Calendar Highlights: Feb. 21, 2008

'Shinobi' promo posterFinal weekend for film festival: SMU’s 2008 Japanese Film Festival concludes Feb. 22-23 with screenings of Shinobi: Heart Under Blade (right) on Friday and Whisper of the Heart on Saturday. Both are in Japanese with English subtitles and begin at 6:30 p.m. in McCord Auditorium, Dallas Hall. Admission is free. Learn more about the films at the SMU Japan Club website.

Jam session: Electro-acoustic jazz group JamPact, featuring Meadows Dean José Bowen and other faculty members, offers a free performance at 8 p.m. Feb. 23 in the Bob Hope Theatre, Owen Arts Center. For more information, contact the Division of Music, 8-2880.

Extreme homebuilding: SMU students and community members will participate in a Habitat for Humanity Blitz Build 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 23-24.

Gotta dance: The Meadows Division of Dance presents its Spring 2008 Brown Bag Dance Series noon-1 p.m Feb. 25-29 in the Owen Arts Center lobby. Bring your lunch for free performances of original ballet, modern and jazz works choreographed by students.

Who’s that girl? The Gartner Honors Lecture Series continues Feb. 25 with “Iconicity and Advertising: Shanghai, Mukden, Tianjin and the Modern Girl Icon.” Tani E. Barlow, University of Washington, will discuss the central role of generic “modern girl” images in Chinese advertising of the 1920s and ’30s at 3:30 p.m. in the Texana Room, DeGolyer Library.

New frontiers: SMU’s Clements Center for Southwest Studies hosts Stanford history professor Alberto Camarillo, author of Not White, Not Black: Mexicans and Racial/Ethnic Borderlands in American Cities. Camarillo will speak on “Cities of Color: The New Racial Frontier in California’s Minority-Majority Cities” Feb. 26 in DeGolyer Library. Reception at 6 p.m., lecture at 6:30 p.m. with a booksigning to follow.

All that jazz: The Meadows Jazz Orchestra, led by Akira Sato, gives a free concert at 8 p.m. Feb. 26 in the Bob Hope Theatre, Owen Arts Center. For more information, call 8-2787 (8-ARTS).

Join the Club: The SMU Faculty Club presents a Clubhouse Luncheon with Tinsley Silcox, Central University Libraries director of public services, who will discuss “Preserving the Heritage of African-American Filmmakers.” Lunch begins at noon Feb. 27 in the Faculty Club; cost is $5. RSVP by Feb. 26 to Dee Powell, 8-3012.

Calendar Highlights: Jan. 18, 2008

Santuario de Chimayo, TaosBrain vacations: Registration is now open for the 2008 SMU-in-Taos Cultural Institute, scheduled for July 17-20 at SMU’s Fort Burgwin campus in northern New Mexico. The weekend courses include history, anthropology, art and art history, botany, earth sciences, digital photography and mountain sports. For more information, contact Allison Curran, 8-8267 (8-TAOS). (Top right, Taos’ Santuario de Chimayo.)

An executive exhibition: “Hail to the Chief: Presidential Libraries” is now on display in Fondren Library Center. For more information, contact Cynthia Ruppi.

Dance for a cause: Seniors in the SMU Division of Dance produce and perform their own choreography in “Common Thread” at 8 p.m. Jan. 19 and at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Jan. 20 in the Margo Jones Theatre. The concerts are free; donations are encouraged and will benefit Bryan’s House, Dallas’ only special-care facility for children and teenagers with HIV/AIDS and their families. For more information, call the Division of Dance at 8-2718.

Dare to dream: SMU celebrates the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with MLK Week 2008, scheduled for Jan. 21-26. Events include an MLK Day of Service, a birthday party in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center, SMU’s annual Unity Walk and an MLK Kids Day sponsored by the Association of Black Students. MLK Week is sponsored by Student Activities & Multicultural Student Affairs (SAMSA). For more information, contact Ke’ana Hardy, 8-4583.

oaxaca-itsgoingtorain-200.jpgPaper magic: Werner “Wynn” Kramarsky’s affection for the abstract, the geometric and the minimalist is showcased in a new exhibition featuring the Kramarsky family’s gift to SMU’s Pollock Works on Paper Study Collection. “The Sarah-Ann and Werner H. Kramarsky Gift of Contemporary Drawings” runs Jan. 22-Mar. 22 in the Pollock Gallery, Hughes-Trigg Student Center. Learn more about Wynn Kramarsky at The Brooklyn Rail. (Bottom right, Oaxaca – It’s Going to Rain by George Mead Moore, graphite on paper, 1998.)

Talking Texas: SMU’s Sam Ratcliffe and Ellen Buie Niewyk, curators of two concurrent Jerry Bywaters exhibitions now on display at Meadows Museum, will discuss Bywaters’ major role in establishing the Texas Regionalism movement of the 1930s and ’40s in a Brown Bag Lecture, “Jerry Bywaters: Lone Star Printmaker & Interpreter of the Southwest,” noon-1 p.m. Jan. 23 in the Texana Room, DeGolyer Library. Sponsored by SMU’s Clements Center for Southwest Studies. For more information, call 8-3684.

Reference this: Gillian McCombs, dean and director of Central University Libraries, will lead “This Isn’t Your Grandmother’s Library Anymore,” a panel discussion on the changing role of libraries in an increasingly fast-paced technological world. The discussion takes place Jan. 24 in DeGolyer Library, with a reception at 5:30 p.m. followed by the panel at 6 p.m. Sponsored by Friends of the SMU Libraries. For more information, contact Cynthia Ruppi at 8-3225.

New views of Japan: Japan’s changing national identity at home and abroad is the topic for the 2008 SMU Asian Studies Symposium Jan. 31-Feb. 1 in the Meadows Museum. Speakers will include M. Diana Helweg Newton and James Hollifield, both of SMU’s Tower Center for Political Studies. The symposium and reception are free; the registration deadline is Jan. 22. Find a complete schedule at the Tower Center website; RSVP by e-mail or phone at 8-3954.

In McFarlin Auditorium:

  • Jan. 22: TITAS presents “An Evening With Patti LuPone” at 8 p.m. For tickets, call 214-528-5576.

Calendar Highlights: Sept. 27, 2007

Meadows dance studentsWhat’s opera, doc? The Meadows Opera Theatre presents scenes and songs from opera and musical theatre in a brown bag event, “Opera Free For All,” at 1 p.m. Sept. 28 in the Taubman Atrium, Owen Arts Center.

Sounds of Spain: The Orchestra of New Spain presents a concert of Renaissance music from Valencia at 5 p.m. Sept. 30 in the Virginia Meadows Galleries, Meadows Museum. Tickets are $25 each for general admission, $20 each for Meadows Museum members.

Brown Bag Dance returns: The Meadows Division of Dance (top left) presents its fall 2007 Brown Bag Dance Series at noon each day Oct. 1-5 in the Bob Hope Theatre lobby, Owen Arts Center. Bring your lunch and watch SMU dance students perform original works in ballet, jazz and modern dance.

Sophia Loren with Stanley MarcusMore Fortnight fun: DeGolyer Library Curator Anne Peterson gives an illustrated history of “The Store” in “Fortnight, Fashion and Fun: Neiman Marcus Celebrates 100 Years in Dallas” Oct. 4 in DeGolyer Library. A reception begins at 6 p.m., with the lecture at 6:30 p.m. The DeGolyer exhibition “Merchandise for the Millions: American Trade Catalogs” opens the same day and will run through Feb. 15. (Middle left, Sophia Loren and Stanley Marcus activate a recreation of the Villa D’Este fountains during the department store’s 1975 Italian Fortnight.)

Global impact: The Perkins School of Theology presents “Religion and Empire: Politics, Faith and the Future of Globalization” Oct. 4. Ulrich Duchrow, professor of systematic theology at the University of Heidelberg, will speak on “Faith Communities and Empire: Global Hope and Western Challenge” at 7 p.m. in Perkins Chapel. SMU Professor of Systematic Theology and symposium organizer Joerg Rieger will join Duchrow and scholars from SMU, TCU, Baylor, Phillips Theological Seminary and Princeton for an academic symposium on “Religion and Empire” 4-6 p.m. in the Kirby Hall parlor. All events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Jeorg Rieger, 8-2356.

Meadows Wind EnsembleWinds and “Fire”: The Meadows Wind Ensemble (bottom left) presents “Magneticfireflies,” featuring the title music from their new CD as well as the world premiere of composer Cindy McTee’s Finish Line for wind symphony. The show begins at 8 p.m. Oct. 5 in Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center. Tickets are $7 for SMU faculty, staff and students; for more information, call 8-2787 (8-ARTS).

Outdoor Adventures: Sign up by Oct. 5 for the Beaver Bend weekend canoe trip Oct. 12-14 on the Upper Mountain Fork River, Oklahoma. Cost is $70; a pre-trip meeting is scheduled for Oct. 9. For more information, visit SMU Recreational Sports or contact David Chambers, 8-9918.