A season of enrichment

October 27, 2016 GMT

A new season of education, culture and entertainment begins with a bit of comedy this weekend at Hanover College. The Hanover Enrichment Series headliners include both television personalities, leading scientific thinkers - and in one case, both. “The series is designed to have a wide appeal,” Hanover senior director of communications and marketing Rhonda Burch said in an email. “For those that want to enjoy a good laugh on a Friday night, Sal Vulcano will be coming in October. Then two world-renowned scientists, Bill Nye and Michio Kaku, will be explaining complex scientific theories in their own unique ways. Sociopolitical comedian W. Kamau Bell will also entertain and educate audiences with his performance discussing race. “This is the 64th year for this series and we are launching two major changes. First, we are featuring educational speakers and entertainers with national and international appeal. Next, we are making these events even more affordable than ever before. All theatrical productions are now free of charge and events featuring Nye, Kaku and Vulcano will be free to all students under 18. Adult tickets are only $10. It’s our way of ensuring more members of our community have access to high quality entertainment.” Vulcano, who appears on the truTV hidden camera prank series “Impractical Jokers,” will perform alongside fellow comedians Dan Soder and Chris Distefano at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28 at Collier Arena. Content for the comedic lineup is rated PG-13. Nye, known as ‘the science guy,’ is known for his television series that ran from 1993 to 1998. Nye, who is also an engineer and inventor, will bring his unique style of entertaining and accessible learning to audiences at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18 at Collier Arena. Nye, who will discuss climate change, science and space exploration, spoke at the college in 2009. Tickets to Nye’s appearance are sold out. Bell, known for his CNN series “United Shades of America and FX’s “Totally Unbiased,” will visit Collier Arena at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 15. His presentation “The W. Kamau Bell Curve: Ending Racism in about an hour,” is a “comedic exploration of America’s racism,” combined with history, Powerpoint presentation, video, audio clips and personal stories. Kaku, an internationally recognized authority in two areas of Albert Einstein’s unified field theory, will discuss his work to complete the theory and predicting trends affecting business, commerce and finance based on his research. Kaku will speak at 7 p.m. Friday, March 10 at Collier Arena. The Hanover College Theatre Department will perform William Shakespeare’s “As You Like It,” will be performed Nov. 17-20. The classic play, set in 16th-century France, includes the playwright’s trademark comedy blended with romance. Next, Tennessee Williams’ “Night of the Iguana,” will be presented Feb. 9-12. The play follows the complicated relationships of hotel inhabitants at a small hotel in Mexico before World War II. All performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. except for the Friday, Nov. 18, offering of “As You Like It.” That evening’s performance will start at 10 p.m. to make way for those who also wish to attend Nye’s presentation. The department will also perform its annual student-crafted 10-minute plays from March 23-26. Associate professor of music and director of instrumental programs, David Mruzek, will lead student ensembles in five public concerts. The college’s orchestra and jazz band will hold fall and spring concerts in the Fitzgibbon Recital Hall along with a scheduled Christmas caroling event in the J. Graham Brown Campus Center. Professor of music and director of choral programs, Madlen Batchvarova, will direct chorale ensembles in three concerts - one in the fall, one in spring and a special production with community members. Keeping with a decades-long tradition, the college choir will present Handel’s “Messiah,” along with the Madison-Ohio Valley Community Chorus and the Louisville Festival Orchestra at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4 in the recital hall. All instrumental and chorale performances are free. Visual artists, including students, alumni and professionals, will be featured in the Griener Art Gallery, located in the Lynn Center for Fine Arts, throughout the year. Fiber art exhibit “Common Threads: the Art of Denise Furnish, Ehren Reed and Penny Sisto,” will continue to be on display to Nov. 11. Printmaker Koichi Yamamoto will host a workshop on Nov. 12 and Andrew Cozzens will display current works from Jan. 16 to Feb. 10. Works by Hanover’s senior studio art students will be shown March 24 to April 14. Artists Julie Baldyga and Dorothy Hawkins will be highlighted during “Creating Reality,” set for May 1 to 26. Finally, the annual President Honors the Arts event will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 13. For more information, or to order tickets for the Hanover Enrichment Series and other events, visit https://www.hanover.edu/about/events/arts.