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Entertaining The Hours Of Your Week With An OU Show & Tell, A Western Parade And Rock & Roll

OU Outreach

Alumni and friends go back to school for the University of Oklahoma’s Second Annual President’s Day of Learning April 12.

OU President David Boren opens with a few remarks Saturday morning before some of the university’s leading professors lecture in three concurrent sessions.

Presentations include topics like “Understanding the Global Community” by KGOU’s World Views host and College of International Studies Dean Suzette Grillot and “Government Surveillance in the Digital Era” by OU Law Professor Joseph Thai.

The President’s Day of Learning begins at 10 a.m. and concludes with a reception held at 3 p.m. in the Sandy Bell Gallery of the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art.  

All lecture sessions take place in the Oklahoma Memorial Union. Registration is available on-site the day of the event between 8:00 a.m. and 10 a.m. or online now. The registration fee includes all lectures, the luncheon and reception.

Don’t squat on your spurs while you’re in Norman, however, because the annual 89er Day Parade also takes place this weekend.

The parade commemorates the year Oklahoma first opened for settlement.

This year’s theme “True Grit” pays tribute to the Western novel and film that partially takes place within Oklahoma Choctaw Territory. The theme also celebrates the finale of the Big Read program by the parade’s 2014 partner, the Pioneer Library System.

In addition to the parade, PLS puts on a “Free Family Fun Fair” at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds. The fair starts at 11:30 a.m. and concludes with a “Wild West Show” featuring Pawnee Bill.

Cowboys and covered wagons depart from Main Street and Crawford Ave. before travelling west through downtown Norman. The parade begins Saturday, April 12 at 10 a.m.

More family fun takes place the following day in Oklahoma City. The Oklahoma City Museum of Art hosts Free Family Day from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 13.

Live entertainment includes a magic show by Michael King at 12:30 p.m. followed by two music performances by Spaghetti Eddie and the Sugar Free Allstars.

Aside from the live shows, activities include face-painting, storytelling, museum tours and hands-on art activities inspired by Lisa Hoke’s vibrant mural exhibition Come On Down.

More than 70 student bands from the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma rock and roll all afternoon and night for the ACM@UCO Rocks Bricktown Festival Friday, April 11.

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Internationally recognized electronic artist Moby headlines the ACM@UCO Rocks Bricktown Festival.

Grammy-nominated electronic singer-songwriter Moby headlines this year’s festival with a 10 p.m. concert at the Chevy Bricktown Events Center.

“Moby’s music resonates cross-culturally and cross-generationally and represents what our program is all about,” CEO of ACM@UCO Scott Booker said in a press release.

Student performances begin on the ACM@UCO patio on East Sheridan Avenue at 4 p.m. and continue at multiple Bricktown venues until early the next morning.

Admission is complimentary to all performances at the fifth annual ACM@UCO Rocks Bricktown.

For more ways to fill the 168 hours of your week, visit KGOU's calendar page

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