Its our big fat Greek weekend. But dont look for weddings or coeds running around the mall in togas. Rather, look for academics discussing the Euripides play Cyclops and students performing the ancient production. George Harrison, associate professor of classics, organized an international colloquium of Greek scholars to think, discuss and write about little-analyzed satyr play, and they will be filling the campus starting Friday, Feb. 21. Harrison also provided a new translation of the play to the Xavier Players theater group, which is performing the show at 8:00 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, and Saturday, Feb. 22, at the Gallagher Student Center theater. There is also a matinee at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 23. Tickets are $10 for adults, and $5 for University students, faculty and staff. Tickets can be purchased by calling 513 745-3939. For more information please call 513 745-3578 or 513 745-3576.
Ryan's Pub in the Gallagher Student Center is featuring an intermission special for the presentation of Cyclops. The eatery is offering drink specials and buy-one-get-one-free appetizers. Specials are only valid with a ticket stub. For more information call 513 745-4372.
Also on Friday, the department of chemistrys seminar series continues with Robert A. Lodder from the University of Kentuckys advanced science and technology commercialization center and the UK medical center. He is speaking on "UV/Visible-Near IR/IR Hyperspectral Imaging for Monitoring Bacteria" at 1:30 p.m. in Logan Hall, Room 100. For more information e-mail email@example.com or call 513 745-3352.
The students for peace are holding a concert on Friday to help fund their service learning trip to El Salvador. The event features folk, blues and jazz music performed by University students and faculty at Ryans Pub starting at 8:00 p.m. The line-up includes the Cheap Suits, featuring department of philosophy professor Paul Colella. Also playing are Tom Sheibley and Meghan Halverson of Grace and the Gravelroad, as well as the renowned student band Crazy Ivan. The suggested donation is $3. For more information e-mail Molly Robertshaw at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 513 631-3286.
Alison Acord lends her voice to the Richard Strauss opera Ariadne auf Naxos on Friday, Feb. 21, and Saturday, Feb. 22 at 8:00 p.m. The Universitys voice instructor for opera workshop is singing with the Sorg Opera in Middletown, Ohio. The wild, rarely produced "opera within an opera" features a lush musical score and a breathtaking 15-minute soprano aria. Tickets are $25-$40 for adults and $12.50-$20 for students. For more information call 513 425-0180.
Also on Saturday, the peace and justice program is sponsoring a screening of the documentary War and Peace. The film portrays a world that is held hostage to the terror of nuclear weapons but nonetheless is clinging to hope of nonviolent disarmament. The movie begins at 1:00 p.m. in Kelley Auditorium in Alter Hall. It is followed by an open discussion led by Brendan Larocque, assistant professor of history and an expert on South Asia. The event is free and open to the public. For more information call Ben Urmston, S.J., at 513 745-3320 or Larocque at 513 745-3724.
The international students society is hosting the annual World Eats potluck dinner on Saturday at 6:00 p.m. in the O'Connor Sports Center. Entertainment is being provided. Admission is free to those bringing a dish that serves six; otherwise the cost is $7. For more information, contact the Romero international center at 513 745-2864.
On another Greek note, the Ohio Statewide Stepshow competition between fraternities and sororities takes place Saturday at the Schmidt Fieldhouse. Greek step teams from around Ohio are competing to advance to the Midwest championship in Detroit. The doors open at 6:00 p.m. and the show starts at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 the day of the show. For more information go to the Midwest Fest web site or call 866 598-4855.
On Sunday, Feb. 23, cornetist Randy Reinhart is the featured musician for the Universitys classical piano, guitar and jazz music series. He is performing his style of swing jazz at 7:30 p.m. in the Gallagher Student Center theater. Tickets are $14 with a $3 discount for senior citizens. Students with ID are free. For more information call 513 745-3161.
For a complete list of campus activities, visit the Xavier calendar page.