Arts and Entertainment

‘Arts in Action’ at Wells Fargo Community Celebration

The College of Arts + Architecture will present “Arts in Action,” a day of free performances and exhibitions showcasing the college’s work from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 29, at UNC Charlotte Center City.

Highlights of the event, part of the Wells Fargo Community Celebration, include performances by the UNC Charlotte percussion and jazz ensembles and scenes from Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” and “The 25th annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” as well as dance demonstrations and interactive art and architecture exhibitions and installations.

London Stage Actors to Perform ‘The Tempest’

The Actors from the London Stage will present William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” at 8 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 3, through Saturday, Nov. 5, in Robinson Hall for the Performing Arts, Black Box Theater.

 Founded 35 years ago, Actors from the London Stage is headquartered at Notre Dame University. British actor Sir Patrick Stewart developed the troupe’s touring concept, which takes the actors to colleges and universities across the United States for a series of residencies that combine public performances and educational outreach.

British Farce ‘Cloud Nine’ on Stage in Robinson’s Black Box Theater

 The Department of Theatre production of the British farce “Cloud Nine” will be performed at 8 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 19, through Saturday, Oct. 22, and Wednesday, Oct. 26, through Saturday, Oct. 29, in the Robinson Hall for the Performing Arts, Black Box Theater. A 2 p.m. matinee will be on Sunday, Oct. 23.

 Written by Caryl Churchill, “Cloud Nine” is set in Victorian Africa and 1970s London. It takes a comic, inventive and surrealistic look at sexual and racial politics. The production premiered in 1979, and Churchill received an Obie Award in 1981.

Actors from the London Stage to Perform ‘The Tempest’

 The Actors from the London Stage will present William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” at 8 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 3, through Saturday, Nov. 5, in Robinson Hall for the Performing Arts, Black Box Theater.

 Founded 35 years ago, Actors from the London Stage is headquartered at Notre Dame University. British actor Sir Patrick Stewart developed the troupe’s touring concept, which takes the actors to colleges and universities across the United States for a series of residencies that combine public performances and educational outreach.

Faculty Dance Concert is Part of ASC Cultural Free for All

 Performance includes work created by native NYC choreographers who witnessed 9/11 tragedy

The UNC Charlotte Department of Dance will present a concert at 8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 9 in Robinson Hall’s Belk Theater.  Works are created or performed by three faculty members; E.E. Balcos, Kim Jones, and Sybil Huskey. The program will be danced entirely by professional dancers. The performance is offered as part of the Arts & Science Council Cultural Free for All.

Tickets are free.

Exhibit Challenges Definition of Beauty

The Student Union Art Gallery is about to be trashed - mixed media painter Destry Sparks will display “Mysticism and Mortality,” a conglomerate creation of natural and manufactured objects, including everything from rusted mechanical parts to parched white bones. The collection will be exhibited beginning Wednesday, Aug. 17.

“The images suggest everything and everyone has a place and a purpose,” Sparks said.  “There is no single thing without merit and beauty.

Union Theatre to Host Advance Screening of ‘Freedom Riders’

The groundbreaking documentary “Freedom Riders” focuses on a group of more than 400 black and white Americans who stood against the Jim Crow laws by riding buses together throughout the southeastern United States in 1961.

 The campus community and the general public will have the chance to view the documentary in advance of its May PBS television premiere. Three free screenings will be held April 27, 28 and May 2, in the Student Union Movie Theatre.

 Show times will be 2 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday, and 7 p.m., Monday.