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Richland College Arts Fest ‘Moonstruck’ Celebrates All Things Lunar

Four drawings of the moon in various cyclesRichland College will be looking to the night sky when it presents “Moonstruck,” the 2014 Richland Arts Fest, Nov. 3-7.

“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.