We took a look at what arts and culture events are scheduled at our area universities and colleges for 2017-2018.
Challenging you to broaden your horizons are:
Bryn Mawr College Performing Arts Series
The college is at 101 N. Merion Ave., Bryn Mawr.
Rinde Eckert “My Fools — A Life in Song”: 8 p.m. Oct. 6-7, Goodhart Hall Hepburn Teaching Theater. Grammy-winner Rinde Eckert offers a mash up evening of music and characters from his 30 years of theater, experimental opera and multidisciplinary creations
“A Gospel Celebration” directed by Dr. J. Donald Dumpson: 8 p.m. Dec. 2, Goodhart Hall McPherson Auditorium.
Ralph Lemon lecture/performance: 8 p.m. Feb. 2, Goodhart Hall. A National Medal of Arts honoree, Lemon reflects on the social gravities of art, race and identity.
The “Geography” Trilogy screening: 1 p.m. Feb. 3. It features “Geography” (1997), “Tree” (2000) and “Come Home Charley Patton” (2004), with commentary and readings by Lemon and close collaborators.
“Poor People’s TV Room” by Okwui Okpokwasili: 8 p.m. Feb. 23-24, Goodhart Hall Hepburn Teaching Theater. Inspired by the Nigerian Women’s War of 1929 and the Boko Haram kidnappings, a multi-generational ensemble of women performs movement, song and text influenced by dystopian folklore, speculative fiction, Igbo cosmology and the futures and commodities markets.
Zorá String Quartet: 8 p.m. March 24, Thomas Great Hall.
Regular and flex subscriptions are $90, $75 for seniors. Tickets to individual events are $20, $18 for seniors, $10 for students and Dance Pass holders or members of dancephiladelphia.org, and $5 for children under 12. Ralph Lemon event tickets are $15, $7.50 for students, $2.50 for children under 12. Tickets to both the Ralph Lemon lecture/performance and the Geography trilogy screening are $25, $15 for students and $5 for children under 12.
Go to www.brynmawr.edu/performing-arts-seriess or call (610) 526-5210.
The university is at 610 King of Prussia Road, Radnor.
Holy Spirit Library Gorevin Gallery: “Posters for the People — Art of the WPA, 1936-1943” continues through Oct. 14. “Abandoned America — The Age of Consequences” opens Oct. 19, with an Artist Talk & Book Signing at 5. It continues through Nov. 20.
The Mansion: A concert of classical and near-classical repertoire by young professional singers from the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia will include selections from opera, Broadway and operetta. It starts at 3 p.m. Oct. 22. Pianist Jenny Chen plays the music of Franz Liszt at 3 p.m. Nov. 19.
Grace Hall Atrium: The Cabrini University Chorus and Chorale performs a holiday concert at 3 p.m. Dec. 10.
Get more information at www.cabrini.edu or (610) 902-8100.
Delaware County Community College 2017/18 Arts Season
All events are held on the Marple Campus, Media Line Road, Marple Township.
Visual Arts Series: The Room 2305 art gallery is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. The Faculty Art Exhibition is featured through Oct. 6. From Oct. 19-Nov. 17, it’s the A.F.A. Foundations Exhibition, featuring work created by first-year students in the A.F.A. degree program. From Dec. 6-Jan. 10, see the “215|610 Contemporary Juried Exhibition” for regional emerging artists. Note that the gallery is closed Dec. 25-Jan. 1. The Annual Regional High School Art Exhibition showcases the art of high school students in Delaware and Chester counties Jan. 24-Feb. 22.
Student Theater Production: The Pulitzer- and Tony-winning play “Clybourne Park,” a satire about the politics of race, is presented at 7 p.m. Nov. 9-11 and 16-18 in the Academic Building’s Large Auditorium. Tickets are $10.
New Music Concert Series: All events are held in the Academic Building Large Auditorium. Tickets are $10, free for students and DCCC employees. Cellist Jason Calloway presents “America Now: Living Composers” at 3 p.m. Oct. 1. ZOFO are pianists Eva-Maria Zimmerman and Keisuke Nakagoshi. They perform works by Gabriella Smith, Ryan Brown, Nicholas Pavkovik, Sahba Aminikia, Pablo Ortiz, Kenji Oh, Gabriela Lena Frank and Igor Stravinsky at 3 p.m. Oct. 22 at 3 p.m. The electro-acoustic NakedEye Ensemble utilizes acoustic, electric, toy, kitchen, and noise-making instruments at 3 p.m. Nov. 12.
The spring concert season kicks off on March 25 with a solo piano performance by Kathleen Supove, followed by a flute, cello and piano trio concert by Dolce Suono on April 15, and ending with the return of trombonist William Lang on April 22.
The college is at 370 Lancaster Ave., Haverford. Visit www.haverford.edu.
Visual art: “John G. Bullock, Maxfield Parrish, George, Mary and William Vaux: Photographers of the Real” is on view through Oct. 8 in the Marshall Fine Art Center’s Atrium Gallery. “Deprived of the Use of Their Reason — Quakerism & the Curability of Mental Illness at Friends’ Asylum, 1817-1867” revisits the first private mental hospital in the U.S. through Oct. 15 in the Magill Library’s Sharpless Gallery. “Sadie Barnette — Dear 1968 ...” mines personal and political histories using family photographs, recent drawings and selections from the 500-page file that the FBI amassed after her father joined the Black Panther Party in 1968. On view through Oct. 13 in the Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery, the exhibit is in conjunction with the symposium “The Black Extra/ordinary,” which will be held Oct. 6-7.
Concerts: Programs are presented in Roberts Hall’s Marshall Auditorium. Jason Calloway (cello), 3 p.m. Sept. 17; Giora Schmidt (violin), 3 p.m. Sept. 24; Emanuele Arciuli (piano), Oct. 1; Chamber Orchestra “First Editions” Fall Concert, 3 p.m. Oct. 7; Family Weekend Annual Students Ensembles Concert, 8:30 p.m. Oct. 27; David Kim (violin), 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14; Haverford College Orchestra fall concert, 8 p.m. Nov. 17; Concert Artist Series: Music of Curt Cacioppo, 3 p.m. Dec. 3; Haverford College Chorale fall concert, 3 p.m. Dec. 10; Haverford College Chamber Singers’ Annual Holiday Concert, 8 p.m. Dec. 14; Haverford College Fall Chamber Music Concert, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 18-19; Chamber Orchestra “First Editions” Spring Concert, 3 p.m. Feb. 17; Concert Artist Series: The Orlando Consort, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 25; Concert Artist Series: Cavani String Quartet, 3 p.m. March 4; Concert Artist Series: Steven Mayer (piano), 7:30 p.m. April 3; Concert Artist Series: Marquis Hill Black-tet, 3 p.m. April 8; Network for New Music Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. April 13; Haverford College Spring Orchestra Concert, 8 p.m. April 20; Haverford College Spring Chorale Concert, 3 p.m. April 29; Haverford College Chamber Singers Annual Rotunda Concert, 4:45 p.m. May 3; Haverford College Spring Chamber Music Concert, 7:30 p.m. May 7-8; Haverford College Chamber Singers’ Annual Commencement Concert, 8:30 p.m. May 18.
Montgomery County Community College Lively Arts Series
Programs are held in the Science Center Theater, near the Morris Road entrance in Whitpain.
“DEEJ” (film): 7 p.m. Sept. 19.
The Church Sisters (folk): 8 p.m. Oct. 7.
Robin Spielberg (classical): 4 p.m. Oct. 15.
“Oil & Water” (film): 7 p.m. Oct. 19.
Arturo Sandoval (jazz): 4 p.m. Oct. 22.
Hotel California (tribute to The Eagles): 8 p.m. Oct. 27.
Presidential Symposium with Dr. Derrick Pitts: 12:30 p.m. Nov. 8.
Ghosts of War (theater): 8 p.m. Nov. 10.
Anthony Kearns (classical): 4 p.m. Nov. 12.
“Mind/Game” (film): 7 p.m. Nov. 16.
Calidore String Quartet: 4 p.m. Dec. 10.
A Cappella Pops “Be of Good Cheer” Holiday Concert: 4 p.m. Dec. 17.
Young Art Explorers “Janet’s Planet Tour through the Solar System”: 10:30 a.m. Jan. 25.
Young Art Explorers Theatreworks’ “The Lightning Thief”: 10:30 a.m. Jan. 26, 11 a.m. Jan. 27.
Terence Blanchard and E-Collective (jazz): 8 p.m. Feb. 10.
“Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (Abridged)” (theater): 8 p.m. Feb. 16.
“Little Stones” (theater): 7 p.m. Feb. 13.
American Rhapsody — The Gershwin Songbook (jazz/big band): 8 p.m. Feb. 23.
“Pinkalicious —The Musical”: 11 a.m. Feb. 24.
Justin Roberts and the Not So Ready for Naptime Players: 11 a.m. March 10.
Ballet X: 8 p.m. March 24.
“Big Sonia” (film): 7 p.m. March 27.
“Ghost Town to Havana” (film): 7 p.m. April 11.
Custom subscription ticket bundles are available for a limited time. Visit www.mc3.edu/livelyarts. For more information call (215) 641-6518 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Neumann University Cultural Arts Forum Series
Except where noted, all events are held at 1:30 p.m. in the Meagher Theatre in the Thomas A. Bruder Jr. Life Center at 1 Neumann Drive, Aston, unless otherwise noted. Except where noted, admission is $10 or free for Cultural Arts Forum members. Call (610) 558-5626 or visit www.neumann.edu.
“Edgar Allen Poe — Master of Macabre and Poet Extraordinaire” with performer Christopher Davis: Oct. 12.
“The Winter Soldiers” Author’s Corner with Andrew Miller: Oct. 20. Free will donation.
Fashion Show & Luncheon at Penn Oaks Golf Club in West Chester: 11:30 a.m. Nov. 4. Cost is $40.
“John F. Kennedy — 100th Anniversary of his Birth”: Nov. 9.
Gaslight Productions’ Kate & Randy Do The Holidays: Dec. 7.
“Ireland — Tea, Food and Folklore”: March 8.
Marie Curie — A Nobel Life Author’s Corner with Ann Atkins: March 16. Free will donation.
“Civil War Medicine — North and South”: April 12.
High Tea with Queen Victoria at Lia’s Catering in Upper Chichester: 2 p.m. April 22. Cost is $40.
Penn State Abington Cultural & Community Events
PSU Abington is at 1600 Woodland Road, Abington. See http://abington.psu.edu/cultural-community-events.
“An Afternoon with the Arts” Opera Lecture — “The Magic Flute”: 2:30 p.m. Sept. 24, 112 Woodland Building. Light refreshments will be served during the intermission. Cost is $15.
Sunday Muse (folk/pop): 7 p.m. Oct. 12, Sutherland Auditorium. Free.
Friday Night Film Series — “The Lost City of Z”: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 20, 112 Woodland Building. Cost is $10.
Friday Night Film Series — “Genius”: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17, 112 Woodland Building. Cost is $10.
Penn State Abington Jazz Ensemble: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6, Sutherland Auditorium. Free.
The college is at 1400 Montgomery Ave., Rosemont. Call (610) 527-0200 or visit www.rosemont.edu.
Lawrence Gallery: The gallery is in Lawrence Hall and open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays. For more information, contact Patricia at email@example.com or (610) 527-0200, ext. 2310. “Kathleen Spicer — Illuminated” will be on display through Sept. 30. Paintings by Alice Oh, “Adaptation/Equilibrium,” will be on display through Oct. 12. “Alison Willse: New Drawings” goes on view Oct. 19-Nov. 24. “John A. Benigno — Adobe Church Project: Built of Earth and Faith” can be seen Nov. 30-Jan. 12.
Jest and Gesture presents “The Laramie Project:” 7 p.m. Nov. 17, McShain Performing Arts Center Rotwitt Theater, free. Proceeds from concessions and donations will be sent to the Matthew Shepard Foundation, a nonprofit started in Shepard’s memory that advocates for tolerance and hate crime legislation.
The college is at 500 College Ave., Swarthmore. Except where noted, all events are held in the Lang Performing Arts Center. Check www.swarthmore.edu.
“Peter and Donna Thomas — The Work of 40 Years”: through Oct. 7, McCabe Library. At 4:30 p.m. Oct. 2 the Thomases arrive in their artists’ book-mobile, modeled after a wagon made for Romany travelers in England during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. There will be a papermaking demonstration and a tour of the book-mobile, and refreshments will be served.
Israel/Palestine Film Series: 4:15 p.m. Sept. 20, 27, Oct. 4, 11.
Mandolin virtuoso, composer and vocalist Chris Thile (Nickel Creek, Punch Brothers): 8 p.m. Sept. 23, free.
Pig Iron Theatre Company — “A Period of Animate Existence”: 2 p.m. Sept. 30.
Quakers, Swarthmore and the Underground Railroad walking tour: 3 p.m. Oct. 6. Meet at the McCabe Library front entrance.
Swarthmore College Chamber Orchestra “First Editions” concert featuring former U.S. Rep. Barney Frank and the Rittenhouse Jazz Quintet: 8 p.m. Oct. 6.
“Civic Engagement” with Eboo Patel: 7 p.m. Nov. 1.
Swarthmore College Orchestra, featuring David Kim: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 12, free.
Swarthmore College Wind Ensemble: 8 p.m. Nov. 18, free.
Gamelan Semara Santi: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3-4. Gamelan Semara Santi is a classical percussion orchestra from Bali, Indonesia, consisting of tuned gongs, bronze-keyed xylophones, drums and bamboo flutes.
Swarthmore College Chorus and Garnet Singers: 3 p.m. Dec. 9, 3 p.m. May 5, free.
Swarthmore College Wind Ensemble: 8 p.m. April 14, free.
Swarthmore College Orchestra: 8 p.m. May 4, free.
Lang Performing Arts Center List Gallery: “Fritz Dietel: 25 Years,” through Oct. 22, 2017; “Donald Teskey: Landscapes,” Nov. 2-Dec. 10; “Anthony Goicolea: Photographs,” Jan. 22-Feb. 23; “Ellen Shankin and Donna Polseno: Ceramics,” Feb. 27-April 8. Hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays.
The college is at 601 E. Main St., Collegeville.
Free organ recital with Alan Morrison: 4 p.m. Sept. 17, Bomberger Auditorium.
Robot Bears electronic music concert: 4 p.m. Oct. 8, Bomberger Auditorium.
Curtis Institute Student Organ Recital: 4 p.m. Oct. 22, Bomberger Auditorium.
Ursinus College Choir and Meistersingers free concert: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28, Bomberger Auditorium.
Musical theater “Hair”: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 2-3, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Nov. 4, 2 p.m. Nov. 5, Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Center Lenfest Theater. Cost is $8, $5 for students and seniors.
Ursinus College Concert Band: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10, Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Center Lenfest Theater. Free.
Ursinus College String Ensemble free concert: 4 p.m. Nov. 12, Bomberger Auditorium.
Ursinus College Dance Company “Once Removed” Fall Concert: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16-18, Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Center Blackbox Studio Theater. Cost is $8, $5 for students and seniors.
Ursinus College Jazz Ensemble free concert: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17, Bomberger Auditorium.
Handel’s “Messiah”: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2, 2:30 p.m. Dec. 3, Bomberger Auditorium,
“Lysistrata”: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22-24, 2 p.m. Feb. 25, Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Center Lenfest Theater. Cost is $8, $5 for students and seniors. In this ancient play, the war-weary women of Athens and Sparta stage a sex strike to end the Peloponnesian war, forcing their men to lay down their arms.
Theater production “Clybourne Park”: 7:30 p.m. March 22-24, 2 p.m. March 25, Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Center Blackbox Studio Theater. Cost is $8, $5 for students and seniors.
Ursinus College Dance Company Spring Concert: 7:30 p.m. April 19-21, Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Center Lenfest Theater. Cost is $8, $5 for students and seniors.
The university is at 800 E. Lancaster Ave., Villanova. Go to www1.villanova.edu.
Film “The Return”: 4:30 p.m. Sept. 18, Connelly Center.
Villanova Theatre at Vasey Hall: “Godspell,” Sept. 19-Oct. 1; “Intimate Apparel,” Nov. 7-19; “Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play,” Feb. 6-18; “Much Ado about Nothing,” April 10-22. Call (610) 519-7474 or visit www.villanovatheatre.org. “Godspell” is sure to raise some eyebrows, with women playing the roles of Jesus and John the Baptist/Judas.
Screening of “Corp Agus Anam”: 6 p.m. Sept. 21, Bartley Hall Room 2001. The first episode of an award-winning Irish language crime drama. The show is in Gaelic and will have English subtitles.
Villanova Student Musical Theatre “Curtains”: 8 p.m. Oct. 19, 8 p.m. and midnight Oct. 20, 8 p.m. Oct. 21 and 25-27. Cost is $10, $7 for students.
Concert with Mick Moloney and Friends: 5 p.m. Oct. 25, Connelly Cinema, free.
Film “As It is in Heaven”: 7 p.m. Nov. 13, Connelly Center. This Swedish film about a famous conductor who returns to his home town to take over as leader of the church choir tells a story about the search for community, truth and redemption.
Villanova Student Theatre Fall Show “A Streetcar Named Desire”: 8 p.m. Nov. 14-17, 2 and 8 p.m. Nov. 18, St. Mary’s Theatre. Cost is $10, $7 for students, $3 on Tuesday.
West Chester University is on University Avenue in West Chester. Check out venue information at www.wcupa.edu/oca/wcuLive.
Unless otherwise noted, tickets for all programs in Asplundh Concert Hall (except family programs) are $27 for orchestra seating, $22 for students and seniors. For partially obstructed orchestra seating tickets are $22, $17 for students and seniors. Balcony seats are $19 for adults, $15 for students and seniors. A price reduction has been announced for Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall orchestra seats with partially obstructed views of the stage. Obstructed-view seats are rows U-Z in the back of the orchestra level on both left and right sides of the house; the rows behind the sound board; and some of the seats on the far ends of rows D, E, F, G, H, J and K.
Neil Berg’s “Pianomen — An Intimate Tribute to Billy Joel & Elton John”: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 13, Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall.
Backtrack (a cappella quintet): 7:30 p.m. Oct. 27, Madeleine Wing Adler Theater. Tickets are $22, $17 for seniors and students.
Peter Gros of Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom: 3 p.m. Nov. 4, Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall.
Story Pirates (improv): 2 p.m. Dec. 9, Madeleine Wing Adler Theatre. Tickets are $10, $7 for seniors and students.
“Tapestry — A Tribute to Carole King”: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 19, Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall.
Goitse (pronounced “go-with-cha”) (Irish music and dance): 7:30 p.m. Feb. 24, Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall.
Missoula Children’s Theatre presents “Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs”: 3 and 5:30 p.m. March 17, Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall. Tickets are $10, $7 for seniors and students. Missoula Children’s Theatre will once again recruit more than 50 local children to stage this original musical adaptation.
Johnny Peers & the Muttville Comix: 3 p.m. March 31, Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall.
Tamagawa University Taiko Drumming & Dance Troupe: 7:30 p.m. April 11, Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall. Reserved seating is $17 for orchestra seating, $12 for the balcony.
The Mickey Finn Show: 3 p.m. April 21, Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall. Piano showman Fred “Mickey” Finn is a former nightclub owner who produced a Las Vegas main room show that ran from 1966-1996. His wife, American Banjo Hall of Fame inductee Cathy Reilly Finn, is a former USO Entertainer of the Year and was a Miss America finalist that won the talent competition.
Call (610) 436-2266 or visit http://wcupatix.com.