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Weekly Arts and Entertainment Highlights (Mar 01, 2012)

A mix of classic opera, international literature, and a new art museum exhibit celebrating a century of animation make the University of Oklahoma a center of activity during the next week.

The Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art in Norman features work by the biggest name in animation in the 20th century, Disney. The exhibit called “A Century of Magic: The Animation of the Walt Disney Studios” is comprised of approximately 80 animation cels of from the private collection of Janis Scaramucci and Domer “Jay” Scaramucci. The cels span from 1937 with animation from “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” to the 1999 “Fantasia/2000,” a follow up to the 1940s film of the same name. The collection includes cels from favorites such as “The Lady and the Tramp,” “The Little Mermaid,” and “Pinocchio.” The opening reception on March 3 begins at 4:00 p.m. OU Musical Theatre students perform Disney songs beginning at 5:00 p.m., and OU Dance students present choreography to “Hellfire” from “The Hunch Back of Notre Dame” at 8:00 p.m. Founding executive director of The Walt Disney Family Museum Richard Benefield speaks about Walt Disney’s innovation at 6:00 p.m.

The University of Oklahoma campus hosts the 2012 Puterbaugh Festival of International Literature and Culture March 6th through the 10th. This year is particularly special as it features Irish playwright Marina Carr. Her work makes use of physical brutality, black humor, Greek allusions, and absurdism. Carr was awarded Best New Play at the Dublin Theatre Festival in 1994. At the Puterbaugh Festival, she will be the subject the Roundtable Discussion “Marina Carr in the Context of Contemporary Irish Literature,” and is the keynote speaker of the festival on Friday, March 9th. Throughout the week, performances of selected scenes from her plays “By the Bog of Cats” compliment a mini-Irish film festival in Meacham Auditorium on March 8th. The week’s events end with the Oklahoma premier of “By the Bog of Cats” at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday March 10th by OU’s Lab Theatre.

University of Oklahoma Theatre and Opera present a very limited run of Mozart’s opera “Don Giovanni.” It tells the story of an arrogant young man who finally meets his match in an unexpected way. Since it premiered in 1787 it has been one of the most performed operas in the world. The action is a blend of the serious and comedic using melodrama and supernatural elements, and was classified by Mozart as an “Opera Buffa.” Throughout the course of the weekend, the performances alternate between two casts. William Browning portrays the title character on March 1st and 3rd, and Joseph Ruel takes over the role on the 2nd and 4th. Performances last those four days only.

Other interesting events outside of Norman:

The Oklahoma City Museum of Art begins a film series called “Rendezvous with French Cinema” March 1st. Over ten days, the museum screens 13 new films that are being played nationwide in the United States for the first time.

Science Museum Oklahoma hosts its second annual Forensics Day on March 2nd. A variety of activities are available including DNA extraction and handwriting analysis. Members of Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation will be present for question and participant interaction.

For more events in your area, visit our calendar page.

© Disney
The Queen
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937
Ink and gouache on celluloid, 61⁄2 x 7 in.

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