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Literally “mad words,” Kyogen originated during the samurai era and features humorous stories of daily life laced with biting social satire. Kyogen, the 600-year-old Japanese classical comic theater, uses exuberant facial expressions, an extremely high level of vocal and physical control, stock characters, gentle humor, dialogue, and mime to celebrate and poke fun at humanity. This program is performed by the artists of the Yamamoto family, led by Yamamoto Noritoshi, designated as an Intangible Cultural Asset by the Japanese Government. The six-city North American tour of Yamamoto Kyogen Company is organized and produced by the Japan Society, New York, and…

Several Irish rock bands, along with traditional Irish music and step dancing groups, will perform and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day during a benefit for Haiti earthquake relief. Organized by faculty, staff, and students at Stony Brook University Medical Center, Shamrocks for Haiti takes place on Saturday, March 20, at the Nutty Irishman in Bay Shore. The event is for adults age 21 and over, and the entire proceeds from a $20 admission cost will go directly to three organizations providing relief to Haiti earthquake victims. Featured bands and groups will perform in waves from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Irish…

One of the happiest ballets in the classical repertory, Coppelia, comes to Staller Center on Sunday, March 21, at 7:00 pm, performed by the Moscow Festival Ballet. This sunny 19th-century comic classic is about a toymaker who creates wonderfully lifelike dolls. Encompassed in three lively acts are lighthearted renderings of love, loss, and mistaken identity as a beautiful life-like toy doll is mistaken for a girl a toymaker passes off as his daughter. Revenge and reconciliation follow, and to wrap it all up, the story ends with a wedding and the promise of happily ever after. Coppelia, with choreography by…

Children from age seven and up will enjoy a unique show of puppetry, dance, and storytelling as Darwin the Dinosaur comes to Staller Center’s Main Stage on Sunday, March 14, at 3:00 pm. Electroluminescent characters come to life in a blackout setting in this family show about a wild and primitive dinosaur created by a scientist who has magic powers. The characters are glowing crayon-like drawings that move. The magical scientist puts Darwin the Dinosaur together piece by piece. Then to curb the dinosaur’s animal instincts, his creator realizes he needs to instill compassion in Darwin and give him a…

The 15th Annual Stony Brook Film Festival is seeking outstanding independent dramatic features, documentaries, animated films, and shorts in all categories from around the world. The festival will be held July 22 through July 31. All films are shown on the oversized screen in Staller Center’s Main Stage Theatre. The ten-day festival showcases one film at a time to houses of 850 to 1,000 filmgoers. Thanks to the presenting sponsors, there are no entry fees for the Stony Brook Film Festival. Stony Brook Film Festival Director Alan Inkles looks forward to another successful festival. “Last year we were praised for…

The University Orchestra will present a children’s concert on Tuesday, March 9, at 7:30 pm at Staller Center. Conductor Susan Deaver will lead the University Orchestra in “Orchestral Footsteps!,” a one-hour interactive toe-tapping adventure through the orchestra. Audience members are encouraged to wear their favorite footwear to take part in the interactive elements of the concert including a contest at the end. The featured soloist is sixth-grade violinist Martin Vaillancourt, winner of the 2009 Stony Brook University Pre-College Division Concerto Competition. He will perform Vivaldi’s Concerto in G Minor along with the orchestra. Other musical selections will include excerpts from…

Sunday, February 28 Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy: Masters of the Fiddle come to Staller Center’s Main Stage on Sunday, February 28, at 7:00 pm. MacMaster and Leahy are the power couple of the Celtic fiddling world. MacMaster’s flamboyant skill and trademark Cape Breton fiddling and step dancing are matched by the musical wizardry of her equally celebrated husband, Canadian fiddler, Donnell Leahy. They will be joined by Erin Leahy and Mac Morin on pianos. MacMaster has a sound that has resonated with world audiences through ten albums, multiple gold sales figures, and numerous Juno awards (the Canadian equivalent of…

The Iranian music group Niyaz blends modern electronica with Persian folk songs, medieval Persian poetry, and Turkish and South Asian Sufi mysticism and musical forms. The word niyaz means “yearning” in both Farsi, the language of Iran, and Urdu, a major language of northern India and Pakistan, a connection Niyaz explores to its fullest.   Niyaz will perform at the Charles B. Wang Center Theatre on Thursday, February 25 at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $35 for VIP; $20 for general admission; $15 for seniors; and $10 for students.

Sunday, February 21 During the past 20 years Peter Mulvey has pursued a restless, eclectic path as a songwriter and musician, immersing himself in Tin Pan Alley jazz, modern acoustic music, narratives, and Americana stylings. All of these influences emerge in a Mulvey performance, where he is able to shift from his own songs to also offer brilliant, original interpretations of the works of writers as diverse as Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, Marvin Gaye, Elvis Costello, and Bob Dylan. Mulvey started out in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he played, wrote, and sang in bands while studying theatre. Time as a busker…

The Martha Graham Dance Company, one of the most celebrated contemporary dance companies in the world, comes to Staller Center on Saturday, February 20, at 8:00 pm in an exclusive Long Island appearance. The Martha Graham Dance Company will perform some of the most celebrated works by Martha Graham, the dancer and choreographer who founded the company in 1926. “Prelude and Revolt,” a multi-media theatrical event that includes six dances, charts Martha Graham’s creative revolution. It is followed by Graham classics, “Lamentation Variations,” the “Suite from Appalachian Spring,” and “Diversions of Angels.” The performance brings context to Graham’s revolutionary contributions…

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