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March 29, 2010
University of Dubuque Celebrates the Arts

The University of Dubuque Arts Celebration Committee is proud to announce the sixth annual spring arts series of events in a month-long celebration of the arts, March 31 - May 5. This year's theme is Life In Art . Featured guests, Michael Perry, humorist and author, and Antonio Sacre, performer, storyteller, and author, will deliver readings and lectures as part of this enjoyable and educational celebration of the art we find in everyday life. This year's events highlight our students and faculty, featuring our actors, artists, writers, singers, musicians.

Michael Perry is a humorist and author of the bestselling memoirs Population 485: Meeting Your Neighbors One Siren at a Time , Truck: A Love Story and Coop: A Year of Poultry, Pigs and Parenting, as well as the essay collection Off Main Street . Perry has written for Esquire, The New York Times Magazine , Outside, Backpacker, Orion and Salon.com , and is a contributing editor to Men's Health . He has performed and produced two live audience humor recordings ( I Got It From the Cows and Never Stand Behind a Sneezing Cow) and he performs regularly with his band the Long Beds. Perry lives in rural Wisconsin , where he remains active with the local volunteer rescue service. He can be found online at http://www.sneezingcow.com/.

Antonio Sacre is an internationally touring writer, storyteller, and solo performance artist based in Los Angeles. He earned a BA in English from Boston College and an MA in Theater Arts from Northwestern University. He has performed at the National Book Festival at the Library of Congress, the Kennedy Center, the National Storytelling Festival, and museums, schools, libraries, and festivals internationally. His retelling of the story The Barking Mouse was published as a picture book by Albert Whitman and Company in March, 2003. His next two picture books will be released by Abrams Books for Young Readers in 2010. He is a frequent commentator on National Public Radio's Latino USA .

Events throughout the month feature involvement by both the College and Seminary including Spring Concerts at St. Peter Lutheran Church and Westminster Presbyterian Church; Cinco de Mayo concert featuring the UD Jazz Ensemble; two student/faculty art exhibits - The Edge and And The Word Became Flesh , Articulate , a student art and literary magazine; gallery talks by UD students on their original artwork and literary creations; and the Spring Musical Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story .

"The University of Dubuque Arts Committee is very excited that faculty, staff, and students have come together for the sixth annual celebration of our many artistic talents," stated Mike Willis, University multimedia specialist and project director of the events. "We're pleased to host two visiting artists, Mr. Michael Perry and Mr. Antonio Sacre. It's an honor to bring them to campus - which would not be possible without the support of the William P. Woodward Visiting Artist-In-Residence Endowment, the Wendt Center for Character Education, and the dedication of faculty and staff. Mr. Perry and Mr. Sacre have graciously agreed to meet with students both on and off-campus, and will be offering a public reading or performance on campus as well. We are equally blessed with a supremely talented collection of faculty, staff, and students whose talents will also be on display.

All events are free and open to the public.

**Please see the following event listing for details.**

Life In Art

Wednesday, March 31, 7:30 p.m.
Multimedia Improvisation Computer Ensemble
Room 105, Blades Hall

Thursday, April 8, 7:30 p.m.
Music of Praise & Worship: Oh Happy Day - An Easter Celebration
McCormick Gym

Monday, April 12, 7:00 p.m.
Woodward Artist: Michael Perry - writer and humorist
Charles C. Myers Library - Couchman Reading Room

Friday, April 16, 6:30 p.m.
The Edge: CGIM Student Exhibit Opening Reception
Alumni Hall

Friday, April 16 & Saturday, April 17, 7:30 p.m.
Spring Musical, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story
McCormick Gym

Friday, April 16 - May 14
The Word Became Flesh: UDTS Art Exhibit and The Edge: CGIM Student Exhibit
Charles C. Myers Library, Alumni Hall, and Sylvia's Common Ground

Wednesday, April 21, 2:30 p.m.
Gallery Talk
Charles C. Myers Library - Sylvia's Common Ground

Thursday, April 22, 9:00 a.m.
Chapel Service: Worship with the Arts
Blades Chapel

Thursday, April 22, 1:45 p.m.
Gallery Talk: Storytelling Class
Charles C. Myers Library - Sylvia's Common Ground

Friday, April 23, 7:00 p.m.
Spring Concert: UD Concert Choir and Chamber Singers
St. Peter Lutheran Church

Sunday, April 25, 3:00 p.m.
Spring Concert: UD Concert Choir and Chamber Singers
Westminster Presbyterian Church

Tuesday, April 27, 1:45 p.m.
Gallery Talk: Storytelling Class
Charles C. Myers Library - Sylvia's Common Ground

Wednesday, April 28, 10:00 a.m. & 11:30 a.m.
Gallery Talk
Charles C. Myers Library - Sylvia's Common Ground

Thursday, April 29, 7:30 p.m.
Woodward Artist: Antonio Sacre - solo performer, storyteller, and author
Peters Commons Dining Hall

Wednesday, May 5, 4:00 p.m.
UD Jazz Ensemble: Cinco de Mayo
Charles C. Myers Library - Sylvia's Common Ground Patio