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BGSU Arts Events through Nov. 4

At the Galleries – The School of Art hosts an exhibition of intricate textile costumes by artist Sha Sha Higby. Higby studied art, made dolls and pursued the art of puppetry and sculpture in her early years. She has received many prestigious grants that have enabled her to study the arts of carving, mask-making, puppetry and dance throughout Southeast Asia. She has entranced audiences with her mesmerizing puppetry/dance performances at major venues throughout the world since 1974. The exhibition of her costumes runs through Nov. 4 in the Dorothy Uber Bryan Gallery at the Fine Arts Center. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 6-9 p.m. Thursdays, and 1-4 p.m. Sundays. Oct. 23 – “Pulse,” the 2001 Japanese film by director Kiyoshi Kurosawa, is this week’s Tuesdays at the Gish feature. The prophetic horror film tells two parallel storylines in which the souls of the deceased invade millennial Tokyo via the internet. The screening will begin at 7:30 p.m. in 206 Bowen-Thompson Union. Free Oct. 23 – The College of Musical Arts’ Chamber Jazz Ensemble will perform at 8 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall, Moore Musical Arts Center. Free Oct. 24 – The College of Musical Arts’ Faculty Artist Series presents the first of the Faculty Scholars lectures this fall, beginning at 8 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall at Moore Musical Arts Center. Free Oct. 25 – The final International Film Series screening for the fall is the Israeli film “Lemon Tree,” directed by Eran Riklis. The film tells the story of Salma, a Palestinian widow who earns her living from a grove of lemon trees her family has owned for 50 years. When the Israeli defense minister moves in next door and announces plans to uproot the trees, Salma engages in a legal battle to protect her income and her way of life. The screening will begin at 7:30 p.m. in 206 Bowen-Thompson Student Union. Free Oct. 25 – The Prout Reading Series welcomes poet Annie Cigic and fiction writer Kari Hanlin. They are MFA students in the BGSU creative writing program and teaching associates in the Department of English. The readings will start at 7:30 p.m. in Prout Chapel. Free Oct. 25 – The Bowling Green State University Department of Theatre and Film presents a second week of performances of “You Got Older” by Clare Barron, an Obie Award-winning play. The performance will begin at 8 p.m. in the Eva Marie Saint Theatre at the Wolfe Center for the Arts. Tickets purchased in advance are $5 for students, $10 for seniors and $15 for other adults. All tickets are $20 on the day of the performance. Tickets can be purchased through the BGSU Arts Box Office in the Wolfe Center, online at bgsu.edu/arts or by calling 419-372-8171. Oct. 26 – Oct. 20 – The theatrical production of “You Got Older” by Clare Barron will begin at 8 p.m. in the Eva Marie Saint Theatre at the Wolfe Center for the Arts. Tickets purchased in advance are $5 for students, $10 for seniors and $15 for other adults. All tickets are $20 on the day of the performance. Tickets can be purchased through the BGSU Arts Box Office in the Wolfe Center, online at bgsu.edu/arts or by calling 419-372-8171. Oct. 26 – The College of Musical…

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Documentary about finding a movie treasure trove to be shown in Gish Theatre (updated)

The new, award winning documentary, “Saving Brinton,” will be screened Saturday, April 7 at 7 p.m. in the Gish Theater at Bowling Green State University as part of the Ray Browne Conference. (Click for more details  on the conference.) The film is about the discovery of a collection of historic films and documents in a small town in Iowa. In addition to the screening, the audience will get to see some of the oldest films in existence, which have been carefully digitized. “Saving Brinton” will have showings in New York and Los Angeles, but is making its in Bowling Green first. The film  tells  how  in a farmhouse basement on the Iowa countryside, eccentric collector Mike Zahs makes a remarkable discovery: the showreels of the man who brought moving pictures to America’s Heartland. Among the treasures: rare footage of President Teddy Roosevelt, the first moving images from Burma, a lost relic from magical effects godfather Georges Méliés. These are the films that introduced movies to the world. And they didn’t end up in Iowa by accident. The old nitrate reels are just some of the artifacts that belonged to William Franklin Brinton. From thousands of trinkets, handwritten journals, receipts, posters and catalogs emerges the story of an inventive farmboy who became America’s greatest barnstorming movieman. As Mike uncovers this hidden legacy, he begins a journey to restore the Brinton name that takes us to The Library of Congress, Paris and back for a big screen extravaganza in the same small-town movie theater where Frank first turned on a projector over a century ago. By uniting community through a pride in their living history, Mike embodies a welcome antidote to the breakneck pace of our disposable society. “Saving Brinton” is a portrait of this unlikely Midwestern folk hero, at once a meditation on living simply and a celebration of dreaming big. The screening culminates Saturday’s Ray Browne Film Festival. The schedule is: Noon- Faculty Showcase Hacked – Dir. Daniel E. Williams – 2013 – 27 min. Vida Muertos – Dir. Thomas Javier Castillo – 2017 – 17 min.   2 p.m. – Alumni Showcase Ideal Dolls – Dir. Sarah Mann – 2017 – 7 min. Story of the Wild  – Dir. Alex Goetz – 2017 – 3 min. Sneaky Pete (Clip) – Amazon Series – 2018 – 2 min. Apothecary’s Cage – Dir. Jake Extine – 2017 – 18 min.   4  p.m.- Undergraduate Film Competition Separation – Dir. Carolyn Mullins – 2018 – 3 min. Tubby Hunt – Dir. Adam Panter – 2018 – 5 min. Tobias – Dir. Tyler Emond – 2018 – 7 min. There’s No “I” In Black – Dir. Sydney St. André – 2018 – 5 min. Dilution – Dir. Hailey Ameling – 2017 – 2 min. Temptation – Dir. Lonnie James Carrier – 2018 – 5 min. I Saw Him Standing There – Dir. Jennifer Albrecht – 2018 – 4 min. 2627 – Reef Frequent – Dir. Hailey Ameling – 2017 – 2 min. Balls, Bibs, and Bandanas – Dirs. Tennyson Hendershott and Joelle Anderson – 2018 – 5 min. A Midwestern Western – Dir. Ryan Nadzam – 2018 – 5 min.   7 p.m. Feature Documentary Screening and Filmmaker Presentation Saving Brinton – Dirs. Tommy Haines and Andrew Sherburne – 2017 – 90 min. The documentary will be…


Oscar-winning alumna Eva Marie Saint to be special guest at Bravo! BGSU

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Academy Award-winning actress and Bowling Green State University alumna Eva Marie Saint ’46, ’82 [Hon.] will make a special appearance at the 4th annual Bravo! BGSU, which raises funds for arts scholarships. Programs in the arts have been central to Bowling Green State University for more than 100 years. On April 7, the quality and vibrancy of all of the University’s arts will be showcased at this special event. Bravo! BGSU celebrates the very best of the University’s arts – from the College of Musical Arts, School of Art, Department of Theatre and Film, the Creative Writing Program and the Dance Program. Guests will experience a magical evening of vocal, instrumental and theatrical performances, plus exhibitions and demonstrations by student and faculty artists in glass, ceramics, metals, sculpture, graphic design and digital arts. This year the event includes a silent auction featuring items that range from prime seats to see Hamilton at the CIBC Theatre in Chicago and a week’s stay at a bed and breakfast in southern France to artwork by BGSU alumni and experiential packages with the Toledo Zoo or the BGSU Falcon Marching Band. The auction is now open at bgsu.edu/bravo. “BGSU has a strong tradition of academic excellence in the arts and this event showcases the very best of our talent. It is a great opportunity for the community to experience a unique, exciting event,” said Bowling Green State University President Rodney Rogers. “We are especially appreciative of our sponsors, including our presenting sponsor PNC, for their partnership and support of our students.” Funds raised from the event benefit scholarships for arts students. Last year’s event raised more than $75,000 for scholarships. Held in the award-winning Wolfe Center for the Arts, the celebration offers professional-level entertainment and fabulous fare. From Broadway vignettes to musical ensembles and solos, from live painting and backstage activity to creative writing recitations, it will be a night to remember. The celebration will begin at 6 p.m. in the Wolfe Center for the Arts. For more information or to purchase tickets online, visit bgsu.edu/bravo. Tickets also are available by phone, 419-372-9213, or email kmdevin@bgsu.edu. Guests with disabilities are requested to indicate if they need special services, assistance or appropriate modifications to fully participate in this event by contacting Accessibility Services at access@bgsu.edu or 419-372-8495 prior to the event.


Film series at Gish Theater explores exile & migration across continents

From BGSU INTERNATIONAL FILM SERIES “Exile and Migration” will be the theme of International Film Series in the Gish Theater in Hanna Hall on the Bowling Green State University campus. The films will be screened in the theater on Thursdays and Fridays at 7:30 p.m. except on April 13 when the film begins at 8. The series explores exile and migration in feature films and documentaries from around the world, including from the US. The second film, “Earth” by Indian-Canadian filmmaker Deepa Mehta, will deal with “partition” that divided India and Pakistan in 1947. Another focuses on North African migration to West Germany in the 1970s. “The Second Migration” (African-American migration from the South to the Northern cities) will be featured in a documentary in addition to the Zainichi, Korean migrants living in Japan and affiliated with North Korea. A Cuban film, “Balseros,” about the rafters who attempted to migrate to the US, is also scheduled. We end with a contemporary Senegalese film about migration via the Atlantic to Spain. The films will be introduced by the filmmakers on March 22 and 29 or by BGSU faculty members.   On 22 March, the film viewing will be preceded by a reception at 6:30 in front of the Gish Theater in the hallway.  For the second film screening with the filmmaker present (March 29), a second reception will be held after the screening. This is the last semester before the Gish will be relocated to the Bowen-Thompson Student Union. Scheduled films are: MARCH 22 “Persona Non Grata” (2015) Directed by Cellin Gluck, Japan Moving biopic about Japanese diplomat Chiune Sugihara, sometimes called a “Japanese Schindler,” who issued several thousand visas to Jewish refugees in Lithuania before 1941. The film made its U.S. debut at the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival in 2016. MARCH 23 “Earth” (1999) Directed by Deepa Meethe, Canada/India This award-winning period drama is set in Lahore (Pakistan) during the 1947 partition separating India and Pakistan. One of the few films to explore the haunting ramifications of Partition, it focuses on the point of view of a young girl torn between allegiances. MARCH 29 “Montréal la Blanche (Montreal, White City)” (2016) Directed by Bachir Bensaddek, French Canada The story about a former Algerian pop-star who has fled to Canada to escape the Algerian Civil War (late 1990s) and who finds herself in a taxi cab one Christmas Eve in Montreal with an Algerian cab driver and is forced to confront personal questions of assimilation and identity. APRIL 5 “Goin’ to Chicago” (1994) Directed by George King, U.S.A. This documentary chronicles the Great Migration (1915 1960) by focusing on the personal struggles, including unemployment, sharecropping, and racism, of a group of African-Americans returning home to Greenville, Mississippi by bus from Chicago. APRIL 12 “Balseros (Rafters)” (2002) Directed by Carles Bosch & Josep Maria Domenech, Spain This award-winning documentary tracks the lives of Cubans who fled Cuba by raft during the economic depression of so-called Periodo especial in the early 1990s. The transnational film gives insight into the “human adventure of people who are shipwrecked between two worlds.” APRIL 13 “Ali: Angst essen Seele auf (Ali: Fear Eats the Soul)” (1974) Directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder, (West) Germany This award-winning drama explores the unusual love affair between a young Moroccan guest worker and an elderly German cleaning lady in…


Filmmaker Gaston Kabore sees movies playing role in coming African Renaissance

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Gaston J-M Kabore, a filmmaker from Burkina Faso, would like to see the waves of refugees fleeing Africa stay at home. “If you teach the youth … not to leave their continent and go and die in the desert and the sea because they believe there’s Eldorado elsewhere, if they take the money they gather to make the risky trip, if they make it work where they are, they will do miracles,” he said. They need to understand that over the ages, Africans have resolved their issues and can again. In the past Africans built civilizations and empires with sophisticated religions and rites, sculpture, dance, and music. The Mossi emperor still exists, without any civic power, but still commanding respect enough that he is called upon to mediate disputes. But now there are psychological “sediments” undermining Africans’ belief in themselves. Kabore, 67, has dedicated his career to telling the stories of his people. On Friday at noontime he will be the keynote at the Africana Studies Student Research Conference in the Bowen Thompson Student Union. His talk is free. The filmmaker has been in residence on the Bowling Green State University campus this week, where all four of his feature films and his short philosophical film “2,000 Generations of Africans” have been screened. Kabore started as a historian, beginning with studies in his homeland before traveling to Paris. In France he studied how Africans were depicted in illustrated magazines in the period following the 1885 Berlin Conference. At that conclave of European powers, leaders decided how they would conquer and divide Africa. When their forces met, Kabore said, they would stop. That led to boundaries drawn without regard for natural features or tribal divisions. “This explains some of the drama we live with today.” He wanted to study history, he said, because he was learning the history of Africans that “was being written exclusively by Europeans.” He did not “feel the thoughts and conscious decision of the Africans no matter who they are.” Studying those early 20th century magazines “you see all the sources of the stereotypes and prejudices.” Those prejudices became almost part of the DNA of the French and other colonizing powers. “These things were meant preserve the interests of the government and the politicians.” Kabore decided to go to film school to see how this dynamic played out in movies. A movie lover, he wanted to use cinematic language to relate the new history of Africans that was emerging at the time. Then Kabore realized “maybe it is as important to tell stories coming from our imaginations, all the myths and legends, the tales, created in Africa.” The colonial period was traumatic. Africans were forbidden from speaking their own languages, were forbidden from practicing their own religions. Kabore wanted to tell people they were not alone among humanity in suffering traumatic times, not just colonization, but the earlier period when Europeans kidnapped millions of people to put them to work as slaves to build other colonies. He wanted to assure them they came from somewhere. “I was expecting a kind of Renaissance,” he said. It has been a long time in coming.  Like all people around the world, they have their conflicts and divisions, regional and economic with just a handful…


Toledo Museum exhibit puts mummies in a new light

From TOLEDO MUSEUM OF ART The Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) is once more displaying the two Egyptian mummies that launched the Museum’s early collection and have fascinated visitors for more than a century. The exhibition explores how TMA acquired Young Priest (ca. 800 BCE, Third Intermediate Period) and Old Man (ca. 100 CE, Roman Period), their historical significance in the Museum and the phenomenon of Egyptomania – Western civilization’s interest and obsession with ancient Egypt during the 19th- and 20th-centuries. The Mummies: From Egypt to Toledo is a rare opportunity to see the mummies, alongside other ancient Egyptian artifacts, and is on view exclusively at TMA from Feb. 3 through May 6. “We want to offer the public an opportunity to consider the various questions that arise today regarding the collecting that occurred in Egypt over 100 years ago, and what these objects mean in today’s context,” said Brian Kennedy, the museum’s Edward Drummond and Florence Scott Libbey Director, President and CEO . The exhibition is co-curated by Adam Levine, deputy director, and Mike Deetsch, the Emma Leah Bippus director of education and engagement. The exhibition is organized into three thematic sections: the rise of Egyptomania beginning with Napoleon’s invasion of Egypt in the late 18th-century; ancient Egyptian religion and the afterlife; and burial practice, human remains and the humanization of an ancient civilization. The exhibition places the mummies in historical context by including additional Egyptian objects and artifacts from the TMA collection as well as loans from other institutions and private collections. Memorabilia from the Libbeys’ travels to Egypt will be on display along with examples of Egyptomania portraying ancient Egypt in film, art and advertising. Related programming includes a Saturday matinee film series titled “He Went for a Little Walk: Mummies in the Movies” which runs Feb. 17 through May 5. The films all begin at 2 p.m. in the Little Theater. Tickets are free for members and $5 for nonmembers (discounts available with ticket bundles). From March 8 through 10, guests can participate in the “Mummies by Moo-Light” Flashlight Tours. Tours begin at 9 p.m. on Thursday andFriday and 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, with a pre-reception taking place in the Green Room one hour prior to the tours. Tickets are $15 for members and $20 for nonmembers. Two exhibition-related Master’s Series will be held in the spring. On Thursday, March 29, Bob Brier (a.k.a. Mr. Mummy) will lead a discussion titled “Egyptomania: Our Three Thousand Year Obsession with the Land of the Pharaohs” in the Peristyle at 6 p.m. AIA-Toledo Society and TMA will co-host an appearance by Dr. Salima Ikram on Thursday, April 19. Her lecture, “May They Live Forever: Ancient Egyptian Mummies,” will begin at 6 p.m. in the Peristyle. Both events are free and open to the public. The Masters Series is sponsored in part by the TMA Ambassadors. For additional information about the exhibition’s related programming or to reserve tickets for the film series or flashlight tours, visittoledomuseum.org. Admission to the exhibition is free for Museum members and $10 for nonmembers. Discounted tickets are available for seniors, college students and military personnel ($7) and youth ages 5-17 ($5). Admission for school groups is free.        The Mummies: From Egypt to Toledo is supported in part by Block Communications Inc., KeyBank, Taylor Cadillac, and the Ohio Arts Council, with additional support from the 2018 Exhibition Program Sponsor ProMedica.


BGSU arts events, through Nov. 21

Through Nov. 9 – “Milestones: A Celebration of BGSU School of Art Alumni Featuring Studio Arts, Design and the 25th Anniversary of the Digital Arts Program” continues in the Dorothy Uber Bryan Gallery at the Fine Arts Center. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 6-9 p.m. Thursdays and 1-4 p.m. Sundays. Admission is free. Nov. 8 – The Faculty Artist Series presents Robert Satterlee on the piano. Satterlee has developed a reputation as an accomplished and versatile solo recitalist and chamber musician. He plays regularly throughout the United States and has appeared on the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts in Chicago, San Francisco’s Old First Concert Series, the Schubert Club in St. Paul, Minnesota, the Music Teachers National Association national conferences, the Quad Cities Mozart Festival and many colleges and universities. The performance will begin at 8 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall in the Moore Musical Arts Center. Free Nov. 9 – The International Film Series presents “The Salesman” (2016, Iran, 124 minutes, directed by Asghar Farhadi), with an introduction by Mark Hain, an instructor in the Department of Theatre and Film. After a brutal assault, actress Rana struggles with PTSD, while her actor husband, Emad, becomes consumed with a desire for vengeance. The couple’s in-movie performances in a production of “Death of a Salesman” provide a counterpoint to their own troubled marriage, and actor Asghar Farhadi brings his typical intensity to this edgy psychodrama set in a gritty, crumbling Tehran. The screening will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Gish Film Theater, located in Hanna Hall. Free Nov. 9 – World Percussion Night features multiple styles, including performances by the Taiko, Steel Drum and Gamelan ensembles. Advance tickets are $7 for students and $10 for other adults in advance; tickets the day of the concert are, respectively, $10 and $13. Tickets can also be purchased at bgsu.edu/arts. For more information, call the box office between noon and 6 p.m. weekdays at 419-372-8171. The performance will begin at 8 p.m. in Kobacker Hall, located in the Moore Musical Arts Center Nov. 10 – The “Ear | Eye: Listening and Looking” series continues at the Toledo Museum of Art, in conjunction with the BGSU College of Musical Arts. The series explores the relationship between contemporary music and art through performances by graduate students in front of contemporary works of art. The musicians and TMA curators will then lead a discussion about the intertwining elements of visual and musical literacy. The performance will begin at 7 p.m. at the Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe St., Toledo, Ohio. Free Nov. 12 – Flutist Carol Wincenc is the next performer in the Guest Artist Series. Hailed as “Queen of the Flute” by New York Magazine, Wincenc was the first-prize winner in the Walter W. Naumburg Solo Flute Competition, as well as the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Flute Association, the Gold Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Music and Distinguished Alumni Award National Society of Arts and Letters from Manhattan School of Music and the Brevard Music Center. The performance will begin at 2 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall, located in the Moore Musical Arts Center. Free Nov. 13 – Small Ensemble presents the Student Composers Forum, where BGSU composition students will present their works. The performance will begin at 8 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall, located in the Moore Musical Arts Center. Free Nov. 14 – Jazz Lab Band II will give a performance at 8 p.m. in Kobacker…