Event Calendar

Today - Tue, Sep 26, 2017

Film Screening: "Deep Play: Sport & Experimental Media"

The department of English and the film and media studies program are very pleased to be hosting Brett Kashmere next week for a screening of his curated film/video program, "Deep Play: Sport & Experimental Media." The program will screen on Tuesday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m. in the Keefe Campus Center Theater and is free and open to the public.

Originally commissioned by the VISIONS screening series in Montreal, Deep Play features films and videos by Stan Brakhage, Nathaniel Dorsky, Kevin Jerome Everson, Ana Husman, Tara Mateik, Nam June Paik, Keith Piper and Lillian Schwartz. The program offers a cross-sectional overview of the ways that athletics have been treated in artists’ film and video, from examinations of vernacular and mass-mediated games to interplays with their geographies, architectures, histories and audiovisual grammar, to incisive analyses of sports’ gender codes and racialized dynamics. In exploring the convergences of sports and experimental media, Kashmere aims to suggest a cross-disciplinary equivalence of practice, skill and flow-- the state of intensified, rapturous performance known as “deep play.”

Brett Kashmere is a media artist, historian and curator living in Oakland, Calif. Combining archival research with materialist aesthetics and hybrid forms, Kashmere’s work explores the intersection of history and (counter-) memory, sports media and popular culture. His films and videos have screened internationally at the BFI London Film Festival, Milano Film Festival, Anthology Film Archives, British Film Institute and other venues. Kashmere has curated projects for La Cinematheque Quebecoise in Montreal, the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Strasbourg, New York's Eyebeam Center for Art and Technology, Light Cone in Paris, the Seoul Film Festival and other venues. His writing has appeared in journals, magazines and anthologies such as The Canadian Journal of Film Studies, Millennium Film Journal, Moving Image Review & Art Journal (MIRAJ), Carolee Schneemann: Unforgivable, Senses of Cinema and other publications. He was a founding director of The Antechamber Art Gallery & Cinematheque and Syracuse Experimental, a grassroots film and media collective. He is also the founding editor and publisher of INCITE Journal of Experimental Media. Kashmere holds bachelor of arts degree in film and video studies from the University of Regina, as well as a master of arts in film studies and a master of fine arts in studio arts from Concordia University in Montreal. He is currently a Ph.D. student in film and digital media at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Kashmere has taught film and video production at Concordia University's Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema and in the cinema studies program at Oberlin College.

Thu, Sep 28, 2017

Theater Alumnae Of Color Residency Postcard

Theater Alumnae of Color Showcase

Performing artists of color who have graduated from Five College campuses will return to the consortium to work with students in residencies, offer the public a demonstration of their work and participate in a panel discussion. Organized by the theater department chairs, the residency, showcase and panel discussion are designed to feature accomplished alumnae from each of the Five Colleges presenting the work of artists who are deeply engaged not only with theater-making but also with issues of social justice.

The aim of the events is to facilitate discussions of race and gender across multiple disciplines and institutions, and to connect students to alumnae whose work is activist, visionary and inspiring. It will feature: Lisa Biggs, Amherst ’93; Kunsang Kelden, Hampshire ’09; Sueann Leung, Mount Holyoke ’10; Nia Witherspoon, Smith ’05 and Dawn Monique Williams, UMass MFA ’11.

Fri, Sep 29, 2017

Theater Alumnae of Color Residency

“Theater in These Times”: Theater Alumnae of Color Panel

The theater alumnae of color panel will be followed by a reception and meet and greet with current students. Performing artists of color who have graduated from Five College campuses will return to the consortium to work with students in residencies, offer the public a demonstration of their work and participate in a panel discussion. Organized by the theater department chairs, the residency, showcase and panel discussion are designed to feature accomplished alumnae from each of the Five Colleges presenting the work of artists who are deeply engaged not only with theater-making but also with issues of social justice.

The aim of the events is to facilitate discussions of race and gender across multiple disciplines and institutions, and to connect students to alumnae whose work is activist, visionary and inspiring. It will feature: Lisa Biggs, Amherst ’93; Kunsang Kelden, Hampshire ’09; Sueann Leung, Mount Holyoke ’10; Nia Witherspoon, Smith ’05 and Dawn Monique Williams, UMass MFA ’11.

Marsh Coffee Haus II: Wake us up when september ends.

The Marsh House of Arts will be hosting the second edition of its open mic event, Marsh Coffee Haus. Come by to enjoy and support student performances in the form of music, poetry, dance, improv and many others. Whether it's your first time as audience or performer or you're a regular already, you and your friends are welcome here!

Performers wanted! E-mail marshcoffeehaus@gmail.com to sign up for a 5-minute slot and present your art (in whichever form it comes). Come and share your talent!

This event is free and open to the public.

Thu, Oct 12, 2017

viy

Russian Film Screening: VIY (ВИЙ)

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

A cult-classic, Soviet-era adaptation of Nikolai Gogol’s 1835 horror novella, in which a chance encounter between a seminary student and a witch leads to murder and mayhem in the Ukrainian countryside. This film is directed by Konstantin Ershov and became one of the most popular films of 1968, with over 30 million viewers across the Soviet Union.

This movie is 78 minutes long and will be screened at both 4:30 and 7:30 p.m.

Fri, Oct 13, 2017

Jonathan Biss, piano and Miriam Fried, violin

M@A Chamber Series: Jonathan Biss, piano, and Miriam Fried, violin

Program:
Brahms Violin Sonata No. 2 in A major, Op. 100
Bartók Sonata No. 2 for Violin and Piano, Sz. 76
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Beethoven Violin Sonata No. 7 in C minor, Op. 30, No. 2

Growing up surrounded by music, Jonathan Biss began his piano studies at age six and his first musical collaborations were with his mother and father, violinist Miriam Fried and violist/violinist Paul Biss. Those early collaborations gave birth to an uncommonly strong musical connection. Today, mother and son have formed a highly-esteemed duo, devoting a portion of their schedules each year to performing together.

“Both musicians combine power and delicacy in a widely varied spectrum of color and dynamics. And they listen to each other… They weren’t making any apparent effort to do this…the genuine musical impulse seems to come as natural as breathing.”
—Boston Phoenix

Tickets go on sale two weeks before each performance. Evening box office opens one hour prior to concert begin. Free Amherst Student rush tickets will be available on the night of the performance.
Ticket Website: https://amherst.universitytickets.com

Chamber Series:
General Public: $28
Senior Citizens (65+) and Amherst College Employees: $22
Students, with valid ID: $12

Tickets Required

Phoebe Robinson Performance

Comedian/Author/Actress/Podcast Host Extraordinaire Phoebe Robinson will be performing in Kirby Theater on Friday, October 13 at 9 p.m. Amherst College students can pick up a ticket from Keefe 019 between the hours of 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. beginning Monday, September 18. Tickets are limited so get yours while they last.

Tickets Required

Fri, Oct 20, 2017

Zach Yanes '17, saxophone

ACJE, the Amherst College Jazz Ensemble: Homecoming Performance

The Amherst College Jazz Ensemble performs in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Building. Rob Tapper, trombone, featured soloist; Bruce Diehl,director. The concert is free and open to the public.

Please bring your cash donation to the Amherst Survival Center- you'd be amazed how many students and grad students they support to make ends meet.

Sat, Oct 21, 2017

ASO Timpani

ASO, the Amherst Symphony Orchestra: Homecoming Performance

Amherst Symphony Orchestra performs in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Building. Tickets are sold only on the night of the concert, beginning an hour before the performance, in the lobby of Arms. General admission is $10; seniors, children and students, $5; free to Five College students.

Tickets Required
Chorus Members

Amherst College Choral Society: Homecoming Performance

The Amherst College Choral Society, with Mallorie Chernin, director, presents its annual Homecoming Weekend concert on Saturday, October 21 at 9 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College.

Tickets are available for $10 for general admission, and $5 for children and senior citizens. Admission for Five College students is free. Email Mallorie Chernin for ticket reservations at mchernin@amherst.edu or by calling 413-542-2484. Unclaimed tickets are available at the door the night of the concert.

Tickets Required

Sun, Oct 22, 2017

Eugene Uman, Jazz piano

Adjunct Faculty Performance, Eugene Uman, piano: The Convergence Project

The Convergence Project is Uman’s vehicle to present his original compositions and music that has influenced him - it includes Michael Zsoldos, saxophones; Jeff Galindo, trombone; Uman, piano; David Picchi, bass (electric and acoustic) and Jon Fisher on drums. Special musical guests will include Wanda Houston on vocals and Jason Palmer on trumpet.

The recital is free. No tickets are required.

After spending several years in Colombia, South America, the native home of his wife, Eugene Uman found a niche blending the rhythms of Colombia such as cumbia, bambuco and pasillo with jazz harmonies. While living in the state of Antioquia, Uman was commissioned by the Big Band of Medellín to write for their 20-piece orchestra. He composed Blues para Urabá, a tribute to the strength of the common people of Urabá who were at that time in the midst of a civil war. The rousing climax of that composition used a rhythm from the Atlantic coast called currulao. After that powerful experience, Uman continued to investigate the rhythms and forms of the music of his newly adopted homeland, internalizing a small handful of the immense and richly varied catalog of Colombian rhythms.

Thu, Oct 26, 2017

Michael Mazur

Gallery Talk with Betsey Garand: Perspectives on Michael Mazur

Join us for a conversation with former colleague and friend of the late Michael Mazur, Betsey Garand, Senior Resident Artist at Amherst College. This talk is in conjunction with the exhibition Perspectives on Michael Mazur.

Free and open to all!

Jonathan Jackson, "Evan, Make-Up Contact Sheet," 2015.

Picture This: Photo Sessions with Jonathan Jackson

"Tell It Like It Is – or Could Be" presents work by contemporary photographers who use their camera to (re)construct historical and personal narratives. Join us for a night of self-exploration and the chance to be photographed by emerging artist, Jonathan Jackson ’19.

Jackson received the Wise Award for Studio Art, presented annually for distinction in the completion of an original work or works of art and the purchase thereof. The Mead Art Museum acquired a one of Jackson’s photographs in 2017. Come early to sign up for a portrait session with Jonathan—space is limited.

We will have various articles of clothing and accessories on site for you to explore with modes of self-representation, selfie-stations, snacks, music and more!

All are welcome: first come, first served.

Fri, Oct 27, 2017

Sat, Oct 28, 2017

Community Day

Community Day!

Join us for a free day of family fun at the Mead, featuring guided tours, art-making, and activities inspired by our latest exhibitions.

Free and open to all!

Wed, Nov 1, 2017

Porter

Inside the American Art Collection with curator Vanja Malloy

Join us for a lunchtime gallery talk with curator of American art, Vanja Malloy. Dr. Malloy will share her insights on the Mead's renowned collection of American art.

This event is free and open to all!

Fri, Nov 3, 2017

ASO Strings

ASO, the Amherst Symphony Orchestra: Family Weekend 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 students and Five College students with ID.

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

Tickets Required

Sat, Nov 4, 2017

Glee Club

Choral Society Brunch and Concert: Family Weekend

The Choral Society invites you to a free 11 a.m. brunch in Arms followed by the noon performance.
The Amherst College Choral Society performs in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Building.

Tickets are available on the day of the performance beginning one hour prior in the Arms lobby:
$10 general admission and
$5 for children and senior citizens.
Five College students' tickets are free.

Email mchernin@amherst.edu or call 413-542-2484 to reserve tickets.

Tickets Required
ACJE

ACJE, the Amherst College Jazz Ensemble: Family Weekend Performance

The Amherst College Jazz Ensemble performs in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Building. The concert is free and open to the public.

Wed, Nov 8, 2017

Zackary Drucker, Relationship, #12.

Zackary Drucker and Tarrah von Lintel in conversation

As a part of Trans Empowerment Month, join us in welcoming Zackary Drucker, American transgender multimedia artist, LGBT activist, actress and television producer, along with Los Angeles-based gallery director Tarrah von Lintel.

Thu, Nov 9, 2017

Zackary Drucker, Relationship, #12.

Artist Lunch with Zackary Drucker and Tarrah von Lintel in the QRC

All students are invited to informal lunch and conversation with Zackary Drucker and Tarrah von Lintel in the Queer Resource Center.

Fri, Nov 10, 2017

Angela Hewitt, piano

M@A Chamber Series: Angela Hewitt, piano – Bach Odyssey

Program:
Partita No. 3 in A minor, BWV 827
Partita No. 5 in G major, BWV 829
Partita in A major, BWV 832
Partita No. 6 in E minor, BWV 830

One of the world’s leading pianists, Angela Hewitt appears in recital and with major orchestras throughout Europe, the Americas and Asia. Her renditions of Bach have established her as one of the composer’s foremost interpreters of our time.

“It was a positive sensation. The Canadian pianist is one of the reliably mesmerising musicians of the day. You sit entranced…. It would have been more accurate to say I was floating just below the ceiling.”
—The Sunday Times

Tickets go on sale two weeks before each performance. Evening box office opens one hour prior to concert begin. Free Amherst Student rush tickets are available on the night of the performance.
Ticket Website: https://amherst.universitytickets.com

Chamber Series:
General Public: $28
Senior Citizens (65+) and Amherst College Employees: $22
Students, with valid ID: $12
Free Amherst Student Rush on the night of the performance

Tickets Required

Ongoing Events

Rotherwas Room, photo by Maria Stenzel

Study at the Mead!

Throughout the week, we will have lots of art activities to help you destress from finals period. We also have comfy chairs, plenty of outlets, great lighting, and extra tables to give you an inspirational place to work and study.

Closed on Mondays, but open until Midnight on school nights!

"Our" Story Exhibit: 400 Years of Wampanoag History

“Our” Story is an interactive, multimedia exhibit that frames the 1620 Pilgrim arrival in Plymouth within a long history of Wampanoag adaptation and innovation. The exhibit's content ranges from videos by award-winning Mashpee journalist, author and filmmaker Paula Peters, to art by Mashpee artist, writer and activist Robert Peters and his son, Robert Peters Jr.

Each year, a new theme is added to the traveling exhibit; the first installation debuted in 2014 with “Captured 1614” providing a critical back story to colonization and the roots of the American holiday of Thanksgiving. “The Messenger Runner” added new context regarding the Wampanoag tribe’s communication traditions. The newest panel “The Great Dying” depicts the catastrophic effects of a plague that devastated the Wampanoag nation between 1616 and 1619.