necessary, and participants are welcome to come and go as their schedule permits.

7:00 PM
Spiritual Cinema Circle, "Swing," Leonard Auditorium, Main Building
Spiritual Cinema Circle features short and full-length films handpicked from festivals around the world. Each one is a movie with a story that matters. The stories remind us what it means to be human. They explore new possibilities and help us understand more of the world around us. "Swing," a fun feature film starring Jacqueline Bisset, Jonathan Winters, Tom Skerritt and Nel Carter, will get your heart pumpting with the music and moves of the swing dance. When Anthony decides that he can't take over the family business and chooses to become a musician instead, only his Uncle Bill (Winters) supports him. Then one night he finds an old music club fixed in time, filled with the sights and sounds of a bygone era. The beautiful Christine (Bisset) takes him under her wing to teach him how to swing, but he ends up learning much more than how to dance. A film that travels through time to bring the lessons from the past to people who need it in the present, "Swing" encourages us to choose a path that follows our passions, knowing that love and success will follow.

3/17/2009 through 3/21/2009
Nightly at 8:00 PM
Wofford Theatre production: "Criminal Genius," Tony White Theater, Campus Life Building
Theater tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for students. The number is 597-4080.

7:00 PM
Troubadour Series: Tantalus Guitar Quartet, Leonard Auditorium, Main Building
This ground-breaking guitar ensemble has delighted audiences with their "perfect ensemble," "infectious rhythmic drive," and their warm, often hilarious stage presence. Tantalus Quartet's repertoire expands the boundaries of the classical guitar with brilliant arrangements of masterworks by Brahms and Mozart, folk-inspired favorites from Scotland to Nova Scotia, and new music by award-winning composers.

4:00 PM
Faculty Talk: Jhon Akers, “Carl Sandburg and the Spanish Guitar,” Montgomery Room, Burwell Building
Framed by a narrative focused on Carl Sandburg's lifelong love of the Spanish guitar, this presentation features a performance of the solo guitar music Sandburg loved, as well as dramatic recitations of his most important guitar-inspired writings

3:30 PM and 7:30 PM
World Film Series, "Innocent Voices," Olin Teaching Theater, Franklin W. Olin Building