Bob Staak, writer/lawyer Patricia Williams speak on campus

Busy weekend includes play, art exhibit, film screening and a music series concert | February 7, 2003

Even though February is the shortest month of the year, there’s no a shortage of events taking place on Xavier’s campus, particularly this weekend. The weekend is highlighted by two lectures: one by former Xavier basketball coach Bob Staak on Friday, and an ethics/religion and society event by writer/lawyer Patricia J. Williams. Staak is best known as the man who turned Xavier basketball into a winning program. He returns to campus as the guest speaker at the Musketeer Club’s blue and white classic dinner and auction on Friday, Feb. 7. The fund-raising event starts at 7:30 p.m. in the Cintas Center banquet room and benefits student athletics at the University. Staak was head basketball coach from 1979-85 and the athletic director from 1979-84. During his tenure at Xavier, he took a struggling basketball program and gave it respectability. In 1981, the men’s basketball team compiled an 8-3 Midwestern Collegiate Conference record and captured its first league title. Staak then led the team back to the National Invitation Tournament in 1984 for the first time since the team won the tournament's championship in 1958. He also ended the University of Cincinnati’s domination of college basketball in Cincinnati with a 4-2 mark against the crosstown rivals. The dinner event offers both a silent auction and a live auction. Items to bid on in the auctions range from gift certificates from local restaurants, hotels and theaters to a week’s stay at a condominium in Colorado. For more information about the event, call 513 745-3081. On Sunday, Feb. 9, Williams addresses "Seeing a Color-Blind Future" as part of the ethics/religion and society lecture series. The talk begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Cintas Center. Williams is the James L. Dohr Professor of Law at Columbia University, a columnist for The Nation and the author of The Alchemy of Race and Rights. For more information on her talk, e-mail or call 513 745-3722. On Friday, Feb. 7, the department of art’s film series "Strange Bedfellows" looks at movies revealing a fascinating aspect of an unusual relationship. The spring portion of the series kicks off at 7:30 p.m. in Kelley Auditorium, Alter Hall, with "The Princess and the Warrior." The German film with English subtitles tells the story of a young nurse, Sissi (Franka Potenta). She lives a secluded life, seemingly entirely devoted to her patients at the Birkenhof asylum, until she encounters Bodo (Benno Fürmann), an ex-soldier and drifter. Admission is free and the series is open to the public. For more information, call 513 745-3811. Friday is also the first day to see the Xavier Players production of Drag Queens on Trial. Written by Sky Gilbert, the play is a comedy about three drag queens that must defend themselves against society. The show runs from 8:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. in the Gallagher Student Center studio theater. The production is also staged on Saturday, Feb. 8 and Sunday, Feb. 9. Tickets cost $3 and the show is rated R for language. For more information, e-mail or call 513 745-3939. On Saturday, Feb. 8, Accessible Expressions Ohio, the annual juried fine art exhibition of Ohio artists with disabilities, is opening at the Gallagher Student Center with a reception from 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. During the reception, the winners of the first, second and third place awards are being announced along with the best of show winner. More than 90 works are being displayed on the second and third floors of Gallagher through March 3. The exhibition celebrates and showcases the depth of creativity and talent of Ohio artists with disabilities. Started by VSA arts of Ohio in 1997, the exhibition is organized through the partnerships and collaboration of individuals and organizations from Ohio who are committed to providing and promoting accessible arts. The works on view are part of a touring exhibition that travels to venues throughout Ohio. In keeping with its mission of awareness and education, Accessible Expressions Ohio exhibits in both community and arts venues throughout the state Past venues include the Columbus Museum of Art and the Ohio State Fair. "A lot of times we focus on diversity in other aspects but we don’t really focus on disabilities," says Sara Ann Kleinhans, operations manager for Gallagher. "By bringing this exhibit into an academic setting, it opens up the campus to an understanding of having a disability." VSA arts is an international organization affiliated with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. It creates learning opportunities through the arts for people with disabilities and offers arts-based programs in creative writing, dance, drama, music and the visual arts. There are 39 state affiliates, plus the District of Columbia, and 70 international affiliates in 67 countries. On Sunday, Feb. 9, guitarist Martha Masters performs as a part of the classic piano, guitar and jazz music series at 2:30 p.m. in the Gallagher Student Center theater. With her sophisticated, clean style of playing, Masters is quickly becoming one of the top guitarists of her generation. She’s won several awards, including first prize in the Guitar Foundation of America International Solo Competition and the Andres Segovia International Guitar Competition. She is currently a faculty member at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Tickets are $12. Students are free with ID and senior citizens receive a $3 discount. For more information, call 513 745-3162. For a complete listing of campus events, visit the University’s calendar web page.