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CALA-Bash Brings out Best of Claflin’s Arts in 10-Day Celebration

Mar 28, 2014

It’s time for CALA-Bash – that’s Claflin’s Arts and Letters Annual Bash – on the campus of Claflin University! This year’s festivities will be held April 4-13, and the community is invited.

CALA-Bash is an artistic explosion that showcases art, dance, music, theater and poetry. This year’s 10-day festival begins Friday, April 4, with two performances of the Claflin University Theatre Ensemble’s production of “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” set for 7:30 p.m. at the BlueBird Theatre in downtown Orangeburg. Admission is free for Claflin students with an ID and $5 for the general public.

The play, by Pulitzer Prize-winning American playwright August Wilson, chronicles the 20th-century African-American experience. It will also be staged at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 5, and 3 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 6, at the BlueBird.

CALA-Bash gets into full swing on Monday, April 7. That evening at 5, Claflin faculty will present their views on gun violence during a roundtable discussion at the Orangeburg County Library. And the Claflin University Wind Ensemble will present its spring concert at 7 p.m. in the W.V. Middleton Fine Arts Center Moss Auditorium.

Actor and Claflin alumnus Roger Mitchell will speak at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 8, in Moss Auditorium. Mitchell’s roles include Chaff in “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” as well as parts in such TV shows and movies as “The Walking Dead,” “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues," “Need for Speed,” “Nashville,” “Flight,” “NCIS,” “Diary of a Mad Black Woman” and many others.

That evening, check out the winners of the Claflin Mass Communications/AMA Film Festival at 6 in Moss Auditorium, followed by a Pulse Dance Company performance in the auditorium.

On Wednesday, April 9, a Word of Mouth Poetry Slam will be held at 7 p.m. in Ministers’ Hall.

A Student Art Exhibit Reception will be Thursday evening, April 10, at 5 in the Arthur Rose Museum, prior to the Claflin University Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo concert at 7 p.m. in Moss Auditorium.

Claflin will be Live on the Lawn with a full-day of outdoor performances, activities and vendors from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, April 11, on Panther Plaza. At 7 p.m., make your way to Tullis Arena in the Jonas T. Kennedy Health and Physical Education Center for Sheryl Underwood’s College Foundation’s NPHC Stroll and Step Contest and Ultimate Battle of the DJs.

The Vendor’s Market will continue on Panther Plaza from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 12. And don’t miss Sheryl Underwood’s College Foundation’s Get Your Praise On HBCU Choir Sing-Off at 1 p.m. in Moss Auditorium.

A Worship Service on the Lawn featuring DREAM Gospel Choir in concert will conclude the 2014 CALA-Bash festivities at 9 a.m. Sunday, April 13.

From original films to student art to live musical performances, there will be something for everyone at CALA-Bash! For more information, call Charlene Slaughter at 803-535-5077 or visit www.claflin.edu.

 

CALA-Bash 2014 Schedule of Events

Friday, April 4

11:30 a.m. – CALA-Bash Criers Brass Band. Student Center and Café.

7:30 p.m. – “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” presented by the Claflin University Theatre Ensemble. BlueBird Theatre, downtown Orangeburg. $5; free for Claflin students with ID.

Saturday, April 5

7:30 p.m. – “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” presented by the Claflin University Theatre Ensemble. BlueBird Theatre, downtown Orangeburg. $5; free for Claflin students with ID.

Sunday, April 6

3 and 7:30 p.m. – “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” presented by the Claflin University Theatre Ensemble. BlueBird Theatre, downtown Orangeburg. $5; free for Claflin students with ID.

Monday, April 7

11 a.m.-1 p.m. – CU Has Talent. Panther Plaza.

5 p.m. – Claflin faculty roundtable discussion about gun violence. Orangeburg County Library.

7 p.m. – Claflin University Wind Ensemble Concert. Moss Auditorium, W.V. Middleton Fine Arts Center.

Tuesday, April 8

11 a.m. – Actor and Claflin alumnus Roger Mitchell. Moss Auditorium, W.V. Middleton Fine Arts Center.

Noon-1 p.m. – African drummers, Panther Plaza

6 p.m. – Claflin Mass Communications/AMA Film Festival Winner’s Showcase. Moss Auditorium, W.V. Middleton Fine Arts Center.

7:30 p.m. – Pulse Dance Company performance. Moss Auditorium, W.V. Middleton Fine Arts Center.

Wednesday, April 9

11 a.m.-1 p.m. – A Taste of Jazz concert and poetry recital. Panther Plaza.

5 p.m. – “Injustice For All: Summary Mis Judgment” workshop on copyright and licensing law by Attorney Carla Boone. Orange and Maroon Room.

5:30 p.m. – CALA-Bash Criers Brass Band. Student Center and Café.

7 p.m. – Word of Mouth Poetry Slam. Ministers’ Hall.

Thursday, April 10

11 a.m.-1 p.m. – Celebrating U with Diversity Day and Mental Health Awareness Day. Panther Plaza.

5 p.m. – Student Art Exhibit Reception. Arthur Rose Museum

7 p.m. – Claflin University Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo concert. Moss Auditorium, W.V. Middleton Fine Arts Center.

Friday, April 11

PARENT’S WEEKEND

11 a.m.-6 p.m. – Live on the Lawn outdoor performances, Organizational Fair, Vendor’s Market and Alice Carson Tisdale Honor’s College Market Day. Panther Plaza.

11 a.m.-1 p.m. – Lunch on the Lawn featuring “The Color Purple Musical Revue” by Claflin faculty and staff and “Ancestors Calling – I Am Your Family, Too” with Queen Ayacodobae with live remote broadcast. Panther Plaza.

1-1:30 p.m. – Edisto Carver Liturgical Dancers. Panther Plaza.

1:30-2 p.m. – Storytelling performance by Claflin student Kiara Harris. Panther Plaza.

2-2:15 – Claflin student Nisee Amore. Panther Plaza.

2:15-2:30 – An excerpt from “For Colored Girls” by Claflin’s Introduction to Theatre students. Panther Plaza.

2:30-3 p.m. – P4CM. Panther Plaza.

3-3:30 p.m. – Pulse Dance Company. Panther Plaza.

4-4:15 p.m. – Total Kaos. Panther Plaza.

4:15-4:30 p.m. – DREAM Gospel Choir. Panther Plaza.

4:30-6 p.m. – Dinner on the Lawn featuring DJ Phat Boi. Panther Plaza.

7 p.m. – Sheryl Underwood’s College Foundation’s NPHC Stroll and Step Contest and Ultimate Battle of the DJs. Tullis Arena, Jonas T. Kennedy Health and Physical Education Center.

Saturday, April 12

PARENT’S WEEKEND

11 a.m.-5 p.m. – Vendor’s Market. Panther Plaza.

1 p.m. – Sheryl Underwood’s College Foundation’s Get Your Praise On HBCU Choir Sing-Off. Moss Auditorium, W.V. Middleton Fine Arts Center.

Sunday, April 13

PARENT’S WEEKEND

9 a.m. – Worship Service on the Lawn featuring DREAM Gospel Choir in concert. Panther Plaza.

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