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September 23, 2014 It has been said that fine or liberal arts curricula should include training in the art of eloquently asking, “Would you like fries with that?” Career-oriented students (and parents) often consider these areas of study optional or even “recreational.” David Mayo would argue that allowing yourself to pursue knowledge in the abstract is both fulfilling and valuable. There are always risks when following your heart in your choice of study, but there are always career options for those who apply the most important aspect of their education—creativity. Mayo will be speaking about his personal journey after earning his bachelor of fine arts degree in sculpture—and, no, he has never uttered the phrase “Would you like fries with that” professionally. Ellison Lecture, Watson Fine Arts, 5 p.m.
September 25, 2014 The Wheaton Studio Art Faculty will be in the gallery to discuss their work, on display in our current exhibition P3SF. Attendees are invited to hear these accomplished artists speak about their motivation, technique and thought process. Beard & Weil Galleries, Watson Fine Arts, 6 p.m.
September 29, 2014 After a decade of success with performances in Japan, Russia and Morocco, as well as a 26-month run in Paris, André Nerman and his troupe will return to Wheaton with Jacques Brel ou L’impossible Rêve, featuring Mr. Nerman (voice, guitar), Nelly Anne Rabas (voice) and Laurent Clergeau (piano). Brel (1929-1978) is a towering figure of “chanson” and Nerman’s company provides a rare opportunity to hear Brel’s best-known songs as he wrote them, in French. Kresge Experimental Theatre, Watson Fine Arts, 7:30 p.m.
September 30, 2014 Kathakali is a dance drama from the state of Kerala in Southwest India in which scenes from Indian epics such as the Ramayana are enacted by a small group of actors with accompanying musicians. As part of the performance, the unique Kathakali style of makeup and costuming will be demonstrated by the artists Messrs. Kaladharan, Shanmughadas and Sukumaran. The artists have been trained at the Kerala Kalamandalam, the foremost institution for Kathakali instruction in India. The Wheaton performance will give the Boston area audience a rare opportunity to see this form; the performers will focus on the character of Ravana from the epic Ramayana. Kresge Experimental Theatre, Watson Fine Arts, 7:30 p.m.