Arts briefs 10/30/17

Jewish studies scholar to host discussion on Jewish creation story

Rabbi Sarra Lev will be coming to Grand Valley State University to host an interactive discussion about gender in the Jewish creation story. The event, titled “How Many Genders in the Jewish Creation Story?” is LIB 100- and 201-approved and will be held Monday, Nov. 6, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room of the Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons. 

Lev, who is coming from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, will be presenting on the Genesis creation story from post-Biblical Jewish teachings from several viewpoints. The discussion will be presented at a level that all attendees can understand.

For more information, contact Professor Sheldon Kopperl at [email protected].

Shakespeare student competition, awards to be held Saturday, Nov. 4

As Grand Valley State University’s Shakespeare Festival comes to a close, a student Shakespeare competition and awards ceremony will be held Saturday, Nov. 4, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Loosemore Auditorium of the DeVos Center.

The competition has three categories for undergraduate students and one category of entry for GVSU graduate students. The work of the winners was showcased at a ceremony Sunday, Oct. 29, and those who won first place will have their names engraved on a plaque. 

For more information, contact Jo Miller at [email protected].

Global Laker Celebration to be held Thursday, Nov. 2

The Grand Valley State University Padnos International Center will be hosting the Global Laker Celebration at Waldron Public House in downtown Grand Rapids Thursday, Nov. 2, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tickets for the event are $25 for students and $35 for non-students and must be purchased beforehand. 

At the event, there will be food, live music and stories from GVSU Lakers about their times abroad. All persons are invited and encouraged to attend as proceeds will help to fund future GVSU students going abroad.

For more information, contact Alissa Lane at [email protected].

GVSU Fall Arts Celebration brings a night of aerial dance

The Grand Valley State University Fall Arts Celebration will be the host of Aerial Dance Chicago (ADC) at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 6. The showcase, called “Celebrating Originality: Defying Gravity and Aerial Dance Chicago,” will show the performers dancing in the air and will be held in the Louis Armstrong Theatre in the Haas Center for Performing Arts. 

ADC is an international leader in the realm of aerial dance and is dedicated to creating and performing original choreography. For GVSU’s Fall Arts Celebration, ADC is set to incorporate many apparatuses, including bungee cords, hoops, swings, ropes and suspended fabrics.

For more information, contact Matthew Makowski at 616-331-2228.