LEWISBURG — Bucknell University will host the second annual Arts. Everywhere. festival Friday this Friday and Saturday.
Festival events, which are free and open to the public, include numerous activities on campus and in Lewisburg, including a street festival along with art, dance, fiction, film, music, performance art, poetry and theatre programming.
Inaugurated last year, the festival is part of the University's continuing Presidential Arts Initiative.
"We hope that the festival and the events and programs to follow will infuse the academic year and the students, faculty, staff and community with the message that the arts are alive and well at Bucknell and that the arts, broadly and inclusively defined, are a fundamental aspect of who we are and what we value as an institution," said Carmen Gillespie, professor of English and University arts coordinator at Bucknell.
The festival begins at noon Friday with a Gallery Series concert by the Barry Long Jazz Trio in the Samek Art Gallery, located on the third floor of the Elaine Langone Center. The program features jazz standards and original works with Bucknell faculty Barry Long, flugelhorn, and Phil Haynes, drums, with bassist Joshua Davis of Susquehanna University.
The Samek Art Gallery exhibition, "Dusk to Dusk: Unsettled, Unraveled and Unreal," will be on display in the Gallery from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Weis Center will hold its 25th Anniversary Open House, including behind-the-scenes tours of the Center, giveaways, and an Instrument Petting Zoo, from 3 to 6 p.m. In addition, members of the band Red Baraat will lead a 30-minute drumming workshop at 4 p.m.
The Downtown Art Gallery, located at 416 Market St. in Lewisburg, will host a Sneak Peek of the exhibit, "The Travelogue of Dr. Brain Damages," digital prints by Kenneth Tin-Kin Hung, from 4 to 6 p.m.
Following the Open House, the Weis Center Series will present a performance by world music fusion group Red Baraat, performing a synthesis of Indian bhangra and New Orleans jazz, at 6 p.m. on the Weis Center Plaza. [rain location: Weis Center Lobby.
Prior to the Street Fair, Bucknell's new Poetry Path will be officially launched. At 3 p.m., at the Campus Theatre on Market Street, Lewisburg Mayor Judy Wagner and Bucknell's Vice President for Communications and Community Relations Pete Mackey will offer opening remarks. Following their remarks, Shara McCallum, director of the Stadler Center for Poetry at Bucknell, will lead the inaugural tour of the Poetry Path.
A walking tour of historic downtown Lewisburg and Bucknell, the Poetry Path offers visitors a chance to read and hear recordings of poems by living poets, recited in the poets' own voices. Ten markers along the path feature poems that pay tribute to historic and culturally significant Lewisburg locales.
A Community Street Fair event begins at 4 p.m. at the corner of Market and Fourth streets near the M&T Bank parking lot. The Street Fair, with balloon animals, face painting, hot dogs, snacks and soft drinks, children's crafts and games, and musicians, will run through 6 p.m.
The Campus Theatre will show the movie "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" at 6:30 p.m. with free popcorn and soda. Admission is the same price charged when the theatre first opened in 1941 – 25 cents for adults and 10 cents for children.
Saturday's events begin at noon with a performance by the Universal African Dance and Drum Ensemble on the Science Quad, located between the Olin and Dana buildings. The annual opening event for the Griot Institute for Africana Studies will include stilt walkers, dancers, drummers, ground masquerades and an exciting acrobatic show. (rain location: Bucknell Hall).
A Fiction and Poetry Reading with Bucknell students and award-winning faculty and staff begins at 2 p.m. in the Stadler Center for Poetry, Bucknell Hall.
Student members of Cap & Dagger theatre club will collaborate, create and perform original plays beginning at 6 p.m. in the McDonnell Amphitheatre near the stadium. (rain location: Harvey Powers Theatre, Coleman Hall).