Also this weekend, the men's basketball Musketeers gear up for some pre-March Madness excitement at the Atlantic 10 ShootOut. The annual shooting competition begins at the University of Dayton's arena on Friday, Feb. 13, and concludes on Sunday. The winner takes home $10,000 in cash. To order tickets, call Xavier's ticket office at 513 745-3411 ext. 7. The deadline to order tickets is Friday. For more information on the championship, visit www.Atlantic10.org.
In keeping with the Valentine's Day spirit, the Xavier Players theater group is performing Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing" at 7:30 p.m. in the Gallagher Student Center theater Friday through Sunday, with a 2:00 p.m. matinee on Saturday, Feb. 14. Reserved seating is $12 for adults and $5 for students, senior citizens, faculty and staff. To reserve seats, call the box office at 513 745-3939. For more information, contact Josh Neumeyer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday afternoon, Daniel Ketcha, chemistry professor at Wright State University, is the featured speaker of the physics in careers lecture series at 1:30 p.m. in Linder Hall, Room 103. Ketcha discusses the new and rapidly evolving approach to organic chemistry and in particular the drug discovery process, termed "Combinatorial Chemistry." The lecture is free, and refreshments are being served. For more information, call 513 745-3352.
The Summerfair's Emerging Artist Exhibition, featuring work by seniors Chris Meeks, Liz Otto and Beth Shortt, is opening with a reception Friday evening at The Mockbee, 2260 Central Parkway in Cincinnati, from 6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. The exhibition recognizes 18 senior art students from area universities who represent the next generation of artists breaking into the local arts community. For more information, call 513 745-3811 or e-mail email@example.com.
Also Friday evening, the women's basketball team visits George Washington University in Washington, D.C., for an A-10 game at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday is an active day for Musketeer spring athletics. The rifle team gets an early start, hosting the NCAA Qualifier at the Walsh Memorial Range at 8:00 a.m. The team, 7-1, is competing against Ohio State University and Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.
Then, Saturday afternoon, the undefeated women's tennis team visits the Mercy Fairfield Courts for a match against Indiana State University at 3:00 p.m. The men's team, hoping to improve a disappointing three-game losing streak, takes the court at 8:00 p.m. in Columbus, Ohio, for a match against Michigan State University.
Also Saturday, the men's basketball team takes on the University of Massachusetts at the Cintas Center in a 4:00 p.m. game, which is being broadcast on Fox Sports Network. The Musketeers, 13-9, are hoping to continue their three-game winning streak.
Sunday evening, "Love Actually" is being shown as part of the late-night film series at the Gallagher Student Center theater at 11:00 p.m. The romantic comedy stars Hugh Grant, Emma Thompson and Liam Neeson. Students are invited to attend for free.
Also Sunday, the women's basketball team travels to the University of Richmond for its second A-10 game of the weekend at 2:00 p.m.
For more information about any of the above events, call 513 745-3411 or visit the athletics web site.