Arts & Culture
1:44 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Wynton Marsalis, Bill Nye, and Melissa Harris-Perry Coming to WKU in 2014-15

Bill Nye is coming to WKU on Oct. 15 as part of the school's 2014-15 Cultural Enhancement Series.
Bill Nye is coming to WKU on Oct. 15 as part of the school's 2014-15 Cultural Enhancement Series.
Credit PBS

A former PBS star known as “The Science Guy” and one of America’s most famous jazz musicians highlight the 18th season of WKU’s Cultural Enhancement Series.

Here is the lineup for the 2014-15 Cultural Enhancement Series, released Friday by the university:

Sept. 30: Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, 7:30 p.m. at Van Meter Hall. The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, comprising 15 of the finest jazz soloists and ensemble players today, has been the Jazz at Lincoln Center resident orchestra since 1988. (Note: CES Premier Event; tickets available Aug. 25.)

Oct. 15: Bill Nye, 7:30 p.m. at E.A Diddle Arena. The scientist, engineer, comedian, author and inventor is a man with a mission: to help foster a scientifically literate society, to help people everywhere understand and appreciate the science that makes our world work. (Note: CES Premier Event; tickets available Sept. 15. Co-sponsored by the Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky.)

Oct. 28: National Dance Company of Ecuador, 7:30 p.m. at Van Meter Hall. Performance is part of WKU’s celebration of the International Year of Ecuador. (Note: No ticket required; free seating on first-come, first-served basis.)

Nov. 18: Kentucky Glory: Gospel Music from the Commonwealth, 7:30 p.m. at Downing Student Union Auditorium. Performance will feature John Edmonds, Paul Moseley and The Northern Kentucky Brotherhood. (Note: No ticket required; free seating on first-come, first-served basis. Co-presented by the Kentucky Folklife Program at WKU.)

Feb. 5: Melissa Harris-Perry, 7:30 p.m. at Van Meter Hall. The American writer, professor, television host and political commentator with a focus on African-American politics hosts the Melissa Harris-Perry weekend news and opinion television show on MSNBC. (Note: CES Premier Event; date tickets available TBA.)

Feb. 10: Mummenschanz, 7:30 p.m. at Van Meter Hall. The witty ideas of the group, founded in Paris in 1972 by Andres Bossard, Floriana Frassetto and Bernie Schürch, have been carrying away audiences all over the world. (Note: CES Premier Event; date tickets available TBA.)

April 16: Kentucky Strings: Bluegrass Music and Beyond, featured performers to be announced, time TBA at WKU South Lawn next to Downing Student Union. (Note: No ticket required; free seating on first-come, first-served basis. Co-presented by the Kentucky Folklife Program at WKU.)