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Spotlight on the arts

Festival to feature more than 50 events

More than 50 events have been scheduled as part of the Spotlight on the Arts festival that will be held Nov. 3-11 under the auspices of the UGA Arts Council. Festival events feature the performing, visual and literary arts and will be held in various venues on campus and in the local community. 

“The members of the Arts Council, which was convened last fall, are excited to present the Spotlight on the Arts festival,” said Vice Provost Libby Morris. “We certainly encourage students, faculty and staff to sample some of the many events and activities that have been planned over these nine days.”  

The Performing Arts Center will present the Atlanta Symphony at 3 p.m. Nov. 4 and Bela Fleck and the Marcus Roberts Trio at 8 p.m. Nov. 9, both in Hodgson Hall, and also is partnering with the Classic Center to bring Blue Man Group to the Classic Center Theatre at 8 p.m. on Nov. 6 and 7. Tickets for these events are available online at the Performing Arts Center website (

The Hugh Hodgson School of Music also will present events at the Performing Arts Center, including a performance of Carmina Burana by the UGA Symphony Orchestra, University Chorus, Hodgson Singers and Men’s and Women’s Glee Clubs on Nov. 6. On Nov. 8, UGA’s faculty wind quintet, joined by wind faculty from Florida State, will present “A Southern Wind Serenade.” Both events are at 8 p.m. in Hodgson Hall and tickets can be purchased from the Performing Arts Center. Free concerts and recitals also will be offered during the festival. 

University Theatre will present The Darker Face of the Earth, Rita Dove’s retelling of the Oedipus myth set in pre-Civil War South Carolina, Nov. 7-11. Associate professor Freda Scott Giles, a specialist in African-American theater, directs a cast of undergraduate and graduate students. Tickets are available from the Performing Arts Center.

The dance department will present a performance sampler from 12:15-12:45 p.m. on Nov. 9 in the New Dance Theatre and also will offer open classes in various dance genres. Seniors majoring in dance will present the Young Choreographers Series Senior Concert Nov. 8-10, also in the New Dance Theatre. Tickets will be sold at the Tate Center cashier’s window and also at the door before performances.

As always, several exhibitions will be on display in the galleries and on the grounds of the Georgia Museum of Art. An exhibition of  works by cartoonist Jack Davis will open Nov. 3, and the museum also has arranged guest lectures and a Student Night that will be held from 8-11 p.m. on Nov. 8.

The Lamar Dodd School of Art will show exhibitions by students pursuing BFA degrees and host a reception from 7-9 p.m. Nov. 9.

On the literary front, U.S. Poet Laureate and UGA alumna Natasha Trethewey will be on campus to deliver this year’s Charter Lecture at 2 p.m. on Nov. 8 in the Chapel. Additionally, the UGA Press will join with the Odum School of Ecology to present a panel discussion moderated by Dorinda Dallmeyer, director of UGA’s Environmental Ethics Certificate Program and co-author of Altamaha, published by the press. The event, which includes a reception and book signing, is at 4 p.m. Nov. 6 in the auditorium of the Ecology Building.  

The Georgia Review will host open houses in their offices on the seventh floor of the main library from 1-4 p.m. Nov. 5 and 6, and also will present a reading by poet Jacqueline Osherow at Ciné at 7 p.m. on Nov. 5.

The Willson Center for the Humanities and Arts will present screenings of documentary films from the Peabody Awards Collection, including LennoNYC at Ciné at 7 p.m. Nov. 8. Willson Center director Nicholas Allen will join faculty from other departments for a roundtable discussion on “Creativity in the Research University” at 12:30 p.m. Nov. 7 in Room 150 Miller Learning Center, and also is sponsoring a lecture by Robert Connor of the Teagle Foundation in Room 150 at 4 p.m. that day.