Spring quarter is under way, creativity is flowing again and arts events are back on the calendar. The Quad’s flowering cherry trees are perhaps the biggest campus stars just now — poetry in pink — but there’s art, film and music aplenty sharing the bill with the blooms.
The American Sign Language and Deaf Studies Minor Program is hosting the two-day Seattle Deaf Film Festival, select students of 3D4M (3-Dimensional Forum) show their fine work, innovative video artist Gary Hill exhibits at the Henry Art Gallery, music students perform, and the School of Art has a book sale. This Arts Roundup welcomes spring but still dresses for February.
Art book sale, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., March 28. The School of Art’s Graduate Students in Art History group holds a book sale to support research grants, in the Art Building.
“Don Pasquale,” March 31 to April 7. The Seattle Opera’s Young Artist Program presents this comic opera that debuted in 1843. When scheming Dr. Malatesta arranges for the rich, elderly Don Pasquale to marry his nephews girlfriend, the two-faced Norina, you can be sure that wedded bliss is not in the cards. Donizettis last masterpiece unfolds with gorgeous melodies as we laugh at the declining fortunes of Pasquale and cheer for the inevitable triumph of the young lovers. Seattle Opera Young Artists perform this beautiful score with fresh lyric voices and unbridled enthusiasm. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. March 31 and April 6 and 7, and at 2 p.m. April 1. Tickets are $20/$55, 206-389-7676 or 800-426-1619.
Seattle Deaf Film Festival, March 30, April 1. A two-day presentation of films created by, for or about the deaf community, in genres ranging from documentary to drama to comedy and animation. Feature-length and short films have been submitted from the U.S., England, France, Thailand, South Korea, the Philippines, South Africa and Mexico. All films will have subtitles, including subtitled translations when the actors sign rather than speak. “Our program aims to create awareness of deaf culture,” said Lance Forshay, lecturer and coordinator of the UW’s American Sign Language and Deaf Studies Minor Program. “This festival is an opportunity to do that. The event is independent of the ASL program, but by hosting we show our support.” 120 Kane Hall. Read more in a story by A&S Perspectives and on the festival’s website. Tickets are $8/$11.
School of Music: Student recitals, March 31, April 1, 3. Three students are giving free recitals in Brechemin Auditorium in coming days.
Amanda Harris, piano, a doctoral recital, 5 p.m., March 31.
Kathleen Shin, flute, student recital, 12:30 p.m., April 1.
Shan (Emily) Han, voice, a master’s recital, 7:30 p.m., April 3.
Gary Hill: “glossodelic attractors,” through Sept. 16. Hill is a pioneer in video, sound art, performance and installation. For decades he has produced experiential works that defy convention and expand consciousness. Central to his work is the relationship between the body, as a means of perceiving the world, and language, as a means of making perception concrete. This exhibit at the Henry Art Gallery will include over a dozen works that investigate how visual and verbal communication are experienced at the phenomenological level, and how that experience creates meaning. Hill and George Quasha will perform “glossodelia” in the Henry’s auditorium at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 31.
Brechemin Scholarship Recipients Recital, 7:30 p.m. April 4. The School of Music presents recipients of the prestigious Brechemin Scholarship in recital. Performers include Donna Shin’s student Maria-Alise Agrawal, flute; Robin McCabe’s students Britanee Hwee and Ting-Yao “Grace” Huang, piano; Marc Seales and Cuong Vu’s student Cameron Sharif, piano; and Tom Collier’s student Evan Woodle, drumset and percussion. Tickets are $5, cash or check at the door. Brechemin Auditorium. 206-685-8384.
3D4M MFA / BFA exhibit, though April 7. Exhibit features MFA students Jared Bender, Lacy Draper, Meg Hartwig, Stephanie Klausing, Adam Matthew and Tony Sonnenberg; and BFA students Sofia Babaeva, Nicole Baker, David Drake, Trevor Foster, Joe Haggard, Chance Higgins, Jesse Jennings and Bobby Miller. Weekdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Ceramics and Metal Arts Building.
“Compound,” through April 4. An exhibit of work by Cambodian-born artist Sopheap Pich at the Henry Art Gallery. This sculptural installation was originally built for the 2011 Singapore Biennial, although its modular construction enabled it to become an entirely new work in its reconfiguration at the UW.
“From Public to Private: The Evolution of Portrait Photography in Everyday American Life, 1850-1900,” through June 10. Curated by UW art history doctoral candidate Kimberly Hereford, this exhibition explores two uniquely American aspects of early portrait photography: the emergence of the studio system and its unique marketing strategies, and the function of portraiture as keepsakes. In the Henry Art Gallerys North Galleries.