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The Arts Events

CLC continues to offer diverse audience opportunities reflecting our ongoing campus life and arts programs. Most events are free to the public.

Red Boat Afloat by Pelumi Rotimi-Ajayi

April 9 - May 14
40th Annual CLC Student Art Competition
Robert T. Wright Community Center

This annual juried CLC student is a celebration of drawing, painting, design, sculpture, ceramics, graphic design and animation from fine art and digital media and design majors.

View the exhibit online

April 20, 7 p.m.
International Film Showing: The White Tiger
Russia, 2012
Viewed on Netflix followed by a Zoom discussion

Balram Halawi is a young New Delhi resident torn between two lives – smart enough for a scholarship, destined for success, but forced to work as a chauffeur for wealthy elites. His struggle is also India’s – it’s modernizing, could be the next China, but pervasive corruption holds it back. Could Balram be a “White Tiger”—a rare beast who symbolizes breaking free? And if so, who will he devour on his way to success? Oscar-nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay, adapted from a Booker-Prize winning novel, The White Tiger “is a zestful epic blessed with rapier wit, casually dazzling dialogue, gorgeous cinematography, and a sensational star turn.” (The Wall Street Times)

Register to this Zoom event

April 22, 7 p.m.
Willow Review
Literary Magazine Launch & Reading

2021 Illinois Featured Authors:
Jennifer Brown Banks and Poets
United to Advance the Arts

Contributors to CLC’s award-winning literary magazine, Willow Review, will read from their original poetry and prose. Copies of the 48th issue will be available for mail order sales. Willow Review is partially funded by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

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April 23, 7:30 p.m.
April 24, 7:30 p.m.
April 25, 2 p.m.
Play On!
A CLC Student Showcase

Play On! is a celebration of student creativity, talent and achievement. Join CLC students as they showcase their abilities as actors, directors, stage managers, designers and technicians. Ideas for the showcase are solicited in the fall semester and students produce the work in the spring. It might be a full-length play, an evening of one-acts or even an original script–the students will decide!

Zoom registration for the Friday, April 23rd Performance

Zoom registration for the Saturday, April 24th Performance

Zoom registration for the Sunday, April 25th Performance

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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Fear No Art Festival performers on stage

April 23, 7:30 p.m.
April 24, 7:30 p.m.
Fear No Art Festival
Free Virtual Concert

The Annual Fear No Art festival is a lively celebration featuring a variety of emerging choreographers, dancers, musicians, singers, actors and poets. This festival plays a vital role in supporting the artistic development and work of both our college students and our community artists at large.

Register to watch a performance online. Each Performance requires a separate registration.

Zoom registration for Friday, April 23 at 7:30 p.m.

Zoom registration for Saturday, April 24 at 7:30 p.m.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Community conversation to follow performance to discuss artist’s works and reflect on how we are creating and thinking about the arts today. Audience members can ask questions in the Q&A session.

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May 7, 3 p.m.
Keynote event: Fatimah Asghar reading and fireside chat
CLC celebrates APIDA (Asian Pacific Islander Desi American) Heritage Month

Join us for a reading and fireside chat with writer and filmmaker Fatimah Asghar. In 2011, Asghar created a spoken word poetry group in Bosnia and Herzegovina while on a Fulbright studying theater in post-genocidal countries. She is the writer and co-creator of Brown Girls, an Emmy-Nominated web series. A Ruth Lily and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellow, she was also featured on the 2017 Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list. She is the author of If They Come For Us, and the co-editor of Halal If You Hear Me, an anthology that celebrates Muslim writers who are also women, queer, gender nonconforming and/or trans. For more on Fatima Asghar, visit

Register in advance for this event