By Josh Gargiulo
There are a variety of ways to brighten your schedule in April as Ohio University's busy spring quarter kicks off.
School of Music
The always-impressive Ohio University Opera will perform "Comedy on the Bridge" at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 17, and 8 p.m. April 18 and 19 in Templeton-Blackburn Memorial Auditorium.
The School of Music presents the Clarinet Gala Potpourri Concert featuring guest clarinetist Kristina Belistle beginning at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 27, in the School of Music Recital Hall.
The Faculty Chamber Music Recital presents the Music of George Crumb at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 24, also in the School of Music Recital Hall. The Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band will close out the month with their performances at 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, in Memorial Auditorium.
Admission to all events is free.
For a complete list of School of Music events, visit www.finearts.ohio.edu/music/pages/concerts-events/calendar.htm. For ticket and additional concert information, call 740-593-4244.
School of Dance
The African Ensemble, directed by Associate Professor of Music Paschal Yao Younge and Assistant Professor of Dance Zelma Badu-Younge, presents "AZA! Gathering Footprints Lost in the Sands of Time: The Story of Africa" will be presented at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 26, in Templeton-Blackburn Memorial Auditorium.
AZA! will feature several guest artists, narrators and performances from different countries and cultures of Africa and the African Diaspora. This event is a joint effort by School of Music and School of Dance.
For ticket information, visit www.finearts.ohio.edu/artsforohio/ticketinfo.htm or call 740-593-4800.
Athens Center for Film and Video
Join the Southeast Ohio community in celebrating the 35th Athens International Film and Video Festival. Festivities include seven days of national and international feature films, films submitted for competition, guest artists and other special events. The festival starts April 25 and runs through May 1.
For a complete screening schedule with dates, times and locations, visit www.athensfest.org.
Kennedy Museum of Art
"Portfolios and Suites from the Print Collection" will be exhibited at the Kennedy Museum of Art beginning April 8. The exhibition highlights contemporary prints and includes works by celebrated artists such as Robert Rauschenberg, Jennifer Bartlett, David Hockney and Jim Dine.
A total of 101 prints by 165 artists, spanning a period from 1969 to 1995, will be displayed in three galleries and the museum's main corridor. Visitors also can view an additional 290 prints from the Kennedy Museum collection at two kiosk stations in the exhibition. The public is invited to an opening reception at the museum from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 11.
The Kennedy Museum's Third Thursdays Family Night program will take place this month from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 17. The program features "Gallery 66" co-curator Cara Romano, who will lead participants to discover the influences of the art of the Southwest.
The Kennedy Museum of Art's two ongoing exhibitions, "Art of the Zuni" and "Gallery 66: Selling the Southwest," also are open for viewing.
For additional information on the Kennedy Museum of Art and its exhibitions, visit www.ohiou.edu/museum or call 740-593-1304.
Performing Arts Series
Both singer/songwriter Josh Ritter and violinist Hilary Hahn have gained devoted and adventurous followings with their vibrant performances and recordings. Now, they are joining forces. This eclectic duo is coming to Athens at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, in Memorial Auditorium. Tickets are $10 for students, $18 for seniors and $20 for others.
Also this month, Ohio University welcomes four-time Grammy-nominated artist FIEST with special guest Hayden to Athens at 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, in Memorial Auditorium. Tickets are available through the Memorial Auditorium Ticket Office (740-593-1780) or online at Music Today, www.ohiotickets.musictoday.com
The Montana Repertory Theatre brings its 2007-08 production of the Tennessee Williams classic "Cat on a Tin Roof" to Ohio University at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, in Memorial Auditorium. Tickets are $10 for students, $18 for seniors and $20 for others.
For additional information on these or other Performing Arts Series events, visit www.ohio.edu/performingarts/.
The Arts for Ohio Cinematheque film series, featuring classic art films and lively discussions, will screen five films in April: "Juju Factory," "Hide and Seek," "Rules of the Road," "The Seven Samurai" and "Clouds over Conakry."
Members of the Ohio University community introduce each film and lead the post-screening discussion. All films are free for Ohio University students and local high school students. The cost is $4 for others, and all screenings take place at the Athena, 20 S. Court St.
For more information, visit www.finearts.ohio.edu/artsforohio/.
The Ohio University men's baseball team hosts Cleveland State University at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Bob Wren Stadium. A three-game series at the University of Toledo runs Friday through Sunday. The team is back in Athens to host Xavier University at 6 p.m. April 8 and again April 11 through 15 to host Mid-American Conference opponents Eastern Michigan University in a three-game series followed by a one-game matchup with the University of Pittsburgh. Other home games this month include University of Cincinnati, Duquesne University and Marshall University on April 22, 29 and 30, respectively.
The women's outdoor track and field team will travel to several meets throughout April. They kick off the month traveling to Durham, N.C., to participate in the Duke Invitational on Saturday. The team then heads to Oxford, Ohio, to take on rival Miami University, among others, at the Miami Invite on April 12. On April 18 and 19, the team will compete in the All-Ohio Outdoor Championship in Cincinnati. The women close out the month at the Hillsdale Relays in Hillsdale, Mich., April 25 and 26.
The Ohio University women's softball team has plenty of home games to catch this month. They kick of April with two double-headers against the University of Dayton and University of Buffalo on Wednesday and Friday, respectively. The team is home again Saturday and Sunday against Kent State University. After visiting Marshall University on April 9, the team travels back to Athens for a two-game series against MAC opponent the University of Akron on April 12 and 13. The team rounds out the month at April 23, 25, 26 and 27 with double headers against Ohio Valley and Northern Illinois University in addition to two games against Western Michigan University.
For more information on team schedules and tickets, visit http://ohiobobcats.cstv.com/ or call 740-593-1300 or 1-800-575-CATS. The Convocation Center ticket office is open year-round from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Baker Peace Conference
Ohio University's 2008 Baker Peace Conference, "Making Peace, Ensuring Justice: Truth and Reconciliation Commissions in Comparative Perspective," will take place Thursday and Friday on the Athens campus.
The conference, hosted by Ohio University's Contemporary History Institute, will take an in-depth look at the impact truth and reconciliation commissions have had in Eastern Europe, Africa and Latin America.
Steven Stoltenberg, the U.S. State Department's foreign affairs analyst for Poland and the Baltic States, will kick off the conference with a keynote address at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Baker University Center Theatre. He will discuss how Poland is coming to terms with its tumultuous communist past and whether its chosen methods have been successful.
The Baker Peace Conference concludes Friday with three panel discussions in the Baker University Center Ballroom. Each panel will feature three renowned scholars and a moderator.
Both the keynote address and panel discussions are free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.ohiou.edu/conhist/events.html.
Riding into the Convo
The "world-famous" Lipizzaner Stallions will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 3, in the Convocation Center. This year's 38th-anniversary show features all new music, choreography and routines. The stallions, whose history can be traced to the mid-1500s, are known for their exceptional intelligence and athletic ability.
Ticket prices range from $17.50 to $26.50 and can be purchased by calling the University Events Box Office at 740-593-1780 between noon and 5 p.m. on weekdays or visiting www.ohiotickets.musictoday.com.
Baker Center happenings
The Human Race Machine will return to Baker University Center this month by popular demand. The machine is a unique multi-media creation that allows participants to see themselves with the facial characteristics of six different races. Participants also can age their faces, and couples are able to combine their images to see how their offspring might look. The Human Race Machine will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 14 through 18 on the second floor of Baker Center.
Keep in mind the many activities going on at Baker Center all day, every day. For more information on Baker events, visit www.ohio.edu/center/ or call 740-593-4020.
Also, remember to submit any upcoming events planned by your departments, colleges or organizations to www.ohio.edu/outlook/announceform/ for inclusion in Outlook and to the universitywide calendar at www.ohio.edu/calendar/.