Calendar Highlights: Nov. 16, 2010

Worldly beats: Percussion and improvisation take center stage in this semester’s installment of the Meadows World Music Ensemble, directed by Jamal Mohamed. Exotic percussion instruments from Africa, Asia and the Middle East are prominently featured with more “Western” instruments like the vibraphone, keyboard and guitar. A mix of traditional works, original pieces and good old ‘jamming’ sessions is the order of the night. The performance is at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 16 in the Bob Hope Theatre in Meadows. Admission is free. For more information, call 214-768-1951.

Eric SundquistA Gilbert for the road: The SMU Department of English‘s final installment of the Fall 2010 Gilbert Lecture Series is almost here. This week’s speaker is Eric Sundquist (pictured), author and the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of the Humanities at Johns Hopkins University. His lecture, “We Dreamed a Dream: Larry Ellison, Martin Luther King Jr., and Barack Obama,” covers the unfinished second novel of acclaimed author Larry Ellison, who in over 40 years of civil rights coverage unearthed a lot of truths about race in America, ranging from the MLK days to the Obama presidency. The reading is at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18 in the Texana Room, DeGolyer Library. Admission is free. A reception precedes the reading at 6 p.m. For more information, visit the Gilbert Lecture Series website.

Break out the jazz hands: The Meadows Jazz Orchestra, directed by Akira Sato, will conduct an exploration of traditional large ensemble jazz pieces, as well as introducing new student and professional works into the mix – including pieces by Sato, other Meadows faculty and current jazz students. Admission is free for the performance, which begins at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18 in the Bob Hope Theatre, Owen Arts Center. For more information, call 214-768-1951.

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