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UMW April Cultural Events

By Marty Morrison, University of Mary Washington (UMW) director of Media and Public Relations

The following UMW April cultural events will be held at 1301 College Ave., Fredericksburg, unless otherwise listed.

Tuesday, April 1   The Chappell Great Lives Lecture Series, Henry VIII, by Jeremy Black, British historian and professor of history at University of Exeter; George Washington Hall, Dodd Auditorium; 7:30 p.m.; free; (540) 654-1065.

Tuesday, April 1 – Sunday, November 2   Spotlight Exhibition, Gari Melchers’ La Brabanconne, featuring the full length image of the artist’s wife immortalized as La Brabanconne; Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont, 224 Washington St., Falmouth; daily 10 a.m – 5 p.m., except Wednesdays, through March 31 museum closes at 4 p.m.; included with museum admission; (540) 654-1015 or [email protected]

Wednesday, April 2   Financial Literacy Series, Understanding Risk and How it Impacts your Best Laid Plans, by Debrah Farnell, founder of DKM Planners Inc. of McClean and 2012 alumna of the College of Business; fourth in a series that focuses on understanding risk and how it may impact your best laid plans; Fredericksburg campus; 3-4 p.m.; free; space limited, reservations required at [email protected] or (540) 654-1242.

Thursday, April 3   Fair, Graduate and Professional Education Fair, prospective students will have the opportunity to visit with over 50 different colleges and universities about opportunities for graduate study; Anderson Center; 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.; free; (540) 286-8030 or [email protected]

Thursday, April 3   Reading, Thursday Poem Series, Arabic poetry by Maysoon Al-Sayed Ahmad and Patricia Orozco; Combs Hall, Room 139; 5 p.m.; free; (540) 654-1545 or (540) 654-1393.

Thursday, April 3   Event, Islamic Cultural Celebration Banquet Keynote Speaker: Salma Elkadi Abugideiri, co-director of the Peaceful Families Project, an organization dedicated to educating Muslim community leaders and members about domestic violence; featuring traditional foods; a Cultural Awareness Series and Islamic Cultural Celebration event; Seacobeck Dining Hall, Faculty/Staff Dining Room; 6 p.m.; for cost, contact James Farmer Multicultural Center at (540) 654-1044.

Friday, April 4   Concert, Faculty-Student Dance Concert; George Washington Hall, Dodd Auditorium; 7:30 p.m.; $10 general admission; [email protected]

Saturday, April 5   Event, Admissions Destination UMW, targeting admitted students and their families, featuring classroom visits, faculty and student panels, and campus/residence hall tours; 9 a.m. –  2 p.m.; free; registration required at (540) 654-2000.

Saturday, April 5   Concert, Faculty-Student Dance Concert; George Washington Hall, Dodd Auditorium; 7:30 p.m.; $10 general admission; [email protected]

Saturday, April 5   Performance, UMW Jazz Festival; George Washington Hall, Dodd Auditorium; free; for times call (540) 654-1012.

Sunday, April 6   Event, Spring Open House, a free admission day to welcome the community to Belmont; Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont, 224 Washington St., Falmouth; 2 p.m.; free; (540) 654-1015 or [email protected]

Sunday, April 6   Performance, UMW Jazz Festival; George Washington Hall, Dodd Auditorium; 3-5 p.m.; free; (540) 654-1012.

Tuesday, April 8   The Chappell Great Lives Lecture Series, Shakespeare, by Lois Potter, author of “The Life of William Shakespeare: A Critical Biography”; George Washington Hall, Dodd Auditorium; 7:30 p.m.; free; (540) 654-1065.

Wednesday, April 9 – Friday, April 25   Exhibition, Annual Student Art Exhibition; duPont Gallery, College Avenue and Thornton Street; Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m. –  4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 1-4 p.m.; free; (540) 654-1013.

Wednesday, April 9   Exhibition Opening Reception, Annual Student Art Exhibition; duPont Gallery, College Avenue and Thornton Street; 4-6 p.m.; free; (540) 654-1013.

Thursday, April 3   Reading, Thursday Poem Series, alumni reading; Combs Hall, Room 139; 5 p.m.; free; (540) 654-1545 or (540) 654-1393.

Thursday, April 10 – Saturday, April 19   Performance, Lysistrata; duPont Hall, Klein Theatre; April 10-12 and April 16-19 at 8 p.m., April 13 and 19 at 2 p.m.; AfterWords discussion following the afternoon performances on April 13 and 19; $18 for general admission; (540) 654-1111.

Thursday, April 10   The Chappell Great Lives Lecture Series, Spartacus, by Barry Strauss, author of “The Spartacus War” and professor at Cornell University; George Washington Hall, Dodd Auditorium; 7:30 p.m.; free; (540) 654-1065.

Friday, April 11   Performance, UMW Concert Band; George Washington Hall, Dodd Auditorium; 7:30 p.m.; free; (540) 654-1012.

Saturday, April 12   Event, 24th Annual Multicultural Fair, featuring multicultural entertainment, children’s activities, international and American food and ethnic craft vendors; UMW Fredericksburg campus; 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; free; (540) 654-1044.

Saturday, April 12   Event, Beeping Egg Hunt, Belmont’s third annual Easter egg hunt for visually impaired or blind children and their families; Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont, 224 Washington St., Falmouth; 1-3 p.m.; free; registration required at (540) 654-1851.

Sunday, April 13   Event, Spring Forward Festival, featuring springtime crafts, games and an egg hunt; Brompton; 1-4 p.m.; free; (540) 654-1802 or [email protected]

Sunday, April 13   Performance, UMW Choirs; George Washington Hall, Dodd Auditorium; 7:30 p.m.; free; (540) 654-1012.

Tuesday, April 15   Event, Passover, featuring rituals and food representative of the celebration; a Cultural Awareness Series event; Seacobeck Dining Hall, Faculty/Staff Dining Room; 6 p.m.; for cost, contact James Farmer Multicultural Center at (540) 654-1044.

Tuesday, April 15   The Chappell Great Lives Lecture Series, Machiavelli, by Miles Unger, author of “Machiavelli: A Biography”; George Washington Hall, Dodd Auditorium; 7:30 p.m.; free; (540) 654-1065.

Thursday, April 17   Reading, Thursday Poem Series, English students read their work; Combs Hall, Room 139; 5 p.m.; free; (540) 654-1545 or (540) 654-1393.

Thursday, April 17   The Chappell Great Lives Lecture Series, Simon Bolivar, by Marie Arana, author of “Bolivar: American Liberator”; George Washington Hall, Dodd Auditorium; 7:30 p.m.; free; (540) 654-1065.

Thursday, April 17 – Friday, April 18   Event, 28th Annual Psi Chi Symposium, featuring student research presentations based on psychology courses and independent studies and a keynote by James Morris from the University of Virginia; Lee Hall, Room 411; April 17 – 18, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., keynote April 18, 4 p.m.; free; (540) 654-1557 or [email protected]

Friday, April 18   Event, Admissions Open House, featuring information sessions for prospective students (especially juniors, seniors, and transfers) and families, student and faculty panels, and campus/residence hall tours; 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.; free; registration required at (540) 654-2000.

Tuesday, April 22   The Chappell Great Lives Lecture Series, Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh, by Reeve Lindbergh, daughter of Charles and Anne Lindbergh and author of “Under a Wing: A Memoir”; George Washington Hall, Dodd Auditorium; 7:30 p.m.; free; (540) 654-1065.

Friday, April 25   Performance, Spring Concert: Happy Endings – Finales with a BANG!, featuring the UMW Philharmonic Orchestra; George Washington Hall, Dodd Auditorium; 7:30 p.m.; tickets $10; http://philharmonic.umw.edu or (540) 654-1324.

Saturday, April 26   Event, James Monroe’s Birthday Celebration, celebrate the 256th anniversary of James Monroe’s birth with music, cake and punch; James Monroe Museum garden, 908 Charles St., Fredericksburg; 1 p.m.; free; (540) 654-1123 or [email protected]

Sunday, April 27   Lecture, La Brabanconne, by Curator Joanna Catron on the painting on loan from Brown University; Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont, 224 Washington St., Falmouth; 2 p.m.; free; (540) 654-1851 or [email protected]

Sunday, April 27   Tour, Woodland Hike, by members of Central Rappahannock Chapter of Virginia Master Naturalist program; Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont, 224 Washington St., Falmouth; 2 p.m.; free; (540) 654-1839.

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