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DeGraw, Goldthwait to star in Fall Cultural Series

Matthew R. Snyder

On Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 8 p.m., Mohawk Valley Community College’s Cultural Series will present singer, songwriter and musician Gavin DeGraw as the keynote entertainer of its Fall 2012 season. Earlier that day, Oct. 17 at 3 p.m., the Cultural Series will host the keynote lecture of its season by education activist and Harlem Children’s Zone founder Geoffrey Canada, who was prominent in the film “Waiting for Superman.” Both events will be in the Robert R. Jorgensen Athletic and Events Center on MVCC’s Utica campus.

Image: Cultural Series Fall 2012 Brochure Cover

This Fall’s Cultural Series lineup features nearly 100 total events on MVCC’s Utica and Rome campuses, with comedian Bobcat Goldthwait and the Taylor 2 Dance Company among the other star attractions.


DeGraw’s concert is co-sponsored by Herkimer County Community College and SUNY IT. Tickets are $40 for the general public, $25 for MVCC employees, and free for MVCC, HCCC, and SUNY IT students with ID.

Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Sept. 17 at 12:01 a.m. via the online box office at www.mvcc.edu/culture. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the box offices in MVCC’s Utica Campus IT Building and Rome Campus Plumley Building; and by phone at (315) 731-5721.


Canada’s talk is co-sponsored by MVCC and the Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties. The Community Foundation's Speaker Series is sponsored by the Corporate Partners Program of The Community Foundation, which funds the speaker and provides opportunities for students to attend at no charge.The lecture is free of charge and tickets are required. Tickets will be available from the Community Foundation and MVCC’s box offices.


The Box Office on the Utica Campus is located just inside the Information Technology Building. Hours of operation are Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. The Rome Campus Box Office is located within the Student Services Center (A30) on the ground floor/Atrium level of the Plumley Complex at 1101 Floyd Ave, Rome, NY. Hours of operation are Monday - Thursday, 8:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.; and Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Tickets are available by phone whenever the Utica Box Office is open, and 24/7 via the online box office at www.mvcc.edu/culture.


The complete lineup is available for viewing online at www.mvcc.edu/culture.


Highlights include:
Sept. 7, Utica: Bella Electric Strings, a rock string quartet
Sept. 14, Utica: Comedian and actor Bobcat Goldthwait
Sept. 28, Rome: Fritz’s Polka Band
Oct. 26, Utica: Leon Etienne, award-winning illusionist
Nov. 16, Utica: Taylor 2 Dance Company
Dec. 1, Rome: A family evening with treats, holiday games, and Santa Claus

Many Cultural Series events are free to the public; most are $5 or less. Events include concerts, comedians, lectures, film screenings and discussions, workshops, family fun events, and more. Events are selected by the college’s Cultural Events Council, a body of faculty and staff who seek input from colleagues, students, and community members to choose events that will enrich the college’s and community’s cultural opportunities. The series regularly collaborates with partners including the Stanley Theater, HCCC, SUNY IT, and the Rome Capitol Theater.


The Cultural Series is supported in part by MVCC’s Challenge and Opportunity Major Gifts campaign (www.mvcc.edu/campaign) and by the MVCC Student Activity Fee. The series maintains a major social media presence that can be followed on Facebook at “MVCC Cultural Series.”