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In the wake of what turned out to be a deadly protest over the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville, Va., some citizens and elected officials across the country are pushing to remove public art, such as statues and monuments, that memorialize the Confederacy. The Charlottesville incident [see President’s statement]  and several others have kindled a nationwide debate over memorializing American history. Michele Bogart, professor of art history in the College of Arts and Sciences and one of Stony Brook’s experts on public art and urban design, took a moment to offer her own perspective on…

Tickets are now on sale for the upcoming 2017-18 performance season at Staller Center for the Arts, with highlights ranging from the renowned Emerson String Quartet, to jazz with The Hot Sardines, to unique theatrical extravaganzas including the Martial Artists and Acrobats of Tianjin, China. “With the season in place, we are reaching out to loyal patrons and adding programs to entice first time visitors. It’s always great to hear newcomers remark ‘I’m so glad I finally came to Staller Center’” said Alan Inkles, director of the Staller Center. “This season we have rising stars—the county singer Stephanie Quayle and the…

Come cheer on the docs who rock in bands from Stony Brook University Hospital, Good Samaritan Hospital, Northport VA, St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center and Southampton Hospital. Proceeds benefit the best ideas in medicine at Stony Brook Cancer Center. The battle of the bands will be held on Sunday, September 17, from 2 pm to 8 pm at 89 North, located at 89 North Ocean Avenue, Patchogue, NY. The price is $20 per person (cash bar) and includes hot buffet, desserts and giveaways. Register online now For more information, please call (631) 444-1088.

“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…

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