Alumnae authors to launch books Wednesday

Relationships are at the heart of two books being launched tonight by Black Moss Press.

Talking Derby, by Kate Hargreaves, explores a young woman’s love affair with her roller skates, and the poetry collection Whisky Sour City, edited by Vanessa Shields, brings together works by Windsor poets to reveal their tangled ties with the city.

Event to feature students’ Ford City work

A free public reception Thursday will showcase the Ford City Project, work by digital journalism students in Windsor’s Drouillard Road neighbourhood.

The event promises a documentary film, a book preview and a photo gallery.

It opens at 6 p.m., April 11, at the Artspeak Gallery, 1942 Wyandotte Street East.

Film screening an opportunity to air memories of Windsor war veterans

A question-and-answer session with veterans of the Canadian Forces will follow a free public screening of the documentary “The Veterans’ Memories Project,” Tuesday, April 9, at 4 p.m. in Vanier Hall’s Winclare A.

The film, produced by the Windsor Historical Society, showcases veterans and examines their involvement in conflicts from World War II to Afghanistan.

Jazz Ensemble bringing Summer Wind blowing in

Vocalist Chris Martel invoking the Summer Wind, Heinz Meier’s and Johnny Mercer’s standard, is one of the highlights on the program for the University Jazz Ensemble’s spring concert, Saturday, April 6, from 8 p.m. to midnight.

The event will transition from a concert set to a dance with cash bar for what promoters are calling the best entertainment value in town. Besides Martel, a second-year music therapy major, featured vocalists include Aimee Clifford and Lisette Gagnon, backed by a 24-member big band under the direction of Bob Fazecash.

University Players mount Wilde comedy at Essex Hall Theatre

The University Players production of Oscar Wilde’s comic masterpiece The Importance of Being Earnest premiered Thursday at Essex Hall Theatre.

The play, which relates the romantic entanglements of wits Algernon Moncrieff and Jack Worthing, continues through April 14.

A luncheon lecture with English professor emeritus Colin Atkinson will precede the Sunday, April 7, performance; a “talk back” session with director Leigh Rivenbark and members of the cast will follow it.

Solo recitals to showcase music student talents

The 2013 spring season continues this weekend with four solo recitals by music students in their graduating or third years. Most of these events will be juried recitals performed for credit, but some students will perform purely for the experience. Each recital incorporates one hour of music, the repertoire representing a variety of styles and periods.

This weekend’s events include:

Choral concert a celebration of spring

The School for Arts and Creative Innovation presents its spring choral concert featuring the 14-voice Chamber Choir directed by Richard Householder, and the 75-voice University Singers directed by Bradley Bloom on Friday, April 5, at 7:30 p.m. in Assumption University Chapel.

The chamber choir will perform choruses from major works, including J.S. Bach’s Jesu, der du meine Seele, from Mendelssohn’s Elijah “Lift Thine Eyes” and from Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado “Three Little Maids from School.”