The Fine Arts departments at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College are presenting a schedule of activities on campus to celebrate Fine Arts Week during April 24 through April 28, 2017. The events include music and literary performances and other art activities. All activities are free and open to the public.
A highlight of Fine Arts Week will be a reading and book release party for Marcie Rendon’s debut novel, Murder on the Red River (Cinco Puntos Press). Kirkus Reviews describes the book as follows: “Though she needs a bogus ID to get served at the bars where she shoots a mean game of pool, Cash, nee Renee Blackbear, 19, already has a lot of miles on her. Taken away from the rez as a child, she’s been in and out of more foster homes than she can remember… But even Cash has never seen a murdered man before the August day in 1970 when she follows a radio announcement about a dead body to the Minnesota side of the Red River.”
Marcie Rendon is an enrolled member of the White Earth Nation and author of two nonfiction children’s books, Pow Wow Summer (MN Historical Press) and Farmer’s Market: Families Working Together (CarolRhoda). She is the creative mind behind Raving Native Theater, which produced Rendon’s play Bring the Children Home… at four venues in 2015-2016. She is a recipient of the Loft’s 2017 Spoken Word Immersion Fellowship with poet Diego Vazquez. Additionally, her poem Wiigwaasabak was awarded a place in the St. Paul Almanac’s Impressions Project Summer 2017. The event will take place at noon on Tuesday, April 25, in the commons and amphitheater at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College.
Another highlight will be the week’s two musical performances. On Tuesday, April 25 at 5:30 pm, the Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College Choral Ensemble will perform in the amphitheater. Thursday, April 27 features more music on campus. Beginning at 10:00 a.m. in the amphitheater, the Li’l Thunder Learning Center will showcase their talented young students with a choir concert.
Finally, the fifth edition of The Thunderbird Review, the literary anthology published by Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, is set to be released during the week. The release party, followed by an open mic, will take place Thursday, April 27 at 4:00 p.m. in the commons and amphitheater. All are welcome to join the party to read their work, enjoy refreshments, and pick up a copy of the journal.
For more information about Fine Arts Week 2017 activities at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, contact Darci Schummer via email to dschummer*AT*fdltcc.edu or visit the college web site at www.fdltcc.edu.

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