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“I’m happy and honored to get this award from my colleagues in the industry. They have a sense of what I do because they do it themselves,” said Isobel Breheny-Schafer, who has been the assistant director of Student Media and General Manager of WUSB 90.1FM at Stony Brook University for the past 11 years. The award, the College Media Advisers Four-Year School Broadcast Adviser Award for 2017, acknowledges that Isobel went well beyond the normal scope of her duties, especially during the past year. Her predecessor, Norman Prusslin, who served as WUSB general manager and broadcast adviser until Isobel took…

The University Orchestra includes 70 to 75 undergraduate students and presents a series of concerts at Staller Center each semester. Auditions will be held on Monday, August 28, and Tuesday, August 29, in Staller 2342. The sign-up sheet for auditions will be posted next to Staller 3304 the week before classes begin, so students can sign up for an audition when they arrive on campus. For the audition, students need to play two short, contrasting excerpts from a solo or concerto of their choice or three contrasting standard orchestral excerpts. University Orchestra is made up of both music majors and…

Stony Brook University’s own radio station, WUSB 90.1FM, celebrated 40 consecutive years on the air last month, looking back on a rich history of entertainment, news and public service. WUSB has been staffed by over 2,000 volunteers since its first sign-on, remaining a voice in the campus community while playing acclaimed artists and inviting newsmakers, public figures and educators to participate in live broadcasts. “For forty years, WUSB has been a source of continuous programming and served as a leader in college radio,” said Jeff Barnett, Stony Brook’s Interim Associate Dean of Students. The university hosted an award ceremony and anniversary brunch…

The Sounding, about a a silent young woman struggling for freedom in a mental institution, Fanny’s Journey, a drama of Holocaust survival, and To the Edge of the Sky, a documentary about families battling to save their sons’ lives from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, were among the outstanding new films honored at the closing ceremonies of the 22nd Stony Brook Film Festival, held at Staller Center July 20-29, 2017. The Sounding received the Jury Award for best feature; Fanny’s Journey and To The Edge of the Sky finished in a tie for the Audience Choice Award for best feature. Alan Inkles, founder and director…

Maybe novelist Thomas Wolfe had it wrong. For Elliott Murphy, world-renowned singer-songwriter and Garden City, LI, native, it seems you can go home again. Murphy, who moved to Paris in 1989 to satisfy the demands of his growing European fan base, still returns for occasional visits to see his family and friends, and for a handful of performances in the Northeastern U.S. But on July 26, at 9:15 pm, he will return to Long Island for a special event: the American premiere of The Second Act of Elliott Murphy, a 90-minute full-length feature film about his resurgent career, to be screened…

A selection of little-known paintings from Eastern Europe will be presented at the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center in East Hampton, New York, from August 3 through October 28. “Abstract Expressionism Behind the Iron Curtain” is a highly unusual exhibition that addresses a contrarian aspect of artistic expression in Eastern Europe during the Cold War period, when official art in Soviet bloc countries was strictly regulated and was required to adhere to Communist Party doctrine. In spite of such restrictions, however, there were artists who were aware of developments in contemporary abstract art — either through personal travel and contact with…

Get ready for the Stony Brook Film Festival, July 20-29, 2017 Click here to purchase tickets and passes to the festival Click here to watch a selection of film trailers Bucking the age-old Hollywood gender trend of male directors dominating the big screen, Stony Brook Film Festival is taking a decidedly female turn this summer by choosing an unprecedented number of films directed by women. And that wasn’t necessarily the plan. They were just the best films submitted, said Alan Inkles, founder and director of the Stony Brook Film Festival and director of the Staller Center for the Arts. “We…

Department of Art Professor Nobuho Nagasawa recently received the New York City Public Design Commission’s highest honor at the 34th Annual Awards for Excellence in Design, held at City Hall. Professor Nagasawa was honored for her permanent public art “Luminescence,” the installation of which is currently in progress at the newly developed Peninsula, Hunter’s Point South Waterfront Park on the East River in Queens, New York. Designed to enhance a new public waterfront park situated on approximately 30 acres of prime East River property in Long Island City, “Luminescence” consists of seven sculptures that emulate the seven phases of the moon. Each moon sculpture is cast in white…

“Selected Shorts,” one of the premier reading series in New York City and a popular Public Radio International program, will return to the Avram Theater at Stony Brook Southampton on Friday, July 14 to help celebrate the 10th anniversary issue of TSR: The Southampton Review. Actors Betty Buckley, Blythe Danner, Richard Kind, and Maulik Pancholy will perform magical short stories by authors featured over the years in the literary and art journal of the Southampton MFA in Creative Writing program. It promises to be an evening of funny, moving, romantic, and surreal tales filled with unexpected twists and turns. For…

Christine Vachon, film producer and director of Stony Brook University and Killer Film’s MFA in Film program, spoke about the tectonic changes in the industry and what the future holds in a June 16, 2017 feature story in Filmmaker Magazine. The article delves into how the traditional film industry is in a period of great transformation and asks arts educators, “What should a film school look like at a time of disruption, and how should a film school respond to that change?” From the magazine: Producer Christine Vachon, who is also director of Stony Brook and Killer Film’s MFA in…

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