With film, history, art, music and humor, Coe's 2017-18 Marquis Series features something for everyone

Extra: Rod Pritchard, Secretary of the College
(319) 399-8605 or rpritcha@coe.edu

2017-08-15 13:27:20 - General

The 2017-18 Coe College Marquis Series features a classic silent film with live accompaniment, an intersection between history and art, and a popular a cappella group of young Filipino-American singers. The series will also feature an acclaimed cartoonist and humorist, and a film festival focused on unique people and places in rural America.

This year's programming opens with Alloy Orchestra, a three-man musical ensemble, writing and performing live accompaniment to classic silent films. At Coe, Alloy will perform a new score to accompany "The Lost World," the earliest known example of stop-motion animation. Historical and political artist Dread Scott creates revolutionary art to propel history forward, working in a range of media including installation, photography, screen printing, video and performance. In "Imagine a World Without America," Scott will explore themes including American democracy's roots in slavery and how that sets the stage for our present, the criminalization of Black and Latino youth, and the continuum connecting the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s to contemporary Black Lives Matter resistance.

The Filharmonic is a Los Angeles-based a cappella group of young Filipino-American singers who were featured in NBC’s hit musical competition, "The Sing-Off." The group brings their unique blend of hip hop, pop and '90s nostalgia to more than 150 college stages nationwide each year. Humorist Lynda Barry has worked as a painter, cartoonist, writer, illustrator, playwright, editor, commentator and teacher, and found that they are very much alike. The New York Times has described Barry as "among this country's greatest conjoiners of words and images, known for plumbing all kinds of touchy subjects in cartoons, comic strips and novels, both graphic and illustrated."

The Rural Route Film Festival was co-founded by Alan Webber, a 1998 Coe alumnus originally from Elkader, Iowa. The Rural Route Film Festival was created to highlight works that deal with unique people and places outside of the bustle of the city. Since 2002, the Rural Route Film Festival has been centered in New York City, where both founders (originally from Iowa) met working in the film industry.

Marquis Series patrons can purchase individual tickets for $15 for the general public, $10 for students and seniors. Tickets may be purchased online or by calling the Cox Box Office at 319-399-8600, Monday - Friday, between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Please note that tickets for The Rural Route Film Festival will only be available at the door.

More detailed information on this year’s Marquis Series events includes:

Alloy Orchestra 
"The Lost World"
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
7:30 p.m. – Sinclair Auditorium 
Alloy Orchestra is a three-man musical ensemble, writing and performing live accompaniment to classic silent films. Working with an outrageous collection of peculiar objects, they thrash and grind soulful music from unlikely sources. Performing at prestigious film festivals and cultural centers in the U.S. and abroad, Alloy has helped revive some of the great masterpieces of the silent era. Utilizing their famous "rack of junk" and electronic synthesizers, the group generates everything from beautiful music in a spectacular variety of styles to any sound imaginable. At Coe, Alloy will perform a new score to accompany "The Lost World," the earliest known example of stop-motion animation. The movie features dinosaurs and other exotic creatures.

Dread Scott – historical/political artist
"Imagine a World Without America"
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
7:30 p.m. – Dows Theatre
Dread Scott creates revolutionary art to propel history forward, working in a range of media including installation, photography, screen printing, video and performance. Scott first received national attention in 1989 when his art became the center of controversy over his use of the American flag while he was a student at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. President George H.W. Bush called his art "disgraceful" and the entire U.S. Senate denounced his work and outlawed it when they passed legislation to "protect the flag." In "Imagine a World Without America," Scott will explore themes including American democracy's roots in slavery and how that sets the stage for our present, the criminalization of Black and Latino youth, and the continuum connecting the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s to contemporary Black Lives Matter resistance. In the end, he imagines a world free of oppression and exploitation.

The Filharmonic – a cappella group
Saturday, February 3, 2018
7:30 p.m. – Sinclair Auditorium 
The Filharmonic is a Los Angeles-based a cappella group of young Filipino-American singers who were featured in NBC's hit musical competition, "The Sing-Off." The five-piece vocal group joined "The Sing-Off" national tour and was featured in the Universal Pictures hit movie, "Pitch Perfect 2." After appearing on "The Late Late Show," the vocalists went viral. The group brings their unique blend of hip hop, pop and '90s nostalgia to more than 150 college stages nationwide each year. 

Lynda Barry – cartoonist, humorist 
Friday, March 23, 2018
7:30 p.m. – Sinclair Auditorium 
Lynda Barry has worked as a painter, cartoonist, writer, illustrator, playwright, editor, commentator and teacher, and found that they are very much alike. In 1979, Barry began drawing a weekly comic strip incorporating stories considered to be incompatible with comics at the time. She has been credited with expanding the literary, thematic and emotional range of comics. Her comic strip, "Ernie Pook's Comeek," ran in alternative newspapers across North America for 30 years. Barry has also authored 21 books, worked as a commentator for NPR, and had a regular monthly feature in Esquire, Mother Jones, Mademoiselle and Salon. The New York Timeshas described Barry as "among this country's greatest conjoiners of words and images, known for plumbing all kinds of touchy subjects in cartoons, comic strips and novels, both graphic and illustrated."

Rural Route Film Festival
curated by Alan Webber
Thursday, April 19, 2018
7:30 p.m. – CSPS, 1103 3rd St SE, Cedar Rapids
A native of Elkader, Iowa, Alan Webber started making VHS movies at an early age. After graduating from Coe in 1998, Webber earned his master's from New School University in New York City while apprenticing under renowned indie director Hal Hartley. Webber's short films include: "Day is Done," "Hawkeye Fever" and "Adventures of the Brooklyn Hipster Superhero" along with narrative music videos for the rock bands Japanther, Federation-X, The Silver Jews and Akron/Family. The Rural Route Film Festival was created to highlight works that deal with unique people and places outside of the bustle of the city. Since 2002, the Rural Route Film Festival has been centered in New York City, where both founders (originally from Iowa) met working in the film industry. Please note that tickets for this performance will only be available at the door.

The Coe College Lecture and Performance Series is funded in part by a gift from the estate of Sarah Marquis in honor of her father, Dr. John A. Marquis, who was president of Coe College from 1909-1920.  The purpose of the series is to bring entertainment and educational experiences to the Coe campus for the benefit of the entire community.