AU in the Neighborhood - February Events

Bring your family and friends and join us to watch men's and women's basketball games, swimming, diving competitions, and more sports at AU. Check out the schedule of games and events at www.american.edu/athletics.

Sunday, February 7 at 1 p.m.Kids @ the Katzen with activities for children five years and older. Projects are designed by the AU Museum, the Department of Art, and the Department of Performing Arts to relate to a current museum exhibition.  A $7 cash-only fee is due at the time of the event.  For more information, go to www.american.edu/museum/family.  Free parking is available under the Katzen building.

Wednesday, February 10 at 8 p.m. – Poetry Reading: Terrance Hayes.  The widely published and acclaimed poet is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship and a 2009 Guggenheim fellowship.  His most recent collection of poems Wind in a Box was named one of the best books of 2006 by Publishers Weekly. Poems from his forthcoming collection Lighthead have appeared in American Poetry Review, Poetry, and The New Yorker.  Hayes is a professor of creative writing at Carnegie Mellon University. Admission is free at the Abramson Family Recital Hall in the Katzen Arts Center. Free parking is available under the Katzen building.

Thursday and Friday, February 11, 12 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, February 13 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. –  Carl Menninger, assistant professor in AU's Performing Arts Department, directs a nontraditional interpretation of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet at the Harold and Sylvia Greenberg Theatre, 4200 Wisconsin Avenue, NW. Tickets: $15.  For more information and tickets, call the Greenberg Theatre box office at (202) 885-2587.

Tuesday, February 16 at 7 p.m. – Author James McGrath Morris, an AU alum, will talk about his new book Pulitzer: A Life in Politics, Print and Power (2010, HarperCollins). The book was named by Barnes & Noble Review in December as one of the "20 Books We're Waiting For."  At the Mudbox Café in AU's Bender Library, Lower Level.  Reception with author at 7 p.m. ($15 and registration required), book talk at 8 p.m. is free. Books will be on sale beginning at 6:30 p.m. with a book signing at 9 p.m. For information, call (202) 885-5902.

Monday, February 22 at 6 p.m. – Arts Colloquia for Critical Inquiry: Figuration(s) presents Beverly McIver.  The program features artist Beverly McIver, who has accumulated numerous honors and awards for her work, including an Anonymous Was award, a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, a fellowship at Harvard's Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Studies, and a Tiffany Foundation award. She earned her BA in painting and drawing at North Carolina Central University and her MFA at Pennsylvania State University and has taught at a number of universities.  Admission is free at the Abramson Family Recital Hall in the Katzen Arts Center. Free parking is available under the Katzen building.

Wednesday, February 24 at 8 p.m. – Talk with Jenny Bent: Working with a Literary Agent.  Literary agent Jenny Bent, head of the Bent Agency, whose clients include writers of commercial fiction and nonfiction, literary fiction and memoirs, has had more than 25 titles on the New York Times list. A native of Harrisonburg, VA, she earned her BA/MA with first-class honors from Cambridge University in England. Admission is free at the Butler Board Room on the sixth floor of Butler Pavilion. Free parking is available in the garage behind Mary Graydon Center.  

Thursday and Friday, February 25, 26 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, February 27 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. – The play The House of Bernarda Alba (La Casa de Bernarda Alba), written by revered Spanish writer Federico Garcia Lorca on the eve of the Spanish Civil War, revolves around the death of one family's patriarch. Performances will be at the Studio Theatre in the Katzen Arts Center.  4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW.  Free parking is available under the building. Tickets: $5. For tickets online, go to www.american.edu/katzen or call the Katzen box office at (202) 885-3634.

Saturday, February 27 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, February 28 at 3 p.m. –  The American University Symphony Orchestra with director and conductor Jesus Manuel Berard, mezzo-soprano Barbara Hollinshead and bass Steven Combs perform Mahler's Songs from Des Knaben Wunderhorn and Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 at the Abrahamson Family Recital Hall in the Katzen Arts Center, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW.  Free parking is available under the Katzen building.  Tickets: $15, $10 (AU alums) and $5 (students).  Order tickets online at www.american.edu/katzen or call the Katzen box office at (202) 885-3634.