March 24, 2013

Arts Around Ithaca (Week of March 25)

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An Evening With John Legend, 7:00 p.m. on Friday at Bailey Hall

It isn’t often that you get the opportunity to walk across campus, sit down in one of the padded chairs in Bailey Hall and watch a nine-time Grammy winner take the stage. Best known for his songs “Ordinary People” and “Get Lifted,” John Legend is, well, a legend in the world of R&B music. On Friday night, thanks to Cornell Concert Commission, tje Cornell University Program Board and the Multicultural Concert Funding Advisory Board, Legend will give a lecture about his work, participate in a Q&A session and even sing a few of his songs. A board member of Teach For America, Legend will likely speak about the organization … in between screams for “Ordinary People,” that is.

— Arielle Cruz ’15

Bat Boy: The Musical, 8:00 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. on Sunday at Risley Theatre

Risley Theater is bringing the musical about the legendary half-boy/half-bat to campus. Inspired by a ’90s story in The Weekly World News, Bat Boy The Musical centers on “bat boy,” who is discovered in a cave in West Virginia and brought into society. This comedy and horror musical was well received in off-Broadway performances and has risen to cult status among its fans. This student-run version is sure to be bring a lot of laughs.

— Meredith Joyce ’16

Circle in the Sand, 7:00 p.m. on Friday at Cornell Cinema

Split into three short films, Circle in the Sand tells the story of three vagabonds in a war-torn coastal territory. Throughout the film, these apathetic and haunted creatures create a sense of magic from the pieces of junk they unearth on their journey along the coast. Director Mark Robinson, an Ithaca College alumnus, will be in attendance at the screening on Friday. Robinson was named one of the top 10 avant garde filmmakers of the 2000’s by Film Comment magazine. Don’t miss this unique film on Friday.

— Arielle Cruz ’15

Cornell Sitara: Student of the Year! 7:00 p.m. on Saturday at Bailey Hall

The South Asian fusion dance troupe Cornell Sitara will be holding its annual competition this Saturday. Join the dancers for a night of Bollywood drama and dancing as students compete for the title of Student of the Year. With guest acts from Cornell Bhangra, Big Red Raas, Cornell Tarana and more, this event will showcase some of the best talent Cornell has to offer. Don’t miss out on this night of infectious and delightful dancing!

— Laura Boland ’15

Original Author: Sun Staff