French Film Festival: SMU’s 17th Annual French Film Festival runs through Tuesday, April 9 with six films, all in French with English subtitles. All will be shown on the big screen in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Theater. The schedule for March is as follows:
March 20: The Women on the 6th Floor
March 23: Nobody Else But You
March 26: Mr. Lazhar
All showings begin at 7 p.m. and are free and open to the public. The festival is sponsored by the SMU French Club – visit their page for more information and the full festival schedule.
More than a photo: Photographer Deana Lawson will be at SMU Wednesday, March 20 for the Meadows Division of Art Lecture Series. Lawson refers to the subjects in her photos as her family even though there is no blood relation; her work focuses on “the psychological, personal, political and historical experiences that are implicated through the body.” Lawson received her M.F.A. from Rhode Island School of Design and currently lives in New York. The lecture is at 6:30 p.m. in the Greer Garson Screening Room, Owen Arts Center.
A night in Vietnam: Multicultural Student Affairs invites you to to celebrate, “A Night in Vietnam” Saturday, March 23. The evening will include traditional Vietnamese food, desserts and games. There will also be a dance performance by the Vietnamese Student Association. The celebration begins at 8 p.m. in the Varsity, Hughes-Trigg Student Center, and is free and open to the public.
Collaborative Concert: The Meadows Concert Choir, Meadows Chorale and Diva Dolce will perform a benefit concert together at 8 p.m.Sunday, March 24in Caruth Auditorium. The concert is titled “I Dreamed of Rain” after the song by Jan Garrett, symbolizing hope and forgiveness in the midst of troubled times. There is no cost to get in – instead, the ensembles are asking attendees to make a donation to the North Texas Food Bank. Donations can be made in person or online.
Inspiration in bloom: SMU’s Meadows Museum welcomes spring with fresh flower arrangements inspired by medieval masterpieces from the Sistine Chapel. The Founders Garden Club of Dallas will present its 2011 exhibition, “Floral Illuminations,” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 25 in the Museum. Club members will create fresh floral arrangements, place settings and artwork inspired by the intricate designs featured in Meadows’ latest blockbuster exhibition, Lost Manuscripts of the Sistine Chapel: An Epic Journey from Rome to Toledo. Admission to the Garden Club show is free with museum admission; SMU faculty, staff and students visit free.
Anthropology Lecture and Pig Roast: SMU’s Anthropology Department welcomes Srimati Basu, associate professor at the University of Kentucky, to its 2011 Lecture and Pig Roast March 25. Dr. Basu will speak on “Justice Without Lawyers? Everyday Life in the Kolkata, India Family Court” at 5 p.m. in McCord Auditorium, 306 Dallas Hall. Sponsored by the Anthropology Club, Anthropology Department, Women’s and Gender Studies, Asian Studies Program and Amnesty International. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Nia Parson or Justin Boxwell.
Vive le cinéma: SMU celebrates the 15th anniversary of its French Film FestivalMarch 25-April 9, 2011, and the screenings begin March 25 with Coco avant Chanel (Coco Before Chanel, 2009). Directed and cowritten by Anne Fontaine and starring Audrey Tautou, the film explores the pre-fame life of the world’s most celebrated fashion designer. The festival continues March 29 with Welcome (2008), director/screenwriter Philippe Lioret‘s story of the friendship between a divorced swimming teacher and an illegal Kurdish immigrant desperate to join his girlfriend in London. All screenings are at 7 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Theater, and all films will be shown in French with English subtitles. Admission is free and open to the public. These films are intended for an adult audience and may contain sexual content, nudity and violence. Sponsored by the SMU French Club, the SMU Students’ Association and the Tournées Festival. For more information and a complete schedule, visit the 2011 French Film Festival homepage. (Right, Alessandro Nivola and Audrey Tautou in Coco avant Chanel.)