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For Immediate Release

April 2, 2010

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

Ohio State Lima announces spring PALS events

Rare books, dancers, pianist and painter headline performances

The quarterly Performing Arts and Lecture Series (PALS) will feature a rare books and manuscripts collection, a transnational dance company, a pianist/composer and a contemporary painter. All performances are on the shared campus of The Ohio State University at Lima and James A. Rhodes State College.

All events are free and open to the public.

“From dead skin to Dickens: What rare books and manuscripts have to teach us,” Eric J. Johnson, professor and curator

12:30 p.m., Wed., April 14, 2010, in Science 100

Some people may question the point of collecting rare books and manuscripts in today’s increasingly digital scholarly world. Eric J. Johnson, assistant professor and associate curator of rare books and manuscripts for the Ohio State University Libraries, will show how specific items from Ohio State’s Rare Books and Manuscripts Library can help students, teachers and researchers look beyond the text on the page and better understand the contexts surrounding books and their readers. Attendees will also be able to examine rare materials from Ohio State’s own collections.

The Baker and Tarpaga Dance Project present Sira Kan/On the Road

12:00 p.m., Wed., April 21, 2010, in the Martha W. Farmer Theatre for the Performing Arts

West African and contemporary dance come together with live percussion and vocals to create the Baker and Tarpaga Dance Project. Drawing from West African and post-modern dance, the dancers and musicians will perform “On the Road,” which layers movement, music and oral histories as it journeys through the physical dangers and political realities of West African men seeking new opportunities across borders. The transnational contemporary dance company is based in Los Angeles and Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. One of the show’s choreographer directors, Esther Baker-Tarpaga, is an assistant professor in the Department of Dance at The Ohio State University.

*Please note the time change to noon.

Joe Martin, pianist and composer

12:30 p.m., Mon., April 26, 2010, in Reed Hall 160

Joseph Martin has performed solo piano recitals and has been the featured artist with symphony orchestras in the United States and Mexico. As the winner of the Nina Plant Wideman Competition, he performed with the Guadalajara Symphony Orchestra and his first solo piano recording, “American Tapestry,” was nominated for a Dove Award. Martin was an accompanist for choral director and composer Milburn Price while earning his bachelor’s degree in piano performance at Furman University in Greenville, S.C. He later earned his Master of Music in Piano Performance at the University of Texas, Austin.

Sean Foley, contemporary painter

12:30 p.m., Tue., May 11, 2010, in Reed Hall 160

Sean Foley is known for combining abstract styles and imagery selected from a wide range of sources in the history of fine arts, popular culture, and science and technology. These sources include but are not limited to abstract expressionism, pop art, surrealism, comics, animation, advertising, computer graphics, geometry, cartography and various visual representations of data. When Foley attempts such collisions, he scrambles the genetic code of painting to create wondrous new creatures that inject chaos into order and celebrate our twenty-first century culture of visual overload and data bombardment. Foley is a visiting assistant professor at The Ohio State University.

For program information please call Student Activities at (419) 995-8414 or the Box Office at (419) 995-8382.