WCU offering virtual entertainment

The Bardo Arts Center is offering a bounty of virtual treats.

Although Bardo Arts Center on the Western Carolina University campus is closed to the public, audiences can enjoy a selection of virtual events and experiences with a lineup of streaming events beginning this month.

The WCU Fine Art Museum is currently offering an interactive 360° virtual tour of the exhibition “Cultivating Collections: Paintings, Ceramics, and Works by Latinx and Latin American Artists.” This multi-year series of exhibitions highlight specific areas of the WCU Fine Art Museum’s Collection, which includes more than 1,800 works of art in a wide range of media by artists of the Americas.

Throughout the fall more virtual events will be available. Learn more at arts.wcu.edu/cultivatingcollections.

The Bardo Performance Hall has partnered with the SouthArts Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers to present a free documentary film series that audiences can watch in the comfort of their home. The films this fall are available to watch on browsers through computers and mobile devices, along with Rokus, Amazon Firesticks, SmartTVs and more through the app “Eventive TV.”

Each stream is followed by a post-film interview with the film’s director and/or other member of the film crew. The film series opens with the documentary, “Coded Bias,” streaming first at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15 and again at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20. 

“Coded Bias” explores the fallout of MIT Media Lab researcher Joy Buolamwini’s startling discovery that facial recognition systems do not see dark-skinned faces accurately, and her journey to push for the first-ever legislation in the U.S. to govern against bias in the algorithms that impact everyone. Shalini Kantayya, the film’s producer and director, will be interviewed immediately following each stream.

To learn more and to register for a free ticket, visit arts.wcuedu/filmseries.

Bardo Arts Center and the entire Belcher College of Fine and Performing Arts will not hold face-to-face events for the general public during the fall semester. More information on virtual WCU arts events and experiences are at arts.wcu.edu/blog.