Arts & Culture
Tarell Alvin McCraney’s “The Brother/Sister Plays” is a trilogy of interconnected stories set in a fictional Louisiana town. The plays includes “In the Red and Brown Water,” “The Brothers Size,” and “Marcus; or the Secret of Sweet,” the plays are being presented as a rotating repertory in two parts in Tomlinson Theater through Sunday, Nov. 24.
November 20, 2013
Adam McKay, CLA ’90, first took the stage to try stand-up comedy while a Temple student—and he was terrible at it. McKay later found success as one-half of the duo behind movies including Anchorman, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby and Step Brothers, and as a founder of the website FunnyOrDie.com.
November 19, 2013
Student artists are adding a splash of color to the walls of the Independent Hotel in Center City Philadelphia. Temple’s widely acclaimed Tyler School of Art partnered with the Independent Hotel to present a rotating art program—featuring 14 original pieces—on display in the main areas of the hotel. The exhibit will be open through February 2014.
November 15, 2013
Yannick Nézet-Séguin, music director of the Philadelphia Orchestra, conducted his first free neighborhood concert at the Temple Performing Arts Center last week. Yannick, dressed in a cherry and white Owls football jersey, lead the orchestra through several selections, including Tchaikovsky’s "Romeo and Juliet" and Ravel’s "Bolero." The concert was hosted by the Office of Government, Community and Public Affairs, and was presented by Wells Fargo.
This weekend, Tyler students, alumni and other local artists will showcase their talents at the second annual Art Market at Tyler. Works by more than 25 artists working in glass, fibers, painting, photography and other media will be on display and available for purchase at various price points. The market will be held on Friday from noon to 7 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. at Tyler School of Art.
Temple University made its big debut on the popular HBO series "Boardwalk Empire" this season. The show features Temple circa 1924, where Willie Thompson, the nephew of main character Nucky, is a sophomore. The first episode featured Willie singing the Temple fight song, while another included snippets of Russell Conwell's most famous speech. Though many characters have been fictionalized, the accuracy of Temple's portrayal is thanks in part to alumnus Edward McGinty, FOX ’89, whom the show hired as a research consultant for the show.
The Restoring Ideals project was born out of a need to support local non-profit and civic organizations committed to preserving Philadelphia’s founding principles of tolerance, equality and independence. Project designers Temple Contemporary, WHYY and a consortium of other partners invited several organizations to submit videos explaining the mission of their work and their need to preserve records, documents and other relics. The ten organizations with the most votes will have one item from their archives professionally restored by conservators at Temple Contemporary.
The Center for the Arts' fall event schedule will explore origins and life cycles through art, music and theater. The themes showcased through these events, while unintentional, parallel the originality of the Center for the Arts itself: its recent 2012 birth has sparked a wave of collaborative work among several established and thriving arts programs.
Temple's Diamond Marching Band, “the Pride of the Cherry and White,” was featured Tuesday in Rolling Stone magazine's online list of the top "10 Mind-Blowing College Marching Band Cover Songs." The post includes a YouTube video clip of the band performing Kanye West's popular hit "All of the Lights" and describes the performance as "a version loud enough to fill a stadium." The listing is the latest in a string of high-profile exposures for the band, which performed last week on the set of ABC's "Good Morning America" and was recently featured on the website of popular music artists Fall Out Boy.
An unconventional collaboration between Boyer music professor Maurice Wright and computer sciences professor Rolf Lakaemper has yielded a new form of opera that will be presented this weekend at the Conwell Dance Theater. Performed by three research robots, five singers and a chorus, "Galatea_Reset" tells the mythological story of sculptor Pygmalion, who falls in love with his creation, Galatea, only to have her brought to life for him by the Goddess Venus. The work was made possible through a grant from the Temple Commission on the Arts.
At a time when ideologically-based news options on cable television are proliferating, many are concerned that such programming may be polarizing American voters. But, in his new book Changing Minds or Changing Channels: Partisan News in an Age of Choice, Temple political scientist Kevin Arceneaux shows that partisan news is not polarizing America. Instead, the most troubling consequence of the ever-expanding media environment is that it has allowed people to tune out the news entirely.
A new exhibit at Temple’s Paley Library, Curated Stacks, allows patrons to display their research sources and methods in a creative and nontraditional format. The exhibit is curated and installed by library users who have foraged materials found in the Libraries’ collections for a research article, course assignment or multimedia project.
While researching his dissertation, doctoral history student Dan Royles interviewed activists who served on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic in African-American communities to uncover the strategies they used to incite action. Royles' collection of interviews is now being archived for the use of future scholars as the African American AIDS Activism Oral History Project.