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  • Feb 21
    Guys and Dolls - A Musical Fable of Broadway

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    MAINSTAGE THEATRE

    Tuesday-Friday, February 21-24 @ 8 pm
    Saturday, February 25 @ 3 pm and 8 pm
    Sunday, February 26 @ 2 pm

    Based on a story and characters of Damon Runyon
    Music and lyrics by Frank Loesser
    Book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows

    Roll the dice and fall in love with one of the greatest musicals of all time! This American classic, set in New York City around the same time it opened on Broadway in 1950, features an eclectic ensemble of high-rolling gambler “guys,” well-meaning missionary “dolls,” and brassy-voiced showgirls in a toe-tappingly fun and romantic fable about gambling men and the strong-willed women who love them. Features students from JMU’s School of Theatre and Dance.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2017/02/21-guys-and-dolls.shtml

  • Feb 24
    Asian Studies Conference

    Madison Union, Room 256

    The conference will feature panels on Business and Economics in East Asia, China in the Modern World, Korea in the Modern World, Japanese Literature and Film, Asian Communities Outside the Homeland, Zen Buddhism and Its Transnational Transformations, The Politics and Aesthetics of East Asian Cinemas, and Media and Culture in Northeast Asia. View the full program and schedule here.

    Sponsored by the Asian Studies Minor and the Office of Cross Disciplinary Studies and Diversity Engagement

  • Feb 24
    The National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    CONCERT HALL

    Volodymyr Sirenko, Artistic Director and Conductor
    Theodore Kuchar, Principal Guest Conductor

    Direct from Kiev, the Grammy-nominated National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine is one of the finest symphony orchestras in Eastern Europe. This spectacular evening features Dvořák’s Carnival Overture, Op. 92, Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5, Op. 47, and Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Major, Op. 26 featuring guest piano virtuoso Alexei Grynyuk.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2017/02/24-national-symphony-orchestra-of-ukraine.shtml

  • Feb 28
    Neil Simon's Last of the Red Hot Lovers - Walnut Street Theatre

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    MAINSTAGE THEATRE

    In this freshly conceived production of Neil Simon’s classic by the acclaimed Walnut Creek Theatre, true comedy ensues when a modern man faced with a midlife crisis looks for something new and different, but ends up finding himself in the same situation, again and again!

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2017/02/28-last-of-the-red-hot-lovers.shtml

  • Feb 28
    Brahms' Schicksalslied (Song of Destiny), Op. 54

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    CONCERT HALL

    Featuring the JMU Chorale and Symphony Orchestra

    The Schicksalslied (Song of Destiny), Op. 54 is regarded as a masterpiece of Johannes Brahms’ choral works. Based on Friedrich Hölderlin’s epic poem, Hyperion’s Schicksalslied, this masterwork was created by Brahms to “… uplift and benefit humanity …”

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2017/03/14-friendship-fsu-jmu-choral-celebration.shtml

  • Mar 15
    Birds of the Arboretum with Diane Lepkowski-

    In  partnership with the Rockingham Bird Club, Diane Lepkowski a bird expert presents an informative review and slide show of birds found at the arboretum. With plenty of humor interjected into the commentary, enjoy learning about some of the over 115 avian and raptor species that call the arboretum home. In the Frances Plecker Ed Center, and for free, with free parking along University Boulevard for the program, bird sightings captured photographically at the arboretum (which is an important migration rest stop) are shown, explained, and recounted. Come to learn how-tos of equipment and technique for bird watching. Plan to participate with the follow-up guided bird walk later in the spring at the arboretum.  

  • Mar 16
    Film Screening: Maidan

    Harrison 1261
    Free Admission

    A chronicle of the civil uprising against the regime of President Yanukovych that took place in Kiev (Ukraine) in the winter of 2013/14. The film follows the progress of the revolution: from peaceful rallies, half a million strong, in the Maidan square, to the bloody street battles between protesters and riot police. Directed by Sergei Loznitsa.

    Released in 2014. Run time: 134 minutes.

    A discussion will follow. This film is part of the Russian and East European Movie Series. Sponsored by the Russian Studies program and the Office of Cross Disciplinary Studies and Diversity Engagement.

  • Apr 13
    Film Screening: Leviathan

    Harrison 1261
    Free Admission

    In a Russian coastal town, Kolya is forced to fight the corrupt mayor when he is told that his house will be demolished. He recruits a lawyer friend to help, but the man’s arrival brings further misfortune for Kolya and his family. Directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev.

    Released in 2014. Run time: 140 minutes.

    A discussion will follow. This film is part of the Russian and East European Movie Series. Sponsored by the Russian Studies program and the Office of Cross Disciplinary Studies and Diversity Engagement.

  • Apr 21
    Butterflies at EJC Arboretum

    Explore butterfly habits and habitats with the Edith J Carrier Arboretum during three separate, educational events this year. Come to one or join us for the whole series! For more information on all of the events visit The EJC Arboretum events page.

    Our special presenter will teach you all about the butterflies you never knew you'd seen before!

    1. April 21, 2017: Butterflies are Emerging!
    Have you seen a butterfly lately?! The Cabbage White is about, and maybe the Mourning Cloak too. Come and find out what different species of butterflies are emerging and what food you should provide for them!
    Parking on University Boulevard and Convo Lot G is free. Advanced registration 30 days before the program at The EJC Arboretum events page. The plant sale will be ongoing at the time of the program, but come inside to the Education Center, and bring a friend. Then shop after the program for butterfly plants, shrubs, and trees!

    2. June 10, 2017: Encouraging Caterpillars!
    Every caterpillar needs the correct food to be able to "chrysalis" into a butterfly or moth. Come and learn more about seven of our most common butterflies and three of our largest moths; what the caterpillars eat; where they hide; and how they transform.
    Included in this free talk is guidance on hosting monarch caterpillars on your own. The event starts on the Ernst Terrace at the Education Center and then goes out onto the grounds to the Monarch Waystation. Plenty of free parking on University Blvd.
    Visit The EJC Arboretum events page for more information.

    3. September, 2017: Monarch Tagging!
    For those wanting to learn to tag and release a Monarch Butterfly to launch its fall migration. Join us for this exciting event! All are welcome to attend the free talk.
    Register for the Monarch release at The EJC Arboretum events page. A $12 fee includes a Monarch Butterfly of your own and the cost of tagging with Monarch Watch.

    For more information about any or all events of this exciting educational series, visit The EJC Arboretum events page or call us at 540-568-3194.

  • Apr 22
    -Greg Moyers Gives a Guided Bird Walk at the EJC Arboretum

    After attending the March 15 birding lecture, take a guided bird walk at the arboretum led by birding expert and photographer Greg Moyers. The walk starts from the pavilion in the arboretum at 8:00 a.m. Register online at jmu.edu/arboretum 30 days before the guided walk for this tour which has a limited registration spaces.  After the bird walk, head over to the Arbor Day Trees and Native Plants Sale at the Frances Plecker Ed Center to purchase the native plants, shrubs, and trees that native songbirds need that will beautify any home or business landscape. 

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