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Annual Arts Festival Set For April


The 17th annual Kaleidoscope Arts Festival will feature events from April 12-28 on the Slippery Rock University campus.

Kaleidoscope will showcase the best of SRU’s departments of dance, music, theatre, art and English, as well as guest artists and multi-disciplinary and community events.

Most events are free. Please visit here for more information.

SRU’s fourth annual Ethics Bowl & Reception will take place from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. April 14.

Similar to a quiz bowl competition, a moderator asks two teams questions that pose an ethical problem on contemporary issues dealing with medicine, politics, education, art, science or business, among others.

On April 15, Kaleidoscope presents the East Central Jazz Educators All-Star Big Band. The group will host an artist lecture at 5 p.m. followed by a 7:00 p.m. concert in Swope Music Hall.

Donald C. Shorter Jr. will present a 30-minute adaptation of the one-woman show “Genderosity: Physicalized,” investigating gender nonconformity, at 7:30 p.m. April 16 in the Field House Dance Studio.

Kaleidoscope hosts SOAR: An Interdisciplinary Performance Project, infusing the concepts of African American studies, art, astronomy, biology, dance and sustainability at 12:30 p.m. April 17 in the Vincent Science Center Planetarium, Room 124.

Other events include:

Screenings of Academy-award nominated, “Loving Vincent” will be at 6:00 and 8:00 p.m. April 17 in the Smith Student Center Theater.

Pittsburgh-based painter, muralist and former Pirate Parrot mascot Tom Mosser will give an artist talk at 12:30 p.m. and artist demonstration at 2:15 p.m., both on April 19, in the Smith Student Center Theater and in the Art Building, respectively.

In conjunction with the bicentennial celebration of Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein,” Eric Sirota, composer of off-Broadway’s “Frankenstein,” will have a staged musical reading of this original piece starring SRU student performers at 5:30 p.m. April 20 in the Smith Student Center Ballroom.

Kaleidoscope Children’s Earth Day Celebration will take place from noon to 4:00 p.m. April 21 at the Macoskey Center, 247 Harmony Road, with parking at the Storm Harbor Equestrian Center. Featured will be free arts and crafts, a petting zoo, horseback rides, outdoor games and activities, as well as live performances.

Stitches in Time: Historic and Contemporary Textiles exhibit will be open from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. April 21, 22 and 28 at the Old Stone House, Brady Township.

Third Coast Dance Film Festival is set for 4:00 p.m. April 23 in the Smith Student Center Theater.

In conjunction with the India Culture Club, Kaleidoscope will host a spring Holi Festival, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. April 24 featuring Bollywood music and a color ceremony in the Quad pavilion.

“Inside Scoop on Humor: A Psychology & Theatre Collaboration” will be presented at 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. April 25 in the University Union.

Professional dancer, professor and artistic director of Ashani Dances, Iyun Harrison, will give a lecture on topics of race, gender and sexual identity within the contemporary dance and classical ballet field at 5:00 p.m. April 25 in Spotts World Culture building Auditorium.

A free, outdoor campus-community celebration of the arts, Kaleidoscope on Main in downtown Slippery Rock from noon to 5 p.m. April 28 will feature local and SRU arts vendors, children’s activities and live music.