“The theme ‘Moonstruck’ is about the cultural celebrations of the moon and the madness the moon inspires,” said Jennifer Rose, Richland College art faculty member. “We’re hoping visitors will not only have a great time, but that they’ll also come away with a greater sense of the moon’s importance throughout history and in current pop culture.”
Some of the festival’s highlight events include:
On Nov. 3, Humanities faculty member Aditi Samarth will be displaying student projects about mourning rituals in other cultures. Lois Parrot, Ph.D., Richland College’s 2013-2014 Excellence in Teaching honoree, will also give an informal lecture about the crescent moon in art.
On Nov. 4, visitors can get their faces painted in the style of calavera candy skulls that are used during the Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) holiday. In the east breezeway, the crowd is invited to participate in a spontaneous tap and modern dance performance.
On Nov. 5, the Richland College String Orchestra will be performing in the cafeteria. Participants are also welcome to give back and donate blood for the American Red Cross during the Harvest Moon Blood Drive.
The highlight of the Nov. 6 events is the full moon viewing party when the sun goes down. The art department and science department will host the party.
Moonstruck will culminate on Nov. 7 with a samurai sword fight and two performances of the “Moonstruck” dance performance at 12:30 and 7:30 p.m., featuring dance students, faculty, the Dallas Black Dance Theatre II, guest choreographer Jamie Thompson and guest tap dancer Sean Smith.
Richland College’s social media channels are also hosting two contests that will run throughout the week: the “Crater-Quest Scavenger Hunt” and the “Man in the Moon Photo Contest.”
All Moonstruck events are free and open to the public. To learn more about Moonstruck and see a full schedule of events, visit http://www.richlandcollege.edu/moonstruck/. To participate in the contests, visit www.twitter.com/richlandcollege or www.instagram.com/richlandcollege for more information on how to enter.
Explore the cultural and artistic side of death and the supernatural through “Bitten.” The festival celebrates the traditions and beliefs of cultures including Mexico, the Caribbean and New Orleans.
Unearth the truth about the real-life monsters that formed the vampire myth in folklore. See the legend begin in cinema through classic vampire horror films, “Nosferatu” and “Vampyr.” Search for hidden, one-of-a-kind, handmade tumblers in the Cup of Blood Scavenger Hunt.
Journey farther into “Bitten” by learning about the spiritual, historical and artistic aspects of voodoo, a unique religion that gives Louisiana its special flavor.
Listen to the macabre melodies of Richland College’s Steel Band, Orchestra and Jazz Band. Feel the “vampire’s kiss” by giving blood at the Bitten Blood Drive by Carter BloodCare.
Embody the colors and traditions of Mexico by having your face painted in the style of calavera candy skulls used during the Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) holiday. Make your own mask of the living dead.
Watch in horror as “Mourn the Monster,” a New Orleans-style jazz funeral parade, erupts into a vampire flash mob.
Experience the undead with the world premiere of “Fire & Blood,” a musical by Andy Long and Adam C. Wright. This haunting re-imagining of Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” is set in modern day New Orleans. “Fire & Blood” is recommended for mature audiences. Admission is free.
“Bitten” is a collaboration of several areas of study within Richland College’s School of Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts, including music, dance, art, ceramics, history and theatre.
Visit www.richlandcollege.edu/bitten for specific times and locations of “Bitten” events. Richland College is located at 12800 Abrams Road in Dallas.