Performances, Special Events, & Exhibits

Performances, Special Events, & Exhibits

Better Said Than Done Presents True Lies: Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them

Thursday October 10th, 7:00pm-8:15pm The Auld Shebeen, Fairfax, VA
Join Denise Bennett, Catherine Calvin, Lisa Leibow, Miriam Nadel, Jessica Robinson, Jack Scheer, Cyndi Wish, and Sufian Zhemukhov for True Lies: Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them, a night of true (or maybe not?) personal storytelling about big lies, white lies, and big, fat liars. Better Said Than Done is an exciting community of professional storytellers who produce themed personal storytelling shows that are energetic, engaging, and highly entertaining.

Musical Barn Raising: How to Nurture Music in Your Community

Friday October 11th, 6:30pm-7:45pm Old Town Hall, Fairfax, VA
Are you a music lover? Do you play an instrument or simply want to support more music in your community? Gayla M. Mills discusses her new book Making Music For Life: Rediscover Your Musical Passion, which explains the ways in which you can host your own house concerts or get involved with local music groups that depend on volunteers. Stay after the reading for a piano and cello duet. Sponsored by the City of Fairfax.

A Celebration of 20 Years of Kid Pan Alley

Saturday October 12th, 12:00pm-2:00pm Harris Theater, GMU
Enjoy a 20th-anniversary concert celebrating Kid Pan Alley’s new album release and the donation of the Kid Pan Alley and Paul Reisler archives to Mason Libraries’ Special Collections. The Kid Pan Alley Band and Three Good Reasons will be performing some of their favorite songs from the vast KPA catalog along with Reisler’s compositions. Sponsored by George Mason University Libraries Special Collections Research Center and the College of Visual and Performing Arts.

Literary Death Match

Saturday October 12th, 8:00pm-9:15pm Harris Theater, GMU
Enjoy Fall for the Book’s own Literary Death Match “after party” hosted by Adrian Todd Zuniga. Called “the most entertaining reading series ever” by the LA Times, it brings together three judges and four readers for a night of competition, literature, and fun. Tonight’s line up includes Rion Amilcar Scott, Christina Dalcher, Amaud Jamaul Johnson, Randon Billings Noble, Rayceen Pendarvis, and Tayla Burney.

Edible Book Festival

Friday October 11th, 11:00am-2:00pm 1014 Fenwick Library, GMU
The Edible Book Festival features creative food projects inspired by books or stories. Physically resembling books or referring to an aspect of a story, entries include both the real book and the edible version. Evaluated by a panel of judges as well as by public voting, winners are selected in various prize categories, such as “Punniest” or “Best in Show.” The entries then are eaten as we celebrate the book arts through food and fun. Learn more—and register your entry—at Sponsored by Mason Libraries

Exhibit: Call & Response: TRANSMOGRIFY

This event runs from Oct 3 – Oct 12 including festival days Thursday October 10th, 9:00am – Saturday October 12th, 5:45pm Fenwick Gallery, 1st Floor, GMU
Call & Response is an annual exhibit of collaborations between writers and visual artists in which one calls and one responds. The result is a dynamic set of paired works of words and artistic media that resonate and speak to contemporary issues. The theme for this tenth annual Call & Response is Transmogrify—to transform in a magical or surprising way.

Exhibit: War Comes Home: The Legacy

This event runs from September 15 – October 13, Open Tuesday – Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m Center for the Arts Lobby, GMU
This traveling exhibition offers an intimate perspective into the thoughts and emotions of veterans & their families upon a soldier’s homecoming. As expressed through private letters and email exchanges spanning from the Civil War through the wars in Afghanistan & Iraq, this powerful exhibit reveals how war changes lives, families & communities. Sponsored by the College of Visual and Performing Arts.

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