Events series at West campus features diverse artists

February 5, 2013

The spring 2013 arts events season at ASU’s West campus features concerts, plays for both adult and young audiences, an electronic music festival, stars of the PBS show “History Detectives,” art installations and more. The wide variety of artistic events is designed to reflect the rich artistic and cultural life on the West Valley campus, anchored by the Interdisciplinary Arts and Performance (IAP) program in the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences.

“We have planned a diverse selection of events and activities to entertain and enlighten ASU students, faculty and staff as well as members of our surrounding communities,” said Jeff Kennedy, campus artistic director. The Soul of Broadway Download Full Image

Most of the events and exhibits are free of charge; there is a modest admission fee for “The Soul of Broadway.” Visitor parking on the West campus, at 4701 W. Thunderbird Road, costs $2 per hour during the week and is free on weekends (after 5 p.m. on Friday).

The schedule includes:

Musical revue: “The Soul of Broadway”

This exciting musical revue celebrates songs performed by African-American characters in Broadway musicals, beginning with classics from “Porgy and Bess to showstoppers from “Dreamgirls and “Ain’t Misbehavin’ and the most recent hits from shows like “The Color Purple and “The Scottsboro Boys.” The cast’s seven talented performers make this an evening you won’t want to miss. Feb 14 & 15, 7:30 p.m., Second Stage West. Tickets are $10 general admission; $7 seniors; $5 students. Tickets available online at

One-woman show: “Juliet Must Die”

Storyteller and writer Fatimah Halim (this year’s winner of the ASU West Black History Month Pioneer Award) sees women as complex and fascinating beings, juggling personal beliefs of what is expected of them with who they truly want to be in the world. This conflict is at the crux of this one-woman show about a woman who lives in her own archetypal world. 7:30 p.m., Feb. 21-22, Second Stage West. Admission is free.

Metro Local Live concert featuring Austin Carthell

This is the first in a new series of concerts at ASU’s West campus featuring top local talent from the Metro Phoenix area. One of the acts in this first concert will be singer/guitarist/songwriter Austin Carthell, an ASU grad (and former ASU West student) who is one of the most popular performers in local clubs right now. 7:30 p.m., Feb. 28, La Sala Ballroom. Admission is free.

“Peacemaker,” a play for young audiences

Phoenix Theatre’s award-winning Cookie Company presents this fun play for young audiences. The Blues and the Reds have lived on either side of the Wall for decades and interaction is forbidden, resulting in both communities living in an atmosphere of fear, suspicion and mistrust. But when circumstances allow Simp, a curious young Red, to meet Bluey, they learn they have a great deal to offer one another and that their similarities far outweigh their differences. Full of clowning, juggling and physical storytelling, this theatre for young audiences production promotes acceptance, empathy and friendship. Two performances – noon and 2:00 p.m., March 2, Second Stage West. Admission is free.

Desert Overtures concert

Desert Overtures presents “Flashback,” an instrumental concert of music tracing the songs from the decades of the 20th century until today. Members of this 40-piece ensemble hold firmly to their mission to enrich people’s lives through the universal language of music and are proud to be cultural ambassadors of the LGBT community. 7:30 p.m., March 22, La Sala Ballroom. Admission is free.

Meet the cast of “History Detectives”

The cast of this popular PBS show, which including New College professor Eduardo Pagan, appears together for this one-of-kind event. “History Detectives” is a program devoted to exploring the complexities of historical mysteries, searching out the facts, myths and conundrums that connect local folklore, family legends and interesting objects. The show’s hosts will show clips from their investigations and tell behind-the-scenes stories about researching and filming their segments for the show, as well as take questions from the audience. 7:30 p.m., April 4, La Sala Ballroom. Admission is free.

Electronic Music Festival

The Southwest Electronic Music Events (SEME) Festival will be hosted at ASU West and will feature live performances, installations, screenings, and discussions on the history and current trends in electronic and computer music. The festival will feature sound artists Garth Paine, Barry Moon, Patti Cudd, and Crossing 32nd Street. Various times and locations, April 8-12. For specific events, dates and times, visit

Phoenix Theatre New Works Festival

Staged readings of two new plays by up-and-coming playwrights that were part of the Phoenix Theatre New Works Festival get second readings at ASU West with revised drafts. First, “The Wilds” by Scott McCarrey is a play that portrays the strife that surfaces between two brothers as they inherit family property. The second is a fascinating new play by Pasha Yamotahari, “I am Van Gogh,” about a young artist entranced by the immortal painter who shares with him the destiny he held and the fate that awaits. 7:30 p.m., April 19-20, Second Stage West. Admission is free.

Arlie Hochschild – “The Outsourced Self: Intimate Life in Market Times”

This author and famed sociologist from UC Berkeley will speak to us from the ideas in her latest book, which is the same title as her topic and was chosen by Publisher’s Weekly as one of the “Best Books of 2012.”  In awarding Hochschild the Jesse Bernard Award, the American Sociological Association citation observed her “creative genius for framing questions and lines of insight, often condensed into memorable, paradigm-shifting words and phrases.” 7 p.m., April 23, La Sala Ballroom. Admission is free.

Visual arts in ArtSpace West

“DogHead” by Chris Danowski

A series of encounters with false historical relics of an imaginary rock band, DogHead, that asks the viewer to remember their own place in the history of revolutions in the world. This installation is currently on display through Feb. 14.

“Oscillations” by Garth Paine

Six Tibetan singing bowl robots, each carrying two singing bowls that produce pure sustained tones, will fill the room with an omnipresent series of harmonics. In contrast, oscillating cymbals produce an earthy, gritty and urgent intervention, marking out the sound field in a dynamic manner. Opening reception on 6 p.m., Feb. 19, continues until March 8.

“Walkings” by Arthur Sabatini

This music/video installation features texts by Sabatini, videos by Robert Kilman, and music by William Duckworth. Drawn from Sabatini’s theater works, “Certain Explanations: Magical Walking” and “Who Walks,” “The Walkings,” for which “every walk is time itself,” is a meditation and exploration of time, cities, trees, death and voices from lost worlds to our own. Opening reception: 6 p.m., March 20, continues until April 5.

ArtSpace West is located in room 228 of the University Center Building and is open from noon to 5 p.m., Mondays-Fridays. Admission is free.

More information about the season can be found online at, on Facebook at asuwestevents, or by calling the arts information line at 602-543-2787.

Grant to fund innovative student capstone course in sustainable manufacturing

February 6, 2013

Arizona State University's Global Institute of Sustainability and College of Technology and Innovation have received a $60,000 grant from the Ray C. Anderson Foundation.

The nonprofit organization seeks to promote a sustainable society by supporting and funding educational and project-based initiatives that advance knowledge and innovation in sustainable production and consumption. It was founded in 2012 as a legacy to the late Ray C. Anderson, founder and chairman of Interface, Inc., and globally recognized “pioneer for the environment.” Ray C. Anderson grant recipients Download Full Image

The ASU sustainability project proposed by Chell Roberts, executive dean for the College of Technology and Innovation, and Dan O'Neill, general manager in the Walton Sustainability Solutions Extension Service at ASU, combines two existing undergraduate capstone experiences into an integrated approach for solving real sustainable manufacturing challenges for major corporate clients.

The new capstone course builds on the College of Technology and Innovation’s iProjects, which includes an engineering option. Through the iProjects program, students have the opportunity to engage with industrial sponsors on real problems and challenges. The iProjects program was the recipient of the 2012 Presidents Award for Innovation.

The engineering program with its unique capstone or iProjects focus was recognized by the National Academy of Engineering as one of the top 29 engineering programs in the country that infuse real engineering into its program.

“This year the College of Technology and Innovation is partnering with the ASU School of Sustainability on one or more of our engineering capstone iProjects, which will give students and faculty from the different colleges the opportunity to share best practices in solution generation and prototyping," Roberts said "We recognize that solution generation is broadened when the diversity of the student team is increased. We anticipate that students will learn from each other, sharing culture and best practices and that we will establish long term relationships between faculty as they work together to solve real and challenging problems. This is the epitome of the New American University.”

“The new collaborative capstone experience will combine two disciplines in ways not done before," O’Neill said. "The School of Sustainability will bring faculty and students immersed in critical thinking about the social and environmental impacts of business and the manufacturing process. How do you think through the processes and products to not only reduce or eliminate negative social and environmental impacts, but in fact do more good? They will consider things like the lifecycle of the product, the supply chain required to produce it, and what happens to it at the end of its life.”

George Basile, professor and senior sustainability scientist as ASU’s Global Institute of Sustainability, will be the primary faculty member charged with building the integrated experience.

"Because sustainability requires new perspectives and new knowledge to inform innovation, education is really the heart and sole of sustainability," said Basile. "This grant, combined with the novel collaboration efforts between the College of Technology and Innovation and the School of Sustainability, gives us the chance to bring together sustainability frameworks and cutting edge solutions-oriented education with all the resources available at ASU and the Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives."

“There are so many facets of sustainability, and they’re all important,” said Harriet Langford, Anderson’s daughter. “Manufacturing, improved process engineering and viable pathways to improved economic sustainability were really our father’s ‘sweet spot.’”

“The best way to honor him in our first funding cycle was to identify a few great projects that have the potential to infuse educational research findings directly into sustainable and innovative manufacturing processes,” said Mary Anne Lanier, Anderson’s daughter.

Other schools receiving grants include Georgia Institute of Technology, Auburn University and the University of Southern Mississippi. 

Sharon Keeler

associate director, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering