BISMARCK-The University of Mary campus is buzzing with excitement as students and faculty prepare to close out the 2012-2013 academic year. The month of April will feature an exciting array of activities and events designed to showcase and enhance students' skills and further U-Mary's mission of serving the cultural needs of the people of the region.
The community is invited to share in the following events:
Thursday-Sunday, April 4-7: Spring Theater Production, ‘The Comically, Tragically Historical Adventures Of Alexander The Great (And Friends)'
April 4-6, 7:30 p.m.; April 7, 2 p.m., Arno Gustin Hall
The premiere of this original play by U-Mary student Joseph Smith, brought to the stage by cast and crew of U-Mary students and faculty, whimsically portrays the events, conquests and travels of Alexander the Great during his short reign. Tickets are $8 regular admission/$4 for seniors and high school students; call 355-8263 to reserve yours. It is appropriate for those 16 and over.
Thursday-Sunday, April 4-7: Annual Artists Celebrating Christ Event
Artists Celebrating Christ (ACC), a unique interdenominational event, will once again bring together Christian artists from across the nation at the University of Mary's Benedictine Center and the Gary Tharaldson School of Business. Highlights will include a juried art show, artwork from young area students, art classes and tours of the exhibits for students, presentations, and a Quick Draw and Silent Auction. Event times vary, with a schedule being available at www.accartshow.com. In the spirit of service and stewardship, proceeds after expenses will benefit ND Teen Challenge. Artists Celebrating Christ 2013 is sponsored in part by Dakota West Arts Council; the Christian Leadership Center; Image Printing; the University of Mary; and Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, Morton County. There is no charge for admission.
Wednesday And Thursday, April 10 And April 11: Annie Barrows, Author Of This Year's Campus Read, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
April 10, Public Reading, Book-Signing/Reception, 7 p.m., Harold Schafer Leadership Center Great Room
April 11, Convocation, 11 a.m., Butler Hall, Gary Tharaldson School of Business
Both events are free and open of charge.
Wednesday, April 17: Public Reading By Guest Poet And U-Mary Poetry Slam Host Ray McManus
7:30 p.m., Bismarck Downtown Artist Co-Op, 4th and Thayer
Poet Ray McManus (winner of the South Carolina Poetry Prize and author of "Driving Through the Country Before You Were Born" and "Red Dirt Jesus") will give a free, public reading of his work.
Thursday, April 18: Fourth Annual Poetry Slam
7 p.m., R.M. Heskett Hall
Student poets recite their original, crowd-pleasing poetry while competing for fabulous prizes, in the popular campus event, hosted this year by guest poet Ray McManus. There is no charge for admission.
Monday-Wednesday, April 22-24: The Paper Birds
This three-day event focusing on social justice, to be held in cooperation with Bismarck State College and ArtsQuest 2013, will feature a talk by Patrick Atkinson, founder/executive director of the Institute for Trafficked, Exploited and Missing Persons, and workshops and presentations of "In A Thousand Pieces," depicting the brutal and isolated world of women forced into the sex trade, performed by The Paper Birds Theatre Company of Leeds, England (not recommended for viewers under age 14). Sessions and performances are free and open to the public. Visit bismarckstate.edu/artsquest for more information and a detailed schedule.