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

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: adults $5, seniors/children $3, students $1.

February Community Meal

The next Morris Community Meal will be held on Monday, Feb. 24, at 5:30 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church (108 West Eighth Street, Morris, MN 56267). The meal highlights heart-healthy foods like three-bean chili with grass-fed beef, minestrone soup, fresh coleslaw salad, hearty vegetable salad, and citrus ginger dessert. Vegetarian and gluten-free options will be available. The event is free and open to all members of the community.

Taja Will Integral Living/Holistic Health Workshop

There will be a holistic health workshop on Monday, Feb. 24, at 6 p.m. in the Student Center’s Oyate Hall (Alumni Room). The workshop aims to teach participants about somatic intelligence and to give a holistic ("mind, body, and soul") approach to personal health. The workshop will also include a low-energy movement portion, focusing on yoga and meditation techniques, so comfortable clothes are recommended. It will be hosted by Taja Will, a performing artist, healer, and activist based in Minneapolis.

7th Annual Morris Festival of French and Francophone Films

The campus and the public are invited to these free screenings in the Student Center’s Edson Auditorium. On Monday, Feb. 24, at 7 p.m. in the Student Center’s Edson Auditorium, the festival will feature Les Adieux à la reine / Farewell, My Queen. Benoît Jacquot’s nimble, lush adaptation of Chantal Thomas’s 2003 novel portrays Versailles on the eve of the 1789 revolution as told through the eyes of Sidonie, the besotted reader to Marie Antoinette. Compressed to four tumultuous days, the film follows Sidonie as she tries to make sense of the rumors spreading in the royal palace. Rendered blind to the queen’s caprice by love, Sidonie both thrills under her affections and seethes with jealousy for the queen’s prized pet, Gabrielle de Polignac, giving rise to the discreet yet heated passion that unfolds in Farewell, My Queen.

Café Scientifique

The next Café Scientifique discussion will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 25, at 6 p.m. at the Common Cup Coffeehouse (501 Atlantic Avenue, Morris, MN 56267). Carrie Eberle, research agronomist post-doc at the North Central Soil Conservation Research Lab, will lead the discussion, entitled “The good, the bad, and the honey.” All are welcome to attend. Audience participation is encouraged.

Artist Lecture: Kevin Flicker/Gary Wahl

There will be an artist lecture featuring Associate Professors of Studio Art Michael Eble and Tracy Otten on Thursday, Feb. 27, at 12 p.m. in the Humanities Fine Arts Edward J. and Helen Jane Morrison Gallery. The lecture corresponds with the gallery’s ARTIST, TEACHER, SCHOLAR, an exhibition featuring the work of UMM studio art faculty members.

Open Mic Night

There will be an open mic event on Thursday, Feb. 27, at 9:30 p.m. in the Student Center’s Turtle Mountain Cafe. Students are welcome to participate and enjoy various performances.