Gazette Archive: Arts

Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra Returns to Center for the Arts

Posted: February 18, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Jim Carroll

Comprising some of the Washington, D.C., area’s finest jazz musicians, the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra is known for its insightful interpretation of revered jazz classics.

‘Figures in Space’ Painting Exhibition by Laini Nemett

Posted: February 17, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

“Figures in Space,” an exhibition in the Mason Hall Alumni Atrium Gallery now through Feb.20, is inspired by the streets of Barcelona that Maryland painter Laini Nemett experienced while working at the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya on a Fulbright Grant.

Outside the museum, Nemett was drawn to the large-scale graffiti paintings, which she refers to as “contemporary frescoes,” on the deteriorating building façades. These became the backdrops for her figurative compositions.

L.A. Theatre Works Presents ‘The Great Tennessee Monkey Trial’ at Center for the Arts

Posted: February 12, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

One of the great debates of American society comes to life in “The Great Tennessee Monkey Trial,” performed by America’s foremost radio theater company on Friday, Feb. 20, at 8 p.m. at the Center for the Arts on the Fairfax Campus.

Virginia Opera Presents ‘Tosca’ at Center for the Arts

Posted: February 11, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Mason’s Center for the Arts invites audiences to the Virginia Opera’s brilliant production of Giacomo Puccini’s beloved opera, “Tosca.”

College of Visual and Performing Arts Presents 24-Hour Arts Festival

Posted: February 10, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Mason’s College of Visual and Performing Arts will present Making Connections Marathon, a 24-hour festival of theater, art, music, film and dance activities, beginning on Friday, Feb. 20, at 8 a.m.

The event kicks off at the Fine Arts Building.

The festival is intended to give Mason faculty, staff and students and the surrounding community the opportunity to participate in creative experiences, including an acting class and hands-on studio activities led by faculty and students, in a progression of open house music, theater, dance and art studio settings.

Post-Socialist Film Series Ties into Gorbachev Visit

Posted: February 9, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The embrace of socialism and the emergence of socialist states around the world is the central theme in 20th-century global history.

A host of social movements and far-reaching reforms have marked an equally momentous shift to an era of “post-socialism” since the 1980s.

During the spring semester, a free film festival at Mason will explore the human dimensions and social dilemmas of post-socialist life in China, Eastern Europe and Russia.

The film festival has been scheduled to coincide with former Soviet premier Mikhail Gorbachev’s visit to Mason on March 24-25.

GMU Players to Present ‘Hay Fever’

Posted: February 6, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The GMU Players will bring one of Noel Coward’s most popular and beloved comedies to the stage this spring as part of the company’s Studio Series.

‘Studio A’ Announces Guests

Posted: February 5, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

“Studio A,” a show filmed live to tape in the GMU-TV studio, has announced its spring schedule. Rick Davis, artistic director of the Center for the Arts, hosts the award-winning interview show, which features film and video professionals.

Mason’s Female Students Let Their Voices Be Heard

Posted: February 5, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Female members of Mason’s student body are raising awareness to stop violence against women and children by presenting Mason’s ninth consecutive production of “The Vagina Monologues” on Friday, Feb. 6, at 8 p.m., and Saturday, Feb. 7, at 2 and 8 p.m.

Mason Professors, Alumni and Students Collaborate on Operetta

Posted: February 3, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

When Rick Davis, associate provost for undergraduate education and professor of theater, was asked to direct an operetta for In Series, he called upon Mason talent for the cast and crew.