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Presentation at WCU to address obstacles to college for Latina/o students

An English-as-a-second-language community liaison for Durham public schools will visit Western Carolina University to discuss opportunities and obstacles for the state’s Latina/o students who are applying to college.

You’re invited to submit a campus theme topic

For the past seven years, WCU has selected an interdisciplinary theme for campus conversations, curricular, and co-curricular connections, and enrichment. Our current theme, an interdisciplinary exploration of Africa, is entering its second and final year.

Niggli Series to kick off with readings of Stanislavskaya’s ‘Resident Alien’

Western Carolina University’s School of Stage and Screen will launch its new Josefina Niggli New Works Reading Series with staged readings of “Resident Alien” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1.

Three entertainment series promise variety for 2015-16

A trio of fine arts and performance series will offer the Western Carolina University community a broad spectrum of entertainment choices again during the 2015-16 academic year. The Mainstage season features dramatic and musical performances by students, while the Galaxy of Stars and the Arts and Cultural Events offerings bring professionally produced acts and films to campus venues.

Mainstage

Two plays and two musicals are part of the 2015-16 Mainstage season presented by WCU’s School of Stage and Screen. Season subscriptions and individual tickets for the productions are on sale at the box office in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center.

Productions in the season featuring student performances are:

“Pop! Who Shot Andy Warhol?,” a musical comedy mystery by Maggie-Kate Coleman and Anna K. Jacobs. Thursday, Oct. 1, through Saturday, Oct. 3, at 7:30 p.m., and a matinee at 3 p.m. Oct. 3, Hoey Auditorium.

“Blithe Spirit,” a classic comedy by Noel Coward. Wednesday, Nov. 18, through Saturday, Nov. 21, at 7:30 p.m., and a 3 p.m. matinee Sunday, Nov. 22, Hoey Auditorium.

“Macbeth is the New Black,” a contemporary take on Shakespeare by Linda Parsons Marion. Wednesday, Feb. 17, through Saturday, Feb. 20, at 7:30 p.m., Hoey Auditorium.

“Gypsy,” a vaudeville/burlesque musical Thursday, April 14, through Saturday, April 16, at 7:30 p.m., and a 3 p.m. matinee on Sunday, April 17, Bardo Arts Center.

“Resident Alien,” a musical by WCU’s Katya Stanislavskya, part of the new Josefina Niggli New Works Series. Saturday, Oct. 31, at 7:30 p.m., Niggli Theatre (Stillwell Building). Free; $5 donation suggested.

A second production in the Niggli series will be announced later, scheduled for Sunday, March 13, at 7:30 p.m., Niggli Theatre. Free; $5 donation suggested.

A special event held annually, the Controlled Chaos Film Festival, featuring movies created by Film and Television Production Program students, will be held Friday, April 29, at the Bardo Arts Center. Tickets are $10 at the door.

Mainstage season tickets are $50 for adults; $40 for senior citizens, faculty and staff; and $20 for students. Musical single event tickets are $21 adults; $16 for senior citizens, faculty and staff; and $10 day of show or $7 in advance for students. Single event tickets for “Blithe Spirit” and “Macbeth is the New Black” are $16 for adults; $11 for senior citizens, faculty and staff; and $10 day of show or $7 in advance for students.

For more information about the Mainstage season and special events, contact WCU’s School of Stage and Screen at 828-227-7491.

Arts and Cultural Events

Comedy, drama, dance and thought-provoking films highlight the offerings of the 2015-16 ACE performance series.

Events in the ACE series include:

The Golden Dragons are recognized throughout the United States and abroad as a premier Chinese acrobatic touring company.

The Golden Dragons are recognized throughout the United States and abroad as a premier Chinese acrobatic touring company.

Golden Dragon Acrobats, Wednesday, Sept. 9, at 7:30 p.m., Bardo Arts Center. $5 students; $10 all others.

Southern Circuit Film: “She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry,” Tuesday, Sept. 15, at 7 p.m., University Center theater. Filmmaker Mary Dore is touring with the film’s showings. Free.

Homecoming Comedy Show, Wednesday, Oct. 21, at 7:30 p.m., Bardo Arts Center. Comedians Jose Barrientos, Iliza Shlesinger, Chloe Hilliard and Kevin Yee. $5 students; $10 general admission, going on sale Tuesday, Sept. 15.

Southern Circuit Film: “Shield and Spear,” Monday, Oct. 26, at 7 p.m., University Center theater. Free.

Southern Circuit Film: “Frame by Frame,” Wednesday, Nov. 11, at 7 p.m., University Center theater. Free.

“Mercy Killers,” performed by its author, Michael Milligan, Thursday, Nov. 12, at 7 p.m., Bardo Arts Center. Free for students with ID; $10 general admission.

Southern Circuit Film: “Art and Craft,” Tuesday, Feb. 9, at 7 p.m., University Center theater. Question-and-answer session with film’s subject, Mark Landis. Free.

Darrah Carr Dance, Thursday, March 10, at 7:30 p.m., Bardo Arts Center. $5 for students with ID; $10 for all others.

“MAKE!: Paint Edition,” Thursday, Feb. 11, at 6 p.m., Fine Art Museum. $15 for one ticket or $25 for two (limit 10).

Southern Circuit Film: “Embers,” Wednesday, March 16, at 7 p.m., University Center theater. Free.

The Catamount Art Tour of Washington, D.C., will be offered March 19-25 for 30 students. Tickets are $300.

Southern Circuit Film: “Kings, Queens & In-Betweens,” Tuesday, April 26, at 7 p.m., University Center theater. Free.

For more information about the ACE series, visit ace.wcu.edu or contact Francis Ann Ortiz-Pineda, assistant director for campus programs, at 828-227-2612.

 

Galaxy of Stars

A tribute to a comedic icon, a holiday show featuring the “Redneck Tenors” and a performance by an American country-pop superstar top the lineup for the 2015-16 Galaxy of Stars Series at the Bardo Arts Center.

The performances are:

Frank Ferrante will open the Series on Sept. 27 with “An Evening With Groucho,” celebrating the 125th anniversary of the legendary comedian’s birth.

Frank Ferrante will open the Series on Sept. 27 with “An Evening With Groucho,” celebrating the 125th anniversary of the legendary comedian’s birth.

“An Evening with Groucho,” 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27.

The United Kingdom Ukulele Orchestra, 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25.

“3 Redneck Tenors Christmas Spec-tac-yule,” 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11.

Juice Newton, 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 24.

Galumpha – Acrobatic Dance Trio, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5.

“Parents Night Out,” 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 5.

Mike Super – Magic & Illusion, 3 p.m. Sunday, May 1.

The Galaxy of Stars Series is presented by the WCU College of Fine and Performing Arts with support from the WCU Friends of the Arts organization. Season tickets are $120 for adults and $45 for students and children. Tickets for single events are $21 for adults; $16 for WCU faculty and staff; $7 students and children; and $15 per person for groups of 20 or more.

To order season subscriptions and individual tickets for any or all three series, call the Bardo Arts Center box office at 828-227-2479 or go online to bardoartscenter.wcu.edu.

By Keith Brenton

Fall commencement set for Dec. 18 at Ramsey Center

Western Carolina University will honor its fall graduating class, and recognize a group of graduates who received their degrees after this year’s summer school sessions, as the university holds fall commencement at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18.

WCU prepares for Josefina Niggli alumni event

Josefina Niggli Alumni Reunion participants will be traveling from as far away as Florida and New York to participate in the event to be held at Western Carolina University from Friday, July 9, to Sunday, July 11.

Josefina Niggli Alumni Reunion to be held July 9-11 at WCU

The Josefina Niggli Alumni Reunion will be held at Western Carolina University from Friday, July 9, to Sunday, July 11. The celebration recognizes 100 years since the birth in Mexico on July 13, 1910, of the late Josefina Niggli, a poet, playwright, novelist and screenwriter who spent the latter part of her career teaching at […]

Winner selected in Niggli portrait competition

Michael Dodson Jr., a WCU junior majoring in fine art with a concentration in sculpture, earned top prize in a portrait competition sponsored by the Josefina Niggli Celebration Committee and the Fine Art Museum.

WCU receives gift for Niggli collection

Original, hand-drawn illustrations by Marian Fitz-Simons for Josefina Niggli’s “Mexican Village,” a collection of short stories, have been donated to Western Carolina University’s Niggli archive, which is located in Hunter Library’s Special Collections.

Niggli biographer and scholar to keynote conference

When students shared how much they enjoyed reading a chapter of “Mexican Village” in Elizabeth Coonrod Martínez’s class, she wondered what else the late Josefina Niggli had written. “I picked up ‘Step Down, Elder Brother,’ and I fell in love with Niggli,” she said.

Conference at WCU on March 10 to celebrate Josefina Niggli

The ninth annual Gender Conference at Western Carolina University to be held Wednesday, March 10, will celebrate the life, work and contributions of the late Josefina Niggli. A poet, playwright, novelist and screenwriter, Niggli was born 100 years ago in Mexico and worked in the United States at locations including Cullowhee, where she was a member of the Western Carolina faculty.

Winter issue of WCU magazine now online

The Winter 2010 issue of The Magazine of Western Carolina University is now online.

Student recording of Niggli premiere event available at iTunes U

Mark Mattheis, assistant professor of communication, has shared a video created by his students of the Jan. 28 Niggli celebration premiere event online via WCU on iTunes U. The video is located in “Broadcasting” within the “Featured Content” area.

Josefina Niggli celebration premiere to feature exhibit, photos and dramatizations

A semester of events celebrating the late novelist, poet, playwright and screenwriter Josefina Niggli begins Thursday, Jan. 28. “She was an amazing person who pioneered a place for women in her field and who did so much for Western Carolina,” said Amy Pisano, a senior theatre major from Asheville.

Niggli celebration performance set for Jan. 28

Western Carolina University’s celebration of the late Josefina Niggli’s life and contributions to the WCU community and beyond will kick off a semester of events with a performance in Niggli Theatre at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 28.

Commencement to honor fall class, summer grads along with legendary teacher and notable alumnus

The late Josefina Maria Niggli, a bigger-than-life writer and teacher who led the development of Western Carolina University’s theater arts program, will be honored with a posthumous honorary doctor of arts degree during fall commencement Saturday, Dec. 19.

Radio show explores life of Josefina Niggli

An hour-long radio program featuring a panel discussion about the life of Josefina Niggli will air twice this week on WWCU-FM Power 90.5, the broadcast service of Western Carolina University.

Student artist to be commissioned to create Josefina Niggli portrait

The Western Carolina University 2009 Josefina Niggli Celebration Committee and Fine Art Museum will commission a WCU student artist to create a work of art that embodies the spirit and character of Niggli, an acclaimed WCU faculty member, writer, poet and theater and movie director.

Niggli’s ‘Sombrero’ to air Oct. 7

The Mexican villages where the late Josefina Niggli, a WCU professor and Mexican-American writer, spent her childhood influenced much of her work, and her fans can get some sense of their landscape and local color in an upcoming presentation of her movie “Sombrero.” The 1953 musical, romantic drama is scheduled to air at 6:15 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, on Turner Classic Movies.

Memories of Josefina Niggli inspire professor to propose a yearlong celebration of her life and legacy

“When I took ‘Shakespeare on Stage’ from Ms. Niggli, she said ‘It’s only literature if you read it. If you figure out how to present it on stage, it’s drama. Shakespeare was meant to be performed,’” said Luther Jones.

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