The Politics of Parody
6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, Kirmser Hall, McCain Auditorium
Host: David Mackay, Assistant Professor of Acting/Directing, School of Music, Theatre, and Dance, Kansas State University
For over 30 years, the Capitol Steps have been poking fun at politics through song and parody. The troupe has recorded a multitude of hilarious albums, and have been featured on NBC, CBS, ABC and PBS, and can be heard four times a year on National Public Radio stations nationwide during their "Politics Takes a Holiday" radio specials. Many cast members have worked on Capitol Hill, serving for both Democrats or Republicans. No matter who holds office, there is never a shortage of material. This discussion will focus on the creation of parody from news story to performance.
Coffee and light desserts provided. Free to all ticket holders of Capitol Steps: What to Expect When You're Electing.
Pat Metheny: Trio In Transition!
6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, Kirmser Hall, McCain Auditorium
Host: Wayne Goins, Director of Jazz Studies, School of Music, Theatre, and Dance, Kansas State University
Don't miss the opportunity to see the 20-time Grammy-winning guitarist Pat Metheny in a rare moment — he's taking a break from his regular rigorous routine! In Pat's own words, "This past year is the first time I have taken any real time off since 1994." As the newest and youngest member of the Downbeat Hall of Fame, he's performing on tour with his longtime drummer Antonio Sanchez and two new talents, Malaysian/Australian bassist Linda Oh and British Pianist Gwilym Simcock. What music should we expect? Pat says, "It could really be anything and everything!"
Coffee and light desserts provided. Free to all ticket holders of An Evening With Pat Metheny.