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April 13, 2007

Contact: Pam Joseph (419) 995-8284 or Lesley King Fry (419) 995-8671

Ohio State Lima announces PALS events

Spring quarter line-up includes musicians, folklorists and a big-time jug band

The quarterly Performing Arts and Lecture Series (PALS) will showcase pianists, vocalists, folklorists, musicians and downright entertaining people on the shared campus of The Ohio State University at Lima and James A. Rhodes State College beginning this month.

All events are free and open to the public.

Marlon Shackelford presents Itís Hip to Have Hope from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Fri., April 20, 2007, in the Martha W. Farmer Theatre for the Performing Arts. A question and answer period will follow until 1 p.m. Rap stands for: Review the past, Analyze the present, and Plan for the future. This performance reveals the history of hip hop and how it crosses over all cultural and ethnic boundaries. The group of performers tell the story and explain how this relates to diversity by using examples such as break dancing, graffiti, be-bop, and many other forms of hip hop. A live DJ will be part of this entertaining performance. Marlon Shackelford has served as a motivational consultant to numerous social service agencies throughout the Midwest and Southern portions of the United States. He sees the world through the eyes of his young audiences. Itís Hip to Have Hope is sponsored by the 6th Annual Multi-Cultural Career Day.

The Juggernaut Jug Band performs from 12:30-1:30 p.m., Mon., April 23, 2007 in Reed Hall 160. The Juggernaut Jug Band, with founder Roscoe Goose (vocals, washboard, trumpet, cans, blues harp, bells , snare and jug) and original member The Amazing Mr. Fish, (vocals, walking bass, nose flute, washtub bass) have been performing since the mid 1960s. Additional members include Skip Tracer (vocals, guitar) and Smiley Habanero (vocals, guitar, mandolin). Each performance is a challenge to the audience to have as much fun as the band. Donít let their antics fool you though. The Juggernauts exuberant music is the result of skillfully conceived arrangements and unique vocal harmonies. The Juggernauts have played numerous gigs around the country. For more information about the Juggernaut Jug Band, visit www.juggernautjugband.com.

Elissa Alvarez, Voice, and Skirmante Kezyte, Piano, perform from 12:30-1:30 p.m., Mon., April 30, 2007, in the Martha W. Farmer Theatre for the Performing Arts. Alvarez completed her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in voice from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music under the guidance of Mary Henderson-Stucky. She placed in the top ten winners of the Denver Lyric Opera Guild Competition in both 2006 and 2007. Skirmante Kezyte, a native of Lithuania, received her Master of Music degrees from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music in both piano performance and collaborative piano. She is a teacher of piano in the Cincinnati area and gives solo and collaborative recitals frequently in the United States and Mexico.

Jack Shortlidge presents See the Man with Stage Fright: Bob Dylanís Career as an Artist & Performer, from 12:30-1:30 p.m., Mon., May 14, 2007, in Reed Hall 160. Shortlidge discusses Bob Dylanís 40 year career as a songwriter and performer. During those years Dylanís work has provoked both acclaim and criticism. Listeners and musical colleagues have praised him as an artistic poseur and a commercial sell-out. See the Man will provide an overview of Dylanís career as well as discussing examples of selected songs composed during 1963- 1967, including Subterranean Homesick Blues, Bob Dylanís Dream, and Like a Rolling Stone. Jack Shortlidge has a Master of Arts from The Ohio State University. He has worked as a public sector folklorist for arts organizations in northeast Ohio and southern New Jersey, and has taught courses in English composition, literature, and folklore at various colleges in the same locations. He is currently a program officer for the Ohio Humanities Council.

Professor Olga Muratova presents Crime in the Theatre from 12:30-1:30 p.m., Thurs., May 17, 2007, in Stage II of the Martha W. Farmer Theatre for the Performing Arts in Reed Hall. Crime is arguably the second popular subject of Western drama (the first still being love). From formidable lawbreakers to petty thieves, from regicide to con artistry, criminals have won extraordinary theatrical success. The attraction of detective, courtroom, and crime-and-justice plays is undeniable. The appeal of outlaws is irrefutable. Muratova is a native of Moscow and is currently a professor of Russian Studies in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, The City University of New York. She received her MA degree in Foreign Languages at the Moscow University of Linguistics and is currently working on her doctorate dissertation at the Department of Comparative Literature, Graduate Center, City University of New York. She is a regular contributor to Slavic and East European Performance, a journal published by the Institute for Contemporary East European Drama and Theatre.

Pianist Jeffrey Swinkin performs from 12:30-1:30 p.m., Mon., May 21, 2007, in the Martha W. Farmer Theatre for the Performing Arts. Swinkin has performed throughout the U.S. as recitalist, chamber musician, and concerto soloist and as a guest artist at numerous colleges and universities. He has collaborated with members of the Ying Quartet, New York City Opera, and San Francisco Symphony and is a prize winning concerto pianist. Swinkin earned his Bachelor of Music degree with High Distinction from the Eastman School of Music and his Master of Music degree from the University of Michigan. He teaches piano and music theory privately and is an adjunct faculty member of the performing arts department at the University of San Francisco. Swinkin will play selections from Mendelssohnís Songs Without Words and pieces by Schubert and Liszt, including Schubertís Sonata in A minor.

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