Event Calendar

Today - Tue, Feb 20, 2018

Primary-colored illustration of a house against a gray background

Gallery Talk with Mead Director and Chief Curator David E. Little

HOUSE: Selections from the Collection of John and Sue Wieland features 58 artworks that present provocative interpretations of the house in various shapes, sizes, materials and imaginative manifestations. You’re invited to a gallery talk about this exhibition with David E. Little.

This event is free and open to all.

Regina Carter holding a violin in her arms vertically, so that its neck partially covers her face

Performance of "The Hair Bow Anthems" by Regina Carter

Regina Carter is a master jazz violinist and MacArthur Fellow. She will perform "Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing" and "The Star-Spangled Banner" using violin bows that have been restrung with human hair by contemporary artist Sonya Clark. This performance will be followed by an artist talk with Regina Carter, Sonya Clark and Darryl Harper.

This program is a part of the Embodied Knowledge Program Series.

Tomorrow - Wed, Feb 21, 2018

Sonya Clark unraveling a Confederate flag with her hands

A Conversation with Sonya Clark, Followed by Her Performance of "Unraveling"

Join us for a conversation with renowned artists Sonya Clark '89 and Darryl Harper '90 for an evening that blurs the lines of protest and performance. Following the discussion, Clark will perform "Unraveling" at the Mead Art Museum. All are invited to participate in this performance by working side-by-side with the artist to unravel threads of the Confederate battle flag.

This event is part of the Embodied Knowledge Program Series.

Sat, Feb 24, 2018

The Amherst College Jazz Ensemble and the Mark Zaleski Band: McBride Commission Concert

Amherst College Jazz Ensemble and the Mark Zaleski Band present music of Thad Jones, Lennie Niehaus and Matt Harris and the world premiere of “Orchids,” by Omar Thomas, as part of the McBride ’59 Jazz Commission Series.

Buckley Recital Hall is in the Arms Music Building. The concert is free and open to the public. We will be collecting donations for Puerto Rico hurricane relief.

Mon, Feb 26, 2018

amie & reggie

Boundaries Between Bodies Workshop

Boundaries Between Bodies brings artists Reggie Daniels and Amie Dowling to facilitate workshops and present projects that are striving to begin a collective process of political struggle where inside and outside artists are working side by side for a transformation that addresses the legacies of racism, segregation, disenfranchisement and mass incarceration.

This workshop is designed for people who are curious about community-engaged performance practices and how those practices can address critical systemic issues facing our communities. For over a decade, facilitators Reggie Daniels and Amie Dowling have collaborated on performance and film projects focusing on the eradication of mass incarceration.

The workshop will consider questions such as: What can artists offer to combat today’s climate of injustice? How does deficit thinking shape projects, and what can be done about it? How can performance projects build beneficial community relationships?

The workshop is free for Five College students. Wear clothing you can move in, bring a notebook and something to write with!

Tue, Feb 27, 2018

Black Panther Discussion with the MRC

Black Panther Discussion

Join the MRC and Residential Life for lunch and a discussion of "Black Panther."

Lunch at 11:30 - 1 in the Friedmann Room.
For accessibility/accommodations contact mrc@amherst.edu or call (413) 542-5372.

Washing Society

The Washing Society

Filmmaker Lynne Sachs and playwright Lizzie Olesker will be present for a discussion following a screening of their new award-winning film "The Washing Society" (2018, 44 mins).

When you drop off a bag of dirty laundry, who’s doing the washing and folding? The Washing Society brings us into New York City laundromats and the experiences of the people who work there. A collaboration between filmmaker Lynne Sachs and playwright Lizzie Olesker, the film observes the disappearing public space of the neighborhood laundromat and the continual, intimate labor that happens there. The Washing Society combines interviews and observational moments, re-enactment and choreography to produce a stark yet poetic vision of underpaid work, immigration and the sheer math of doing laundry. Inspired by To ‘Joy My Freedom author Tera Hunter’s depiction of the 1881 organization of African-American laundresses in Atlanta, the filmmakers interweave dirt, skin, lint, stains, money and time into the fabric of their film to create a dream-like, yet hyper-real portrayal of a day in the life of a laundry worker, both past and present.

Thu, Mar 1, 2018

LitFest logo with yellow and white text on purple background that says "LitFest 2018 illuminating great writing and Amherst College's literary life"

LitFest 2018: Illuminating Great Writing and Amherst College's Literary Life

Now in its third year, Amherst’s annual literary festival celebrates the College’s extraordinary literary life by bringing to campus distinguished authors and editors to share and discuss the pleasures and challenges of verbal expression—from fiction and nonfiction to poetry and spoken-word performance.

This year’s festival features Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Díaz, 2017 National Book Award finalists Carmen Maria Machado and Min Jin Lee, 2017 National Book Award winner and Amherst professor Masha Gessen, and acclaimed Kenyan author Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, among others. All events are free and open to the public, no tickets required.

Visit www.amherst.edu/go/litfest to see the LitFest 2018 festival schedule and biographies of each guest.

Srinivas Reddy & Nitin Mitta

Srinivas Reddy and Nitin Mitta Live at the Mead!

Join us for a closer look at New Publics: Art for a Modern India, 1960s–90s. Yael Rice, exhibition curator and Amherst College assistant professor of the History of Art and Asian languages and Civilizations, will lead a gallery talk on this exhibition. Srinivas Reddy and Nitin Mitta will join us for tabla and sitar performances following the talk.

This program is free and open to all!

Portrait of Carmen Maria Machado

A Conversation with National Book Award Finalists Carmen Maria Machado and Min Jin Lee

As part of Amherst College LitFest 2018, New York Times book critic Parul Sehgal hosts a conversation with 2017 National Book Award finalists Carmen Maria Machado (Her Body and Other Parties) and Min Jin Lee (Pachinko).

This event is part of the National Book Awards on Campus program, hosted in partnership with The Common and the National Book Foundation. It will be followed by a Q&A and book signing. It is free and open to the public.

*Please note: The venue for this event is Johnson Chapel, which seats 600 people. We recommend arriving early to get a seat. In the event that the venue is full, we will provide seating and a video feed (for on-campus visitors only) in Stirn Auditorium.

Visit www.amherst.edu/go/litfest to see the LitFest 2018 festival schedule and biographies of each guest.

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o

This Time Tomorrow: Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o

8:00 pm Pratt, O'Connor Common

A staged reading of acclaimed Kenyan writer and activist Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o’s play. Performed by Five College students, directed by award-winning playwright Kim Euell from the Department of Theater at UMass.

The Onus with special guest Todd Marcus at Amherst College

9:00 pm Marsh House, Marsh House 81

"The Onus" with Darryl Harper (clarinet/leader), Matthew Parrish (bass), and Harry "Butch" Reed (drums) and special guest Todd Marcus, will perform a concert as part of their residency at Amherst College. The ensemble has been together for over 20 years and has garnered best album of the year recognition for two releases. Their 2012 album, The Edenfred Files (Hipnotic), was featured on National Public Radio's "Fresh Air" with Terry Gross. The band will be joined by award-winning bass clarinetist/composer Todd Marcus.

Part of the Embodied Knowledge Colloquium led by Harper and visual artist Sonya Clark.

Last year's poetry slam winners with host Daniel Gallant

Poetry Slam by Amherst Students

As part of Amherst College LitFest 2018, Daniel Gallant, a playwright and executive director of New York’s famed Nuyorican Poets Cafe, hosts a poetry slam for Amherst College students.

All students are invited to attend. Keep an eye out for sign-up information.

Visit www.amherst.edu/go/litfest to see the LitFest 2018 festival schedule and biographies of each guest.

Fri, Mar 2, 2018

Portrait of Parul Sehgal

Tell Us What You Think with Parul Sehgal & Christopher Benfey

11:00 am - 12:00 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry

As part of Amherst College LitFest 2018, Professor and award-winning author Judith Frank hosts a conversation, “Tell Us What You Think: The Pleasures and Perils of Writing about Books,” with Parul Sehgal, New York Times book critic, and Christopher Benfey, author, journalist and professor of English at Mount Holyoke College.

This event is free, open to the public and will be followed by Q&A. Light lunch served.

Visit www.amherst.edu/go/litfest to see the LitFest 2018 festival schedule and biographies of each guest.

Ngũgĩ Wa Thiong'o

Ngũgĩ Wa Thiong'o: The River Between African And European Languages

Film screening and Q&A with Ngũgĩ Wa Thiong'o and director and documentary biographer David Ndirangu Wachanga.

Portrait of Junot Díaz

An Evening with Junot Díaz

As part of Amherst College LitFest 2018, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Díaz will give a reading followed by a conversation with Jennifer Acker '00, editor-in-chief of The Common literary magazine.

This event will be followed by a Q&A and book signing. It is free and open to the public.

*Please note: The venue for this event is Johnson Chapel, which seats 600 people. We recommend arriving early to get a seat. In the event that the venue is full, we will provide seating and a video feed (for on-campus visitors only) in Stirn Auditorium.

Visit www.amherst.edu/go/litfest to see the LitFest 2018 festival schedule and biographies of each guest.

Sat, Mar 3, 2018

Portrait of Rafael Campo

Poets of Amherst: Readings by Rafael Campo ’87 and Tess Taylor ’99, and a tribute to Richard Wilbur ’42

11:00 am - 12:00 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry

As part of LitFest 2018, Assistant Professor of English Amelia Worsley hosts a special event featuring readings by alumni poets Rafael Campo ’87 and Tess Taylor ’99, and a tribute to Richard Wilbur ’42.

This event is free, open to the public and will be followed by Q&A. Light lunch served.

Visit www.amherst.edu/go/litfest to see the LitFest 2018 festival schedule and biographies of each guest.

Portrait of Masha Gessen

Writing in America: Siblings Masha Gessen and Keith Gessen on their literary lives and work

As part of LitFest 2018, Cullen Murphy ’74, Vanity Fair editor-at-large and chair of the College's Board of Trustees, hosts a conversation with 2017 National Book Award winner and Amherst professor Masha Gessen and her brother, Keith Gessen, author and co-founder of n+1 literary magazine.

This event will be followed by a Q&A and book signing. It is free and open to the public.

*Please note: The venue for this event is Johnson Chapel, which seats 600 people. We recommend arriving early to get a seat. In the event that the venue is full, we will provide seating and a live video feed (for on-campus visitors only) in Stirn Auditorium.

Visit www.amherst.edu/go/litfest to see the LitFest 2018 festival schedule and biographies of each guest.

Ngugi wa Thiongo

Ngũgĩ@80: This Time Tomorrow, with Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o

As part of Amherst College LitFest 2018, acclaimed Kenyan author NgũgĩwaThiong’o will give a reading followed by a conversation with award-winning author and current Amherst College Visiting Writer Peter Kimani.

This event will be followed by a Q&A. It is free and open to the public.

Greg Brown, Visiting Lecturer in Music and Director of Choral Music Program Spring Semester

Amherst Symphony Orchestra and Choral Society Collaboration

In addition to performing selections from Bernstein's classic West Side Story, the ASO collaborates with the Amherst College Choral Society to perform Bernstein's Chichester Psalms.

Tickets may be purchased at the door only. Prices are $10 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens, children 12 and under and students with ID; and free for Amherst and Five College students with ID.

For a complete listing of upcoming Amherst College Department of Music events, please visit us at www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/music/events.

Tickets Required

Thu, Mar 8, 2018

Closeup of a dark-haired woman holding her hands up to her face

Russian Film Screening: "Chekhovian Motifs" (ЧЕХОВСКИЕ МОТИВЫ)

4:30 pm Keefe Campus Center, Theater (Room 008)

Join us for a screening of Chekhovian Motifs (ЧЕХОВСКИЕ МОТИВЫ). The film is from 2002 and directed by Kira Muratova. The runtime is 120 minutes. This film will be shown in Russian with English subtitles.

From a nightmarish family dinner to an absurd wedding of a provincial nobleman, this stylized comedy of manners, loosely based on two minor works by Anton Chekhov, explores the dark side of familial relationships.

The film will be screened at both 4:30 and 7:30 p.m.

Fri, Mar 23, 2018

Damien Sneed

M@A Series: Damien Sneed, piano (replaces Maarja Nuut CANCELED BY THE ARTIST)

Please NOTE:
This concert replaces Maarja Nuut, canceled by the artist. This replacement concert will honor all tickets for 3/23 sold to date.

Damien Sneed offers a diverse solo piano program:

Multi-genre recording artist and a 2014 recipient of the prestigious Sphinx Medal of Excellence honor, which is presented annually to emerging Black and Latino leaders in classical music, Sneed has also garnered attention in a wide range of other musical genres, including jazz, gospel, pop, R&B, opera and musical theatre.

He has already been featured in the New York Times multiple times for his work in various genres. A pianist, organist, vocalist, conductor, composer, producer, arranger, and arts educator, Sneed has worked with legends such as Aretha Franklin, Wynton Marsalis, Jessye Norman, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, and Ashford & Simpson, Wycliffe Gordon, and Eric Reed. He has served as music director for GRAMMY® Award-winning gospel artists, including Kim Burrell, The Clark Sisters, Richard Smallwood, Donnie McClurkin, Hezekiah Walker, Marvin Sapp, Karen Clark Sheard, Dorinda Clark-Cole and Kierra Sheard. He also served as musical director for season four of Sunday Best, Black Entertainment Television’s (BET) hit award-winning gospel singing competition show.

Program:
JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH (1685 - 1750)- Prelude no. 1 in C Major
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN (1770 - 1827)- Sonata in C minor (“Pathetique”), Opus 13, Adagio cantabile
FREDERIC CHOPIN (1810 - 1849) - Nocturne, Opus 9, No. 1 in B flat minor
RICHARD STRAUSS (1864 - 1949) / MAX REGER (1873 - 1916) - Allerseelen (1899)
RICHARD STRAUSS (1864 - 1949) / MAX REGER (1873 - 1916)- Morgen (1899)
AARON COPLAND (1900 - 1990) - Passacaglia (1922)

SAMUEL COLERIDGE-TAYLOR (1875 - 1912) - Deep River (1905)
R. NATHANIEL DETT (1882 - 1943) - Juba Dance from "In The Bottoms" Suite
JOHN WORK (1901 - 1967) - At A Certain Church (1951)
MARGARET BONDS (1913 - 1972) - Troubled Water (1967)
HALE SMITH (1925 - 2009) - Evocation (1966)
THOMAS H. KERR, JR. (1915 - 1988) - Easter Monday Swagger (1970)

DAMIEN SNEED (b. 1979) - Wade In The Water
RICHARD SMALLWOOD (b. 1948) Total Praise
DAMIEN SNEED (b. 1979) Good Shepherd Medley
DAMIEN SNEED (b. 1979) Call Him By His Name

Parallels Series, general seating
General Public: $18
Senior Citizens (65+) and Amherst College Employees: $12
Students, with valid ID: $10
Free Amherst student rush tickets available in the Arms lobby one hour before showtime.

Tickets are nonrefundable, and programs and dates are subject to change. Buckley Recital Hall has limited wheelchair-accessible seating. For further information, please contact the Concert Office at (413) 542-2195 or concerts@amherst.edu.

A complete list of upcoming events can be found on the Amherst College Music Department website at www.amherst.edu/go/music. Tickets are available online at no added cost at https://amherst.universitytickets.com

Tickets Required

Fri, Apr 6, 2018

WindSync

M@A Chamber Series: WindSync

Hailed by the Houston Chronicle as “revolutionary chamber musicians,” WindSync is internationally recognized for dramatic and engaging interpretations of classical music. The young, adventurous group plays exclusively from memory, including elements of staging and choreography, and focuses on building a connection with audiences through dynamic concert programming and charismatic stage presence.

“... staunchly dedicated to pushing the boundaries of wind quintet performance with youthful, pop-rock sensibility."
- Winnipeg Free Press
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Single event tickets go on sale two weeks before each performance:
Chamber Series, assigned seating
General Public: $28
Senior Citizens (65+) and Amherst College Employees: $22
Students, with valid ID: $12
Free Amherst Student Rush tickets are available

Tickets are nonrefundable, and programs and dates are subject to change. Buckley Recital Hall has limited wheelchair-accessible seating.

For further information, please contact the Concert Office at (413) 542-2195 or concerts@amherst.edu.

A complete list of upcoming events can be found on the Amherst College Music Department website at www.amherst.edu/go/music.

Tickets Required

Sun, Apr 15, 2018

ASO: Amherst Symphony Orchestra Spring Concert

Tickets may be purchased at the door only. Prices are $10 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens, children 12 and under and students with ID; and free for Amherst and Five College students with ID.

For information on the Amherst Symphony Orchestra, please consult http://www.amherstsymphonyorchestra.com.

Tickets Required

Ongoing Events

Adventures in Photography Exhibition

During January interterm nine students from Amherst, UMass, Smith, and Mount Holyoke participated in “Adventures in Photography,” an interterm course taught by Joshua Baum and Takudzwa Tapfuma. Over the five-day course, students learned fundamental techniques of digital photography: manual exposure, composition, lighting, and post-production. The class ventured into the field for hands-on excursions to the New England Peace Pagoda, Montague Bookmill and downtown Northampton. The images in this exhibit are a selection of work created during the class.

Thank you to the Department of Art and the History of Art, and the Center for Community Engagement for sponsoring the course, and to Valentine Dining Hall for hosting this exhibition.