39 arts and culture events to attend this fall

By Briana Richert and Rebecca Kirkman on August 29, 2019

From talented visiting artists to student and faculty performances, don't miss these fall campus events

fall 2019 arts guide COFAC

This year, Towson University’s College of Fine Arts and Communications will provide artistic explorations outside the typical boundaries of a specific art form through its 2019 – 2020 theme, Arts Without Boundaries.

Throughout the fall term, student, faculty and guest artists showcase their groundbreaking work, creating connections through art, music, dance, culture and film.

Here are 39 of TU’s fall creative events that you won’t want to miss:

Astrid Bowlby art
Astrid Bowlby, Calvin as wheelbarrow, 2013

Astrid Bowlby: Sample(d)(r) Exhibition

 Fri., Sept. 6 – Sat., Oct. 12
Gallery Hours: Tues. – Sat., 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Opening Reception: Thurs., Sept. 12, following lecture
Center for the Arts, Holtzman Gallery, CA 2040
Free

In this exhibition, Astrid Bowlby presents an ongoing project in which she creates pairs of objects. Some of the various materials and techniques used in the creation of these pairs are painting, drawing, sculpture, pillows, picture frames, posters, photograph and a vase of flowers. While the objects in the pairs are similar, they are not the same.

Towson Brass Quintet | Brass Without Boundaries

Sun., Sept. 8, 3 p.m.
Center for the Arts, Harold J. Kaplan Concert Hall, CA 3042
Get tickets

A performance of Handel’s “The Queen of Sheba” highlights how myths and legends transcend different cultures. Diverse selections display the versatility of brass in all styles and genres. Included is a rare performance of Jóhann Jóhannson’s monumental “Virðulegu Forsetar” in a concert enhanced with multimedia elements.

2019 Fall Film Series | Arts Without Boundaries: Breaking Binaries and Borders

Mondays at 7:30 p.m. | Sept. 9, 16, 23, 30, Oct. 7, 14
Van Bokkelen Hall Auditorium, VB 204
Free

The Department of Electronic Media and Film’s 2019 Fall Film Series “Arts Without Boundaries: Breaking Binaries and Borders” spans several genres and explores the way boundaries shape our sense of belonging and our conceptions of citizenship. Some films may contain material recommended for mature audiences.

  • Sept. 9 - Human Flow (2017)
  • Sept. 16 - Venus Boyz (2002)
  • Sept. 23 - Sorry to Bother You (2018)
  • Sept. 30 - The Forgotten Space (2010)
  • Oct. 7 - Little White Lie (2014)
  • Oct. 14 - Splice (2010)

Lecture | Artist Sandy Winters

Thurs., Sept. 12, 6:30 p.m.
Center for the Arts, Art Lecture Hall, CA 2032
Free

Winters combines painting, drawing and block printing. Her work has been shown extensively in museums and galleries across the United States. Her solo exhibition Creation and Destruction is on view through Dec. 14.

Sandy Winters art
Sandy Winters, Conveyor Belts and Crystal Balls (detail), 2017

Exhibition | Sandy Winters: Creation and Destruction

Fri., Sept. 13 – Sat., Dec. 14 (Closed Nov. 26 – Dec. 1)
Gallery Hours: Tues. – Sat., 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Opening Reception: Thurs., Sept. 12, following lecture
Center for the Arts Gallery, CA 3040
Free

Through her work, Sandy Winters explores nature by perceiving it as an indefatigable and overwhelming force that is perpetually giving birth to and at the same time continuously overcoming the world of order, artifice and fantasy.

Ailey II Master Class

Fri., Sept. 13, 6 p.m.
Center for the Arts, CA 1008
Get tickets

Join us as members of the Ailey II dance company offer an intermediate/advanced level modern technique master class for members of the Greater Baltimore community ahead of the performance on Saturday, Sept. 14. Proceeds benefit AileyCamp Baltimore.

Ailey II
Ailey II 2019 Season Image. Caroline Theodora Dartey and Carl Ponce Cubero. Photo by Kyle Froman.

Ailey II

Sat., Sept. 14, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Stephens Hall Theater, ST 217
Get tickets

Internationally renowned touring dance company Ailey II, the younger version of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, kicks off its 2019 season at Towson University. Ailey II merges the spirit and energy of the country’s best young dance talent with the passion and creative vision of today’s most outstanding emerging choreographers.

Founded in 1974, the company embodies Alvin Ailey’s pioneering mission to establish an extended cultural community that provides dance performances, training and community programs for all people.

Ailey II performs across the U.S. and internationally. The two performances at TU are the first on an upcoming nationwide tour. It also marks the dance company’s ninth time performing on campus.

Under the artistic direction of Troy Powell, the Ailey spirit shines in a performance that includes Alvin Ailey’s timeless classics and thrilling new works by today’s emerging choreographers.

The troupe includes 12 dancers—two with local ties: Amarachi Valentina Korie from Baltimore and Alisha Rena Peek from Upper Marlboro.

What should the audience expect?

“They’re going to see dancers that are really, really passionate. They love to perform and make that connection with audiences. They get on that stage and really move one another,” Powell said before the 2018 performance. “They’ll see a less than 2-hour concert that is high in energy, with a diverse rep—different music, different styles, different choreography—it'll definitely be very energetic, very passionate. You’ll also see 12 of the most promising dancers around get on that stage and just wow the audience.”

jazz in the library

Noontime Jazz

Tues., Sept. 17, 12 p.m.
Cook Library, 3rd floor lobby
Free

TU student musicians kick off the library’s monthly jazz concert series with some toe-tapping tunes.

 

Meet the Artist | Sayaka Kajita Ganz

Thurs., Sept. 19, 6:30 p.m.
Center for the Arts, Asian Arts Gallery, CA 2036
Free

Celebrate the opening of Reclaimed Creations with a reception and gallery talk with artist Sayaka Kajita Ganz. She discusses her process for and philosophy of creating welded sculptures of animal forms.

Sayaka Ganz art
Sayaka Ganz, Emergence (Light), 2013

Exhibition | Sayaka Ganz: Reclaimed Creations

Thurs., Sept. 19 – Sat., Dec. 7 (Closed Nov. 26 – Dec. 1)
Gallery Hours: Mon. – Sat., 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Center for the Arts, Asian Arts Gallery, CA 2037
Free

Enter a wonderland of airy horses, birds and sea creatures appearing to fly, swim, run and swirl. Sayaka Kajita Ganz creates sculptures from reclaimed plastic objects, arranging the fragments of waste into fluid images of birds and animals that appear to be created from brush strokes.

1969: A Cook Library Escape Room

Fri., Sept. 20, 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m.
Cook Library, CK 507
Free

You’ve slipped through time and find yourself in 1969! Solve puzzles using clues contained in items from the University Archives and Special Collections about Cook’s 50-year history to work your way through the decades and escape before the hour is up. Register on the library website!

student printmaking

Panel Discussion | A Future in Printmaking I

Thurs., Sept. 26, 6:30 p.m.
Center for the Arts, Art Lecture Hall, CA 2032
Free

Michael Smoot ’05, Lauren Peterson ’07, Sherri Blase ’07, and Thomas Engleman ’08 will talk about how they navigated obtaining MFAs and developed careers in printmaking after receiving bachelor’s degrees from TU.

Hamlet poster

“Hamlet” by William Shakespeare | Directed by David White

Fri., Oct. 18 and Sat., Oct. 19, 8 p.m., Sun., Oct. 20, 2 p.m., Thurs., Oct. 24, 7:30 p.m., Fri., Oct. 25 and Sat., Oct. 26, 8 p.m.
Preview: Thurs., Oct. 17, 7:30 p.m.
Center for the Arts, Mainstage Theater, CA 3043
Get tickets

Hamlet’s father is dead. Hamlet’s mother and uncle got married. All Hamlet wants is to go back to college and escape the drama, but there’s a ghost with another plan. Hamlet dives deep into intrigue and danger, taking on the system from within, and learning that the only way to save the country is by becoming the person that no one wants to be. Proceeds benefit the TU Foundation. May contain material recommended for mature audiences.

dance performance

Inertia

Fri., Oct. 18, 7 p.m., Sat., Oct. 19, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Preview: Thurs., Oct. 17, 7 p.m.
Center for the Arts, Dance Studio Theater, CA 1003
Get tickets

TU Department of Dance students, faculty and alumni come together for an elegant and imaginative performance replete with artistry and skill.

Faculty Chamber Concert | Art Without Boundaries

Sun., Oct. 20, 3 p.m.
Center for the Arts, Recital Hall, CA 3066
Get tickets

Allow music to transport you to a remote Jewish shtetl in Russia and to exotic lands in the Middle East. Let poetry and music boundlessly weave together strands of a story in a performance by the Baltimore Trio, World Music Ensemble and other groups.

Bergamot String Quartet

Bergamot String Quartet

Wed., Oct. 23, 8 p.m.
Center for the Arts, Recital Hall CA 3066
Get tickets

The New Music Ensemble at TU presents the Bergamot String Quartet in a concert highlighting the work of women composers who place genre-bending music into a meaningful dialogue with histories that precede it. Pieces by Caroline Shaw, Felipe Lara, Ledah Finck, Jordan Chase and Alberto Ginastera are featured.

4th Annual Media and Culture Lecture

Thurs., Oct. 24, 7 p.m.
West Village Commons, Ballroom A
Free

This fourth installment in the Annual Media and Culture Lecture Series explores the history and culture of Baltimore through the screening of the 2016 documentary “Rat Film.” A panel of journalists and community organizers respond to the film and questions from the audience.

Panel Discussion | A Future in Printmaking II

Thurs., Oct. 24, 6:30 p.m.
Center for the Arts, Art Lecture Hall, CA 2032
Free

Luke Martin ’15, Jordan Levine ’17, Chloe Wack, Val Lucas, and Justin Ostrofsky ’11 will talk about how the printmaking classes they took in college have been useful in various careers, from owning their own business to working in print shops and beyond.

Gillian Collins and Michael Thompson art
Gillian Collins, Arby's (detail), 2018 (left) and Michael Thompson, Someone's Soul in Spiritual Warfare, 2019

MFA Exhibition | Gillian Collins & Michael Thompson

Fri., Oct. 25 – Sat., Dec. 14 (Closed Nov. 26 – Dec. 1)
Gallery Hours: Tues. – Sat., 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Center for the Arts, Holtzman MFA Gallery, CA 2040
Free

Through their MFA exhibitions, Gillian Collins provokes audiences to contemplate the foundation of technological advancements by conveying unnoticed engineering feats through art; Michael Thompson presents a manifestation of meditation and prayer, revealing line, gesture, shape and form through a variety of media in dialog with the Holy Spirit.

Annual Veterans Film Series | Contemporary Conflicts

Fridays at 7 p.m. beginning Oct. 25
Van Bokkelen Hall Auditorium, VB 204
Free

The TU Military & Veterans Center and the TU Department of Electronic Media and Film present four films exploring contemporary conflicts.

  • Oct. 25 – “Restrepo” (2010)
  • Nov. 1 – “Lone Survivor” (2013)
  • Nov. 8 – “The War Tapes” (2006)
  • Nov. 15 – “Return” (2011)

Overcoming Stage Fright and Speech Anxiety

Wed., Oct. 30, 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Stephens Hall, ST 310
Free

Halloween evokes the spooky and the terrifying. Join the Public Communication Center for a Halloween-themed workshop on overcoming stage fright. The event features tips and tricks as well as the opportunity to participate in hands-on activities that can help you to overcome speech anxiety.

dance performance

Dances in Progress

Fri., Nov. 1, 7 p.m., Sat., Nov. 2, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Preview: Thurs., Oct. 31, 7 p.m.
Center for the Arts, Dance Studio Theater, CA 1003
Get tickets

This student-choreographed and student-performed concert is part of the senior capstone class. Movement styles are diverse and creative with students applying the many techniques studied at TU.

TU Student Composers Concert

Wed., Nov. 6, 8 p.m.
Center for the Arts, Recital Hall, CA 3066
Free

TU composition students present a concert of original works performed by fellow students in the Department of Music.

Talk Like TED: Designing and Delivering a Dynamic Presentation

Thurs., Nov. 7, 6 p.m.
Van Bokkelen Hall Auditorium, VB 204
Free

Carmine Gallo argues that there are three essential components for an inspiring presentation: connect with the audience; teach them something new; and present information in a memorable way. Join the Public Communication Center and learn how to implement these strategies in your own presentation.

opera in a can

Opera in a Can | Mr. Brewster’s Incredible Invention

Sat., Nov. 9, 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.
Center for the Arts, Recital Hall, CA 3066
Get tickets

TU’s children's opera outreach program, Opera in a Can, presents “Mr. Brewster’s Incredible Invention,” an award-winning new opera by composer Anthony R. Green about the history, art and science of the kaleidoscope. Creative activities for children at 10:15 a.m. Proceeds benefit the TU Foundation.

Family art day

Family Arts Day

Sat., Nov. 9, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Center for the Arts, Atrium
Free

Experience the joy of being an artist at TU Community Art Center’s Family Arts Day. Drop in for a day of interactive art activities, dance workshops, and gallery tours inspired by the current art exhibitions. All ages welcome.

Lecture | Art Historian Christina Salowey

Thurs., Nov. 14, 6:30 p.m.
Center for the Arts, Art Lecture Hall, CA 2032
Free

Salowey, a professor of classics at Hollins University, will speak on “Heracles, the Mortal Hero who Fought the Giants,” highlighting the times during which this mythological tale was a most popular theme and offering interpretations of notable representations.

Icarus prop making
TU Assistant Professor Tavia La Follette works with a student on the set for "Icarus at the Border."

Icarus at the Border, a Meditation on Monstrous Appetites

Fri., Nov. 15 and Sat., Nov 16, 8 p.m., Sun., Nov. 17, 2 p.m., Wed., Nov. 20 and Thurs., Nov. 21, 7:30 p.m., Fri., Nov. 22 and Sat., Nov. 23, 8 p.m.
Preview: Thurs., Nov. 14, 7:30 p.m.
Center for the Arts, Studio Theater, CA 3060
Get tickets

“Icarus at the Border” is an original theatre work TU Assistant Professor Tavia La Follette is co-producing and directing with renowned South African theatre artist Malcolm Purkey, in residence in the Department of Theatre Arts this year. May contain material recommended for mature audiences. Written and directed by Malcom Purkey and Tavia La Follette. Proceeds benefit the TU Foundation.

Music for the Stage | An Afternoon of Scenes

Sun., Nov. 17, 3 p.m.
Center for the Arts, Harold J. Kaplan Concert Hall, CA 3042
Get tickets

TU Music for the Stage students perform an entertaining program of opera, operetta and musical theatre scenes. Fully staged and costumed, this performance will feature the department's singer-actors at their very best.

steel drums

TU Steel Pan, World Music and Cambodian Classical Ensembles

Tues., Nov. 19, 8 p.m.
Center for the Arts, Harold J. Kaplan Concert Hall, CA 3042
Free

Music without boundaries: TU’s World Music and Cambodian Classical Ensembles student performers present works from around the globe in this combined concert. Directors: Chum Ngek and Andrea Vercoe.

Mark Guiliana
Photo by Deneka Peniston

Bill and Helen Murray Jazz Residency featuring Mark Guiliana

Wed., Nov. 20, 8 p.m., Fri., Nov. 22, 8 p.m.
Center for the Arts, Recital Hall, CA 3066
Get tickets

Award-winning musician Mark Guiliana, the Bill and Helen Murray Jazz Residency guest artist, presents two concerts. Wednesday evening will include longtime collaborators Chris Morrissey and TU faculty member Jason Rigby. On Friday evening, Guiliana leads a student ensemble in the final concert marking the weeklong residency.

Emerge

Wed., Nov. 20 – Sat., Nov. 23, 7 p.m., Sun., Nov. 24, 2 p.m.
Stephens Hall Theater, ST 217
Get tickets

A collaborative effort unfolds into new artistic innovations from the students in the TU Dance Company and the choreographers exploring their craft with them.

Improvisation Ensemble Showcase

Thurs., Nov. 21, 8 p.m.
Center for the Arts, Recital Hall, CA 3066
Free
Improvisation students perform improvised music under the guidance of faculty member John Dierker. Each performance is created with little or no predetermined parameters. Join us for an evening of truly original music.

TU Chorale

TU Choral Society | Voices from the South

Sun., Nov. 24, 3 p.m.
Center for the Arts, Harold J. Kaplan Concert Hall, CA 3042
Get tickets

The TU Choral Society performs the iconic "Misa Criolla" by Argentinean composer Ariel Ramirez, based on traditional Andean rhythms and accompanied by musical instruments from the region.

TU Symphonic Band | Music Without Boundaries

Thurs., Dec. 5, 8 p.m.
Center for the Arts, Harold J. Kaplan Concert Hall, CA 3042
Get tickets

The TU Symphonic Band students present an array of music without boundaries from classical to contemporary genres.

TU Choirs | Songs that Connect Us

Fri., Dec. 6, 8 p.m.
Center for the Arts, Harold J. Kaplan Concert Hall, CA 3042
Get tickets

The TU Choir students, under the direction of Diana V. Sáez and Stephen Holmes, present a collection of choral songs that explore the power of music to heal, connect and unite us all.

pottery sale

46th Annual Holiday Pottery and Art Sale

Fri., Dec. 6, 3 - 9 p.m., Sat., Dec. 7, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Center for the Arts, Ceramics Studio, CA 3012
Free

Take home your own unique masterpiece and discover the exceptional caliber of work by TU students and faculty. A vast selection of handcrafted ceramics including raku, salt, stoneware, sculpture, blown glass and jewelry you’ve come to love will be available, along with illustrations, photography, painting, metalwork, prints and more. Proceeds benefit participating artists and the TU Foundation.

Toys for Tots Benefit Concert

Sun., Dec. 8, 7 p.m.
Center form the Arts, Harold J. Kaplan Concert Hall, CA 3042
Free with new, unwrapped toy

Enjoy the sounds of the season and make a difference for community children at this annual concert. It features the musicians of the Ken Ebo Jazz Orchestra who volunteer to present this joyous evening of holiday tunes.

End of Semester Screenings

Fri., Dec. 13, 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., Sat., Dec. 14, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., Sun., Dec. 15, 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Van Bokkelen Auditorium, VB 204
Free

Watch and listen to EMF’s Narrative Filmmaking and Audio class projects, as well as collaborative work between EMF and Art students in Animated and Visual Effects. 

MORE EVENTS

Master Events Calendar

For a full list of events happening at TU, check out the Master Events Calendar.