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April 16, 2012

Cultural curtain call: May brings final cultural events of the 2012 spring semester

Submitted by Communications and Marketing

Cultural events are in bloom during May at Kansas State University. The month's various performances wrap up the 2012 spring semester.

The following events, all free unless otherwise indicated, are sponsored by the department of music, dance program, department of English and Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art. They include:

* "Earl Iversen: Friends of the Beach Museum of Art Gift Print Artist" is on display through May 20 at the Beach Museum of Art. Come gain a new perspective of the Kansas landscape, natural and built, through the lens of Iversen's camera.

* "Tallgrass TV: Sam Easterson's Tribute to the Konza Prairie" runs through June 10 at the Beach Museum of Art. The exhibition includes a variety of animal-borne imaging videos to show an animal's perspective on the world. The exhibition also features still photos and taxidermy displays.

* "Yoshiro Ikeda: Quiet Symmetry," an exhibition of ceramic art, is on display through Sept. 2 at the Beach Museum of Art. The exhibition honors the works of K-State's Ikeda, a retiring university distinguished professor of art. His sculptural vessels in the exhibition are inspired by the seasonal colors of the Flint Hills, the geological formations of the American Southwest and the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens in Washington State.

* The K-State Dance Student Spotlight will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 1, in Nichols Theatre. This free show is an informal concert for all K-State student choreographers. All K-State students, organizations and clubs are invited to show their work. Student Spotlight may include new student choreography, works in progress, experimental works and works that did not get shown at a faculty concert. Submissions may include works choreographed in the style of ballet, jazz, modern, tap, hip-hop and other traditional world dance forms. For more information or applications, contact neildunn@k-state.edu.

* Students of Anna Marie Wytko, assistant professor of music, will present a saxophone studio recital at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 1, in All Faiths Chapel.

* ARTSmart Classes for Children, "Hunter and Prey," will be May 1-4 at the Beach Museum of Art. Monthly themes for the classes are taken from the exhibition "Tallgrass TV," a video installation by artist Sam Easterson celebrating the Konza Prairie. All classes are $3 per child, or $1.50 for Beach Museum Members. Reservations are required, and children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 785-532-7718 for more information.

* The Undergraduate Cultural Studies Symposium will be at 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 2, in the Cottonwood Room at the K-State Student Union. Students in the cultural studies English course, taught by Christina Hauck, associate professor of English, and Don Hedrick, professor of English, will present their final projects for the semester at the symposium.

* The department of music will present the annual American Music Recital at 5:45 p.m. Wednesday, May 2, in All Faiths Chapel.

* The Konza Wind Quintet, K-State's faculty woodwind quintet, will perform a recital at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 2, in All Faiths Chapel. Members include Karen Large, assistant professor of music, flute; Nora Lewis, assistant professor of music, oboe; Tod Kerstetter, associate professor of music, clarinet; Susan Maxwell, instructor of music, bassoon; and Jacqueline Fassler-Kerstetter, associate professor of music, French horn.

* The K-State Concert Choir, conducted by Danielle Cornacchio, master's student in music, Shirley, N.Y., and Joo Yeon Hwang, master's student in music from South Korea, will perform a recital at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 3, in All Faiths Chapel.

* Masters of the Universe will take place at 3:30 p.m. Monday, May 7, in Room 212 of the Union. Graduating master's students in the creative writing track will read from their work at the event. Masters of the Universe is co-sponsored by the creative writing track and the department of English.

For more information on all Beach Museum events, call 785-532-7718; for music department events, call 785-532-5740 or check out the department's calendar in front of 109 McCain; for dance program events, call 785-532-6875; and for English department events, call 785-532-2190 or visit http://www.k-state.edu/english/calendar.html.