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Coastal Carolina University has re-imagined its cultural arts season, creating a virtual experience for connoisseurs of the arts. Spring 2021 will bring the arts to you with a season you can stream from your favorite chair, the backyard, or even your breakfast table.

Enjoy CCU’s cultural arts including award-winning documentary film screenings, complete with discussions with the directors; readings and discussions with nationally renowned guest authors. With lectures, concerts, theatrical performances and more, Spring 2021 cultural arts with Coastal Carolina University promises enlightenment, beauty, and excitement for viewers of all tastes and ages.

The fully virtual Spring 2021 CCU Cultural Arts season requires reservations for each event. Tickets are free, and the Edwards College encourages and appreciates donations. Virtual tickets may be obtained online by visiting tickets.coastal.edu


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Tuesday, April 13, 4:30 p.m. 
Spring Read Book Club: David CopperfieldChapts33-64 

The CCU English Department Literature and Culture Concentration presents the third meeting of a semester-long discussion series on Charles Dickens’ David Copperfield. The series is comprised of three discussion sessions focusing on progressive sections of the novel, followed by a discussion of the 2020 film The Personal History of David Copperfield starring Dev Patel. Each session features a discussion with a faculty member from the Department of English.  

For access to the Zoom meeting, contact Anna Oldfield at aoldfield@coastal.edu.

Participants may access the book online for free at Project Gutenberg. 

More on the Department of English 


Friday, April 16, 11 a.m.
American Indian influences on the late drip paintings created by Jackson Pollock

Bruce Maggi, teaching associate in the Department of Visual Arts, presents his research on American Indian influences on the late drip paintings created by Jackson Pollock. His talk will revolve around his road to focusing on American Indian art, his research into acculturation and how it affected Cherokee pottery, and his dissertation, which explains how the indigenous cultures of North America influenced the Abstract Expressionists of the mid-twentieth century. He will expound on how, within his research of Pollock’s drip paintings, he learned that fractals have been found within his work and how this has added another layer onto understanding of how important these pieces of art have on the art world.  

For more information on the event, contact Elizabeth Howie at ehowie@coastal.edu or Bruce Maggi at blmaggi@coastal.edu


Jazz Alive Mondays: Lukas Nelson
April 19, 7:30 p.m.
Department of Music

Steve Bailey, CCU artist-in-residence and master of the 6-string fretless bass, joins a group of colleagues, friends, and iconic musicians together for a series of concerts. The April 2021 Jazz Alive Monday (J.A.M.) features Lukas Nelson, son of Willie Nelson and partner in Willie Nelson & Family; front man of Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real (POTR); and bandleader and lead guitarist for Neil Young. Lukas collaborated with Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper on the 2018 soundtrack of A Star is Born and has released six studio albums and four EP’s with POTR, featuring a sound that blends country, rock and roll, soul, folk, and R & B. This exclusive J.A.M. performance is co-hosted by Bailey; bassist Victor Wooten, five-time Grammy winner and founding member of Bela Fleck and the Flecktones; and trumpeter, composer, and educator Matthew White, CCU professor of trumpet and coordinator of ensembles and commercial music and jazz.

This event is the third of four in the J.A.M. Spring 2021 season. Click to register. 

More on Lukas Nelson
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Tuesday, April 20, 4:30 p.m. 
Spring Read Book Club: David Copperfield, film discussion 

The CCU English Department Literature and Culture Concentration presents a semester-long discussion series on Charles Dickens’ David Copperfield. The series is comprised of three discussion sessions focusing on progressive sections of the novel, followed by a discussion of the 2020 film The Personal History of David Copperfield starring Dev Patel. Each session takes place on a Tuesday at 4:30 pm and features a discussion with a faculty member from the Department of English.  

The novel, published in 1850, famously opens with the statement “I was born” and moves forward from there, so the sessions will discuss chapters as David progresses through life.   

The film The Personal History of David Copperfield is highly rated and available for paid streaming. Film critic Jake Coyle called it an exuberantly optimistic film celebrating the life force of art and eccentricity,” noting also: Who couldn't use a little of that right now?” 

For access to the Zoom meeting, contact Anna Oldfield at aoldfield@coastal.edu.

More on the Department of English 


 

Tuesday, April 20, 5:30 p.m. 
What We Left Unfinisheda film by Mariam Ghani
 
CCU Cultural Arts 

A discussion with director/producer Mariam Ghani will follow the screening of this film.  What We Left Unfinished is an award-winning documentary about five unfinished feature films from the Communist era in Afghanistan (1978-91), when films were weapons, filmmakers became targets, and the dreams of constantly shifting political regimes merged with the stories told onscreen. It is also a tribute to a tight-knit group of Afghan filmmakers who loved cinema enough to risk their lives for art. 

Ghani’s previous projects in Afghanistan have documented afterlives of former secret prisons; real estate speculations in reconstructed Kabul; and forgotten histories of Afghan modernists, artists, and intellectuals. Her films and installations have  been presented at Lincoln Center, MoMA, the National Gallery, CCCB in Barcelona, and Garage in Moscow. They are in the permanent collections of the Guggenheim, the Saint Louis Art Museum, the Arab American National Museum, and the Devi Art Foundation (India). 

More about Mariam Ghani
More about What We Left Unfinished 
Watch What We Left Unfinished trailer 


DCD@CCU presents "Women in Tech and Design"
Thursday, April 29, 3:15-5:15 p.m. on Zoom

Yesenia Arroyo, a Fab Lab Instructor at The Melrose Center makerspace at the Orlando Public Library, will talk about her work in the makerspace, lead a light-up card and origami workshop, and follow up with a Q&A. Registration limited to first 20 participants. 

Contact Emily Brooks at ebrooks@coastal.edu for Zoom link.


 

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Jazz Alive Mondays: Terri Lyne Carrington
May 10, 7:30 p.m.
Department of Music

Steve Bailey, CCU artist-in-residence and master of the 6-string fretless bass, joins a group of colleagues, friends, and iconic musicians together for a series of concerts. The April 2021 Jazz Alive Monday (J.A.M.) features three-time Grammy-winning jazz drummer, composer, producer, and educator Terri Lyne Carrington.

Carrington has played with musical legends Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Getz, Herbie Hancock, Diana Krall, and Al Jarreau; won the 2019 Doris Duke Artist Award, which carries with it $275,000; and won the 2021 National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Jazz Masters Award, the nation’s highest honor in jazz. She is a professor at her alma mater, Berklee College of Music, where she serves as founder and artistic director of the Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice. Her 2013 Grammy award for Best Jazz Instrumental Album established her as the first female musician to win in this category.

This exclusive J.A.M. performance is co-hosted by Bailey; bassist Victor Wooten, five-time Grammy winner and founding member of Bela Fleck and the Flecktones; and trumpeter, composer, and educator Matthew White, CCU assistant professor of trumpet and coordinator of ensembles and commercial music and jazz.

This event is the final of four in the J.A.M. Spring 2021 season. Click to register. 

More on Terri Lyne Carrington
More on Steve Bailey
More on Victor Wooten
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TICKETS

The fully virtual Spring 2021 CCU Cultural Arts season requires reservations for each event. Tickets are free, and the Edwards College encourages and appreciates donations.

 Virtual tickets may be obtained online by visting tickets.coastal.edu

Ticket holders will receive an email reminder and access link several hours before the performance. Clicking the link within the email will allow attendees to enter our virtual auditorium, The Cultural Arts: Teal Room, at the appropriate time.