Roy Ayers was right, everybody does love the sunshine. Let’s hope that it loves us back, especially this week, when PSU’s Art In Spring festival swings into full effect, celebrating some of the best artistic creations our talented comrades have to offer. In part two of our preview for this lively and diverse festival, we bring you the events for the second half of the week:
“Art As A Woman,” sponsored by the Women’s Resource Center, takes place all day today in the Multicultural Center in Smith Center. The event features the interpretations of one woman by over 30 artists, and everyone is encouraged to add to the collection by creating their own rendition and adding it to the display. Materials will be provided.
Also happening throughout the day is “Art In The Park,” an exhibit and exchange of large-scale paintings, collages, photography, prints and ceramics that will be on display for the rest of the week in the Park Blocks, sponsored by the Art Committee.
At noon, the World Dance Office, Tango Club and Partner Dance Association present an exclusive dance performance on the Park Blocks stage. Also at the stage, later on in the evening, Voices of Freedom will present traditional African American Spirituals, from 6-6:30 p.m.
One can also head on over to the Smith Center Ballroom, Room 355, for the second of a two-part Eastern European Folk Dance Workshop, with Rodica Bordeianu, Leonid Nosov and Gheorghe Borcea, from 6-8 p.m.
Boreianu is a native of Moldova and has received the “First Prix Laureate” at the International Dance Festival of Minsk, Belorussia, as well as numerous other awards worldwide. Her partner Nosov graduated from the Cultural Institute of Cernauti in the Ukraine, and has danced professionally with Ukrainian Bucovina National Dance Ensemble, the Viteretz Dance Ensemble and the Army Song and Dance Ensemble of the Zabaikal Regions.
Borcea is a native of Romania who has toured professionally playing accordion in both Romanian and Balkan styles. Cost is $8 for PSU students, $10 for PSU faculty, staff, alumni, seniors and all other students and $12 for everyone else.
On Thursday, both “Art as a Woman” and “Art in the Park” continue their runs, while the Music Committee presents a PSU Vocal Student Recital in Lincoln Hall 75.
Friday brings us an exclusive performance by John Beltran, with special guest Sol Set. Beltran has worked with some of the best Detroit techno producers, including Derrick May and Carl Craig, but has now shifted to nu-jazz productions on labels such as Ubiquity, as well as Earth Records, a downtempo offshoot of LTJ Bukem’s Good Looking Records. The show begins at noon at the Park Blocks Stage, and is brought to you by the good folks at the Popular Music Board.
From 7-11 p.m., the Literary Arts Association, Theater Arts Student Association and the World Dance Office present “A Night of Poetry, Dance and Theatre.” Events will include a performance by Rodica Bordeianu of the Eastern European Folk Dance Workshop and a reading by local poets Doug Marx and Clem Starck. “A Night of Poetry, Dance and Theatre” takes place n the Multicultural Center, Smith Center 228.
At 7 and 9:30 p.m., the Film Committee will also host showings of “Heavenly Creatures” and “Freaks,” at the 5th Avenue Cinema. The cost, as always is $1 for PSU students.
From 7 to 1 a.m., “Abstracts: A Modern Music Festival” will take place in the Smith Center Ballroom. Featuring performances by PSU music students and others, this avant-garde slanted event should prove to be the perfect topper to a week of art at PSU.