December 2017 and January 2018
Eckerd College offers myriad activities and programs as a service to the community. All events are held on the Eckerd College campus and are free and open to the public, unless otherwise stated.
Eckerd College is located at 4200 54th Avenue South in St. Petersburg. Programs and events are subject to change. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org, visit eckerd.edu/events or call 727.864.7979.
Thursday Night Live: Figure Drawings by Eckerd’s Thursday Night Model Artists
Sun., November 5–Tues., November 21, and Mon., November 27–Fri., December 8, Cobb Gallery
Eckerd’s Thursday Night Model Artists exhibit a year’s worth of figure drawings for the public.
PEL Senior Thesis Exhibition
Sun., December 10–Fri., December 15, Cobb Gallery
Senior Kim Brincklow ’18 exhibits her paintings.
Gallery Hours: Monday–Friday, 10:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Eckerd College Writers’ Conference: Writers in Paradise
Evening Reading Series
Dan and Mary Miller Auditorium
Every January since 2004, Eckerd College has hosted a premier writers’ conference featuring professional writers at the top of their form spending quality time with motivated and talented participants who seek an intimate, unhurried week of studying their craft in paradise. As a benefit to the greater Tampa Bay–area community, those visiting professional authors and poets give evening readings held at 8 p.m. on the two Saturdays and 7 p.m. Sunday through Friday (except Wednesday). Books will be available for purchase in the lobby during the readings, which are free and open to the public.
Sat., January 13, 8 p.m.
Conference Keynote Speaker, Visiting Lecturer Ana Menéndez—Onstage Q&A With Conference Co-Director Les Standiford Immediately Following
Sun., January 14, 7 p.m.
Short Fiction Workshop Faculty Member Stewart O’Nan and Young Adult Writing Workshop Faculty Member Laura McCaffrey
Mon., January 15, 7 p.m.
Visiting Lecturer Tim Dorsey and Novel Workshop Faculty Member Laura Lippman
Tue., January 16, 7 p.m.
Conference Co-Founder and Novel Workshop Faculty Member Sterling Watson, Visiting Poetry Lecturer and Poet Laureate of St. Petersburg Helen Pruitt Wallace, and Poetry Workshop Faculty Member Major Jackson
Thu., January 18, 7 p.m.
Visiting Lecturer Cathie Pelletier, Short Fiction Workshop Faculty Member Andre Dubus III and Short Fiction Workshop Faculty Member Lan Samantha Chang
Fri., January 19, 7 p.m.
Conference Co-Director and Structure Workshop Faculty member Les Standiford, Visiting Poetry Lecturer and Poet Laureate of Florida Peter Meinke, and Memoir Workshop Faculty Member Ann Hood
Sat., January 20, 8 p.m.
Conference Closing Speaker, Visiting Lecturer Russell Banks—Onstage Q&A With Conference Co-Director Les Standiford Immediately Following
Fri., December 1, 7 p.m., Dan and Mary Miller Auditorium
Directed by Makoto Shinkai (Japanese with English subtitles, 106 min., 2017)
High schoolers Mitsuha and Taki are complete strangers living separate lives. One night, they suddenly switch places. Mitsuha wakes up in Taki’s body, and he in hers. As they switch bodies, seemingly at random, the two find ways to communicate and gradually build a connection. A beautiful animated film from Japan about time and fate.
Part of the College Program Series and the Eckerd College International Cinema Series—watch trailer
Home Is Where One Starts From
Wed., December 6, 7:30 p.m., Wireman Chapel
Director Brent Douglas leads Eckerd College’s concert choir and orchestra through performances of seasonal choral music throughout the ages inspired by T.S. Eliot’s famous quotation on home.
Live HD St. Pete Events
Get your tickets at livehdstpete.com—$25 for the general public and $22 for members of the Academy of Senior Professionals at Eckerd College (ASPEC) and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI).
Live HD St. Pete: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf
A Play by Edward Albee
Fri., December 1, 1:30 p.m., Dan and Mary Miller Auditorium
Imelda Staunton (Gypsy, Vera Drake, the Harry Potter films); Conleth Hill (Game of Thrones, The Producers); Luke Treadaway (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Fortitude, The Hollow Crown); and Imogen Poots (A Long Way Down, Jane Eyre) star in James Macdonald’s new production of Edward Albee’s landmark play, broadcast live to cinemas from the Harold Pinter Theatre, London. In the early hours of the morning on the campus of an American college, Martha, much to her husband George’s displeasure, has invited the new professor and his wife to their home for some after-party drinks. As the alcohol flows and dawn approaches, the young couple are drawn into George and Martha’s toxic games until the evening reaches its climax in a moment of devastating truth-telling.
Live HD St. Pete: Hänsel and Gretel
An Opera by Engelbert Humperdinck
Sat., December 9, 12:55 p.m., Dan and Mary Miller Auditorium
This deliciously dark take on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tale, appealing to audiences of all ages, was part of the Met’s popular English-language holiday series. Alice Coote and Christine Schäfer star as the famous siblings lost in the woods who battle the ravenous Witch—a zany portrayal by tenor Philip Langridge—while the Met orchestra, under the baton of Vladimir Jurowski, glories in the rich, folk-inspired score.
Live HD St. Pete: Obsession
A Play by Ivo van Hove
January 12, 2018, 1:30 p.m.
Dan and Mary Miller Auditorium
Jude Law (The Young Pope, Closer, The Talented Mr Ripley) stars in this stage production broadcast live from the Barbican Theatre in London. Ivo van Hove (NT Live: A View from the Bridge, Hedda Gabler) directs this new stage adaptation of Luchino Visconti’s 1943 film. Gino is a drifter, down-at-heel and magnetically handsome. At a roadside restaurant, he encounters husband and wife Giuseppe and Giovanna. Irresistibly attracted to each other, Gino and Giovanna begin a fiery affair and plot to murder her husband. But, in this chilling tale of passion and destruction, the crime only serves to tear them apart.
Live HD St. Pete: Tosca
An Opera by Giacomo Puccini
January 27, 2018, 12:55 p.m.
Dan and Mary Miller Auditorium
Rivaling the splendor of Franco Zeffirelli’s set and costumes of the Napoleonic era, Sir David Puccini’s melodrama about a volatile diva, a sadistic police chief and an idealistic artist has offended and thrilled audiences for more than a century. Critics, for their part, have often had problems with Tosca’s rather grungy subject matter, the directness and intensity of its score, and the crowd-pleasing dramatic opportunities it provides for its lead roles. But these same aspects have made Tosca one of a handful of iconic works that seem to represent opera in the public imagination. Tosca’s popularity is further secured by a superb and exhilarating dramatic sweep, a driving score of abundant melody and theatrical shrewdness, and a career-defining title role.