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SIUE Presents: The Trojan Women

Season 14-15 of SIUE’s College of Theater and Dance comes to a “dramatic” conclusion April 20-24th with the company’s sixth production, The Trojan Women. A tragedy by famed ancient Greek playwright Euripides, the play first debuted at the Acropolis in Athens, Greece in the year 415 B.C.  It outlines the human cost of war, and despite its categorization as a tragedy, contains thoughtful parables that are just as relevant today as they were when Euripides wrote them centuries ago.

Famous in his day for his strong female characters, Euripides drew on the myths and legends surrounding the Trojan War and his own experiences with the Peloponnesian War to write the play. The action follows princesses Cassandra and Andromache, Queen Hecuba, and the Chorus of everyday women as they deal with the aftermath of a defeated city. Euripides’ anti-war themes and lessons about not handing over our power resonate throughout the piece.

Chuck Harper directs the college’s new translation of the play, which showcases the acting, design, dancing, and critical theory skills of SIUE’s talented pool of student artists. The team took home a number of awards at last year’s College of Arts & Sciences Honor’s Day ceremony, including several performance scholarships.

Play times for The Trojan Women are 7:30pm April 20-23rd and 2pm on Sunday the 24th. The production takes place on campus at Dunham Hall Theater and tickets for this Southern Illinois University event are FREE for students! You can contact the box office for general admission purchases, and feel free to contact us as well for additional information.


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Spring Rocks! Music Fest

On April 16th a new tradition will be launched here in Edwardsville when The American Legion Clubhouse and Golf Course hosts its 1st annual Spring Rocks Music Fest. The concert features music from three local and regional artists, with sounds that range from blues and rock to strings and swing.

The Watershed String Band takes the stage from 4-5pm to kick off the night with an appetizer of traditional bluegrass music to whet your appetite. These Edwardsville natives love to kick it – folk style – and the 2016 release of their “The Apple Crate Sessions” album highlights their signature high energy twist to these traditional acoustic sounds.

From 5:15-8pmThe Skylark Brothers will showcase their dual electric/acoustic classic rock with vocals reminiscent of Neal Young and covers from the 60’s and 70’s, like Stevie Ray Vaughan’s Cold Shot.

The Mondin Band takes the featured spot from 8:15-11pm to wow with their cross-genre sounds of Jazz, Swing, Dance, Blues, Rock, and “a little bit of Old Country”. You can check out their 2015 Guitar Master’s Performance at BB’s in St. Louis here.

Take in all the amazing sounds while enjoying some great food. ‘On the Hill’ Clubhouse is known for its Cod Platter and clam chowder, and with a full bar, they’ll be plenty of food and drinks to keep your feet hopping all night long!

With some of the most talented and multi-faceted bands in the region, student activities in Edwardsville don’t get much more rockin’ than Spring Rocks ‘On the Hill’. You can purchase your tickets for only $5 here, or at the American Legion Clubhouse Grill, 58 State 157. Feel free to contact us if you’d like more information about this and other upcoming area concerts, and to get your own “front row seat” that’s close to all the action at AXIS Edwardsville.

 


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Get Ready for SIUE’s Track and Field Gateway Classic

Edwardsville is in for a double-dose of sports fun when the SIUE men’s and women’s track and field teams bring it home for the annual Gateway Classic on Saturday, April 16th. Come out to see if NCAA Championship contender Julian Harvey can break his own SIUE school long jump record of 25 feet, 10.75 inches set on February 16th at the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) Championships. Or check out Jessica Oranika in the 400 meters and cheer her on to smash her own personal best – and school – record of 54.77 seconds that she set during the OVC!

This year’s SIUE track and field team members have earned several other impressive stats and accolades that make them exciting competitors to watch. A total of 19 athletes won All-OVC Honors this year. In addition, Keith Meyer claimed first place in the 3000 meter race at the GVSU Big Meet in February and Ivory Cassell won the long jump for her team at the DeNoon Invitational.

Watching all the Cougars vie for school pride is easy: Axis Edwardsville is within walking distance of the Classic, which takes place from 8am to 8pm at Korte Stadium on the SIUE Campus, 6 Hairpin Dr. Students get in free to the Classic with a valid SIUE id. Non-student general admission tickets can be purchased at the stadium an hour before the game for $7, and SIUE faculty and staff, senior citizens, and students ages 6-18 get a discounted rate of $2.

Contact us today to if you want to learn more about this event, or any of SIUE’s other upcoming games and meets!


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A Little Taste of Heaven Near Axis Edwardsville

Wonderful sweet treat spots near Axis Edwardsville are plentiful and include everything from ice cream to doughnuts. One local favorite is a quaint bakery aptly named A Little Taste of Heaven. This bakery is the perfect place to be when your sweet tooth needs soothing, so the next time you get a craving for something tasty, be sure to try out this yummy little shop.

The menu at A Little Taste of Heaven includes a bit of everything. From doughnuts to cookies, this local bakery has dessert covered no matter your tastes. The cheesecake is a customer favorite at this little grab-and-go joint. Oddly enough, they also serve up some amazing biscuits and gravy. Coffee is also an option, which pairs perfectly with the delectable sweets they serve up.

The treats at this bakery would be the perfect snack to take and share at the office or at a party. Just make sure to call ahead because customer favorites go quickly!

The staff at A Little Taste of Heaven is friendly, accommodating and always willing to help a new customer choose their treats.

If you are looking for a home near this local bakery, as well as the many other local Edwardsville businesses, please contact us at Axis Edwardsville. We would be thrilled to help you find your ideal home so you can begin to enjoy our wonderful community.


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Celebrate Irish Heritage Month

St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner! It’s a great time to learn about and celebrate Irish culture, especially music. In fact, since March doubles as Irish Heritage Month, listening to music in your apartment in luxury student living is a nice way to enjoy Celtic music and its influences all month.

Here’s one way to celebrate; over the past several decades, the traditional Irish group The Chieftains have been creating recordings highlighting the interplay of Irish music with American music. They play traditional Irish pipes, whistles, and so on; guest musicians play their instruments and sing. Check some of these out and enjoy.

The latest, Voice of Ages, combines traditional Irish music with a number of indie-rock and indie Americana performers. Thus Rhiannon Giddens and the Carolina Chocolate Drops sing the folk song “Pretty Little Girl” with Chieftains accompaniment, The Decemberists sing the Bob Dylan-penned “When the Ship Comes In,” and The Punch Brothers sing the Irish “The Frost Is All Over.”

One of the first recordings The Chieftains did with collaborators was Long Black Veil, in which musicians known for their stature in the rock and roll world sang Irish folk songs. Sting, for example, sings the Gaelic “Mo Ghile Mear (Our Hero),” backed with a doleful Irish drum. The Rolling Stones join in with “Rocky Road to Dublin,” and Sinead O’Connor sing “The Foggy Dew.”

The affinities between Irish music and American country music are many. The songs have catchy melodies, they alternate between extremely catchy rhythms and sadness, and both often feature fiddles and other stringed instruments. Another Country thus pairs “The Cliffs of Mohar Jig” (Irish) with “Heartbreak Hotel,” as played by Nashville guitar legend Chet Atkins and “Father Kelly’s Reels (Irish) with bluegrass virtuoso Ricky Skaggs playing “Wabash Cannonball.”

Slainte!

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