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Semester's end means flurry of music, theater, community events at UW-Oshkosh

9:31 PM, Apr. 24, 2013  |  Comments
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Before the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh spring Commencement brings the end of another semester on May 11, the state's third-largest institution will host an array of events open to the campus and broader community. Here's what is coming up in the next couple of weeks at UW Oshkosh?

Knowledge Powers Community

The independent organization Citizens for a Strong Oshkosh, in partnership with UW-Oshkosh's student governance organization, the Oshkosh Student Association, will host a "Community Conversation on Wisconsin's Biennial Budget" on Monday, April 29, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on campus in Sage Hall room 1214. The event is free and open to the public.

Several other regional- and community-based organizations also are helping sponsor and support the educational forum. Entitled "A Citizens Guide to the Local Impact of the State Budget," the session features a presentation by Todd Berry, President of the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance, on the proposed 2013-2015 biennial budget, currently working its way through the Legislature.

City of Oshkosh, Winnebago County, K-12 school, Fox Valley Technical College and UW-Oshkosh representatives will comprise a panel sharing some insight into the proposed, two-year budget's impact on their services and operations.

Visitors and guests are welcome to park in Lot 7 off High Avenue, adjacent to Sage Hall. The program will also be recorded for rebroadcast through the city of Oshkosh CitiCable 10.

For more, to go: http://csoshkosh.weebly.com/.

Music

A host of student recitals and end-of-semester ensemble concerts continues, with the piano students of Professor Eli Kalman performing in their piano recital tonight at the Music Hall of the Arts and Communications Building on campus (parking info at www.uwosh.edu/ parking).

Student and faculty recitals featuring piano, violin and viola make way for jazz lab band and combos on May 1, followed by the full UW-Oshkosh Jazz Ensemble, concert bands, choirs and the UW-Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra on May 5 at 7 p.m.

For a schedule of all the upcoming recitals and concerts, visit www. uwosh.edu/music.

Theater

It's a play whose story, however absurd, is not entirely out of place during Earth Week.

Mix the rapacious thirst for oil with themes of greed and environmental ruin. Then, add an occasional burst of absurdist comedy, and you'll have the makings of the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Theatre Department's "The Madwoman of Chaillot," opening tonight, which runs through April 28. The play concludes the department's 2012-13 "Saving the World from Sanity" season.

Evening show times are 7:30 p.m. with the April 28 matinee at 2 p.m. Tickets and other information are available at www.uwosh.edu/theatre or by calling the box office at (920) 424-4417.

"I think the audience is going to laugh and look at lot of the comments and have it all sit in the back of their heads, and on the drive home they are going to be like, 'Wait a second; that's actually some pretty deep stuff,'" said Brian Markovich, who will portray the role of the "ragpicker" in the production.

The play, written by Jean Girauxdoux, is billed by the Theatre Department as a "comic fable" that "teaches and warns of the destructive forces of greed and disregard for humanity while exploring the idea of 'mad' as crazy, as angry and as the ultimate sanity."

Its student actors said the chance to work with a large cast and explore the oddities and the comedy of the story and characters was a treat and incredible learning experience under director and UW-Oshkosh Theatre faculty member and chair Merlaine Angwall.

Supporting community

Men from across the community are invited will fit themselves into pairs of high-heeled shoes and walk in support of "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes" May 1 to raise awareness about the effects and impact of sexual violence.

The event is hosted by the Women's Center and is co-sponsored by a collective body of UW-Oshkosh departments, including the Athletics department, the Veterans Resource Center and the LGBTQ Resource Center. Registration for the event, which will begin in Titan Underground at 4:30 p.m., is $5 with proceeds going to Christine Ann Domestic Abuse Services and Reach Counseling Services.

Though the walk is open to people associated with any gender, men are encouraged to wear high heels and women are encouraged to wear whatever feels comfortable to complete the one mile walk.

"This conversation is often seen as a women's issue, but we need more men to stand as our allies," said Geneva Murray, director of the Women's Center on campus. "Very few men are perpetrators of violence, and we want to have a loud message on our campus that men should be women's allies. They should stand with us and everyone in saying that violence, street harassment and discrimination are not acceptable at UW-Oshkosh. We are all Titans, and we should all stand together."

Learn more about the event and register to participate at www.uwosh.edu/go/walkamile.

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