2011-2012 Arts and Lectures Performing Artist Series

Ballet Folklorica Mexico

September 17, 2011

7:00 p.m., G. Mennen Williams Auditorium

Gorgeous costumes. Exceptional dances. Delighted audiences. Those are the calling cards of this outstanding dance company, now in its 32nd year. Recognized throughout the U.S. and Mexico as one of the most exciting groups presenting authentic regional dances of Mexico, Ballet Folklorico transcends barriers of language and cultural influences, bringing new, enriching perspectives.

This event is co-sponsored by G. Mennen Williams Auditorium.


Suzan Harjo

November 9, 2011, 7 p.m.

IRC 120, FSU Main Campus

Suzan Shown Harjo (Cheyenne & Muscogee) is a prominent Native American leader in the arts, culture and policy. A poet, writer, curator and advocate, she has helped Native Peoples protect many sacred places and recover more than one million acres of land. A Founding Trustee of the National Museum of the American Indian, she began work in 1967 that led to the NMAI, to repatriation laws and to museum reform; and she directed the NMAI Native Language Project and hosted the NMAI Native Writers Series for its first three seasons. Ms. Harjo is President of The Morning Star Institute, a national Native rights organization founded in 1984 and based in Washington, DC.


Runt of the Litter - Bo Eason

November 12, 2011, 3 p.m.

G. Mennen Williams Auditorium

Runt of the Litter opens in the final hour of Jack Henry's lifelong dream; only one thing stands in his way - his older brother. The play looks at what happens to two brothers in a family of over-achievers; when their parents assure their oldest son he is destined for football superstardom, while their youngest son appears too small to compete, a line in the family sand is drawn that colors the rest of their lives.



La'Ron Williams, Storyteller

December 7, 2011, 7 p.m., FSU Main Campus

Dome Room, Rankin Center

La'Ron Williams is a nationally acclaimed, award-winning storyteller who has toured extensively presenting programs and workshops. His music-spiced, highly participatory performances present a dynamic blend of original and traditional tales crafted to help improve literacy, encourage community, foster cooperation, promote peaceful conflict resolution, build self-esteem, and deepen the historical understanding of the American ideal of democratic inclusion.


Lady Sunshine & the X-Band

February 10, 2012, 7 p.m.

G. Mennen Williams Auditorium

Lady Sunshine and the X-Band was formed in 1994 and has been causing quite a stir since then. The Stax-Volt legacy is definitely alive and kickin' with these players! This group is a product of the 'Motor City' and is a reflection of the very essence of Detroit - Emotion, Fire, Pride, and Soul.



Orpheum Bell

February 26, 2012, 2 p.m.

G. Mennen Williams Auditorium

Relying on old, acoustic instruments, their sound moved from chiseled, plaintive song stories to articulate rhythms - American country, a little swing, Eastern European, a little gypsy....."Country & Eastern" they call it


Box Office Information: G. Mennen Williams Auditorium Box Office is open one hour prior to the event. We accept cash, checks with ID, VISA, MasterCard, and Discover. Tickets can be purchased on-line at: http://ferris.edu/arts

Price Per Event: Students (any student with ID)/Senior Citizens $3.00,

General Admission $5.00

Season Ticket Prices: Any Student/Senior Citizen $15.00,

General Admission $25.00


If you need accommodation to attend any of these events, please call the Box Office at 231-591-5600 prior to the event.