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November 5, 2014

Arts Roundup: Art, music — and ‘Sweet Charity’

This week in the arts features an array of film, exhibitions, music and musical theater to enjoy—one of the highlights being “Sweet Charity,” the debut production of the new Musical Theater program. Also, don’t miss the Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media (DXARTS) annual fall concert, performed on a three-dimensional sound system.

The Musical Theater Program debuts "Sweet Charity," Nov. 14-23, Meany Studio Theater

The Musical Theater Program debuts “Sweet Charity,” Nov. 14-23, Meany Studio Theater. From left: Annie Morro, Siena Dumas Ang, Hannah Leyde, and Shandie HensleyMike Hipple

ArtBreak with Darin Collins
November 6 | Henry Art Gallery
ArtBreaks are in-gallery experiences that present different ways to relate to the materials and ideas within the Henry’s new exhibit, “Ann Hamilton: the common S E N S E.” Led by staff and guest facilitators each ArtBreak embraces a different theme and approach, from reading and writing to musical performance and conversation. This session is led by Darin Collins, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and director for Animal Health Programs at Woodland Park Zoo. More info.

Back to Back: Pecha Kucha Night
Nov. 6 | Art Building, room 003
Seniors, graduate students, and alumni give Pecha Kucha style presentations (a style in which 20 slides are shown for 20 seconds each) about their summer internships. More info.

Screening:  Althea Thauberger’s “Marat Sade Bohnice”
November 6 | Henry Art Gallery
Thauberger’s works, including her film “Marat Sade Bohnice,” are provocative reflections on power dynamics that explore the relationships between individualism, collectivism and conformity. Internationally produced and exhibited, her performances, films, videos, audio recordings, and books involve interactions with groups and/or communities that are the product of long-term negotiations and collaborations. More info.

Remembering North America’s Extinct Birds: The Lost Bird Project & Folk the Flock
November 9 | Burke Museum
Join the Burke for a film screening and meet the director of “The Lost Bird Project,” a film that honors five extinct North American birds: the Labrador Duck, the Great Auk, the Heath Hen, the Carolina Parakeet, and the Passenger Pigeon. The film follows sculptor Todd McGrain on his journey to install the large bronze memorials he creates in the locations where the birds were last seen in the wild. A discussion with Deborah Dickson, the director of the film, will follow the screening. Signed copies of the recently released book, “The Lost Bird Project,” will be available for purchase in the museum store.  Attendees are also invited to “Fold the Flock” and create origami Passenger Pigeons to take home. More info.

Ethnomusicology Visiting Artist Event: Didik Nini Thowok
November 10 | Brechemin Auditorium
Thowok, a master dancer from Java, Indonesia, is known for his unique style combining classical, folk, modern and comedic dance forms. One of the few artists to continue the Indonesian tradition of cross-gender dance, Thowok is well-known for his talent in impersonating female characters and for his skill in various dance traditions such as topeng (mask dance), Sundanese, Cirebon, Balinese and Central Javanese dance. In this free event, Didik Nini Thowok and Christina Sunardi, associate professor in the School of Music, perform cross-gender dances and discuss Thowok’s work as an artist. More info.

Factory Picnic
Nov. 12 | Jacob Lawrence Gallery
Join Scott Lawrimore, Director of the Jacob Lawrence Gallery, for a lively, informal research and development group exploring the issues raised by “Factory” programs and exhibitions. Formal readings, special presentations, screenings, and activities allow students, faculty, staff, and members of the community to share and discuss ideas about labor, leisure, education, and art production. This brown bag event is free, open to the public and happens every Wednesday at noon. More info.

DXARTS Fall Concert
November 13 | Meany Theater
Join DXARTS for an evening of digital music. The program includes works by Perry Jones, Daniel Peterson, Nicolás Varchausky, Marcin Pączkowski, Richard Karpen and Joseph Anderson, performed on DXARTS’s three-dimensional sound system. More info.

Jon Kimura Parker
November 14 | Meany Theater
Insightful and energetic, Parker is one of today’s most sought-after pianists. As an Officer of The Order of Canada, he has performed for Queen Elizabeth II, the United States Supreme Court and the Prime Ministers of Canada and Japan. Parker is also artistic advisor of the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival. More info.

Sweet Charity
November 14 – 23 | Meany Studio Theater
For its inaugural production, the UW’s Musical Theater program brings to the stage Neil Simon’s “Sweet Charity,” a tender, poignant and funny look at the love adventures—or rather misadventures—of the gullible and guileless Charity Hope Valentine. The ideal vehicle to demonstrate the collaborative spirit on which the Musical Theater program is founded, this production will allow the strength of each member of the cast and creative team to shine. More info