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Essayist Elena Passarello to read at Oregon State University Feb. 24

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Essayist Elena Passarello will read at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, in the Valley Library Rotunda on the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis. A question-and-answer session and book signing will follow.

Passarello is an assistant professor of English in OSU’s School of Writing, Literature and Film. Her 2017 book, “Animals Strike Curious Poses,” is a collection of essays about celebrity animals. Her previous book, “Let Me Clear My Throat,” won the Independent Publishers’ gold medal for nonfiction and was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award. 

Her essays have also appeared in Oxford American, Creative Nonfiction, and the Virginia Quarterly Review, as well as in the anthologies “After Montaigne,” “I’ll Tell You Mine,” and “Cat is Art Spelled Wrong.”

Passarello is a recipient of fellowships from OSU’s Center for the Humanities, Literary Arts, the MacDowell Colony, the Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts, and the University of Iowa Museum of Art. In 2015, she received the Whiting Award in nonfiction. She earned her MFA at the University of Iowa. 

Passarello has also worked for many years as an actor and voice-over performer, and now serves on the board of the NonfictionNow conference, is the nonfiction editor of Iron Horse Review and co-edits the “In-Place” nonfiction series at West Virginia University Press.

This reading is part of the 2016-2017 Literary Northwest Series, which brings accomplished writers from the Pacific Northwest to OSU. The series is sponsored by the MFA Program in Creative Writing in the School of Writing, Literature, and Film at OSU, with support from the OSU Libraries and Press, the School of Writing, Literature, and Film, the College of Liberal Arts, Kathy Brisker and Tim Steele, and Grass Roots Books and Music. 

The event is free and open to the public. The Valley Library is located at 201 S.W. Waldo Place, Corvallis.

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Susan Rodgers, 541-737-1658, susan.rodgers@oregonstate.edu

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Peopling of ancient America to be discussed at Corvallis Science Pub

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The first Americans are thought to have crossed the Bering Sea land bridge from Asia and travelled down an ice-free corridor into what is now the upper Midwest. However, new evidence in Canada and the Pacific Northwest casts doubt on that theory.

At the Feb. 13 Corvallis Science Pub, Oregon State University anthropologist Loren Davis will discuss his investigations of possible coastal routes that people could have used to reach North America. It begins at 6 p.m. at the Old World Deli, 341 S.W. Second St. in Corvallis.

As director of the Keystone Archaeological Research Fund at Oregon State, Davis leads investigations of what ancient Americans left behind on the southern Oregon coast and along Idaho’s lower Salmon River. He has also collaborated in work at Paisley Caves in Central Oregon and in projects in Baja California and elsewhere on the West Coast.

Sponsors of Science Pub include Terra magazine at OSU, the Downtown Corvallis Association and the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry

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Loren Davis, loren.davis@oregonstate.edu, 541-737-3849

    

Corvallis Queer Film Festival to run Feb. 22-25 at Darkside Cinema

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The 2017 Corvallis Queer Film Festival will be held Feb. 22-25 at Darkside Cinema, 215 S.W. Fourth St., Corvallis.

The international festival offers three feature-length documentaries and 60 short films by queer- and trans-identified directors selected from over 750 entries. It is a community project sponsored by the School of Language, Culture and Society in the College of Liberal Arts at Oregon State University. 

The festival schedule is:

  • Feb. 22: 6 p.m., documentary, “Words: An Exploration of Identity.” 7:30 p.m., short films, Queer Subjects 1.
  • Feb. 23: 6 p.m. short films, Queer Subjects 2; 7:45 p.m., experimental short films.
  • Feb. 24: 6 p.m., documentary, “Parole de King!” 7:45 p.m., short films, 18 and older only.
  • Feb. 25: 6 p.m. documentary, “Hot Men, Cold Dictatorships.” 7:45 p.m. short films, Queer Subjects 3. 

Admission to all showings is free. All programs contain adult themes and viewer discretion is advised. The short films showing at 7:45 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24 contain explicit sexual content; no one under age 18 will be admitted and identification will be required.

The full program, including descriptions of films, is available online at http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1199626383.

 

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Juan Antonio Trujillo, 541-737-3956, jtrujillo@oregonstate.edu

Oregon State University Theatre presents 'For the Love of Lies' in February

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University Theatre will present in February the bold, romantic comedy “For the Love of Lies,” a bawdy tale in the tradition of Italian Commedia dell’arte.

The performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 16-18 and Feb. 24-25, and at 2 p.m. Feb. 26 in the Withycombe Hall Main Stage theatre, 2901 S.W. Campus Way, Corvallis.

Commedia dell’arte is a wildly physical and improvisational form of theatre dating back to the Italian Renaissance that has inspired everything from Shakespeare to contemporary musical theatre. Guest director Dan Stone will bring to life a traditional Commedia scenario filled with slapstick humor, music, mistaken identity and love that conquers all.

The play follows the madcap shenanigans of vain and willful young lovers attempting to defy the odds and live happily ever after. The production will follow a basic plot line, but each performance will be improvised and the show will vary from night to night.

“Because we have no script we are not bound by the world of a playwright, and therefore our possibilities for creation are endless and anything can happen,” Stone said. “These performances are intended for mature audiences and may include crude behavior, adult situations, bad language and most of all, poor taste.”

The cast includes students from OSU and Linn-Benton Community College. Performers include: Ethan Baker-Hayes as Fabrizio; Hayden Bickford as Orazio; Hannah Costa as Franchesca; Joe Cullen as Pantalone; Cheyenne Dickey as Zanni; Lindsey Esch as Arlecchino; Kelsey Farquhara as Musician; Alessandra Ferriso as Pedrolino; Cole Haenggi as Graziano; Sydney King  as Flaminia; Ben Lawrence as Brighella; Thomas McKean as Capitano; Keiley Neill as Zanni; Amy Stein as Isabella; Alexandra Walchli as Musician; and Matthew Wright as Flavio.

Tickets are $12 for general admission, $10 for seniors, $8 for youth/students, and $5 for OSU students. They 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 are also available online at http://bit.ly/1wgmTkJ.

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Cliburn medalist Joyce Yang to replace Nareh Arghamanyan at Feb. 12 Steinway Series concert

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Pianist Joyce Yang will perform as part of the Corvallis-OSU Piano International Steinway Series at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12, in the Austin Auditorium at The LaSells Stewart Center, 875 S.W. 26th St., Corvallis.

Yang replaces pianist Nareh Arghamanyan, who was originally scheduled to perform. Arghamanyan, who is an Armenian citizen, was advised by her attorney in Vienna that she should not travel to the United States at this time because of current visa and border entry uncertainties.

Yang, a silver medalist at the 2005 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, has been hailed for her “poetic and sensitive pianism” by the Washington Post. The Korean pianist has entranced audiences around the world with a meteoric rise to international prominence.

Her solo appearances have included dates with major symphonies in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Toronto and Sydney; the BBC Philharmonic, and the Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester Berlin. A frequent solo recitalist, Yang has notably performed at the Kennedy Center, New York City’s Metropolitan Museum and Lincoln Center, and the famed Tonhalle in Zurich, Switzerland.   

Tickets for the show are $25 in advance and $28 at the door. Advance tickets are available online at corvallispiano.org or at Grass Roots Books & Music and Rice’s Pharmacy in Corvallis. Students ages 8 to 18 and all college students with valid identification will be admitted free.

Corvallis Arts For All discounts apply and are valid for purchase of up to two $5 tickets at The LaSells Stewart Center starting one hour prior to the concert with a SNAP card. For accommodations relating to a disability please call 541-737-4671, preferably at least one week in advance.

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Zachary C. Person, 541-737-4671, zachary.person@oregonstate.edu

OSU’s Fairbanks Gallery presents work by Portland artists Damien Gilley and Jeff Sheridan

CORVALLIS, Ore. – New work by Portland area artists Damien Gilley and Jeff Sheridan will be on display Jan. 25 through March 8 in the Fairbanks Gallery on the Oregon State University Corvallis campus.

The Fairbanks Gallery, 220 S.W. 26th St., is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Admission is free. The gallery will stay open until 8 p.m. on Feb. 16 and refreshments will be served as part of the Corvallis Arts Walk.

Gilley is a multi-disciplinary artist and educator. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at venues including Tetem Kunstruimte, Enshchede, Netherlands; EastWestProject, Berlin; MARC, Kivik, Sweden; Suyama Space, Seattle; Las Belfry, New York; the Art Museum of South Texas and in various Portland locations.

Gilley’s studio process involves randomly laying down multiple, slightly varied laser lines across a darkened room. Each line uniquely adjusts to the physical variations of the room and the objects housed within it. This creates unique and colorful sprites that, when viewed in chorus, point to an architecture existing in an alternate dimension.

Sheridan is a multi-disciplinary artist who paints an archetypal narrative drawing inspiration from science, the occult and folklore. His work explores the dual nature of our contemporary existence, advocating for improvement while living in a state of constant decay.

Sheridan's cartoons are anecdotes on contemporary issues, social tics, psychological minutiae and the environment. They have been recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists and featured in Creative Loafing, The Tampa Bay Times, The South Florida Sun-Sentinel and the Portland Mercury.

Sheridan employs a reparative process of line-making, in which every mark is a slight variation of its predecessors. This semi-random process denies pre-conception outright. The outcome is a visual imprint of the artist’s experience over the course of a specific moment in time. 

The exhibition, titled “Darwin Machine,” is curated by Fairbanks Gallery Coordinator Andrew Nigon. The name is derived from a 1987 article by William H. Calvin, titled “The Brain as a Darwin Machine,” describing how the human brain arrives at complex conclusions through a natural selection process where many slightly varied random possibilities compete against one another to be the most effective.

Within a millisecond, a winning solution is elected, implemented and finally catalogued into a long chain of memories and experiences used to choose future winners. Every decision made affects our neurological hardware and so affects all future decisions. Nigon described the studio practices of Gilley and Sheridan as Darwin Machines.

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Andrew Nigon, nigona@oregonstate.edu

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Former GRAMMY Museum director to give talk on GRAMMY Awards

Former GRAMMY Museum executive director Bob Santelli will speak at Oregon State University on Thursday, Jan. 26, providing a backstage look at the GRAMMY Awards, the most watched music television program in the world.

The presentation will be at 7:30 p.m. at The LaSells Stewart Center, Construction and Engineering Auditorium on the OSU campus in Corvallis. A question-and-answer period will follow.

Santelli served as the executive director of the GRAMMY Museum from 2008 to 2016, and was instrumental in helping OSU become an official university affiliate of the Los Angeles-based museum. He is currently the director of popular music and performing arts in the College of Liberal Arts. 

Santelli will show rare performance clips, detail the process by which artists get nominated for GRAMMY Awards and share stories of great GRAMMY moments. The 59th annual GRAMMY Awards air Feb. 12, 2017, on CBS.

Santelli is the author of more than a dozen books on American music, including “Greetings from E Street” and The Bob Dylan Scrapbook.” He has contributed to Rolling Stone and the New York Times, among other news outlets.  In 1993, he was one of the original curators of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, eventually moving to Cleveland to become the museum’s first director of education and vice president of public programs.

In 2000, he became the chief executive officer of the Experience Music Project in Seattle, the first interactive music museum. Santelli also developed the UK’s first pop music museum, the British Music Experience. Named executive of The GRAMMY Museum in 2006, he created “An Evening With…” series that featured in-depth interviews with artists such as Dave Matthews, Brian Wilson, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Nicks and Clive Davis.

Since arriving at OSU in September, Santelli has brought a group of students to the White House for a special music education program, created programs for songwriters across campus and in the community, taught classes on popular culture, and maintained a partnership with the GRAMMY Museum. 

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Celene Carillo, celene.carillo@oregonstate.edu; 541-737-2137

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Bob Santelli, robert.santelli@oregonstate.edu; 541-737-1797

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Oregon artists featured in new exhibit, ‘Source,’ at OSU’s Little Gallery

CORVALLIS, Ore. – “Source,” an exhibit featuring work from Oregon artists Liisa Rahkonen of Lincoln City, Sandra Roumagoux of Newport and Eliza Murphy of Eugene, will be on display in the Little Gallery at Oregon State University Jan. 9 through Feb. 17.

A reception to celebrate the exhibit’s opening will be held from 3:30-5 p.m. Jan. 19 at the gallery in 210 Kidder Hall, 2000 S.W. Campus Way, Corvallis. The artists will be on hand and the public is welcome to attend. 

The exhibit includes paintings, glazed stoneware sculptures and small sculptural box shrines. All three artists share a similar sensibility: a close association with nature and a keen protective instinct for the environment and wildlife.

Roumagoux’s work is informed by the human disregard for the natural world. Rahkonen’s clay sculptures feature birds and animals inspired by the instinct that all life is derived from one source. Murphy’s box shrines are an homage to all the little creatures encountered in everyday existence – an offering to lost voices.

The Little Gallery is open 8 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

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Helen Wilhelm, 541-737-2146, helen.wilhelm@oregonstate.edu

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Fiction writers Jeff Fearnside and Jesse Donaldson to read at OSU Jan. 20

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Fiction writers Jeff Fearnside and Jesse Donaldson will read at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20, in the Valley Library Rotunda on the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis. A question-and-answer session and book signing will follow.

Fearnside’s 2016 short-story collection, “Making Love While Levitating Three Feet in the Air,” was a finalist for the New Rivers Press MVP Award and the Permafrost Book Prize in fiction. His work has been nominated for Best New American Voices and has earned three Pushcart Prize nominations. 

In 2015, he was the recipient of an Individual Artist Fellowship award from the Oregon Arts Commission. Fearnside’s work focuses on place, culture and the natural environment, and he has taught writing and literature in Kazakhstan and around the United States. He currently teaches at OSU.

Donaldson is the author of the 2016 novel, “The More They Disappear,” a literary thriller praised by The New York Times, The Toronto Star and Booklist. Originally from Kentucky, Donaldson attended Kenyon College and was a fellow at the prestigious Michener Center for Writers in Austin, Texas. 

He earned an MFA in creative writing at Oregon State University, where he was the recipient of a Provost Graduate Fellowship. His work has appeared in The Oxford American, The Greensboro Review and Crazyhorse.

This reading is part of the 2016-2017 Literary Northwest Series, which brings accomplished writers from the Pacific Northwest to OSU. The series is sponsored by the MFA Program in Creative Writing in the School of Writing, Literature, and Film at OSU, with support from the OSU Libraries and Press, the OSU School of Writing, Literature, and Film, the College of Liberal Arts, Kathy Brisker and Tim Steele and Grass Roots Books and Music. 

The event is free and open to the public. The Valley Library is located at 201 S.W. Waldo Place, Corvallis.

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Susan Rodgers, 541-737-1658, susan.rodgers@oregonstate.edu

OSU’s Fairbanks Gallery to feature ‘Montage’ juried art student exhibit

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Fairbanks Gallery at Oregon State University will host “Montage,” an exhibition of art and poetry by OSU students, Dec. 9 through Jan. 23.

An artist’s talk and public reception will take place in the gallery at 5 p.m. on Jan. 19. 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. to 8 p.m. the third Thursday of each month for the Corvallis Arts Walk. Admission is free.

Any OSU student was eligible to submit original artwork to be considered for inclusion in the exhibition. In past years the show has been restricted to art students and included photography, painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking and other artistic media. This year the exhibition was opened to any student and poetry submissions were also accepted for consideration.

The Montage Collective, a long-standing student arts organization, organizes, publicizes and installs the exhibition. For the second year, Montage Collective has called upon a local artist/curator from outside the university to jury the show.

This year's juror is Bruce Burris, director of ArtWorks/CEI in Corvallis. Burris has been a leader in the field of arts and disability nationwide for some 35 years. He has served as an executive director, program developer, facilitator, publicist and employment specialist with programs devoted to supporting artists with disabilities. An artist and curator, Burris is also the founder of E L and F Projects, a performance-based organization.

A special interactive, take-home activity - woodblock/letterpress cards with OSU art alumna Angela Purviance – will be offered at no charge during the Corvallis Arts Walks, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Dec. 15 and Jan. 19.

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

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Caroline Moses, mosesca@oregonstate.edu

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