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Pulitzer Prize Winners At Popcorn Forum

Hollering poets, digital art, Pulitzer Prizewinning musical talent and free phyllo pastries are just a few of the treats North Idaho College is serving the public during its 25th anniversary celebration of the Popcorn Forum.

The weeklong cultural potpourri is more than a month away, March 27 through April 2.

Tickets are already on sale for two events. The Popcorn Forum is usually a free affair. For these two events, however, “it was either charge or not have it at all,” said Tony Stewart, chair of the Popcorn Forum Committee.

One is a ragtime concert featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning conductor and composer Gunther Schuller and members of the Spokane Symphony Orchestra.

Schuller, who also is a jazz historian, is delivering a free lecture on music diversity earlier in the week.

The other paid event is “Camp Logan,” a drama based on the 1917 execution of 19 black soldiers. The cast is from San Antonio, Texas, and has performed at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and more than 100 colleges and universities nationwide.

This year’s Popcorn Forum, called “An Affair with the Arts and Humanities,” features music, poetry, performing arts and fine arts, as well as a smattering of storytelling and educational lectures.

The 25th anniversary of the annual symposium also is an opportunity to host an open house, said NIC trustee Jeannie Givens.

“We’re also rolling out the red carpet to our community,” Givens said.

Campus tours, fine arts exhibits, a communitywide mural project and special treats from the culinary arts department are planned.

Other highlights:

“Three Forms of Censorship,” a keynote address by Harold Balazs, a renowned artist whose work graces many public places in the Northwest;

Cowboy poet John Jay Kulm, who has been featured on National Public Radio, USA Cable Network and at Lolapalooza.

xxxx Tickets Tickets are already on sale although the forum isn’t until March 27-April 2