Drama, piano and jazz performances triple the entertainment on campus this weekend

Action continues off-stage, as architect William McDonough featured at E/RS lecture series | September 26, 2003

Xavier’s got its own variation of the theatrical “triple-threat” this weekend with performances by the Xavier Players, the jazz ensemble and the classical piano series. Highlighting the weekend’s activities, the Players present Nobel-Prize winning author Samuel Beckett’s An Evening of One Acts in the Gallagher Student Center studio theatre. Performances the evenings of Friday, Sept. 26, and Saturday, Sept. 27, are both at 7:30 p.m., with a 2:00 p.m. matinee also on Saturday. This production includes Beckett’s Catastrophe, Come and Go and Ohio Impromptu plays, and is directed by Matthew Pyle, with Beckett specialist Graley Herren from the department of English as dramaturge. After Saturday night’s performance, the Student Activities Council is inviting the theater-goers to swing over to the Gallagher Student Center atrium from 8:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. for “Beckett and All That Jazz,” a coffee hour featuring free coffee, cookies, cake and a jazz performance by the Box Trio. For more information, call 513 745-3576 or e-mail neumeyer@xavier.edu.

The second part of the weekend’s three-fold performances comes on Sunday, Sept. 28, as the classical piano series hosts Kemal Gekic for a 2:30 p.m. performance in the Gallagher Student Center theater. As a master of pianism at the highest level, Gekic takes his listeners on a musical journey with his art. Known to perform worldwide in great halls and with famous orchestras, Gekic has performed nine solo albums. For more information, call 513 745-3161 or e-mail heim@xu.edu.

Finally, Sunday evening, the jazz ensemble offers music lovers a free performance at 8:00 p.m. in the Long Recital Hall in Edgecliff Hall. For more information, call 513 745-3801 or e-mail seurkamp@xavier.edu.

But all the action this weekend isn’t happening up on stage. Freshmen have a chance to escape the stress of the college transition through campus ministry’s annual “Getaway” retreats. The first overnight retreat begins Friday, Sept 26, and the second begins Saturday, Sept. 27. This year the freshmen travel to the local Higher Ground retreat center to meet classmates, build friendships and reflect on their new experiences since coming to Xavier. For more information, call 513 745-3365.

Friday night, students are invited to spice up their semester at Latin dance night at 9:00 p.m. in the Cintas Center. The dance is sponsored by the International Students Society and features live performances by the Salsa Caliente band. Free optional salsa lessons are being given. For more information, call 513 745-2862 or e-mail dolivehr@xavier.edu.

Friday night the women’s soccer team tries to rebound from last weekend’s pair of losses, heading to the University of Evansville, Ind., for an 8:00 p.m. game. The men’s tennis team is also on the road, traveling to Indiana to participate in the Ball State Invitational with games on both Friday and Saturday. The team is looking to continue its string of strong performances from the prior three games of the season.

Saturday afternoon, X-treme fans are hosting a fiesta at 1:00 p.m. outside of the Cintas Center to rally fans before the 2:00 p.m. home volleyball match. The fiesta features food from Chipotle, as well as a variety of Mexican games. If at least 150 students come to cheer the Musketeers out of their seven-game losing streak, one lucky fan has the chance to win a GameWorks party pack. For more information, contact Christopher Kraus at KrissKross187@aol.com.

Also Saturday, the cross country team travels to Edwardsville, Ill., to participate in the Cross Country Only Championship. At last weekend’s Catholic schools tournament at the University of Notre Dame, the men’s team finished seventh and the women’s team, eighth. Another pack of traveling Musketeers, the women’s tennis team heads to Bowling Green State University for its second invitational of the season. Also, the nationally ranked men's golf team sends its B team to Bloomington, Ind., to participate in the JV-Hoosier Invitational both Saturday and Sunday. The A team participates in the Adams Cup in Newport, R.I., on Monday and Tuesday.

Sunday, Sept. 28, the E/RS program presents William McDonough in the Cintas Center at 7:00 p.m. This well-known architect presents the lecture titled “Leadership in the Face of the Environmental Crisis.” McDonough is the co-author, with industrial chemist Michael Braugart, of From Cradle to Cradle, a book that explains how choices can be made to build and manufacture without using toxic substances. He is also the founder of an architectural firm in Charlottesville, Va., and co-founder of the McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry, a product and process design firm that creates new ways of producing eco-effective goods. For more information, call 513 745-2021 or e-mail giblin@xavier.edu.

Also Sunday evening, the women’s soccer team hosts the University of Dayton at the Town and Country Sports and Entertainment Complex in Northern Kentucky at 6:00 p.m.

For more information about the above athletic events, call 513-745-3411 or visit athletics.xu.edu.