On March 16, the Bearded Men improvisational comedy group invaded the Lions Lair. The groups title may be a bit of a misnomer, however; the Moorhead-based troupe of college-aged comedians had only one bearded member. The men came out strong, putting on an hour-long show for an audience of about 40 people, entertaining with slapstick humor and the occasional moment of keen wit.
On March 14, Carleton Chair of the Cinema and Media Studies program Professor Carol Donelan presented a lecture in Viking Theatre titled Beyond the Shootout at the OK Corral: Real and Disguised Westerns from Shane to Blood Diamond. The lecture was sponsored by the Boldt Chair in the Humanities.
Proceedings began with a literal bang on March 18 when the St. Olaf Orchestra took the nave of Boe Chapel to perform a program chock-full of faculty soloists. First was a performance of Samuel Barbers Toccata Festiva with Artist-in-Residence Catherine Rodland at the pedals of the Humboldt Organ. The organ was clearly still being put through its paces for the admiring crowd of Oles and alumni in Norwegian sweaters who filled the chapel on Sunday. Like any good trick pony, the organ rose to the occasion and showed off new feats.