Sister Julie B. Beck, general president of the Relief Society of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will speak at the Marriott Center at 11:05 a.m. The Devotional will be broadcast live on the BYU Broadcasting channels and online at byub.org.
The first show of the semester for BYU’s Got Talent starts at 7 p.m. in the Varsity Theatre.
The BYU faculty jazz quintet Q’d Up will play at 7:30 p.m. in the Madsen Recital Hall. Performers include Ray Smith, woodwinds; Steve Lindeman, piano; Eric Hansen, bass; Jay Lawrence, vibes and drums; and Ron Brough, drums and auxiliary percussion. This event is free.
Harold Brown, former U.S. Secretary of Defense, will speak at 7:30 p.m. in the Madsen Recital Hall at Brigham Young University for this semester’s Distinguished Lecture in International Affairs. He will speak on “The U.S. and China: 1980, 2012 and 2030.” Admission is free, and the public is welcome.
Honor choir, a non-auditioned choir, meets Thursdays from 11-11:50 in 5519 WSC. Go to byusa.byu.edu/honor-choir-0 for more information.
BYU School of Music faculty member April Clayton will perform a flute recital at 7:30 p.m. in the Madsen Recital Hall. Admission is free.
The semester kick-off activity begins at 8 p.m. and ends at 11:30 p.m. in WSC. There will be a dance in the Ballroom, games in the Garden Court along with Karaoke. In the Varsity Theatre will be Larry Miller. Laser Tag will be on the 3rd floor in room 3480 and inflatables in the Terrace. Food will be discounted at Jumba, Sugar & Spice and Taco Bell during the evening for everyone participating in the event. The theme for this year’s event is “Join the War on Winter.”
BYU’s Museum of Peoples and Cultures will host its first date night of the semester titled “Culture-Me-Mine” at 7 p.m. at the museum, at 100 E. 700 N. in Provo. Tickets for are $10 per couple and will be available for purchase at the WSC Information Desk beginning Tuesday, Jan. 17.
Test prep courses for the GMAT, MCAT, DAT, PCAT/OAT and LSAT will begin this day. Each different test has different end dates but the courses will teach strategies and offer practice on how to best prepare for certain exams. For more information, visit testprep.byu.edu. GRE and ACT prep courses will begin Saturday, Jan. 28.
The School of Music faculty members will present “An Evening of Baroque Chamber Music” at 7:30 p.m. in the Madsen Recital Hall. The performance is free.
Through Friday, Jan. 20, students can nominate someone who has inspired them to become a better person because of their outstanding character and dedication to serving other people for a Brigham Award at brighamawards.byu.edu.
SCERA is holding auditions for the final stage production of its indoor season – Disney’s “My Son Pinocchio” – on Feb. 16 and17 from 7-10 p.m. at the SCERA Center for the Arts, 745 South State, Orem. Auditioners should prepare to sing 16 measure of a Broadway-style song. Families are encouraged to audition together. Children 9 and under will only be cast with an adult family member. Gymnasts, dancers, jugglers, roller skaters, stilt walkers or any odd or interesting talents are also needed. CD and IPOD playback is available or you may bring your own accompanist. No appointment is necessary to audition. Those invited to callbacks on Feb. 18 will participate in a dance audition. “My Son Pinocchio” will be performed on the Showhouse II stage at the SCERA Center for the Arts April 20 – May 12 on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm. For more information, contact SCERA at 801-225-ARTS or visit the Backstage tab at scera.org.