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DJ Spooky to bring ‘Heart of a Forest’ performance to four Oregon cities

CORVALLIS, Ore. – New York-based composer, artist and author Paul Miller, also known as DJ Spooky, will perform “Heart of a Forest,” a multimedia show inspired by seasonal artist residencies at the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest, in four Oregon cities Nov. 6-11.

Miller, a composer, multimedia artist and author, will mix live, recorded and electronic music with aerial video of Oregon forests, along with an on-stage conversation with a forest ecologist during the performances. The score, which was debuted and recorded with the Oregon State University Wind Ensemble earlier this year, explores spring, summer, fall and winter through sound and imagery.

The "Heart of a Forest" tour is a collaboration between the Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature and the Written Word at OSU and the four regional host organizations. Show ticket prices vary by location.

The show schedule is:

  • 4 p.m. Nov. 6 at the Josephy Center for Arts and Culture in Joseph. Co-hosted by Fishtrap; for additional information, visit www.fishtrap.org.
  • 7 p.m. Nov. 9, in Cheatham Hall at the World Forestry Center in Portland. Co-hosted by the World Forestry Center; for more information, visit http://bit.ly/2eEwm2h.
  • 7 p.m. Nov. 10, at the Newport Performing Arts Center in Newport. Co-hosted by the Newport Performing Arts Center; for more information visit http://bit.ly/2e5Omly.
  • 6 p.m. Nov. 11, at the High Desert Museum in Bend. Co-hosted by the High Desert Museum; information, http://bit.ly/2eEx8Mz.

Funding for the events was provided by the Oregon Community Foundation’s Creative Heights program and the USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station.

In addition to his work as a composer, Miller is also a multimedia artist and author whose work has appeared at the Venice Biennial for Architecture, the Andy Warhol Museum, the Whitney Biennial and others.

Miller spent 2012-2013 as the first artist-in-residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and has collaborated with a diverse array of popular musicians, including Yoko Ono, Chuck D and Thurston Moore. His website is: http://djspooky.com/

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Charles Goodrich, 541-737-6198, charles.goodrich@oregonstate.edu

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OSU presents annual International Film Festival Nov. 9-15

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University’s annual International Film Festival, which includes 18 films from 10 countries, will be held Nov. 9-15 at Darkside Cinema and Whiteside Theater in Corvallis.

The festival is organized and hosted by the School of Language, Culture and Society in the College of Liberal Arts at OSU. Since 2009, the festival has showcased different perspectives in contemporary filmmaking.

The festival will open with “Berlin – Sinfonie der Großstadt,” or Berlin: Symphony of a Metropolis, that will be accompanied live by the German band, ALP, which is flying in from Berlin for the event. The event, sponsored by the German Embassy in Washington, D.C., will also feature giveaways and a reception with the musicians after the screening. For more information about the reception, email sebastian.heiduschke@oregonstate.edu.

Other highlights of this year’s festival include “After the Storm”, a 2016 Cannes Film Festival selection about a father reconnecting with his son in the days before a typhoon, and “The Second Mother,” a Portuguese comedy about the life of a housekeeper.

All of the screenings are free and open to the public but attendees need to obtain a ticket at the respective cinema before entering the auditorium. Tickets are limited so early arrival is encouraged.

The schedule of screenings is:

Nov. 9 – Whiteside Theater:
·    7 p.m. – “Berlin – Sinfonie der Großstadt,” (Berlin: Symphony of a Metropolis), Germany, 1927, a silent film with live guitar, bass and synthesizer music accompaniment by the band ALP.

Nov. 10 – Darkside Cinema:
·    5 p.m. – “Usfahrt Oerlike,” (Exit Oerlikon) Switzerland, 2015, drama in Swiss German.
·    7 p.m. – “3 Bellazas,” (3 Beauties) Venezuela, 2014, a comedy, horror, thriller in Spanish.
 
Nov. 11 – Darkside Cinema:
·    3:30 p.m. – “Rettet Rafi,” (My Friend Raffi), Germany, 2015, children’s film in German.
·    5:30 p.m. – “Que Horas Ela Volta?” (The Second Mother) Brazil, 2015, drama in Portuguese with English subtitles.
·    8 p.m. – “Streif,” (One Hell of a Ride) Austria, 2015, documentary in English.

Nov. 12 – Darkside Cinema:
·    1 p.m. – “Paradise Trips,” Netherlands, 2015, a comedy, drama in Dutch with English subtitles.
·    3 p.m. – “NN,” Peru, 2015, a drama in Spanish with English subtitles.
·    5:30 p.m. – “Umi yori mo Mada Fukaku,” (After the Storm) Japan, 2016, drama in Japanese with English subtitles.
·    8 p.m. ­– “Fukushima Mon Amour,” Germany, 2016, drama in German, Japanese and English.

Nov. 13 – Darkside Cinema
·    1 p.m. – “Pored Mene,” (Next to Me) Serbia, 2015, a comedy, drama, in Serbian with English subtitles.
·    3 p.m. – “Pequeñas Menteras Piadosas,” (The Travel Agent), documentary in Spanish.
·    5 p.m. – “Apprentice,” Singapore, 2016, a drama in Malay and English with English subtitles.
·    7 p.m. – “Le bois dont les rêves sont faits,” (The Woods Dreams Are Made Of), documentary in French.

Nov. 14 – Darkside Cinema
·    5 p.m. – “Con la pata quebrada,” (Barefoot in the Kitchen,) documentary in Spanish.
·    7 p.m. – “Fuchi ni tatsu,” (Harmonium), drama, Japanese with English subtitles.

Nov. 15 – Darkside Cinema
·    5 p.m. – “I am Femen,” documentary in English and Russian with English subtitles
·    7 p.m. – “Blanka,” drama in Tagalog with English subtitles.

The Whiteside Theater is located at 361 S.W. Madison Ave., Corvallis. Darkside Cinema is located at 215 S.W. 4th St., Corvallis. For more information, including a synopsis of each film, visit the festival website http://bit.ly/2enlT7U.

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Sebastian Heiduschke, sebastian.heiduschke@oregonstate.edu

Auditions for OSU production of ‘For the Love of Lies’ to be held Nov. 15-16

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Auditions for OSU Theatre’s winter 2017 production of “For the Love of Lies” will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 15-16 in the Withycombe Hall Main Stage theatre, 2901 S.W. Campus Way, Corvallis.

The play is a lively comedy in the style of Commedia dell’Arte, a classic theater style with stock characters, physical comedy and romance. 

Auditions are open to all OSU students, faculty, staff and area community members. Those participating in the auditions should wear comfortable clothing and be prepared to sing. Singing “Happy Birthday” will suffice for those who don’t have a prepared song; 16 bars of a favorite classic rock song also will work. Auditioners are encouraged to come with an open mind and be ready to have fun.

Performances of the production are scheduled for Feb. 16-18 and 24-26. Several rehearsals will be scheduled during fall term: Nov. 1-22, 28, and 30 and Dec. 5 and 7. 

Winter term rehearsals will be scheduled Monday-Thursday evenings with optional Friday rehearsals beginning Jan. 9. Tech weekend is scheduled Feb. 11-12 with dress rehearsals Feb. 13-15.

For more information about the production, contact the director, Dan Stone, at stoned@linnbenton.edu.

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OSU’s Fairbanks Gallery to feature Kerry Skarbakka exhibit ‘On the Brink’

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Fairbanks Gallery at Oregon State University will host an exhibition of work by photographer Kerry Skarbakka titled “On the Brink,” Nov. 5-30.

An artist’s talk and reception will take place in the gallery at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 17. The event is free and open to the public. 

The Fairbanks Gallery is located on the first floor of Fairbanks Hall, 220 S.W. 26th St., on OSU’s Corvallis campus. It is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. the third Thursday of each month for the Corvallis Arts Walk. Admission is free.

Skarbakka is an assistant professor of art at OSU, where he teaches courses in photography and combined media. This is his first solo exhibition in Corvallis. It focuses on some of the more immediate and pressing threats to our existential stability, and is comprised of past and current projects that illustrate the scope and trajectory of Skarbakka’s combined media approach to photography.

Skarbakka’s work lies at the intersection of performance-based practices and staged photography. Over the past 15 years he has used his own body as a physical metaphor, addressing issues of uncertainty, war, equality, identity, politics, economy and the environment, and dedicating his artistic energies towards constructing scenarios channeled directly from the anxiety and fear associated with being human.

While the exploration of the fragilities of the human condition is a common thread in his work, Skarbakka said his goal has always been “to transform these universally difficult emotions into poetic and meaningful visual expressions.”

Skarbakka currently has an exhibition at the Haifa Museum of Art in Haifa, Israel. He also has exhibited photographs in more than 100 solo and group exhibitions around the world. His work has appeared at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh; the Torrance Art Museum, Los Angeles; the George Eastman Museum, Rochester, New York; the Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.; the Aperture Foundation, New York City; and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago.

Among Skarbakka’s honors are a 2005 Creative Capital Foundation Grant, a commission from the city of Seattle through the 1 Percent for the Arts Program and an Illinois Arts Council assistance grant.

For more information visit www.skarbakka.com, and http://liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/school-arts-and-communication/art/fairbanks-gallery-art.

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Kerry Skarbakka, 541-737-1256, kerry.skarbakka@oregonstate.edu

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OSU’s Department of Recreational Sports celebrates a century

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University’s Department of Recreational Sports is celebrating its 100th year, making it the third oldest program of its kind in the nation. Several events will be held throughout the 2016-17 school year to commemorate the anniversary.

A two-day open house will be held Oct. 28-29 as part of Homecoming Weekend at Oregon State. The open house will take place from 2-4 p.m., Oct. 28 and from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 29 at Dixon Recreation Center. Visitors can take a tour of the center and view historic items and photos spanning the last 100 years.

“We honor our roots as an intramural sports program that established the values of sport, leadership, and wellness, and that remain central to all of our programming” said Leah Hall Dorothy, recreational sports director. “We try to offer something for every interest, and consequently, I believe students experience us as the social and physical activity hub for the campus community.” 

Recreation Sports was first established as an intramural sports program in 1916 and has expanded dramatically over the years. Currently, 60 percent of the OSU Corvallis campus student body uses OSU recreational facilities annually. As interest in recreational sports has expanded, so has the department, from the establishment of a mountain club in 1947 to the building of Dixon Recreation Center in 1974 (with expansions in 1992 and in 2004).

Around 5,000 people use Dixon Recreation Center daily. The facilities and programs are run by a team of more than 400 student employees. Recreational Sports is 75 percent funded by student fees, and its growth has been guided by student needs, including most recently the creation of Student Legacy Park, which offers lit turf fields for evening play.

A variety of other events will take place during the school year to celebrate the department’s centenary, including a 100+ mile challenge from November to June, encouraging participants to track their favorite activities over fall, winter and spring terms. Participants will receive t-shirts upon completion and will be eligible for other prizes. For more information, visit http://recsports.oregonstate.edu/100plus. In addition, a climbing event will be held in February and a 5K in June.

 

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Tina Clawson, 541-737-6830; tina.clawson@oregonstate.edu

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OSU to host town hall on high-risk drinking

CORVALLIS, Ore. –  Oregon State University will convene a town hall meeting from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Nov. 3 to discuss high-risk drinking and its related negative impacts. During the town hall, OSU will unveil results from the spring 2016 National College Health Assessment (NCHA). For the first time since the university began administering the survey in 2002, OSU is below national rates of high-risk drinking.

The town hall will be held in the Club Level of Reser Stadium. Educators, healthcare providers, student leaders, students in recovery, public officials and other community members will discuss the negative impacts of high-risk drinking and share information and ideas about ways to address them as a community.

Campus and community experts will give an overview of factors contributing to a 29 percent reduction in high-risk alcohol use from 2012 to 2016. OSU will report on the challenges to future improvements and the need to enhance collaboration with specific student groups such as sororities and fraternities. 

Frances Harding, director of the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention within the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, will be present to provide her expertise on the power of a strong town and gown relationship to create safer and healthier communities.

“The university has significantly invested in reducing high-risk drinking and improving our neighborhoods through new policies, education, and intervention services for students,” said Robert Reff, director of prevention, advocacy and wellness efforts at OSU.

A new report released by the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), found full-time college students are far more likely to be current (past month) alcohol drinkers than others their age, and more likely to engage in past month binge drinking. College students between the ages of 18-25 have higher rates of substance use and abuse than any other demographic nationwide.

The town hall represents further commitment by the university to understand the issues that OSU students and the surrounding community face and to collaborate with all stakeholders on solutions.

Community members who attend the town hall can express concerns to OSU, the City of Corvallis and Benton County through town hall feedback forms, which will be discussed at the Corvallis Community Relations Advisory Group at 7 p.m. on Nov. 14, in the Madison Ave. meeting room.

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Robert Reff, 541-737-7564; robert.reff@oregonstate.edu

Oregon State University Theatre presents ‘James and the Giant Peach’

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University Theatre will kick off the 2016-17 season with a family-friendly adaptation of the quirky children’s novel, “James and the Giant Peach.”

The show runs at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 3-5 and Nov. 12; and 2 p.m. Nov. 12-13; in the Withycombe Hall Main Stage theatre, 2901 S.W. Campus Way, Corvallis.

The theme for the theater season is “Devising Our Dreams: Metamorphosis.” In David Wood’s adaptation of the classic tale by Roald Dahl, kindly young James lives in England with his two cruel aunts, Spiker and Sponge, until a mystical old woman gives him a bag of magic and everything changes.

James bravely embarks on an epic journey across the Atlantic Ocean accompanied by a group of eccentric bug friends for a new life in Central Park. The wild adventure, directed by Tinamarie Ivey, offers fun for the whole family and features colorful costumes, puppetry and original music.

The large cast of OSU students features principle players Rebecca Bright, as Camera Woman; Casey Collins as Spiker; Lindsey Esch as Tour Guide; Geneva Hall as Old Woman; Sidney King as Ladybird; Ben Lawrence as Centipede; Thomas R. McKean as Grasshopper; Annie Parham as James; Alex Small as Earthworm; Amy Stein as Sponge; Sarah Sutton as Miss Spider; and Alyssa Wallstrum as Reporter.

The ensemble actors and puppeteers include Maxine Agather, Ethan Baker-Hayes, Robert Czokajlo, Cheyenne Dickey, Moss Neill, and Margaret Preston.

Tickets are $12 for general admission, $10 for seniors, $8 for youth/students, and $5 for OSU students. Children under three will be admitted free with the purchase of an adult ticket.

Tickets are available through the OSU Theatre Box Office at 541-737-2784. Contact the box office for disability access accommodations and/or group ticket sales. Tickets will also be available online beginning Oct. 17 at http://bit.ly/1wgmTkJ.

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OSU to host presidential election discussion in Lake Oswego

LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. – “Making sense of the Presidential Election,” a panel discussion featuring faculty members from Oregon State University’s College of Liberal Arts, will be held from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Lake Oswego.

The moderated panel conversation will include discussion about how foreign policy challenges, rising populism, race, ethnicity and economic changes have combined to upend the political norms of the last half century. The event is the open to the public, but tickets are required.

The panelists are: Christopher McKnight Nichols, an associate professor of history and 2016 Andrew Carnegie Fellow; Andrew Valls, associate professor of political science; Rorie Solberg, associate professor of political science; and Kara Ritzheimer, assistant professor of history.

Tickets are $5 for members of the Oregon State University Alumni Association and $10 for the general public. Space is limited and registration is required by Wednesday, Oct. 26. For more information or to register, visit http://bit.ly/2dJBOO8.

Appetizers and refreshments will be served. The Crowne Plaza Hotel is located at 14811 Kruse Oaks Blvd.

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Artist Shoshanna Weinberger to speak at OSU Oct. 19

CORVALLIS, Ore. –  Artist Shoshanna Weinberger, a native of Kingston, Jamaica, will give a public talk at 7 p.m. Oct. 19 at Oregon State University as part of the School of Arts & Communication’s Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series.

The talk, “Sometimes All of Me is not Enough,” will be held in Construction & Engineering Hall at The LaSells Stewart Center, 875 S.W. 26th St., Corvallis. A reception with the artist will be held before the lecture at 6 p.m. in the Myrtle Tree Alcove. The reception and talk are free and open to the public.

Weinberger also will be in residence on campus that day and will spend time reviewing and critiquing student art work.

Weinberger, a painter and sculptor, will speak about her personal history, the visual interests that inspire her studio practice and how stereotypes, adolescent memory, current culture and questions on the notions of politics and beauty influence her work.

Weinberger’s work strongly relates to her Caribbean-American background, drawing heavily from her complex heritage and assumed norms as she goes about defining the female archetype. Her series, “A Collection of Strangefruit,” comprised of 18 gouache and mixed media drawings on paper panels, is a series of curvy, malformed, partial bodies in awkward positions, adorned with such things as gold chains, stiletto heels, braided hair, and lingerie. The work confronts how women survey themselves, examine each other and are displayed for male desire, and how that influences what society defines as female beauty.

Weinberger’s work has been exhibited in Newark, New Jersey; Miami; New York City; Brussels, Belgium; Cape Town, South Africa; and Bristol, United Kingdom. She is a four-time participant in the Jamaica Biennial, National Gallery of Jamaica. She received a John Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant in 2014 and was an artist in residence at the Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans in 2015. She recently received a fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and was invited to participate as a year-long artist in residence for The Gateway Project in Newark.

Weinberger received her bachelor of fine arts from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1995 and a master of fine arts from the Yale School of Art at Yale University in 2003. She lives and works in Newark.

The Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture series brings world-renowned artists and scholars to the OSU campus to interact with students in the art department so they can learn what is required of a professional artist or scholar. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/2dVv5kW and http://shoshanna.info.

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Julie Green, 541-737-5012, green@oregonstate.edu

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OSU Board of Trustees to meet Oct. 19-21

BEND, Ore. – The Oregon State University Board of Trustees will hold a retreat on Wednesday, Oct. 19, to discuss the university’s student success goals, current cost structure, and revenue generating opportunities.

The retreat is open to the public and will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in room 204, Tykeson Hall, located on the OSU-Cascades campus, 1500 S.W. Chandler Ave., Bend, Ore.

Each of the board’s three standing committees will meet on Thursday, Oct. 20, in Tykeson Hall, Room 204. These meetings are open to the public:

  • The Executive and Audit Committee will meet from 8-9:45 a.m. to review the board officers’ final report on the fiscal year 2016 comprehensive presidential assessment; proposed presidential search and selection guidelines; the committee’s 2017 work plan; and the Office of Audit Services progress report. The committee will also receive an annual update from the Office of General Counsel.
  • The Finance and Administration Committee will meet from 10 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. to consider the committee’s 2017 work plan; changes to the fiscal year 2017 capital plan; and amendments to two investment policies. The committee will also discuss the outreach and engagement plan for fiscal year 2018 tuition-setting process; athletics financial sustainability; and the university’s 10-year capital forecast.
  • The Academic Strategies Committee will meet from 1:30-4 p.m. to consider an amendment to the committee charter and the committee’s proposed work plan for 2017. The committee will review and discuss the provost’s annual year-in-review report, a status report on new and existing academic program reviews in progress, and a presentation by the OSU Extension Service.

Following the committee meetings, the board will meet at 4:15 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20, to hear a presentation on OSU-Cascades by Vice President Johnson and then participate in a tour of the campus. 

The board will meet again on Friday, Oct. 21, in Tykeson Hall, Room 204. The meeting is scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is open to the public. The board will consider the 2016 comprehensive presidential assessment; presidential search and selection guidelines; the board’s 2017 work plan; and the closure of a master of agriculture program.

The board will also consider amendments to two investment policies; the FY2017 capital plan; and the Academic Strategies Committee charter. In addition, the board will hear presentations on the OSU Foundation strategic plan and on the fundamentals of board governance.

A public comment section of the meeting is scheduled for approximately 10:15 a.m. Commenters are allowed up to five minutes and may register by e-mail before the meeting by contacting Marcia Stuart at marcia.stuart@oregonstate.edu or may register at the meeting itself. Commenters must sign up prior to the public comment period of the meeting. There is also a public comment opportunity before the board votes on each action item listed on the board agenda.

More information on the meetings is available online at: http://leadership.oregonstate.edu/trustees. The public can listen to the meeting by calling the toll-free number listed on the agenda. If special accommodation is required, please contact Marcia Stuart at (541) 737-3449 or marcia.stuart@oregonstate.edu at least 72 hours in advance.

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