Now that January is finally over, it’s time to talk about February. Although it’s the shortest month of the year, it’s packed with events on and off campus to make the semester go by quicker. Between art shows, sporting events, family weekend and movie screenings, there’s absolutely something for everyone. Pull out your calendars — you won’t want to miss some of these great events lined up for the month.
8. ARTSmart Exhibition
ARTSmart, held at the Thomas P. Kelly Student Gallery from Feb. 9-16, is meant to provide a visual arts education to some of the underserved youth in the L.A. area. The exhibition will be supported by art and art history majors at LMU. They will work together with the youth in order to come up with a lesson plan that is meant to encompass not only art and its techniques, but social justice issues and the culture of art as well.
7. Lion Family Weekend
This weekend, LMU is holding Lion Family Weekend, and the event is the perfect reason to have your parents come visit and take you out to nice dinners. While on campus, family members will have an opportunity to experience firsthand the service and education-based learning that students receive on a daily basis. The LMU website has the full Lion Family Weekend schedule and also features hotel recommendations and a parking map for campus so that you don’t have to explain it yourself.
6. KaleidoLA: Susan Silton
This week, the KaleidoLA speaker series will feature local artist Susan Silton at the Murphy Recital Hall at 12:15 p.m. on Feb. 9. As stated on the LMU Events page, “Silton’s multi-disciplinary projects engage multiple aesthetic strategies to mine the complexities of subjectivity and subject positions, often through poetic combinations of humor, discomfort, subterfuge and unabashed beauty.” Silton’s work has been seen in many popular galleries, such as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art in L.A.
5. Elite Racquet Sports Doubles Tennis event at the Ritz Carlton
Elite Racquet Sports (ERS) is hosting their Double Tennis tournament at The Ritz Carlton in Marina Del Rey on Feb. 11 at 2 p.m. The tournament is divided into three division setups, and the first team to get 21 points wins the game. ERS will have professionals managing the scores and keeping track of the leaderboards so that the tournament itself can move at a highly efficient pace. Each division will have a 90-minute maximum to play in order to discern a winner by the end of the tournament. In order to play, there’s a cost of $45 that features access to the tournament, champagne, prizes and other amenities.
4. LMU Speaks: Off the Rails
LMU Speaks is a program put on by the William H. Hannon Library and is now in its second year. Off the Rails, on Feb. 13 in the Von Der Ahe Family Suite, will feature five LMU representatives to tell their unique story based on this year’s theme: “Tell us about a moment from your life when you felt things went off the rails. Tell us a story of resilience, bravery and/or that time when everything went wrong.”
3. “Laugh” by Beth Henley
Starting Friday, Feb. 16, “Laugh,” written by Beth Henley and directed by theatre arts clinical professor Dana Resnick, will open in the Strub Theatre through the weekend and continue Feb. 21-24. The play is set in the 1920s and embodies the nature of silent film comedies. Henley is not only an LMU president’s professor of theatre arts, but a Pulitzer Prize-winner as well. General admission to the show is $15, but with an LMU student ID, admission is $10.
2. Movie screening of “Gook”
In honor of Black History Month, the Center for Asian Business, Asian Pacific Student Services, Black Student Services and Korean American Student Association will be playing the movie “Gook” at Deja View on Wednesday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m. “Gook” takes place in L.A. during the infamous 1992 riots that nearly tore apart Koreatown after the Rodney King verdict, and focuses on a Korean American family that must defend their shoe store from the chaos of the riots.
1. Spring 2018 Career Expo
On Thursday, Feb. 22 at 12 p.m., the office for Career and Professional Development (CPD) will be hosting the Spring 2018 Career Expo in the University Hall Atrium. The Career Expo helps LMU students and alumni meet professionals in various fields in order to facilitate discussions and expand on employment opportunities. CPD advises students who plan to attend to dress professionally to make a positive impression upon the representatives at the expo. To stay updated on the event, you can follow CPD on Facebook and Twitter (@LMUCareers).
This is the opinion of Cory Hutchinson, a junior sociology major from Palm Desert, California. Tweet comments to @LALoyolan or email comments to email@example.com.