By Annmarie Steffes
Here's a sampling of things to see and do this October on Ohio University's Athens campus.
Kennedy Lecture Series
Jeff Corwin kicks off the 2008-09 Kennedy Lecture Series at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Best known for the popular Animal Planet television show "The Jeff Corwin Experience," he is a conservationist who strives to heighten awareness about environmental challenges. Corwin is committed to the protection of endangered animals and ecosystems and he speaks widely and advocates for environmental issues.
Kennedy Lecture Series events are held in Templeton-Blackburn Memorial Auditorium and admission is free. For more information, visit www.ohio.edu/kennedylecture.
Performing Arts Series
The Performing Arts Series offers two great performances in October.
The socially and politically active folk-rock duo Indigo Girls will perform hit songs along with tracks from their 2006 album "Despite the Differences" with a concert this Thursday.
On Oct. 21, the Performing Arts Series presents Cirque Mechanic's Birdhouse Factory, an extravaganza that combines acrobatics and machinery to present a new, modernized way of looking at art.
All Performing Arts Series event are at 7:30 p.m. in Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium. For ticket information, visit www.ohio.edu/performingarts or contact the box office at 740-593-1780.
School of Music
The School of Music boasts an impressive list of concerts and October offers a chance to see 10 of the school's ensembles in action.
Concerts include the Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble perform on Oct. 9, the Symphony Orchestra on Oct. 16, and the Jazz Ensembles on Oct. 24.
The School of Music also presents some specialized events. On Oct. 13, the school will host the Arts for Ohio initiative CircumAtlantic Improvisations, featuring talent from Britain, Austria and the United States. Octubafest, which features all euphoniums, tubas and trombones, presents a faculty recital on Oct. 20 and a concert on Oct. 22.
Finally, the month will come to a close with the school's Halloween Gala Concert at 8 p.m. Oct. 30 in Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium. The gala exhibits the talents of the school's Orchestra, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, choirs and Opera Theater all in one concert. Proceeds for this event will benefit School of Music scholarships.
For more information on School of Music events, including all times and locations, visit the school's Web site at www.finearts.ohio.edu/music/pages/concerts-events/calendar.htm.
Kennedy Museum of Art
The Kennedy museum will open the new exhibition "Interiors, Exteriors and All Around: The Panoramic Photographs of Thomas R. Schiff" with a public reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 17. An Ohio University alumnus, Schiff uses a 360-degree panoramic camera that produces 9-inch negatives to offer a unique, wrap-around view of landscapes and interiors.
Also, Art of the Zuni, an exhibition that opened last fall, continues throughout this month. The exhibit displays Native American jewelry and stone pieces spanning the 20th century.
The museum is located in Lin Hall on The Ridges and open from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; noon to 8 p.m. Thursdays; and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission and parking is free. For more information, visit www.ohiou.edu/museum or call 740-593-1304.
School of Art
The School of Art exhibit "Beyond Drawing: Constructed Realities" compares and contrasts the work of prominent artists Laylah Ali, Lizzie Scott, Michael Minelli and Stephen Talasnik. This exhibit, presented both at Trisolini Gallery in Baker University Center and the Ohio University Art Gallery in Seigfred Hall, explores the drawings and sculptures of these artists.
The Ohio University Art Gallery and Trisolini Gallery are open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.finearts.ohio.edu/art/home.htm or call 740-593-0796.
School of Dance
The School of Dance showcases the creativity and talent of its student organization, The Movement, in the Movement Lab Show Oct. 9 through 11. The show will consist of pieces performed and choreographed by students.
The performances are at 8 p.m. in the Shirley Wimmer Dance Theatre in Putnam Hall. For more information, visit www.finearts.ohio.edu/dance or call 740-593-1826.
School of Film
Although the Athens International Film + Video Festival is months away, the School of Film presents a mini-film festival from 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 10 and 11 with its First-Year Film Screenings in Baker University Center Theatre. The event will screen works created last year by graduate and Honors Tutorial College students.
For more information, visit www.finearts.ohio.edu/film or call 740-593-1323.
School of Theater
The School of Theater kicks off its 2008-09 season with the play "Blue Surge," which examines the wide class gap between the privileged and poor. Written by Rebecca Gilman, this socially charged drama follows one police officer's motivation to save a prostitute from her circumstances.
Be sure to catch this season opener, which runs Oct. 15-18 and Oct. 22-25. All performances are at 8 p.m. in the Forum Theater in the RTV Building. For more information, visit www.finearts.ohio.edu/theater or call 740-593-4818.
Fall is the perfect time to curl up with a good book. The Department of English will cater to your literary needs at the end of the month with its 2008 Writers Harvest. This reading, taking place at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 29 in Baker University Center Theatre, brings together three local writers -- poet Jill Allyn Rosser, playwright Charles Smith and fiction writer John Bullock -- to share some of their work. The Writers Harvest also serves as a benefit for the Ohio Food Bank's Second Harvest. The $3 admission fee will be a donation to this organization.
For additional information, visit www.english.ohiou.edu/sp/writers_harvest.
Baker University Center
Every Friday at 8 p.m., the Front Room presents an Open Stage with various local musicians. Also on Fridays at midnight, the coffeehouse presents "Laughter After Dark" with a different touring comedian each week. And don't forget that Tuesday nights are Jazz Nights as local jazz bands take over the stage at 8 p.m. weekly.
Laughter and music not enough? Baker also screens recently released and not-yet released movies on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. This month, catch some box-office hits such as "Hancock," "Wanted," "Wall-E" and "The Dark Knight."
For a complete list of Baker events and their times, visit the Web at www.bakercenter.org/events.