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

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.

Jazz Combos

There will be a jazz combo performance on Monday, Feb. 17, at 5:30 p.m. in the Student Center’s Turtle Mountain Cafe. Both instrumental and vocal jazz combos are encouraged to find their own innovative approach to the music they present.

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. 17, the festival will feature De rouille et d’os / Rust and Bone. This invigorating melodrama centers on the explosive chemistry of two damaged souls: the beefy, penniless Ali, who has traveled south to Antibes with his five-year-old son to settle with Ali’s sister in the hopes of starting a new life, and Stéphanie, a whale trainer who becomes a double amputee after a freak accident at the marine mammal park where she works. We witness the evolution of their tumultuous relationship that, despite (or because of) their many differences and the obstacles they face, results in nothing less than a great love story.

Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies (GWSS) Works in Progress Series

UMM student Darcy Gabriel will present a GWSS discussion entitled “Kicking Assumptions and Taking Names” on Tuesday, Feb. 18, at 6 p.m. in Imholte Hall 109. Several times each month, faculty members doing gender, women, and sexuality studies (gwss)-related scholarship present their “work in progress.” Each work showcased is at a different stage of production, but all the presenters are looking for lively discussion and feedback from the audience.

Asking the Big Questions

There will be an Asking the Big Questions discussion on Wednesday, Feb. 19, at 7 p.m. in the Briggs Library McGinnis Room.

Careers in Biology

Susan Seim Listberger ’07 will present the next Careers in Biology alumni speakers lecture, “Fish, Foams and Fats—One Bio Major's Fateful Journey,” on Thursday, Feb. 20, at 7 p.m. in the Science Auditorium. This talk is free and open to the public.

Samantha Cho Piano Recital

Guest artist Samantha Cho will perform music by Bach, Mozart, Berg, and Chopin on Thursday, Feb. 20, at 7:30 p.m. in the Humanities Fine Arts Recital Hall. Free admission; no ticket required.

UMM Jazz Ensembles Concert

There will be a jazz ensembles concert on Friday, Feb. 21, at 7:30 p.m. in the Humanities Fine Arts Recital Hall. UMM is steeped in a tradition of high-quality jazz music! Under the direction of Jason Squinobal, the UMM Jazz Ensembles perform regular concerts on campus in addition to promoting jazz in the community. Tickets are available.

Performing Arts Series: Aquila Theatre, Fahrenheit 451

The 2013–14 Performing Arts Series will conclude with Aquila Theatre Company in Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 on Saturday, Feb. 22, at 7:30 p.m. in the Student Center’s Edson Auditorium. Aquila will bring new life to Bradbury’s visionary parable of a society gone awry.

Tickets are available for purchase online, by phone and mail, or in person at the Office of Student Activities, Conferences, and Special Events. To purchase your tickets today, please visit or call 320-589-6077.

Before the performance Aquila will host a masterclass on acting technique at 3:15 p.m. in Humanities Fine Arts 25. This event is free and open to the public.

UMM Symphonic Winds Sunday Matinee Concert

The UMM Symphonic Winds will present a matinee concert and pre-concert chat on Sunday, Feb. 23,  in the Humanities Fine Arts Recital Hall. The chat will be at 2:30 p.m., followed by the 3 p.m. concert. Under the direction of Simon Tillier, the Symphonic Winds is the premier large instrumental ensemble at UMM. Made up of the campus’s most talented wind, brass, and percussion players, the ensemble performs works from all musical periods, cultures, and styles, featuring both core and contemporary repertoire, and new pieces by emerging composers. This concert will include works by Henry Kucharzyk, Michael Torke, and Marco Putz. Tickets are available.