Events series at West campus features diverse artists
The spring 2014 arts events season at Arizona State University’s West campus will feature concerts, plays and visual art installations. The wide variety of artistic events reflects the rich artistic and cultural life on the West Valley campus, anchored by the Interdisciplinary Arts and Performance (IAP) program in the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences.
“We have planned a diverse selection of events and activities to entertain and enlighten ASU students, faculty and staff, as well as members of our surrounding communities,” said Jeff Kennedy, West campus artistic director and a New College faculty member.
The schedule on the campus, at 4701 W. Thunderbird Road, includes:
Theatrical performance: “The Submission” by Jeff Talbott
Directed by IAP faculty member Charles St. Clair.
7:30 p.m., Feb. 27, 28, and March 1; 3 p.m., March 2
Second Stage West, lower level of University Center Building
Tickets: $10 general admission, $7 seniors, $5 students, faculty and staff
A young white playwright writes a complex new drama about an African American family trying to get out of the projects, and it’s selected for the nation’s preeminent play festival. However, he submitted the work under a pen name in the hope of increasing its chances for production. So he hires Emilie, a black actress, to stand in for him as author, and then the real trouble begins! A co-production with iTheatre Collaborative, this is a fiercely funny and intelligent new comic drama about the words we use to describe each other and the things we’ll do to get what we want. “The Submission” received the New York Outer Critics Circle John Gassner Award, and the 2011 Laurents/Hatcher Award for best new play.
Concert: West Valley Symphony: Gershwin and Grofé!
Conducted by Cal Stewart Kellogg
7:30 p.m., March 22
La Sala Ballroom, University Center Building. Tickets: $15 general admission, $10 seniors, $5 students
The West Valley Symphony, conducted by Cal Stewart Kellogg, returns to perform symphonic music by American composers. This 70-piece ensemble, celebrating its 45th season, will perform a concert of American music, featuring George Gershwin’s “Cuban Overture” and his iconic “An American in Paris,” as well as Ferde Grofe’s “Grand Canyon Suite,” which musically evokes the majesty of our state’s prized natural wonder.
Multimedia art: “The Space Between”
1-6 p.m., March 25, outdoors in the CLCC Building Courtyard
1-6 p.m., March 26, Second Stage West, University Center Building
Chicago composer Rob Mazurek, musician/performer Damon Locks and IAP faculty member Marianne M. Kim collaborate on “The Space Between,” a durational electro-acoustic multimedia art project utilizing sound, video and movement, and based on the idea of Psychedelic Illumination Drones. The artists concern themselves with space: space that defines entities, erases their dualities and eliminates their separateness. As image and sound develop an ongoing conversation, layer after layer of sound accumulates in an attempt to relocate where sound can be experienced and embodied, as the visual environment looks to the metaphor of the reflective and mirror-like nature of the Indra Net. The unique work was commissioned by Meet the Composer Commissioning Music USA.
Concert: Desert Overture
7:30 p.m., April 4
La Sala Ballroom, University Center Building.
Desert Overture presents the unique audience-participation concert “Name That Tune!” Throughout the evening, volunteers will be selected from the audience to try their luck at games, from guessing the title of the tune the band is about to perform to answering trivia questions related to a piece in the program. You might even hear one or two of those well-known game show theme songs in the mix as well! This 40-piece ensemble holds firmly to their mission to enrich people’s lives through the universal language of music, and they are proud to be cultural ambassadors of the LGBT community. Though admission is free, a portion of all contributions to the ensemble this evening will be given to the American Heart Association.
ArtSpace West Installations:
ArtSpace West is the IAP Gallery on the West campus, located on the second floor of the University Center Building (UCB), room 228. Gallery hours: noon-5 p.m., Mondays-Thursdays (except school holidays)
The “Rip” Woods Studio Project
Installation dates: Feb. 4-27
Opening reception: 6 p.m., Feb. 3
In keeping with the West campus Black History Month theme of “Honoring Our Heroes,” this installation is dedicated to preserving the work of this brilliant African American artist, in a manner that is accessible to everyone, beyond the rarified air of arts journals, private collections and museums. “Rip” Woods, who spent the majority of his professional career teaching at Arizona State University by day and creating in his Phoenix studio by night, left a legacy of inspiring art.
Installation dates: March 5-6 and March 17-27
Opening reception: 6 p.m., March 5
This performance-based collaborative installation will be created by Chicago composer/musician LeRoy Bach, New York theatre artist Will Bond and IAP faculty member Marianne M. Kim. Bach is best known for his music with the bands Wilco and Iron & Wine. He will create a musical score based on conceptual improvisation and will direct student musicians. Bond, founding member of SITI Company, creates a written performance score to be performed with or without an audience, and Kim will offer a visual landscape through video that is inspired by mind games, laws of attraction and mindful meditation.
EL Malecón - Patricia Clark
Installation dates: April 3-24
Opening reception: 6 p.m., April 2
The Malecón is a seawall avenue that leads from Vedado to Havana Vieja in La Habana, Cuba. The piece will provide an artistic overview of the evolution of this important symbol of history and beauty in the lives of Cubans, and will give viewers an opportunity to re-examine previous notions of how time functions in Cuba, challenging the idea that change does not occur there.
For events with an admission price, you may purchase tickets online by visiting www.brownpapertickets.com and searching “Arizona State University.” Events with no ticket prices listed are free.
For the most up-to-date information, check the West campus events page at http://campus.asu.edu/west/events, or call the Events Information Line at 602-543-ARTS (2787).
Visitor parking on the West campus costs $2 per hour from 7 a.m., Mondays through 5 p.m., Fridays. On weekends (from 5 p.m., Fridays through 7 a.m., Mondays) parking on campus is free.