Year in Preview: Arts
With films like “Dumb and Dumber To,” “How to Train Your Dragon 2” and “22 Jump Street” all scheduled for release, 2014 is set to be the year for cinematic sequels. In addition to those, Marvel Studios is expected to make a killing with their follow-up films “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” and “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.”
The new year will also see several popular books make their way to the big screen: Lois Lowry’s classic “The Giver,” YouTube sensation John Green’s “The Fault in Our Stars” and Veronica Roth’s dystopian “Divergent” to name just a few.
Blockbuster franchises like those of “The Hunger Games” and “The Hobbit” will also make a comeback in 2014. Part one of “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay” and the final film of The Hobbit trilogy, “The Hobbit: There and Back Again,” are scheduled to premiere late next year, in November and December respectively.
2014 is set to see releases from Johnny Cash, Bruce Springsteen, Beyoncé, and Foster the People. “Out Among the Stars,” was recorded in the early 1980s but was only recently discovered by Cash’s son. “High Hopes” by Bruce Springsteen features newly recorded versions of previously released Springsteen songs and Springsteen covers of other people’s material. Columbia Records is set to release a monumental new Beyoncé album, and although there is no official release date or album title, snippets of her new music video for “Grown Woman,” are swirling all over the internet. Foster the People are set to release their album, self-described as “polarizing”, sometime in the beginning of 2014. The first single from that album is set to be released in January. With such big releases as Beyoncé and Johnny Cash, 2014 is set to be a huge year for music.
According to tvline.com, 2014 will mark the return of ABC comedies like “Suburgatory,” which will be picking up with its third season, “Modern Family” and “The Middle.”
In addition to the typical renewals and cancellations that come around every year, some shows will be making special come-backs. BBC’s highly anticipated detective drama “Sherlock,” which has been on hiatus since January 2012, is slated to kick off its third season on January 1.
The twenty-first season of “America’s Next Top Model” and the sixteenth season of “Big Brother” are set to premiere in the summer, while similar popular shows like “The Amazing Race” and “Survivor” are practically guaranteed to make it into the 2014-2015 TV lineup.
Shows ending in 2014 include Syfy program “Warehouse 13,” Showtime award-winner “Californication,” family comedy “Back in the Game” and the CBS classic “How I Met Your Mother,” which has been on the air since September 2005.
After returning from winter break, be ready for TU After Hours, CAB’s collaborative event with Student Affairs, SGA, Athletics and URG. For the third year, CAB will be bringing a plethora of exotic animals to Towson, from a crocodile to a lynx.
In February, CAB will host its annual battle of the bands, called Bring the Noise.
Interested bands, DJs and other musicians will battle it out for the opportunity to play at Tigerfest.
This year’s Country Concert will take place at the end of March. The artist will be announced at Bring the Noise.
CAB, along with Hillel and the CSD, will be bringing comedian and Comedy Central star Amy Schumer for its spring comedy show March 6. Tickets go on sale Feb. 4 and are $5 for students.
This year’s Tigerfest artist is…still not announced, but CAB Director Chad Nazworth said that you can look forward to some changes in this year’s spring concert festival on April 25.
Nazworth said that the appearance and structure of the event will be different.
More information regarding these changes will come at the beginning of the spring semester, so keep an eye out for the announcements.
Department of Theatre Arts:
The Department of Theatre Arts will be performing two Mainstage Productions in the spring. The first will be “Lysistrata,” a comedy by Aristophanes that was originally performed in 411 BC in Athens. “Lysistrata” will be performed March 5 – 13.
The second production will be “Between Trains,” written by Towson professor Juanita Rockwell. You can see “Between Trains” between May 1 and May 10.
Center for Student Diversity:
The Center for Student Diversity has several programs as well as featured speakers set up for next semester. As a part of their annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration event on Feb. 19 the Black in America Tour 2014 will be coming to Towson’s campus. Award-winning journalist, documentarian and producer Soledad O’Brien will lead a panel and community discussion and speak to students. Towson is one of only five universities nationwide to host this event, which, thanks to their sponsor Google, will be streamed as a live webcast.
On March 5, Sheryl Wudunn, a business executive, entrepreneur, co-author of three best-selling books and the first Asian-American to win a Pulitzer Prize will be speaking to students. The focus of this year’s Diversity Speaker Series will be on her novel “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide.” For the annual Pride Keynote speaker event, actress Laverne Cox will present her program called, “Ain’t I a Woman: My Journey to Womanhood” on March 12. The writer, producer, transgender advocate and star from the show “Orange is the New Black” will share her personal journey as well as ways to advocate for transgender equality.
Black Student Union:
The Black Student Union will be hosting a number of events in the upcoming semester. Most notably, a fashion show put on by their modeling team JSM as well as a classy talent show entitled Ebony Lounge. No official dates or times have been set thus far so be sure not to miss students showing off their talents and hobbies.
Office of Student Activities:
The Office of Student Activities will be a part of putting together the massive, annual celebration that is TU After Hours. In addition, they are hosting a dessert comedy theatre, coordinating a “passport” program that will be in effect throughout the night. Students can have their passports “stamped” as they move from one station to the next. When they acquire a certain number of stamps, can submit their names for a drawing to win prizes like a new T.V., a Kindle Fire, gift cards, or a set of Dr. Dre Beats headphones.
There are several other events that are scheduled to return again this year such as the Involvement Fair on February 5 and the Spring Leadership Conference featuring speaker Hilary Corna on March 29. Additionally, on April 26 The Big Event, where students volunteer to clean up campus the day after TigerFest, will return again.