Event Calendar

Today - Sun, Apr 19, 2015

"Arts at Amherst: Spring Festival" logo, printed in yellow and grey against a white background

Amherst Spring Arts Festival

Amherst is proud to present the second annual Spring Arts Festival, April 10–19. Organized by The Arts at Amherst Initiative-- a collaboration between Amherst’s Departments of Art and the History of Art, Music and Theater and Dance, as well as the Mead Art Museum --this 10-day festival features an array of events that bring together local, national and international artists, musicians, performers, filmmakers and audiences in a celebration of collaboration and discovery.

Check out this year's Spring Arts Festival line-up:

4/10 FRIDAY
6 p.m. Opening Reception
Celebrate the Spring Arts Festival at an opening reception! Food and drinks served.
Lobby, Arms Music Center

7 p.m. Live Performance: George Schuller’s Circle Wide
Jazz drummer and composer George Schuller the bounds of jazz with his critically acclaimed group Circle Wide. Free and open to the public.
Room 3, Arms Music Center

4/11 SATURDAY
8 p.m. Live Performance: Amherst Symphony Orchestra
The Amherst Symphony Orchestra performs Mahler’s Third Symphony. Requires tickets.
Buckley Recital Hall, Arms Music Center

4/12 SUNDAY
12 p.m. Mix Tape: A Music Showcase
This eclectic showcase of original music at Amherst College features live performances in a diverse array of genres.
The Powerhouse

3 p.m. Five College Ethnomusicology Certificate Celebration
Five College students in ethnomusicology present their research and give performances.
Room 7, Arms Music Center

4/13 MONDAY
4:30 p.m. Film Screening: Short Films by Akosua Adoma Owusu
Owusu, an American-born filmmaker of Ghanaian heritage, presents her award-winning films Kwaku Ananse (2013) and Me Broni Ba (2009), followed by a brief discussion.
Keefe Campus Center Theater

4/14 TUESDAY
4:30 p.m. Artist Workshop: Jonathon Keats & the 100 Year Camera
Join alumni artist Jonathon Keats '94 for a hands-on workshop and build a camera with a 100 year-long exposure. Registration required.
Fayerweather Hall

4/15 WEDNESDAY
2:00 p.m. Artist Conversation & Exhibition: Photographing Deep Time
Join artist Jonathon Keats '94 for a lecture about his exhibition Photographing Deep Time at the Mead Art Museum. Reception to follow.
Mead Art Museum

4/16 THURSDAY
8 p.m. Arts Party at The Powerhouse
All are invited to party with The Arts at Amherst Advocates student group from 8 p.m. to midnight, when student artists turn The Powerhouse into a stage for music, film, theater, dance, splatter painting, performance art and collaborative surprises of all kinds.
The Powerhouse

4/17 FRIDAY
8 a.m. Music @ Amherst Today
Amherst Today welcomes Amherst alumni for a two-day classroom program celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Amherst College Glee Club. Registration required.
Buckley Recital Hall, Arms Music Center

4/18 SATURDAY
5 p.m. Glee Club 150th Anniversary Concert
All are welcome to attend the Glee Club 150th Anniversary Concert, a performance by current Amherst seniors presenting their favorite college songs.
Buckley Recital Hall, Arms Music Center

4/19 SUNDAY
3 p.m. Arts Faculty Performance
The final event of the Spring Arts Festival showcases the artistic faculty of Amherst College.
Kirby Theater

All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise stated.

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Five College Transgender Support & Social Group

Are you transgender, genderqueer, non-binary, gender-fluid, questioning or gender non-conforming? Come join us in a positive, inclusive, safe and brave space for trans individuals and those in the process of discovering their gender identities. This group is a closed space to all trans-identifying five college undergraduate and graduate students. Supportive loved ones are welcome.

Arts Faculty Performance

Spring Arts Festival: Arts Faculty Performance

An eclectic combination of jazz, dance, new opera and video, the faculty performance showcases the work of artists Adam Levine, Ron Bashford, Paul Matteson, Jason Robinson, Eric Sawyer and Sara Smith, joined by a prestigious group of singers, musicians and dancers from the Pioneer Valley, New York City and beyond. The Spring Arts Festival closing reception will follow the performance.

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Catholic Mass

Chapin Hall, Chapel

All are welcome in the celebration of the Sunday Liturgy. Missalettes are provided to help us pray and lift up our voices in song.

The 3rd Annual Russian Talent Show

Porter House, Common Room

Шоу талантов: the Students of the Amherst College Russian Department proudly present: the 3rd annual Russian Talent Show! Russian students from all Five Colleges will be showcasing their various talents in an evening of music, poetry, prose and more that is not to be missed! Come learn some new facts about Russia and support your fellow students. All are welcome! Stay after to enjoy a wonderful reception of Russian food and great company! Knowledge of Russian not necessary.

Do you happen to have a hidden Russian talent yourself? Email Nina at nleonova@amherst.edu to submit an act! Verse, poetry, singing, playing instruments…Anything is possible!

City Streets 2014

City Streets

City Streets is the spring celebration for the Amherst College community. This is an international event with flags representing all of our students' nationalities, food tents featuring international flavors and several truck vendors. There will be entertainment and music. Students, staff, faculty and their families are all welcome.

Tomorrow - Mon, Apr 20, 2015

Studio Honors Exhibition

This annual exhibition in the Eli Marsh Gallery, 105 Fayerweather Hall, is the culmination of a year-long project by the senior studio honors majors in the Department of Art and the History of Art. In addition to regular gallery hours Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the gallery will be open commencement weekend, Saturday and Sunday, May 23 and 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Open to the Public.

Reception on Thursday, 04/23 at 4:30 p.m. at the Gallery

https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/art/acalendar/honors-15s

UCLA Anderson School of Management EDGE Program Information Table

The UCLA Anderson EDGE program is a three week, full-time summer certification program offered July 6th-24th, 2015, at the beautiful UCLA campus, located in sunny Los Angeles, CA. The EDGE program prepares undergraduates and recent graduates for a place in business. Designed to ensure that students understand the fundamentals of business, leadership and communications, EDGE is where the leaders of tomorrow understand opportunity in business today. There is a program fee associated with participation.

The UCLA Anderson School of Management offers both degree and non-degree programs to meet the diverse education needs and professional goals of students. UCLA Anderson’s rigorous programs offer exceptional academic preparation, a cooperative and congenial student culture, and access to a thriving business community, as well as support services for scholastic and career advancement.

UCLA Anderson’s Executive Education programs expand management horizons and actualize leadership potential with programs that equip individuals to embrace innovation and drive sustainable growth throughout the enterprise. Business transformation begins here – with the next generation of leaders at every organizational level. Leading global organizations turn to UCLA Anderson’s Executive Education to instill and ignite an entrepreneurial spark in rising excellence.

Pride & Allies Week Kick-Off BBQueer

Join us for our annual kick-off pride celebration with music, cheese/veggie burgers, hot dogs and free prizes!

German Table

German Table

Enjoy chatting informally with other students who have returned from abroad, with the German language assistants, German faculty members and other native speakers.

Join us on the Mezzanine of Valentine Dining Hall every Monday from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Math and Stat Table

Valentine Dining Hall, Terrace Room B

Join students and faculty interested in statistics, pure mathematics or applied mathematics, for interesting, relaxing conversations and lunch each Monday between noon and 1:30 p.m. in Terrace Room B, Valentine Hall. Pick up your lunch in Val and come on down to Terrace Room B for whatever lunch interval you have. We’ll be glad to see you, and we’ll count on seeing you there!

Amherst College Library Staff

Library Award Ceremony

Frost Library, Periodicals Room

Amherst College Library has won the ACRL 2015 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award and we’re planning a celebration! Join us for refreshments, live music and more. We hope to see you there!

LJST Dept. Law as Performance Lecture Series presents - "Reenactability" -

On Monday, April 20, at 4:30 p.m. in Room 100 Clark House at Amherst College, Ann Pellegrini and Karen Shimakawa, associate professors of performance studies at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, will present a paper entitled “Reenactability.” This is the fourth presentation in a series of seminars this year on the theme “Law as Performance.”

Pellegrini is the author of "Performance Anxieties: Staging Psychoanalysis, Staging Race" (Routledge, 1997), and "Excess and Enchantment: Queer Performance Between the Religious and the Secular." In addition to teaching, Ann Pellegrini is also the director of NYU’s Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality. Karen Shimakawa’s interests include Asian American performance, critical race theory and intercultural performance.

To receive a copy of the paper being presented which will investigate the various forms legal reenactment takes, please email the LJST Dept. Coordinator at mlestes@amherst.edu.

This event is co-sponsored by The Lamont Lecture Fund. https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/ljst/events

Black-and-white image of Alexander Skidan smoking a cigarette, with a white ribbon or wire zigzagging in front of him

Alexander Skidan: "The Americans are Coming: On Translating American Poets in Russia's New Poetic Scene"

Webster Hall, Center for Russian Culture

Petersburg poet Alexander Skidan will speak about his work translating figures like John Ashbery and Michael Palmer into Russian, and then read from his own poetry in Russian and in English.

Skidan, born in Leningrad in 1965, is a major poet of his generation, winner of the Russia's top prize for poetry in 2006 for "Red Shifting" (published in English translation by Ugly Duckling Press). As a poet, critic, essayist and translator, he is at the forefront of a new, politically engaged literary avant-garde which has emerged in Petersburg. He is the author of four books of critical essays, most recently "Theses Toward Politicization of Art" (2014), and has won several prizes for these writings. He translates poetry and fiction, as well as works of major Western theorists. He is a co-editor of Russia's most influential literary journal, "The New Literary Observer" and a member of the artists' collection "What is to Be Done?".

A section of the painting "Death and the Miser," by Hieronymus Bosch

"Counting around the Silences of Legal Sources: What Excommunication for Debt Says About Early Modern Regimes of Credit"

Open/Public seminar led by Dr. Tyler Lange (Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt-am-Main)

Across Europe, between roughly 1300 and 1550, church courts excommunicated delinquent debtors for breach of faith more frequently than is commonly imagined. The underlying debts were often the purchase and sales credits necessary in a monetized but currency-poor age. This talk examines the sources for the practice and how to read them. Further, it will propose how a better understanding of the practice of excommunications for debt illuminates a neglected aspect of late medieval market discipline and alter our understanding of early modern regimes of credit.

French Table

French Table will meet on Mondays, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. on the Mezzanine in Valentine Hall. French speakers of all levels are encouraged to attend.

Ongoing Events

Russian painting by Esker

КИНЕТИЧЕСКИЕ РИТМЫ: The Dynamic Spirit of Russian Modernism

Webster Hall, Amherst Center for Russian Culture

In 2014, the Mead Art Museum oversaw the installation of art in the Russian Center Art Gallery, a newly refurbished space in the Amherst Center for Russian Culture, located in Webster Hall. The exhibition on view, КИНЕТИЧЕСКИЕ РИТМЫ: The Dynamic Spirit of Russian Modernism, brings together works from the Thomas P. Whitney ’37 collection that reflect the dynamic spirit of the artistic milieu of the first three decades of the twentieth century. Visit the link below for additional information about the works on view.

The Russian Center Art Gallery is located in the Amherst Center for Russian Culture, on the second floor of Webster Hall. Open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., as well as Tuesday and Thursday from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Nature, Pleasure, Myth exhibition image

Nature, Pleasure, Myth: Animals in the Art of Japan

This special exhibition explores the appearance of animals throughout different genres of Japanese woodblock prints, textiles and fashionable objects. From Japanese folklore to kabuki performances, from the embroidered robes of courtesans to fascinating “secret calendars,” animals—domestic, wild and fantastical—offer a view into the “floating world” of Japan. On view at the Mead Art Museum February 7–June 28.

Open
Tues, Wed, Thurs, Sun: 9 a.m.–midnight
Fri: 9 a.m.–8 p.m.
Sat: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Fifty Years of Showa Japan image

Fifty Years of Shōwa Japan: The Photography of Kageyama Kōyō

The photographs of Kageyama Kōyō (1907–1981) document the changing urban landscape of Tokyo during the Shōwa imperial period (1926–1989). Kageyama captured scenes of the city as it rebuilt after the Great Kantō Earthquake of 1923, underwent militarization in the 1930s, endured the years of World War II and its aftermath, and as it developed into a global metropolis. On view at the Mead Art Museum February 7–June 28.

Open
Tues, Wed, Thurs, Sun: 9 a.m.–midnight
Fri: 9 a.m.–8 p.m.
Sat: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Gods, Kings, and Lovers

Gods, Kings, and Lovers: Paintings from Courtly India

Drawn entirely from the Mead’s permanent collection, this exhibition explores the essential role of painting in the lives of India’s elites, looking especially at the convergence of human and divine in nine exquisite works created for Muslim and Hindu patrons between the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries. On view at the Mead Art Museum February 14–July 5.

Open
Tues, Wed, Thurs, Sun: 9 a.m.–midnight
Fri: 9 a.m.–8 p.m.
Sat: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Wilder Observatory

Observatory Public Viewing

The Wilder Observatory on Snell Street is free and open to all, starting at 9 p.m. every Saturday from April through October with the telescope being used on clear evenings. See (if they're in the sky at the time) the moon, planets, asteroids, comets, multiple stars, star clusters, nebulae, galaxies and more through the large, world-class refractor telescope. Students, faculty, staff, community members, family and friends are welcome. Weekend programs are provided in partnership with the (Astronomy Association - Tom Whitney)tom@astronomyassociation.org

Wilder Observatory

Observatory Public Viewing

The Wilder Observatory on Snell Street is free and open to all, starting at 9 p.m. every Saturday from April through October with the telescope being used on clear evenings. See (if they're in the sky at the time) the moon, planets, asteroids, comets, multiple stars, star clusters, nebulae, galaxies and more through the large, world-class refractor telescope. Students, faculty, staff, community members, family and friends are welcome. Weekend programs are provided in partnership with the (Astronomy Association - Tom Whitney)tom@astronomyassociation.org

Wilder Observatory

Observatory Public Viewing

The Wilder Observatory on Snell Street is free and open to all, starting at 9 p.m. every Saturday from April through October with the telescope being used on clear evenings. See (if they're in the sky at the time) the moon, planets, asteroids, comets, multiple stars, star clusters, nebulae, galaxies and more through the large, world-class refractor telescope. Students, faculty, staff, community members, family and friends are welcome. Weekend programs are provided in partnership with the (Astronomy Association - Tom Whitney)tom@astronomyassociation.org

Wilder Observatory

Observatory Public Viewing

The Wilder Observatory on Snell Street is free and open to all, starting at 9 p.m. every Saturday from April through October with the telescope being used on clear evenings. See (if they're in the sky at the time) the moon, planets, asteroids, comets, multiple stars, star clusters, nebulae, galaxies and more through the large, world-class refractor telescope. Students, faculty, staff, community members, family and friends are welcome. Weekend programs are provided in partnership with the (Astronomy Association - Tom Whitney)tom@astronomyassociation.org

Lila Levan: Blue & White Night in Amherst

In honor of Israeli Independence day the Amherst Students for Israel and Amherst Hillel invite you to party with us, Tel Aviv style!

Join us for a silent headphones rave with dueling DJs on April 18th! All of the music will be streamed through bluetooth headphones and you can choose which DJ you want to listen to. Bring your Amherst student ID to trade for a pair of party headphones and don't forget to wear blue and white in honor of Israel's 67th birthday!