Once the students and faculty at Winona State are settled into the new fall routine, with the brisk winds stirring the leaves up and down the campus, the university’s cultural events begin in earnest. We welcome the larger community to our performing arts, visual arts, and eclectic speaker series events. Hopefully parking and logistics won’t keep you away! Remember that all campus parking lots are available to everyone starting at 5:00 p.m., and the metered spots behind the Performing Arts Center are free after 5:00. Many events are also free, and the revenue from the ticketed performances goes directly into supporting the production of our live music and theatre events. Read on, and add these dates to your own “things to do” September calendar!

This year’s all campus theme is “Civic Action: Meeting the Challenge to Improve Our World.” On Tuesday, Sept. 10 @ 7:30 p.m. in the Somsen auditorium the Lyceum Series will present Paul Loeb, author of Soul of a Citizen, which has been called a handbook for volunteers. Loeb explores what leads some people to get involved in larger community issues while others feel overwhelmed or uncertain, what it takes to maintain commitment for the long haul, and how community involvement and citizen activism can give back a powerful sense of connection and purpose.

The Watkins Gallery will showcase recent work by WSU Art Dept. faculty, including drawings, paintings, mixed media, printmaking, and sculpture. Exhibit dates are August 26 through Sept. 25, with the opening reception and gallery talk on Wed. Sept. 4th @ 4:00.

A terrific “faculty showcase”, the annual concert for the WSU Chapter of the National Assoc. for Music Educators is Tuesday, Sept. 24 @ 7:30 p.m. in the PAC Recital Hall. This is just a sampling of the talented musicians we have in the WSU Music Dept.

The Pulitzer Prize winning play ‘night, Mother by Marsha Norman will be performed Sept. 26-28 @ 7:30 p.m. in the  Dorothy B. Magnus Black Box Theatre. This moving, provocative story features two actors playing a mother and daughter who face the ultimate breaking point in their relationship. Directed by Jim Williams.

Plan Ahead!
Bring the kids and grandkids to the 47 classic Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie. Performance dates are Oct. 10-12, on the PAC main stage. Directed by Vivian Fusillo.

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