EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES

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All dates and events are subject to change.  For ticket information, please vist Cottey Campus Activities and Ticket Office.

Cottey Faculty Recital

This event will feature displays of visual art and performances of music, dance, and theatre by Cottey College faculty members.
3 p.m., Recital Hall

Sun
Jan 18

The Big Muddy Dance Company

Come join The Big Muddy Dance Company as they take you on a journey of wit, grit, and grace in their eclectic repertoire. The Big Muddy, comprised of 11 dancers, is currently in their fourth season and gaining momentum fast as they take the Midwestern region to a new level of dance. This performance will inspire, intrigue, and invigorate you as the company presents four new works: “Whip,” choreographed by new Artistic Director Brian Enos; “A Mariner” by Kate Skarpetowska; a world premiere by company dancer Thom Dancy; and “The Watson,” by nationally renowned choreographer Robyn Mineko Williams. Additionally, you’ll see several audience favorites in both contemporary and classic styles. Visual and performing artists will be admitted free.
8 p.m., Auditorium, $6/$5, tickets

Fri
Jan 23

All Campus Dance: Throwback Time Machine

Throwback Time Machine is quite simply the best party ever. It is a video dance party that transports the audience back in time to the beginnings of pop music, and takes them through its evolution right up to the present day. Every memorable song, every cheesy dance routine, and every feel-good sing-along from the past 40 years is played live by our resident DJ, and broadcast through two massive screens. Each decade is introduced by “the Doc,” our time travelling party-starter, who’ll give you on-screen instructions that’ll help you figure out your Macarena from your Harlem Shuffle.
9 p.m.-12 a.m., Gymnasium, $3

Sat
Jan 24

Austin Renfroe

It’s sometimes hard to combine the spirit of a soulful song crafter and the energy of a concert artist, but Austin Renfroe brings both to the page and stage. The Atlanta native is quickly making his mark as one to watch! With the release of his first album in 2008 – Stuck in Your Head – followed by his buzz-producing Unexpected in 2010, Austin has garnered critical and fan acclaim, as well as thousands of downloads on iTunes. His upbeat original tune “Brand New Christmas” is finding an audience this holiday season.
8 p.m., Raney Dining Room, $5/$4

Wed
Jan 28

Lunafest Film Festival

This season’s program of eight selected films will compel discussion, make you laugh, tug at your heartstrings, and motivate you to make a difference in your community. Incredibly diverse in style and content, LUNAFEST is united by a common thread of exceptional storytelling—by, for, and about women.
7:30 p.m., Recital Hall, $3

Tue
Feb 10

College Play: Nightfall with Edgar Allen Poe

February 20-21 (CLASS Event)
Edgar Allan Poe stands alone in the flickering darkness of his mind, trying desperately to convince himself –and us—that he’s not mad. The spell he weaves brings us a highly-theatrical adaptation of four tales Poe himself considered his best: The Raven, The Fall of the House of Usher, The Pit and the Pendulum, and The Tell-Tale Heart. Enter the world of Poe and check your heartbeat at the door. This production is written by Eric Coble, and directed by Laura Chaney.
8 p.m., Auditorium, $5/$4, tickets

Sat
Feb 21

Distinguished Speaker Series

Lyla Perrodin, business woman and entrepreneur from Kansas City, will be speaking on strategic leadership.
7 p.m., Recital Hall

Tue
Feb 24

Poet: Dr. Stephen Meats

Join us for an evening of poetry with Dr. Stephen Meats, retired professor of English at Pittsburg State University, editor of The Midwest Quarterly, and author of several poetry collections.
8 p.m., Recital Hall

Wed
Feb 25

Sam Lloyd in Fully Committed

Sam Lloyd (“Ted” from TV’s Scrubs, and member of the popular comedy/a cappella group The Blanks) plays Sam Peliczowski, the reservationist at a Manhattan restaurant. His other 36 characters include the restaurant’s narcissistic chef, its snooty French maître d’, Sam’s elderly dad, a wealthy socialite, a gangster, a Japanese tourist, supermodel Naomi Campbell’s assistant, and everyone who calls in for reservations. Lloyd was awarded Best Solo Performance for the role at the StageSceneLA awards, who called it “A veritable comic tour-de-force.” The Scotsman said of his Edinburgh Fringe Festival run in 2013, “a master class of comic character acting.” This hilarious machinegun- paced one-man comedy play was written by Becky Mode. Healthcare workers will be admitted free.
8 p.m., Auditorium, $6/$5, tickets

Sat
Feb 28

Founder's Weekend Activities

Friday-Sunday, March 27-29
In honor of Virginia Alice Cottey’s birthday, alumnae from near and far return to campus to celebrate the Cottey spirit and renew friendships.

Fri
Mar 27

Distinguished Speaker Series

Although she holds titles ranging from economist to professor to CEO, Dr. Beth Wheaton is most vocal about the fact that you don’t need a title, unlimited time, or abundant money to change the world. Her greatest commitment in life is working with students, community members, colleagues, and friends to put their unique talents and varied interests into action to create cataclysmic social change. She will be speaking on “Guiders: Leading the way by closing the gaps.”
7 p.m., Recital Hall

Tue
Apr 7

The Royal

The Royal are an anthemic, electro-infused pop/rock band. They have crafted a unique sound by mixing the energy of modern pop/rock with the bounce of club and house beneath infectious vocal melodies. They bring an energy that few other bands can offer. Combining addictive melodies, aggressive beats, and slick production, The Royal are working to redefine the term “pop band.” After several successful independent releases, expect 2015 to be an exciting year for The Royal.
8 p.m., Auditorium, $5/$4, tickets

Sat
Apr 11

A Spring Dance Co-Motion

Friday-Saturday, April 17-18
A dance concert featuring the Cottey-in- Motion Dance Company performing faculty, guest artist, and student choreography.
8 p.m., Auditorium

Fri
Apr 17

Cottey Chamber Singers Concert

This spring concert will be under the direction of Theresa Forrester Spencer. The featured music will represent a wide variety of styles and eras.
8 p.m., Recital Hall

Fri
Apr 24

Informal Dance Concert

This informal event will feature performances by students in all of the Cottey dance classes.
8 p.m., Gymnasium

Fri
May 1

Children's Theatre Performance

Cottey College Children’s Theatre, under the direction of Dr. Rusalyn Andrews, will present a live theatre production especially for young audiences. It’s a good time for young theatre-goers as well as the young-at-heart. Plan to attend! The title will be announced later in the spring.
3 p.m., Auditorium

Sat
May 2

Picnic featuring Neil Hilborn

Neil Hilborn is a College National Poetry Slam champion and a 2011 graduate with honors from Macalester College. He was a member of the Minneapolis National Poetry Slam teams in 2011 and 2013, which placed fifth and sixth respectively out of 80 teams. In 2013, his poem “OCD” went viral, being featured on Huffington Post, NPR, and other news outlets. It has garnered almost eight million views, making it the most-viewed slam poem on YouTube.
5:45 p.m., B.I.L. Lodge, show-free, dinner-$7
Heat/rain location will be Raney Dining Room

Sat
May 2

Cottey Instrumental Concert

The Cottey College Jazz Ensemble and the Cottey College Wind Ensemble will perform under the direction of William A. Martin.
3 p.m., Auditorium

Sun
May 3

131st Annual Commencement Ceremony

An honored guest will address the graduating classes of Cottey College. Come and celebrate the newest graduates as they receive their degrees.
10 a.m., Gymnasium

Sun
May 17

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