Calendar Highlights: Sept. 27, 2007

Meadows dance studentsWhat’s opera, doc? The Meadows Opera Theatre presents scenes and songs from opera and musical theatre in a brown bag event, “Opera Free For All,” at 1 p.m. Sept. 28 in the Taubman Atrium, Owen Arts Center.

Sounds of Spain: The Orchestra of New Spain presents a concert of Renaissance music from Valencia at 5 p.m. Sept. 30 in the Virginia Meadows Galleries, Meadows Museum. Tickets are $25 each for general admission, $20 each for Meadows Museum members.

Brown Bag Dance returns: The Meadows Division of Dance (top left) presents its fall 2007 Brown Bag Dance Series at noon each day Oct. 1-5 in the Bob Hope Theatre lobby, Owen Arts Center. Bring your lunch and watch SMU dance students perform original works in ballet, jazz and modern dance.

Sophia Loren with Stanley MarcusMore Fortnight fun: DeGolyer Library Curator Anne Peterson gives an illustrated history of “The Store” in “Fortnight, Fashion and Fun: Neiman Marcus Celebrates 100 Years in Dallas” Oct. 4 in DeGolyer Library. A reception begins at 6 p.m., with the lecture at 6:30 p.m. The DeGolyer exhibition “Merchandise for the Millions: American Trade Catalogs” opens the same day and will run through Feb. 15. (Middle left, Sophia Loren and Stanley Marcus activate a recreation of the Villa D’Este fountains during the department store’s 1975 Italian Fortnight.)

Global impact: The Perkins School of Theology presents “Religion and Empire: Politics, Faith and the Future of Globalization” Oct. 4. Ulrich Duchrow, professor of systematic theology at the University of Heidelberg, will speak on “Faith Communities and Empire: Global Hope and Western Challenge” at 7 p.m. in Perkins Chapel. SMU Professor of Systematic Theology and symposium organizer Joerg Rieger will join Duchrow and scholars from SMU, TCU, Baylor, Phillips Theological Seminary and Princeton for an academic symposium on “Religion and Empire” 4-6 p.m. in the Kirby Hall parlor. All events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Jeorg Rieger, 8-2356.

Meadows Wind EnsembleWinds and “Fire”: The Meadows Wind Ensemble (bottom left) presents “Magneticfireflies,” featuring the title music from their new CD as well as the world premiere of composer Cindy McTee’s Finish Line for wind symphony. The show begins at 8 p.m. Oct. 5 in Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center. Tickets are $7 for SMU faculty, staff and students; for more information, call 8-2787 (8-ARTS).

Outdoor Adventures: Sign up by Oct. 5 for the Beaver Bend weekend canoe trip Oct. 12-14 on the Upper Mountain Fork River, Oklahoma. Cost is $70; a pre-trip meeting is scheduled for Oct. 9. For more information, visit SMU Recreational Sports or contact David Chambers, 8-9918.