A&S in the News: April 8-14, 2018

Kay Ivey

Why skipping debates may help, not harm, Alabama Gov. Kay IveyAl.com – Apr. 8

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey’s decision to skip the upcoming GOP primary debates this month fueled criticism from her opponents, some media outlets and campaign strategists. But it may do little to impact Republican primary voters, according to political pundits who analyze Alabama politics. In fact, they claim Ivey made a smart decision less than two months before the June 5 primary. “It is very common for the frontrunner to limit participation in debates with their opponents,” said Richard Fording, a political science professor at The University of Alabama. Ivey is the most well-funded candidate within the four-way GOP race for governor, and pundits view her as the favorite to win the primary.

‘I Gelosi’

Italian comedy and fanfare rule in ‘I Gelosi’Crimson White – Apr. 9

The end of the semester is racing towards us. Before the deadlines and exams all come crashing down, now is the time to embrace some comic relief. What better way to do that than by seeing a play complete with juggling, masks, fun costumes and an Italian flare? Beginning Monday, April 9, through Sunday, April 15, the UA Theatre and Dance production of “I Gelosi” will hit the stage at the Allen Bales Theatre. Tickets are on sale for $10, with the performances beginning at 7:30 p.m. nightly. The show on Sunday, April 15, will begin at 2 p.m.
Tuscaloosa News – Apr. 11

Southern Sonic Festival

Center for Contemporary Arts announces experimental Southern Sonic FestivalOff-Beat Magazine – Apr. 10

Southern Sonic is a new festival from the Center for Contemporary Arts (CAC) for audiences seeking new aural experiences. The event will run from Thursday, May 10 to Sunday, May 13 at various locations across the city, presenting local and regional artists working at the outer boundaries of experimental music, sound art and sound-based visual art.  . . . Panel Discussion: Sonifying the Unlikely; Using Technology to Make Objects and Architecture to Make Music Moderator: Dan Sharp (Tulane School of Music) Panelists: New Orleans Airlift (Taylor Lee Shepard, Rick Snow), Collide (Steve Parker), The University of Alabama School of Music (Andrew Raffo Dewar, Tim Feeney, Holland Hopson) . . . 7:30 p.m.: Performance:  Andrew Raffo Dewar’s Anabolism

Contagion Effect

Verification: The killings are they contagious?The Quebec Post (Canada) – Apr. 11

“The more we advertise the attacks, the more they are repeated. […] It [the videos of the killings] feeds your fantasy [the killers-mass potential],” said recently in court the psychiatrist Cécile Rousseau … Thus, in an article published last year in Suicide and Life Threatening Behavior, the criminologist from The University of Alabama Adam Lankford has used the same data on killings from 2006 to 2013 (232 in total), and then it has randomly generated 500 sets of 232 dates generated in order to have a point of comparison.

Private Fusion Companies

Alliance of private fusion companies working to get $100 million prize for first to achieve net energyNext Big Future – Apr. 11

A dozen private fusion companies, including LPPFusion have joined together in an alliance to promote fusion and to try to get government funding for a broad-based approach to fusion … Los Alamos National Laboratory and The University of Alabama are also members.

Richard Shelby

What does having Richard Shelby as Senate appropriations chairman mean for Alabama?Al.com – Apr. 12

The extent to how much the state will benefit by having Richard Shelby as chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee will depend on how Alabama’s senior senator views the responsibilities of his new role: Does he want to continue his legacy of bringing home the bacon, or earn national praise for reining in spending? … But William Stewart, professor emeritus of political science at The University of Alabama, said it would behoove Shelby to use his power to be fiscally responsible. “He’s already gotten so much for Alabama in the past.”

Paul R. Jones Collection of Art

UNA hosting reception Friday for art exhibitFlorence Times Daily – Apr. 12

The University of North Alabama’s College of Arts and Sciences will host a reception celebrating an exhibition of the Paul R. Jones Collection of Art on Friday from 5-7 p.m. at the University Art Gallery … Jones, a former language professor at UNA, donated a portion of his extensive collection of African-American art to The University of Alabama in 2008. With more than 1,700 pieces, the college at the University of Alabama is one of the largest compilations of African-American art in the world.

EXIT 2018

Congrats Zackery DaileyAnniston Star – Apr. 13

Zackery Dailey of Lineville recently exhibited in The University of Alabama’s “EXIT 2018” senior art show. The art and art history department presented the show which ran in the Sella-granata Art Gallery.

‘Sweeney Todd’

Motion, emotion drive UA’s “Sweeney Todd”Tuscaloosa News – Apr. 14

Stephen Sondheim wrote tunnel vision at the dark heart of his most-acclaimed operatic melodrama, said Seth Panitch, who is directing the production of “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” opening Tuesday in the Marian Gallaway Theatre … ″… He’s changed more than they have, because he’s been in prison, and yet he’s still recognizable,” said Panitch, professor of acting in The University of Alabama Department of Theatre and Dance. So Barker never truly saw even those he ostensibly loved. He recalls his wife, Lucy, as beautiful, but little else.

Bama Blitz

Bama Blitz raises $1.8 million for University of AlabamaTuscaloosa News – Apr. 14

A new fundraising effort generated more than $1.8 million in donations, University of Alabama officials said Friday. Bama Blitz began Wednesday and ended Thursday. The timeframe for the inaugural fundraiser was one day, eight hours and 31 minutes, in recognition of 1831, the year UA was founded. Donors from 48 states pledged $1,810,269 during Bama Blitz, UA officials said. The fundraiser included “challenges” between colleges and schools within UA and gifts were charted on a real-time leaderboard online.