The Millikin University Choir will present a concert at 7 p.m. today at First Presbyterian Church of Cape Girardeau. The concert is free of charge, but a goodwill offering will be taken to assist with the choir's touring expenses. The choir, from Millikin University in Decatur, Ill., is performing as part of its annual winter tour. Its extensive touring history includes performances in Scandinavia, Russia, Haiti, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, China, Taiwan and England. Additionally, the choir has six CDs to its credit, including live recordings of the annual Vespers at Millikin, a tradition that attracts nearly 7,000 attendees. The Millikin University Choir is under the direction of Dr. Bradley Holmes, professor of music and director of choral studies. He has led the choir since 1991.
The Arts Council of Southeast Missouri has received a $3,000 sponsorship from the Cape Girardeau Public School Foundation, which will enable the council to match a $10,000 grant received by the National Endowment for the Arts in August 2012. The funds will be used to start a long-awaited artist-residency program at the Alternative Education Center this month. Each of the students at the center will have the opportunity to experience a nationally acclaimed artist and his work throughout the spring semester. The residencies planned include a mural, music and theater project. Local artist Craig Thomas will begin working with Lawrence Brookins' Art I, II, and III classes today to produce a 44-foot-long mural at the Alternative Education Center's entrance. Thomas will brainstorm with each of the students and will work to incorporate their ideas into the mural. Students will be involved in the planning and painting phases of the mural. This mural is intended to be displayed permanently and will be seen by every visitor and student at the center. For more information about the semester-long project, please visit capearts.org/EducationalOutreach.aspx.
CARBONDALE, Ill. -- WSIU Public Broadcasting, the public media arm of Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, and the Carbondale Public Library will host a free screening of the film "Soul Food Junkies" on Jan. 26 at 2:30 p.m. at the library, 405 W. Main St. Angie Bailey, director of health education at the Jackson County Health Department in Murphysboro, Ill., and Jo Sanders, coordinator of the Southern Illinois Healthcare Health Ministry, will facilitate a discussion after the film. Joining them will be local ambassadors of Project Power, a program developed by the American Diabetes Association for predominantly black church congregations. The film explores the rich tradition of soul food, its relevance to black cultural identity and its affect on health in the black community. For more information about WSIU's Community Cinema screenings, contact Vickie Devenport at 618-453-6148 or firstname.lastname@example.org. More information can be found online at www3.wsiu.org/television/series/community-cinema.php.
Sara Kiplinger, librarian at Cape Girardeau Central High School, has announced this year's United We Read book selection is "A Dog's Purpose" by W. Bruce Cameron. It's a remarkable story of one endearing dog's search for his purpose over the course of several lives. The goal of United We Read is to get as many people in the community and surrounding areas as possible to read the same book. As part of the program, there will be book discussions and other events throughout the month of February, some conducted by the Cape Central library and some by other people in the community. Those interested in participating and helping with this endeavor should contact Kiplinger at 334-0644. For more information about the book and United We Read, visit www.cape.k12.mo.us/chs/library/2013_unit....
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Three Rivers College will kick off its annual Multi-Cultural Week celebration with a performance by Kenyan afro-rock group Jabali Afrika. The performance will be at 7 p.m. Feb. 4 in the Tinnin Fine Arts Center on the Poplar Bluff campus. There will be a teaser show at 5:30 p.m. in the Bess Activity Center. Jabali Afrika's music blends traditional African percussion, vocal harmonies and rock-inspired bass and guitar. The group also is known for its use of audience involvement, with several of its dances spilling over into the audience. Tickets for the show will be available at the Three Rivers College Business Office and at the door. For more information, call the Welcome Center at 573-840-9605. More information about Jabali Afrika can be found at jabaliafrika.com.
Southeast Missouri State University will present "A Chorus Line," winner of nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for drama, at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 28 in the Bedell Performance Hall at Southeast's River Campus. Earl and Margie Holland, for whom the Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts at Southeast is named, have selected "A Chorus Line" as their special choice event this season at the River Campus. Tickets may be purchased by contacting the River Campus Box Office, located in the Cultural Arts Center, 518 S. Fountain St., from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays by calling 651-2265, or online at RiverCampusEvents.com.
The creative endeavors of Emily Denlinger, assistant professor of art at Southeast Missouri State University, will be featured in the "Faculty Choice Art Exhibition," which opens Jan. 28 in the River Campus Art Gallery. A reception will be held for the event from 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 1 in the gallery. The exhibit will remain on display through Feb. 15. This exhibition is reserved for the talented professionals who make up the Department of Art faculty at Southeast. Faculty members selected showcase their own creative works, coordinate a visiting artist or curate a thematic group exhibition. Denlinger is originally from Ohio, where she received her bachelor of fine arts in 2D art with a concentration in photography from Bowling Green State University. She went on study at Maryland Institute College of Art, where she earned her master of arts in digital art and a master of fine arts in photography and digital imaging. Before coming to Southeast, she taught various digital arts, photography and continuing education classes at Pennsylvania College of Art and Design. For more information, contact gallery coordinator Kristin Powers Nowlin at email@example.com or 651-5901.
-- From staff reports