The Cultural Series at Mohawk Valley Community College once again is bringing an exciting and diverse lineup of talent to its campuses in Utica and Rome this fall. Tickets for all events go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 21, at www.mvcc.edu/tickets<https://www.mvcc.edu/tickets>.
Headlining the series is Olympic Gold Medalist Gabby Douglas, who will take the stage at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, in the Robert R. Jorgensen Athletic and Event Center Field House at MVCC’s Utica Campus. Admission is $15 general, $10 for MVCC employees, and free for MVCC students (limited supply). Douglas was selected at age 16 to be a member of the U.S. Olympic Women’s Gymnastics team to compete in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, England. There she became the first African-American woman, as well as the first woman of color of any nationality, to win an Olympic Gold medal as the All-Around Individual Champion. In addition, while winning a Team Gold medal, she became the first American gymnast to win Gold in both the All-Around individual and team competitions at the same Olympics. At the 2016 Rio Olympics, Douglas won her third Olympic Gold medal in the Team competition, as the only All-Around Olympic Gold Medal Gymnast in U.S. history to return to a second Olympics. Learn more about her at gabrielledouglas.com.
American musician, actor, writer, comedian, and television and radio host Henry Rollins will perform a spoken word presentation at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8, in Schafer Theater, Information Technology Building, at the Utica Campus. Admission is $15 general, $10 for MVCC employees, and free for MVCC students. Rollins, who fronted the California hardcore punk band Black Flag in the 1970s and ’80s and the Rollins Band in the ’80s and 2000s, now hosts a weekly radio show on KCRW and is a regular columnist for LA Weekly and Rolling Stone Australia. He also established the record label and publishing company 2.13.61 to release his spoken word albums. Rollins has campaigned for various political causes in the United States, including promoting LGBT rights, World Hunger Relief, the West Memphis Three, and an end to war in general. Learn more about him at henryrollins.com.
On Friday, Nov. 3, The Felice Brothers will bring their blend of folk, Americana, and revivalist roots rock to Utica at 7 p.m. in Schafer Theater, Information Technology Building. Admission is $10 general, $5 for MVCC employees, and free for MVCC students. The Felice Brothers’ new album “Life in the Dark,” released on June 24, features nine new songs that capture the hopes and fears, the yearning and resignation, of a rootless, restless nation at a time of change. The album also coincides with The Felice Brothers’ 10th anniversary as a band. Learn more at thefelicebrothers.com.
Country music star Seth Ennis will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, in Schafer Theater, Information Technology Building, at the Utica Campus. Admission is $10 general, $5 for MVCC employees, and free for MVCC students. Ennis may have been raised in Georgia, but the multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter is as worldly as the most seasoned traveler, and it shows in his eclectic brand of country music. His debut single, “Woke Up in Nashville,” is an autobiographical account of his journey to Music City to pursue his dream. Visit sethennis.com.
On Thursday, Oct. 26, celebrity chef Damaris Phillips will present a cooking demonstration and conversation at 6 p.m. in Schafer Theater, Information Technology Building, at the Utica Campus. Admission is $10 general, $5 for MVCC employees, and free for MVCC students. Impressing judges with her fresh take on Southern cuisine and winning over the audience with her impeccable charm, Phillips outlasted 11 rival competitors to win season 9 of “Food Network Star.” She then went on to celebrate the relationship between food and love on her show “Southern at Heart,” which aired five seasons on Food Network. She now co-hosts “Kid’s BBQ Championship” and is a judge and special competitor on “Guy’s Grocery Games,” “Cooks vs. Cons,” “Bakers vs. Fakers,” “Celebrity Food Fight,” and others. Her first cookbook, “Southern Girl Meets Vegetarian Boy,” comes out on Abrams Books Oct. 17.
Toby Foyeh and Orchestra Africa will perform at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15, in Schafer Theater, Information Technology Building, at the Utica Campus. Admission is $10 general, $5 for MVCC employees, and free for MVCC students. The group will present a melting pot of traditional Nigerian Yoruba music, including highlife, afrobeat, folklore with jazz, rock, pop, and Latin music. Visit tobyfoyeh.com.
Clinton native Ryan Quinn from NBC’s “The Voice” will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, in Festine Auditorium, Plumley Complex, at the Rome Campus. Admission is $5 general, $2 for MVCC employees, and free for MVCC students. Quinn advanced to the top 24 contestants on “The Voice” and was brought back to perform on the season finale. Visit ryanquinnmusic.com.
On Friday, Sept. 22, TEDxUtica will present “Press Pause” at 5 p.m. in Schafer Theater, Information Technology Building, at the Utica Campus. Tickets, which cost $35, are available only at tedxutica.com. The event will showcase big ideas and inspirational missions featuring thinkers and change-makers from across Central New York and beyond.
The MVCC Drama Club will present a production of Agatha Christie’s “Ten Little Indians,” directed by James Gifford, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday–Saturday, Oct. 19-21, in Schafer Theater, Information Technology Building, at the Utica Campus. Admission is $5 general, $2 for MVCC employees, and free for MVCC students. The play tells the story of 10 people who are invited to a lonely island for a getaway. Once there however, the guests are murdered one by one, the killer following the famous children’s rhyme that bumps its characters off, “and then there
were none.” Can the unknown killer be stopped?
On Friday, Nov. 3, MVCC will host the Oneida County Naturalization Ceremony at 10:30 a.m. in Schafer Theater, Information Technology Building, at the Utica Campus. All are welcome as immigrants take the oath that will complete the process of becoming U.S. citizens.
Tickets for all Cultural Series events can be purchased in person at the MVCC Box Office, Information Technology Building room 106, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday–Friday, and at the College stores on the Utica and Rome Campuses; online any time at www.mvcc.edu/tickets<https://www.mvcc.edu/tickets>; or over the phone by calling 315-731-5721. Most Cultural Series events are $5 or less to the general public and many are free. Events include concerts, comedians, lectures, film screenings and discussions, workshops, family fun events, and more. The Cultural Series is brought to you by MVCC’s Cultural Events Council, in collaboration with MVCC’s Program Board, with significant support from the Student Activity Fee. The series maintains a major social media presence that can be followed on Facebook at “MVCC Cultural Series.” For the complete series lineup and ticket sales, visit www.mvcc.edu/culture<https://www.mvcc.edu/culture>.