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JMU calendar for Oct. 2-11

Oct. 2-Dec. 15: PRISM Gallery Exhibition, open during normal building hours, lower level of Festival Conference and Student Center: “Looking Out – Thirty Years of Study Abroad at JMU, 1979-2009” traces the development of JMU’s study abroad program since its beginnings in London; the program continues to flourish and now sends more than 1,000 students each year to nearly 40 programs around the world; enjoy the sights and sounds of other cultures as captured by students and faculty whose lives international education has transformed; free.

Oct. 2-Oct. 30: Sawhill Gallery Encore Series Exhibition, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 2-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Duke Hall: The School of Art and Art History has selected Huh Hwe-tae as the Encore Artist for 2009-10; his work, “Emography,” is a combination of emotion and five calligraphic styles; the JMU exhibition is the first major showing of artwork by this renowned Korean artist in the United States; for information, call (540) 568-6407; free.

Oct. 2-Nov. 6: The Gallery @ Festival Exhibition, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, Room 2104, Festival Conference and Student Center: “The World of the Ancient Greeks and Romans” is an interactive, fun and child-friendly exhibit that encourages exploration of classical Mediterranean culture through objects drawn from the Madison Art Collection; learn about how Western life today is strongly influenced by the Greeks and Romans; free.

Oct. 2-10: artWorks Gallery Exhibition, noon-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday, noon-4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 131 Grace St.: Features the work of JMU undergraduate students; free.

Oct. 2-17: New Image Gallery Exhibition, noon-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday, noon-4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 131 Grace St.: The contemporary photography gallery presents the printmaking of Jack McCaslin, JMU professor of art and art history; for information, call (540) 568-7175; free.

Oct. 2: JMU Brass Band, 8 p.m., Wilson Hall Auditorium: Formed in 2000, the traditional British-style band has twice been named the North American Brass Band Association Honors Section Champion and also the NABBA Championship Section runner-up two years in a row; tickets are $8 and $10; call the Masterpiece Season box office at (540) 568-7000 or (877) 201-7543 (toll free) for reservations.

Oct. 2-3: JMU Theatre – “The Diviners,” 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Latimer-Shaeffer Theatre, Duke Hall: Set during the Great Depression, Jim Leonard Jr.’s play is a heart-rending allegorical gem; tickets are $8 and $10; call the Masterpiece Season box office at (540) 568-7000 or (877) 201-7543 (toll free) for reservations.

Oct. 4: JMU Wind Symphony, 3 p.m., Wilson Hall Auditorium: Admission is $4; check the School of Music’s Concert Hotline at (540) 568-3481 for venue and time changes.

Oct. 7: Guest Artists, 6:30 p.m., Anthony-Seeger Auditorium: Mary Adam Archer, flute, and Frank Archer, piano, with JMU’s Wanchi Huang, violin; check the School of Music’s Concert Hotline at (540) 568-3481 for venue and time changes; free.

Oct. 7: University Chorus, 8 p.m., Wilson Hall Auditorium: Admission is $4; check the School of Music’s Concert Hotline at (540) 568-3481 for venue and time changes.

Oct. 9-11: Family Weekend. For a full listing of events and ticketing information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/parents/Family_Weekend.shtml.

Oct. 9: Africana Studies Interdisciplinary Symposium, 8:40 a.m.-5 p.m., Room 344, Godwin Hall: “Africa at the Crossroads: Where Do We Go From Here?” features five sessions: environment, justice and governance, culture and identity, a special session and education and development, as well as a keynote address, “The World of African Storytelling,” by Distinguished Professor Isidore Okpewho of Binghamton University at 4 p.m.; for a full schedule, view the event program (PDF).

Oct. 9: Jerusalem Women Speak, 2 p.m., War Memorial Auditorium, Memorial Hall: Three women from different cultural and faith backgrounds in Jerusalem, Israel, share stories of their lives and work for peace; a question-and-answer session moderated by Tim Ruebke of the Harrisonburg Community Mediation Center follows; all are invited to a reception in the Memorial Hall Forum after the session; for more information, visit www.partnersforpeace.org or contact Lorie Merrow at merrowee@jmu.edu.

Oct. 9: Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood – The 3rd Annual Farewell Tour, 8 p.m., Wilson Hall Auditorium: Following the enormous success of ABC’s “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” two stars of the Emmy-nominated series have teamed up to present an evening of extraordinary improvisational comedy; using their quick wit, Mochrie and Sherwood take contributions from the audience to create hilarious and original scenes; tickets are $20, $35 and $40; call the Masterpiece Season box office at (540) 568-7000 or (877) 201-7543 (toll free) for reservations.

Oct. 10-11: Fall Plant and Bulb Sale, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Frances Plecker Education Center, Edith J. Carrier Arboretum: The sale features a wide assortment of tulips, daffodils, Crocus, Allium (Giant Blooming Onion), Arum (Lords and Ladies), Chionodoxa (Glory of the Snow), Colchicum (Meadow Saffron), Sternbergia (Lily of the Meadow or Winter Daffodil) and Iris; arboretum staff is available for expert planting advice; purchases may be made using most major credit cards; for information, visit www.jmu.edu/arboretum or call 568-3194.

Oct. 10: JMU Family Weekend Pops Concert, 8:30 p.m., Convocation Center: Features the JMU Chorale, JMU Brass Band, JMU Wind Symphony and the Marching Royal Dukes; admission is $11; for tickets, check http://www.jmu.edu/ubo/pay/family_weekend/.


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