HuskyFest 2012 is the big Dawg this week in the arts, with an extraordinary assortment of music, exhibits, open houses and much more across campus, running Thursday through Saturday, April 19-21. It’s a party for the whole UW and the public. The arts will shine, and with a little luck, maybe the sun will, too.
President Michael Young and the Husky Marching Band will be on hand for the HuskyFest2012 kickoff at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 19, in the pavilion on Red Square.
Take a look through the Dean’s Showcase for information on arts items throughout HuskyFest212 — music, drama, video and film, art, readings and a whole lot more. And read the UW Today story with more information on these events.
But even after HuskyFest ends, arts events continue throughout a busy week. Here’s a look.
School of Art exhibits. Two new exhibits opening during this busy week that also includes the School of Arts open house, 1-5 p.m. Saturday, April 21, as part of HuskyFest.
Painting + Drawing BFA/BA: Selected works by students receiving a BFA or a BA with specialization in painting and drawing. Through April 28 in the Sandpoint Gallery Building. Reception 6-8 p.m. April 19, in the gallery.
IVA Juried Show: Selected works by graduating students from the Interdisciplinary Visual Arts Program. Through May 4 at the Jacob Lawrence Gallery. Reception 4-7 p.m. April 24, in the gallery.
Specimen drawing at the Burke. April 22. Join artist Jocelyn Curry at the Burke Museum for a day of studying the structures of the living by way of sketchpad and pencils. Sponsored by the North Cascades Institute. Tuition is $95. Learn more and register.
Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Bands “Spotlight!” 7:30 p.m. April 23. The UW Wind Ensemble, Symphonic, and Campus Bands will perform selections for wind band ensembles, including “Shadows of Sirius,” by Joel Puckett, featuring faculty artist Donna Shin, flute, and other works. This concert also features winners of the UW wind bands 2012 concerto competition. Meany Hall. Tickets are $10-$15. 206-543-4880.
DXARTS Ensemble concert: “Southern Exchange,” 7:30 p.m. April 25. The Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media, called DXARTS for short, presents an evening of 3D digital music by Argentine Composers Oscar Pablo Di Liscia, Fernando Lopez-Lezcano and Juan Pampin. Meany Hall, tickets are $10-$15. 206-543-4880.
“The Illusion,” April 25-May 6. The School of Drama presents this play by Pierre Corneille, freely adapted by Tony Kushner, at the Floyd and Delores Jones Playhouse. The play features students in the Professional Actor Training Program and is directed by MFA directing candidate Andrew McGinn. Production notes, ask, “Is the play reality once removed, or is reality the play itself? Test your wits along with Plato in this tale about a father’s love for his son and the complications of romantic love as revealed by an all-powerful sorcerer.” Previews are at 7:30 p.m. April 25 and 26; show formally opens on April 27. Tickets are $10-$20.
Ethnomusicology Visiting Artist Recital, 7:30 p.m., April 24. The School of Music’s Ethnomusicology Division presents a concert by visiting artists Homayoun Sakhi and Salar Nader. A member of one of Afghanistan’s leading musical families, Homayoun Sakhi is a virtuoso performer of the rabāb (short-necked lute) and heir to a musical lineage that began in the 1860s. In this special guest artist concert, he will perform Afghan traditional music and innovative new works on the rabāb joined by noted percussionist Salar Nader, tabla. Meany Hall. Tickets are $12-$20. 206-543-4880.
“The Brink: Andrew Dadson,” through July 22. The Henry Art Gallery presents the first solo museum exhibition of this year’s Brink Award recipient. The Brink is a biennial award that spotlights the work of an artist residing in Washington, Oregon or British Columbia. Notes from the Henry state, “Dadson utilizes the very materiality of thick layers of paint — applied to multiple canvases standing on the floor and leaning on the wall and each other — to reinforce his allegorical interest in boundaries. Dadson asserts that ‘Everything has boundaries; the delimitations between such can be static and opaque or permeable and imagined. In my practice, I search for the spaces and opportunity to then question where such boundaries begin and end.’”