Event Calendar

February 2020

Sat, Feb 1, 2020

"Green Day's American Idiot" logo in black and red on a white background, featuring a hand holding a heart-shaped grenade

The Amherst College Musical Presents Green Day’s "American Idiot"

The Amherst College Musical presents Green Day’s American Idiot!

You must reserve tickets using the following form: https://forms.gle/5bpvdvWxC8SJ1yt58

Tickets are FREE for Five College students, faculty and staff. We hope to see you there!

Tickets Required
Three STAGE performers, each wearing a different large headdress

CAST and STAGE by a canary torsi

The Department of Theater and Dance is excited to present a special showing of CAST, STAGE, AUTHOR by a canary torsi, a project invested in how meaning is created by audiences and performers in real time through the languages of theater: spectacle, casting, scores and scripts. At Amherst College at Kirby Theater, for the first time, CAST and STAGE are being presented as one evening with an intermission.

Amherst College is partnering with A.P.E. and The School for Contemporary Dance & Thought to bring AUTHOR to 33 Hawley as part of the Bodies in Motion Festival. The interactive installation runs until Jan. 31 at the Northampton Center for the Arts, located at 33 Hawley Street in Northampton.

CAST is a performance by four of the performers that created the trilogy. At each performance, a new, computer-generated script is culled from transcripts of conversations on casting and representation. The performers receive their roles and the never-before-seen script in front of the audience and perform it for the first time in their presence.

STAGE is a visual and aural fantasia with live music. STAGE explores the role of theatrical devices in affecting what an audience sees and perceives.

AUTHOR is a participatory video installation that invites each visitor to interact with the performers through a text-based computer game. Forming a poetically mediated stream-of-conscious between visitors and the video recordings, visitors navigate their relationship to the performers’ language and images on the topics of performing, representation and casting. The algorithm of the game invites each visitor to discover their own voice inside the machine, to construct their own meaning in “conversation” with the personal material of the performers.

The presentation of CAST, STAGE, AUTHOR is generously supported by a New England Foundation for the Arts Expeditions Grant, and by the Arts at Amherst Initiative and the Groove Fund at Amherst College, in cooperation with the Northampton Center for the Arts.

Admission for all events is free. To reserve tickets for CAST and STAGE, call (413) 542-2277. Seating is limited, so reservations are recommended.

For information on AUTHOR exhibit times, please visit the A.P.E. webpage: http://www.apearts.org/events--projects.html

Sun, Feb 2, 2020

"Green Day's American Idiot" logo in black and red on a white background, featuring a hand holding a heart-shaped grenade

The Amherst College Musical Presents Green Day’s "American Idiot"

The Amherst College Musical presents Green Day’s American Idiot!

You must reserve tickets using the following form: https://forms.gle/5bpvdvWxC8SJ1yt58

Tickets are FREE for Five College students, faculty and staff. We hope to see you there!

Tickets Required

Mon, Feb 3, 2020

Indicator Eye

Join the Indicator Magazine!

All day Morrow Dormitory, Indicator Office (basement)

Become a member of the Indicator Magazine staff! Be a writer, editor and/or artist and see your work published and distributed across campus! We publish writing of any genre, any art that can be scanned or photographed, and offer the opportunity to gain editorial and design experience. No previous experience is required and beginners are welcome. We are an entirely student-run publication that publishes one issue per semester, meeting 3-4 times overall. Contact Editor-in-Chief Heather Brennan (hbrennan20@amherst.edu) if you are interested in joining or if you have questions, and check out our Fall 2019 issue now available in Frost, Val, the Science Center and Keefe!

Students Only

Wed, Feb 5, 2020

Indicator Eye

Join the Indicator Magazine!

All day Morrow Dormitory, Indicator Office (basement)

Become a member of the Indicator Magazine staff! Be a writer, editor and/or artist and see your work published and distributed across campus! We publish writing of any genre, any art that can be scanned or photographed, and offer the opportunity to gain editorial and design experience. No previous experience is required and beginners are welcome. We are an entirely student-run publication that publishes one issue per semester, meeting 3-4 times overall. Contact Editor-in-Chief Heather Brennan (hbrennan20@amherst.edu) if you are interested in joining or if you have questions, and check out our Fall 2019 issue now available in Frost, Val, the Science Center and Keefe!

Students Only

Thu, Feb 6, 2020

Exhibition Opening and Lecture on Petrov-Vodkin’s “Mother of God and Child”

Please join us for the opening of the exhibition One Scholar, One Work: Masterpieces from the Thomas P. Whitney Collection of Russian Art and a lecture by Professor Wendy Salmond (Chapman University), “Exploring a Modern Icon: Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin’s Mother of God and Child, 1922.” The painting is on view in the Gallery of the Amherst Center for Russian Culture, Webster 202. A reception will follow.

Fri, Feb 7, 2020

Indicator Eye

Join the Indicator Magazine!

All day Morrow Dormitory, Indicator Office (basement)

Become a member of the Indicator Magazine staff! Be a writer, editor and/or artist and see your work published and distributed across campus! We publish writing of any genre, any art that can be scanned or photographed, and offer the opportunity to gain editorial and design experience. No previous experience is required and beginners are welcome. We are an entirely student-run publication that publishes one issue per semester, meeting 3-4 times overall. Contact Editor-in-Chief Heather Brennan (hbrennan20@amherst.edu) if you are interested in joining or if you have questions, and check out our Fall 2019 issue now available in Frost, Val, the Science Center and Keefe!

Students Only
Life Stories

Life Stories Lunch with Carol Bailey, Visiting Associate Professor of English

The Life Stories series provides a forum for the Amherst community to get to know each other outside of our professional and academic roles. At each lunch, a student, faculty or staff member will share a story from their lives, followed by the opportunity for participants to engage in reflection and discussion. Lunch provided.

Marsh Coffee Haus VI: Haus of Love

St. Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, so take your sweetie's hand and skip up the hill to Marsh Coffee Haus (what could be more romantic?)! Gaze into each other’s eyes and snack on aphrodisiacs while listening to some gorgeous performances from student artists. Maybe Maria will dress up like Cupid?? It’s unconfirmed!
Hey, why not serenade someone yourself? Coffee Haus is open to anyone and everyone who wants to share their talents, so reach out to marshcoffeehaus@gmail.com or message us (Lena Lamer, Tom Amsbry, & Maria Gramotina) if you have any questions or are interested in performing.

Sun, Feb 9, 2020

Cameron Chandler ’20 and Shane Auguste ’20 Senior Thesis Concert: “The Motley Crew” and “Outlets”

The Amherst College Department of Music presents The Motley Crew and Outlets, original theses in composition by Cameron Chandler ’20 and Yohan Auguste ’20. The concert is free and open to the public; seating is by general admission.

The Motley Crew is a collection of six movements stylistically ranging from big band jazz, to tango, to Japanese pop music. Inspired by different styles of music, each “member” of the crew has a distinct, interesting and fun personality.

In student composer Shane Auguste’s words: “Plug into Outlets, a string quartet cycle performed by the Wistaria Quartet. The piece rests upon musical concepts I have encountered at Amherst and explores my own interpretation and relationship to those concepts.”

For a complete listing of upcoming Amherst College Department of Music events, visit us on the web: www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/music/events

Mon, Feb 10, 2020

Build Your Relationship Tabling

Come stop by the PA and SHE table at Keefe (Feb. 11, 11 AM-2 PM, Feb. 13, 11 AM- 1PM) for some information on healthy relationships and chocolates!

Tue, Feb 11, 2020

Build Your Relationship Tabling

Come stop by the PA and SHE table at Keefe (Feb. 11, 11 AM-2 PM, Feb. 13, 11 AM- 1PM) for some information on healthy relationships and chocolates!

Black-and-white print by Albrecht Durer; depicts the Combat of Virtue and Pleasure in the Presence of Hercules

Spring Opening Reception at the Mead

Celebrate the opening of the Mead’s spring exhibitions at this evening reception, featuring “The Best Impressions: Inside the Edward C. Crossett Collection of Prints,” along with new rotations of works in “Starting Something New: Recent Contemporary Acquisitions and Gifts and Ten Years of Trinkett Clark Memorial Student Acquisitions.” Join us for curatorial remarks, live music and refreshments in the galleries.
Free and open to all!

Fri, Feb 14, 2020

Canine Valentine's Day

Canine Valentine’s Day

Come and get some puppy love on Valentine's Day! Dog treats and human treats will be provided. There will also be a craft station to make your own Valentine. Sponsored by the Counseling Center, the Science Center, and Alumni and Parent Programs.

Davóne Tines in front of green foliage, wearing a white shirt and a black jacket with butterflies printed on it

M@A Chamber Series Presents Dover Quartet with Davóne Tines, baritone

Named the Cleveland Quartet Award-winner and honored with the coveted Avery Fisher Career Grant, the Dover has become one of the most in-demand ensembles in the world. The quartet’s rise from up-and-coming young ensemble to occupying a spot at the top of their field has been “practically meteoric” (Strings).
Performing works by Mozart, Barber, Shaw, and Shostakovich

“Charismatic, full-voiced” (The New York Times) bass-baritone Davóne Tines joins the Quartet for
Barber’s "Dover Beach" and Caroline Shaw’s "By and By."

Program:
Mozart: Quartet in C Major, K. 465, "Dissonance"
Barber: Dover Beach, Op. 3
Caroline Shaw: "By and By"
Intermission
Shostakovich: Quartet No. 9 in E-flat Major, Op. 117

Single ticket prices:
General public: $28
Senior citizens (65+) and Amherst College employees: $22
Students with valid ID: $12
FREE student rush available at the box office beginning one hour before the concert.
Single tickets on sale at:
https://amherst.universitytickets.com/w/event.aspx?id=1310&r=a160827c183...

Tickets Required

WAMH 89.3 PRESENTS! A VERY PUNK VALENTINE’S

Boston-based punk band SNOOZER and local punk band LANDOWNER come to Amherst for a show that is FREE and open to all Five College students! Presented by WAMH 89.3, Amherst College Radio and AAS. Come wearing your best anti-Valentine’s day garb. Eyeliner and black boots encouraged.

Students Only

Sat, Feb 15, 2020

Jihye Lee singing into a microphone in front of brass players

McBride Commission Concert: Jihye Lee and the Amherst College Jazz Ensemble

The Amherst College Jazz Ensemble and the Jihye Jazz Orchestra perform Lee’s new work, "Try Out," for the McBride Jazz Commission Series on Feb. 15 at 8 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall, Arms Music Center, on the Amherst College campus.

Admission is free; no tickets are required. Donations to benefit the Amherst Survival Center will be gratefully accepted.

This year’s composer of the 16th composition in the Jazz Commission Series is New York City-based Jihye Lee. Her 13-piece Jazz Orchestra performs her new work "Try Out," and the ACJE performs music from Les Hooper, Gil Evans and Peter Pan.

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

Tue, Feb 18, 2020

Collage portrait of Toni Morrison with a fabric flower covering part of her face

Film Screening of "Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am"

Come celebrate Toni Morrison’s birthday with a film screening of Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am. Drinks and desserts will be available.

This artful and intimate meditation on the legendary storyteller examines her life, her works and the powerful themes she has confronted throughout her literary career (imdb.com).

Co-sponsored by the Office of the Provost and Dean of the Faculty and the Sexuality, Women’s and Gender Studies Department

Free and open to the public

Wed, Feb 19, 2020

Dao Strom standing outdoors with her hands clasped, amid a lush landscape near a body of water

Poetry and Performance: Dao Strom

An evening of poetry and performance from Dao Strom, whose work explores hybridity through melding disparate “voices”—written, sung, visual—to contemplate the intersection of personal and collective histories. The New Yorker has called her work “Quietly beautiful … hip without being ironic.” She makes music as The Sea & The Mother and is the author of five books, including a bilingual poetry/art book, a hybrid-form memoir with a song-cycle, a collection of novellas and a novel. She is a founding member of She Who Has No Master(s), a collective project of women artists of the Vietnamese diaspora, as well as the editor of diaCRITICS. Refreshments will follow.

Thu, Feb 20, 2020

Installation photo of Rotherwas Project 5: Christopher Myers, The Red Plague Rid You for Learning Me Your Language. Quilts of many different fabrics and colors depicts scenes of Shakespeare's "The Tempest" and adorn the wood-paneled rooms of the Rotherwas Room.

Grab and Don’t Go with Christopher Myers

Christopher Myers is an artist and writer based in New York City. A widely acclaimed author of literature for young people, he is also an accomplished fine artist who has lectured and exhibited internationally. His work questions what it means to be an artist and to create art that is rooted in the experience of global cultural exchange.

Meet Myers for lunch in the Amherst College Multicultural Resource Center. Learn more about his artistic practice, his work in publishing, how his work centers historically marginalized perspectives in art and literature, and how he collaborates with artists and craftspeople across cultures and around the world.

Headhot of Christopher Myers

"The Red Plague Rid You for Learning Me Your Language": Artist Talk with Christopher Myers

Christopher Myers is an artist and writer based in New York City. A widely acclaimed author of literature for young people, he is also an accomplished fine artist who has lectured and exhibited internationally. His work questions what it means to be an artist and to create art that is rooted in the experience of global cultural exchange.

Join us for an artist talk with Christopher Myers to learn more about his artistic practice and the thinking behind this year’s Rotherwas Project.

This program is supported by the Arts at Amherst Initiative and is free and open to all.

Event poster featuring an illustration of people onstage, dancing within different-colored concentric circles

"Intimate Distance": Five College Dance Faculty Concert

This year’s Five College Dance Faculty Concert features five faculty and guest artist works (one from each campus) that investigate human distance and intimacy. Set against the backdrop of global social and environmental crises, these performances provide ways to contemplate how we connect—or not—with our own internal landscapes, with other individuals and with our physical surroundings. The concert invites performers and audiences to consider how embodiment, movement collaboration and the community inherent to performance can provide not solutions to the difficulties we face, but rather new avenues by which to broach them.

All five pieces are premieres that either continue or initiate the artists’ choreographic investigations with Five College Dance students. Featuring new work by newer members of the Five College Dance community, this concert can be seen as a look into the future of Five College Dance.

The choreographers are:
Deborah Goffe, assistant professor of dance, Hampshire College
Barbie Diewald, assistant professor of dance, Mount Holyoke College
Sarah Lass, Smith MFA ’18, Smith College guest artist
Jenna Riegel, assistant professor of dance, Amherst College
Aston K. McCullough, assistant professor of dance science, UMass Amherst

Main Studio Theater, Hampshire College
Tickets are $5 for students/seniors and $10 for general admission, and are available online: www.fivecolleges.edu/dance

See the poster for more information.

Tickets Required

Fri, Feb 21, 2020

Photo of the wood paneled Rotherwas Room, depicts Chris Myers' boat and quilted depictions of The Tempest.

Art and Reading with Christopher Myers

Enjoy a children’s storybook reading and signing with author and artist Christopher Myers. Books will be available for purchase. After story time, stay for free activities inspired by Myers’s latest exhibition, Rotherwas Project 5: The Red Plague Rid You for Learning Me Your Language. Choose from sonnet writing, quilting, mapping and more!

Refreshments will be served.

Activities are designed for children ages 6–11, but all are welcome to attend. This program is presented in partnership with the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, The Common and the Amherst College Women’s and Gender Center.

Free and open to all!

If you have accessibility concerns, please contact Danielle Amodeo at (413) 542-5651.

Life Stories

Life Stories Lunch with Sheila Jaswal, Associate Professor of Chemistry

Headshot of Denise Murrell

“Posing Modernity: The Black Model from Manet and Matisse to Today”—A Talk by Denise Murrell

4:00 pm Fayerweather Hall, 115 - Pruyne Lecture Hall

Denise Murrell is the curator behind the highly praised exhibition Posing Modernity: The Black Model from Manet and Matisse to Today that opened last year at the Museé d’Orsay in Paris. Murrell’s new analyses and rigorous research into social and art histories resulted in the writing of significant biographies for previously unknown Black models and muses, and the suggestion of new titles for paintings by Matisse, Gauguin, Picasso and others where those depicted had previously been reduced to words like “negro” or “mulatto.” Beyond the focus on 19th- and 20th-century art, the exhibition and accompanying catalogue have created entirely new paradigms for research and teaching, and have transformed perspectives in the history of art.

Murrell was recently appointed to the post of associate curator of 19th- and 20th-century art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, a newly created position that will involve her working closely with both the museum’s modern and contemporary department and its European painting department. The first new appointment by the Met director Max Hollein signals that new perspectives are being pursued at the museum, moving beyond the Western lens. “Max and his team want to proactively move toward a more inclusive presentation of art history across all periods,” Murrell told The New York Times (November 20, 2019).

Murrell’s lecture is sponsored by the Georges Lurcy Lecture Series and the Department of Art and the History of Art at Amherst College. Following her Friday lecture, Murrell will be leading a faculty seminar and a workshop with students at the Smith College Museum of Art. Murrell’s visit is being organized by Karen Koehler, visiting faculty in art and the history of art at Amherst and professor in architectural and art history at Hampshire College, and Darcy Buerkle, associate professor of history and affiliate in the study of women and gender at Smith College.

Image: Frédéric Bazille, Young Woman with Peonies
Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, photo by Eileen Travell

Event poster featuring colorful construction-paper cutouts that look like filmstrips

2020 Five College Film & Video Festival

Join us to watch 26 short films from Five College students. Celebrate diverse works of animation, documentaries, experimentals and narratives. A small award ceremony will be held at the end, with a special audience award.

Free snack is included!

Founded in 1994, the Five College Student Film & Video Festival is an annual event featuring original films and videos by Five College students. The festival has become an important venue for film students to meet, collaborate and share their productions with their peers and with the Five College film community.
Students from each of the Five Colleges organize the festival with the assistance of a student director from the host college and a faculty advisor. The festival, which is sponsored by the Five College Film Council, is held each year during the spring semester. Submissions are evaluated by a jury of students and faculty members from each campus. Selected works are shown at the festival, and awards are given.

Event poster featuring an illustration of people onstage, dancing within different-colored concentric circles

"Intimate Distance": Five College Dance Faculty Concert

This year’s Five College Dance Faculty Concert features five faculty and guest artist works (one from each campus) that investigate human distance and intimacy. Set against the backdrop of global social and environmental crises, these performances provide ways to contemplate how we connect—or not—with our own internal landscapes, with other individuals and with our physical surroundings. The concert invites performers and audiences to consider how embodiment, movement collaboration and the community inherent to performance can provide not solutions to the difficulties we face, but rather new avenues by which to broach them.

All five pieces are premieres that either continue or initiate the artists’ choreographic investigations with Five College Dance students. Featuring new work by newer members of the Five College Dance community, this concert can be seen as a look into the future of Five College Dance.

The choreographers are:
Deborah Goffe, assistant professor of dance, Hampshire College
Barbie Diewald, assistant professor of dance, Mount Holyoke College
Sarah Lass, Smith MFA ’18, Smith College guest artist
Jenna Riegel, assistant professor of dance, Amherst College
Aston K. McCullough, assistant professor of dance science, UMass Amherst

Main Studio Theater, Hampshire College
Tickets are $5 for students/seniors and $10 for general admission, and are available online: www.fivecolleges.edu/dance

See the poster for more information.

Tickets Required

Film Showing: "Queen & Slim"

There will be a discussion following Friday’s showing.

There will be food!

Synopsis: A young couple’s first date hits a snag when they inadvertently kill a police officer who pulled them over for a traffic infraction. However, as the truth of their story comes out, the country finds itself divided on the matter of the couple’s fate.

Sat, Feb 22, 2020

Amherst Dance Auditions

Are you interested in being a part of Amherst Dance this semester? An all-inclusive, low pressure, and low time commitment dance group on campus, we are looking for people who want to be a part of our spring show in early May. All levels of experience (beginner to advanced) and all styles of dance are welcome. In the past we’ve had larger beginner pieces—tap, flamenco, contemporary, vogue, hip hop—really anything goes! If you are interested in choreographing please contact either mcooper22@amherst.edu or nkiley21@amherst.edu. See you there!

Students Only
Event poster featuring an illustration of people onstage, dancing within different-colored concentric circles

"Intimate Distance": Five College Dance Faculty Concert

This year’s Five College Dance Faculty Concert features five faculty and guest artist works (one from each campus) that investigate human distance and intimacy. Set against the backdrop of global social and environmental crises, these performances provide ways to contemplate how we connect—or not—with our own internal landscapes, with other individuals and with our physical surroundings. The concert invites performers and audiences to consider how embodiment, movement collaboration and the community inherent to performance can provide not solutions to the difficulties we face, but rather new avenues by which to broach them.

All five pieces are premieres that either continue or initiate the artists’ choreographic investigations with Five College Dance students. Featuring new work by newer members of the Five College Dance community, this concert can be seen as a look into the future of Five College Dance.

The choreographers are:
Deborah Goffe, assistant professor of dance, Hampshire College
Barbie Diewald, assistant professor of dance, Mount Holyoke College
Sarah Lass, Smith MFA ’18, Smith College guest artist
Jenna Riegel, assistant professor of dance, Amherst College
Aston K. McCullough, assistant professor of dance science, UMass Amherst

Main Studio Theater, Hampshire College
Tickets are $5 for students/seniors and $10 for general admission, and are available online: www.fivecolleges.edu/dance

See the poster for more information.

Tickets Required

Film Showing: Queen & Slim

There will be a discussion following Friday’s showing.
There will be food!
Synopsis:
A young couple’s first date hits a snag when they inadvertently kill a police officer who pulled them over for a traffic infraction. However, as the truth of their story comes out, the country finds itself divided on the matter of the couple’s fate.

Mon, Feb 24, 2020

Ivy Watts: Mental Health Empowerment Speaker

8:00 pm - 9:30 pm Science Center, Lipton Lecture Hall

Join us as a former standout student-athlete shares her story, promoting self-worth and mental health practices based on her experience at the University of New Haven and beyond. This presentation is open to all students and members of the community and is co-sponsored by the Department of Athletics and the Community Mental Health Fund.

Tue, Feb 25, 2020

Spring Semester Kickoff: Arts at Amherst Initiative Open Meeting

4:30 pm - 6:30 pm Bailey Brown House

Join the Arts at Amherst Initiative for our first event of the semester, featuring a panel of members from the Amherst arts community. The panel will explore how creative practice and scholarly practice coexist in each of our liberal arts environment and their specific departments. Panelists include David Gloman (ARHA), Amelie Hastie (FAMS) and Ana Candida Carneiro (THDA), and will be moderated by Dwight Carey (ARHA). Food and drinks will be provided!

Please RSVP to Ellen Mutter, arts coordinator, at arts@amherst.edu.

This meeting is open to all faculty and staff!

Thu, Feb 27, 2020

Hockey team laughing

Russian Film Screening: "Legend №17" • Легенда №17

This film is based on real life events and tells a story of Soviet hockey player Valeri Kharlamov’s career and the first match of the Summit Series between the USSR and Canada in 1972. Directed by Nikolai Lebedev and completed in 2013, the film’s runtime is 134 minutes.

The film is in Russian with English subtitles. The film will be screened at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m.

Peer Advocates for Sexual Respect 3rd Annual Community Promise

Join the Peer Advocates as we celebrate our community values through the lens of Healthy Relationships! This year, we posed the questions of “What Does a Healthy Relationship Look Like?” and “Why Do You Deserve to Have One?” Come hear the responses of your peers and members from the broader Amherst community!

"Gossamer"

The Department of Theater and Dance presents Gossamer, written and directed by Sophina Flores ’20. Gossamer follows three children and their mother through a dissociative fantasy world they have created as a response to trauma, trapped in the liminal space between death and life. Through surrealist movement, Gossamer carries us through a distorted narrative of a broken home—a family grappling with forgiveness, acceptance and hope for recovery, while facing the truth that no one is innocent within the cycle of abuse.

Set design by Laura Carty ’20, costume design by Lorelei Dietz ’20, lighting design by Lauren Thompson, projection design by Brenna Kaplan ’22, and sound design by Christianna Mariano ’21 and Alistair Edwards ’22

Starring Sam Beach, Emily Fedor, Leah Folpe, Nick Govus, Eli Quastler, Andrew Rosevear, Caroline Seitz and Renz Toledo

Tickets are free; reservations are recommended: call (413) 542-2277 or email theater@amherst.edu.

Fri, Feb 28, 2020

Wellness Party

Join us for lunch, raffle prizes, coloring and DIY self-care kits. We will be celebrating the end of the Wellness Challenge, but the event is open to anyone who would like to hear a little bit more about the Challenge or just enjoy a fun break.

"Gossamer"

The Department of Theater and Dance presents Gossamer, written and directed by Sophina Flores ’20. Gossamer follows three children and their mother through a dissociative fantasy world they have created as a response to trauma, trapped in the liminal space between death and life. Through surrealist movement, Gossamer carries us through a distorted narrative of a broken home—a family grappling with forgiveness, acceptance and hope for recovery, while facing the truth that no one is innocent within the cycle of abuse.

Set design by Laura Carty ’20, costume design by Lorelei Dietz ’20, lighting design by Lauren Thompson, projection design by Brenna Kaplan ’22, and sound design by Christianna Mariano ’21 and Alistair Edwards ’22

Starring Sam Beach, Emily Fedor, Leah Folpe, Nick Govus, Eli Quastler, Andrew Rosevear, Caroline Seitz and Renz Toledo

Tickets are free; reservations are recommended: call (413) 542-2277 or email theater@amherst.edu.

Sat, Feb 29, 2020

"Gossamer"

The Department of Theater and Dance presents Gossamer, written and directed by Sophina Flores ’20. Gossamer follows three children and their mother through a dissociative fantasy world they have created as a response to trauma, trapped in the liminal space between death and life. Through surrealist movement, Gossamer carries us through a distorted narrative of a broken home—a family grappling with forgiveness, acceptance and hope for recovery, while facing the truth that no one is innocent within the cycle of abuse.

Set design by Laura Carty ’20, costume design by Lorelei Dietz ’20, lighting design by Lauren Thompson, projection design by Brenna Kaplan ’22, and sound design by Christianna Mariano ’21 and Alistair Edwards ’22

Starring Sam Beach, Emily Fedor, Leah Folpe, Nick Govus, Eli Quastler, Andrew Rosevear, Caroline Seitz and Renz Toledo

Tickets are free; reservations are recommended: call (413) 542-2277 or email theater@amherst.edu.

The Parker Quartet standing together and dressed formally

M@A CHAMBER Series Presents: The Parker Quartet

Inspiring performances, luminous sound and exceptional musicianship are the hallmarks of the Grammy-winning Parker Quartet. Renowned for its dynamic interpretations and polished, expansive colors, the group has rapidly distinguished itself as one of the preeminent ensembles of its generation. Performing works by Esa-Pekka Salonen, Szymanowski and Beethoven.

“pinpoint precision and spectacular sense of urgency” —The Boston Globe

Program:
Esa-Pekka Salonen: Homunculus Szymanowski: Quartet No.2
Intermission
Beethoven: Op.132

Tickets are available in the 14 days ahead of each performance at amherst.universitytickets.com.
Single ticket prices:
General public: $28
Senior citizens (65+) and Amherst College employees: $22
Students with valid ID: $12
FREE student rush available at the box office beginning one hour before the concert.

Tickets Required

Craft Night: Mug and Coaster Decorating

Come decorate mugs and coasters this Saturday at 8pm in the Friedmann Room! Presented by AC After Dark. There will be food! Supplies are limited.

Students Only

Ongoing Events

Student-Written 10 Minute Play Festival

Interested in writing a 10-minute play? Interested in having your 10-minute play performed in an hour-long student-written play festival? Submit your 10-minute plays (approximately 10 pages) to acgreenroom@gmail.com by Saturday, Feb. 1, to be considered. Plays will be provided one set: a dining room table and chairs. Do with that what you will. Any questions, submissions or interest in design to be e-mailed to acgreenroom@gmail.com.

Students Only