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Emily Stuck, portraying "Laurie," acts out a scene alongside Abby Yazvac, as "Kayla," during a dress rehearsal for Lisa Kron's "In The Wake" presented by the Marshall University School of Theatre on Feb. 10 inside the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center in Huntington.

HUNTINGTON — We’re rocking into the heart of the semester and whether it is film, theater, visual art, celebrating books or music of all stripes, the chant is loud and proud, “We Art Marshall.”

Here’s a look at just a few of the not-to-miss arts events at Marshall this weekend and through Monday.

Marshall’s Winter Jazz Fest celebrates 50 years

Get a rare, two-day live blast of contemporary jazz as The Marshall University School of Music Jazz Studies program presents the 50th Winter Jazz Festival Friday and Saturday, Feb. 22-23.

While the jazz fest has clinics for area school students during the day, at night there’s two evening performances at Smith Recital Hall that are free and open to the public.

On Friday, enjoy the 17-piece Jewel City Jazz Orchestra as well as MU Jazz Ensemble 1 with renowned trumpeter Rob Parton, and MU Jazz Combo 1. Music starts at 5 p.m. Friday and 7 p.m. Saturday.

On Saturday night, the headliner is The

Columbus Jazz Orchestra with Parton conducting and the Thundering Herd All-Star Big Band. For more information about the event, contact Dr. Martin Saunders by e-mail at m.saunders@marshall.edu.

Last Weekend for ‘In the Wake’

Love and marriage and politics and complicated relationships all get boiled up in the Lisa Kron’s Tony nominated play.

Marshall University’s School of Theater takes on the passion-filled political comedy “In the Wake” set for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, Feb. 20-23 in the Francis-Booth Experimental Theatre of The Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $20, $15 for seniors and faculty, $7 for children under 12, and Marshall University students admitted free with a valid ID. The play begins at Thanksgiving of 2000 with the presidential election (between Al Gore and George Bush) still not decided, the play then follows Ellen, who insists that her friends and family don’t understand how bad the situation really is as 911, the War in Iraq, and the Bush presidency unfolds.

No one — not her loving partner, Danny, nor the passionate Amy, nor the brutally pragmatic and world-weary Judy — can make Ellen see the blind spot at the center of her own politics and emotional roller-coaster of a love life.

A funny, passionate, and ultimately searing new play that illuminates assumptions that lie at the heart of the American character — and the blind spots that mask us from ourselves.

Visual Arts Center hosts ‘Printed Planes’

The Charles W. and Norma C. Carroll Gallery in the Marshall Visual Art Center, 927 Third Ave., has up a new exhibit, “Printed Planes,” which features the work of six artists who are pushing the ways that we can imagine space within the realm of print media. Artists in the exhibit are: Paloma Barhaugh-Bordas, Jill Ho-You, Alison Judd, Gary Kachadourian, Jessica Meuninck-Ganger, and Sean P. Morrisey. The show was curated by Sarah McDermott, MU Assistant Professor of Printmaking. The artists work with a range of techniques in both two and three dimension, including intaglio, screen-print, offset lithography, xerography (photocopy), and relief, as well as other corollary processes of printmaking or making multiples. The Printed Planes exhibit will be up through March 29. The Carroll Gallery is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. go online at www.marshall.edu/art for more info and email at galleries@marshall.edu.

Luk presents globally influenced classical music

The Marshall University School of Music will present a classical guitar recital featuring guest artist Dr. Ken Luk of Rochester, New York, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, at the Jomie Jazz Center. Born and raised in Hong Kong, Luk, now a professor in New York, plays classical as well as the music of Brazil, Indonesia, Jamaica and Zimbabwe. Luk currently teaches music theory at the Eastman School of Music, and Balinese gamelan at the Eastman Community Music School and State University of New York at Fredonia. He also teaches guitar studies at State University of New York at Geneseo and Alfred University. His concert will feature works by J.S. Bach, Frantz Casseus, Luiz Bonfa, Frederic Chopin, Garoto and Eduardo Sainz de la Maza. The event is free and open to the public, with sponsorship from the College of Arts and Media and the School of Music.

Celebrate Black History Month at Marshall

Marshall University continues its celebration of Black History Month 2019 with a series of events this weekend and beyond.

At 7:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 22, it’s the annual Diversity Breakfast in the Don Morris Room, Memorial Student Center. Celebrate unity and the importance of a pluralistic society and a world of peace with others. The 2019 theme is “Building Bridges.” For reservations only, contact cooley@marshall.edu.

At 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23 in Room BE5 of the Memorial Student Center. Celebrate Black History Month in style — with a night of great music, amazing food and wonderful people. “Best Dressed” Ebony Ball attendants will be crowned. Please wear formal or “cocktail” attire; the dress code will be strictly enforced. Sponsored by the Center for African American Students, Black United Students and Student Affairs. Visit the Center for African American Students office for more information.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, it’s the “African American Genealogy Day,” at the Cabell County Public Library, 455 9th St. Huntington. MU Libraries and Cabell County Public Library are hosting this event with speakers, hands-on activities and research time. Contact: Public Library, 304-528-5700 to register (max 25 people).

At 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25, the A.E. Stringer Visiting Writers Series, is hosting an event in the Don Morris Room, Memorial Student Center with award-winning, Columbus, Ohio-based author Hanif Abdurraqib will read from his work and participate in a Q&A and book-signing.

A poet, essayist and cultural critic from Columbus, Ohio, he is the author of “The Crown Ain’t Worth Much” (Button Poetry, 2016), which was nominated for a Hurston-Wright Legacy Award, and “They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us” (Two Dollar Radio, 2017), which was named a best book of 2017 by NPR, Pitchfork, Oprah Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, Slate, Esquire, GQ and Publisher’s Weekly, among others.

He has multiple forthcoming books, a new collection of poems “A Fortune For Your Disaster” (Tin House, 2019) and a history of Black performance in the United States, titled They Don’t Dance No Mo’ (Random House, 2020) in addition to his recent release of a biography on A Tribe Called Quest, titled Go Ahead In The Rain (University of Texas Press, 2019). The event will include a reading, a Q&A with the author and a book-signing. It is free and open to the public. The event is sponsored by Student Affairs, the Office of Intercultural Affairs, Housing and Residence Life, the College of Liberal Arts, and the Department of English.

Here is Marshall University’s schedule of events for Black History Month. Please visit www.marshall.edu/woodsonlyceum for updates.

Third annual Marshall Student Film Festival

At 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25, head over to the Joan C. Edwards Playhouse, as the Film Studies at Marshall University will host the 3rd annual Marshall University Student Short Film Festival.

The show is free and open to the public with around 90 minutes of original film content.

“This year’s show will be really awesome as we have over a dozen student film projects in a variety of genres to showcase,” said Ian Nolte, one of the film fest organizers. “And for the first time ever, our faculty jury will be awarding one $250 “Best of Festival” award.

You can find out more info on FB at https://www.facebook.com/events/2307123679340133.