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Rapper Wale to headline Spring lineup for MVCC Cultural Series

Jan 9, 2017

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Grammy-nominated rapper Wale will headline the Mohawk Valley Community College Cultural Series Spring lineup with a concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 22, in the Robert R. Jorgensen Athletic and Event Center at MVCC’s Utica Campus. Tickets, which go on sale at 10 a.m. Jan. 16, are $15 general, $10 for MVCC employees, and free for MVCC students (limited supply). This event is sponsored, in part, by MVCC’s Student Congress. The concert will be for mature audiences only.

Wale is one of the most idiosyncratic talents in hip-hop and one of the most prominent figures in music today. After signing with Rick Ross’ Maybach Music Group imprint in 2011, Wale released his breakthrough sophomore album, “Ambition,” which spawned the Grammy-nominated single “Lotus Flower Bomb (feat. Miguel)” followed by 2013’s “The Gifted,” which debuted atop Billboard’s “Top 200 Albums” chart. In 2015, Wale released his highly anticipated fourth studio album, “The Album About Nothing,” which features the hit “The Matrimony (feat. Usher).” The album sees Wale continuing his famed “About Nothing” mixtape trilogy, inspired by his favorite TV show, “Seinfeld.” Wale also serves as the CEO of a hat and accessory line, Wrkng Title, and recently was named creative ambassador for the NBA’s Washington Wizards. Learn more about him at walemusic.com.

Other series highlights include:

Women and STEAM Speaker Series: Project Fibonacci presents Margot Lee Shetterly, author of New York Times Bestseller “Hidden Figures”: 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20, Stanley Center for the Arts, Downtown Utica. Presented, in part, by MVCC, Utica College, ANDRO Computation Solutions, and The Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties. $25 general, $15 for MVCC and Utica College employees. A limited supply of free student tickets will be available at the door with proper ID for Utica College and MVCC students.

Chamber Orchestra Kremlin concert: 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, Schafer Theater, Information Technology Building, MVCC Utica Campus. $20 general, $10 for MVCC employees, free for MVCC students.

National Abolition Hall of Fame Traveling Museum Exhibit and screening of the Netflix original documentary “13th”: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, Schafer Theater, Information Technology Building, MVCC Utica Campus. Free admission.

Wrabel concert: 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, Schafer Theater, Information Technology Building, MVCC Utica Campus. iHeartRadio’s “On the Verge” artist is known for his collaboration with Afrojack on the song “Ten Feet Tall” and his hit single “11 Blocks.” $15 general, $10 for MVCC employees, free for MVCC students.

Family Fun Series: “Sing” followed by a movie-themed, family-friendly reception: Noon Saturday, March 4, Schafer Theater, Information Technology Building, MVCC Utica Campus. $5 general, $2 for MVCC employees, $2 for children younger than 12.

“Hane’: The Dine Navajo Stories,” with Sunny Dooley, Dine’ Navajo Storyteller from the Dine’ Navajo Community of Chi Chil Tah, New Mexico: 2 p.m. Friday, March 31, Alumni College Center Room 116, MVCC Utica Campus. Dooley has been telling the “Origin and Blessing Way Creation Stories” of the Dine’ People throughout North America, West Africa, and Europe for 30 years. Free admission.

MVCC’s International Festival: 12:30 p.m. Thursday, April 13, Alumni College Center Room 116, MVCC Utica Campus. MVCC celebrates its international heritages through displays, performances, and interactive booths. Free admission.

MVCC Theatre Program/Drama Club production of “What Does It All Mean? An Evening of the Absurd”: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, April 19-21, Schafer Theater, Information Technology Building, MVCC Utica campus. Two one-act plays, “The Lesson” and “The New Tenant,” by Eugene Ionesco, directed by Paul Cruskie. $5 general, $2 for MVCC employees, free for MVCC students.

Second Annual Utica Day: 6 p.m. Saturday, April 29, Robert R. Jorgensen Athletic and Event Center, MVCC Utica Campus. Celebrate all things Utica with local vendors, live music, and a panel discussion of community members moderated by Made in Utica. $5 general, $2 for MVCC employees, free for MVCC students.

Tickets for all events go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 16, and can be purchased over the phone and in person at the MVCC Box Office, Information Technology Building room 106, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday-Friday, in-person at the Utica Campus Bookstore and at the Student Services Center on the Rome Campus, or online at any time at www.mvcc.edu/tickets. Most Cultural Series events are $5 or less to the general public and many are free. Events include concerts, comedians, lectures, film screenings and discussions, workshops, family fun events, and more. The Cultural Series is brought to you by MVCC’s Cultural Events Council, in collaboration with MVCC’s Student Congress, with significant support from the Student Activity Fee. The series maintains a major social media presence that can be followed on Facebook at “MVCC Cultural Series.” For the complete series lineup and ticket sales, visit www.mvcc.edu/culture.

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