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Expect the Unexpected at Open Mic Night

April 20, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

By Doug Carroll Communications Staff If you don’t know what to expect from an open-mic night, then that’s why you should go to one — and it’s why you will stay glued to your seat. In fact, Jason Lalli would rather call it an open-mind night. Lalli, only 28 but a veteran of the arts scene in Phoenix, will serve as host of GCU’s first-ever Open Mic Night on Thursday, April 28. The event, co-sponsored by Herd on Campus and the Poetry Club, will take place on the Slab behind the Student Union. Registration for performers is at 6:30 p.m., with the show starting at 7. GCU students, faculty and staff are encouraged to turn out and perform. Lalli — it’s pronounced “Lolly,” and he prefers to be known by just that name — recently wrapped up a one-year run with Infuse, a popular open mic at the Phoenix Art Museum. With him as host, Infuse regularly drew more than two dozen performers and a crowd of 250 as part of the monthly First Fridays. Before that, Lalli hosted an outdoor open mic along Mill Avenue in Tempe. He has been a participant in similar gatherings for nearly five years. […]

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‘Roots’ Shows Growth of Dance Ensemble

April 18, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

It’s not just what Susannah Keita knows, it’s who she knows. The teachings of GCU’s director of dance are clearly sinking in, as evidenced by the performance of her students in their spring concert, “Roots of Paradise,” over the weekend at Ethington Theatre. The technical skill and confidence of the 12-member Dance Ensemble have increased noticeably since its winter concert, “Kinetic Dreams,” in December.

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Good Grief! Murder, Intrigue in ‘Dial P for Peanuts’

April 15, 2011 / by / 2 Comments

Even if you did not grow up reading the “Peanuts” comic strips or watch the annual animations, it is guaranteed you are familiar with Charlie Brown, his beagle Snoopy, know-it-all Lucy and the rest of the gang. Instructors at the GCU College of Liberal Arts, David Hayes and Michael Kary collaborated last semester as playwrights for the production “Dial P for Peanuts,” set to hit Ethington Theater April 21 and 23. The late-night performances begin at 10 p.m. both nights. Admission is free.

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Sophomore Publishes First Work of Fiction

April 15, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

There’s a difference between a writer and an author, and with the publication of his first novel GCU sophomore Cooper Nelson has crossed that great divide. “Blume,” which became available this week on Amazon.com, tells the story of an 11-year-old girl and her family, who are forced to move into an underground bunker city after the mushroom cloud created by an atomic bomb blocks out the sun.

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Poets, Artists and More Invited to Open Mic Night April 28

April 13, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

The GCU journalism and poetry clubs invite all poets, writers, artists and performers to the Spoken Word Open Mic Night on Thursday, April 28. Sign-in starts at 6:30 p.m. and performers hit the stage at 7 p.m. The event will be hosted by Lalli, the host of the Phoenix Art Museum’s First Friday INFUSE Open Mic Night. Contact Zane Ewton at zane.ewton@gcu.edu if you are interested in participating.

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GCU Dancer Has Big Plans for Mission Field

April 12, 2011 / by / 1 Comment

The silver-spoon life of private dance lessons and elite academies doesn’t describe Antoinette Proctor. Adopted as an infant into a large family in Avondale, Proctor taught herself to dance by watching TV, mimicking what she saw. Eventually, she was dancing for her church, Cornerstone Christian Center, and by the age of 13 she was choreographing her own pieces.

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Phoenix Symphony Offers Free Tickets for April 21 Event

April 05, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

The Phoenix Symphony is offering free admission to the first 100 GCU students to RSVP for a performance of “Mendelssohn’s Scottish Journey” featuring baritone Phillip Addis and conductor Joel Revzen. “Mendelssohn’s Scottish Journey” features songs by Verdi (“La Forza del Destino Overture”), Mahler (“Songs of a Wayfarer”) and Mendelssohn (“Symphony No. 3”).

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‘Frogs’ Star Adam Benavides Is One to Watch

April 04, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

Of all the reasons to see “The Frogs” next weekend before it closes the 2010-11 Ethington Theatre Series, one stands out above the rest: Adam Benavides. The freshman from Queen Creek can do it all, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him heading off to Broadway or to Chicago’s Second City comedy troupe someday. For now, GCU is fortunate to have him, and “The Frogs” wouldn’t work nearly as well without him.

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‘The Frogs’ Brings Theatre to GCU Swimming Pool

March 29, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

When the school’s newly reconstituted College of Fine Arts and Production announced its theatre series months ago, more than a few people — including Adam Benavides — thought it had gone off the deep end. “The Frogs,” an adaptation of an ancient Greek comedy by Aristophanes, was listed as the last of five productions for the 2010-11 school year. And now Benavides, a GCU freshman from Queen Creek, is playing the lead role of Dionysus, the Greek god of drama, who travels to Hades to bring the playwright George Bernard Shaw back from the dead in an effort to improve the quality of theatre.

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Zari Le’on Brings Riveting Dance Performance to GCU

March 10, 2011 / by / 1 Comment

GCU’s Student Recreation Center and the Zari Le’on Dance Theater were a perfect fit Wednesday night. The intimate, second-floor Sanctuary proved just the right space for the troupe from Santa Cruz, Calif., which is spending an artist-in-residence week with the University’s Dance Department.

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