A Boston Globe Calendar cover story on Boston's world music scene (October 1) included a section on world music at MIT, calling it "one of the best multicultural programs in the area."
One of MIT's world music makers, Senior Lecturer George Ruckert (sarod), will perform in a concert of classical music of North India at Club Passim in Harvard Square on Sunday, Oct. 18 at 3pm. His hour of sarod music will be followed by an hour of vocals by Warren Senders, with Mr. Ruckert backing him up on harmonium. Both will be accompanied by Jerry Leake on tabla. Admission is $12 ($10 for students). For more information, call 492-7679.
Kinetic sculptor Arthur Ganson and his "elegant mischief machines" made the October cover of Sculpture magazine. Ann Wilson Lloyd wrote, "His pieces borrow, or parody, widely to devise original virtuoso performances dramatizing the physics of movement and playing upon the escalating dance between person and machine." Mr. Ganson, in his fourth year as artist-in-residence at MIT, will present the first of three public talks in conjunction with his MIT Museum exhibition, Gestural Engineering, on Thursday, Oct. 15 from noon-1pm at the MIT Museum.
Institute Professor Jerome Friedman was featured in a nationally aired radio feature by reporter Phyllis Joffe about people working in non-arts-related professions who credit their success in part to their fine arts backgrounds (Marketplace, Sept. 22). "I think arts liberate a person's mode of thinkingï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ they have this unfettered quality in which you can explore," said Professor Friedman, who added that he spent two to three hours a day painting and drawing in high school. Ms. Joffe also informed her audience that "today more than half of all [MIT] undergraduates take at least one course in the arts."
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on October 7, 1998.