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“The Power and Pleasure of Possessions in Korean Painted Screens” will be on display at the Charles B. Wang Center Skylight Gallery from September 29 through December 23. This exhibition explores the genre of Korean still-life painting known as chaekgeori, one of the most enduring and prolific art forms of Korea’s Joseon dynasty (1392-1910). Chaekgeori emphasizes books and other material commodities as symbolic embodiments of knowledge, power and social reform. Today, a diverse body of artists continues this tradition into the 21st century, coming together to examine modern Korean society and its social, cultural and political attitudes and ideals. Drawing on…

Staller Center opens the season on Saturday, October 8, with The Havana Cuba All-Stars bringing an all-acoustic concert to the Main Stage at 8 pm. The 12-person band draws its inspiration from traditional Cuban Son, a style of music and song that originated on the island and is the root of salsa music. In their show “Cuban Nights,” The Havana Cuba All-Stars bring their fresh sound to a musical legacy. The All-Star band maintains the songs of the rich culture of the Cuban people and also plays original songs from albums Cuban Soul, Destinos and Junio Groove. Congas, steel guitar, bass, Spanish guitar, violin,…

By bringing science and theatre together, the Simons Center Science Playwriting Competition aims to find new ways of teaching, learning and thinking at Stony Brook University. This competition provides an outlet for scientists and playwrights to go beyond their normal ways of thinking, spark their imagination and synthesize a new experience for all. This year, playwrights from around the world submitted more than 100 science plays to the fourth annual competition. To honor the winning plays, a reception will be held on Wednesday, November 2, at 5:30 pm followed by a public staged reading in the Simons Center Auditorium at…

The Simons Center Art Program Lecture Series presents a talk by Laurie Anderson on Thursday, September 29, at 5:45 pm in the Simons Center Auditorium with a reception beginning at 5 pm in the SCGP Lobby. One of America’s most renowned and daring creative pioneers, Anderson is best known for her multimedia presentations and innovative use of technology. As writer, director, visual artist and vocalist she has created groundbreaking works that span the worlds of art, theater and experimental music. Anderson’s live shows range from simple spoken word to elaborate multi-media stage performances such as “Songs and Stories for Moby…

The Jazz Loft in Stony Brook Village is the new home of Swing Dance Long Island’s (SDLI) monthly dances, with the first one kicking off on Saturday, September 10. This is a venue change for any SBU students that used to attend SDLI Saturday dances at the Brush Barn in Smithtown. The Jazz Loft is located at 275 Christian Avenue in Stony Brook. The September 10 event features Tommy James and His All Stars at 8 pm, with a beginner swing dance lesson before the show at 7:30 pm. All are welcome; no partner is necessary. Admission is $15 general, $13…

The Staller Center’s Friday Night Film Series brings great movies to Stony Brook at an even better price. All films are shown on the Main Stage, which has the largest movie screen in Suffolk County. Passes for all 10 films for the fall are available in person at the Staller Center Box Office for a discounted price of $30. Individual tickets are $10 for adults; $7 for students, seniors and children; $5 for Stony Brook students. Click here to buy tickets. For more information visit stallercenter.com. Friday, September 30 A Bigger Splash, 7 pm The vacation of a famous rock…

Not Ready to Make Nice: Guerrilla Girls in the Artworld and Beyond will be on display at the Paul W. Zuccaire Gallery in Staller Center from September 13 through October 22. Not Ready to Make Nice, a major presentation of the Guerrilla Girls, illuminates and contextualizes the important historical and ongoing work of these highly original, provocative and influential artists who champion feminism and social change. The Guerrilla Girls have been powerfully and consistently active since first breaking onto the art scene in 1985. Appearing only in gorilla masks and assuming the names of dead women artists, the activist group has…

The Fencer (Finland) and Between Sea and Land (Colombia) were among the outstanding new independent films honored at the closing ceremonies of the 21st Stony Brook Film Festival, held at Staller Center July 21 through July 30. Film critic John Anderson hosted the Festival’s Closing Night Awards Reception on July 30. Alan Inkles, founder and director of the Festival, welcomed the winning filmmakers, the public and Ed Arentz of Music Box Films. Music Box Films in this year’s festival included The Innocents and the 2016 Closing Night film, A Man Called Ove. The winners were: 2016 Jury Award—Best Feature The Fencer Finland, Estonia, Germany –…

Stage, film and television actor Nathan Lane was among the cast representing the Stony Brook Film Festival’s World Premiere of the drama No Pay, Nudity in support of his long-time friend and the film’s director, Lee Wilkof. On stage at the Q&A following the screening were actors Loudon Wainwright III, also a Grammy-winning musician; Nathan Lane; Zoe Perry, daughter of actors Laurie Metcalf and Jeff Perry; and Lee Wilkof. No Pay, Nudity is his directorial debut. Wilkof was the original Seymour in Broadway’s Little Shop of Horrors and has had a successful career in movies and on stage. Nathan Lane announced his future plans…

Director János Edelényi Receives Opening Night Award Scottish actor Brian Cox — Olivier Award and Emmy Award winning star of Stony Brook Film Festival’s opening night feature, The Carer — was presented with the Festival’s Career Achievement Award for his work in more than 200 films and television programs and even more stage productions in England, the U.S. and around the world. In The Carer, Brian Cox, perhaps best known from the Bourne Identity films, soars in his role as an aging lion of the theater who has isolated himself and bullied his care givers. Director János Edelényi was presented with the…

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