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San Francisco’s Alonzo King LINES Ballet to dance at BPAC

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The Bologna Performing Arts Center is thrilled to host the Alonzo King LINES Ballet Jan. 30-Feb. 1.

Hailed by critics as “stunning, fierce and evocative,” Alonzo King LINES Ballet leaps to uncharted heights with bold new dance innovations that redefine what ballet can be. Brought to life by the extraordinary LINES Ballet dancers, Alonzo King’s visionary choreography is renowned for connecting audiences to a profound sense of shared humanity.

They will perform two pieces, “Art Songs” and “Sand,” on Jan. 31 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25-35. For more information, visit www.bolognapac.com, or call the Ticket Office at 662-846-4626.

The performance is locally sponsored by the USA International Ballet Competition.

Collaborating with noted composers, musicians and visual artists from around the world, Alonzo King creates honest and spiritually-gripping work that draws on a diverse set of deeply-rooted cultural traditions, imbuing classical ballet with new expressive potential.

King has received several performing arts awards and honors over the course of his career, including the Doris Duke Foundation Artist Award, Kennedy Center Master of Choreography and Jacob’s Pillow Creativity Award.

LINES Ballet will arrive in Cleveland on Jan. 30 to begin their three-day residency. The company will give two master classes that afternoon at 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. for dance students ages four and up. Limited space is available, and interested students are asked to call 662-846-4844 to sign up for the free master classes.

Following their evening public performance Jan. 31, the company will present one ballet for students on Feb. 1 at 10:30 a.m. at the BPAC. Grant funding is available for free tickets for Delta area schools, but advanced reservations are required. Following the performance, schools can take a guided campus tour with Delta State University’s Office of Admissions as part of “Experience DSU Day,” a recruiting event and arts showcase that will highlight the best of what Delta State has to offer. Contact the BPAC Arts Education office for more information at 662-846-4844.

The Southern Company is the national sponsor for the Southern U.S. tour of the LINES Ballet. The LINES Ballet performance and residency activities are funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Mississippi Arts Commission.

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Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood coming to BPAC

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The legacy of the beloved “Mister Rogers” lives on with the hit television series, “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood,” from The Fred Rogers Company and airing daily on PBS KIDS.

Now, Daniel and all of his friends are hopping aboard Trolley to delight live audiences with “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live!” coming to the Bologna Performing Arts Center Jan. 24 at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are on sale now and available at www.bolognapac.com, by phone at 662-846-4626, or at the BPAC Ticket Office. The office is open Monday-Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Children must be at least one to attend the performance, and every person must have their own ticket.

Donning his iconic red sweater, Daniel invites the audience on an interactive musical adventure as he and his friends explore the vibrant world of their much-loved Neighborhood of Make-Believe, sharing stories of friendship, helping others, and celebrating new experiences. This live theatrical production filled with singing, dancing, laughter and “grr-ific” surprises will warm the hearts of multiple generations.

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood tells its engaging stories about the life of a preschooler using musical strategies grounded in Fred Rogers’ landmark social-emotional curriculum. Through imagination, creativity and music, Daniel and his friends learn the key social skills necessary for school and for life.

The animated TV series has garnered a host of prestigious awards, and most recently was nominated for a 2015 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing in a Preschool Animated Program. This recognition follows a string of additional honors, including a 2015 Parents’ Choice Gold Award and 2014 Prix Jeunesse International Selection, as well as the 2013 Kidscreen Award for Best Animated Series in the Preschool Category, and 2013 Cynopsis: Kids! Imagination Award for Preschool Series.

Before the performance, in partnership with the Delta Arts Alliance, all families are invited to the BPAC lobby for “Arts Beyond the Stage.” Beginning at 5 p.m., children will be able to participate in free, hands-on arts activities related to the performance led by Delta Arts Alliance artists in residence.

For more information, visit the BPAC website www.bolognapac.com and the PBS KIDS Website http://pbskids.org/daniel/. “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood LIVE!” is the final performance in the BPAC’s Family Series, a new series featuring lower ticket prices and performances geared towards children of all ages.untitled1

 

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Delta Educational Opportunity Center accepting applications

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Delta State University’s Center for Community and Economic Development announces the launch of the Delta Educational Opportunity Center, a Federal TRIO Program.

In an effort to educate and train residents in the Mississippi Delta, the DEOC, under the leadership of Lakisha L. Butler, is recruiting young adults, 19 or older, who want to enter or continue a program of postsecondary education.

DEOC provides counseling and information on the college enrollment process to qualified adults. Participants receive one-on-one assistance in completing applications for financial aid and college admission. Workshops will offer study skills, computer literacy, basic financial planning skills and more to participants and their families. In addition, participants will be provided access to computers to search online resources, like scholarship information and career options.

Need to complete your high school education first? DEOC assists with enrollment in Adult Basic Education programs offering GED and/or HiSET testing. Classes, testing, workshops and more are available at no cost to participants.

To learn more about the DEOC, attend an upcoming information session. In Bolivar, Washington, Humphreys, Holmes, Issaquena and Sharkey counties, contact LaSheka D. Bell at 662-846-4334 or e-mail lbell@deltastate.edu. In Coahoma, Tunica, Quitman, Tallahatchie, Sunflower and Leflore counties, contact Jonathan Calvin at 662-846-4335 or e-mail jcalvin@deltastate.edu.

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Alumni Association to host Bolivar County night

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The Delta State University Bolivar County Alumni Chapter will hold its fifth Bolivar County Alumni Night at Walter Sillers Coliseum Jan. 12 when the Lady Statesmen and Statesmen basketball teams take on the University of North Alabama. Games kick off at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m.

“Alumni night is a great time for our local alums to come out and support our student-athletes and to catch up with each other,” said Gary Crews, Bolivar County Chapter president. “Both our men’s and women’s basketball teams are really giving us something to be excited about this year, and we hope to see everyone there Thursday night.”

The Alumni Association will set up in the coliseum lobby to visit with alumni, discuss upcoming events, and provide free mini basketballs for kids. Alumni who stop by and update their information will have their name put in a drawing to win a free YETI Hopper Cooler, courtesy of the Delta State Foundation office. Active alumni members in attendance who update their information will have their name put in the drawing twice. Inactive members will have the opportunity to join the Alumni Association on site.

There will also be an opportunity for volunteers to sign up to participate in the Bolivar County Alumni Association Planning Committee for 2017.

For more information, contact the Alumni Association at 662-846-4660. To stay up to date with Alumni Association’s activities, follow these social media sites:acebook (Statesmen Graduates), Twitter (@DSU_Alumni), Tumblr (http://www.dsualumni.tumblr.com), LinkedIn (DSU alumni), Instagram (dsualumni) and You Tube (dsualumni1).

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Art gallery to host Rick Herzog exhibit

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Delta State University’s Fielding Wright Art Center kicks off the new year with an opening reception of Rick Herzog’s exhibition “Roots” on Jan. 12 from 5-7 p.m. 

Delta State University’s Fielding Wright Art Center opens the new year with an installation of Rick Herzog’s exhibition “Roots.”

A public opening reception will be held Jan. 12 from 5-7 p.m. Additionally, Herzog will present a public lecture in the gallery prior to the reception at 4 p.m.

Herzog is a sculptor and installation artist creating works inspired by nature that mimic organic patterns and repetitions but are composed of man-made materials to highlight man’s disconnection from the natural environment.

Herzog received his BFA in 3-D design from Bowling Green State University and his MFA in sculpture from the University of Georgia. He has taught sculpture at the New College of Florida, the Herron School of Art and Design, the University of Tulsa, Eastern Oregon University, and the Universidad de Caldas in Colombia.

His work has been exhibited across the globe in almost 100 group and solo exhibitions, including most recently in the Spartanburg Art Museum in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Other recent exhibitions include: The Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, Florida; The Observatory, Brooklyn, New York; United States Botanic Garden, Washington, D.C.; and the Indianapolis Art Center, Indianapolis.

Herzog’s exhibitions have been reviewed in Sculpture Magazine which called his work “electrified” and The Chicago Sun Times which described him as “representing the grit and grace of the contemporary South.”

“Roots” will run from Jan. 12 to Feb. 23.

Gallery hours are Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The gallery is closed on weekends, holidays and during semester breaks.

For more information, visit the Delta State Department of Art website at http://www.deltastate.edu/college-of-arts-and-sciences/art/or contact 662-846-4720. For updates and announcements of upcoming events, follow Delta State Art Department on Facebook, or join the email list.