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Some of the finest painters and sketch artists in Oklahoma are displaying their works in the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition’s 2005 Painting and Drawing Biennial VIII. The exhibition is open through June 10 at the USAO Gallery , located at the University of Science and Arts in Chickasha.

Foundation Matches Chocolate Fundraiser

Chocolate lovers who come out this Saturday night in support of the USAO Staff Association’s scholarship fundraiser could help the project earn a $500 matching gift from the USAO Foundation, it was announced Thursday. Executive Director Alan Proctor, left, confirmed the offer of $500 to match the first $500 raised by the group. Guests at the event will get to sample more than 60 delectable recipes – all created with chocolate. Tickets to “Hot Chocolate-Cool Jazz” are $10 for adults and $5 for pre-college youth at the door. The 7 p.m.

Chocolate Tasting Event Saturday

Chocolate lovers, brace yourselves. More than 60 different recipes featuring chocolate as the primary ingredient will be offered at a special tasting event that features live jazz and cash prizes this Saturday night at the University of Science and Arts.

The event is the brainchild of the USAO Staff Association and will benefit a scholarship fund administered by the USAO Foundation.

Hot Chocolate-Cool Jazz is scheduled from 7-9 p.m. Aug. 14 in the USAO Ballroom.

Magrath: 'Learn to improvise, encourage, persevere"

Understanding the power of encouragement, perseverance, respect and kindness can change your life and ensure your success, said scientist and ethicist Dr. Larry Magrath on Friday night to summer graduates at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma.

USAO Drama to Present 'Noises Off' July 15-18

A quirky, “reality” comedy highlights the summer schedule at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, as the drama department presents “Noises Off.” The three-act play is scheduled for July 15-18 at USAO’s Davis Hall Theatre.

Admission to the play is $5 for adults, $4 for senior citizens, and $3 for students. Performances are set for 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, with a special 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday.