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

Meiningens Student Theatre Presents: Bent

Meiningens Student Theatre will present Bent by Martin Sherman on Saturday, Feb. 8, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The production will take place in the Humanities Fine Arts Black Box Theatre. Tickets may be ordered at or 320-589-6077. For more information, please contact Meiningens at This production contains mature content and language. Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French.

Prism Concert

The Music Discipline will present a Prism Concert on Saturday, Feb. 8, at 4:15 p.m. in the Humanities Fine Arts Proscenium Theatre. This will be the first “Prism Concert,” a performance experience that, like a prism revealing varied colors of light, displays the many facets of musical experience in a seamless presentation of non-stop music performed from various locations within the auditorium. The sounds of music from throughout the world by UMM’s performing groups will surround the audience from all angles. Free admission; no ticket required.

7th Annual Morris Festival of French and Francophone Films

This year’s film festival includes four new, award-winning features. Subtitled in English, the films will be screened at 7 p.m. on Mondays for four weeks. The campus and the public are invited to these free screenings in the Student Center’s Edson Auditorium. On Feb. 10, the festival will feature Monsieur Lazhar / Mr. Lazhar. Writer-director Philippe Falardeau’s unforgettable movie, based on a one-person play by Evelyne de la Chenelière, explores the intricate process by which M. Lazhar earns the respect and trust of his pupils; some, the children of immigrants or, like this devoted instructor, recent arrivals to Quebec. As the reasons for M. Lazhar’s immigration to Canada from Algeria are made clear, so, too is his rather unconventional method for applying for the teaching position. Monsieur Lazhar is that rarest of movies about education, one that avoids clichés and sentimentality, favoring instead honesty and clear-eyed compassion.

Mixed Student Recital

There will be a mixed student recital on Tuesday, Feb. 11, at 7:30 p.m. in the  Humanities Fine Arts Recital Hall. This regular concert series features UMM instrumental and vocal students performing varied repertoire. Free admission; no ticket required.

Artist Lecture: Michael Eble/Tracy Otten

There will be an artist lecture featuring Michael Eble and Tracy Otten on Thursday, Feb. 13, at 12 p.m. in the Humanities Fine Arts Edward J. and Helen Jane Morrison Gallery. The lecture corresponds with the Edward J. and Helen Jane Morrison Gallery’s Artist, Teacher, Scholar, an exhibition featuring the work of UMM studio art faculty members.

Valentine’s Day

 Improv Show

There will be an improv show presented by student group Breakfast for Dinner on Friday, Feb. 14, at 9 p.m. in Science 2950. Tickets are available at the door.

CAC Films Presents—Love Actually

There will be a showing of Love Actually on Friday, Feb. 14, at 9:30 p.m. in the Student Center’s Edson Auditorium. This event is sponsored by Campus Activities Council (CAC) Films.

Dance Ensemble Community Showcase

The Dance Ensemble will present a community showcase on Saturday, Feb. 15, at 6 p.m. in the Student Center’s Edson Auditorium.

Kathryn Ananda-Owens Piano Recital

Guest artist Kathryn Ananda-Owens will present a piano recital on Sunday, Feb. 16, at 1 p.m. in the Humanities Fine Arts Recital Hall. Ananda-Owens will perform music by Mozart, Schumann, and Minnesota-based composer Justin Merritt. The event features free admission; no ticket required.