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Staerkel Planetarium to Offer Fulldome Spanish Shows

Parkland Planetarium to Offer Spanish-Language Shows

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The Staerkel Planetarium at Parkland College will be offering public Spanish-language shows in the dome for the first time this fall.

On Saturday, October 16 at 1 p.m., the planetarium will present "Un cielo, un mundo: La aventura de Big Bird", a Sesame Street show that offers an introduction to the night sky and takes a trip to the Moon with Big Bird, Elmo, and Hu Hu Zhu. Funded by a PNC Foundation grant, the show was produced by the Adler Planetarium, Sesame Workshop, the Beijing Planetarium, and Liberty Science Center.

Following a 30-minute break to sanitize and clean the area between shows, "De la tierra al universo" will begin at 2:30 p.m. Produced by the European Southern Observatory, this fulldome video offers a journey of celestial discovery from the theories of ancient astronomers to today's grandest telescopes. Presenter Ricardo Covarrubias Carreno, Ph.D., previously worked at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois, and currently teaches astronomy at Parkland College.

Parkland College Ensembles Offer Free Fall Concerts

Parkland Music Ensembles to Offer Free Fall Concerts

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Parkland College's fall concert season opens with October performances by several ensembles. Performances will be livestreamed on Parkland's YouTube channel.

Sunday, October 10 at 3 p.m.
"Home Again!" A Joint Concert by the Parkland Orchestra and Wind Ensembles
. The Parkland Orchestra, directed by Dr. Rodney Mueller, will perform "Finlandia, Op. 26" by Jean Sibelius, "Valdres March" by Johannes Hanssen, "Peer Gynt Suite" by Edvard Grieg, "A Trumpeter's Lullaby" by Leroy Anderson, and "Nabucco Overture" by Giuseppe Verdi.

Parkland's Wind Ensemble, directed by Dr. Jonathan Beckett, will present a variety of sounds and musical landscapes appropriate for the Halloween season. Selections will include "The Witch and the Saint" by Steven Reineke, "The Golden Years" by Leroy Anderson, and selections from "Raiders of the Lost Ark" by John Williams, among others.

Sunday, October 17 at 3 p.m.
"A Musical Homecoming" A Joint Concert by the Concert Band, Chamber Singers, and Guitar Ensemble.
The Parkland Concert Band, directed by Dr. Matthew Dixon, will perform "Revival March" by John Philip Sousa, "March for the Sultan Abdul Medjid" by Gioacchino Rossini, "First Suite in E Flat" by Gustav Holst, and "Irish Tune from County Derry and Shepherd's Hey" by Percy Aldridge Grainger.

The Parkland Chamber Singers, directed by Dr. Franklin Gallo, will perform "The Meditations of My Heart" by Eline Hagenberg, "Fly Away Home" by Pinkzebra, "It Takes a Village" by Joan Szymko, "Hold Me, Rock Me" by Brian Tate, and "African American Folk Song" arranged by Andre Thomas.

Director Dr. Young Kim will lead the Guitar ensemble in performing "Mondinha" and "Marchinha de Carnaval" by Celso Machado, and "The Girl from Impanema" and "Quiet Nights and Quiet Stars" by Antonio Carlos Jobim, among others.

Parkland Students, Alumni to Present Research at Kaler Lecture

Staerkel Planetarium to host PRECS students for Kaler Lecture

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Parkland students and alumni will present their summer research work at the first James B. Kaler Science Lecture to return to the dome this fall at the William M. Staerkel Planetarium.

Friday, October 1 at 6:30 p.m., Brittney Bailey, Soohyun Lee, and Faith Smith will give a talk titled "Nature & Nurture: Examining How Diverse Organisms Adapt to Changes in their Everyday Environment," which includes their results in the 2021 Phenotypic Plasticity Research Experience for Community College Students (PRECS) program. Admission for all Kaler Lectures are $2 or free for members of the Friends of the Staerkel Planetarium.

The PRECS program, funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, is a collaboration between Parkland College and the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. The ten-week program brings community college students from across the country to Parkland and UIUC to conduct research over the summer. Phenotypic plasticity describes how environmental conditions produce responses in genes that affect physical appearance or behavior.

Brittney Bailey is a Parkland graduate and UIUC student who investigated how the quality of honey bees' diet can mitigate the harmful effects of pesticides and viruses. Soohyun Lee is another Parkland grad and current UIUC student whose project, "Bioinformatics Protocol for Assessing Contamination Level and Quality on Genomics Data of Ensifer meliloti", focused on a species of bacteria. Faith Smith is a current Parkland student who monitored the effects of biofilm production in rhizobia, a soil bacteria, on how clover responds to drought conditions.

All Kaler Science Lectures will be filmed by PCTV for later viewing. The seating capacity is limited to 60 people for all planetarium shows at this time. After the talk, the seats will be cleaned in preparation for the 8 pm program, Birth of Planet Earth. Tickets for our fulldome shows range from $5 to $6 with discounts offered for large groups. For a show schedule, call 217/351-2446 or visit parkland.edu/planetarium.
 

"Playing God" at Parkland Theatre Second Stage Starts Sept. 30

"Playing God" by Actors' Studio to run Sept. 30–Oct. 3 at Parkland

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The Actors' Studio Series production of "Playing God," written and directed by Felix Crim, will be coming to the Parkland Theatre Second Stage September 30–October 3.

Life imitates art in this sophisticated drama exploring the premeditated murders of a serial killer. Follow our detectives as they unravel the mystery and the reasoning for these gruesome murders. Will the killer be caught? Take the dive into madness in this new work.

Felix Crim directs a cast that includes Spencer Hazen, Madelyn Henson, Alex Noa, Kiah Johnson, Mariah Smith, Liana Reichlin, and Maya Baker. September 30, October 1, and October 2 performances will begin at 7:30 p.m., and October 3 at 3 p.m., in the Parkland Theatre Second Stage.

Tickets are free, but donations will be accepted at the door. Due to COVID restrictions, seating is limited and reservations are required. To make reservations, please visit parkland.edu/theatretickets.

To request accessibility-related accommodations, please contact Accessibility Services at 217/353-2338, or email accessibilityservices@parkland.edu. Please submit all requests two weeks in advance of your visit.

This show is rated mature for language and graphic depictions of violence.

Fall Parkland Theatre Auditions: "She Kills Monsters" by Qui Nguyen

Auditions for Fall Theatre Show On August 28

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Parkland College Theatre will hold auditions for its fall production of "She Kills Monsters" on Saturday, August 28 at the theatre. Registration will take place in the lobby.

Auditions will take place from 9 a.m.–12 p.m. Attendees should dress in comfortable clothes and shoes, and be prepared for some movement and vocal warm-ups/exercises for the auditions.

Callbacks will begin at 2 p.m. with sides and scenes provided.

"She Kills Monsters" director Michael O’Brien is casting 4 males and 6–8 females for the show between the ages of 15 and 30. 

Performances for "She Kills Monsters" will run November 4–14 in Parkland Theatre’s Second Stage.

All members of the community as well as Parkland and University of Illinois students are invited to audition; Parkland Theatre encourages diversity. For more information, please visit parkland.edu/auditions.

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