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McKendree presents 2016-2017


Play The Improvised Shakespeare Company VideoThe Improvised Shakespeare Company

Thursday, January 26, 2017, @ 7:30 p.m.


Based on one audience member’s suggestion, the cast—having brushed up on its “thees” and “thous”—creates a fully improvised play in Elizabethan style. Each play is completely unplanned, unrehearsed and therefore entirely new!

“Consistently hilarious” – The Chicago Reader

Sponsored by Country Financial Country Financial Logo

$18 Adult, $15 Senior, $10 Student/Child, McKendree University Students FREE!

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Play Classic Albums Live: Led Zeppelin II VideoClassic Albums Live: Led Zeppelin II

Thursday, February 2, 2017, @ 7:30 p.m.


After two sold-out shows, these professional studio musicians and vocalists are back to recreate another of rock’s greatest sounds—the thundering swagger of Led Zeppelin II. Meticulously researched and lovingly recreated, track for track, note for note – LIVE!

Sponsored by TheBank of Edwardsville The Bank of Edwardsville logo

$26 Adult, $22 Senior, $10 Student/Child, McKendree University Students FREE!

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Play Do the Right Thing (1989) Video Trailer
Do the Right Thing (1989)

Black History Month Festival

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 @ 7:00 p.m.


In a predominantly black neighborhood, a pizzeria’s Italian actor-only Wall of Fame becomes a neighborhood flashpoint in this drama which focuses on the question of urban racism.  Rated R; 2 hours.

An informal audience discussion follows each screening. Some films contain adult themes or language and may not be appropriate for everyone.

Sponsored by The Leon and Helen Church Family Foundation

FREE!

Film Art Series

 

 

Play Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia: Brown Bear, Brown Bear and Other Tresured Stories VideoMermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia: Brown Bear, Brown Bear and Other Treasured Stories

Saturday, February 11, 2017, @ 11:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.


An imaginative blend of puppetry and striking scenic effects bring to life children’s storybook favorites by Eric Carle, including The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me.

Sponsored by Dr. Frank Spreng and Mrs. Jane Spreng

$15 Adult, $12 Senior, $5 Student/Child, McKendree University Students FREE!

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Play Dear White People (2014) Video TrailerDear White People (2014)

Black History Month Festival

Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 7:00 p.m.


A campus culture wear between blacks and whites at a predominantly white school comes to a head when the staff of a humor magazine stages an offensive Halloween party.  Rated R; 1 hour, 48 min.

An informal audience discussion follows each screening. Some films contain adult themes or language and may not be appropriate for everyone.

Sponsored by The Leon and Helen Church Family Foundation

FREE!

Film Art Series

 


Play Le Vent du Nord (Canada) VideoArts Midwest World Fest: Le Vent du Nord (Canada)

Friday, February 24, 2017, @ 7:30 p.m.


Considered a driving force in progressive folk music, the Canadian musicians infuse their traditional Québécois repertoire with a breath of fresh air in catchy songs and innovative arrangements. Their February 19-24 residency in the community ends with a public concert at the Hett as part of the 10-state World Fest event.St. Louis Arts Experience

$5, McKendree University Students FREE!

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Play Moonlight (2016) Video TrailerMoonlight
(2016)

Tuesday, February 28, 2017, @ 3:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.


This drama chronicles the life of a black gay youth from childhood to adulthood, as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough Miami neighborhood. Rated R; 1 hour, 50 min.

Sponsored by The Leon and Helen Church Family Foundation


FREE!

Film Art Series

 

 


Play Dailey & Vincent VideoDailey & Vincent

Thursday, March 2, 2017, @ 7:30 p.m.


The rock stars of bluegrass make their second appearance on the Hett stage. The duo have received multiple Entertainer of the Year Awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA).

“What a great sound. Not since the Louvin Brothers has music touched me this deep. I expect them to go all the way to the top and stay there.” – Dolly Parton

Country Financial Logo“Dailey & Vincent make my ear hairs curl and my toes curl. Their name is on the lips of everyone in the know, as far as I’m concerned.” – Bruce Hornsby

$22 Adult, $18 Senior, $10 Student/Child, McKendree University Students FREE!

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the Idea Labthe idea lab

Tuesday, March 7, 2017, @ 7:30 p.m.


Modeled after the hugely popular TED Talks (Technology, Entertainment, Design), this event will bring together a group of informative and performative speakers for one night of fascinating talks and ideas.


What Is The One Amazing Thing You Were Born To Do?

Author, TEDx presenter and workshop leader Steve Olsher helps you identify your strengths and limitations in order to cultivate a life of purpose, conviction and contribution.

Six Things to Do at a New Job.

Rachel Elson, assistant managing editor at Money Magazine, offers advice on negotiating a salary, saving money, taking advantage of freebies, becoming invaluable and learning from others.

Hierarchies and Networks.

Political science professor Brian Frederking presents a unique analysis of the presidential election and the current divisions in our country, according to those who prefer hierarchy and are threatened by networks, and vice versa.

Battling Unconscious Bias.

Learn the common vocabulary of bias and how it affects our perceptions, decisions and interactions, from software developer Neem Serra.

The Talk: And I’m Not Talking About Sex!

A non-threatening, fun yet challenging conversation about race with Saint Louis University High School faculty member Danielle Harrison.

The Creative Game of Life.

Theatre educator Tress Kurzym helps you assess your “CQ,” or creative quotient, and discuss the importance of 21st century skills.


$5 Public, McKendree University Students FREE


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Play La La Land (2016) Video TrailerLa La Land
(2016)

Sunday, April 9, 2016, @3:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.


A contemporary musical starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling centers on the relationship between a jazz musician and an aspiring actress. $5 admission. Rated PG-13; 2 hours, 8 min.

Sponsored by The Leon and Helen Church Family Foundation


$5 Admission

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Play Elizabeth Gilbert VideoElizabeth Gilbert

Wednesday, April 12, 2017, @ 7:30 p.m.


Author Elizabeth Gilbert has been a finalist for both the PEN/Hemingway Award and the National Book Award. Her blockbuster, Eat, Pray, Love, spent 57 weeks at #1 on The New York Times Bestseller List.

Sponsored by Betty H. Ford and the late Col. William Ford

$10 Public, McKendree University Students FREE

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Play Parsons Dance VideoParsons Dance

Tuesday, April 25, 2017, @ 7:30 p.m.


One of the great creators of contemporary dance in America, David Parsons’ New York company is universally hailed for its athleticism, joyfulness and technical skill. Parsons Dance is artful, entertaining, sexy and smart. Uplifting, vibrant, accessible and exciting modern dance!


“One of modern dance’s greatest living dance-makers” – New York Magazine

Sponsored by Mr. Gary Graham and Mrs. Lucia K. Graham

$22 Adult, $18 Senior, $10 Student/Child, McKendree University Students FREE!

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