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Celebration 2015 Schedule of Events

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Friday, April 24, 2015

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Tarble Arts Center Exhibitions:
The 2015 Graduate Art Exhibition

Artwork in a variety of media by the current MA candidates in EIU's Studio Art program.

Western Pottery and Weavings from the Tarble and Area Collections

Featuring historic period and contemporary ceramics from the American Southwest and Navajo weavings.

The 2014-15 Tarble Humanities Exhibition Nathalie Miebach: The Weather's Getting Weird...

The exhibition explores the intersection of art and science by translating scientific data from meteorology, ecology and oceanography into woven sculptures and as performance art.

11:30 a.m.
Food Booths Open

  • South side of DFAC on Hayes Street

11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
EIU Jazz Lab Band

  • Performing classic and contemporary jazz tunes.
  • Outdoor Stage

2 - 4 p.m.
Holi: Festival of Colors

Celebrate the spring season in an explosion of color and friendship. Admission is FREE. Sponsored by the Office of Study Abroad.

  • Library Quad

12:45 - 1:30 p.m.
Brent Byrd

Singer-songwriter from St. Augustine, FLA and former Charleston native playing unapologetically positive tunes. His music is well-suited for a sun-soaked day.

  • Outdoor Stage

2 – 3 p.m.
The Ex-Bombers

Duo playing dirtbag spy jazz or beatnik punk, depending on who describes them. Both descriptors hint at the pair's decidedly avant and seedy approach to making pop music. Cavetone Recording Artist.

  • Outdoor Stage

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Cruddites

Charleston based babe performing classic and contemporary blues and garage rock. Cavetone Recording Artists.

  • Outdoor Stage

4 – 6:30 p.m.
The Annual Annual Graham Slam!

See and hear the nine finalists of the Graham R. Lewis Memorial Poetry Award perform their work. Free admission. Sponsored by the EIU English Department, College of Arts and Humanities and the Tarble Arts Center

  • Tarble Arts Center Atrium

5 – 6:30 p.m.
Gizzae featuring Rocket

Rocket and Gizzae have been playing for reggae-lovers across the country for 35 years. Their musical experiences have collectively earned them Grammy© awards and multiple Chicago Music Awards. If you like live jams and wicked solos, don't miss Gizzae!

Sponsored by the International Center for Global Diversity

  • Outdoor Stage

7:30 p.m.
Theatre: Good Person of Setzuan

An exhilarating parable of love and money, written by Brecht when fascism was rising in Europe and grounded by Kushner in the social and economic realities and relations of our own time.

  • The Black Box Theatre, Tickets: $12/$10/$5

7:30 p.m.
Multi-Cultural Concert

EIU Choral Ensembles and Percussion Ensemble will perform an evening of music that spans the globe.

  • Dvorak Concert Hall, Tickets: $5

Saturday, April 25

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Tarble Arts Center Exhibitions:

The 2015 Graduate Art Exhibition

Artwork in a variety of media by the current MA candidates in EIU's Studio Art program.

Western Pottery and Weavings from the Tarble and Area Collections

Featuring historic period and contemporary ceramics from the American Southwest and Navajo weavings.

The 2014-15 Tarble Humanities ExhibitionNathalie Miebach: The Weather's Getting Weird...

The exhibition explores the intersection of art and science by translating scientific data from meteorology, ecology and oceanography into woven sculptures and as performance art.

10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Celebration Art Fair

Featuring a variety of artisans selling their unique array of one-of-a-kind artwork. A number of artists will be demonstrating at their booths. Meet & Greet the artists!

  • South 7th Street

10 – 11 a.m.
Dance: The Littlest Dancer

Featuring pre-ballet and creative movement students from the DanceLife Center.

  • DFAC Recital Hall

10 – 11 a.m.
The Turinos

Original banjo, fiddle and guitar music as well as songs that this father son duo have made their own over their years of playing together.

  • Outdoor Stage

11 a.m.
Food Booths open

Festival favorites from funnel cakes to corn dogs, gyros to pulled pork.

  • South side of DFAC on Hayes Street

11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
The Botany Club Plant Sale

Featuring a variety of heirloom vegetables. The Botany Club will only be selling plants on Saturday (rain date will be Sunday). Sponsored by the EIU Botany Club

  • South Seventh Street, near the Thut Greenhouse

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Brent Byrd

Singer-songwriter from St. Augustine, FLA and Charleston native playing unapologetically positive tunes. Music well-suited for a sun-soaked day.

  • Outdoor Stage

12 noon
Film for the Family: The Boxtrolls (2014)

The film centers on a young orphaned boy named Eggs (Isaac Hempstead Wright) raised by underground cave-dwelling trash collectors. With help from the feisty Winnie (Elle Fanning), Eggs tries to save his friends from an evil exterminator, the town's villain, Archibald Snatcher (Ben Kingsley). This delightful Academy Award nominated animated film is based on the children's novel 'Here Be Monsters' by Alan Snow. (96 minutes)

Presented free by EIU Film Studies.

  • DFAC Lecture Hall

12 – 4 p.m.
Kid’s Art Activities

EIU Art Education students will present hands-on art activities for pre-schoolers to pre-teens.

  • Maracas/Shakers
  • Woven Bracelets
  • Watercolor Paintings
  • "Cubical Illusions"
  • Sponsored by the Tarble Arts Center.
  • South 7th Street

1 – 2 p.m.
Michael Jacobs

Cherokee singer-songwriter blending Native American and American "roots" music that artfully fuses contemporary and traditional sounds and powerful imagery.

  • Outdoor Stage

1 – 4 p.m.
Tie-Dye Your Biases

An interactive activity that looks at how we form stereotypes. Are our stereotypes and biases wrong? Are they right? Can we recognize when there might be more to an individual than what is readily visible and apparent? Go through five different stations, and tie-dye a shirt at the end!

Sponsored by the President’s Office, EIU Student Government, Taylor Hall and Faculty Development.

  • South Seventh Street

2:30-3:45 p.m.
Nigel Thomas - Steel Drum Flavor

A temporary escape to the Caribbean with the innovative music that combines the melodic brightness of the steel drums with the driving rhythms of Calypso and Latin Jazz.

Sponsored by the International Center for Global Diversity.

  • Outdoor Stage

3 – 4 p.m.
Official Distribution of the Spring 2015 edition of The Vehicle and readings by the James K. Johnson Award Winners

Sponsored by the Vehicle and the English Department.

  • DFAC Lecture Hall

4 p.m.
Student Recital: Maja Dinger, oboe and Gregory Watson, euphonium/composition

  • Recital Hall

4:15-5:30 p.m.
Tequila Mockingbyrd

Local group of music lovers performing classic 50s, 60s and 70s favorites.

  • Outdoor Stage

6 – 7:15 p.m.
The MoonDogs

Seven piece band blending roots, rock, and reggae. From The Band to Bonnie Raitt to Bob Marley the focus is on music from great songwriters who walked the earth in the days of vinyl.

  • Outdoor Stage

7:30 p.m.
Theatre: Good Person of Setzuan

How does one stay true to moral precepts without being swallowed whole by a heartless world? The kind and generous Shen Te must reach inside herself to find a creative solution. The EIU theatre department presents Tony Kushner's fresh translation of Bertolt Brecht's commentary on morality and identity that defies categorization as comedy or drama. Directed by Zackary Ross.

  • The Black Box Theatre, Tickets: $12/$10/$5

7:30 p.m.
Switchback, Twangtown Paramours, and Robinella

The final premier event of the 2014-15 season brings together three amazing groups. Voted as one of the "Best Of" performances, the duo Switchback will be joined by Nashville's The Twangtown Paramours and eastern Tennessee's Robinella. Each group will perform a set of their own music, and then the show will close with all three groups performing together. It's going to be a night to remember at the Doudna Fine Arts Center. A New & Emerging Artist Series

  • Dvorak Concert Hall, Tickets: $15/$12/$7

Sunday, April 26, 2015

10:30 a.m. - 11:15 p.m.
The Unity Gospel Choir

The purpose of the Unity Gospel Choir is to instill within its members, the EIU campus and local community, the desire to serve Christ and to show His love through our lives and inspirational music.

  • Outdoor Stage

11 a.m.
Food Booths Open

  • South side of DFAC on Hayes Street

11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Celebration Art Fair

Featuring a variety of artisans selling their unique array of one-of-a-kind artwork.

  • South 7th Street

11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
The Twangtown Paramours

Described as "Sophisticated Americana", their music is a hybrid of the Nashville and Austin music scenes. This acoustic duo is known for their well-crafted and award-winning, top-notch laed singing, and fine harmonies.

  • Outdoor Stage

12 – 4 p.m.
Kid’s Art Activities

EIU Art Education students and Charleston High School Interact Club members will present hands-on art activities for pre-schoolers to pre-teens.

Sponsored by the Tarble Arts Center.

  • South 7th Street

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Robinella

Best described as a mixture of progressive bluegrass, country and jazz blues. "Robinella's voice is so versatile - so utterly loose, carefree, and expressive no matter what the material is - that she glides into every tune...." iTunes Review

  • Outdoor Stage

1 – 2 p.m.
Dragon Flies Dance Demonstration

A demonstration of dance and movement methods customized for those with Autism and special needs. Featuring dancers ages 3 to 29.

Sponsored by the DanceLife Center.

  • DFAC Recital Hall

1 – 4 p.m.
Tarble Arts Center Exhibitions:
The 2015 Graduate Art Exhibition

Artwork in a variety of media by the current MA candidates in EIU's Studio Art program.

Western Pottery and Weavings from the Tarble and Area Collections

Featuring historic period and contemporary ceramics from the American Southwest and Navajo weavings.

The 2014-15 Tarble Humanities ExhibitionNathalie Miebach: The Weather's Getting Weird...

The exhibition explores the intersection of art and science by translating scientific data from meteorology, ecology and oceanography into woven sculptures and as performance art.

1:45 – 2:45 p.m.
Switchback

Celebration welcomes back this duo that performs an eclectic blend of Celtic and Americana tunes. Playing an exciting mix of mandolin, guitar, and bass, their harmonies have won them comparisons to famous duos, such as the Louvin Brothers, the Everly Brothers, and Simon and Garfunkel.

  • Outdoor Stage

2 p.m.
Theatre: Good Person of Setzuan

How does one stay true to moral precepts without being swallowed whole by a heartless world? The kind and generous Shen Te must reach inside herself to find a creative solution. The EIU theatre department presents Tony Kushner's fresh translation of Bertolt Brecht's commentary on morality and identity that defies categorization as comedy or drama. Directed by Zackary Ross.

  • The Black Box Theatre, Tickets: $12/$10/$5

3:15 – 4:30 p.m.
Dicky James and The Blue Flames

Desribed as "those electrified blues masters", this group is one of the hottest blues bands touring the Midwest. They have been captivating audiences everywhere with their superb brand of smoking' Chicago style blues.

  • Outdoor Stage

3:30 p.m.
Student Recital: Eric Luminais, flute

  • Recital Hall

6 p.m.
Student Recital: Danica Lehman, flute and Jena Ferguson, clarinet

  • Recital Hall

The day’s events/performances are subject to change.