AU in the Neighborhood - March Events

Bring your family and friends to cheer on AU's men's and women's basketball games, swimming and diving competition, and lots more sports events. Check out the schedule of games and events at www.american.edu/athletics.

Wednesday, March 3 at 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.: Honors Symposium on Saving Dying Languages: Why it Matters with Professor K. David Harrison, an AU graduate who is now Associate Professor of Linguistics at Swarthmore College. 

Two-part program: 

1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. – Informative conversation about endangered languages (every two weeks one of the world's 7,000 languages disappears).  Mary Graydon Center, Room 245.

2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. – Screening and discussion of the highly acclaimed film The Linguist at the Kay Chapel. 

Thursday, March 4 at 12 p.m.:  The Atrium Series: Bringing Music to the People. Battelle-Tompkins Atrium.  Admission is free. 

Thursday, March 4 at 6 p.m.:  Art Colloquia for Critical Inquiry: Figuration(s) presents a discussion with artist Hilary Harkness.  Katzen Arts Center, Room 246. Admission is free.

Thursday, March 4 at 7 p.m.:  Songs from the Stacks: American Song Treasurers from the AU Library Collection.  The program will begin with a pre-concert lecture by university librarians James Heintze and Nobue Matsuoka, followed by AU faculty members Barbara Hollinshead (mezzo-soprano), Doug Bowles (tenor), and Mary Gottlieb (piano) in an exploration of forgotten gems of American song from AU's archives and extensive sheet music collection.  Composers of note include Hary T. Burleigh, George Gershwin, Carrie Jacobs-Bond, Ethelbert Nevin, Wintter Watts, and Septimus Winner.  Abramson Family Recital Hall in the Katzen Arts Center.  Tickets are $15 general admission, $10 for seniors, and $5 for students. For more information and tickets, call the Katzen box office at (202) 885-3634 or visit katzenartscenter@american.edu  

Thursday, March 4 at 7 p.m.:  Friends of the Library Wine Tasting and Auction featuring AU alum James Bogaty, owner of Veramar Vineyard in Berryville, Virginia. Tickets $50 ($25 is tax deductible), Mary Graydon Center, Butler Board Room, Sixth floor. RVSP to (202) 885-3847.

Friday, March 19 and Saturday, March 20 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, March 21 at 2 p.m.:  Voices of Terezin – An Artistic Tribute in Two Parts. 

Part One: American University Chamber singers present Robert Convery's poignant setting of nine poems authored by the children interned at Terezin (Theresienstadt), a ghetto that served primarily as a gathering point for Jews destined to be shipped to Auschwitz.  The distinct voice of the children of Terezin, heard through Convery's beautiful and moving work for chorus, violin, viola, cello, and piano was written "in memory of all children who perished in the Holocaust." 

Part two: American University students will present the North American premiere of Smoke of Home, a one-act historical drama that was written in Terezin in 1943. It will be presented with a contemporary prologue and epilogue for modern audiences. The performance will be in the Abramson Family Recital Hall in the Katzen Arts Center. Free parking is available in the garage under the building. Tickets: $15 general admission, $10 seniors, and $5 for students. For more information and tickets, call the Katzen Box Office at (202) 885-3634 or visit katzenartscenter@american.edu  

Saturday, March 20 – Saturday May 1:  ANIMAR-TE: 20 years of computer animation at the University of the Balearic Islands.  Organized in collaboration with the Embassy of Spain, this exhibition recognizes the work of the Digital Animation Department at the University of the Balearic Islands (Spain), an international leader in computer animation.  Artists' reception on Tuesday, April 6 from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. is at the AU Museum in the Katzen Arts Center.  Free parking is available under the building. Saturday,

March 20 – Saturday, May 1:  Pentimenti: After the Flood.  Works of art by AU art professor Don Kimes at the AU Museum in the Katzen Arts Center featuring media ranging from acrylic paint and digital sources to steel, clay, and wood.  Sources for his work included remnants of images that had documented much of his life's work that was destroyed in a 2003 flood.  Kimes says he is using the second part of his life to re-paint the first.  Free artist's reception on Tuesday, April 6 from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.  Gallery talk with the artist on Saturday, April 24 at 4 p.m.

Saturday, March 20 – Saturday, May 1:  Causality Labs: New Projects. Andy Holtin, professor of sculpture at AU, joins with Galo Moncay from the Vienna Austria to create works for an exhibition that explores the nature of the world through a kind of mechanical theatre with humor and mimicry.  At the AU Museum in the Katzen Arts Center. Artist's reception on Tuesday, April 6, from 6 p.m – 9 p.m.

Wednesday, March 24 at 8 p.m.:  Fiction Reading: Victor LaValle.  Author of works including Big Machine, Slapboxing with Jesus, and The Ecstatic, LaValle has been described by fiction writer Charles Baxter as "one of our most talented young writers." Admission is free at Abramson Family Recital Hall in the Katzen Arts Center. Free parking is available under the building.

Thursday, March 25 – Saturday, March 27 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, March 28 at 8 p.m.:  Oklahoma comes to the Greenberg Theatre.  AU students perform one of Broadway's most famous musicals.  Karl Kippola is the director and choreographer and Aaron Broderick is the music director.  Tickets are $15 general admission, $10 for seniors, and $5 for students at the Harold and Sylvia Greenberg Theatre at 4200 Wisconsin Avenue, NW.  For more information and tickets, call the Greenberg box office at (202) 885-2587 or visit www.american.edu/greenberg

Friday, March 26 at 8 p.m.:  The Art of Sound, The Sound of Art: Visual Piano – Are you Blue?  Award-winning composer and pianist Jerzy Sapieyevski combines his expressive piano virtuosity with harmony of colors and rhythms in a multimedia performance.  His Visual Piano united classical and jazz styles into a one-of-a-kind creation drawn from the ambiance and interaction with the audience.  The program is presented in cooperation with AU's audio technology and multimedia programs at the Abramson Family Recital Hall in the Katzen Arts Center.  Free parking is available under the building.  Tickets are $15 general admission, $10 for seniors, and $5 for students.  For more information and tickets, call the Katzen box office at (202) 885-3634 or visit katzenartscenter@american.edu

Saturday, March 27 – Sunday May 9:  AU's Department of Arts showcases the work of undergraduate and graduate students in a display of painting, prints, sculptures, design, and video installations at the AU Museum in the Katzen Arts Center.  Free artist's reception on Tuesday, April 6 from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.