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March 2013


March 2 - John C. Wells Planetarium Shows

2:30 p.m. ("One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure") and 3:30 and 4:30 p.m. ("Seven Wonders")
Miller Hall

The planetarium offers shows for the public, with seating beginning 10 minutes before show time on a first-come, first-seated basis; the first show is geared toward families with young children while the second and third shows appeal to older children and adults; each show is followed by a 25-minute "star talk" that provides visitors with updates about the night sky, including constellations, planets and any comets that might be visible; for more information, including program descriptions, check http://www.jmu.edu/planetarium/index.shtml; free.



March 4 - Spring Break

March 4-8: Spring Break. Classes do not meet.



March 5 - Bonsai Workshop

March 5, 12 and 19
noon-1 p.m.
Frances Plecker Education Center, Edith J. Carrier Arboretum

Arboretum grounds manager and bonsai master Mike Hott hosts this workshop in which participants create a “wee-tree” to enjoy at home or in the office. There is the option to pay a $35 fee, which covers all materials inclusive to create a bonsai tree or a $12 fee for the final session only for “wee-tree tune-ups” for prior workshop members. For information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/arboretum.



March 8 - University Holiday

University closed.



March 9 - John C. Wells Planetarium Shows

2:30 p.m. ("One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure") and 3:30 and 4:30 p.m. ("Seven Wonders")
Miller Hall

The planetarium offers shows for the public, with seating beginning 10 minutes before show time on a first-come, first-seated basis; the first show is geared toward families with young children while the second and third shows appeal to older children and adults; each show is followed by a 25-minute "star talk" that provides visitors with updates about the night sky, including constellations, planets and any comets that might be visible; for more information, including program descriptions, check http://www.jmu.edu/planetarium/index.shtml; free.



March 13 - Sing Out! An A Cappella Celebration

8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday
Concert Hall, Forbes Center for the Performing Arts

A cappella continues to take the world by storm! A sellout last season, this event returns for two nights of performances by JMU's amazing a cappella groups. This second annual Sing Out! also features an a cappella group from Harrisonburg High School and a visiting university. For tickets, check http://www.jmu.edu/jmuarts/ or call (540) 568-7000.



March 16 - Expanding Your Horizons Conference

9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Memorial Hall

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics invite young women in grades 7-10 and their parents and teachers to explore math and science through hands-on workshops and a keynote speech by a prominent woman scientist. For information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/mathstat/eyh/; advance registration required; free.



March 16 - John C. Wells Planetarium Shows

2:30 p.m. ("One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure") and 3:30 and 4:30 p.m. ("Seven Wonders")
Miller Hall

The planetarium offers shows for the public, with seating beginning 10 minutes before show time on a first-come, first-seated basis; the first show is geared toward families with young children while the second and third shows appeal to older children and adults; each show is followed by a 25-minute "star talk" that provides visitors with updates about the night sky, including constellations, planets and any comets that might be visible; for more information, including program descriptions, check http://www.jmu.edu/planetarium/index.shtml; free.



March 16 - Marimba Orchestra and Friends

8 p.m.
Concert Hall, Forbes Center for the Performing Arts

This extraordinary event returns with performances by JMU's Marimba Orchestra, Steel Band and Madison Singers, as well as faculty guest artists. This concert features selections by Grammy Award winner Bela Fleck, plus classical and ragtime style works, including a medley of tunes from hit Broadway musicals, as well as an extended salute to the world-renowned Carlos Santana. For tickets, check http://www.jmu.edu/jmuarts/ or call (540) 568-7000.



March 17 - St. Patrick¿s Day Dinner Lecture

1-3 p.m.
Frances Plecker Education Center, Edith J. Carrier Arboretum

Enjoy Irish cuisine and brew and a virtual botanical tour to a new region of the globe with a guest lecturer. A per person cost covers a three-course dinner, tax, tip, beverages and a libation of choice. Advanced reservations required seven days ahead. To reserve, call (540) 568-3194. For more information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/arboretum.



March 17 - St. Patrick's Live Highland Pipes

3-4 p.m.
lawn area of the Edith J. Carrier Arboretum

Live performance by piper Fred Holbrook of Massanetta Springs Conference Center. For information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/arboretum; free.



March 20 - Opera Spotlight, Songs and Scenes from the World's Greatest Operas

8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday
Concert Hall, Forbes Center for the Performing Arts

Songs and scenes from the world's greatest operas come alive in an enchanting evening that will dazzle audiences. Graduate students from the JMU Opera Theater are poised to launch their careers, and this event is your opportunity to see this amazingly talented core of future stars perform. For tickets, check http://www.jmu.edu/jmuarts/ or call (540) 568-7000.



March 21 - New Voices in Dance, Featuring JMU's Contemporary Dance Ensemble

March 21-24
8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday
Mainstage Theatre, Forbes Center for the Performing Arts

Featuring the best works developed by students during the year, this concert is a catalyst for launching future careers in dance. Come support these breakthrough artists perform jazz, ballet and modern works, as well as a work by guest choreographer Julio Agustin Matos Jr. inspired by the late director-choreographer Bob Fosse.

For tickets, check http://www.jmu.edu/jmuarts/ or call (540) 568-7000.



March 21 - Opera Spotlight, Songs and Scenes from the World's Greatest Operas

8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday
Concert Hall, Forbes Center for the Performing Arts

Songs and scenes from the world's greatest operas come alive in an enchanting evening that will dazzle audiences. Graduate students from the JMU Opera Theater are poised to launch their careers, and this event is your opportunity to see this amazingly talented core of future stars perform. For tickets, check http://www.jmu.edu/jmuarts/ or call (540) 568-7000.



March 22 - New Voices in Dance, Featuring JMU's Contemporary Dance Ensemble

March 21-24
8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday
Mainstage Theatre, Forbes Center for the Performing Arts

Featuring the best works developed by students during the year, this concert is a catalyst for launching future careers in dance. Come support these breakthrough artists perform jazz, ballet and modern works, as well as a work by guest choreographer Julio Agustin Matos Jr. inspired by the late director-choreographer Bob Fosse.

For tickets, check http://www.jmu.edu/jmuarts/ or call (540) 568-7000.



March 23 - Easter Egg Hunt

11 a.m.
Edith J. Carrier Arboretum

The Theta Nu chapter of Zeta Phi Beta are hosting an egg hunt for young children. The egg hunt starts in the pavilion. Cost per child information available at registration at http://www.jmu.edu/multicultural/icgc/chapters/zeta_phi_beta.shtml. For information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/arboretum.



March 23 - John C. Wells Planetarium Shows

2:30 p.m. ("One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure") and 3:30 and 4:30 p.m. ("Seven Wonders")
Miller Hall

The planetarium offers shows for the public, with seating beginning 10 minutes before show time on a first-come, first-seated basis; the first show is geared toward families with young children while the second and third shows appeal to older children and adults; each show is followed by a 25-minute "star talk" that provides visitors with updates about the night sky, including constellations, planets and any comets that might be visible; for more information, including program descriptions, check http://www.jmu.edu/planetarium/index.shtml; free.



March 23 - Anna Deavere Smith Speaker Series/Performance

8 p.m.
Concert Hall, Forbes Center for the Performing Arts

Hailed by Newsweek as "the most exciting individual in American theater," Anna Deavere Smith is an acclaimed playwright and performer who has created countless memorable characters on television, in film and on stage. Featured on the television programs "Nurse Jackie" and "The West Wing," Smith has also starred in several films, including "The American President," "Philadelphia" and "Dave." Over the past 20 years, she has interviewed over 2,000 individuals for her series of solo theatrical works called "On The Road: A Search for American Character," which has been described as "a new form of theatre -- a blend of theatrical art, social commentary, journalism and intimate reverie." Without props, sets or costumes, she translates her interviews into performances that represent the vast diversity, race and cultural identity of both legendary and everyday people. For tickets, check http://www.jmu.edu/jmuarts/ or call (540) 568-7000.



March 23 - New Voices in Dance, Featuring JMU's Contemporary Dance Ensemble

March 21-24
8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday
Mainstage Theatre, Forbes Center for the Performing Arts

Featuring the best works developed by students during the year, this concert is a catalyst for launching future careers in dance. Come support these breakthrough artists perform jazz, ballet and modern works, as well as a work by guest choreographer Julio Agustin Matos Jr. inspired by the late director-choreographer Bob Fosse.

For tickets, check http://www.jmu.edu/jmuarts/ or call (540) 568-7000.



March 24 - A Latte Jive, Alzheimer's Benefit 5K Run and Concert

1-3 p.m.
Edith J. Carrier Arboretum

Sigma Kappa sponsors an annual 5K benefit for the Central and Western Virginia Chapter of the American Alzheimer’s Association on the arboretum grounds. “A Walk You’ll Remember!” includes live music at the end of the 5K, coffee, tea and water served free compliments of JMU Catering. Automatic rain date April 7 announcement to post on Sigma Kappa website, http://www.jmu.sigmakappa.org. For information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/arboretum.



March 24 - New Voices in Dance, Featuring JMU's Contemporary Dance Ensemble

March 21-24
8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday
Mainstage Theatre, Forbes Center for the Performing Arts

Featuring the best works developed by students during the year, this concert is a catalyst for launching future careers in dance. Come support these breakthrough artists perform jazz, ballet and modern works, as well as a work by guest choreographer Julio Agustin Matos Jr. inspired by the late director-choreographer Bob Fosse.

For tickets, check http://www.jmu.edu/jmuarts/ or call (540) 568-7000.



March 27 - Birding Workshop

noon-1:30 p.m.
Frances Plecker Education Center, Edith J. Carrier Arboretum

In partnership with Rockingham Bird Club, an avifauna notable and photographer of Blue Ridge and Shenandoah Valley avian species Diane Lepkowski lectures on songbirds to raptors. For information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/arboretum.



March 28 - Taste of the Forbes: An Arts and Foodie Event

6:30 p.m.
Forbes Center venues/Reception in Grand Lobby, Forbes Center for the Performing Arts

Celebrate the arts in style with this new event that features a complete evening of entertainment! This movable feast includes three distinctive presentations in three Forbes Center venues, plus a reception that will allow you to mingle with other arts enthusiasts. The event begins in the Grand Lobby with appetizers and drinks. You will then move from venue to venue to enjoy 20-minute music and theatre/dance presentations, as well as a white-glove presentation highlighting hidden treasures from the Madison Art Collection. Each presentation also includes a director/curator-led dialogue. Dessert in the Grand Lobby tops off this magical night. For tickets, check http://www.jmu.edu/jmuarts/ or call (540) 568-7000.



March 30 - John C. Wells Planetarium Shows

2:30 p.m. ("One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure") and 3:30 and 4:30 p.m. ("Seven Wonders")
Miller Hall

The planetarium offers shows for the public, with seating beginning 10 minutes before show time on a first-come, first-seated basis; the first show is geared toward families with young children while the second and third shows appeal to older children and adults; each show is followed by a 25-minute "star talk" that provides visitors with updates about the night sky, including constellations, planets and any comets that might be visible; for more information, including program descriptions, check http://www.jmu.edu/planetarium/index.shtml; free.



March 31 - Easter Sunrise Service

6 a.m.
Edith J. Carrier Arboretum

JMU RISE hosts the annual inter-denominational Easter Sunrise Worship Service on the arboretum main lawn. For information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/arboretum; free.



March 31 - Easter Sunrise Service

6 a.m.
Edith J. Carrier Arboretum

JMU RISE hosts the annual inter-denominational Easter Sunrise Worship Service on the arboretum main lawn. For information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/arboretum; free.



March 12 - Sing Out! An A Cappella Celebration

8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday
Concert Hall, Forbes Center for the Performing Arts

A cappella continues to take the world by storm! A sellout last season, this event returns for two nights of performances by JMU's amazing a cappella groups. This second annual Sing Out! also features an a cappella group from Harrisonburg High School and a visiting university. For tickets, check http://www.jmu.edu/jmuarts/ or call (540) 568-7000.


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