By Angelica Cullen, Feature Editor Originally published in Issue 11, Volume 33 of The University Register on April 9, 2021
With more and more people being vaccinated recently, a few blended/in-person events and programs have started to re-appear alongside online events. While the majority of programming is still happening virtually, there are some pandemic-friendly in-person events going on this month. Here are some in-person and virtual events available in April:
• Faculty Recital: A Garden of Flowers: “Enjoy on YouTube this sequence of music inspired by wild and cultivated flowers by composers including Bliss, Reade, Debussy, Hamilton, Arne and Greaves. Featuring: Simon Tillier, clarinet; Ana Miller, soprano; Stephen Swanson, piano.” This event is taking place on Youtube on Saturday, April 10 at 7 p.m. The video link can be found on the UMM Events page for April 10.
• KUMM’s Kick Off to Vinylthon Concert: “Come and join KUMM for a live virtual concert over Zoom with three amazing local artists! Our first artist is Emily Kastrul who is the front woman for Sister Species:
“Chamber pop from Minneapolis... with a lyrical approach both wry and tender” - Bandcamp ‘New & Notable” Accordionist and songwriter Emily Kastrul (Betazoid, Hazel Ra) has led chamber-pop septet Sister Species since 2011: a band known for their thoughtful, dynamic arrangements and opulent three-part trumpet harmonies. Kastrul’s intimate and intricate songwriting spans from bleak pop anthems about the inevitable heat death of the universe to drone songs about loss and cottonwood trees. Written with a gardener’s eye, Sister Species’ 2020 release “Light Exchanges” is full of acute & sensual observations about our daily lives & practices, from cutting onions to holding hammers to magnolias in bloom. Performing solo, Kastrul will share stripped-down versions of songs from Sister Species’ two most recent records as well as some new, unreleased works. Our second artist of the night is Cory Coffman! Cory Coffman is a Duluth, MN songwriter, arranger and multi-instrumentalist. Blending a bohemian-punk ethos with an indie-pop sound, Cory Coffman melds his inviting voice with a musical eclecticism, giving his songs popular appeal. Presenting poetic depth and musical thoughtfulness, Coffman is witty enough to laugh with, yet endearing enough to cry to. In his debut album, Coffman paints his place as an artist worth listening to. Canvas and Color is as much about hopeful new beginnings as it is the nostalgic past. With heartwarming lyrics and subtle satire, Coffman pairs simple chord progressions with sweet melodies that speak to the innocence in us all. Coffman has established himself as a prominent figure in the music scene of Duluth, Minnesota. His work as a freelance drummer and percussionist over the past decade has curated a diverse performance background. This variety of musical experiences can be heard in songs that feature a wide range of genres and a strong sense of rhythm. Cory Coffman is a standout musician who comforts his audience with his optimistic demeanor and affable nature. Canvas and Color brings a carefree attitude to an age of frustrated confusion. And our third and final artist will be a band called Coyote Kid. Coyote Kid is a Minneapolis based band. Their sound is dark and mysterious at its core. With layers upon layers of dynamic turns, from the hopeful highs of “Femme Fatale” to the guttural darkness of “Prowler’. Between Durry’s true grit voice, and Cassandra’s tender subtlety, you’ll find a vast array of narrative and stylistic possibilities. With imposing and wild jungle drums, soaring brass horns, growling bass, and shimmering spaghetti western guitars. This band has all of the tools it needs to paint an epic picture.” This event is taking place on Zoom on Friday, April 16 from 7 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
• Vamos Juntos, Floating World, Sigma Delta Pi: Poetry Reading: “Please join us for an evening of beautiful poetry in multiple languages, read by fellow students and faculty!” This event will take place on Zoom on Wednesday, April 21 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
• Senior Art Exhibition: “The University of Minnesota Morris proudly presents the 2021 senior art exhibition, Unprecedented, which features works of eight graduating seniors from the studio art program. Works in ceramics, sculpture, digital imaging, painting, photography, and printmaking created via each student’s medium of choice will be represented in the exhibit. Senior artists, their areas of concentration, and their hometown are as follows: Justice Anderson, painting and ceramics; Ramsey, MN; Ace Elsen, digital art and sculpture, Bloomington. MN; Tayler Kalthoff, photography, Sartell, MN; Keisha LaRue, painting, St. Cloud, MN; Brittany Lormis, painting, Rochert, MN; Molly Otremba, ceramics and sculpture, Pierz, MN; Belinda Threadgill, Painting, sculpture, and printmaking, Alexandria, MN; and Velora Wilson, Studio Art minor, emphasis in painting.” This event is taking place in the Edward J and Helen Jane Morrison Gallery in the HFA building. It is running from April 5 to May 15 and is open on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• PHE Tie Dye Day: “Come join the Peer Health Educators on April 10th in a community building event to welcome spring and promote positive health and wellbeing. All tie dye, canvas bags or bandanas will be provided. The Event will take place on the Outdoor Mall in front of the Student Center. Social distancing and masks will be required.” This event is taking place on Saturday, April 10 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
• CAC Bingo: “CAC Bingo Returns! Come play socialy distant and safe BINGO! We will be outside on the mall if weather permits or inside in the TMC. Compete for thousands of dollars in prizes! Come for the prizes, stay for the FUN!” This event is taking place on Thursday, April 15 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
• Paint, Sip, and Mental Health: “Brought to you by NASS. Virtual options are available. Students will be invited via email.” This event will take place in Oyate Hall in the Student Center on Tuesday, April 20 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
• ASA Movie Night (Parasite Screening): “The Asian Student Association is pleased to present “Parasite,” the award-winning 2019 film. From IMDB: “Greed and class discrimination threaten the newly formed symbiotic relationship between the wealthy Park family and the destitute Kim clan.”” This event will take place in Edson Auditorium on Saturday, April 24 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
• Improv Show: “Enjoy a night of improv comedy with Sports Team and Breakfast for Dinner.” This event will take place in Edson Auditorium on Saturday, April 24 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
• 24-Hour Game Night: “Come join us for a fun day (and night) of role playing games, board games, and virtual party games! There will be virtual and in-person options so everyone can join safely and to their comfort level.” This event will take place both online and in the Humanities Building. It starts on Friday, April 30 at 6 p.m. and ends on Saturday, May 1 at 6 p.m.
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