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All art forward at ETSU this semester

Contributed • Aug 27, 2018 at 9:13 AM

Artists and audiences this fall will explore troubled youth, embattled and grieving families, endangered shorelines, World War II losses and discoveries and, on the lighter side, will dance and sing to the sounds of Zimbabwe, the Highlands and contemporary America.

Celebrating its 10th year, East Tennessee State University’s Mary B. Martin School of the Arts opens fall 2018 with the first of six new independent films, three in fall and three in spring, from South Arts Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers. At ETSU, all Southern Circuit films are free and followed by a question-and-answer session and reception with the filmmakers. 

Film screenings at 7 p.m. in Brown Hall auditorium:

Sept. 10: “Sadie,” a narrative film by Megan Griffiths. It features Sophia Mitri Schloss as an outcast 13-year-old who struggles with the absence of her deployed-soldier father and her dreary trailer park existence. 

Oct. 22: “Man Made,” a documentary focusing on four transgender men as they prepare to compete in the only all-transgender bodybuilding competition in the world. 

Nov. 5: “Chasing Portraits,” the filmmaker’s story of pursuing her great-grandfather’s long-lost pre-WWII paintings of Jewish life.

At the Reece Museum:

Sept. 24 - Oct. 5: “The Shore Line Project,” a multimedia documentary project that looks at the tensions between unchecked development and climate change on coastal towns and cities around the world. An artist talk by award-winning documentarian Liz Miller and reception is scheduled on Sept. 25 at 6 p.m.

Oct. 8 - Dec. 14: The sixth annual “FL3TCH3R Exhibit: Social & Politically Engaged Art” will open, featuring artworks of myriad media from around the globe that spotlight social and political issues. A talk with juror and graphic designer David Carson is scheduled for Nov. 1 at 5 p.m.

Oct. 22- Dec. 14: ”Upstate,” a photography exhibition featuring the work of ETSU Art and Design professor and American fine art photographer Tema Stauffer. Alison Nordström, an independent scholar, writer and curator specializing in photographs, will give the pre-reception talk on Nov. 29 at 5 p.m., while novelist Xhenet Aliu will present a reading on Oct. 24 at 5 p.m. Stauffer will also give a talk in the ETSU Women’s Studies program’s “Women on Wednesdays” series on Nov. 7 at noon.

Ticketed events: 

Sept. 28: Brian FitzGerald and Martin McCormack, the duo known as Switchback, will combine their mix of mandolin, guitar, bass and vocals in a concert of contemporary Celtic Americana music that reflects their Irish heritage and Midwestern roots. Switchback will perform at First Presbyterian Church, 105 S. Boone St., at 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 25-27: Actors From The London Stage will be performing Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” in ETSU’s Bud Frank Theatre in Gilbreath Hall on Oct. 25 and 26 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 27 at 3 p.m. The play will be staged with minimal props, costumes and set, says AFTLS founding director Sir Patrick Stewart, to keep the focus on the Bard’s words, which continue to resonate with audiences 400 years later.

Nov. 13: The fall season will close with a performance by Nobuntu, a female a cappella quintet from Zimbabwe, on Nov. 13 at 7:30 p.m. at Central Baptist Church, 300 N. Roan St. Nobuntu interweaves traditional Zimbabwean Afro-jazz and gospel songs with pure voices, percussion on traditional instruments and authentic dance movements.

For more information about the Martin School of the Arts or to purchase tickets, visit www.etsu.edu/martin or call 423-439-TKTS (8587). Follow the Martin School of the Arts on Twitter, @artsatetsu, and on Facebook.

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