The Summer Arts Festival (a joint effort by Virginia Tech and the Town of Blacksburg) was established in 1991. This Festival is held each summer beginning in June and ending in late August. This year's events will provide New River Valley residents, Tech faculty/staff/students, conference attendees, and tourists with an attractive array of arts and cultural attractions. These include: live theatre productions; gallery exhibitions at the Armory Art Gallery; outdoor musical concerts on Henderson Lawn, an Independence Day Celebration sponsored by the Town of Blacksburg; the Steppin' Out Street Festival, Art at the Market, Summer Solstice sponsored by the Downtown Merchants Association; three classic films sponsored by and being shown at The Lyric Theatre on College Avenue and, again this year, we are featuring a Storyteller.
The devoted and consistent attendance at all the events offered by the Summer Arts Festival more than demonstrates the public's desire for the kind of events that the SAF provides for citizens of the Greater Blacksburg/Virginia Tech community in the summer.
With the continued support and funding of Virginia Tech and the Town of Blacksburg, the devoted attendance of our community, and the wide variety of tremendous talent in and around the New River Valley, there is no doubt that the Summer Arts Festival will continue to grow strong and flourish as a welcome tradition for many years to come.
Cordially, E. Jane Harrison, Producer, Summer Arts Festival
We are now in the process of setting up the 2013 Summer Arts Festival. Please check back in early May, 2013 to find out what is in store for the Summer of 2013!
Persons with disabilities desiring accommodations should contact (540) 231-5921 (TDD/RC 800-828-1411) M-F, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.. Please make requests at least 72 hours prior to the event.
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"Friday Night Out" Concerts
All concerts are presented by the Virginia Tech School of Performing Arts & Cinema and the Town of Blacksburg as part of the Summer Arts Festival. The concerts will be located on Henderson Lawn (Corner of Main St. & College Avenue in downtown Blacksburg) this Summer. The rain site for all concerts is in the Old Dominion Ballroom, located on the first floor of the Squires Student Center. Music begins at 6 p.m. and ends at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 231-5921.
Time: 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Venue: HENDERSON LAWN
JUNE 21, 2013:
CYRUS PACE QUARTET (JAZZ)
JUNE 28, 2013:
NO STRINGS ATTACHED(ACOUSTIC, CELTIC, SWING)
JULY 5, 2013:
GERRY TIMLIN (IRISH FOLK)
JULY 12, 2013:
THREE MINUTE LOVIN' (HONKYTONK/ROCKABILLY/ROCK)
JULY 19, 2013:
> (SEXUAL CHOCOLATE) (SOUL AND R&B)
JULY 26, 2013:
KEY WEST BAND (CARIBBEAN ROCK)
The theatre performances are presented by the School of Performing Arts & Cinema at Virginia Tech as part of the Summer Arts Festival. Check individual performances for show time and venue. All theatre performances are free and open to the public.
FAMILY-FRIENDLY PLAY FOR ALL AGES!
By Joseph Robinette
Based on the book by E.B. White
Stuart Little jumps off the page and onto our stage in this adaptation of E.B. White's classic children's story of a spunky mouse finding out what it's like to be a "Little" guy living in a big people's world.
Performed by the Roanoke Children's Theatre Group
Squires Studio Theatre, Virginia Tech Campus
June 21 @ 2:00 p.m.& 6:00 p.m.
June 22 @ 2:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m.
June 23 @ 2:00 p.m. only
This year the School of Performing Arts & Cinema is hosting a performance piece of poetry, music, and stories. This is a bit of a change from our regular theatre fare. This performance piece is a collaborative of women poets, visual artists, authors, and photographers who have come together to create a performance piece that explores the issues of life, love, and mortality.
LOOSE THREADS (a performance piece)Theatre 101, Virginia Tech Campus
DATES: July 12, 13, 19, & 20 @ 7:30 p.m. andJuly 14 & 21 @ 2:00 p.m.
The Theatre 101 Box Office phone is 540-808-6504 and will be manned during the open box office hours (5:15 p.m.-10:00 p.m. all evenings of the show). However, for further information during a week day, please call Jane Harrison at 540-231-5921 Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
THE FOLLOWING PLAY IS FOR MATURE AUDIENCES ONLY!!! ADULT CONTENT AND LANGUAGE!!
Written by Samuel Beckett
Directed by David Johnson
Theatre 101, Virginia Tech Campus
DATES: August 14, 15, 16, & 17 and 22, 23, 24, & 25
Showtime: 7:30 p.m.
ENDGAME is Beckett's play following WAITING FOR GODOT. The title refers to the last part of a chess game with, of course, metaphorical implications. Hamm and Clov find themselves alone together in a barren room with one window to the outside world. Clov's parents reside with them in trash bins. This play depicts a struggle to make meaning out of life.
The Summer Arts Festival is most happy to bring back Andy Offutt Irwin! Join us on Saturday, June 29, 2013 as Storyteller Andy Offutt Irwin presents two shows with a comedic sense that naturally weaves his impressions and sound effects into his stories.
ANDY OFFUTT IRWIN, STORYTELLERLocation: Amphitheater (Henderson Lawn) behind Theatre 10l (College Avenue). In Case of Rain: Studio Theatre, Squires Student Center
Saturday, June 29, 2013
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. - Children's Show
7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. - Family Show
ANDY OFFUTT IRWIN WEBSITE: andyirwin.com
FACEBOOK PAGE: facebook.com/AndyOffuttIrwinFanPage3>
The art exhibits are presented by the Virginia Tech School of Visual Arts and the Virginia Tech Perspective Gallery as part of the Summer Arts Festival. All art exhibits are free and open to the public. Individuals or groups seeking to make special arrangements to visit the Armory Art Gallery should call the School of Visual Arts at (540) 231-5547, M-F, 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
ARMORY ART GALLERY
201 Draper RoadFor more information call the School of Visual Arts at (540) 231-5547
Open: Monday-Friday, 12:00 noon-4:00 p.m.
"School of Visual Arts BFA Exhibition 2013"
Show runs from: June 7 - July 19
The work of the 2013 BFA recipients in studio art and visual communication design.
"David Dugas: Drawings on Architecture"
Show runs from: July 26 - September 7
Ephemeral drawings of architectural constructs by Associate Professor David Dugas of the College of Architecture and Urban Studies at Virginia Tech.
Located inside the Squires Student Center Virginia Tech Campus
Open: June:12:00 noon-8:00 p.m.
July: Mon.-Thurs.--8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.& Friday--12:00 noon-5:00 pm; closed Sundays in July
August 1-11: Open Tuesday-Saturday--12 noon-5:00 p.m.
(Joni Pienkowski, Allison Keys, Jennifer Hand, Mary Moore, Sandy Kennedy and Wonjung Jung)
This exhibit is by a group of friends that came together gradually over the years. They are all artists: painters, potters and children's book illustrators. Their aim is to weave art naturally and creatively into their lives and they strive to look beyond the usual in their work, their lives, and their spirituality.
Show runs from: June 1-August 11, 2013
The classic movies are presented by The Lyric Theatre, 135 College Avenue in Downtown Blacksburg. These classic movies are being shown at The Lyric Theatre as part of the Summer Arts Festival. All classic movie presentations are free and open to the public. For information please call The Lyric Theatre at (540) 951-0604.
Saturday, June 22 & Wednesday, June 26
"Fiddler on the Roof"
Saturday, July 20 & Wednesday, July 24
"Some Like it Hot"
Saturday, August 17 & Wednesday, July 21
All these classic movies begin at 3:00 p.m.
These classic movies are being shown at The Lyric Theatre as part of the Summer Arts Festival. All classic movie presentations are free and open to the public. For information please call The Lyric Theatre at (540) 951-0604.
The special events include an Independence Day celebration, the Summer Solstice Fest, Art At the Market, the annual Steppin' Out street festival and 3 free outdoor movies on the Lawn of the Alexander Black House. All special events are presented by the Town of Blacksburg and the Downtown Merchants of Blacksburg as part of the Summer Arts Festival. All special events are free and open to the public. For more information on the July 4th Celebration call 540-961-1880. For more information on the Summer Solstice, Art at the Market, and the Steppin' Out Street Festival call 540-951-0454.
Movies on the Lawn at the Alexander Black House (204 Draper Road)
Movies begin at dark. Rain date Saturday. Bring a blanket or chair! Free popcorn!! For more information call 540-558-0746.
Friday, June 14 - "The Odd Life of Timothy Green"
Friday, July 12 - "ParaNorman"
Friday, August 9 - "Zookeeper"
Summer Solstice Fest
Friday & Saturday, June 21 & 22
Independence Day Celebration
Thursday, July 4
Parade @ 2:00 p.m.
Musical Entertainment beginning @ 6p.m.
Fireworks @ 9:30 p.m.
Art At the Market
Saturday, July 20
Steppin' Out Street Festival
August 2 & 3
(Unless otherwise indicated on the individual venue, please call 540-231-5921 for further information)
Armory Art GalleryPerspective Gallery
Individuals or groups seeking to make special arrangements to visit the Armory Art Gallery should call the School of Visual Arts at (540) 231-5547, M-F, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Inside Squires Student Center, CampusTheatre 101
off Main St.
Squires Student Center
135 College Avenue
Call (540) 951-0604
Old Dominion Ballroom
Squires Student Center
Squires Student Center