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Popular 'Barenaked Voices' a cappella concert rounds out packed March arts calendar

Emory hosts a packed calendar of arts events this month, including the 16th-annual “Barenaked Voices,” a concert featuring the university’s student a cappella groups and benefitting mental health services. Emory Photo/Video

Emory’s March arts calendar is packed with special events, from the annual “Barenaked Voices” student a cappella showcase to a student-run film festival, “Science on Stage,” honors performances and much more. Check out these highlights and visit the Arts at Emory calendar for more events.


Emory Cinematheque presents “Not Coming to a Theater Near You,” a new weekend-long, student-run film festival March 1-3. The festival showcases a variety of the acclaimed documentary and non-Western narrative features that were released in the last two years but not shown theatrically in Atlanta. The films include “Good Luck,” “The Day After,” “Zama,” “Bisbee ’17,” “Ava” and “Hale County This Morning, This Evening.” 

The Department of Film and Media Studies also continues its spring Cinematheque series, “Glorious Color!,” Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. in 208 White Hall with “The Red Desert,”  “Cries and Whispers” and “Wanda.”

All Emory Cinematheque Screenings are free and open to the public. 


Inspired by her role in "Wit," actor Megan Cole applies theater techniques to help health care providers understand the patient's perspective and to increase empathy while maintaining a personal distance. On Wednesday, March 6, at 6:30 p.m., Cole gives  a public performance of “The Wisdom of ‘Wit’,” as part of her residency in Storytelling for Scientists, a collaborative course between human health and theater studies. The performance takes place in the Presentation Room of the Oxford Road Building and is free and open to the public.

This past summer, the Emory Center for the Study of Human Health partnered with the Playwriting Center of Theater Emory to produce 4:48 x 2018, a speed-writing challenge inspired by the human microbiome. The source material was the book “I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life” by science journalist Ed Yong.  A documentary about the process and excerpts of the plays will be presented Wednesday, March 20, at 6:30 p.m. at the Carter Presidential Library & Museum as part of the Atlanta Science Festival. Yong hosts the event, Science on Stage: The Forgotten Organ.

Museum and library events

AntiquiTEA features free afternoons of tea, scones and history. On Tuesday, March 5, at 4 p.m., Eric Varner, associate professor of art history and classics, discusses a remarkable, over life-size marble portrait of the Roman emperor Tiberius acquired by the Michael C. Carlos Museum in 2003. The event takes place in Ackerman Hall at the Carlos Museum.

Ayobami Adebayo presents an emotionally gripping portrait of a young marriage and the consequences of deception in her stunning debut novel, “Stay With Me.” Nathan Suhr-Sytsma of Emory’s English department leads readers through this unpredictable novel’s exploration of Yoruba culture and the wider human story for the Carlos Reads Book Club on Monday, March 25, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 for Carlos Museum members; $30 for nonmembers and includes the cost of the book.

The American Music Show was a groundbreaking queer public access TV program produced in Atlanta from 1981 to 2005. On Wednesday, March 20, at 6 p.m. Recording Queer Atl: Archives of The American Music Show includes a screening of the show, drawn from Emory’s recently acquired collection of over 700 VHS recordings. This event is free and open to the public and takes place in the Rose Library.


On Saturday, March 16, at 8 p.m. in the Emerson Concert Hall of the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, Atlanta Master Chorale presents “Spirit Songs,” a concert of sacred music that is sure to touch the spirit. Tickets for this event are on sale now.

The 2018-2019 Flora Glenn Candler Concert Series comes to a close with a concert from two of opera’s leading vocalists, Eric Owens and Lawrence Brownlee, Friday, March 22, at 8 p.m. in Emerson Concert Hall. Bass-baritone Owens and bel canto tenor Brownlee join forces for an evening of music ranging from opera to spirituals. Tickets are on sale now.

A fantastic group of Emory music department students perform recitals throughout March. Performers include Trevor Chun and Jacob Germany, Olivia Stam, Kathy Li and Martin Schreiner, Samuel Edwards and Claire MahonJulia Lega and Sylvia Ware, Claire Roesler, Stephanie Zhang, Anna Bing, Emma Grace Rollins and Diana Vazquez, Rachel Chon, and Leo Zhao.

The many voices of Emory’s a cappella groups join together in the 16th annual showcase of Emory’s a cappella talent, Barenaked Voices, on Thursday, March 28, at 7 p.m. $5 donation requested; all proceeds benefit Emory Counseling Center HelpLine and Active Minds.

Creative writing and literary events

The Emory Creative Writing Program hosts nonfiction writer Eula Biss for a reading and colloquium on March 20 and March 21 respectively. The New York Times Book Review named Biss’s “On Immunity: An Inoculation” one of the 10 Best Books of 2014.


On Saturday, March 23, at 7:30 p.m., the Emory Department of Theater and Dance presents the independent project of student Patsy Collins, “From the Periphery: Kinesthetic Explorations of Community.” Collins offers a collaborative work  that explores the current social climate as it relates to empathy, togetherness and community. The piece investigates the transition from an “ego-system to an eco-system” and the divides that inhibit our social environment.

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