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BSC ArtsQuest celebration rallies the arts

Posted on 4/16/2012

Max Brooks
Max Brooks
Bismarck State College packs April with guest artists for the 15th annual ArtsQuest, a month-long celebration of the performing, visual and literary arts and BSC student talent. Included this year is the new ArtsQuest Campus Crawl on May 1.

Mid-month holds a blitz of concerts and presentations by such guest artists as the rock band Kansas with BSC's String Ensemble, comedy writer Max Brooks, glassblower Jon Offutt, graphic artist Stefan Mumaw, and national author and journalist Chuck Klosterman for a Read North Dakota event. The full ArtsQuest schedule and details are online at

Klosterman specializes in popular culture and has written for America's major newspapers, magazines and ESPN. Raised in North Dakota and now living in New York City, Klosterman graduated from the University of North Dakota and began his career at The Forum in Fargo. He is the author of seven books and will read from his latest novel, "The Visible Man," Wednesday, April 11, at 7:30 p.m. in BSC's Sidney J. Lee Auditorium.

A two-day residency April 17-18 with graphic artist Stefan Mumaw focuses on the commercial and graphic arts with two free public programs and a fee workshop. Register here. Mumaw is creative director at Reign, a Kansas City-based advertising agency. He has authored five books, most recently "Chasing the Monster Idea," which he will discuss Tuesday, April 17, at 7:30 p.m. in Sidney J. Lee Auditorium. Mumaw returns to the auditorium Wednesday, April 18, to present "Habit: Caffeine for the Creative Mind" between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. The BSC Office of Innovation sponsors his appearance.

On Saturday, April 21, the Bismarck State College Music program hosts its first "Sing Appeal" men's vocal festival involving area high schools. The vocal clinic concludes with a performance with Six Appeal, an upcoming men's a cappella vocal band from Minneapolis, and the BSC Men's Ensemble. Concert time is 2 p.m. at Belle Mehus Auditorium in downtown Bismarck with $5 admission at the door.

The popular classic rock band, Kansas, extends its Collegiate Symphony Tour to Bismarck, Sunday, April 22, for an 8 p.m. concert with the BSC String Ensemble at the Bismarck Civic Center. Kansas achieved success with its original music, which soared on the charts and produced 12 platinum and gold albums plus the gold single, "Dust in the Wind." Their new DVD, "There's Know Place Like Home," was filmed live in Topeka and includes fine renditions of Kansas classics and fan favorites. Tickets can be purchased at the Civic Center box office or Ticketmaster.

Zombie and comedy fans get both from Max Brooks Wednesday, April 25, during his presentation on "10 Lessons to Survive a Zombie Attack." The former "Saturday Night Live" writer entertains in an evening of ghoulish delight beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Belle Mehus Auditorium. Brooks, the son of Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft, lives in New York City and has written three books on zombie phenomena. His "World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War" (2007) will soon become a motion picture starring Brad Pitt.

North Dakota's renowned glassblower, Jon Offutt, headlines the fourth week of ArtsQuest and focus on the visual arts. Offutt brings his mobile glassblowing studio to campus Wednesday and Thursday, April 25-26, to demonstrate his mesmerizing technique. He will set up in the Bismarck Public Schools Career Academy, Room 110, and work between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. each day. Offutt owns and operates Mulciber Glass Studio in Fargo and was featured on HGTV's "Modern Masters" series and numerous times on PBS.

BSC student talent is showcased in several music concerts and recitals, a series of one-act plays, and a student art show during ArtsQuest. In addition, students in the Graphic Design & Communications program display their work April 23-26 during their 42nd annual spring show at Kirkwood Mall.

Performances include the chamber ensembles April 12, the Wind Ensemble April 16, a choral concert April 19, Guitar and Percussion ensembles on April 24, and the Jazz Ensemble with Big Al's Big Band April 27. All are 7:30 p.m. in Sidney J. Lee Auditorium, except the choir concert at Century Baptist Church. The Student Art Exhibit and reception is scheduled 4-6 p.m. April 26 in the library. BSC's Festival of Short Plays runs May 2-3 in the auditorium. Curtain time for the student-directed plays for adult audiences is 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. daily.

On Tuesday, May 1, the first ArtsQuest Campus Crawl of creative arts by students and faculty takes place between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. in the Student Union and other locations. Art students will be in Werner Hall with graphic design students in the Career Academy (top floor.) Student soloists will perform 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Leach Music Center 177. Readings from "Figments of Imagination" literary journal are scheduled in or outside the library at noon. The popular ArtsQuest tie-dye activity and pottery sale will be held outdoors from noon to 3 p.m. at a location TBA.

ArtsQuest began in 1998 as a project of the Arts and Communication Department. For more information, visit the BSC website at or call 701-224-5601.

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