Dustin Lance Black
Dustin Lance Black will speak during “An Evening with Academy Award
Winner Dustin Lance Black” at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 8, in Laurie
Auditorium. He transitioned quickly from art director for
commercials into directing and writing, winning the 2008 Academy Award®
and Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay for Milk.
As writer and co-producer of the HBO series “Big Love,” Mr. Black drew
on his Mormon childhood experiences in San Antonio. He will
re-team with Milk director Gus Van Sant for Electric
Kool-Aid Acid Test, an adaptation of the Tom Wolfe novel. Mr. Black
is an honors graduate of UCLA’s School of Film and Television.
Torok will present “I Am Not Schizophrenic” at 7 p.m. Thursday,
March 4, in the Stieren Theater. After completing his BFA from
Indiana University in 1979, he moved to New York City, where he received
his MFA from Brooklyn College in 1981. In recent years, Mr. Torok
has created two very different bodies of work linked by an interest in
the observation of people. His first solo exhibition was in 1996
and in 1999, he began exhibiting his portraits and cartoons together at
numerous exhibitions throughout the U.S. and Europe, including
exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the National Portrait
Percussion quartet So
Percussion will perform a concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March
6, in the Stieren Theater at 7:30 p.m. Since coming together at
the Yale School of Music, they have been creating music that is at turns
raucous and touching. Praised by Billboard magazine and The
New York Times, the Brooklyn-based group has performed all over the
United States with concerts at the Lincoln Center Festival, Carnegie
Hall, and other venues. Their concert at Trinity will feature a
range of selections from percussion classics to original music.
Film aesthetician George
Wilson will present “Love and Bullshit in Santa Rosa: On the
Coen Brothers’ The Man Who Wasn’t There” at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 9, in
the Stieren Theater. He is a professor of philosophy and cinematic
arts at the University of Southern California. His main research
interests are film aesthetics, theory of action, Wittgenstein, and
philosophy of language.
Art historian Katy
Siegel will present “First Man | Last Man: Apocalypse in
Contemporary American Art” at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 11, in Chapman
Auditorium. She is associate professor at Hunter College, CUNY,
editor-in-chief of Art Journal, and a contributing editor at Artforum.
She is a co-author of Art Works: Money (2004) and author of “Since
’45”: The American Condition and Contemporary Art (2010). She
has written extensively on contemporary art, including the work of
artists Richard Tuttle, Jeff Koons, and Takashi Murakami, and subjects
such as “the collector,” “youth,” and “the public.”
Please note: Nelita
True’s performance scheduled for Friday, Feb. 5 has been
cancelled and will not be rescheduled.