Johnston Foster (found object and installation) Opening reception: September 18, 3-5 p.m. Gallery hours: 10-4, M-F and by appointment Flippo Gallery, Pace-Armistead Hall (art exhibit) “Johnston Foster’s sculptures and installations are the result of an intense practice of collecting, scavenging, and reinvention of found objects through a distinctive alchemical process. His works consist of cast off and recycled objects that are executed in a hands- on, rough hewn style that redefines the objects used to create the sculptures. Foster’s sculptural imagery is inspired by urban myths, and pop culture consumerism that balances delicately between humor, celebration and a sense of dark and sinister criticism.” Foster exhibits both nationally and internationally and is represented by Rare in NYC. -Excerpt from biography http://arts.vcu.edu/sculpture/portfolios/johnston-foster-2/ This exhibit is free and open to the public. Contact: Pam Cox (804) 752-3712, email@example.com
The Complete History of America (Abridged) by Adam Long, Reed Martin, and Austin Tichenor Sept. 14 – 16 at 8:00 p.m.; Sept. 17 at 2:00 p.m. Cobb Theatre, R-MC Center for the Performing Arts (comedy presentation) An irreverent romp through millennia of American history, R-MC’s drama department kicks off its season with a reprise of Michelle Nieporte’s ’13 summer 2011 Schapiro Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) project. Three actors narrate events and impersonate the figures who have made our political, economic and cultural history happen—though not always with a tender care for correctness, gravity or dignity. Don’t bother taking notes—there won’t be a quiz after. The Box Office (a phone mailbox) begins taking reservations at 10:00 a.m. on September 5 at (804) 752-7316. Tickets are $5 per person, free to R-MC faculty, staff and students. Contact: Pam Cox (804) 752-3712, firstname.lastname@example.org
Wanderers, Women, and Weinen: An Evening of German Lieder 7:30 p.m. St. Ann’s Performing Arts Building (music presentation) Poetry and music intertwine in this recital by R-MC music faculty members Elizabeth Eschen (mezzo-soprano) and James Doering (piano), who will perform songs by Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, and Mahler. This event is free and open to the public. Contact: Pam Cox (804) 752-3712, email@example.com
Richmond Symphony Orchestra: Metro Collection Series 1 – Mendelssohn’s Italian (music presentation) 2:00 p.m. Pre-Concert Lecture, Thomas Branch Atrium (Free) 3:00 p.m. Blackwell Auditorium, R-MC Center for the Performing Arts (Ticket required; call RSO Box Office at (804) 788-1212) (sponsored by Joan and Ralph Crosby) 2:00 p.m. - Get up close and personal with Music Director Steven Smith and Conductor Erin Freeman of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra. R-MC Professor of Music James Doering will lead a pre-concert discussion before each concert at R-MC.This discussion is free and open to the public. 3:00 p.m. - Join Music Director Steven Smith and Associate Conductor Erin R. Freeman for a season of engaging chamber orchestra concerts designed to introduce you to both new orchestral favorites and time-tested treats. Enjoy these musical delights at Randolph-Macon College – the other home of the Richmond Symphony.Today, RSO conductor Erin R. Freeman will lead the orchestra with guest performance by the Richmond Symphony Chamber Chorus. They will present: Aaron Jay Kernis Musica Celestis Bach Mass in F Major Mendelssohn Symphony No. 4 in A Major (Italian) Special pricing will be offered for the performances and subscription prices are also available at greater savings. To purchase, click on RSO or contact the Richmond Symphony Box office at (804) 788-1212. Admission at the door: $20 for adults, $18 for seniors, $10 for children, $5 for students with valid college ID. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact: Pam Cox (804) 752-3712, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Visiting Scholars Program of Phi Beta Kappa and the Zeta chapter at R-MC present: UCLA History Professor Teofilo Ruiz, “The Other 1492” 7:00 p.m., location: Topping Room, Old Chapel (Room 212) 1492 has long been seen as the “miracle year” of the Spanish realms. This lecture addresses the importance of 1492 from different perspectives. Instead of examining the so-called achievements of the Catholic Monarchs (their victory over Granada, religious and political unity, and the encounter with the New World), Dr. Ruiz will look at what the events of 1492 meant for those who bore, on their flesh, the brunt of a new centralized monarchy, religious intolerance, and colonial expansion. Ruiz focus is on Jews, Conversos, Muslims, Moriscos, and the natives of the New World for whom 1492 represented a radical and catastrophic change in their individual and collective lives. By examining the history of Jews, Muslims, and New World natives during the transition from the Middle Ages to modernity, we see the growing intolerance ushered in by military conquest, religious intolerance, and political centralization. During his distinguished career, Dr. Ruiz has taught at Brooklyn College, the CUNY Graduate Center, the University of Michigan, the École des hautes études en sciences sociales in Paris, and was the 250th Anniversary Visiting Professor for Distinguished Teaching at Princeton before joining the history department at UCLA in 1998. In 2008, he received the university’s Distinguished Teaching Award. Prof. Ruiz has received fellowships from the NEH, the Mellon Foundation, the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and the ACLS. In 1994, he was selected as one of only four U.S. Professors of the Year by CASE and by the Carnegie Foundation. A specialist in the social and popular culture of late medieval and early modern Castile, Prof. Ruiz is the author of several books including Crisis and Continuity: Land and Town in Late Medieval Castile, which won the Biennial Award for the best book on Spanish History from the American Historical Association; Spanish Society, 1400-1600; From Heaven to Earth: The Reordering of Castilian Society in the Late Middle Ages,1150-1350 and Reflections on the Terror of History (forthcoming). This event is free and open to the public. Contact: Pam Cox (804) 752-3712, email@example.com