Lula Washington and Flying Carpet Theatre companies on campus this week

Visiting and local artists fill the month of November

The Performing Arts Series presents Lula Washington Dance Theatre Company Thursday, Nov. 2, at Nightingale Concert Hall. Photo provided.

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10/30/2017 | By: Staff Report  |

From beginning to end, the University of Nevada, Reno School of the Arts is packing the month of November with as many arts performances and visual arts exhibitions as it can fit.

The Performing Arts Series brings in the Lula Washington Dance Theatre Company. The Los Angeles- based dance ensemble provides a creative outlet for minority artists in the inner city. Washington fuses African and Afro-Haitian dance with other styles.  

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Through the School of the Arts' Artist-in-Residence program, the Department of Theatre and Dance welcome The Flying Carpet Theatre company from New York, who will collaborate and perform with University theatre students, then follows up with its annual Fall Dance Festival that showcases faculty and selected student choreography.  

Art exhibitions featuring works from undergraduates and Master of Fine Arts students fill the month with a celebration of the visual arts. Alumnus Joan Arrizabalaga's solo exhibition, Reflexions, will continue the series where artists create new works inspired by the University Galleries' permanent collection.  

Meanwhile, take in a lecture by new faculty member Caitlin Earley about "The Captive and the King: Bodies, Politics, and Power in Ancient Maya Art."  

The music department will shine as the Nevada Chamber Opera presents "For the Love of Lyrics." Scenes will feature works by Mozart and Bernstein. Many of the student ensembles, including Nevada Wind, University Percussion and Symphony Choir will perform as well.  

Get your next copy of the Arts 365 calendar by signing up at www.unr.edu/NVArts365. It is packed with art, dance, theatre and music events for the spring 2018 semester.  

Events through November  

MFA Review Exhibition
Oct. 30-Nov.9
Reception: 6-8 p.m. Nov. 9
Student Galleries South, Jot Travis Building Current Master of Fine Arts in the Visual Arts students' group exhibition of current work.
Tickets: Free  

Artist-in-Residence: The Flying Carpet Theatre 
7:30 p.m. Nov. 1 and 2
Redfield Studio Theatre, Church Fine Arts
Incorporated in 2003 and based in New York City, The Flying Carpet Theatre Company has created and premiered seven award-winning productions. Through the University of Nevada, Reno's Artist-in-Residence program through the School of the Arts, Flying Carpet will fly into Reno and perform on campus Nov. 1 and 2. The residency culminates with two joint performances with University theatre students and the guest artists from New York.
Tickets: Free and open to the public  

Performing Arts Series: Lula Washington
7:30 p.m. Nov. 2
Nightingale Concert Hall, Church Fine Arts Lula Washington is the founder and director of Lula Washington Dance Theatre. Founded with her husband, Erwin Washington, in 1980, the dance company aims to provide a creative outlet for minority dance artists in the inner city. Admired as a teacher, leader, dancer, and choreographer, Lula Washington fuses African and Afro-Haitian dance while incorporating dance styles of gospel church, classical ballet, modern, street, theatrical and hip hop. In addition, she draws from various ideas and issues. Her work has been praised by critics for its strong political and social commentary, as well as an avant-garde composition.
Tickets: $35; $29 for seniors, University faculty and staff; $15 for students and youths; $5 for University students with ID   

Reno Wind Symphony: Veteran's Day Salute
3 p.m. Nov. 5
Nightingale Concert Hall, Church Fine Arts
The Reno Wind Symphony pays special tribute to the veterans of the armed forces through concert band music. Radio personality Ross Mitchell will serve as emcee for the concert.
Tickets: $10; free for students with ID  

Nevada Wind Ensemble
7:30 p.m. Nov. 6
Nightingale Concert Hall, Church Fine Arts
This concert will showcase members of the Nevada Wind Ensemble, vivid contrasting musical works, and featured guest conductor Rickey Badua, director of bands at Cal-Poly, Pomona.
Tickets: $5; free for University students with ID  

University Percussion Ensemble and World Percussion Ensemble Fall Concert
7:30 p.m. Nov. 7
Nightingale Concert Hall, Church Fine Arts
This concert will feature the University of Nevada, Reno's Percussion Ensemble and World Percussion Ensemble.
Tickets: $5; free for University students with ID  

AHVCS Forum Lecture: Caitlin Earley, "The Captive and the King: Bodies, Politics, and Power in Ancient Maya Art"
5:30 p.m. Nov. 8
Wells Fargo Auditorium, Room 124, Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center
Art History and Visual Culture Studies Forum Lecture series present Caitlin Earley and "The Captive and the King: Bodies, Politics, and Power in Ancient Maya Art." The AHVCS Forum promotes new research in art history and visual culture studies.
Tickets: Free  

Artist Talk: Nicole Pietrantoni
4:30 p.m. Nov. 9
Room 2030, William J. Raggio Building
Come hear Nicole Pietrantoni discuss her fascinating installations, artists' books, and works on paper that combine digital and traditional printmaking techniques. Her artistic research and work examine the complex relationship between human beings and nature. While nature might be positioned as a neutral space, it is, in reality, a site of competing stories and representations. From the works of painters and early photographers to movies and tourism brochures, nature functions as a place of individual exploration and reverence, a site of resource and profit, and a respite from daily routines in the search for authentic experience. Inherent in any representation of nature is a simplification of its complexity. To be an artist working with print media today is to have a particular orientation towards replication, distribution and representation. As the printed matter is an increasingly ubiquitous part of our visual culture, printmaking as a fine art continues to expand and encompass a broadening definition.
Tickets: Free  

MFA Midway Exhibition: Mark Combs and Mahedi Anjuman
Nov. 13-Nov. 22
Reception: 6-8 p.m. Nov. 16
Student Galleries South, Jot Travis Building
Current second-year Master of Fine Arts in the Visual Arts students' group exhibition of current work demonstrating progress through the program. Featured artists include Mark Combs and Mahedi Anjuman. Tickets: Free  

Fall Dance Festival
8 p.m. Nov. 16-18; 2 p.m. Nov. 18
Redfield Proscenium Theatre, Church Fine Arts Building
The Fall Dance Festival will showcase faculty and selected student choreography with performances by University of Nevada, Reno students. Tickets: $15; $12 for seniors; $10 for students age 2-18 and University faculty/staff; $5 for University students with ID (limited quantity)  

UPDATED: Nevada Chamber Opera: "For the Love of Lyrics"
7:30 p.m. Nov. 17-18
Nightingale Concert Hall, Church Fine Arts
This year's opera scenes program will include opera and musical theater scenes from around the world. Highlights featuring brilliant composers from Mozart to Bernstein will be included. Come out for a musical night of theatrical delights. Tickets: $10; $5 for University students with ID  

University Symphony Fall Concert No. 2
7:30 p.m. Nov. 21
Nightingale Concert Hall, Church Fine Arts
This is the University Symphony's second concert for the fall. It promises to be a musical experience for the ages.
Tickets: $5; free for University students with ID  

Annual Student Exhibition
Nov. 27-Dec. 7
Reception: 6-8 p.m. Dec. 7
Student Galleries South, Jot Travis Building End of semester exhibition of student artworks. A mega-exhibition that is the highlight of the fall season.
Tickets: Free  

Chamber Singers and Fall Symphony Choir: Messiah
7:30 p.m. Nov. 28
Nightingale Concert Hall, Church Fine Arts
The concert features performances by the University Chamber Singers, Symphonic Chorus and Concert Chorus, all under the direction of faculty member Paul Torkelson.
Tickets: $5; free for University students with ID  

Joan Arrizabalaga: Reflexions
Nov. 30-Feb. 23, 2018
Reception: 6-8 p.m. Nov. 30
Sheppard Contemporary, Church Fine Arts
University of Nevada, Reno art department alumnus Joan Arrizabalaga will mount a solo exhibition as part of University Galleries' exhibition series that investigates the permanent collection. Austin Pratt, Walter McNamara, Lynda Yuroff, and Joan Arrizabalaga will offer exhibitions of new work inspired by and including objects they've chosen from the permanent collection.
Tickets: Free  

Apex Concerts: 40 Years of Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio
7:30 p.m. Nov. 30
Nightingale Concert Hall, Church Fine Arts
Apex Concerts continues its seventh season with a visit by one of the most revered chamber ensembles of past four decades: the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio. Joseph Kalichstein, piano; Jaime Laredo, violin; and Sharon Robinson, cello; will celebrate their 40th anniversary with a busy world tour. As recipients of "Musical America's" Ensemble of the Year award in 2001 and the Samuel Sanders Award from "The Classical Recording Foundation," the ensemble will present an exhilarating program featuring the works of Beethoven, Brahms and the beloved "Dumky" Trio by Antonin Dvorak.
Tickets: $30; $5 for University students with ID  

Ongoing

Elements X 5: Walter McNamara & Lynda Yuroff
Until Nov. 23
Sheppard Contemporary, Church Fine Arts
Former University professor Walter McNamara and frequent collaborator Lynda Yuroff have created a new, two-person exhibition as part of University Galleries' exhibition series that investigates the permanent collection. Austin Pratt, Walter McNamara, Lynda Yuroff, and Joan Arrizabalaga will offer exhibitions of new work inspired by and including objects they've chosen from the permanent collection.
Tickets: Free  

Making a Museum
Through Dec. 9
Sheppard Contemporary, Church Fine Arts
University Galleries welcomes visitors to observe museum staff preparing the museum collection to move into a new facility. Part of Sheppard Contemporary has been transformed into a working lab where the inner workings of the museum will be shared with the community. Questions are welcome, and frequent visits will yield opportunities to observe many objects never before seen in the museum.
Tickets: Free  

Most Arts365 performances and exhibits take place in the Church Fine Arts building on the University campus. The Church Fine Arts building is located on North Virginia Street and is found on the campus map in grid area G4. 

Parking is available to the north in the Brian J. Whalen Parking Complex found in grid area F4 on the map. Free parking for arts events after 7 p.m. and weekends. Free parking for arts patrons is available in the Brian J. Whalen Parking Complex immediately north of the Church Fine Arts building. Exceptions will be made for events that begin earlier than 7 p.m. or have box office hours beginning weeknights at 6:30 p.m. Questions about parking or access to handicapped parking areas can be answered by calling the Parking and Transportation Services Office at 775-784-4654.  

For more information about the exhibits and performances, go to www.unr.edu/NVArts365, call 775-784-4278 (4ART), or email arts@unr.edu. For information about tickets, visit www.unr.edu/arts/tickets.    

Event information, news and photos are also available by following the School of the Arts' Instagram[instagram.com] and Twitter[twitter.com] @NVArts365, Facebook [facebook.com]and Google+[plus.google.com] pages.

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