Month-long AhFest celebration of the arts and humanities to feature art, film, lit, music, theater

Garry Trudeau, creator of the nationally syndicated Doonesbury comic strip, and Art Garfunkel, of the famed Simon and Garfunkel duo and a solo artist, actor and writer, will headline this year’s AhFest during October.

A focus on truth is this year’s theme of AhFest, the annual Muskegon-area celebration of the arts and humanities.

Featured will be art, education, film, literature, music and theater on the MCC campus as well as at several area venues.

“The festival brings awareness of the arts and humanities to the people of our community through activities that honor the efforts of artists, historians, and cultural groups working to make the arts and humanities a part of everyday life,” said Sheila Wahamaki, director of theater at MCC and festival chair.

Foley Schuler, Blue Lake Public Radio host and former English faculty at MCC, addressed the topic of truth.

“In our present era of fake news and the information echo chamber, when Truth, in its many guises, ahs come under full frontal assault and even at times seems to have been thrown out the window altogether, it stubbornly abides, as full of paradox as ever,” he said. “Our quest was never merely a matter of separating fact from fiction. Truth, rather, is often beset caught out of the corner of the eye, or when we least expect it. ‘Tell all the truth but tell it slant,’ admonished Emily Dickinson – and Picasso would perhaps go her one better, defining all art as ‘the lie that tells the truth.’ ”

He added that this year’s AhFest will explore “truth – the whole truth and nothing but the truth.”

Here are highlights of the activities. More information is available on the AhFest webpage at <www.ahfest.org>.

ART

  • “Truth: Works by Brenda Beerhorst and Cathy Marashi,” Sept. 24-Oct. 25, MCC Overbrook Gallery.
  • 90th Regional Exhibition of the Muskegon Museum of Art and “Armand Merizon: His Life and Art.” Oct. 1-31, Muskegon Museum of Art, 296 W. Webster Ave.
  • “Fantasmenagerie: The Sculpture of Nat Rosales.” Opens Oct. 18. Muskegon Museum of Art.

EDUCATION

  • “Redeeming the Dream,” Alveda King, Oct. 4, Frauenthal.
  • “Why Not Lying is Not Enough,” lecture by Sherman Clark, 7 p.m. Oct. 11, 1100 Stevenson Center, MCC.
  • Philosophy on Tap: Discussion of the book, “Post-Truth” by LeeMcIntyre, 7 p.m., Nov. 1, Noble Building Banquet Center, 500 W. Western Ave., Muskegon.

FILM

  • AhFest Film Series: Oct. 3: “Doubt: A Parable,” Oct. 10: “The Shape of Water,” Oct. 17: “The Drop,” Oct. 24: “Moonlight,” Oct. 31: “Ruin Me.” Presented by MCC at the Muskegon Museum of Art.
  • Brown Bag Film Series: “Art21.” Oct. 4, Muskegon Museum of Art.
  • Buster Keaton Film Festival, Oct. 6, Frauenthal Center, Muskegon.

LITERATURE

  • “An Evening with Garry Trudeau,” 7 p.m. Oct. 22, Frauenthal. Sponsored by the Michigan Writers’ Series.

MUSIC

  • “Art Garfunkel in Close-Up,” Sept. 29, Frauenthal.
  • Dallas String Quartet: “DSQ Electric,” Oct. 5, Frauenthal.
  • Red House Concert Series: “House of Hamill with Channing and Quinn,” Oct. 22, Frauenthal.
  • MCC Downtown Live Concert Series, 7 p.m., Frauenthal. Oct. 24: Wind and Jazz Ensemble with the Truth in Jazz Orchestra; Oct. 27: West Michigan Concert Winds; Nov. 4: MCC Vocal Ensemble.
  • “Julien Labro and the Chanson Experiment,” Oct. 27, Muskegon Museum of Art.
  • West Michigan Symphony “Scheherazade Showcase,” Nov. 2, Frauenthal.

THEATER

  • “9th Annual City of the Dead,” Oct. 13-15, Evergreen Cemetery.
  • “Aladdin Jr.,” Muskegon Civic Theater’s Penguin Project, Oct. 20-21.
  • “Animal Farm,” 7:30 p.m. Oct. 24-27 and 3 p.m. Oct. 28, MCC Overbrook Theater.

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