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Nicolet College - Creative Arts Series kicks off Sept. 14 with Smithsonian ecologist Geoffrey Parker

2010-11 Creative Arts Series kicks off Sept. 14
with Smithsonian ecologist Geoffrey Parker


Geoffrey ParkerThe upcoming 2010-11 Creative Arts Series at Nicolet College promises to be a rich one, featuring more than 40 different events ranging from national-caliber theater presentations and concerts to travelogues, art exhibits, literary events, and demonstrations in the culinary arts.

“We wanted to offer a broad range of events to appeal to the most people possible and bring in events that don’t often make it to the Northwoods,” said Jim Nuttall, Nicolet College Theatre director.

Highlighting the Nicolet Live! portion of the Creative Arts season will be the Off-Broadway hit Man 1 Bank 0 Feb. 26 and the Grammy-winning Tonic Sol-fa quartet March 26.

Man 1 Bank 0 features best-selling author and comedian Patrick Combs. During the one-man performance Combs tells the true tale of depositing a non-negotiable $95,000 junk mail check as a practical joke only to have his bank account balloon, setting off a classic David-vs.-Goliath caper. Tickets are $15 and can be ordered online at or by calling the Nicolet Box Office at (715) 365-4646 or 1-800-544-3039, ext. 4646, TDD (715) 365-4558 or 711 (relay).

A month later, on March 26, Tonic Sol-fa will take to the Nicolet stage for a show The New York Times calls “a vocal kaleidoscope, unique to the human voice.” Just four singers and a tambourine, the quartet's intricate harmonies and upbeat tunes in pop, gospel and holiday genres have delighted audiences everywhere and won numerous original song and album awards, including two Grammies. Tickets are $15 and can be ordered by visiting or by calling the Nicolet Box Office at the numbers above.

The season opens Tuesday, Sept. 14, with the special lecture Climate Change and Our Forests with Geoffrey Parker at 7:30 p.m. in the Nicolet College Theatre. This renowned Smithsonian forest ecologist will talk about his 22 years of research on eastern hardwood forests, discovering that trees today are growing two- to four-times faster than predicted. He’ll also explain how these findings shed new light on forest ecology and the implications they hold for the future. Admission is free.

Other notable events in the upcoming season include:

- Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center violinist Robert Schubert Sep. 19.

-The Nicolet Players’ Fright Factory Haunted House during Halloween.

- The Rainbow Fish children’s musical Nov. 13.

- Trekking in Norway Nov. 16.

Art Gallery exhibits will include Betty LaDuke’s Dreaming Cows Mural; Reflections on Guatemala; the Nicolet Faculty Exhibit; and the popular Northern National Art Competition.

Library events will include the Campus & Community Read: Persepolis with Shane Teter; Perspectives on Iran; and the entertaining and informative Cooking with Kevin demonstrations.

The vast majority of events in the Creative Arts series are free. To receive the 2010-11 Creative Arts Series booklet, call Nicolet College at (715) 365-4512 or 1-800-544-3039, ext. 4512, TDD (715) 365-4558 or 711 (relay). To sign up to received email reminders of upcoming events, visit

Click here to view all events in the 2010-11 Creative Arts Series.