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Tip sheet for the week of Nov. 2, 2009

RELEASED: Nov. 2, 2009

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The Blugold Marching Band will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3, in Zorn Arena. This special stage performance will include a celebration of Blugold traditions. The performance will feature "Get Your Groove On: Music You Can Dance To," with songs including "Love Rollercoaster," "Shout," "Play that Funky Music" and a Kool and the Gang collection. The performance also will feature classic rock hits and songs in honor of America. Directed by Randal Dickerson, the Blugold Marching Band is one of the most active marching bands in the upper Midwest. Recent performances have included two NFL games, a weekend trip to Chicago and a performance tour of Italy and Greece. With 232 student members, the Blugold Marching Band is America's largest NCAA Division III marching band.

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More than 40 UW-Eau Claire students are volunteering this fall to be buddies to students in an after-school program at Longfellow Elementary School in Eau Claire. Forty-two students listen to their young buddies read from 4-5 p.m. every other Tuesday at the school. The students will be at the school Tuesday, Nov. 3. For details, contact Holly Larson at 715-852-3800.

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"Beyond Beats and Rhymes: An Evening with Byron Hurt" will begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, in Zorn Arena. An award-winning documentary filmmaker and anti-sexist activist, Byron Hurt addresses provocative topics such as race, gender and violence through his films, writings and lectures. He will begin with a screening of his 2006 film, "Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes," an hourlong documentary that examines masculinity, sexism and homophobia in hip-hop culture. Hurt pays tribute to the power and creativity of hip-hop, while challenging the rap music industry to take responsibility for glamorizing destructive stereotypes of manhood in general and perpetuating negative myths about African American males. A nationally respected activist and longtime gender violence prevention educator, Hurt has lectured at hundreds of campuses, presented at numerous conferences and trained thousands of young men and women on issues related to gender, race, sex, violence, music and visual media.

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UW-Eau Claire's First Fridays program for senior citizens will feature a presentation by Dr. James Phillips titled "Clearing the Air: The Scientific Basis for Global Climate Change." The event will begin at 9 a.m. Friday, Nov. 6, at Christ Church Cathedral in downtown Eau Claire. Phillips, professor and chair of the chemistry department, will present the scientific evidence in support of the global warming hypothesis, highlight issues that are still somewhat uncertain, and touch on the ethical aspects of climate change. First Fridays programs are held the first Friday of each month October through May, with the exception of January, at no cost to the senior community.

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The November Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra concert will include the premiere of Dr. Ethan Wickman's "Les Jeunes et les Immortels" ("The Young and the Immortal"). Wickman, an assistant professor of music, will introduce his composition in a pre-concert talk at 6:45 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, in the chapel of Grace Lutheran Church in Eau Claire. The concert will follow at 7:30 p.m. Wickman composed the piece after visiting American and German military cemeteries in France last July. ECCO's November concert also will feature Keith Thompson and Dan Julson, UW-Eau Claire alumni who now work in the Minneapolis area but commute to Eau Claire to be part of the orchestra. For details, contact Ivar Lunde Jr. at 715-838-8890.

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