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October

Films Across BordersStories of Hope and Resilience

October 6–December 2020 | various times

Film series showing the challenges humans and wildlife face to survive and triumph in all corners of the world. Learn more

 

Queer Threads Artist Talk: Oliver Herring

October 15 | 7 p.m. EST

Queer Threads is an evolving curatorial project that spotlights contemporary LGBTQ artists who are remixing fiber and textile traditions. Oliver Herring is a German-born artist known for his ethereal sculptures and stop-motion videos. Register

 

The Women by Clare Boothe Luce

The Women

October 16 & 17 | 7:30 p.m. EST

This classic 1930's comedy of manners is a hysterical and touching exploration of the pampered lives and power struggles of wealthy Manhattan socialites and the gossip that propels and destroys their relationships.

Tickets for Oct. 16-17

"The Women" is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Services, Inc., New York.

 

Gallery Talk: Art and Authenticity in the Age of Fake News

October 26 | 4:15 p.m. EST

Join American University art historian Nika Elder and MA graduates Abigail Swaringham and Michael Quituisaca for a discussion of AU Museum exhibition Art and Authenticity in the Age of Fake News. Register

 

Silhouette of mountains against a sunset

Miss You Like Hell

October 29 & 30 | 7:30 p.m. EST

This fresh new folk-rock musical by Pulitzer Prize winner Quiara Alegría Hudes explores the complicated bond between a teenage daughter and her mother—an undocumented immigrant from Mexico—as they embark on a roadtrip together across the US. Tickets

“Miss You Like Hell” is presented through special arrangement with and all authorized performance materials are supplied by Theatrical Rights Worldwide 1180 Avenue of the Americas, Suite 640, New York, NY 10036. www.theatricalrights.com

 

Queer Threads Artist Talk: Sheila Pepe

October 29 | 6 p.m. EST

Queer Threads is an evolving curatorial project that spotlights contemporary LGBTQ artists who are remixing fiber and textile traditions. Sheila Pepe's installations are made of linear elements such as string, rope, shoelaces and industrial rubber bands, creating an "improvisational crochet." Register

 

November

Queer Threads Artist Talk: Angela Hennessy

November 12 | 6 p.m. EST

Queer Threads is an evolving curatorial project that spotlights contemporary LGBTQ artists who are remixing fiber and textile traditions. Angela Hennessy's practice examines mythologies of blackness embedded in linguistic metaphors of color and cloth. Register

 

Choreolab 2020

November 13 & 14 | 7:30 p.m. EST

Choreolab 2020 is a concert of new dances by emerging choreographers. Choreolab gives selected students the opportunity to research and develop their creative methodologies and stretch and articulate their artistic tastes and ideals, drawing from a variety of cultural and social influences. Tickets on sale soon.

 

AU Chamber Singers Live Mini-Concert

November 19 (tentative) | 8 p.m. EST

With students performing from home across the country and in isolation within the Katzen Arts Center, the ensemble looks to perform a 30 minute live-broadcast to show the possibilities of today’s audio technology. Tickets on sale soon.

 

AU Workshop

November 20 | 8 p.m. EST

AU’s experimental jazz ensemble explores modes of musical expression by marginalized composers past and present. Tickets on sale soon.

 

AU Symphonic Band & Orchestra

Late November/early December

AU Symphonic Band and Orchestra will collaborate on Robert Spittal’s beautiful Pacem: A Hymn for Peace. Symphonic Band will present Simple Gifts: Four Shaker Songs by revered band composer Frank Ticheli, among other works. Symphony Orchestra will sink its teeth into a variety of repertoire for string ensemble, including Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik and Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for StringsTickets on sale soon.

 

December

AU Chorus

December 2 | 8 p.m. EST

We love singing together, and this semester we’re using technology to overcome the hurdles of time, space, and illness. Through an iterative process, members of the American University Chorus will be learning, practicing, and recording from home this semester, and their individual performances will be combined together to create virtual choir performances. Components will be added and polished along the way, with a culminating “live” performance on Wednesday, December 2nd at 8pm on YouTube. Tickets on sale soon.

 

Theatre Capstone Performances

December 4 & 5 | 7:30 p.m. EST

Graduating seniors perform selections from plays written during the Great Depression through the Federal Writers' Project. Tickets on sale soon.