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AU in the Neighborhood Newsletter

February 2015

February 2015

Neighbors Invited to an Afternoon at the Theatre

Neighborhood Theatre

American University’s Office of Community Relations, in collaboration with the Katzen Arts Center, is pleased to announce two opportunities for AU neighbors to take advantage of the university’s offerings as part of Neighborhood Afternoon at the Theatre.

Neighbors who reside in the 20016 zip code are eligible to reserve two tickets to the following performances at no cost. Each performance will be followed by a special Q & A session with the production’s director and cast.

Saturday, Feb. 14 (2 p.m.)

Spring Awakening

Greenberg Theatre

4200 Wisconsin Avenue, NW

Spring Awakening is a rock musical based on the German play of the same name by Frank Wedekind. Set in late-19th century Germany, the musical tells the story of teenagers discovering the inner and outer tumult of sexuality. Ultimately, the play is a coming-of-age story that reminds us of the value of seeing someone for who they really are. Spring Awakening is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). Please note: this production is intended for mature audiences.

Tuesday, Feb. 17 (8 p.m.)

Rashomon

Studio Theatre, Katzen Arts Center

4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW

This production of Rashomon is a new adaptation of the classic play that interrogates the nature of truth and justice. The play presents contradictory, varying accounts of a single horrific crime from a bystander and three individuals directly involved in the event. The devised work will incorporate elements of the original short story by Ryunosuke Akutagawa and contemporary Japanese history, including the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster and the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. Please note this production contains adult themes, violence, and discussion and depiction of rape.

Tickets are limited and neighbors interested in attending either performance should email communityrelations@american.edu.

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(202) 885-2167
communityrelations@american.edu

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(202) 885-3300
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Parking & Traffic Office
(202) 885-3111

Katzen Arts Center Announces Winter Exhibitions

Katzen

Head over to AU’s Katzen Arts Center for the following exhibitions, on display now through March 15.

Photoworks: Presence of Place

Forty years ago, in a derelict building hidden among the abandoned amusement park rides of Glen Echo Park, four young photographers founded Photoworks with little more than a shared passion for the daily work of seeing, shooting, and printing images of lasting beauty and artistic integrity. Photoworks: Presence of Place will feature works by past and present members of the Photoworks community, faculty, and students who have distinguished themselves by the quality and integrity of their work. This exhibition is in memory of Elsie Hull Sprague, an artist with an MA in Film from the School of Communication, American University.

Identidad by Silvia Levenson

In her exhibition Identidad, Silvia Levenson channels her identity as a survivor of the Argentinian Dirty War and her emotional connection to the Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo to push the bounds of her skills as a refined glassmaker. "I feel that glass is the ideal medium for conveying this mixed feeling of beauty, fragility, and tension that represents our human condition." Identidad will pay homage to the Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo in Argentina, a human rights organization founded in 1977 with the mission of locating children kidnapped during the repression. Silvia will create 111 glass pieces of baby clothing to represent the number of cases solved by the Grandmothers.

Identidad will educate the public on the solemn history of the Argentinian Dirty War as well as the significant impact of the Grandmothers campaign. The exhibition also will expose viewers to the skillful work of this profound international glassmaker. Between 1976 and 1983, the military dictatorship kidnapped, tortured, and killed approximately 30,000 people known as "los desaparecidos" or "the disappeared." Thirty percent of those kidnapped were young women, many with children. These children later were stripped of their identity and given up for adoption. The Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo work to find the abducted children and return them to their natural family. Levenson and her daughter Natalia escaped kidnapping and consider themselves to be fortunate survivors of the dictatorship.

Phyllis Plattner: Gods of War!

Some wage war in the name of God. All fight with the belief that God is on their side. Phyllis Plattner's art is a painted meditation, appropriating images of war and religion from art history and photojournalism to contrast the opposing drives of violence and peace. This solo-exhibition features monumental, highly narrative altarpieces from Plattner's Legends and Chronicles of War series.

Locally Sourced

This exhibition is the first of a four-part Do You Know Where Your Art Comes From? series curated by Victoria Reis, Executive & Artistic Director of Transformer. It is produced in collaboration with AU's Studio Arts Program Visiting Artists Program. Locally Sourced offers an in-depth look at the extensive collections of six regionally focused CSA (Community Supported Art) and Flat File programs that seek to grow recognition and support for artists in their communities. Featuring more than 300 works in a variety of media encompassing drawing, painting, hand silk-screens, digital prints, photography, collage, sculpture, and more, this comprehensive exhibition will span the entire second floor of the Katzen Art Museum. For more information, visit http://www.transformerdc.org.

Dean Byington: Buildings Without Shadows

Composed of a dense profusion of original and appropriated images, Dean Byington's paintings recall surrealist collage and the assemblage and psychedelic aesthetic of the late 1950s and early 1960s in the San Francisco Bay area where he has lived and worked since the mid-1980s. Byington’s works envelope the viewer in an enigmatic narrative that hovers between history, mythology, sociopolitical observations, and autobiography.

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Neighborhood “Dive-In” Movie March 14

Dive-In Movie

Mark your calendars now for Saturday, March 14 and plan to bring the whole family to campus for a “dive-in” screening of Monsters, Inc. The movie will be screened in the Reeves Aquatic Center swimming pool at 1:30 p.m. Open swim will take place from 1 – 4 p.m.

Free parking is available in the Bender Arena garage and all are welcome to attend.

Space is limited and an RSVP is required. To RSVP, please contact Andrew Huff, Director of Community Relations at ahuff@american.edu. Priority will be given to neighbors in the 20016 zip code

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Meeting of Community Liaison Committee Slated for March 2

American University’s Community Liaison Committee (CLC) will hold a quarterly meeting on Monday, March 2.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the Founders Room of the School for International Service (SIS) building on the university’s main campus (4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW). Parking for the event will be available in the SIS garage (entrance at intersection of Nebraska and New Mexico Avenues).

The CLC was established to foster positive relations and to maintain regular communication between the university and its neighbors. As specified in the D.C. Zoning Commission Order for AU’s latest 10-year Campus Plan, the CLC comprises individuals from neighboring community organizations and representatives from the university.

Additional information on the CLC can be found at http://www.american.edu/communityrelations/clc/.

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Snow Doesn’t Stop AU’s Farmers' Market

Winter Farmers Market

Rain, snow, or sun, every Wednesday from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., the quad space around the Mary Graydon building buzzes with activity as students, faculty, staff, and neighbors browse goods ranging from farm fresh vegetables to homemade breads and desserts at the AU farmers’ market.

The market is a coordinated effort between AU and Pennsylvania-based Agora Farms, an intermediary for bringing Amish and Mennonite and “English” farm goods to American University’s campus, as well as to D.C.’s historic Eastern Market on Saturdays and Sundays.

In addition, Upper Crust bakery offers a variety of fresh breads including raisin pecan, harvest grain, pain de campagne, jalapeno cheddar, sourdough, challah, whole wheat, focaccia, black Russian, NY rye, artisan baguettes, and tea breads, as well as chocolate chip cookies, mini pies, and cobblers.

The farmers’ market supports locally grown food and offers the university and surrounding community the convenience of having fresh food right on campus.

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AU Students Serve As Tutors And Positive Influence To Youth Of Ward 7

SOUL Program

Every Saturday, about 15 American University students visit Richardson Dwellings Public Housing Development as part of the DC Reads program to provide area youths with help with their homework, mentoring, exposure to positive influences, and the importance of academic excellence.

On Tuesday evenings, AU student volunteers visit HD Woodson High School in the District’s Ward 7 to help members of the Woodson Warriors varsity boys’ basketball team with their homework and offer a platform for the team to discuss and learn about the college entrance process. Just within the last year, Woodson coaches report seeing improvements in students’ academic performance and attribute it to the efforts of AU students and the university’s collaboration with SOUL (Students Organized to Understand Leadership), a sports-based youth program.

AU’s partnership with SOUL attempts to address some of the challenges faced by the youths of Ward 7, one of DC’s most underserved neighborhoods.

SOUL’s founder and Executive Director Don Curtis, a former American University employee, said, “The SOUL program uses basketball as a tool to engage kids, but then also engage them on the importance of academic and professional achievement.”

According to Curtis, Ward 7 has a poverty rate of 36 percent, twice the District average; a 20-percent unemployment rate, where 50 percent of residents receive food stamps. Graduation rates range from 12 to 75 percent. Approximately, 100 percent of the youths who participate in our program live at or below U.S. poverty level, as did their parents.

“While the cycles of poverty are a result of many different factors, there also is no silver bullet that will eliminate this negative social condition. However, our program believes that the cycle can be disrupted through exposure to methods and cultures that promote the importance of educational excellence and professional advancement,” said Curtis.

To provide such an opportunity, AU invited 22 youths participating in SOUL for a tour of the campus. The youths were greeted by AU students from the Black Student Alliance (BSA) and others who wanted to lend their encouragement and support. The tour included an opportunity for the visiting youths to pick an AU student, who was most interesting to them, to serve as their Academic Adviser for the day. The pair attended sessions that offered an introduction to Geography, Chemistry, and a gender-specific etiquette class. The boys also were taught public speaking by a student group called Men of Empowerment and Excellence, while girls attended a workshop coordinated by the Zeta Kappa chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority. For their participation, the youths received a certificate of completion and AU sweatshirts from the BSA and Black Student Alumni Association.

In addition to its collaboration with AU, SOUL also works with DC Public Schools and community-based organizations to provide Ward 7 youths with access to resources and programs that offer academic, athletic, character-based, and professional enrichment opportunities. For more information on SOUL, visit their website at http://soulprograms.org/.

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Calendar of Events

Dean Byington: Buildings Without Shadows

February 1 – March 15, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center

Composed of a dense profusion of original and appropriated images, Dean Byington's paintings recall surrealist collage and the assemblage and psychedelic aesthetic of the late 1950s and early 1960s in the San Francisco Bay area where he has lived and worked since the mid-1980s. Byington’s works envelope the viewer in an enigmatic narrative that hovers between history, mythology, sociopolitical observations, and autobiography.

Identidad by Silvia Levenson

February 1 – March 15, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center

In her exhibition Identidad, Silvia Levenson channels her identity as a survivor of the Argentinian Dirty War and her emotional connection to the Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo to push the bounds of her skills as a refined glassmaker. "I feel that glass is the ideal medium for conveying this mixed feeling of beauty, fragility, and tension that represents our human condition." Identidad will pay homage to the Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo in Argentina, a human rights organization founded in 1977 with the mission of locating children kidnapped during the repression.

Locally Sourced

February 1 – March 15, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Katzen Museum Second Floor Exhibition

This exhibition is the first of a four-part Do You Know Where Your Art Comes From? series curated by Victoria Reis, Executive & Artistic Director of Transformer. It is produced in collaboration with AU's Studio Arts Program Visiting Artists Program. Locally Sourced offers an in-depth look at the extensive collections of six regionally focused CSA (Community Supported Art) and Flat File programs that seek to grow recognition and support for artists in their communities. Featuring more than 300 works in a variety of media encompassing drawing, painting, hand silk-screens, digital prints, photography, collage, sculpture, and more, this comprehensive exhibition will span the entire second floor of the Katzen Art Museum. For more information, visit http://www.transformerdc.org.

Photoworks: Presence of Place

February 1 – March 15, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Katzen Museum First Floor Exhibition

Forty years ago, in a derelict building hidden among the abandoned amusement park rides of Glen Echo Park, four young photographers founded Photoworks with little more than a shared passion for the daily work of seeing, shooting, and printing images of lasting beauty and artistic integrity. Photoworks: Presence of Place will feature works by past and present members of the Photoworks community, faculty, and students who have distinguished themselves by the quality and integrity of their work. This exhibition is in memory of Elsie Hull Sprague, an artist with an MA in Film from the School of Communication, American University.

Phyllis Plattner: Gods of War!

February 1 – March 15, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center

Some wage war in the name of God. All fight with the belief that God is on their side. Phyllis Plattner's art is a painted meditation, appropriating images of war and religion from art history and photojournalism to contrast the opposing drives of violence and peace. This solo-exhibition features monumental, highly narrative altarpieces from Plattner's Legends and Chronicles of War series.

Lauren Adams: American Catastrophe Report

February 1 – March 15, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Katzen Rotunda, Second Floor

Artist Lauren Frances Adams has created American Catastrophe Report, an installation that acts as both homage and critique of the decorative frescoes in the United States Capitol Building, originally painted in the 19th century by Italian-born artist Constantino Brumidi. The site-specific artwork by Adams is installed in both the upper and lower rotunda in the center of the Katzen, less than six miles from where Brumidi's paintings are located. The prints forming American Catastrophe Report have the appearance of paintings due to the unique process Adams uses, where hand-painted originals are scanned digitally, then printed for long-term public display.

Sam Noto: Steel Sculpture, Anxiety, and Hope

February 1 – March 15, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Katzen Sculpture Garden

Sam Noto allows his materials to generate form and occupy space in a dynamic way. These large steel constructions, largely made of found materials, are both serious and playful and express the artist's improvisational technique.

Yoga in the Galleries

February 4, 10 a.m.

Katzen Museum

Led by certified Kripalu Yoga teacher Eva Blutinger, this yoga class provides mental clarity and relaxation in the peaceful surroundings of art. Participants are required to bring mats. Winter sessions run every Wednesday from January 28 through April 29. $5 per class and free for museum members. Cash, credit, or check accepted: http://auyoga.tix.com/Event.aspx?EventCode=700908

"Five Dollar February" Neighbor Discount Ticket Offer for Men's Basketball Home Games

February 4, 14, 18, 25, 28 

Bender Arena

Defending Patriot League Champion AU Eagles Men's Basketball team will host five exciting home games during February at Bender Arena. Gather your family and friends and put on your blue, to cheer on AU as Coach Mike Brennan's squad looks to improve upon their stellar 5-1 home court record this season, repeat their Patriot League Championship of a year ago, and make a return trip to the NCAA Tournament in 2015!

AU Athletics invites our neighbors to take advantage of discounted tickets for $5 for end zone seats throughout February (regularly $11 for adults and $7.50 for youth). This special offer is valid for NW DC neighbors only and MUST be purchased online at www.AUeagles.com/Tickets by using the discount promo code "FEBFIVE" at checkout after selecting your seats. The offer is valid for the following men's home games: Feb. 4 vs. Loyola at 8 p.m.;Feb. 14 vs. Lafayette at 2 p.m.;Feb. 18 vs. Boston U at 7 p.m.;Feb 25 vs. Navy at 8 p.m.;and Feb. 28 vs. Bucknell at 12 p.m. Please call (202) 885-TIXX with any questions regarding this exclusive online special ticket offer.

Can Hawkish Leaders Make Peace? Israeli Prime Ministers and Middle East Peacemaking

February 5, 4 – 5:30 p.m.

SIS Building, Abramson Family Founders Room

School of International Studies Professor Guy Ziv discusses his recently published book on how leaders' personalities affect their states' foreign policies. Ziv's work focuses on Israeli elder statesman Shimon Peres' dramatic shift from hawkish strategist to dovish peacemaker. Ziv applies his research findings to other leaders, including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and discusses the relevance of his work to the upcoming Israeli elections and their implications for Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking. Reception and book signing follow discussion.

Men’s Basketball vs. Loyola University

February 4, 8 – 10 p.m.

Bender Arena

Women’s Lacrosse vs. Virginia Commonwealth University

February 7, 2 – 4 p.m.

Bender Arena

Wrestling vs. Bucknell University

February 7, 7 – 9 p.m.

Bender Arena

AU's Women's Basketball February Ticket Special

February 7, 21, 28

Bender Arena

The AU Women's Basketball team is in first place and has started Patriot League play with an impressive 8-1 record. Coach Megan Gebbia's team will host three exciting Saturday afternoon home games this month and invites your family to come out and cheer them on during the stretch run of conference play. AU neighbors can purchase discounted tickets for just $4 each (Regularly $7 for adults and $5 for youth) for these games by using the promo code "NEIGHBOR15" at checkout at www.AUeagles.com/Tickets. The offer is valid for the following women's home games: Feb. 7 vs. Colgate at 2 p.m.;Feb. 21 vs. Army at 1 p.m.;and Feb. 28 vs. Bucknell at 4 p.m. Please call (202) 885-TIXX with any questions regarding this exclusive special ticket offer.  

AU Wrestling Hosts Three Home Duals 

February 7, 8, 21

Bender Arena

AU Wrestling is on the mat for the final three home duals this season during February. Led by NCAA Championship qualifier and conference runner-up David Terao and newcomer and also nationally-ranked younger brother Josh Terao, Head Coach Teague Moore's Eagles are geared up for another exciting run to the NCAA National Championships in 2015. Make plans to catch DC's best collegiate wrestlers in action on Feb.7 vs. Bucknell at 7 p.m.;Feb. 8 vs. Binghamton at 2 p.m.;and Feb. 21 vs. George Mason and Northwestern at 6 p.m.! Visit AUeagles.com for previews.

AU Lacrosse Opens 2015 Season - Free Admission for All Fans

February 7

Jacobs Field 

The AU Women's Lacrosse team will host nine action-packed games this season, and will play their home opener on Saturday, Feb. 7 at noon vs. Virginia Commonwealth University. Admission to all regular season women's lacrosse games is FREE for all fans. Check out their complete schedule at AUeagles.com.

Wrestling vs. Binghamton University

February 8, 2 – 4 p.m.

Bender Arena

Yoga in the Galleries

February 11, 10 a.m.

Katzen Museum

Led by certified Kripalu Yoga teacher Eva Blutinger, this yoga class provides mental clarity and relaxation in the peaceful surroundings of art. Participants are required to bring mats. Winter sessions run every Wednesday from January 28 through April 29. $5 per class and free for museum members. Cash, credit, or check accepted: http://auyoga.tix.com/Event.aspx?EventCode=700908

Women’s Basketball vs. Lehigh University

February 11, 7 – 9 p.m.

Bender Arena

Spring Awakening

February 12 – 14, 8 p.m.; February 14, 2 p.m.

Greenberg Theatre

Spring Awakening is a rock musical based on the German play of the same name by Frank Wedekind. Set in late-19th century Germany, the musical tells the story of teenagers discovering the inner and outer tumult of sexuality. Ultimately, the play is a coming-of-age story that reminds us of the value of seeing someone for who they really are. The play contains mature themes, sexual content, and adult language. Recommended for ages 17 and above. Tickets: $15; $10 AU community and seniors. RSVP Required: http://www.american.tix.com

Men’s Basketball vs. Lafayette College

February 14, 2 – 4 p.m.

Bender Arena

Yoga in the Galleries

February 18, 10 a.m.

Katzen Museum

Led by certified Kripalu Yoga teacher Eva Blutinger, this yoga class provides mental clarity and relaxation in the peaceful surroundings of art. Participants are required to bring mats. Winter sessions run every Wednesday from January 28 through April 29. $5 per class and free for museum members. Cash, credit, or check accepted: http://auyoga.tix.com/Event.aspx?EventCode=700908

Men’s Basketball vs. Boston University

February 18, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Bender Arena

Rashomon

February 19 – 21, 8 p.m.; February 21, 2 p.m.

Katzen Studio Theatre

This production of Rashomon is a new adaptation of the classic Japanese stories that interrogate the nature of truth and justice. The play presents contradictory accounts of a single horrific crime from a bystander and three individuals involved directly in the event. The work will incorporate elements of the original short stories by Ryunosuke Akutagawa, the older folk tales upon which those stories were based, and the stories of the cast itself – specifically, the way campus crimes affect a community. This production contains adult themes, violence, and discussion and depiction of rape. Tickets: $15; $10 AU community and seniors. RSVP Required:

http://american.tix.com/Schedule.aspx?OrgNum=629

Yoga in the Galleries

February 25, 10 a.m.

Katzen Museum

Led by certified Kripalu Yoga teacher Eva Blutinger, this yoga class provides mental clarity and relaxation in the peaceful surroundings of art. Participants are required to bring mats. Winter sessions run every Wednesday from January 28 through April 29. $5 per class and free for museum members. Cash, credit, or check accepted: http://auyoga.tix.com/Event.aspx?EventCode=700908

Women’s Lacrosse vs. UMBC

February 25, 3 – 5 p.m.

Jacobs Field

Men’s Basketball vs. U.S. Naval Academy

February 25, 8 – 10 p.m.

Bender Arena


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