The Humanities Forum presents Mejdulene B. Shomali, assistant professor, Department of Gender, Women's, + Sexuality Studies at UMBC, who will speak on Between Banat: Queer Arab Critique and Transnational Arab Archives, examining homoeroticism and nonnormative sexualities between Arab women in transnational Arab literature, art, and film.
UMBC Theatre presents Stories Told Small, directed by Colette Searls and Nate Sinnott and presented in the Black Box Theatre. Written and directed by UMBC theatre students, Stories Told Small packs big meaning into miniature dramas, using puppetry and all manner of tiny objects to spin novel tales. Stories spring from performers’ minds, presented in an original variety show!
The Department of Music presents the UMBC Gamelan Ensemble under the direction of Gina Beck. The ensemble performs on a central Javanese gamelan (a gong-chime orchestra of Indonesia), and also on a Balinese gamelan angklung (one of many types of gong-chime orchestras from the island of Bali, Indonesia).
The Department of Music presents the UMBC Wind Ensemble under the direction of Brian Kaufman. What do a Japanese creation myth, Kendrick Lamar, and a professional storyteller have in common? Join the Wind Ensemble to find out as we explore ancient and modern day myths and fables from around the world. The event will feature special guest story teller and Official State of Maryland Griot Janice Curtis Greene, spoken word artist Erick Brown, and guest conductor Krystal Williams.
The Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery, in conjunction with the exhibition Ola Belle Reed: I’ve Endured, on display through June 30, presents the premiere screening of the documentary “I’ve Endured”: The music and legacy of Ola Belle Reed. Directed by Bill Shewbridge, professor of the practice in UMBC's Media and Communication Studies program, this new 45-minute documentary explores the life and work of nationally recognized bluegrass and old-time musician Ola Belle Campbell Reed (1916–2002).