ArtStrong: Armstrong Commons is hosting its first annual arts festival, ArtStrong. On Saturday, April 2 from 1 to 6 p.m on the Boulevard, ArtStrong will feature performances from student performers including the Belle Tones and the Meadows Jazz Orchestra Combo. ArtStrong will also be displaying student artwork around the Boulevard and having art workshops throughout the day. Workshops will include sculpting, iPhone photography tips and DIY t-shirt cutting. Food options will include Tiff’s Treats, Raising Cane’s, and Steel City Pops.
The Social Costs of War: Trauma and the Trials of Homecoming. In an effort to raise awareness of the social costs of war since the attacks on September 11, 2001, a panel of Dallas experts in veteran advocacy, brain trauma studies, and a combat veteran will present 10 minute talks in Hamon Arts Library at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 5. Discussions will be moderated by the Director of the Anxiety and Depression Research Center in the Dedman College at SMU, Alicia Meuret and visual artist, Scott Gleeson ‘09. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Art in Focus Gallery Talk: Meadows Museum curator Nicole Atzbach presents the third offering in the Meadows Museum’s new series of short, public Art in Focus gallery talks, discussing the Portrait of Marie Cronin, c. 1906, by Claudio Castelucho. The talk is free for SMU students, faculty and staff and will be held in the Meadows Museum on Wednesday, April 6 at 12:15 p.m. No RSVP required.
New Visions, New Voices: Meadow’s spring playwriting festival, now in its 22nd season, presents one performance each of a variety of full-length plays written by graduating theatre students. Directors include faculty members and alumni who are active in local theatre. The plays are presented as staged readings, without costumes or sets, bringing the writers’ raw stories, characters and language to the audience without filter. Each performance will be followed by an audience discussion session with the playwright, director and actors. Plays include, Tough Love, Filth, Finale, Siren’s Song, Knew You and Tiber. The plays are free and open to the public and will all be held in the Greer Garson Theatre – Owen Arts Center from Tuesday, March 29 – Sunday, April 3. Click here for more information on individual play times
Let the Dead Bury Their Dead: As apart of the Gilbert Lecture Series, the Department of English presents Randall Kenan, author of Let the Dead Bury Their Dead, A Visitation of Spirits and Walking on Water. The event is free and and open to the public and will take place on Thursday, April 7 in Hyer Hall, room 0100. A 6 p.m. reception will precede the 6:30 p.m. reading.