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The Maxwell Theatre welcomes Victoria Vox to the stage Thursday

VicVoxThe GRU Lyceum Series is sponsoring yet another world-class act on Thursday, Sept. 24, with “When the Night Unravels – An Evening with Victoria Vox.” The concert, presented by the Department of English and Foreign Languages, runs from 7:30-9 p.m. at the Maxwell Theatre.

Vox, a Wisconsin native, is world-renowned for her unique and infectious pop-folk-jazz style and the incorporation of both French and English lyrics into her songs.

But to say she’s a talented musician is a huge understatement.

Vox wrote her first song at the age of 10. At 17, she bought a guitar and spent a year abroad in France, where she fell in love with both the instrument and the language, two staples of her current musical career. After graduating from the Berklee College of Music in 2001 with a degree in songwriting, Vox took up the ukulele in 2003, and she’s been busy changing the face of music ever since.

To date, she has held performances in the United States, Europe, New Zealand, Australia and Canada.

Earlier this year, Vox was featured on the front page of the Wall Street Journal, and in 2009, she performed on the “Jay Leno Show.” Her music, which frequently appears in indie films, was featured on NPR’s “To the Best of Our Knowledge” in 2007.

Vintage Guitar Magazine claims, “An undercurrent of toughness, a beautiful voice, great melodies and loads of charm make [Vox’s] unique folk/pop music impossible to resist.”

Tickets for “When the Night Unravels – An Evening with Victoria Vox” are $5 for the general public and free for GRU students, faculty and staff with a valid JagCard.

For more information, contact the Maxwell Theatre Box Office at 706-667-4100.

For Students Only:

On Friday, Sept. 25, at 10 a.m., join area high school students for yet another Victoria Vox concert titled “Victoria Vox: un concert en Français.”

This concert, performed in both French and Spanish, and also presented by the Department of English and Foreign Languages, is open only to GRU and EGSC students with a valid student id. Admission is free.

The Cinema Series Presents: ‘The Look of Silence’ (and more…)

In 2013, the Cinema Series at GRU upped its game by hosting screenings of director Joshua Oppenheimer’s “The Act of Killing,” a visceral, eye-opening documentary about the individuals involved in the Indonesian killings of 1965-66.

The year before, the “Act of Killing” won best documentary at the 67th BAFTA awards and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature at the 86th Academy Awards.

This semester, the Cinema Series brings you Oppenheimer’s haunting and long-awaited follow-up, “The Look of Silence.”

A companion piece to “The Act of Killing,” “The Look of Silence” revisits the Indonesian killings with fresh eyes, providing a less shocking, but no less compelling view of the anticommunist purge that defined a nation.

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival, “The Look of Silence” has been called “profoundly moving” by Variety magazine and “remarkable” by the BBC.

“The Look of Silence” screens on Thursday, Sept. 17, at both 1 and 7 p.m. in the Maxwell Theatre.

Free admission to The Cinema Series for students, faculty, staff and the general public is made possible by the Office of Student Life and Engagement and by the generous support of the Westobou Festival.

Dr. Andrew Goss, Chair of Department of History, Anthropology and Philosophy will lead discussions following each screening.

Curious to see what else the Cinema Series has in store?

Make time on Wednesday, Sept. 30, for the Augusta premiere of Stevan Riley’s acclaimed documentary “Listen to Me Marlon.”

Part of Westobou’s “Celebrating the Life & Work of Marlon Brando,” “Listen to Me Marlon” uses recordings Brando made of himself to both narrate the story of his life and emphasize the ideas that drove him as an artist and a man. A discussion with the director is set to follow.

“Listen to Me Marlon” tickets are available for $15 for advanced purchase, $20 for day-of purchase and $45 for VIP access. Tickets for faculty, staff and the general public are available both at the Westobou Box Office at 1129 Broad St. and online at WestobouFestival.com.

Tickets are free for college students and $5 for military personnel. (*This offer is only available at the Westobou Box Office at 1129 Broad St).

VIP access includes preferred seating at the screening and a reception with Stevan Riley.

Need more Marlon?

“Celebrating the Life & Work of Marlon Brando” continues on Saturday, Oct. 3, at the Maxwell Theatre with free screenings of two of Brando’s finest films – “On the Waterfront” (2 p.m.) and “A Streetcar Named Desire” (4 p.m.).

Two vastly different takes on the idea of the blue-collar antihero, Tennessee William’s Southern Gothic classic “A Streetcar Named Desire” and the union drama “On the Waterfront” represent much of what defined Brando as an actor – namely his dynamic characterizations and his ability to lose himself inside a role.

For more information on “Celebrating the Life & Work of Marlon Brando,” visit WestobouFestival.com/marlon-brando.

For more information about The Cinema Series, visit facebook.com/CinemaSeriesGRU

Get pumped for the Pink Pumpkin Party!

Have you ever pondered what a world without breast cancer would be like? Perplexed by the lack of a cure?

Then perhaps the Pink Pumpkin Party is right up your proverbial alley.

Put on your best pink attire and join us on Saturday, Oct. 3, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Maxwell Theatre for a fun-filled day of music, face-painting and pumpkin-decorating competition in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Think you have the design chops to pull-off the best pumpkin in show? Prizes will be awarded for first-, second- and third-place winners, and the cost of participation is $15 (which includes the cost of decorations). All proceeds will benefit the GRU Breast Cancer Support Group.

Those interested in participating can register here. Registration ends Sept. 22.

Have a child who also wants to participate? Don’t worry. There will be plenty of mini-pumpkins on hand just waiting to be prettified!

In addition to the festivities, the GRU Breast Cancer Team will be on scene for a meet and greet and are more than willing to answer any of your breast health questions.

This event is open to the public, so come party with us and help us put a stop to breast cancer forever!

For more information about the Pink Pumpkin Party, contact Chavone Hollimon at CHOLLIMON@gru.edu.

To see a full listing of the GRU Cancer Center’s community events, visit gru.edu/cancer/community.


World-class brass concert rocks the stage Friday

Looking for a classy way to start your weekend? How about starting it with a little brass.

The Spanish Brass (Spanish Brass Luur Metalls) is one of the most dynamic and admired brass groups on the international music scene today. From Hong Kong to New York, these talented musicians have played some of the most prestigious venues and festivals around the globe.

And now, they’re coming to GRU.

The Topeka Capital-Journal raves that “the versatile and creative programming of the Spanish Brass breaks the boundaries between pop, classical, Latin and traditional music.”

The Musical Instrument Museum says their work has been called “sheer poetry.”

Presented as part of The Jacob Concerts Series and sponsored by the GRU Lyceum Series in collaboration with the Harry Jacobs Chamber Music Society, the Spanish Brass rock to the stage at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18.

Tickets are free for GRU students, faculty and staff with a valid JagCard, $5 for children up to 17 years old and $25 for the General Public.

Tickets are on sale now at the Maxwell Theatre Box Office.

Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime experience. Contact the Maxwell Theatre Box Office at 706-667-4100 or maxwelltheatre@gru.edu to get your tickets now, or click here for more information.

Theatre GRU Presents Goblin Market

Theatre GRU presents: Goblin Market by Christina Rossetti adaptation by Patricia Pace adapted and directed by Melanie Kitchens O’Meara.

Visually stunning and ripe with sensuous language, Christina Rossetti’s poem Goblin Market is performed by six Victorian actresses between occasional rests in The Green Room. Patricia Pace said, “the adaptation investigates the many layers of meaning in the poem — a children’s cautionary tale, a rebuke to the new commodity market in Victorian England, a religious allegory, a poet’s wish for a female literary tradition, a fantasy about women caring for other women.”

*Contains mature content.



Thursday, March 19, 2015 7:30 PM ET


Maxwell Theatre

Contact Information:

Maxwell Theatre Box Office

Hours: Monday – Friday 1 PM – 5 PM



Other Information

Tickets: General Public: $10

GRU Alumni: $7

Active and Retired Military: $7

Seniors (60+): $7

Students and children: $5

GRU faculty and staff: $5

GRU students: one ticket free with valid JagCard

Assisted listening devices are available at the box office.

Services are available for persons with disabilities. Some services may require four weeks advance notice. Contact the Testing and Disability Services office at 706-737-1469 or tds@gru.edu

Christopher O’Riley to perform with GRU Orchestra and Women’s Choral Ensemble

When concert pianist Christopher O’Riley comes to Georgia Regents University, students and community members will not only get the chance to hear one of the nation’s foremost concert pianists, they’ll be able to hear him working with members of two different student ensembles as well.

As part of the 47th annual Lyceum Series, O’Riley will perform with the GRU Women’s Choral Ensemble and the GRU Orchestra at the Maxwell Theatre at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 7.

“We were looking for a way to better engage our students in our Lyceum productions,” said Kelly Thomas, Director of the Maxwell Theatre. “Christopher O’Riley and what he does just fit in so well.”

Aside from being respected as a conventional concert pianist, O’Riley is also known for his arrangements of popular music (he’s revered in some circles for receiving the only four-star review ever given by Rolling Stone to a classical pianist) as well as for being the host of NPR’s popular “From the Top” program, where he interviews young classical musicians.

After starting the concert with solo pieces, he’ll perform Joni Mitchell songs with the GRU Women’s Choral Ensemble. After the intermission, he’ll perform the well-known Grieg Piano Concerto in A minor with the GRU Orchestra.

“I encourage people to look it up on the Internet,” Thomas said. “It’s one of those pieces everybody knows.”

In addition to the concert, which is free for GRU students, $5 for faculty and staff, and $15 for the general public, O’Riley will hold a Meet the Host workshop at the theater on Thursday and a piano Master Class at noon on Friday.

“Master Classes are really neat, because you get to see the performers blossom right before your eyes,” Thomas said.

Both of the pre-concert programs are free and open to the public.

This is the final performance in this season’s Lyceum Series, which included a stop by the Second City comedy group, a french film festival, and the Kevin Locke Native Dance Ensemble.

For tickets or more information, visit the Maxwell Theatre website here.

Meet Wycliffe Gordon and the GRU Jazz Ensemble

The first concert to feature Georgia Regents University’s new artist-in-residence Wycliffe Gordon with the GRU Jazz Ensemble will be followed by a meet-and-greet and reception in honor of the jazz trombonist and international recording artist.

It begins at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, at the Maxwell Theatre, with a reception to follow around 8:30 p.m.

The GRU Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Rob Foster, performs a wide variety of music in the jazz tradition, and also provides students with opportunities to work with world-renowned musicians like Gordon, visiting professor in the GRU Music Department. The concert is the third installment of Jazz at the G, a series of concerts presented by GPB Augusta in cooperation with the GRU Music Department, Garden City Jazz, The Greater Augusta Arts Council, and the Maxwell Theatre.

Admission is $5, and free for GRU students, faculty, and staff with JagCard. See gru.edu/maxwelltheatre for tickets.


Celebrate nurses with red carpet film screening

14-0645 American Nurse film poster (6)A red carpet film screening at Georgia Regents University’s Maxwell Theatre aims to inspire audiences with newfound appreciation of an indispensable figure on the frontlines of health and health care today: The American nurse.

Christ Community Health Services Augusta and the GRU College of Nursing are partnering for the regional premiere of “The American Nurse,” celebrating nurses across the region with food, live music, and the red carpet treatment. The event begins with a reception and photos at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14, followed by a screening of the documentary film at 7:15, in the Maxwell Theatre, on GRU’s Summerville campus, 2500 Walton Way, Augusta.

“We are very pleased to partner with the GRU College of Nursing and bring this excellent film to Augusta. Nurses play a vital role in health care and ‘The American Nurse’ is a great tribute to these unsung heroes,” said Christ Community Health Services Executive Director Jeff Drake.

Award-winning photographer Carolyn Jones traveled across the United States to record the unique experiences of nurses for her book of personal interviews and black and white photographs, published in 2012. The book project grew to include a scholarship fund and the full-length film, which premiered to sold-out crowds during National Nurses’ Week 2014 in theaters across the country.

“This is an important film for nurses, nurse educators, and healthcare professionals and anyone navigating our healthcare system,” said Dr. Lucy N. Marion, Dean of the College of Nursing. “The population is growing, aging, diversifying and facing substantial health problems. Nurses are there through it all, at the heart of the U.S. healthcare system.”

“The American Nurse” follows five nurses along with their patients: Tonia Faust with maximum-security prison inmates; Jason Short with home health patients in Appalachia; Brian McMillion with soldiers returning from war; Naomi Cross with mothers giving birth; and Sister Stephen with nursing home patients at the end of life.

“The compassionate, caring spirits captured in ‘The American Nurse’ represent nurses around the world and will give the audience a greater appreciation of the incredible work they do,” Drake said.

Tickets are $10 for GRU students and $25 for the general public, supporting nursing student scholarships and patient care and operations at CCHS. Buy tickets online at gru.edu/maxwelltheatre.

Nurses who watch the film will be eligible for Continuing Education credits through Nurse.com. A portion of all proceeds benefit a scholarship fund for nurse education through the American Nurses Foundation. “The American Nurse” screening in Augusta is made possible thanks to the support of Master Automotive and Regions Bank.


Westobou Festival comes to GRU

The Westobou Festival comes to Georgia Regents University with several events featuring the school’s Cinema Series, art gallery, music students, and faculty.

Westobou, an annual celebration of dance, film, music, spoken words, and visual arts, includes five days of performances from Oct. 1-5. Events at GRU include:

 An Evening with Peter Bogdanovichdisplaymedia cinema

7 p.m. Oct. 1, Maxwell Theatre

The Westobou Festival and the GRU Cinema Series partner to bring Peter Bogdanovich to Augusta. The respected director, producer, writer, actor, film critic, and author will be in conversation prior to presenting a restored director’s cut of his 1971 Academy Award-winning masterpiece “The Last Picture Show.” Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 day of show, and free for all college students.

Peter Bogdanovich double feature

1 and 3 p.m. Oct. 4, Maxwell Theatre

A free double feature of Peter Bogdanovich includes “Paper Moon” at 1 p.m., followed by “They All Laughed” at 3 p.m.

“Voice Off” | Courtesy Judith Barry and Galerie Karin Sachs, Munich, and Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Los Angeles

Voice Off by Judith Barry

A two-sided video installation by artist Judith Barry has opened at the Mary S. Byrd Gallery of Art on the Summerville Campus. The exhibit will remain open through Oct. 10 and is free and open to the public.

Artist Talk with Judith Barry

5 p.m. Oct. 2, University Hall, room 170

Opening Reception

6 p.m. Oct. 2, Mary S. Byrd Gallery of Art, Washington Hall

Westobou Festival Chamber Music Series

This season’s Chamber Music Series “Go Baroque!” presents a variety of afternoon concerts each day of the Westobou Festival.  Acclaimed musicians will perform programs including favorite selections from the Baroque era.  Events include:

Student Showcase Concertstudent

1 p.m. Oct. 1, Maxwell Theatre

Students from the GRU Department of Music perform , including Henry Holt on violin, Cole Dunkirk and Ben Blackmon on French horn, and Steven Fitzwilliam on piano. The concert is free.

Back to Baroque

Noon Oct. 3, Church of the Good Shepherd Parish Hall

This performance, with Vivaldi, Bach, and a Two Harpsichord Concerto with Chamber Orchestra, features the Georgia Regents University Orchestra with James Nord and Clara Park, harpsichord soloists. The concert is free.

Quartetto Gelatoqg

3 p.m. Oct. 5, Maxwell Theatre

The Harry Jacobs Chamber Music Society presents this unique and critically acclaimed quartet. Tickets are available at the box office; for ticket information call 706-790-9274 or see hjcms.org. The event is free with a valid GRU ID.

Miotas Ceol Draiocht: Ireland in Myth, Magic, and Music ireland

7:30 p.m. Oct. 3, Maxwell Theatre

This event, featuring new compositions by noted Augusta musician Carl Purdy and storytelling and photography by GRU Communications Professor Debbie van Tuyll, transports audiences back to ancient Ireland. $15 per person, and $5 for GRU students with ID. Children under 12 are free.

Learn more at westoboufestival.com.

5 don’t-miss arts events at GRU

1) GRU Idol searches for top singer

The Jaguar Production Crew presents “GRU Idol,” a showcase of the university’s best singing talent, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, in the Maxwell Theatre. The musical group Colour of London will host and perform. Free for GRU students. Guests are $5.

 2) Free movie screening with the GRU Cinema Series

The GRU Cinema Series returns Thursday with “Ida,” a moving and intimate drama from acclaimed director Pawel Pawlikowski about a young nun in 1960s Poland who makes a shocking discovery on the verge of taking her vows. It screens at 1 and 7 p.m. Sept. 18 in the Maxwell Theatre on the Summerville Campus. For more information on Cinema Series events, visit facebook.com/CinemaSeriesGRU.

3) ‘Voice off’ by Judith Barry opens at Byrd Gallery

“Voice off,” a unique video installation by artist Judith Barry, opens Sept. 22 at the Mary S. Byrd Gallery of Art. The gallery is free, open to the public, and located in Washington Hall on the Summerville Campus. An artist talk with Barry is scheduled for 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, in University Hall, room 170. A reception will follow in the gallery at 6 p.m. Learn more at gru.edu/byrd.

4) Confucius Institute hosts free martial arts, dance performances

Celebrate Confucius Institute Day with free martial arts and dance performance by elite performers from Beijing’s Capital University. A demo, including language lessons and acupuncture demonstrations, begins at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, outside Macy’s at the Augusta Mall. A full-scale evening performance begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Kroc Center Chapel. The Confucius Institute is a new center offering courses in Chinese language, culture, and Traditional Chinese Medicine at GRU. Learn more at gru.edu/centers/Confucius.

5) Vocal chorus performs ‘How the West Was Sung’

The Garden City Chorus has invited the Atlanta Vocal Project Chorus for a special fall performance sponsored by the GRU Department of Music at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, in the Maxwell Theatre. Students are $12. General public tickets are $15. See augusta.universitytickets.com for more information.