Updated: May 23, 2012 1:51AM
University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Kenosha
Readings: FreshINK, Parkside Theater’s staged reading series, will present performances of the darkly comic play “Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom” March 24-25 at 7:30 p.m. at 900 Wood Road. Written by Jennifer Haley and directed by Virginia Hartley. In a suburban subdivision with identical houses, parents find their teenagers in the thrall of an online zombie video game. During a staged reading, actors may refer to their scripts. There are no special sets or costumes, and props are kept to a minimum allowing the audience to concentrate on the words and emotions being expressed. Admission is free. Details, (262) 595-2457.
Worldfest: Worldfest 2012, with nearly two dozen events, will be held March 26-30 on the campus at 900 Wood Road. Enjoy films, dance demonstrations, sports, fascinating lectures, international shopping, global cuisine, and much more. The festivities begin March 26 at noon with a parade along the university’s main concourse from the Student Center to Main Place of Wyllie Hall and a flag ceremony featuring the Aztec fire dancing group Omeyocan. Stop by the Student Center to attend the lectures “Weddings around the World” March 27 at 2 p.m. and the “Tokyo Olympics 1964” at 4 p.m. The World Bazaar offers an international shopping experience in Main Place of Wyllie Hall March 28, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Worldfest concludes March 30, with the World Cuisine Dinner from 6-10 p.m. Tickets are $25 and $12 for students. Details, 262-595-2307 or www.uwp.edu.
Exhibits: Three new exhibitions each starting March 27 include the “Veterans Book Project,” joint solo shows by artists Eileen Mueller Neill and David Rowe, and the best recent work by UW-Parkside students. Each exhibition takes place in the new Rita Tallent Picken Regional Center for Arts and Humanities, 900 Wood Road. The UW-Parkside Foundation Gallery presents the Veterans Book Project (VBP). Created by artist Monica Haller, VBP is a library of books written by vets or someone close to a vet — a spouse, a brother — about their war experience. Haller conducts workshops in which veterans turn their words about and images of these conflicts into softbound books to become a part of this growing library. The exhibition is also showing at Carthage College, Kenosha Civil War Museum, and the Racine Art Council’s ArtSpace Gallery. It continues through May 12. Rowe’s large sculptures suggest ships, drilling rigs, and massive satellite cities of the kind described in science fiction novels. Both exhibitions run through May 12. The UW-Parkside Artisan Craftsman Establishment student art club presents a Juried Student Exhibition. With pieces judged and selected by an off-campus professional active in the art community, this show features works submitted by art students and non-art majors from across the campus. The exhibition runs to April 14. Admission is free. The galleries are open Tuesdays and Wednesdays from noon to 6 p.m., Thursdays from noon to 8 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays noon to 4 p.m. The galleries can also be toured by school or community groups by appointment. Details, (262) 595-2457 or visit www.parksidegallerynews.com.