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Music, art, theatre, films and more headline McDaniel’s spring calendar

January 28, 2014

Spring semester began Jan. 27 with the opening of “Beyond Words: The Artistry of Illustrated Children’s Books” and an event-packed calendar of international films, concerts, theatre performances, global dinners, student art exhibitions, four Sunday brunches and guest lecturers on topics from Einstein’s legacy to SmartTALK with CIA attorney Niki Grandrimo ’98.

The winter/spring McLive calendar listing is now online. Here are some highlights – check McLive for dates, times and places.

February reflects the international community with four foreign films co-sponsored by McDaniel at Carroll Arts Center, three Global Initiatives documentaries, a performance of Eve Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues,” Taste of Asia global dinner, two talks on different aspects of diversity plus Scrabble Madness and Bingo.

With spring winking on the horizon, McDaniel students are front and center in March with Theatre Arts department production of Neil LaBute’s “Fat Pig” March 5-8 directed by senior Kiera Gillock and the Honors Art Exhibition opening March 13. Common Ground on the Hill and Chamber Music on the Hill both present concerts and books take the forum in “From Book to Film Trivia Night” at Hoover Library and a book talk by author Jill McCorkle, who most recently wrote the novel, “Life after Life.”

Forget April Fool’s Day as the annual Honors Lecture gets top billing April 1 with “Einstein’s Legacy: Studying Gravity in War and Peace” by David Kaiser, Germeshausen Professor of the History of Science and senior lecturer at MIT. Head back to campus April 2 for SmartTALK as McDaniel president Roger Casey engages in conversation with CIA attorney Niki Grandrimo ’98.

The Bothe Poetry Reading with poet, visual artist and author Eric Pankey is April 8 and the Ridington Lecture, “American Indian Art,” April 22 with Washington & Lee University professor of Sociology and Anthropology Harvey Markowitz.  On stage in April, Theatre Arts students present “Evil Dead: The Musical” for mature audiences only.

Student art exhibitions and recitals fill the month, and the College Choir takes the stage April 27 with “Make Them Hear You,” directed by Margaret Boudreaux.

The semester winds down in May, but not before “An Evening of Madrigals” on May 5, Jazz Night on May 8, the College Band concert on May 9 and Gospel Choir concert on May 10. The ROTC Commissioning and Senior Investiture and Honors Convocation are May 23 with Commencement on May 24.

Common Ground on the Hill returns in June and July for the Deer Creek Fiddlers’ Convention June 14, Traditions Weeks June 29-July 4 and July 6-11 and the annual music festival July 12-13.