By Daniel Strawhun, Opinions Editor
On March 22, the University of Missouri–St. Louis School of Fine and Performing Arts will be presenting the Ninth Annual UMSL Concerto Competition winners. The concert will take place at the Touhill Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. and will feature three soloists. Elizabeth Nguyen from Clayton High School will be performing Stamitz’s Viola Concerto in D Major, in Allegro; Hannah O’Brien from Nerinx Highschool will be performing Prokofiev Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor, in Allegro moderato; and Marta Kersulis from UMSL will be performing Grieg Piano Concerto in A minor, in Allegro molto moderato. The concert is free and open to the public.
Washington University will be holding The 27th Annual Pow Wow on March 25, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Hosted by the Kathryn M. Buder Center for American Indian Studies at the Brown School, this event will celebrate Native American culture and allow younger generations to recieve knowledge from their elders. Visitors and participants will be allowed to enjoy the singing, dancing, drumming, arts, crafts, and food as they were traditionally presented in Native American culture. The event’s specific location will be Washington University’s Athletic Complex Field House, found near 330 North Big Bend Blvd., in University City, Missouri. The event is free to the public.
On March 25, the University of Missouri–St.Louis’ International Studies and Programs will be presenting “St. Louis Osuwa Taiko” at UMSL’s Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center. Starting out as a kids’ group, St. Louis Osuwa Taiko devoted their talents to sharing the work of Grandmaster Daihachi Oguchi, who formed the original Osuwa Daiko—a Japanese percussion group that performed on Taiko—in Japan. Annually, their largest show happens during the Japanese Festival in Missouri’s Botanical Garden on Labor Day, but this weekend you can have this experience at 8 pm. Tickets for the event are $25 for the public, $20 for seniors, and $10 for students.
From March 31 through April 1, Dance St. Louis will present Taj Express: Bollywood Musical Revue. This multimedia production celebrates Indian culture through dance, film, and music. The director of choreography of Taj Express: Bollywood Musical Review, the award-winning Ms. Vaibhavi Merchant, has choreographed over 75 Bollywood films and has won, among others, the National Film Award for Best Choreography. The show begins at 8 p.m. March 31; on April 1, there will be an afternoon show at 2 p.m. followed by an evening show at 8 p.m. Tickets to the event range from $40 to $60. Student discounts are available.
The longer days and burgeoning blooms make springtime a perfect time to visit the Kraus House in Ebsworth Park. The Kraus House, also known as the Frank Lloyd Wright House in Ebsworth Park, is the only visitable Frank Lloyd Wright building in the St. Louis metropolitan area. The 1,900-square-foot house, finished in 1960 after the famous architect’s death, is a prime example of Wright’s later Usonian design aesthetic. The Kraus house features stunning examples of Wright’s Taliesin lamps and origami chairs, as well as stained glass windows designed by the owner Russell Kraus himself, to which Wright gave his approval. Tours of the house are $10 per person and can be scheduled at http://www.ebsworthpark.org/tours.html
Held annually on the Washington University Campus, the African Film Festival features a variety of movie genres produced in a broad range of African countries. This year, the festival welcomes filmmakers Priscilla Anany and Abdul Ndadi, who will give lectures related to their films. Ndadi will also host an art workshop after the screenings on April 2. Each screening of the festival consists of one short film immediately followed by the feature length film. The full-length film being shown on March 31 is “76.” The full-length film being shown on April 1 is “Children of the Mountain.” The full-length film being shown on April 2 is “Akounak Tedalat Tah Tazoughai (Rain the Color Blue with a Little Red in It).” All screenings begin at 7 p.m