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

Feb. 5 - Feb. 12

Performing Arts Series

The 2010-11 Performing Arts Series warms up the winter with Minnesota-based TU Dance. The 12-member company performs at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 5, in the Student Center's Edson Auditorium. Also on Saturday, at 1 p.m., the company will hold a master class, open to the public, with area dancers in the Humanities Fine Arts Theatre/Dance Rehearsal Room 125.

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Tickets may be ordered by mail or in person at the UMM Student Activities Office. Credit card orders may also be placed by phone. For more information, please contact the UMM Office of Student Activities or call 320-589-6080.

Symphonic Winds and Dance Ensemble Concert

The Symphonic Winds will present its first concert of spring semester on Sunday, Feb. 6, at 3 p.m. in the Student Center's Oyate Hall. Tickets will be sold at the door, and reserved tickets are available for purchase in advance at the information desk in the Student Center. For more information, please contact the Division of the Humanities Office at 320-589-6250.

Introduction to first annual Prairie Gate Literary Festival

The second of a series of five free public programs, dubbed Prairie Gate Previews, will be held in the Morris Public Library on Monday, Feb. 7, at 7 p.m., when Athena Kildegaard introduces poet Philip Bryant. Each of these programs will introduce the public to one of the five writers featured at this year's first annual Prairie Gate Literary Festival. The festival will be held on March 25 and 26 on the Morris campus and will feature readings by the five previewed writers as well as workshops in writing drama, fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. The remaining three previews will be held in February and March.

First Annual Solar Swim

Free solar swim events will take place on Saturday, Feb. 12, at the Regional Fitness Center. The programs will feature free food, family fun, and an opportunity to learn more about the RFC solar-thermal heating project. Saturday features a community event lasting from 5 until 7 p.m. A student swim from 8:30 until 11 p.m. rounds out the day. This event is sponsored by the RFC, UMM, and Minnesota Schools Cutting Carbon.

Mazinaatesijigan gekinoo'amaadiwin Film Series (Films with Knowledge)

Film screening on Thursday, Feb. 10, 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. In the past few decades, American Indian artists and filmmakers have extracted their own image from these external forces, challenging the established codes of representation. 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: University of Minnesota, Morris Gardens

On Thursday, Feb. 10, at 7:30 p.m. Gail Boe, senior gardener, gives a tour of the different garden plots while Dennis Gimmestad, architectural historian with the Minnesota Department of Transportation, tells of the campus history. PY&G airs Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m. January through April, with rebroadcasts Mondays at 1 p.m. and Saturdays at 4:30 p.m.

Meinengens: Recent Tragic Events

Meiningens, the student theatre group, discovers comedy in the face of tragedy in Recent Tragic Events by playwright Craig Wright. Set in a Minneapolis apartment in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks, Recent Tragic Events explores the roles of fate and chance in this unexpectedly funny play. Recent Tragic Events performs in the Humanities Fine Arts (HFA) Black Box Theatre Feb. 10-12. Performances are Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m., with a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday. Free, convenient parking is available evening and weekends in all campus lots. For more information, including group rates or advance ticket sales, email the Box Office at thrpub@morris.umn.edu or call 320-589-6249.

Jazz Ensembles Concert

Joe Carucci directs the UMM Jazz Ensembles in a concert on Friday, Feb. 11, at 7:30 p.m. in the HFA Recital Hall. Admission will be charged.

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