An Evening with Werner Herzog

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The Film and Media Studies program at Rhodes College presents a public screening of Werner Herzog’s THE WILD BLUE YONDER (2005), followed by a Q&A session with the legendary filmmaker himself. 

THE WILD BLUE YONDER tells the story of an alien species seeking refuge on earth while humans are looking for other worlds to colonize. Though the film announces itself as a “science fiction fantasy,” its combination of mesmerizing footage from NASA missions and underwater exploration in Antarctica with originally produced material defies easy categorization. It offers a haunting meditation on eco-conservation, on longing for home, and on what being an alien really means. It won the FIPRESCI Award at the Venice Film Festival in 2005.

Werner Herzog is among the most daring, influential, and prolific contemporary filmmakers. He emerged as a creative force from the New German Cinema and has earned international critical acclaim with epics like AGUIRRE, THE WRATH OF GOD (1972) and FITZCARRALDO (1982) as well as documentaries like FATA MORGANA (1971), LITTLE DIETER NEEDS TO FLY (1997), and GRIZZLY MAN (2005). Spectacular and perplexing, Herzog’s films are set in unique landscapes that become reflections of emotional states; they blur distinctions between reality and fiction and are often populated by mad men and women at psychological extremes. As Roger Ebert once put it, Herzog is among a handful of directors who “keep the movies vibrating.”

This event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. Tickets are available to the Rhodes community at Rhodes Express and to the public at Novel bookstore, located at 387 Perkins Extd. 

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Choro das 3: Brazilian Music Concert

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Choro das 3, a Brazilian instrumental group, returns to Memphis for two days.  They will be visiting Rhodes College for the very first time!

Concert will be held Tuesday, April 12th, at 7:00pm, and a hands-on strings and percussion workshop will be held Wednesday, April 13th at 7:30pm.

Both events are free and open to the public.

To sign up for the workshop please call: 888-408-4181

Lecture by Gaye Johnson: "SONIC SPACES: Music, Culture & the Art of Social Change"

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On Sept. 17, Dr. Gaye Theresa Johnson, author of Spaces of Conflict, Sounds of Solidarity, will present "SONIC SPACES: Music, Culture & the Art of Social Change." Free and open to the public, the event begins at 7 p.m. in Blount Auditorium of Buckman Hall.

Johnson is associate professor of Black Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she writes and teaches on race and racism, cultural history, geographies of freedom, and political economy. Information about her first book can be found at

Sept. 18, she will join Dr. Regina Bradley, a researcher of African American culture, for a conversation about "SONIC SPACES: Music, Culture & the Art of Social Change." Free and open to the public, the event begins at 7 p.m. in Hardie Auditorium of Palmer Hall.

Bradley writes about post-Civil Rights African American literature, the contemporary U.S. South, pop culture, race and sound, and hip-hop. She is the founder of Outkasted Conversations, a dialogue series that explores the impact of hip-hop duo Outkast on popular culture.

The events are sponsored by Rhodes' Africana Studies Program, CODA, Department of Music, Latin American Studies, and the Office of Multicultural Affairs.