The Rip Woods Studio Project

February 4-27
Opening Reception: Monday, February 3 @ 6pm
ArtSpace West (UCB 228)

With our Black History Month theme of “Honoring Our Heroes,” we present this installation dedicated to preserving the work of this brilliant African American artist in a manner that is accessible to everyone, beyond the rarified air of arts journals, private collections and museums. Woods, who spent the majority of his professional career teaching at Arizona State University by day and creating in his Phoenix studio at night, left a legacy of inspiring art.





The Submission

February 27, 28 & March 1 @ 7:30pm, March 2 @ 3:00pm
Second Stage West
Tickets: $10 general, $7 seniors, $5 students

A young white playwright writes a complex new drama about an African American family trying to get out of the Projects, and it’s selected for the nation’s preeminent play festival. However, he submitted the work under a pen name in the hope of increasing its chances for production. So he hires Emilie, a black actress, to stand in for him as author, and then the real trouble begins! A co-production with iTheatre Collaborative, this is a fiercely funny and intelligent new comic drama about the words we use to describe each other, and the things we’ll do to get what we want. Winner of the NY Outer Critics Circle John Gassner Award, and of the 2011 Laurents/Hatcher Award for best new play.





March 5-6, 17-27
Opening Reception: Wednesday, March 5 @ 6pm
ArtSpace West (UCB 228)

This performance-based collaborative installation will be created by Chicago composer/musician LeRoy Bach, New York theatre artist Will Bond, and IAP faculty Marianne M. Kim. Bach is best known for his music with Wilco, Iron & Wine, and will create a musical score based on conceptual improvisation and will direct student musicians. Bond, founding member of SITI Company, creates a written performance score to be performed with or without an audience, and Kim will offer a visual landscape through video that is inspired by mind games, laws of attraction, and mindful meditation.





West Valley Symphony - Gershwin & Grofe!

Sat, Mar 22 @ 7:30pm
La Sala Ballroom
Tickets: $15 general, $10 seniors, $5 students

The West Valley Symphony, conducted by Cal Stewart Kellogg, returns to perform symphonic music by American composers. This 70-piece ensemble, celebrating their 45th season, will perform George Gershwin’s Cuban Overture and his iconic An American in Paris, as well as Ferde Grofe’s Grand Canyon Suite, which musically evokes the majesty of our state’s prized natural wonder.






The Space Between

Tues, Mar 25 @ 1-6pm

CLCC Courtyard
Wed, March 26th 1-6pm
Second Stage West

Chicago composer Rob Mazurek, musician/performer Damon Locks, and IAP faculty Marianne M. Kim collaborate on The Space Between, a durational electro-acoustic multimedia art project utilizing sound, video and movement, and based on the idea of Psychedelic Illumination Drones.  The artists concern themselves with space: space that defines entities, erases their dualities, and eliminates their separateness. As image and sound develop an ongoing conversation, layer after layer of sound accumulates in an attempt to relocate where sound can be experienced and embodied, as the visual environment looks to the metaphor of the reflective and mirror-like nature of the Indra Net. The unique work was commissioned by Meet the Composer Commissioning Music USA.





El Malecón - Patricia Clark

April 3-24
Opening Reception: Wednesday, April 2 @ 6pm
ArtSpace West (UCB 228)

The Malecón is a seawall avenue that leads from Vedado to Havana Vieja in La Habana, Cuba. The installation will provide an artistic overview of the evolution of this important symbol of history and beauty in the lives of Cubans, and will give viewers an opportunity to re-examine previous notions of how time functions in Cuba, challenging the idea that change does not occur there.







Desert Overture - Name That Tune!

Friday, April 4 @ 7:30pm
La Sala Ballroom

Desert Overture presents a new concert with audience participation titled “Name That Tune!” Throughout the evening, volunteers will be selected from the audience to try their luck at games, from guessing the title of the tune the band is about to perform to answering trivia questions related to a piece on the program. You might even hear one or two of those well-known game show theme songs in the mix as well!  This 40-piece ensemble holds firmly to their mission to enrich people’s lives through the universal language of music and they’re proud to be cultural ambassadors of the LGBT community. Though admission is free, a portion of all contributions to the ensemble this evening will be given to the American Heart Association.