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JCC Offers Exciting Line-Up of Fall Events

Student Activities Center at Jefferson Community College (JCC) has an exciting line-up of events planned for the fall semester that the whole family will find entertaining and educational as well as accommodative for any budget. All events are free admission! Unless noted otherwise, events will take place at 7:00 p.m. in the Sturtz Theater, McVean Center.  

Fall events at Jefferson kick-off with a cultural arts series sponsored by the JCC Campus Activities Board. On Friday, September 20, treat the family to An Evening of Dance featuring classical Indian dancer Bharati Jayanthi and Russian folk ensemble Barynya. At the tender age of 8, Bharati Jayanthi began learning one of her country’s most popular classical dances called bharata natyam, a form of artistic expression. Bharata natyam depicts the dancer’s interpretation of the song through a combination of face and hand gestures, sculpturesque poses, and expressive dance. Russian folk ensemble Barynya will showcase song, dance, music and hand-made costumes of Russian, Cossack, Ukrainian, Jewish and Gypsy descent. Sounds of the Russian folk button accordion, Gypsy guitar and balalaika instruments will fill the theater. Audience members may even learn a common word, or two, in Russian!

On Friday, November 22, plate spinning and feet juggling Chinese Acrobats return to JCC. Chinese cultures and customs will be narrated throughout the show while contortionists perform what most consider the impossible. Don’t let the kids miss this high energy acrobatic performance!

On Friday, December 6 enjoy An Evening of Classical Piano with Isaac J. James. With a repertoire ranging from classical to jazz and cabaret, concert pianist Isaac James has served as resident accompanist for community, symphonic and collegiate choral groups on the pipe organ and piano. Recently Isaac founded the annual P. Owen Willaman International Piano Competition named after his late friend and Shapiro Award recipient of Watertown who died in 2009. Isaac has performed throughout the Northeast and made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2012.

In addition to JCC’s cultural arts series, Student Activities is also bringing two guest speakers to campus.  On Friday, October 4, former child star, Todd Bridges, will give a presentation based on his book, Killing Willis, at 7:30 p.m. in Sturtz Theater. Bridges played the character of Willis Jackson on the 1980s show Diff’rent Strokes. When the show went off the air in 1986, Bridges faced many of the traumas associated with childhood stardom and turned to drugs. His actions almost earned him a life sentence in jail. Today, he uses his testimony to encourage others. A book signing will immediately follow the presentation in the Sturtz Theater foyer.

On Wednesday, October 23 JCC will host a presentation by Frank Warren, founder of internet sensation PostSecret. Named 4th most influential person on the internet by Forbes magazine in 2009, Warren will share the story of his success behind the idea of a community art project which ignited a reaction in more than half a million people. PostSecret provides the opportunity for people to share their most soulful story or secret with another human being. Secrets, shared by mail on a personally decorated postcard, reveal hidden acts of kindness, shocking habits, quiet fears and sometimes criminal activity. Today, the PostSecret website has been visited by more than 450 million visitors. Warren has authored two books on the project and has appeared on FOX News, CNN, CBC, NPR, USA Today and the Today Show and 20/20.

For more information, call the JCC Student Activities office at 315-786-2431.

All events, held in Sturtz Theater, are free admission.

  • September 20 - Cultural arts event: An Evening of Dance at 7 PM
  • October 4 - Presentation by Actor Todd Bridges at 7:30 PM
  • October 23 - Presentation by Frank Warren, Founder of PostSecret at 7 PM
  • November 22 - Cultural arts event: Chinese Acrobats at 7 PM 
  • December 6 - Cultural arts event: An Evening of Classical Piano at 7 PM