Do you feel it? That slight autumn chill. The excitement in the air. The anticipation of another academic year ahead… Before fall kicks in and you get bogged down by the work you have to do, make room in your schedule now for the arts events and activities you’ll want to do.

Here’s a look at some of the new exhibitions on view and the artists visiting campus, plus a new opera, a theater alumnae residency, fiction readings and a poetry festival where all of Emily Dickinson’s poems will be read. Don’t miss what interests you: make your plans today.


Shakia Johnson on stage
Faculty Dance Concert
Friday, Sept. 8, 7:30 p.m.
Kirby Memorial Theater


Fiction Reading: Peter Kimani, Amherst’s 2017-18 Visiting Writer
Wednesday, Sept. 13, 8 p.m.
Amherst Books (8 Main Street, downtown Amherst)


Amherst Poetry Festival and Emily Dickinson Poetry Marathon
Thursday, Sept. 14–Sunday, Sept. 17
Various times and locations


The Scarlet Professor Opera
Friday, Sept. 15, & Saturday, Sept. 16, 8 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 17, 3 p.m.
Sept. 23, 8 p.m. &Sunday, Sept. 24, 3 p.m.
Theater 14, Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts, Smith College


Music at Amherst presents Anat Cohen Quartet
Saturday, Sept. 16, 8 p.m.
Buckley Recital Hall, Arms Music Center


Five College Theater Alumna Presentation Showcase
Thursday, Sept. 28, 7:30 p.m.
Kirby Memorial Theater


More September arts events»


Photography by Nicholas Muellner
Nicholas Muellner: In Most Tides an Island
On view Sept. 11Oct. 6
Opening lecture and reception: Thursday, Sept. 14, 4:30 p.m.
Eli Marsh Gallery, 105 Fayerweather Hall


Tell It Like It Is—or Could Be
On view Sept. 12Dec. 31
Opening reception: Tuesday, Sept. 12, 5–8 p.m.
Mead Art Museum


Rotherwas Project 3: Saya Woolfalk, Life Products and the ChimaCloud
On view Sept. 12Dec. 31
Opening reception: Tuesday, Sept. 12, 5–8 p.m.
Artist talk: Friday, Sept. 22, 4:30 p.m.
Mead Art Museum


Home Away from Home: Russian Artists Abroad
On view Sept. 12Dec. 31
Opening Reception: Tuesday, Sept. 12, 5–8 p.m.
Mead Art Museum


From the Picturesque to the Modern Vision: Landscape Painting in Europe Across the Centuries
On view Sept. 12Dec. 31
Opening reception: Tuesday, Sept. 12, 5–8 p.m.
Mead Art Museum


Songs of the City: Elena Guro and the Artists of Her Time
On view through Sept. 29
Gallery, Amherst Center for Russian Culture


Esteban Uceda ’19 and SabriAnan Micha ’19

The Belong Campaign

What does it mean to “belong” at Amherst College? A new exhibition on view in the Keefe Campus Center aims to address just that.


An Old Crime, A New Opera
The Scarlet Professor—a new opera composed by Professor of Music Eric Sawyer and directed by Associate Professor of Theater and Dance Ron Bashford ’88—dramatizes the true story of a Smith College professor arrested in 1960.


Curating a Summer
The Mead Art Museum’s five interns had an idea: they wanted to put together an exhibition of their own.


Lucky Soprano: Alison Wahl ’08
It’s her “bright, vibrant” voice that earns accolades, but as with any job, it helps to be in the right place at the right time.


Amherst's Folger Library Awarded $1.5M Grant
The Folger Shakespeare Library, administered by the Trustees of Amherst College, has been awarded $1.5 million to support an interdisciplinary, multiyear research project.


The Common Awarded Amazon Literary Partnership Grant
The $8,000 award will support the magazine’s work in publishing and promoting diverse writers from around the world.


What is Emily Dickinson describing in the following poem?

I like to see it lap the miles,
And lick the valleys up,
And stop to feed itself at tanks;
And then, prodigious, step


Around a pile of mountains,
And, supercilious, peer
In shanties by the sides of roads;
And then a quarry pare


To fit its sides, and crawl between,
Complaining all the while
In horrid, hooting stanza;
Then chase itself downhill


And neigh like Boanerges;
Then, punctual as a star,
Stop—docile and omnipotent—
At its own stable door.


E-mail your answer to by 11 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 4, and you'll be entered to win a poster of Emily from the Emily Dickinson Museum. One randomly selected reader who submits the correct answer will be notified via email.


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Links You'll Like: Arts Calendar | Art and the History of Art | Beneski Museum of Natural History | Film and Media Studies | Eli Marsh Gallery | Emily Dickinson Museum | Mead Art Museum | Music at Amherst | Russian Center Art Gallery | The Common Literary Magazine | Theater and Dance