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BGSU Arts Events through April 29

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS At  the galleries  — The School of Art will host its second MFA Thesis Exhibition April 21-29 in the Dorothy Uber Bryan and Willard Wankelman galleries in the Fine Arts Center. The opening reception is at 7 p.m. Friday, April 20. Exhibitors include Fernanda Ruocco, Jacob Nolt and Ericsson De La Paz Lugo. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 6-9 p.m. Thursday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday. All exhibitions are free and open to the public. The galleries are wheelchair accessible with the exception of the upper level of the Wankelman Gallery. For more information, visit bgsu.edu/art. April 19 — The International Film Series presents “Dear Pyongyang” (2005, Japan/South Korea, 107 minutes, directed by Yang Hong-Hi), with an introduction by Dr. Ryoko Okamura from the Department of World Languages and Cultures. Filmed in both Osaka, Japan, and Pyongyang, North Korea, in 2004, this deeply moving and intimate documentary features Zainichi (North) Korean immigrants living in Japan and their complex allegiances to family, host country, and their “fatherland.” A daughter interviews her parents as they return to Pyongyang to celebrate her father’s 70th birthday with her brothers. The screening will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Gish Film Theater, located in Hanna Hall. Free April 19-22 — The BGSU Theatre Department presents “The Threepenny Opera,” Bertolt Brecht’s “play with music.” Brecht turned John Gay’s 18th century “The Beggar’s Opera” into a biting commentary on the bourgeoisie and modern morality. Set in Victorian London, this tale of the outlaw Mack the Knife offers a socialist critique of a capitalist world. Advance tickets are $5 for BGSU students and $15 for other adults; all tickets the day of the concert are $20. Tickets can also be purchased at bgsu.edu/arts. For more information, call the box office between noon and 5 p.m. weekdays at 419-372-8171. The show opens at 8 p.m. in the Thomas B. and Kathleen M. Donnell Theatre at the Wolfe Center for the Arts. Additional performances are scheduled for 8 p.m. on April 20 and 21, and 2 p.m. on April 21 and 22. See review. April 20 — The International Film Series presents “La Pirogue…

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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…


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…


BGSU Arts Events through Oct. 31

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS 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. The exhibit is part of the 38th annual Bowling Green State University New Music and Art Festival. 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. Oct. 20– The 38th annual New Music and Art Festival presents Concert 6, featuring the mixed-chamber group Latitude 49 (L49), whose focus on commissioning and supporting living composers has resulted in more than 30 works written for them. Their performance will begin at 8 p.m. at Kobacker Hall in the Moore Musical Arts Center. Free Oct. 21– The 38th annual New Music and Art Festival presents a panel discussion at 10:30 a.m. at the Marjorie E. Conrad, M.D. Choral Room, located in the Wolfe Center for the Arts. Free Oct. 21– The 38th annual New Music and Art Festival presents Concert 7, featuring electroacoustic works by Kong Mee Choi, Asha Srinivasan, Mike McFerron, Scott Miller, Jay C. Batzner and Konstantinos Karathanasis. The performance will begin at 2:30 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall, in the Moore Musical Arts Center. Free Oct. 21– The 38th annual New Music and Art Festival presents the final concert, Concert 8, featuring the Bowling Green Philharmonia and Percussion Ensemble in a performance of a series of orchestral and percussion works. Tickets are $7 in advance and can be purchased at bgsu.edu/arts. The concert will begin at 8 p.m. in Kobacker Hall, at the Moore Musical Arts Center. Oct. 22 – The Sunday Matinee Series presents“Scott of the Antarctic”(1948, England, 110 minutes, directed by Charles Frend with John Mills, Derek Bond and Diana Churchill), with an introduction by film historian Dr. Jan Wahl. The harrowing race to the South Pole between Captain Robert Scott and Roald Amundsen of Scandinavia was a battle for survival. Which man would be the first to win fame and glory for his country, enduring the cold, the blizzards, the mountains and horrendous hardships? This adventurous docudrama…


BGSU Arts Events through Oct. 5

Sept. 27 – The Faculty Artist Series presents Cole Burger on the piano. As a solo and collaborative pianist, Burger has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia – including at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Rome’s Teatro di Marcello, the Romanian Athenaeum in Bucharest, the Goethe Institute in Bangkok, the American Cathedral in Paris, and the United States Ambassador’s home in Malaysia. The performance will begin at 8 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall at the Moore Musical Arts Center. Free Sept. 28 – The International Film Series presents “Mad Detective” (2007, Hong Kong, 89 minutes, directed by Johnnie To and Wai Ka-Fai), with an introduction by Thomas Castillo, assistant professor in the Department of Theatre and Film. “Mad Detective”exemplifies the stylish visuals, spectacular violence and outrageous humor that have brought a worldwide cult following to Johnnie To and Wai Ka-Fai’s crime thriller collaborations. Forced into retirement for his erratic behavior, brilliant but possibly unhinged detective Chan Kwai-Bun is tapped by Inspector Ho Ka-On to lend his psychic abilities to solving a series of crimes. Kwai-Bun soon discovers that rather than dealing with one criminal, they must vanquish seven villainous spirits. The screening will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Gish Film Theater located in Hanna Hall. Free Sept. 28 – The BGSU Wind Symphony will present its first concert of the season, featuring music by Jim Dooley, Paul Hindemith and Steven Mackey, who is one of the featured composers at the upcoming New Music and Art Festival, Oct. 18-21. The performance begins at 8 p.m. in Kobacker Hall at the Moore Musical Arts Center. Tickets in advance are $3 for students and $7 for adults and available at bgsu.edu/artsor by calling 419-372-8171. All tickets are $10 the day of the concert. Sept. 29 – The third annual Orchard Guitar Festival, featuring renowned jazz guitarist John Scofield, kicks off its two-day celebration with master classes and a concert. The master classes, all in Bryan Recital Hall at the Moore Musical Arts Center, will be led by Stephen Aron of Oberlin Conservatory at 3:30 p.m.; Craig Wagner of the University of Louisville at 4 p.m. and duo Fareed Haque and Goran…


Ralph Wolfe, guiding light of Gish Theater, disappointed by planned move

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Ralph Wolfe, the founder and, until recently, the curator of the Gish Film Theater, has mixed feelings about the venue’s move from its home in Hanna Hall. “I am grateful for the preservation of the Gish sisters name and the fact that there will be a theater on campus,” he said. The Gish Theater will be moved to the theater space in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union. Some of the memorabilia of the Gish sisters, now in the Gish lobby, will be displayed in the space. Other items will be sent to the Jerome Library. Wolfe said that through his efforts BGSU has the largest collection of Gish sister memorabilia anywhere other than California and New York. This and other details of the administration’s plans are the source of Wolfe’s disappointment. The university plans to renovate a room in Olscamp Hall to be used for film studies and take the place of the Ralph Wolfe Viewing Center, which contains a collection of more than 3,000 video cassettes and DVDs. The room will be named in Wolfe’s honor. He’s also concerned what will happen to the commemorative seats that recognize donors to efforts to fund the theater and its $500,000 endowment. Wolfe said he was not consulted about the arrangements. “I had no involvement whatsoever.” Describing the approach as “top-down management.” Also last year, the title of curator of the Gish, which had been bestowed on him in 1982 by President Paul Olscamp at the initiation of the BGSU Foundation, was not approved. He was never told why. On Friday Bowling Green State University issued a press release outlining where programs now in Hanna Hall will be relocated as the 96-year-old building undergoes renovation and expansion to become the Maurer Center, the new home for the College of Business. The Women’s Center and the Geography Department will move to Hayes Hall. (Story here.) Provost Rodney Rogers stated in the release: “This project allows us to meet the needs of tomorrow’s students while honoring the legacy of the Gish sisters. Moving the theater to…


Jewish Foundation hosts summer film festival

From JEWISH FEDERATION OF GREATER TOLEDO From an epic road trip toward justice to a hilarious scheme to steal a secret family recipe, the 5th Annual Toledo Jewish Film Festival’s lineup of films has something for every viewer to enjoy. Jewish Federation of Greater Toledo is proud to present its 5th Annual Toledo Jewish Film Festival May 22-July 10 at Lourdes University Franciscan Theatre. This year’s lineup includes Remember, featuring Academy Award-winners Christopher Plummer and Martin Landau; The Midnight Orchestra, winner of the Ecumenical Jury Prize at the Montréal World Film Festival; and Indignation from James Schamus, the acclaimed screenwriter of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Highlights of the festival include meeting The Pickle Recipe writer/producer Sheldon Cohn and enjoying pickle tasting prior to the movie screening, as well as hummus and blintz tasting prior to the screenings of the closing night double feature Hummus the Movie and The Last Blintz. “Our objective is to share with you some excellent Jewish-themed films that are often featured in major cities but unfortunately are rarely shown in Toledo,” said Ralph and Ruth Delman, 5th Annual Toledo Jewish Film Festival sponsors. “It is our pleasure to give back to the community that has given so much to us and our family.”