Here are just a few of the interesting events happening this week and upcoming in the Lewisburg area. You’ll find more details and more events listed on the Yo! Calendar. Check the local resource directory on the right sidebar for venues of ongoing events.
Tuesday, September 3rd, 7:30pm, Bucknell Hall, Poetry Reading: Brian Turner, Stadler Center for Poetry at Bucknell. Brian Turner is the author of two poetry collections, Phantom Noise (2010) and Here, Bullet (2005) which won the 2005 Beatrice Hawley Award, the New York Times “Editor’s Choice” selection, the 2006 Pen Center USA “Best in the West” award, and the 2007 Poets Prize, among others. Turner served seven years in the US Army, including one year as an infantry team leader in Iraq with the 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division. Prior to that, he was deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1999-2000 with the 10th Mountain Division. Turner’s poetry has appeared in Poetry Daily, The Georgia Review, and other journals, and in the Voices in Wartime Anthology published in conjunction with the feature-length documentary film of the same name. Turner was also featured in Operation Homecoming, a unique documentary that explores the firsthand accounts of American servicemen and women through their own words. He earned an MFA from the University of Oregon and has lived abroad in South Korea. In 2009, Turner was selected as one of 50 United States Artists Fellows.
Wednesday, September 4th, 7:30pm, Jazz at Bucknell: Lee Konitz with Dan Tepfer, Weis Center Lobby as part of the Jazz at Bucknell Series. Lee Konitz’s career has spanned more than 50 years. When Lee Konitz first came to prominence in the late 1940s he was one of the very few alto players of the period who was able to escape the dominating presence of Charlie Parker and create a completely personal, recognizable sound and style on the saxophone. Dan Tepfer has made a name for himself as a pianist-composer of wide-ranging ambition and individuality. Among his awards are the first prize and audience prize at the 2006 Montreux Jazz Festival Solo Piano Competition, first prize at the 2006 East Coast Jazz Festival Competition, and first prize at the 2007 competition of the American Pianists Association. Free, tickets not required.
Wednesday, September 4th, 7:30 p.m. at the Forum, ELC, Naana Opoku-Agyemang, Minister of Education, Republic of Ghana Gives Two Public Lectures at BU. Dr. Opoku-Agyemang, will give a lecture on “The Effect of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade on Economic Development in Africa”. On Thursday, September 5th, 7:30 p.m. at the Gallery Theater, ELC, she will speak on the “Prospects for Educational Cooperation with Africa”. A former faculty and university administrator, Dr. Opoku-Agyemang was the president of the University of Cape Coast (UCC) in Ghana 2008-2012, the first and only female president of a university in Ghana. She was also a Fulbright Senior Scholar Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Study and Research into the African Humanities, Northwestern University, USA (1994) and Ghana’s representative to the Executive Board of UNESCO.
Saturday, September 7th 3-4pm, the third annual Happy Happy Song and Dance Show returns to the Campus Theatre in downtown Lewisburg. Conceived by Kelly Knox, Associate Professor of Dance at Bucknell, this hour long performance for children features the talents of the Bucknell dancing dancers and the sensational live music of Billy Kelly & the Blahblahblahs with bonus Billy Kelly music videos on the big screen to start and end the show.
Little boy: “Mommy, does Billy Kelly sing ‘Doh-doh-de-oh’?”
Mommy: “Yes, son. and so much more.”
If you have kids, if you’re a kid-at-heart, if you wanna get in touch with your inner-kid, or simply have a baby goat ( a kid, get it?) then…
Don’t miss the third annual Happy Happy Song and Dance Show this Saturday, September 7th from 3-4pm at the Campus Theatre.
We’ve got hilarious songs played live by the amazing Billy Kelly and the Blahblahblas, vivacious dancing by the Bucknell Dancing Dancers, and bonus Billy Kelly videos on the big screen. It’s an hour of non-stop FUN for you and the kids in your life. (baby goats sold separately.)
P.S. The sky floats and so do goats… For a glimpse of a last year’s show, click here. Tickets $5 / $15 per family (cash or check only). Call 768-4081 for reservations.
For more details about the above events and for more event listings, see the Yo! Calendar. Ongoing events (weekly music gigs, art shows, meetings, etc.) are listed under their appropriate headings in the Local Resource Directory section on the right side bar.