The Mohawk Valley Community College Cultural Series is planning an exciting lineup of events in Utica and Rome this fall. Tickets for all events go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 13, and 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<http://www.mvcc.edu/tickets>; or over the phone by calling 315-731-5721.

The headlining event of the semester is “One Love: An Evening with John Leguizamo” at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, in the Jorgensen Athletic/Event Center Field House at the College’s Utica Campus. Tickets are $30 general, $20 for MVCC employees, and free for MVCC students. Leguizamo, an Emmy Award-winning actor, voice actor, stand-up comedian, producer, playwright, and screenwriter, first came to prominence on the lecture circuit touring the nation’s colleges and stages with his one-man show “Ghetto Klown,” which traced his life from growing up in Queens through his avant-garde theater origins in the 1980s, to his film career and beyond. Leguizamo is now taking his entire story — the lessons he’s learned, the characters he’s encountered, his passion for education, his struggles against racism and poverty — to audiences around the country.

The Gin Blossoms will perform at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, in Schafer Theater, Information Technology Building, at the Utica Campus. Tickets are $20 general, $15 for MVCC employees, and free for MVCC students. Fans around the world are familiar with the Gin Blossoms’ five-time platinum breakthrough album “New Miserable Experience,” containing gems like “Until I Fall Away,” “Found Out About You,” “Hey Jealousy,” and “Allison Road.” The band’s summer 2018 album release, “Mixed Reality,” shares the same timeless feel as “New Miserable Experience.” Boasting record sales of over 10 million, the band continues to burn up the road performing more than 120 tour dates per year. Visit ginblossoms.net.

On Wednesday, Oct. 3, Netflix Co-Founder (and Hamilton College alumnus) Marc Randolph will give the lecture, “Start Something, Build Something, Do Something,” at 10 a.m. in the Jorgensen Athletic/Event Center Field House. Tickets are $10 general, $5 for MVCC employees, and free for MVCC students. As a veteran Silicon Valley entrepreneur, advisor, and investor, Randolph co-founded Netflix, the online movie and television streaming service, serving as its founding CEO, executive producer of the website, and as a member of the board of directors until his retirement in 2004. His career as an entrepreneur spans more than four decades, having been the founder of more than six other successful startups, a mentor to hundreds of early-stage entrepreneurs, and an investor in numerous tech ventures. Visit marcrandolph.com.

On Wednesday, Oct. 24, Alexis Jones, founder of the nonprofit organization I AM THAT GIRL and the program ProtectHer, will give the lecture “Be a Good Human: Preventing Sexual Harassment & Inspiring Diversity and Inclusivity,” at 7 p.m. in Schafer Theater, Information Technology Building, at the Utica Campus. Tickets are $10 general, $5 for MVCC employees, and free for MVCC students. “Be a Good Human” is a solution-based response to the pandemic levels of sexual assault springing up around the country. In this talk, Jones will inspire a new company culture, not by pointing fingers, blaming, and shaming, but by encouraging both men and women to be an integral and tangible part of the solution moving forward in order to create a new normal, where all humans are treated with dignity and respect. Visit alexisjones.com.

Michael Glabicki and Dirk Miller of the band Rusted Root will perform a Listening Room Concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, in Festine Auditorium, Plumley Complex, at the Rome Campus. Tickets are $20 general, $10 for MVCC employees, and free for MVCC students. Rusted Root, the multi-platinum band out of Pittsburgh, evolved around front man Glabicki’s distinct sound and grew into a musical entity that has thrived in a non- genre-specific category all its own. Visit michaelglabicki.com.

On Thursday, Sept. 20, the MVCC Cultural Series and Made in Utica will present Utica Day, a celebration of everything local, with vendors, music, food, and more. The event will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Alumni College Center Commons at the Utica Campus. Admission is $5 general, $2 for MVCC employees, and free for MVCC students. Visit madeinutica.com.

Other highlights include:

Concerts:

*   Piano prodigy Kaelem Michel: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, Schafer Theater, Information Technology Building, Utica Campus. Tickets are $5 general, $2 for MVCC employees, and free for MVCC students.
*   Pianist Rami Bar-Nev: 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, Schafer Theater, Information Technology Building, Utica Campus. Tickets are $10 general, $5 for MVCC employees, and free for MVCC students.
*   The Band Wicked: 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, Schafer Theater, Information Technology Building, Utica Campus. Tickets are $10 general, $5 for MVCC employees, and free for MVCC students.

Performances:

*   Glam Drag Performance by “Summers” and “Myles”: 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, Schafer Theater, Information Technology Building, Utica Campus. Tickets are $10 general, $5 for MVCC employees, and free for MVCC students. The performance will be followed by a Q&A and discussion about gender and transgender rights.
*   Emmy Award Winner and Individual World Poetry Slam Champion Ed Mabrey: 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, Festine Auditorium, Plumley Complex, Rome Campus. Tickets are $5 general, $2 for MVCC employees, and free for MVCC students.

For the complete series lineup, visit www.mvcc.edu/culture<http://www.mvcc.edu/culture>. 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.

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