Mark your calendar for upcoming events featuring many cultures

Mark your calendar for upcoming events featuring many cultures

Celebrate Culture Fest Week this week.

Here is a calendar of upcoming cultural events:

Wednesday, April 19

  • A Hispanic Mass will be celebrated at 12:05 p.m. in the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas. Father Hugo Montero will preside. Readings will be in Spanish and English, with corresponding translations provided, as well as music in Spanish and English.
  • Judy Shepard, mother of Matthew, who was murdered in 1998 in an anti-gay hate crime in Laramie, Wyo., will speak from 7 to 9 p.m. in Baumgaertner Auditorium, Brady Educational Center.
  • Latin Expression Night (part of Culture Fest Week, April 18-21) will be held, free of charge, from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. in Scooter’s. Still feel like you don’t know much about the Latin culture? Come enjoy a night full of food, music, fashion, dance and an open mic. It is about time you free that Latin inside you. For more information, e-mail Sae Vang. This event is sponsored by Hana.

Friday, April 21

  • Ebony Mic Night (part of Culture Fest Week, April 18-21) will be held at 8 p.m. in Scooter’s. Do you enjoy spoken word, singing, dancing, rapping or just plain good music?  Come to this free event to listen, watch and share your talents. For more information and to sign up, e-mail Shanika Alston. This event is sponsored by BESA.

Monday, April 24

  • Poetry Slam St. Thomas (PSST) invites you to an open mic and poetry slam in Scooter’s. The open mic starts at 7 p.m. and the poetry slam begins at 8 p.m. You’ll hear some of the work of poets who performed at nationals and have time to share your work as well. Watch for a story in tomorrow's issue of Bulletin Today.

Tuesday, April 25

  • Multicultural Student Services invites you to come enjoy the beat of Japanese drummers, Mu Daiko, from 4:45 to 5:45 p.m. in the auditorium, O’Shaughnessy Educational Center. Led by artistic director, Rick Shiomi, Mu Daiko is the 12-member professional taiko ensemble of Mu Performing Arts. For more information, visit the Mu Performing Arts Web site.

Saturday, April 29

  • The Globally Minded Student Association welcomes you to its International Dinner from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in the Student Dining Room, Murray-Herrick Campus Center. Tickets are available at the Box Office. This evening of international food, entertainment and conversation exposes students, faculty, staff and community members to a larger worldview. More information will be published in tomorrow's issue of Bulletin Today.

Wednesday, May 3

  • Come to the Hana student organization’s Asian Pacific Islander Show at 7 p.m. in the auditorium, O’Shaughnessy Educational Center.

Thursday, May 4

  • The Peace Picnic 2006 will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in Foley Plaza. Every year, Students for Justice and Peace holds this picnic to highlight important peace-and-justice work that is occurring in the Twin Cities. 

May 5, 6 and 7

  • The Cinco de Mayo celebration will be held on Friday and Saturday, May 5 and 6, in District del Sol on St. Paul ’s West Side. Cinco de Mayo features live music, food, a children’s area, sports zone, community wellness village, a parade, craft vendors, a salsa-tasting contest and a history area. STAR will provide transportation.
  • Travel the world without a passport at the 2006 Festival of Nations, where 90 different ethnic groups from around the world will share their food, crafts and traditions that form the mosaic of the American culture.

    General public hours are:

    4-10 p.m. Friday, May 5
    10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, May 6
    10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, May 7

    STAR will provide transportation. For more information, visit the Festival of Nations Web site.