Calendar Highlights: Oct. 18, 2010

Michael J. FoxEmbracing the abstract: Meadows’ successful Taste Series on New York Avant-Garde Film continues on Monday, Oct. 18 as the fifth installment features select films of National Film Registry inductee Ken Jacobs. Jacobs, an experimental filmmaker, is known for such oddities as Tom, Tom, the Piper’s Son (1969), an abstract breakdown of a simple fairy tale, and Star Spangled to Death (2004), a seven-hour found-footage film. Attendees of the 7 p.m. showcase in the Greer Garson Theater won’t be subjected to seven hours of footage, however, as the event will focus on some of Jacobs’ shorter works, including Soft Rain (1968), Perfect Film (1965) and The Whirled (1961). For more information call 214-768-2129.

Back to the Tate: If you didn’t catch Michael J. Fox‘s listing as guest speaker for the Tate Distinguished Lecture SeriesTolleson Lecture earlier in the year, your chances of getting a ticket now are extremely slim. The star of Back To The Future is also an acclaimed activist for research on Parkinson’s disease, which he also lives with. Fox will deliver the lecture at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19 in McFarlin Auditorium. For those who didn’t get tickets, another chance to see Fox will take place earlier in the day at the 4:30 p.m. Turner Construction/Wells Fargo Student Forum in the Hughes-Trigg Ballroom. No tickets are required for the Student Forum, but the ballroom is expected to fill quickly. For more information (including tickets or the lack of), call 214-768-8283.

His day was worse than yours: If it’s that point in the semester where things are starting to get to you a little bit, consider breaking the tension by getting a sneak peek at absurdist documentary Winnebago Man, playing at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21 in the Hughes-Trigg Theater. The “Man” in question is Jack Rebney, now an infamous YouTube icon for becoming “the angriest man in the world” in a series of furious (and hilarious) foul-mouthed episodes while filming advertisements for the iconic RV. Admission is free. For more information, call 214-802-7070.

Calendar Highlights: Sept. 21, 2010

Map of Texas, 1830sHistory for lunch: The Clements Center for Southwest Studies will focus on one of Texas’ more memorable moments in this week’s Brown Bag Lecture, “Privileges of Locomotion: Expatriation and American Power in the Southwestern Borderlands.” (Pictured right, a map of 1830s-era Texas.) Assistant Professor of History at UT-Dallas Eric Schlereth will give the one-hour lecture at noon Sept. 22 in the Texana Room, DeGolyer Library. Bring your lunch.

‘Revolution’-ary exhibit: The Clements Center for Southwest Studies continues its busy week as it opens its newest exhibit, “Mexico: Porfiriato to Revolution, 1876-1920.” The opening will be punctuated by UNT professor of Mexican and Latin American History Aaron Navarro, who will deliver a lecture on “The Porfirian Cycle in Mexican History.” The lecture and opening are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Sept. 23 in SMU’s DeGolyer Library. A reception will precede the lecture at 6 p.m. For more information, call 214-768-3231 or visit the DeGolyer website.

So much for resale value: The Gilbert Lecture Series continues with an entry on, well, kids writing in their books. Current Dean of Arts and Humanities at UC-San Diego Seth Lerer gives a unique lecture on how the act of children writing in their books has led to some rather unusual studies in literacy rate, self-ownership, and the never-ending potential of creating young writers from modern times back to medieval history. The lecture will begin at 5 p.m. Sept. 24 in McCord Auditorium, Dallas Hall. For more information, visit the Gilbert Lecture Series page.

Saul Levine filmstripMSO returns: SMU’s Meadows Symphony Orchestra will open its season this weekend with a wildly varied study of three different composers. Included in the lineup is Meadows Professor of Music Paul Phillips‘ recent work Midday, Rachmaninoff’s tribute to a Romantic violinist hero, Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, and Brahm’s final symphony, the Symphony No. 4. The performances are at 8 p.m. Sept. 25 and 3 p.m. Sept 26 in Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center. Tickets are $7 for SMU faculty, staff, and students. For more information, call 214-768-2787 (214-SMU-ARTS).

It’s the arts: The Taste Series continues with an ongoing look at “New York Avant-Garde Film, 1950-80.” The series’ films are presented exclusively on 16mm prints on loan from The Filmmakers’ Cooperative in New York City. This showcase includes works by George Landow, Saul Levine, David Brooks, Bruce Baillie and Shirley Clarke. Next up: screenings of Stan Brakhage‘s Dog Star Man and Cat’s Cradle at 7 p.m. Sept. 27 in the Greer Garson Screening Room 3527, third floor, Owen Arts Center. Admission is free. For more information, call 214-768-2129. (Right, a filmstrip sample of Saul Levine’s work.)