November and December events at Roanoke College | So Salem

Roanoke College celebrates its 175th Anniversary year with various events such as art exhibitions, speakers, Founder’s Day, a performance by the Kandinsky Trio and holiday events by the Roanoke College Choir and other student ensembles. All details at roanoke.edu/events.

Art Exhibition

Friday, Oct. 27 – Sunday, Dec. 3

Olin Gallery: Legacy – Highlights from the Roanoke College Permanent Collection (1842 – 2017)

Smoyer Gallery: We Are All Homeless – Willie Baronet

Thursday, Nov. 2

• 5:30-6:30 p.m. – Lecture/ “Signs of Humanity” preview

• 6:30-8 p.m. – Opening Reception

• 6-7:30 p.m. “Signs of Humanity” documentary screening in the Wortmann Ballroom, Colket Center with Q & A with artist, Willie Baronet, and director Tim Chumley

“Signs of Humanity” is a documentary film that explores themes of home, homelessness, compassion and humanity. Artist and professor Willie Baronet purchased more than 1,300 homeless signs over 24 years, and he uses this collection to create installations to raise awareness about homelessness. In July 2014, Baronet and three filmmakers drove across the country, interviewing more than 100 people on the streets and purchasing more than 280 homeless signs.

“Signs of Humanity” is a film about that trip. www.signsofhumanity.org

Legacy – Highlights from the Roanoke College Permanent Collection (1842 – 2017)

In celebration of Roanoke’s 175th anniversary, this exhibition showcases artists from the Roanoke College’s Permanent Collection. They include: Cory Archangel, Alice Aycock, Walter Biggs, Edward Marshall Boehm, Alice Ray Cathrall, Paul Chan, William Merrit Chase, Salvador Dali, E.V. Day, Betty Dixon, Bradford Ellis, Dorothy Gillespie, Jane Hammond, Pablo Helguera, Guillermo Kuitca, Diego Lasansky, Liz Magic Lazer, Shane McAdams, Yassi Mazandi, Alexandra Penney, Nathaniel Mary Quinn, Hunt Slonem, George Solonevich, Fred Tomaselli, Andy Warhol, Firooz Zahedi, Andrew Zuckerman and many more.

We Are All Homeless

We Are All Homeless highlights 22 prints of signs drawn by people enduring homelessness in the United States. This collection is a subset of about 280 placards that artist Willie Baronet purchased over 31 days across 24 cities. In July 2014, he traveled from Seattle to New York as part of his greater project, We Are All Homeless, on which he had worked since 1993.

This exhibition features poignant signs that Baronet bought and stories he collected from homeless people across cities like Portland, Albuquerque, Detroit, and Baltimore.

In 24 years, Baronet has collected about 1,300 signs and conducted just as many impromptu interviews. His project has developed from a hobby into a social advocacy platform to rid stigmas associated with homelessness.

Baronet, of Louisiana, received his master of arts in applied arts from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Later, he sold his advertising design firm and obtained a Master of Fine Arts in arts and technology from University of Texas at Dallas. Baronet now teaches at Southern Methodist University’s Meadows School of the Arts. www.williebaronet.blogspot.com/

 Paper Blooms Project Workshops

Wednesday, November 1, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. | Smoyer Gallery

The Paper Blooms ProjectSM is a collaborative based exhibition that will be composed of a collection of hand-made paper flowers to create a community garden. Works for this exhibition will be made by local and regional volunteers to unite and support the community through art. Groups and individuals are invited to participate in Paper Blooms ProjectSM by creating single or multiple pieces for this exhibition that will be on view at Roanoke College’s Olin Hall Gallery, January to March, 2018. Individuals may join paper-flower making workshops at Roanoke College. Materials will be provided.

Roanoke College Coffee Shop Talks

November 2nd, 8 p.m., Mill Mountain Coffee and Tea, Salem

“Toy Like Me” – Prof. Frances Bosch, a lecturer in Roanoke’s biology department

Roanoke College Coffee Shop Talks provide a relaxed forum for discussion and inquiry on a wide range of topics. Each one-hour talk includes a short presentation, followed by questions and discussion.

Culture 4 a Cause – A benefit for Family Promise of Greater Roanoke

Friday, November 3, 5:30 -7:30 p.m. I Olin Galleries I Tickets $50/person or $90/couple.

Join Roanoke College for an after-five cultural collaborative. A fun and informative evening fusing art, music and haute cuisine with a cause to raise awareness of homelessness. The evening’s fundraising efforts will benefit Family Promise of Greater Roanoke. Enjoy an exhibit by visiting artist Willie Baronet, entertainment by The Gypsy Weed band, and food and sprits by RC Catering. Tickets are: $50/person or $90/couple.

This inaugural Culture 4 a Cause benefit is part of a featured exhibit of the Olin Hall Smoyer Gallery, We Are All Homeless by Willie Baronet. Baronet’s exhibit, Signs of Humanity, is a project that developed into a social advocacy platform to bring awareness to homelessness. In 2014, Baronet traveled to 24 cities in 31 days from Seattle to New York where he collected poignant signs and stories from the homeless.

Gypsy style classic jazz in the tradition of the great Django Reinhart will begin at 6:00 p.m. featuring the band, The Gypsy Weed. Musicians Steven Paul, Bob Casey and JT Thisdell will play hot club instruments from the 30’s and 40’s along with some hybridized fiddle tunes.

This event is being co-sponsored by the Olin Art Galleries and Community Programs. To register, visit www.roanoke.edu/events Register early, this event is expected to sell out.

WRKE Special Coverage: Decision 2017

Tuesday, November 7, 7:00 – 11:45 p.m., WRKE, Roanoke College

Catch live coverage of Decision 2017. WRKE and a panel of analysts will cover the Virginia gubernatorial election as well as the New Jersey gubernatorial election. Tune in to WRKE at 100.3 FM or wrke.org.

Dr. Tom Rutherford: Views of the Forest or the Trees: Does Ovarian Cancer Exist?

Wednesday, Nov. 8, 7 or 7:30 p.m., Colket Center Wortmann Ballroom

Dr. Thomas Rutherford ’76 is a noted expert on the application of modern clinical methods in treatment of gynecologic cancers.

Dr. Rutherford earned a B.S. in Chemistry from Roanoke, and did post-graduate work at Toledo’s Medical College of Ohio, earning a M.D. and Ph.D. degrees. Rutherford is a professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Division Director of Gynecologic Oncology at South Florida’s Morsani School of Medicine, and Medical Director at Tampa General Hospital’s Cancer Center.

Roanoke College Founder’s Day

Thursday, Nov. 16, 6:42 p.m., Back Quad

Roanoke’s annual Founder’s Day celebration commemorates the birthday of its first president, Dr. David Bittle and this year it also marks the College’s 175th anniversary. The traditional celebration begins with an evening bonfire on the College’s Back Quad and carriage rides. Then, a group forms a parade and marches up Main Street to East Hill Cemetery, where student members of the College’s Historical Society lay a wreath on Bittle’s grave and share remarks. The Historical Society is the College’s oldest student organization. Students dress in historical costumes on Founder’s Day.

For details about this year’s celebration, visit www.roanoke.edu/events.

Theatre Roanoke College: “The Trickeries of Scapin”

Wednesday through Saturday, Nov. 15-18, 7:30 p.m., Olin Theater

Tickets: $7 adults/$5 senior citizens & non RC students

Tickets available at www.roanoke.edu/events or by calling 540-375-2333.*

“The Trickeries of Scapin,” by French playwright Jean Moliére is a three-act comedy of intrigue, first performed in Paris in 1671. The plot and characters were influenced by the popular commedia dell’arte, an Italian theatrical format with improvised dialogue and a cast of colorful characters. This production will use the same physical style.

Roanoke College Choir and Oriana Singers: Lessons & Carols XXXIII

Sunday, Nov. 26, 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. (two concerts), St. Andrews Catholic Church, Roanoke

For the 33rd year, the Roanoke College Choir and Oriana Singers will present this unofficial opening to the Christmas season in the Roanoke Valley. The choirs sing arrangements of favorite carols and new compositions and will lead the congregation in the singing of favorite Advent and Christmas Carols. St. Andrew’s Kelly Wheelbarger will be organist. An offering will be taken to support Roanoke Area Ministries.

Martin Luther and Johann Sebastian Bach – Dr. Jeffrey Sandborg

Wednesday, Nov. 29, 6 p.m., Colket Center Wortmann Ballroom

Johann Sebastian Bach wrote intricate, expressive and timeless music as a profession of faith that gives God all the glory. Soli Deo Gloria!, Dr. Jeffrey Sandborg’s lecture, underscores the religious motifs in Bach’s music legacy. Dr. Paul Hinlicky will respond with remarks on Bach’s appropriation of Luther’s theology. The event is sponsored by the Robert D. Benne Center for Religion & Society.

Kandinsky Trio Concert Series

Saturday, Dec. 2, 7:30 p.m., Olin Hall

Tickets: $20 Adults/$12 Seniors and Non-RC students

Tickets available at www.roanoke.edu/events or by calling 540-375-2333.*

The Kandinsky Trio concert will feature Franz Schubert’s epic “Piano Trio in E -Flat Major.” One of the composer’s last pieces encompasses great melodic passages, vast form and tonal explorations and an otherworldly sense of magical sound. Schubert wrote to his publisher shortly before his death in 1828 – “This work will not be dedicated to any one person, but rather to all who find pleasure in it. That is the most profitable form of dedication.” The first half of the concert will include a trio by Myroslav Skoryk, a Ukrainian artist who infuses his work with his country’s rich folklore.

Paper Blooms Project Workshops

Dec. 3 (2 – 4 p.m.)

Smoyer Gallery

The Paper Blooms ProjectSM is a collaborative based exhibition that will be composed of a collection of hand-made paper flowers to create a community garden. Works for this exhibition will be made by local and regional volunteers to unite and support the community through art. Groups and individuals are invited to participate in Paper Blooms ProjectSM by creating single or multiple pieces for this exhibition that will be on view at Roanoke College’s Olin Hall Gallery, January to March, 2018.

Individuals may join paper-flower making workshops at Roanoke College. Materials will be provided.

The finished installation will consist of two gardens. One will be a vibrant, multi-colored garden, mirroring the natural beauty of Mother Nature. The second feature will consist of white and silver to commemorate and honor individuals in a Memorial Garden.

For more information, contact Talia Logan, gallery director, at [email protected] or 540-375-2332.

Roanoke College Coffee Shop Talks

Thursday, Dec. 7, 8: 00 p.m. Mill Mountain Coffee and Tea in Salem.

“The Rule of Law and the Protestant Reformation: Protest and Reform”

The sound of the hammer that nailed Luther’s 95 Theses to a church door in 1517, thus starting the Protestant Reformation, still echoes today. While Luther’s protest was instigated by the religious crisis of his day, the resulting reform movement influenced every aspect of European and, eventually, American life. Indeed, the protest and reform associated with the Protestant Reformation profoundly affected the evolution of the rule of law by providing the legal and moral foundation for civil societies based on the ideals of fairness, equality, stability, and justice – ideals that are the core of the rule of law. Tim Isaacs and Mike Pace of the Center for Teaching the Rule of Law will speak.

RC Jazz and Wind Ensembles Joint Concert

Thursday, Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m., Olin Theater

The Roanoke College Jazz & Wind Ensemble will perform jointly under the direction of Dr. Joseph Blaha.

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