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April 13, 2006 • Volume 14 Number 15

Amy Poehler '93 of "Saturday Night Live" will appear at this year's Arts Festival.

Annual Campus Event Has Star Quality

By Rosanne Pellegrini
Staff Writer

A return to campus by 1993 alumna and NBC "Saturday Night Live" star Amy Poehler highlights this year's Boston College Arts Festival, which takes place April 27-29.

The annual event, which is open to the public and draws some 12,000 BC alumni and area residents, will once again showcase hundreds of University administrators, faculty, staff and students with a diverse range of talents and interests, and highlight BC's performing, visual and literary arts programs.

In addition, the festival will feature its now-customary collaborative sculpture project, which this year is built around the theme "Go set the world aflame" - drawn from the famous declaration of Jesuit founder St. Ignatius of Loyola.

During its three days, the festival will offer a wide variety of events that engage and entertain attendees of all ages, who are invited to take part in "hands-on" experimentation with ceramics, painting and other artistic media. A program of activities for children, including theater, crafts and story hour, will be offered on Saturday, April 29; families are encouraged to attend.

"The Arts Festival provides a great showcase for the most talented students at the University, and brings the entire community together to experience the arts," said Prof. Jeffery Howe (Fine Arts), chair of the University's Arts Council, which organizes the event. "The arts are essential to the human spirit, and the Arts Festival is as welcome as the spring itself."

Poehler will make two public appearances at the festival. On April 28, she will take part in a career-related interview program titled "Inside the BC Studio," where she will discuss her career and craft with Adj. Assoc. Prof. Luke Jorgensen (Theater), an acquaintance from her undergraduate years. The program, which takes place at 4:30 p.m. in Devlin 008, is free and open to the public, but seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.

The following day, Poehler will perform two shows with the improv student group My Mother's Fleabag - of which she was a member - at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. in the festival main tent on O'Neill Plaza. Tickets are $15.

Poehler also will be honored as the winner of this year's Boston College Arts Council Alumni Award for distinguished achievement in the arts. University President William P. Leahy, SJ, will present Poehler with the honor on April 29 at a special evening event for BC alumni and their guests. [For information on Poehler's appearances at BC, see www.bc.edu/amypoehler.]

The sculpture project, organized and designed by professional sculptor and Adj. Assoc. Prof. Mark Cooper (Fine Arts), will consist of a series of "flame" figures decorated by BC student groups and organizations to express their missions and messages. The sculptures will appear in campus buildings in the weeks leading up to the festival and then displayed in O'Neill Plaza.

BC's Arts Festival is held rain or shine. For more information, see the festival Web site at www.bc.edu/arts or call ext.2-2787.

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