On the Radar: USF Honors Theater presents Sarah Ruhl's Melancholy Play, and Broadcast at the Contemporary Art Musem

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explores the role of artists since the late 1960s, who have "engaged in official channels of broadcast television and radio." Some of the thirteen participating artists (among them Dara Birnbaum, Doug Hall, neurotransmitter and Siebren Versteeg) chose to create their own footage, inserting themselves into the medium to question the rules of what we watch; others chose to cut up and manipulate existing film stock in an homage to the art form that has mesmerized the world since its introduction to the mainstream five-plus decades ago. Melancholy Play, June 3-6, 8 p.m. Thurs.-Sat., 3 p.m. Sun., USF Theater Center, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa, $12-$15, $8-$10 students and seniors, arts.usf.edu.; Broadcast, opening reception 7-9 p.m. Fri., June 4, runs through Aug. 7, USF Contemporary Art Museum, 4202 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa, ira.usf.edu.

Welcome to On the Radar, where we preview upcoming events to mark your calendars for. MacArthur "Genius" Grant-winning playwright Sarah Ruhl has been staging a silent coup of local theaters lately, garnering praise along the way from CL theater critic Mark Leib. The students in USF's Honors Theatre continue the trend with Ruhl's Melancholy Play (pictured), which wonders: Why do we expect to be happy? Ruhl's expertise is evident because the show isn't somber at all — it's a lighthearted, laugh-out-loud jest that simultaneously questions the idea that we deserve constant bliss, all the while reminding us that life ain't so bad, after all.

USF's art department is thinking outside the (idiot) box, too: the Contemporary Art Museum airs Broadcast, a collection of video-projection installations and interactive broadcasts that

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