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SWOSU Announces 2009-10 Panorama Series


Comedian Demetri Martin, PostSecret Project creator Frank Warren, zombie expert and best-selling author Max Brooks and the Dallas Black Dance Theatre highlight the 2009-10 Panorama series at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford.

Four events are planned during the year, and Panorama Committee Chairman Brian Adler said three of the events will have free admission. The only event that will have an admission charge is funny man Demetri Martin. The Panorama dates and lineup are:

  • September 29 Max Brooks
  • October 23 Demetri Martin
  • November 19 Frank Warren
  • February 23 Dallas Black Dance Theatre

All events begin at 7:30 p.m. and all events will be at the Fine Arts Center on the SWOSU campus. 

Max Brooks
Max Brooks

Demetri Martin
Demetri Martin

Frank Warren
Frank Warren

Dallas Black Dance Theatre
Dallas Black Dance Theatre

Opening the Panorama series this year is Brooks, the son of famous comedian Mel Brooks and actress Anne Bancroft. Brooks is considered by many to be one of the world's foremost Zombie preparedness experts. His funny presentation, "Zombie Survival: Preparing for World War Z," will aid the SWOSU audience with the latest Zombie survival techniques.

Comedian Martin stars in "Important Things with Demetri Martin" on Comedy Central. Martin will appear at SWOSU during the university's homecoming weekend.  Martin is a funny man who was a staff writer for Late Night with Conan O'Brien and a writer-performer for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

Warren has been a popular feature on college campuses across the nation. The best-selling author is the founder and curator of the PostSecret project, a collection of over 200,000 highly personal and artfully decorated postcards mailed anonymously from around the world. His PostSecret website receives over 3 million visitors each month, and Warren was awarded six weblog awards including "Best American Blog" and "Blog of the Year."

The final Panorama event of the 2009-10 year will be a February 23 performance by the Dallas Black Dance Theatre.  This well-known group will perform modern, jazz, ethnic and spiritual works. The group has performed around the United States and draws huge crowds to its performances.

Tickets for Demetri Martin go on sale August 24. Advance tickets for the event are $20 for SWOSU students and $30 for non-SWOSU students. Advance tickets for groups of 15 or more are $20. All tickets at the door will be $40.

Tickets will be available at the SWOSU Public Relations & Marketing Office, Room 205 of the Administration Building, and at the SWOSU Business Office, Room 109 of the Administration Building. Tickets can also be purchased with a credit card by calling 580.774.3019.

SWOSU's Panorama series has been bringing outstanding events to the Weatherford campus since 1991. Panorama is partially supported by an endowed lectureship sponsored by SBC.

Additional information about the Panorama series is available by calling the SWOSU Public Relations & Marketing Office at 580.774.3063.