Simpson College will celebrate all forms of creative expression during the College’s first Arts Festival, to be held from May 5 through May 22.
The public is invited to attend all of the events and exhibits, which include:
*The photographs of Alan and Helene Magruder. Alan Magruder is a former Simpson professor. He and his wife have traveled extensively. The exhibit can be seen from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays in the lobby of the Blank Performing Arts Center, beginning May 5 and continuing throughout the festival.
*”American Road,” a documentary film that explores the artistic, musical and literary resonances of the mystique of the open road – especially those roads that go off the beaten track – will be shown at 7 p.m. May 6 in the Principal Black Box Theatre. Kurt Jacobsen, the movie’s co-producer and co-writer, will be attending the Indianola showing.
*Enjoy “Patio Jazz,” which includes coffee, conversation and jazz from a Simpson faculty trio, from 3 to 3:30 p.m. on May 8 in Dirlam Lounge.
*A musical performance, “Spirits Within,” for baritone voice and computer, will be held at 7 p.m. May 8 in Lekberg Hall. This event features the premiere of a new electro-acoustic work for singer and soundscape, and will be performed by faculty baritone Bruce Brown, accompanied by a computer.
*Indian Classical Kathak Dance Demonstration and Workshop will be held on May 8 in Harris Hall. The dance demonstration begins at 11:45 a.m., the workshop at 1 p.m.
*Run DSM/Brave New Voices, featuring eight poets who won the Des Moines city-wide poetry slam, will be performed at 1 p.m. May 12 in the Principal Black Box Theatre. The poets, who are heading to the Brave New Voices International Poetry Slam in Philadelphia in July, will perform their original works.
*”Camera Obscura,” in which students will display their pinhole camera photographs using the camera obscura technique, will be exhibited from 8:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the west room of Farnham Galleries beginning May 12 and continuing throughout the festival.
*”Batteries Not Included: The Power of the Paint Brush,” features the work created by students in a May Term class for non-art majors. Their work will be exhibited from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the east room of Farnham Galleries beginning May 12 and continuing throughout the festival.
*An African Drumming Circle will be performed at 1 p.m. May 13 in Buxton Park.
*Student composers will perform their new electro-acoustic musical compositions, using the software Reason 6.5, at 7 p.m. May 15 in Lekberg Hall.
*A Salsa and Merengue dance demonstration and workshop will be held from 11:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. May 16 in the Principal Black Box Theatre.
*Fiber Art Exhibit – this exhibit features fiber arts work presented by students of the fabric modification class. The exhibit can be seen from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on May 19 in the hallway of the Blank Performing Arts Center. The exhibit will continue through the remainder of the arts festival.
*”Exploring Dance: Traditional and Contemporary Dance” will be held at 6:30 p.m. May 21 in Lekberg Hall ARMC.
*”Aesop’s Fables,” will be performed by Theatre Simpson at 11 a.m. May 22 in the Buxton Park Gazebo (rain location: Barnum Studio). The performance is a result of the Theatre Simpson May Term course, in which students rehearse, design, build and tour a recognized children’s play.
*”May Dances Globally,” will be held at 2 p.m. May 22nd in the Dirlam Lounge Courtyard.
*”Spoken Word Collective,” in which students and alums from the May term Spoken Word Collective course will perform their original works, will be held at 4 p.m. May 22 in the Principal Black Box Theatre.
*Opera Scenes Performance” will be held at 7 p.m. May 22nd in Lekberg Hall.