The Week Ahead 10/31

Gershwin and Liszt

Guest Piano Recital
Friday, 8 p.m.
FAH 101

As a guest of the Music Department, Marc Taslit will perform seven pieces by composers ranging from Bach and Chopin to Liszt. Taslit’s career as a performing artist has spanned 35 years, during which he also taught, wrote and directed productions in Europe, the Far East, Canada and the United States. In addition to being a world renowned pianist, he also directed operas and acted on stage and film. His program will include a piece by Gershwin, which he has arranged himself. Tickets are $6 for general admission and $4 for students and seniors.

Hot Stuff

Hot Stuff In the Gardens
Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sunday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
USF Botanical Gardens

The USF Botanical Gardens will host an event devoted to spices and hot sauces. There will be an array of herbs for sale, most of which will be pepper plants. Also, attendees will be able to sample and buy salsa, hot sauces, pickles and barbecue sauces. There will also be lectures on how to grow peppers and herbs. The event will include cooking demonstrations on both days. Admission and parking are free.

Russian Premieres

MasterWorks Faculty Recital
Monday, 8 p.m.
FAH 101

This faculty recital will present Carolyn Stuart on violin and Svetozar Ivanov on piano. The program includes works by Debussy, Roslavets and Respighi. Two works by the repressed Russian Avant-Garde composer, Nicolai Roslavets, will be U.S. premieres: “Nocturne” and “Three Dances”. “Legende” by Roslavets will be a Florida premiere. Tickets are $6 for general admission and $4 for students and seniors.

Salsa and More

Thursday, 10 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Special Events Center

The annual event of a Halloween Salsa dance will again come to life due to the efforts of the Latin American Student Association (LASA), Black Student Union (BSU) and Campus Activities Board (CAB). There will be a DJ present at this year’s dance, so instead of just salsa, the music will include a mix of different styles. Costumes are optional, but a costume contest will be held. Food will be served for free.

Life Is Life

Isabel – “Eres mi vida”
Opens Monday
Centre Gallery

The exhibition by Jennifer Leon is a mixed media display, which shows the driving force behind all of her work – her grandmother, Isabel. Leon is a fine arts student whose prints, photography and sculpture will try to show the essence and impression of Isabel, through iconography, making an icon out of Isabel herself. The event’s closing reception will take place on Nov. 15, between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Bollywood Creations

Tuesday, 9 p.m.
Marshall Center, 296

Ashutosh Gowariker directed this movie nominated for the 2002 Academy Award for the Best Foreign Film. The film, set in Victorian India, takes place in a small village where a drought seems like a good excuse to the peasants to be excused from paying a large land tax instituted by their British rulers. Instead of complying with the request of his subjects, a British officer challenges the village to a game of cricket, a form of entertainment alien to the people. If they win, they will be exempt from the tax; if they lose, their tax will be increased.

Back in Black

Men In Black II
Wednesday, 9 p.m.
Crescent Hill

In the sequel to the 1997 sci-fi ction flick, Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith reunite as the best two secret agents on the face of the Earth (or even in the universe) to battle another invasion from outer space creatures. It is Smith’s job as Agent J to find and restore Agent K’s (Jones) abilities and desire to fight and control the aliens in the secret and sometimes controversial agency. As a sequel, the movie was expected to lack the fast-paced humor and situations of the first part, but it manages to pull its weight with only a bit of hardship compared to other attempts at a reprise.