August 18, 2014

UNT schedules big talent for 2014 Fine Arts Series

The Fine Arts Series at the University of North Texas will feature The Onion’s founding director, Orange Is the New Black star Laverne Cox and the creative director at Marvel Comics.

The go-to gal for a quick updo on Orange Is the New Black, the founding director of The Onion and the creative director at Marvel Comics are all coming to the University of North Texas.

The university will host the entertainment pros along with musical, theatrical and art exhibitions as a part of the Mary Jo & V. Lane Rawlins Fine Arts Series.

Tickets go on sale Thursday for founding editor Scott Dikkers’ talk “Funny story behind the funny stories,” about how he and his friends started The Onion, the satirical news organization.

Dikkers will speak at 8 p.m. Sept. 18 in UNT’s Main Auditorium, 1401 W. Hickory St. His talk and all the others are open to the public for $10. Tickets cost $5 for students, alumni, faculty and staff, UNT officials said.

Zane Reif, director of the University Union, said the series’ name was changed this year to honor former president V. Lane Rawlins.

“We really wanted to beef up this program and concentrate on what students would really be interested in going to,” Reif said. “.I think it’s probably the best list we’ve had since I’ve been here.”

Other big names such as musician Bobby McFerrin, who is a 10-time Grammy winner known for Don’t Worry, Be Happy, will join the university’s One O’Clock Lab Band for its annual spring concert.

McFerrin will perform 8 p.m. Feb. 5 at the Murchison Performing Arts Center, at 2100 N. Interstate 35E.

Laverne Cox, the transgender actress and advocate best known for her role in the Netflix series Orange Is the New Black, will talk at 7 p.m. Feb. 24. Cox has gained widespread media attention for being the first black transgender woman to have a leading role on a mainstream show. She’ll talk about her experiences and the representation of transgender issues in the media.

Another big name, Bill Rosemann, creative director of Marvel Comics, will talk about how comics can inspire people.

Rosemann will speak at 7 p.m. Feb. 27 in the Main Auditorium.

This season will also include a residency and theater performance by Actors from the London Stage, a Texas Medieval Association Symposium concert, two art exhibitions and an annual African Cultural Festival organized by a College of Music professor.

The Fine Art Series Committee, which is made up of UNT arts faculty, staff and students, nominates and votes on up to 20 program proposals in the fall semester each year. The series is paid for by student fees approved by the Student Government Association, university officials said.

This year’s series cost about $180,000, Reif said.

Tickets can be reserved or bought online about a month before each event at ticket-sales.

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