Arts and Entertainment

Comedians Swardson and Koechner to Perform During Homecoming Week

Nick Swardson and David Koechner will perform at 8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 10, in the Student Union Multipurpose Room, as part of the Homecoming Comedy Show sponsored by the Campus Activities Board. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m.

Swardson, a comedian, actor and writer/producer, has appeared in “Grandma’s Boy,” Grown Ups,” “I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry” and “Blades of Glory.” In addition, he has performed on Comedy Central shows “Pretend Time with Nick Swardson.” Currently, he is working on the animated show “CHOZEN.”

‘Mad Hatters to Pixel Pushers’ Exhibit Explores Photography

The Projective Eye Gallery of the College of Arts + Architecture presents “Mad Hatters to Pixel Pushers: Exploring the Continuum of Photography Through Process and the Constructed Image.”

“Mad Hatters to Pixel Pushers” focuses on contemporary photographers from the Southeast and beyond who use alternative processes, gelatin silver photography, digital imaging and photo sculpture with the “constructed image.”

Inaugural Center City Literary Festival, Oct. 12

The first UNC Charlotte Center City Literary Festival will be on Saturday, Oct. 12; a new event, the festival will feature a carnival-like program for children in the afternoon with a separate evening event geared toward adults.

Mark West, chair of the English Department, and Donell Stines-Jones, community outreach coordinator for UNC Charlotte Center City, are the festival co-organizers. They noted this festival will showcase writers associated with the University as well as Charlotte-area artists.

Alumnus Jonathan Rice’s Work on Display in Student Union

Wishful Thinking,” an exhibit of work by local artist and UNC Charlotte alumnus Jonathan Rice is on display in the Student Union Art Gallery.

According to Rice, his abstract paintings explore the relevance of the indescribable. “Creating art is a part of a spiritual journey as I seek to relate and connect the physical and nonphysical by drawing the viewer into a deeper understanding of his or herself in relation to the world.”

Oasis Saxophone Quartet to Perform

The UNC Charlotte Department of Music Faculty & Friends Series will feature a performance by the Oasis Saxophone Quartet at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 1, in the Robinson Hall for the Performing Arts, Belk Theater.

Founded in 2006, the Oasis Quartet has been praised for its live performances, as well as for its innovative and creative clinic and concert programming. In a review of the quartet’s 2011 album, Allmusic wrote, “The Oasis Quartet performs with impeccable technique and intonation, and the players have a sweet, pure tone.”

Celebrate People, Places and Cultures of the Queen City at 38th International Festival

The UNC Charlotte International Festival is an annual celebration of the people, places and cultures represented in the greater Queen City community.

Now in its 38th year, the International Festival continues to expand. As do the opportunities for student and campus engagement. Culturally focused student organizations, such as the Asian Student Association and the Hmong Student Organization, represent their countries and cultures at booths. Often, they sell food prepared by student members while interacting with festival attendees.

Faculty Concert to Feature Dancers from Limón, Graham Companies

Distinguished guest artists Francisco Ruvalcaba of the José Limón Dance Company and Lloyd Knight and Lorenzo Pagano of the Martha Graham Dance Company will be among the performers at the annual Department of Dance Faculty Concert scheduled for Friday and Saturday, Sept. 27-28. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. in the Robinson Hall for the Performing Arts Belk Theater.