Event Calendar

Today - Sat, Feb 23, 2019

Students looking at art at the Mead

Close Looks at the Mead

Stop by the Mead to find new connections among works on view with student museum educators. Each week we’ll focus on different themes that bring student interests to the fore. Come back every week for a fresh perspective on the works on view in our galleries. Be sure to check our website and Facebook page for updates on weekly topics. All programs are free and open to the public!

Camille Brown performance

Five College Dance: "SPRING"

Five College Dance, in collaboration with the Amherst College Department of Theater and Dance, presents SPRING, an evening of dance featuring contributions from faculty, guest artists and dancers across all five campuses, including Camille A. Brown’s New Second Line, Five College Dance’s 2018-19 guest artist repertory project, made possible with a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. This dance is a celebration of the spirit and culture of the people of New Orleans.

The concert also features Picture This, a new work by critically acclaimed choreographer David Dorfman. Picture This is a kinetic, visual, musical and textual homage to the next generation of dance citizens-- a brief look at what makes these fine performers both joyous and angry in regard to love and politics.

Dances by Danté Brown (visiting assistant professor, Amherst College), Lailye Weidman (visiting assistant professor, Hampshire College) and Barbie Diewald (visiting artist, Mount Holyoke College), as well as a lobby installation by Rodger Blum (professor, Smith College), complete the program.

Tickets are free, but reservations are recommended: (413) 542-2277 or fcddance.reservations@gmail.com

Tomorrow - Sun, Feb 24, 2019

Black Art at Amherst Matters

Black Art Matters Festival

Join the MRC and the Mead as we conclude Black History Month with the Black Art Matters Festival, a visual art exhibition and performance showcase highlighting the work and artistic talent of Black student artists across the Five Colleges. Sunday February 24 at the Mead. The exhibition opens at 7 p.m., with live performances starting at 8 p.m.

Wed, Feb 27, 2019

Blackalicious Poster

Blackalicious Performance and Q&A

Come see hip hop group Blackalicious perform and get a chance to ask them about their music and career. Acclaimed for the sublime combination of rapper Gab's verbal dexterity and lyrical eloquence, and producer X's bracing beats and distinctive soundscapes, Blackalicious has earned widespread respect, both inside and outside of the hip-hop community, for the wildly inventive, personally charged innovations of its first three albums, 1999's Nia, 2002's Blazing Arrow and 2005's The Craft.

Amherst Poetry Slam

Spoken Word Slam by Amherst Students

As part of LitFest 2019, Daniel Gallant, a playwright and executive director of New York’s famed Nuyorican Poets Cafe, hosts a spoken word slam for Amherst College students. All students are invited to attend. Keep an eye out for sign-up information.

The LitFest 2019 schedule has additional event information and biographies of each guest.

LitFest Poetry Slam

LitFest Poetry Slam

Hosted by David Gallant of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe in New York City. First place winner will receive a trip to NYC and a guest of honor appearance at the Nuyorican. Second place wins an iPad, and third place will get a free writing session at the Emily Dickinson House. Email studentactivities@amherst.edu to sign up.

Students Only

Thu, Feb 28, 2019

alisa

Russian Film Screening: Mermaid (РУСАЛКА)

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

The Department of Russian presents Mermaid (РУСАЛКА), a 2007 film directed by Anna Melikyan.

Synopsis: A green-haired girl's family is forced to move from their rural home to Moscow. Once there, the quirky introverted girl comes of age while clashing with the trappings of the big city.

This movie is in Russian with English subtitles and will be screened at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The runtime is 115 minutes.

Image: Sol Lewitt, Nine Part Modular Cube, sculpture. 1978.

Symmetry in Art & Science

All are invited to the Mead for a talk on symmetry with Amherst College Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Chris Durr. Join us to learn more about a chemist’s perspective on symmetry, structure and time. Attendees will walk away with a greater understanding of how scientific principles play out visually in our galleries.

Free and open to all!

National Book Awards on Campus: A Conversation with Jamel Brinkley and Brandon Hobson

As part of Amherst College LitFest 2019, author and WNYC editor Rebecca Carroll hosts a conversation with 2018 finalists for the National Book Award for Fiction, Jamel Brinkley (A Lucky Man: Stories) and Brandon Hobson (Where the Dead Sit Talking). This event is part of the National Book Awards on Campus program, hosted in partnership with The Common and the National Book Foundation, and will be followed by a Q&A and book signing. It is free and open to the public.

The LitFest 2019 schedule has additional event information and biographies of each guest.

*Please note: The venue for this event is Johnson Chapel, which seats 600 people. We recommend arriving early to get a seat.

Fri, Mar 1, 2019

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A Conversation with Rebecca Carroll

10:00 am - 11:00 am Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry

As part of Amherst College LitFest 2019, Associate Professor and jazz musician Darryl Harper '90 will host a conversation with Rebecca Carroll, a cultural critic and the editor of special projects at WNYC and the author of several books about race and blackness, including 1997’s Sugar in the Raw. This event is free, open to the public and will be followed by a Q&A. Light refreshments will be served.

The LitFest 2019 schedule has additional event information and biographies of each guest.

Jennifer Egan

An Evening with Jennifer Egan

As part of Amherst College LitFest 2019, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jennifer Egan will have 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.

The LitFest 2019 schedule has additional event information and biographies of each guest.

*Please note: The venue for this event is Johnson Chapel, which seats 600 people. We recommend arriving early to get a seat.

Sat, Mar 2, 2019

Nuar-Alsadir

Poets of Amherst: A Conversation with Shayla Lawson and Nuar Alsadir ’92

10:00 am - 11:30 am Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry

As part of Amherst College LitFest 2019, the Emily Dickinson Museum's Executive Director Jane Wald hosts a conversation with poets Shayla Lawson and Nuar Alsadir '92.

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

The LitFest 2019 schedule has additional event information and biographies of each guest.

kayla

Dance Master Class with Kayla Hamilton

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Webster Hall, Studio 1 (Room 117)

This class will play with words, text, and personal narratives to craft parameters to explore the relationship of these ingredients in time and space. We will cycle through creating and sharing to have moments of discussion and dialogue around what we are sensing or not sensing. Layering sensory and textual elements into our parameters to play with how they reveal new interpretations and impact our performative presence. The dynamic pull between your intent and our interpretations will expand these explorations into multiple possibilities. Heightening our senses to literary practices, 2D or 3D art, movement, or other artistic interests and disciplines for an embodied experience accessible to all bodies.

Kayla Hamilton is a movement artist, producer, and educator originally from Texarkana, Texas and now reside in Bronx, NY. Kayla earned a BA in Dance from Texas Woman’s University and an MS Ed in Special Education from Hunter College. She is a member of the 2017 Bessie-award winning collective of the Skeleton Architecture, or the future of our worlds curated by Eva Yaa Asantewaa. In addition to the Skeleton Architecture, Kayla dances with Gesel Mason Performance Projects, Sydnie L. Mosley Dances, and Maria Bauman/MBDance.

Kayla has been supported by Paloma McGregor/ Angela’s Pulses' Dancing While Black Fellowship, Brooklyn Arts Exchange Summer Space Grant, and Dance USA Institute for Leadership Training. Under the name K. Hamilton Projects, Kayla self-produced numerous projects, organizes community events, and write arts integrated curriculum throughout NYC. When Kayla is not dancing, she's a special education teacher at the Highbridge Green School who loves to watch Law and Order on Hulu while sipping on peppermint tea.

Part of the Spring 2019 Guest Artist Series, sponsored by the Theater and Dance Department, the Groove Fund, and the Eastman Fund. Free and open to all.

Students looking at art at the Mead

Close Looks at the Mead

Stop by the Mead to find new connections among works on view with student museum educators. Each week we’ll focus on different themes that bring student interests to the fore. Come back every week for a fresh perspective on the works on view in our galleries. Be sure to check our website and Facebook page for updates on weekly topics. All programs are free and open to the public!

kolbert

The Once and Future Planet: Science Journalism in the 21st Century with Charles Mann '76 and Elizabeth Kolbert

As part of Amherst College LitFest 2019, Cullen Murphy '74, editor-at-large for The Atlantic, hosts a conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Elizabeth Kolbert and Charles C. Mann '76, author of New York Times bestseller 1493. The event will be followed by Q&A and book signing. It is free and open to the public.

The LitFest 2019 schedule has additional event information and biographies of each guest.

*Please note: The venue for this event is Johnson Chapel, which seats 600 people. We recommend arriving early to get a seat.

kayla dance

Dance Showcase: Kayla Hamilton

7:30 pm Webster Hall, Studio 1 (Room 117)

Nearly Sighted/unearthing the dark is a multi-sensory experience for the audience that delves deep into questions of what it means to see and be seen—as well as from whose lens we are doing the viewing. How does hearing and the idea of listening contrast with what is actually being heard; how is taste felt, while exploring the legacies we leave behind.

Kayla Hamilton is a movement artist, producer, and educator originally from Texarkana, Texas and now reside in Bronx, NY. Kayla earned a BA in Dance from Texas Woman’s University and an MS Ed in Special Education from Hunter College. She is a member of the 2017 Bessie-award winning collective of the Skeleton Architecture, or the future of our worlds curated by Eva Yaa Asantewaa. In addition to the Skeleton Architecture, Kayla dances with Gesel Mason Performance Projects, Sydnie L. Mosley Dances, and Maria Bauman/MBDance.

Kayla has been supported by Paloma McGregor/ Angela’s Pulses' Dancing While Black Fellowship, Brooklyn Arts Exchange Summer Space Grant, and Dance USA Institute for Leadership Training. Under the name K. Hamilton Projects, Kayla self-produced numerous projects, organizes community events, and write arts integrated curriculum throughout NYC. When Kayla is not dancing, she's a special education teacher at the Highbridge Green School who loves to watch Law and Order on Hulu while sipping on peppermint tea.

Part of the Spring 2019 Guest Artist Series, sponsored by the Theater and Dance Department, the Groove Fund, and the Eastman Fund. Free and open to all.

Amherst College Symphony Orchestra: ¡Viva Argentina!

The Amherst Symphony Orchestra closes its survey of music of Spain and Latin America with three works from Argentina on Saturday, March 2 at 8 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall, Amherst College. Tickets are available on the day of the concert beginning at 7 p.m. in the lobby of Arms Music Center. For more information, please call 413-542-2195, email concerts@amherst.edu or visit www.amherstsymphonyorchestra.com.

Argentina is home to one of the world's great opera houses, the Teatró Colon in Buenos Aires. Musical narratives of gauchos and the pampas emerged early in the 20th century, and indigenous Indian, mestizo, creole and dance music associated with Carnival found expression in Argentine concert music.  

Estanciones Porteña (Four Seasons) of Buenos Aires (1965-1970) by Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992), a set of four seductive and beguiling tangos, opens the program. Conceived in response to Vivaldi's Le quattro stagioni (Four Seasons), they were composed for a wide variety of instruments, including bandéon, but are most commonly performed today in a virtuosic arrangement for strings and violin soloist by the Russian composer Leonid Desnyatnikov (1955- ). 

After intermission, the ASO performs another contemporary masterpiece, Three Songs for Soprano & Orchestra (2001) by the Argentine-born Osvaldo Golijov (1960- ). Inspired by poems of Sally Potter, Rosalia di Castro and Emily Dickinson, Three Songs demonstrate Golijov's expert and deeply moving mastery of text setting. The concert closes with a brief suite from the ballet Estancia (1941) by Alberto Ginastera (1916-1983), which evokes the life of Argentine ranchers in four short segments: Land Workers, Wheat Dance, Cattlemen, & Malambo.

For information on ticketing and directions to the concert, see https://www.amherstsymphonyorchestra.com/musicians

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

Tickets Required

Sun, Mar 3, 2019

mage: Amherst Symphony Orchestra playing onstage while Mark Swanson conducts.

Timing Is Everything Closing Concert: A Broadway Cabaret

Join us for a performance by members of the Amherst College Symphony Orchestra, led by Senior Lecturer in Music and Director of Instrumental Music Mark Swanson. Musicians will present music from Rent, West Side Story, Merrily We Roll Along, Annie, Pippin, Fiddler on the Roof and many other shows. No tickets necessary. Seating is limited and first come, first served. This program is offered in collaboration with the Amherst College Music Department and the Amherst Symphony Orchestra.

This event is free and open to all!

Mon, Mar 11, 2019

A Pressing Conference

Against Doom - an exhibition by artist-in-residence Macon Reed

until Apr 5 Fayerweather Hall, 105 - Eli Marsh Gallery

Gallery hours are 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays, and from noon - 4 p.m. on Sundays. Closed Saturdays. This exhibition will close at noon on Friday, April 5.

Thu, Mar 21, 2019

Jazz at Schwemms

Jazz @ Schwemms

The second of three Thursday evening performances in the popular Jazz@Schwemm's series continues with the group “Ask Me Now” featuring Professor Domenic Poccia. This event is free and open to the public.

Sat, Mar 23, 2019

Students looking at art at the Mead

Close Looks at the Mead

Stop by the Mead to find new connections among works on view with student museum educators. Each week we’ll focus on different themes that bring student interests to the fore. Come back every week for a fresh perspective on the works on view in our galleries. Be sure to check our website and Facebook page for updates on weekly topics. All programs are free and open to the public!

NYC-based trombonist Sara Jacovino

Amherst College Jazz Ensemble McBride Concert

Concert by the ACJE (Amherst College Jazz Ensemble), featuring the a world premiere by NYC-based trombonist Sara Jacovino. Free and open to the public. Donations collected for the Amherst Survival Center.

Thu, Mar 28, 2019

Jazz at Schwemms

Jazz @ Schwemms

The third of three Thursday evening performances in the popular Jazz@Schwemm's series continues with the group “WW Project” featuring Joe LaCreta, David Picchi, Bob Weiner and Bruce Diehl. This event is free and open to the public.

Fri, Mar 29, 2019

Flor de Tolache on the Brooklyn Bridge

M@A Parallels Series Presents Flor de Toloache

Music at Amherst proudly presents all-female mariachi band Flor de Toloache.

Latin Grammy-winning all-female ensemble and beloved press darlings, Flor de Toloache continues to win the hearts of mainstream music fans and traditional mariachi music fans through their distinct artistic vision and sophisticated enlightened interpretation of traditional mariachi instruments.

With diverse musical backgrounds, soaring vocals, and physical elegance, the women of Flor de Toloache cast a spell over their audiences, like their namesake flower used as a love potion in Mexico.

The New York City-based all-female quartet is led by Mireya I. Ramos on violin and Shae Fiol on vihuela. Performing on international stages from India, Asia to Europe, Flor de Toloache has toured the U.S. extensively, most recently with Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys, as well as the Arcs, Cafe Tacvba, La Santa Cecilia and Natalia Lafouracade.

“There should be fireworks named after this band, for all the intensity and color and life that bursts forth from Flor de Toloache.” –Marisa Arbona-Ruiz, NPR's First Listen

The box office for this performance opens on March 15, 2019. Ticket prices are $18 for the general public, $12 for senior citizens and $10 for students with valid ID. General seating. For a complete listing of upcoming Amherst College Department of Music events, please visit
www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/music/events.

Tickets Required

Ongoing Events

Studio Art Faculty Exhibition

until Mar 1 Fayerweather Hall, 105 - Eli Marsh Gallery

Gallery hours are 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays, and noon - 4 p.m. on Sundays. Closed Saturdays. This exhibition will close at noon on Friday, March 1.