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March arts events include the return of Barenaked Voices

Emory hosts a packed calendar of arts events this month, including the 15th-annual Barenaked Voices, a concert featuring the university’s student a cappella groups and benefitting mental health services. Emory Photo/Video

Arts at Emory offers a plethora of events to Atlanta and the Emory community this month, including the 15th-annual Barenaked Voices, a dance theater collaboration, multiple film series and a multidisciplinary celebration of DIY culture. 

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The month kicks off Thursday, March 1, with “Create Your Own Culture: A DIY Celebration.” A collaborative event with the Rose Library and various Emory College departments and organizations, this evening of free music, poetry and art celebrates Atlanta’s “Do-It-Yourself” (DIY) culture and the intersection of the Rose Library’s punk and poetry collections. It begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Visual Arts Building.

Then on March 7, the Rose Library teams up with the Department of Religion to present “This Tank Full of Dreams: Buddhism, Poetry and the Beats,” a celebration of the rich connections and intersections between Eastern traditions and American poetry. The event takes place in the Jones Room of Woodruff Library at 6:30 p.m.

Dance collaborations

The Emory Dance Program presents “Rule of Thumb” March 1-3 in the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts Dance Studio. Choreographed by Emory Dance faculty member Lori Teague and Emory alumna Christine Suarez 94C, “Rule of Thumb” is a dance theater piece examining feminist perspectives and the cultural boundaries that shape gender identity. Tickets are on sale now through the Arts at Emory Box Office.

This month, the Emory Dance Program also collaborates with the Center for Mind Brain and Culture to present “Self-Consciousness and Authenticity in Dance and Developmental Psychology” at noon on March 22. In this event, perspectives from dance professionals and professors will be discussed in light of developmental research on the origins of self-concept. This event is free, but registration is requested through email as space is limited.

Film series explore black lives, Frankenstein and more

The Emory Cinematheque Spring 2018 Series, “Black Lives on the Small Screen,” continues this month with screenings of two of today’s most popular television shows, “Scandal” (March 7, 7:30 p.m.) and “Insecure” (March 28, 7:30 p.m.).

In addition, the Department of Film and Media Studies presents two screenings from Stage Russia HD, featuring productions from Russia’s most renowned theater companies. Audiences can experience Vakhtangov Theatre’s production of Chekhov’s “Uncle Vanya” (March 2, 6 p.m.) and Theatre Arts Studio’s production of “The Suicide” (March 24, 11:30 a.m.).  

Finally, Film and Media Studies offers several screenings as part of the Frankenstein Anniversary Celebration at Emory, including “Blade Runner” (March 1, 7 p.m.), “Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein” (March 22, 7 p.m.) and “Ex Machina” (March 29, 7 p.m.). All screenings take place in White Hall, Room 208, and are free and open to the public.

Concerts for multiple musical tastes

Music at Emory offers many concerts this month for the family to enjoy. Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland and George Gershwin are among the composers featured in the Emory University Symphony Orchestra’s “An American Celebration” on March 8 at 8 p.m. 

On March 17 at 8 p.m., the Atlanta Master Chorale presents “Israel In Egypt: George Frideric Handel,” a performance of Handel’s musical retelling of the story of Exodus. Tickets are on sale now and available through the Arts at Emory Box Office.

This month also brings the 15th-annual “Barenaked Voices: Emory Student A Cappella Celebration,” March 29 at 7 p.m. All proceeds from ticket sales for this showcase of the breadth of Emory’s a cappella talent benefit Emory Counseling Center Helpline and Active Minds.

All concerts take place in Emerson Concert Hall in the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts.

From Egypt to Tibet at the Carlos

The Michael C. Carlos Museum offers many lectures and workshops complementing the exhibition “Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt,” up through Nov. 11. Children’s workshops March 4 and March 11, both at 2 p.m., offer kids the opportunity to explore the exhibition and create their own art projects with local artists, while expert lectures March 8 and March 21, (both at 7:30 p.m.) delve deeper into the role animals played in ancient Egyptian culture.

On Saturday, March 31, the special Tibet Week tradition “Mandala Sand Painting Event” returns to the Carlos. Monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery will create a sand mandala of Akshobhya Buddha. Before the closing ceremony and the symbolic ritual “withdrawing” of the mandala at 2 p.m., museum guests will have the opportunity to use Tibetan chak-purs and brightly colored sand to create their own sand paintings. This event is reserved for Carlos members from 10 a.m. until noon and open to all from noon until 2 p.m.

Ethics and the arts

The Emory Center for Ethics’ Ethics and the Arts Initiative brings two marquee events to campus this month. On Tuesday, March 13, at 7:30 p.m., the Alliance Theatre Ethics on the Stage Series presents “Hospice + Pointing at the Moon: Scene Presentation and Discussion,” with playwright Pearl Cleage joining the cast for a reading of selected scenes and discussion of two of Cleage’s one act plays. The event takes place at the Center for Ethics.

Schwartz Artist-in-Residence Ross Rossin and Ambassador Andrew Young meet on the Emerson Concert Hall stage March 27 at 7 p.m. for a Rosemary Magee Creativity Conversation. In this event, Rossin and Young explore how to broaden our views of our own identities and how this informs our view of others, the creative process, artistic meaning and the beauty of diversity.

Poetry events

Finally, the Creative Writing Program welcomes writer Aimee Nezhukumatathil on March 30 for a colloquium at 2 p.m. and reading at 4 p.m. The author of three poetry collections, “Miracle Fruit,” “At the Drive-In Volcano” and “Lucky,” Nezhukumatathil is the recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and a Pushcart Prize. Her newest collection of poems, “Oceanic,” and a book of illustrated nature essays, “World of Wonder,” are forthcoming in 2018.

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