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A preview of public events at the University of Minnesota, Morris and elsewhere.

"A Prairie Home Companion"

The UMM Concert Choir will perform on "A Prairie Home Companion" when Garrison Keillor hosts the live show from the campus Physical Education Center on Saturday, Feb. 19, broadcast live from 5 until 7 p.m. Show guests are asked to be seated by 4:45 p.m. Tickets are still available. Call 320-589-6080 with questions.

The Unusual Suspects Fundraiser Show

The award-winning student improvisational comedy troupe performs in Edson Auditorium on Saturday, Feb. 19, and Sunday, Feb. 20, at 8 p.m. The troupe competed last semester in the upper midwest regionals of the Chicago College Improv Festival, placing first against all odds. They will soon be heading to Chicago to compete in the national competition against troupes from all around the country. Admission is $2.

Kristoff Krane Concert

Hip Hop artist Kristoff Krane performs in the Student Center's Louie's Lower Level on Monday, Feb. 21, at 5:30 p.m. Sponsored by NORML.

Campus Activities Council spring 2011 convocation, "Heads vs. Feds"

"Heads vs. Feds: The Debate to Legalize Marijuana" rolls onto the University of Minnesota, Morris campus on Monday, Feb. 21. Steve Hager, creative director of High Times magazine, the "voice of the marijuana community," and hard-hitting Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) veteran Robert Stutman will engage each other on the complex, contentious topic of marijuana legalization at 7:30 p.m. in Edson Auditorium in the Student Center. For more information, contact um Office of Student Activities at 320-589-6080.

Pride of the Prairie events celebrate "homegrown" foods

The University will host its semiannual Pride of the Prairie Farmers Market and Community Foods Dinner on Tuesday, Feb. 22. Both events are open to the public. The Farmers Market will be held from 1 until 5 p.m. in the Student Center and will showcase area farmers and organizations dedicated to promoting local agriculture. The Morris Healthy Eating Initiative's market booth will feature copies of the new Morris Community Food Assessment as well as resources for healthy foods.

Following the Farmers Market, the campus will host a delicious Community Foods Dinner. The menu, created by Dining Services and Sodexo, will feature ingredients and foods from many sustainable farmers from the area and across Minnesota. Dinner will be served from 4:45 until 7 p.m. in the Dining Hall, East Second Street, across from the Regional Fitness Center. Diners will enjoy live music performed by "locally grown" musicians. On-campus students may use their meal plan. Tickets can be purchased either in advance at the Student Center Information Desk or at the door.

Parking is free in all campus lots. For more information, call 320-589-6013.

Mixed Student Recital

Various music students perform on Tuesday, Feb. 22, at 7:30 p.m. in the Humanities Fine Arts Recital Hall. No admission charge.

Mazinaatesijigan gekinoo'amaadiwin Film Series

Mazinaatesijigan gekinoo'amaadiwin Film Series (Films with Knowledge) presents a screening on Thursday, Feb. 24, at 6 p.m. in Imholte Hall 109. For much of the 20th century, American Indian identities were shaped, at least in popular culture and public imaginations, by advertising imagery, Edward Curtis photographs, and Wild West shows. The goal of the film series is to re-educate its audience through the use of film to examine and discuss the issues of culture, identity and stereotypes of American Indian people.

Prairie Yard and Garden: Railroad Garden

Combining two different and distinct hobbies into one makes the backyard of Bob and Thea Adams truly unique. The combination of medium-scale railroading and gardening makes their Buffalo, MN residence a place to play and smell the roses. Take a tour with host Larry Zilliox on PBS on Thursday, Feb. 24, at 7:30 p.m. with rebroadcasts Saturday at 1 p.m. and Monday at 4:30 p.m.

Playwriting Workshop

Join the Theatre Discipline as it welcomes playwright Forrest Musselman to campus. Musselman is the author of Sophie and the Adventures of Ice Island, the 2011 spring children's production. On Friday, Feb. 25, from 5 until 7 p.m. in the Humanities Fine Art Black Box Theatre, Musselman and the Theatre Discipline will present a workshop on playwriting. This is a free event, and anyone interested in the above topics is encouraged to attend. For more information, please contact Siobhan Bremer at

KUMM Spring Concert

The campus radio station presents its spring concert on Saturday, Feb. 26, at 8:30 p.m. in Old #1 Southside; featuring Colder in Moscow (whose drummer is a graduate of the UMM jazz program), Mark Mallman (an exciting and energetic rock performer), and The Melismatic (an indie pop group that won the Last Band Standing at Lollapalooza).