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March 26, 2013

Wallace State plans events for Arts in April

HANCEVILLE — Wallace State Community College will offer plenty of opportunities for entertainment and introspection next month as it celebrates Arts in April. From a pianist and a storyteller to theater, band, and choir performances, WSCC will host a variety of events  starting on April 1 and continuing throughout the rest of the month.

English Department faculty member Kathy Buckelew, who co-chairs the Arts in April committee, said the annual event started out as a week-long event before growing to encompass the entire month.

Faculty and staff from the English, Music, Theater, Speech, and Philosophy and Religion departments, as well as Museum staff and representatives from the college’s diversity team met to plan the agenda for the month.

Buckelew said the theater performances and the Jazz Band dance have become popular events throughout the month. This year the theater department will conduct five performances of the Pulitzer Prize winning comedy “You Can’t Take it With You.” The performances will be held at 7 p.m. April 11-13, and at 2 p.m. on April 14. A special morning performance is also scheduled for April 11 at 9:30 a.m.

The Jazz Band will hold its dance on April 19 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the atrium of the Burrow Center for the Fine and Performing Arts. Buckelew said the dance is often attended by dance groups from the area, but is also fun for observers who may not feel like putting on their dancing shoes.

“That’s for anyone who likes to listen to jazz and big band music,” said Ricky Burks, chair of the Fine and Performing Arts division and Arts in April committee co-chair.

Other events include a piano recital by UNA professor Dr. Yi-Min Cai; a presentation by storyteller Nina Reeves, who will talk about the art of storytelling and spin a few yarns herself; a discussion of philosophy by retired Ole Miss professor and author Dr. William Lawhead; a celebration of original poetry in honor of National Poetry Month; and a conversation on the art and architecture of Italy in advance of a spring trip sponsored by the Burrow Museum.

Artwork by local and student artists will be on display as part of the Wallace State Art Department’s Juried Visual Art Exhibition.  The Evelyn Burrow Museum is featuring an ongoing exhibit of Alabama pottery. Donny Wilson, museum director, will host a gallery talk on April 23 at 11:30 a.m. on Alabama pottery and the Burrow collection.

Events include:

April 1-13 – Juried Visual Art Exhibition at the Burrow Center for the Fine and Performing Arts featuring art from students and community members.

April 1-31 – Pre-1900’s Alabama Pottery Exhibition at The Evelyn Burrow Museum.  The Burrow Museum is open Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

April 4 – Piano recital by Dr.  Yi-Min Cai at noon in the recital hall at Burrow Center.

April 9 – English Forum with Storyteller Nina Reeves at 9:30 a.m., in the recital hall at Burrow Center.

April 10 – Sam Pugh, Outreach Coordinator of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. in Recital Hall at Burrow Center.

April 11 – Wallace State Theatre performance of “You Can’t Take it With You” at 9:30 a.m. and 7 p.m., in the Betty Leeth-Haynes Theatre in the Student Center building. Admission charged.

April  12 – Wallace State Theatre performance of “You Can’t Take it With You” at 7 p.m., in the Betty Leeth-Haynes Theatre in the Student Center building. Admission charged.

April 13 – Art Reception from 8 to 11:30 a.m., at Burrow Center.

April 13 – Wallace State Theatre performance of “You Can’t Take it With You” at  7 p.m. at Betty Leeth-Haynes Theatre in the Student Center Building.  Admission charged.

April 14 – Wallace State Theatre performance of “You Can’t Take it With You”  at 2 p.m., at Betty Leeth-Haynes Theatre in the Student Center Building. Admission charged.

April 16 – WSCC Choir “Seasons of Love” concert at 7 p.m., in the recital hall at Burrow Center.April 16 – Philosophy Scholar Dr. William Lawhead at 9:30 a.m., in the recital hall at Burrow Center.

April 16 – WSCC Concert Choir at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the recital hall at Burrow Center.

April 19 – WSCC Jazz Band Dance at 7 p.m., in the atrium of the Burrow Center. Donation requested.

April 23 – Gallery Talk with Museum Director Donny Wilson at The Evelyn Burrow Museum, 11:30 a.m.

April 25 –  WSCC Music Department Spring Show  with Jazz and Concert Bands at 7 p.m., in the recital hall at Burrow Center.

April 30 – Cultural Conversation: Italian Art and Architecture at 5:30 p.m. in the recital hall at Burrow Center for the Performing Arts; a meeting for travelers taking part in Wallace State’s May trip to Italy will follow at around 6:15 p.m.

There is a $10 charge for adults and $5 for students, including WSCC students, to attend the theatre performances of  “You Can’t Take it With You.” A $15 donation is requested for the Jazz Band dance on April 19.

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