The Doudna Fine Arts Center will bring a wide variety of outstanding artistic, cultural and educational events to the region in its 2012-2013 season.
Friday, July 6 • 7 p.m.
Bubble Time: The Dawn of Undiluted Joy!
A unique act fusing theater, visual art, clowning, jazz music, improvisation and bubbles to create an event that is eye-popping and hysterical. $12.
Friday, August 3 • 7 p.m. (cookout 5-6:30 p.m.)
Guitarist Robert Michaels with guest flamenco dancers
Robert Michaels (born Roberto Michele Buttarazzi) was raised in the picturesque, ancient mountainside town of Arpino, about 60 miles southeast of Rome. It was there that he first heard the music that would stoke his ambition. The award-winning artist's first six albums have all exceeded gold and platinum sales status. $12; includes cookout.
Sunday, September 16 • 7:30 p.m.
Through Celtic music and dance, "Claddagh" (from the producers of "Rhythm of the Dance" and "Celtic Nation") tells the story of two couples; one person in each couple is more traditional and the other more contemporary. The Doudna Fine Arts Center is the second stop on the show's world premiere tour. $20.
Thursday, September 27 • 7 p.m.
Dr. Temple Grandin
Though Temple Grandin was diagnosed with autism as a child in 1950, and her parents were told she should be institutionalized, she eventually found a mentor and went on to become a successful livestock-handling equipment designer, designing the facilities in which half the cattle in the United States are handled. Her story was told in the award-winning HBO movie "Temple Grandin," starring Claire Danes. Proceeds from her visit will provide initial funding for an autism center at EIU. $20.
Saturday, October 27 • 7:30 p.m.
Qawal Najmuddin Saifuddin & Brothers (Pakistan)
In the 13th century, Hazrat Yameenuddin Abul-Hasan Amir Khusrou, a legendary musician, unparalleled poet, soldier, Sufi and philosopher, trained a group of 12 young men in the art of qawwali, a form of Sufi devotional music. This prominent musical tradition has been practiced by descendants of the original members for more than 700 years. $10.
Friday, November 9 • 7 p.m.
Saturday, November 10 • 7 p.m.
They Call Me Mister Fry
Jack Freiberger (Mr. Fry) presents this one-man show, telling the true story of a first-year teacher’s experience teaching in the heart of South-Central Los Angeles. $15; $12; $7.
Friday, November 16 • 7:30 p.m.
Stormy Weather: The Lena Horne Project
Starring Mary Wilson of The Supremes, this production uses rare audio clips, video footage, true stories and thrilling performances to tell the story of Hollywood’s first African-American goddess. Mike Renzi, musical director for Horne’s 1981 Broadway show "The Lady and Her Music," created the orchestrations for this show. $20; VIP tickets are $35, which includes valet parking and post-show meet-and-greet reception.
Thursday, January 17 • 7:30 p.m.
Petar Jankovic Ensemble
The guitar’s Spanish and Latin American performing practices, blended with the string quartet’s classical European music tradition, covers a wide range of repertoire with idiomatic and expressive renditions. $15, $12, $7.
Wednesday, January 30 • 7:30 p.m.
Kaleidescopika: The Art Of Unfolding
This interdisciplinary collaboration features the critically acclaimed contemporary quartet Cordis and the Lehrer Dance Company melding dance, multimedia and the whimsical fantasy elements of cirque. The Doudna Fine Arts Center is the only venue outside of New York where the show will be seen before it rolls out nationally later in 2013. $15, $12, $7.
Friday, February 8 • 7:30 p.m.
Grace Kelly + Quintet (at the EIU Jazz Festival)
Saxophonist/vocalist/composer/lyricist/arranger Grace Kelly has already received many prestigious awards -- and she just graduated from Berklee College of Music in December 2011 at the age of 19. $15, $12, $7.
Friday, February 15 • 7:30 p.m.
The Grammy-nominated Imani Winds has established itself as one of the most successful chamber music ensembles in the United States. Imani Winds seeks to engage new music and new voices into the modern classical idiom -- from Mendelssohn, Jean Françaix, György Ligeti and Luciano Berio to Astor Piazzolla, Elliott Carter, John Harbison and Mohammed Fairouz; and to the unexpected ranks of Paquito D'Rivera and Wayne Shorter. $15, $12, $7.
Wednesday, February 20 • 5 p.m.
Harriet A. Washington: Medical Ethicist and Author
Harriet Washington is an award-winning medical writer and editor, and the author of the best-selling book "Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present." She focuses mainly on bioethics; history of medicine; African-American health issues; and the intersection of medicine, ethics and culture. Free.
Tuesday, March 26 • 7:30 p.m.
Chamber Orchestra Kremlin
Chamber Orchestra Kremlin, led by founder Misha Rachlevsky since 1991, has earned national and international recognition as one of Russia's leading ensembles. This concert, which will include a guest soloist from the EIU Department of Music, will be recorded for inclusion in the Chamber Orchestra Kremlin's repertoire of recordings and promotional outreach. $15, $12, $7.
Friday, April 5 • 7:30 p.m.
Luna Negra Dance Theater
Dedicated to the creation of works by Latino contemporary choreographers, Luna Negra Dance Theater serves as a springboard for Latino artists to give expression to their stories and bring new life to the cultures of their communities. $15, $12, $7.
Saturday, April 27 • 7:30 p.m.
Evoking both contemporary vitality and dedication to Balinese tradition, Cudamani brings to life vivid tales of gods, heroes and the cosmos in Balinese mythology through a highly creative musical and dance repertoire. $10.
To read more about any Doudna Fine Arts Center event, or to purchase tickets, please see www.eiu.edu/doudna.