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April 13, 2011
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Movie, concerts, Children’s Day keep Kaleidoscope rolling

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – “Roll the Dice,” an award-winning comedy movie written and directed by Pittsburghers, will be shown at 7 p.m. Monday in Slippery Rock University’s Advanced Technology and Science Hall. The free movie is part of SRU’s 30-event Kaleidoscope Arts Festival that began Wednesday and continues through April 23.
       “Kaleidoscope offers fun and excitement for all audiences,” said Colleen Reilly, SRU assistant professor of theatre and arts festival director. “It is a great opportunity for exposure to quality fine and performing arts, with many events offered free.”
        “Roll The Dice,” by the comedy group Hustlebot, is about four guys who win a movie script contest with a script about a film contest. The film won the 2010 Steeltown Entertainment Project’s Film Factor Award. Hustlebot members Lawrence Phillis, Dave Fedor, John Feightner and Joe Wichryk II wrote and directed the film.
      Kaleidoscope offers programs every day of the week, including Saturday and Sunday. Children’s Day activities take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, on the lawn in front of SRU’s Russell Wright Alumni House and Conference Center and at 3 and 5:30 p.m. in Miller Auditorium.     
      The fun will include music, dance, theatre, arts and crafts, balloon sculptures and food from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Missoula Children’s Theatre will present “Alice in Wonderland” at 3 and 5:30 p.m. in Miller. More than 70 local children will appear in the play. The rain location for the outdoor events is SRU’s Pearl K. Stoner Instructional Complex.
      The Slippery Rock University Concert Choir, Chamber Singers and Women’s Chorus will present a concert at 4 p.m., Sunday, in Swope Music Hall. Students will sing new works by local composers. Stephen Barr, SRU assistant professor of music, will direct.
      The Slippery Rock University Flute Choir and Chamber Flute Ensemble will perform contemporary compositions for flute at 8 p.m. Tuesday in SRU’s Swope Music Hall. Stacey Steele, assistant professor of music, will direct. The choir has been selected to perform at the National Flute Association and Pennsylvania Music Educator’s Association conferences.
         Tim Kaulen, the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts 2009 Artist of the Year, will give a steel welding demonstration at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in SRU’s Art Sculpture Building. He will lecture at 12:30 p.m. in the same location.
          Kaulen uses recycled material to create sculptures depicting urban locations. He has participated in artist residencies in Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Turkey. In 2002, he received the Creative Heights Award from the Heinz Endowment.
        Hua Hua’s Visual Expressions, a non-profit arts education organization focusing on Chinese culture, will offer an “East Meets West” puppet show at 7 p.m.Wednesday, in Swope Music Hall. Hua Hua Zhang, artistic director, will use string, hand and rod puppets to tell short stories about her experiences in China and the U.S.
          The spirit of Rachel Carson, the late environmental pioneer from western Pennsylvania, will be evoked during “Lessons from the Birds: A Rachel Carson Puppet Play” at 10 a.m. Thursday in  the Slippery Rock Fire Department Social Hall. The story-time performance, by Shakespeare in the Schools, a theatre group from the University of Pittsburgh, is a partnership with the Slippery Rock Community Library Story Hour and open to all ages. Carson, a marine biologist, wrote “Silent Spring,” a 1962 book that raised awareness of the effects of pesticides on the environment.
       Kaleidoscope will also provide an opportunity for learning more about international art and the political challenges some artists face in their home countries. Khet Mar, a Burmese writer currently exiled in Pittsburgh, will read some of her poems and talk about her life at 7 p.m. Thursday at Vincent Science Center.
      Mar was 22 when she was sentenced to 10 years in a Burma prison for speaking in public about human rights. She is the author of several collections of short stories, poems and one novel, “Wild Snowy Night.” Her work has been translated into English and Japanese.
         SRU’s College of Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts launched Kaleidoscope 10 years ago to bring free and reduced-cost arts programming to underserviced communities. Sponsors include the college, International Arts and Cultures Series, University Program Board, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Nextier Bank, Butler County Tourism & Convention Bureau, the Applebutter Inn and First National Bank.
       Tickets for shows and concerts will be available at the door or at the University Union Information Desk. For more information, call 724.738.4586. A complete schedule of events is available at

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