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Your Guide to the 2013 SMU Homecoming: The Events at Meadows

A snapshot of the Meadows School of the Arts events surrounding this year’s Homecoming

Class of 1981, William Joyce

With the hope of a vibrantly blue sky—seriously, we’d prefer it not to rain—and streaks of SMU red, Homecoming will sail on this weekend at SMU. This year’s parade grand marshal is William Joyce (class of 1981), an Oscar-winning visionary filmmaker. He won for the great short film “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore,” and is a bestselling children’s book author. Joyce is also hosting an afternoon of “Animated Fun,” in conjunction with the SMU Film department on Friday, October 25, as well as a chat with the film students in the Chorale Hall.

Without further adieu, let's dive into this weekend's exciting activities. Shall we?:

Friday-Saturday (10/25-10/26)
“Slavs!” by Tony Kushner
Margo Jones Theatre, 8 p.m.

Moscow, March 1985. The last of the U.S.S.R. Another dark, funny, often vaudevillian fantasia from Pulitzer Prize winner Tony Kushner, the celebrated author of Angels in America and, most recently, the screenplay for Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln. Here the slapstick and the lunatic combine, in the words of critic Vincent Canby, to ask those age-old questions about good and evil, justice and its miscarriage – and what is to be done about them. Directed by Rhonda Blair, professor in the Division of Theatre. *There are two Sunday shows. Check out our calendar for full details

Friday (10/25)
Animated Fun with William Joyce
Centennial Hall (Hughes-Trigg), 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Join this year’s parade grand marshal William Joyce ’81, SMU’s very own Academy Award-winning filmmaker, bestselling author and children’s illustrator, for a special viewing of his film “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore,” which won an Oscar last year for Best Animated Short Film. After the movie, Joyce, whose animated films include “Robots,” will discuss his work and sign copies of his two latest books, The Mischievians and The Sandman and the War of Dreams.

Saturday (10/26)
The Homecoming Parade
The Boulevard, 11 a.m.

Look for the always entertaining Meadows float to roll through campus around 11 a.m. The grand marshal of the parade will be the above mentioned William Joyce (class of 1981). Boulevarding will follow, where there will be (as always) food, beverages and SMU swag.

Saturday (10/26)
The Meadows School of the Arts Homecoming Picnic
Owen Arts Center, 11:30-2:00 p.m.

The Meadows picnic will be in the Owen Arts Center, where you can snack, have a drink, and listen to some music. The Meadows community will be there too, of course, alongside alums. Contact Ellen Schlachter Jackson at or 214-768-4189.

Saturday (10/26)
The Meadows School of the Arts Dance Performance
Owen Arts Center, 12:45

The Division of Dance students will perform two Brown Bag pieces, alongside a barbecue lunch. The Meadows community will be there too, of course, alongside alums. Contact Ellen Schlachter Jackson at or 214-768-4189.

Friday, Saturday (10/25-10/26)
Alessio Bax Piano Master Classess
O’Donnell Hall,
Friday, 3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.; Saturday, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. and 3:00 pm-6:00 p.m.
International award-winning pianist Alessio Bax will present a series of master classes, which are open to the public. Bax won first prize at the Leeds and Hamamatsu international piano competitions and a 2009 Avery Fisher Career Grant, has performed as a soloist with major orchestras and conductors worldwide, and has numerous acclaimed recordings to his credit. He and his wife, pianist Lucille Chung, will give their New York City duo debut within the Great Performers Series at Lincoln Center this season.

SEE ALSO: The Full SMU Meadows Calendar

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