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neildegrassetysonUpcoming events include theatrical performances, art exhibitions and award-winning authors.

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Mercer Gallery Hours: Monday – Thursday: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Friday: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

For more information, contact Mercer Gallery Director Kathleen Farrell at: or (585)292-3121.

Good Work: The Illustration Art Invitational
Friday, Jan. 24 – Friday, Feb. 21
Opening Reception: 7 p.m. – 9 p.m., Friday, Jan. 24

Fifty-seven internationally-known illustrators were asked to present the favorite illustration they have ever created. Illustrators include: Daniel Adel, Terry Allen, Tom Bachtell, Melinda Beck, Guy Billout, Juliette Borda, Steve Brodner, Lou Brooks, Calef Brown, Philip Burke, Kathy Calderwood, Dave Calver, Andre Carrilho, Michael Cho, David Cowles, Brian Cronin, Jose Cruz, Paul Davis, Roger DeMuth, Debbie Drechsler, Henrik Drescher, Randall Enos, Vivienne Flesher, Douglas Fraser, Drew Friedman, Maria Frishe, Milton Glaser, Eddy Guy, Danny Hellman, John Hershy, John Kascht, Stephen Kroninger, Anita Kunz, Peter Kuper, Chris Lyons, Wilson McLean, Bill Mayer, Ross MacDonald, Mark Matcho, Hanoch Piven, C.F. Payne, Chris Pyle, Robert Risko, Edel Rodriguez, Laurie Rosenwald, Richard Sala, Zina Saunders, David Sheldon, Owen Smith, Bob Staake, Nancy Stahl, Ward Sutton, Gary Taxali, Murray Tinkleman, Mark Ulriksen, Kirsten Ulve and James Yang.

Belinda Bryce and Kurt Ketchum
Friday, Feb. 28 – Friday, March 28
Gallery Talk: noon, Friday, Feb. 28
Opening reception: 7 p.m. – 9 p.m., Friday, Feb. 28

Belinda Bryce is a graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology where she earned a Master of Fine Arts in painting and a diploma in printmaking. She has taught at RIT’s School of Art.

As a practicing artist, Bryce has shown extensively in Western New York state and international juried shows. Bryce is interested in the idea of personal journey. Her most recent work is about passages and pathways. Each piece entails several layers of adding and subtracting paint. She has worked to develop a visual language depicting the complexity of life’s journey, its unevenness, interruptions, distractions, obstacles, bridges and unexpected new pathways.

Trained in commercial art, Kurt Ketchum branched out and became a sought after graphic artist, designer, typographer and illustrator. He also taught design at Rochester Institute of Technology. According to the artist, “The fusion of these disciplines is what mainly fostered my hybrid approach to recognizing and documenting images. My education has been greatly expanded with access to the wide world of web and the infinite flow of informed chaos.”

His work has been exhibited at the Rochester Contemporary Art Center, the Bug Jar, Rochester Public Market, Gallery @ 4 Mile Post, Geva Theatre, Good Luck, 4Walls Gallery, Smash Gallery in Toronto, Index G in Toronto and the Apple Store in NYC.

Scott Hermann
Friday, April 4 – Friday, May 2
Opening reception: 7 p.m. – 9 p.m., Friday, April 4

Scott Hermann is inspired and motivated by the primacy of the grid, layers, transparency, the use of color, charts, graphs, the tension between black and white, torn papers, diagrams, the reading of pictures as words, photocopies, overlapping, and the fine line between humor and grimness. He looks for the emergence of a new, primal, direct language that manifests when anyone of the above elements obscures, intersects, repels, crosses over, connects with or slides up against another.

Hermann has an art history degree from Syracuse University and lives in Liverpool, NY with his wife and son. He’s the current leader of Open Figure Drawing, a community-based drawing group.

38th Annual Student Art Exhibition
Friday, May 9 – Friday, Aug. 15
Opening Reception: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., Friday, May 9

This is an exhibition of painting, drawing, sculpture, design, 3-D design, video, photography, digital/multi-media pieces and any aspect of coursework accomplished while studying at MCC. This exhibition includes the work of Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Photography, Television and Video, Commercial Illustration, and Interior Design majors graduating in May, Aug. or Dec. 2014.


Zainab Salbi
Iraqui Author, Activist and Founder of the Washington-based Women for Women International
7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 26
Warshof Conference Center in the R. Thomas Flynn Campus Center
$7, general public

Zainab Salbi is the founder of Women for Women International, a grassroots humanitarian and developmental organization that helps women survivors of war rebuild their lives. Since 1993, the organization has given hope to over 351,000 women. She is also the co-author of: “Between Two Worlds: Escape from Tyranny Growing Up in the Shadow of Saddam” (with Laurie Bechlund) and the author of “The Other Side of War: Women’s Stories of Survival and Hope.” Salbi has appeared on both CNN and the Oprah Winfrey Show and has been featured in the Washington Post and the New York Times.

In 1993, Salbi was honored by President Bill Clinton for her 1993 work in Bosnia and Herzgovina. She is the recipient of the 2010 David Rockefeller Bridging Leadership Award and was named one of 22 members of the Clinton Global initiative Lead program, which brings together a select group of accomplished young leaders to develop innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing problems. In 2011, she was named one to of the Top 100 Women: Activists and Campaigners by The Guardian. That same year, she was identified by the Economist Intelligence Unit as one of the most inspirational women in the world.
Parking available in Lot M & M1

The Henrietta Lacks Family
7 p.m., Wednesday, March 12
Warshof Conference Center of the R. Thomas Flynn Campus Center
$7, general public

“The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot is MCC’s common read for 2013-2015. The first year of the common read, members of Henrietta Lack’s family will share their mother’s story. The Lacks family has enthralled audiences across the country talking about their mother, grandmother and great grandmother, Henrietta Lacks and her important contribution to science. The international success of this New York Times bestseller, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” has left people keenly interested in the Lacks family and Henrietta’s legacy.

Henrietta Lacks was an African-American wife and mother whose cells were taken without her knowledge in 1951. Those cells went on to become the first immortal human cells ever grown in a laboratory. They became one of the most important tools in developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, and in-vitro fertilization. Henrietta’s family didn’t learn about the cells’ existence until the 1970s when scientists wanted to do research on her children, to learn more about the remarkable “immortality” of Henrietta’s cell line.

The Lacks family will give a sincere first-person perspective on the collision between ethics, race and the commercialization of human tissue.

Parking is available in Lots M and M1.

Mark Doty, award-winning writer
7 p.m., Thursday, March 27
Warshof Conference Center of the R. Thomas Flynn Campus Center
Free and open to the public

Mark Doty’s “Fire to Fire: New and Selectged Poems,” won the National Book Award for Poetry in 2008. His eight books of poems include, School of the Arts, Source, and My Alexandria. He has also published four volumes of nonfiction prose: “Still Life with Oysters and Lemon,” “Heaven’s Coast,” “Firebird,” and “Dog Years,” which was a New York Times bestseller in 2007. “The Art of Description,” a handbook for writers, was published in 2011. He is a professor/writer in residence at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ.

Parking is available in Lots M and M1.

A Streetcar Named Desire
7:30 p.m., Friday, April 4 and Saturday, April 5
2 p.m., Sunday, April 6
MCC Theatre, Bldg. 4
Tickets: $10 – adults, $8 – with MCC ID

Southern aristocrat Blanch, down on her luck, is reduced to living with her sister Stella and Stella’s blue-color husband Stanley. Life with them in their tiny tenement apartment is unbearable until a kindly suitor appears and seems to offer Blanche a ticket to a better life. But Stanley, bristling at Blanche’s high-handed dismissal of him, sets out to dismantle her genteel façade, hurtling them town an epic battle in this Tennessee Williams classic.

Eyal Press, author
7 p.m., Monday, April 7
Warshof Conference Center of the R. Thomas Flynn Campus Center
Tickets: $7 – general public

A thoughtful young writer on issues of morality and politics, Eyal Press is the author of Beautiful Souls: The Courage and Conscience of Ordinary People in Extraordinary Times, a revelatory study of moral courage. On stage, he looks at the surprising factors that cause ordinary people to behave ethically – to stick to their conscience, to defy the sway of authority and convention – even when thrust into compromising situations.
Press is an award-winning journalist and writer, born in Jerusalem, and raised in the rust belt city of Buffalo, NY. His fascination with the intersection of morality and politics has informed his writing on everything from the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to urban poverty to America’s abortion wars.

Parking is available in Lots M and M1.

Neil deGrasse Tyson, American astrophysicist, cosmologist, author, and science communicator
7 p.m.,Wednesday, April 30
Samuel Stabins Physical Education Complex, Bldg. 10
Tickets: $15—general public

Neil deGrasse Tyson, director of the Hayden Planetarium, has authored dozens of professional publications and is the author of the New York Times best-seller, “Death by Black Hole: and Other Cosmic Quandaries,” and “The Pluto Files: The Rise and Fall of America’s Favorite Planet.” The PBS/NOVA documentary, “The Pluto Files,” was based on Tyson’s book and premiered in 2010.
In Feb. 2012, he released his tenth book, containing every thought he has ever had on the past, present and future of space exploration. “Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier.” Tyson is currently working on a 21st Century reboot of Carol Sagan’s landmark television series COSMOS, to air in 13 episodes on the FOX network in the spring of this year.

Parking is available in Lot G.

15th Annual Otis Young Motivational Speak-off
9 a.m. – noon, Saturday, May 3
MCC Theatre, Bldg. 4
Free and open to the public

This annual event provides students with the opportunity to further develop their public speaking skills. To prepare for this event, students participate in an Honors course that requires them to develop, revise and rehearse an original 5-7 minute motivational speech. Event judges represent college faculty, staff, and administrators, students, community representatives, outside college/university representatives, and members of the communication leadership organization, Toastmasters International.

45th Annual MCC Jazz Festival
7:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 7
MCC Theatre, Bldg. 4
Free and open to the public

This festival features the area’s top professional jazz professionals – an assortment of all-star small groups and a big band made up of the region’s finest jazz educators/performers/recording artists.
Parking is available in Lot F.

Once on This Island
6:30 p.m., Thursday, June 5
MCC Theatre, Bldg. 4
Free and open to the public

Once on This Island is a contemporary, Caribbean-flavored musical by the Tony Award-winning songwriting team of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flahrety based upon the book My Love, My Love by Rosa Guy. In almost non-stop song and dance, the show tells the story of Ti Moune, a peasant girl who rescues and falls in love with Daniel, a wealthy boy from the other side of her island.

7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 24 and Wednesday, June 25
MCC Theatre, Bldg. 4
Free and open to the public

The parking lot of a mini-mall convenience store is the private domain of three young men: Jeff, Buff and Tim. The focal point of this evening is the arrival of an old high-school chum, Pony, and his female associate, Erica. Since Pony left Burnfield, he has gone on to become semi-famous as the front man for a band that has an album on the charts and a video on MTV. That evening,

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