Event Calendar

October 2019

Thu, Oct 3, 2019

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Amherst Arts Night Plus Open Mic and Gallery

Join us at the Emily Dickinson Museum during Amherst Arts Night Plus for our monthly open mic and pop-up contemporary art gallery! Poets, writers, performers and art appreciators of all kinds are welcome. Come early to hear music by the Jazz Mesmerizers at 5:30 p.m. and to view the art exhibition in the Homestead by our featured artist, Chrissy Howland. The open mic begins at 6 p.m. and will be followed by this month’s featured reader, Cameron Awkward-Rich. Those who would like to share their work during the open mic should arrive between 5 and 6 p.m. to sign up.

Sun, Oct 6, 2019

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“Some Favored Nook”: A Song Cycle by Eric Nathan

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm Amherst Woman's Club (35 Triangle Street)

The Emily Dickinson Museum is pleased to present Some Favored Nook, a song cycle by Eric Nathan inspired by the significant correspondence between Emily Dickinson and Thomas Wentworth Higginson. Nathan’s original composition places Dickinson and Higginson’s writings at the center of the music, using these pivotal texts as a lens through which to view the social, political and cultural issues of this chapter in American history. Filled with themes of abolition, civil rights, women’s rights, the effects of war, love, and death, the song cycle will feature performances by soprano Tony Arnold, baritone William Sharp and pianist Molly Morkoski.

Please visit our website to learn more and to purchase tickets: https://www.emilydickinsonmuseum.org/some-favored-nook-a-song-cycle-by-e....

Tickets Required

Wed, Oct 9, 2019

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Reading and Open Mic: Ross Gay, featuring The Tenderness Project

“Ross Gay’s eye lands upon wonder at every turn, bolstering my belief in the countless small miracles that surround us,” said Tracy K. Smith, describing Gay’s recent collection of essays, The Book of Delights. Gay is also the author of three books of poetry, including Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, winner of the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award and the 2016 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. He has received fellowships from Cave Canem and the Guggenheim Foundation and teaches at Indiana University. He is the co-founder of The Tenderness Project, an online archive of radical empathy.

Thu, Oct 10, 2019

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Fall Soirée

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

The Arts at Amherst Initiate invites you to attend our annual Fall Soirée. The Soirée gives faculty and staff members a chance to socialize over drinks and food at the Bailey Brown House. As part of the Soirée, Jenna Riegel (Theater and Dance) and Karen Koehler (Art and the History of Art) will give short presentations on their recent work. Please RSVP to arts@amherst.edu if you are interested in attending.

Registration Required
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An Evening of Arabic Literature and Music

7:00 pm Converse Hall, Cole Assembly Room

The Arabic Program at Amherst College and the International Prize for Arabic Fiction are proud to present an evening of Arabic literature and music, part of the Second US IPAF book Tour!

The evening features Shahad Al Rawi, author of The Baghdad Clock, the novel shortlisted for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction in 2018, and Luke Leafgren, professor of Arabic at Harvard University and translator of the novel.

There will be live Arabic music by Layaali Arabic Music Trio, and Middle Eastern refreshments will be served.

This event is free and open to the public, and sponsored by the Five College Arabic Language Initiative, the International Prize for Arabic Fiction and the Tagliabu Fund.

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Jazz@Schwemms

CHI director and music department faculty member Darryl Harper considers this year’s themes of home, belonging and memory through a performance of musical works in tribute to former Amherst faculty members, Amherst alumni and others who have helped to shape the Amherst community through music. Included are works by Andy Jaffe, Horace Boyer, Freddie Bryant and Harper. Performers include Harper (clarinet), David Picchi (bass), Claire Arenius (drums) and Marianne Solivan (voice).

Sun, Oct 13, 2019

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Findings from the Archaeology Field School

View Emily Dickinson’s world through the eyes of an archaeologist. Join us for a presentation at the Emily Dickinson Museum by the faculty and students of the University of Massachusetts Amherst Archaeological Field School as they share their findings from their work at the Emily Dickinson Museum. Students will highlight pivotal discoveries that shed new light on the archaeological underpinnings of the Dickinson home. Find out firsthand how archaeology informs the Museum’s preservation and restoration projects!
This program is free and open to the public, and is offered as part of Massachusetts Archaeology Month.

Thu, Oct 17, 2019

Jazz@Schwemm’s Featuring the Paul Lieberman Group

Saxophonist and flutist Paul Lieberman continues the Jazz@Schwemm’s series as he leads a group to perform music influenced by Brazilian jazz. His prowess on the flute will be especially rewarding! Joining for the Student Combo portion of the event will be combos Ptolemy and Galilei.

Jazz@Schwemm’s appreciates the financial support of the Office of Student Activities and Jazz@Amherst. The concert is free, and the coffee shop food offerings are tasty!

Fri, Oct 18, 2019

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Emily Dickinson Poetry Discussion Group

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry

Join us for the Emily Dickinson Poetry Discussion Group. This month’s facilitator is Bruce M. Penniman, and the topic is "Who’s Who in the Dickinson Lexicon?"

What do Queen Elizabeth, Captain Kidd, William Tell and Sappho have in common? Give up? They are all named in Emily Dickinson poems! We know that Dickinson populated her verse with flora and fauna, but what people did she choose to include—and why? In this session, we will look at the complete list of historical figures mentioned in Dickinson’s poetry (not including biblical or literary characters, family members and friends) and discuss several poems in which some of them serve as metaphors or analogies.

The Emily Dickinson Museum’s Poetry Discussion Group meets monthly, September through May, for lively conversation about Emily Dickinson’s poetry and letters. Participants should proceed directly to the Library and do not need to stop at the Museum. While no RSVP is required, participants are invited to email edmprograms@emilydickinsonmuseum.org to receive a list of poems for discussion.

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M@A Chamber Series Presents Pianist Paul Lewis

Paul Lewis is internationally regarded as one of the leading musicians of his generation. His cycles of core piano works by Beethoven and Schubert have received unanimous critical and public acclaim worldwide, and consolidated his reputation as one of the world’s foremost interpreters of the Central European classical repertoire. He returns to Buckley to perform on the Hamburg Steinway D that he helped select for the Amherst music department. He will perform works by Haydn, Brahms and Beethoven.

“There are many prized recordings of the Beethoven sonatas from past masters and current artists. But if I had to recommend a single complete set, I would suggest Mr. Lewis’s distinguished recordings.” —Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times

Program:
Joseph Haydn: Piano Sonata in E Minor, Hob XVI: 34
Brahms: Three Intermezzi, Op. 117
-Intermission-
Beethoven: 33 Variations in C on a Waltz by Diabelli, Op. 120

Single ticket prices:
General Public: $28
Senior Citizens (65+) and Amherst College Employees: $22
Students with valid ID: $12

Tickets Required

Sat, Oct 19, 2019

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Saturday Close Looks

Join us on Saturdays to explore works of art on view with student museum educators. Keep coming back each week for fresh perspectives!

Free and open to all!

Tue, Oct 22, 2019

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Craftivism for Reproductive Justice

Join the Reproductive Justice Alliance and the Women’s and Gender Center for an afternoon of craftivism at the Mead. Artists from the Survivor Art Collective in Easthampton will participate in conversation over lunch and then lead art-making workshops in the galleries. Buttons, stickers, zines, and other works of art will be sold throughout the week in the Keefe Campus Center and in the WGC. All proceeds will benefit a
reproductive justice work in western Massachusetts.
Noon–1 pm | Light lunch and conversation
1–3 pm | Art-making workshops
Free and open to all!
Reproductive Justice Week is a program series led by the Amherst College Women’s and Gender Center and Reproductive Justice Alliance, focused on reproductive justice, abortion access, contraception, and safe birth access, as well as empowering and supporting students. This program responds to numerous student requests for programs and support on this topic. Check the WGC’s website for the full schedule of events at www.amherst.edu/go/WGC.
For accessibility concerns, please contact wgc@amherst.edu.

Thu, Oct 24, 2019

Jazz@Schwemm’s Featuring the Joe Belmont Group

Guitarist Joe Belmont concludes the October run of the Jazz@Schwemm’s series. His trio will perform a variety of tunes in their hour set before giving way to student combos Kepler and Newton.

Jazz@Schwemm’s appreciates the financial support of the Office of Student Activities and Jazz@Amherst. The concert is free, and the coffee shop food offerings are tasty!

Fri, Oct 25, 2019

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Dance Masterclass with Annie Wang

4:30 pm - 6:00 pm Webster Hall, Studio 1 (Room 117)

Guest artist Annie Wang joins the Department of Theater and Dance to teach a masterclass in contemporary dance technique.

Wang is a freelancer based in New York. She dances with Reggie Wilson/Fist and Heel Performance Group, Company Stefanie Batten Bland and Parijat Desai; she has also worked with Carrie Ellmore-Tallitsch, Daria Fain and MADArt Productions. Her choreography has been presented at Five Myles, the Center for Performance Research, the 92Y, BKSD, WestFest Dance, Triskelion, BRIC and the Chocolate Factory Theater. Annie has been artist-in-residence at BRIClab, Atlantic Center for the Arts and the Marble House Project. She was awarded a Brooklyn Arts Council grant to develop her work “Marigram,” which will be presented at the Exponential Festival in 2020.

All are welcome to attend!

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Homecoming Concert: Amherst College Choral Society

The Amherst College Choral Society, directed by Arianne Abela, presents their Homecoming Concert. The concert features works by Daley, Viadana, Rogers and more. The Choral Society is joined by composer and Amherst College alumnus Jerry Noble '83 in the world premiere of his composition "What's It Gonna Take? (Love)."

Admission is FREE and open to the public.

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WAMH 89.3 Presents Remember Sports!

WAMH 89.3 Amherst College Radio is proud to present Philadelphia-based indie-rock band Remember Sports! Come to Coffee Haus at 9 p.m. and stick around for the show at 10 p.m. Hosted at Amherst College’s arts house, Marsh House.
Free and open to all Five College students! Bring your friends and shine up your dancing shoes for a Homecoming Event that will be just as fun as the actual sports!

Sat, Oct 26, 2019

Amherst DQ’s Annual Homecoming Show

Join us for a mid-day Homecoming a cappella show with coffee & bagels! All are welcome to come watch, whether it be nostalgic alumni, supportive friends or just a passerby who likes to watch these types of things. We will be singing a wide range of tunes, including country, doo-wop, and classic pop—only for our most attended show of the year.

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Saturday Close Looks

Join us on Saturdays to explore works of art on view with student museum educators. Keep coming back each week for fresh perspectives!

Free and open to all!

Drew House Presents: A Black Homecoming Experience

Drew House Presents: A Black Homecoming Experience

This year, Charles Drew House pays homage to the Black homecoming experience and some of its most iconic traditions. Come through for a post-game afternoon of music, food and dance featuring performances from The Black Sox, DASAC, and Brooklyn United Drumline. Food will be served at 3 p.m. with performances beginning at 4 p.m. For any questions, comments, or concerns, please contact bsu@amherst.edu.

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“Wild Nights with Emily” Screening and Q&A with Madeleine Olnek

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Science Center, Lipton Lecture Hall

The Emily Dickinson Museum is pleased to present a free screening of Wild Nights with Emily with director Madeleine Olnek. The film will be followed by a Q&A led by Jane Wald, the museum’s executive director. Don’t miss this opportunity to see the movie IndieWire called “hilarious” and “touching”!

Parking will be available by the tennis courts.

About the film: In the mid-19th century, Emily Dickinson is writing prolifically, baking gingerbread and enjoying a passionate, lifelong relationship with another woman, her friend and sister-in-law Susan. Beloved comic Molly Shannon leads in this humorous yet bold reappraisal of Dickinson, informed by her private letters. While seeking publication of some of the 1,789 poems written during her lifetime, Emily (Shannon) finds herself facing a troupe of male literary gatekeepers too confused by her genius to take her work seriously. Instead her work attracts the attention of an ambitious woman editor, who also sees Emily as a convenient cover for her own role in buttoned-up Amherst’s most bizarre love triangle.

About the filmmaker: Madeleine Olnek is a New-York-City-based playwright and filmmaker. Her third feature film, Wild Nights With Emily, was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and awards from NYSCA and Jerome Foundation funds. Her second feature, The Foxy Merkins, included screenings at Sundance 2014, BAM Cinemafest and Lincoln Center, and an NYC theatrical run at IFP. The film had its international premiere at the Moscow Film Festival. Her debut feature, Codependent Lesbian Sex Alien Seeks Same, premiered at Sundance 2011. Its screening included MoMA, The Viennale and the Festival do Rio. Nominated for a Gotham Award, it had theatrical runs in L.A. and NYC. Her award-winning and widely screened comedy shorts, Countertransference (2009) and Hold Up (2006), were official selections of Sundance; Make Room For Phyllis (2007) premiered at Sarasota. Olnek was awarded best female short film director at Sundance in 2009 by L.A.’s Women In Film organization.

Halloween Bingo

Join AC After Dark in the Friedman Room on Saturday, Oct. 26! There will be plenty of snacks to eat and Halloween prizes to win!

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Homecoming Concert: Amherst College Jazz Ensemble

Featured Vocalist Samirah Evans joins the ACJE and its director Bruce Diehl in presenting music by Duke Ellington, Fats Domino and Nancy Wilson. Music by Fred Sturm, Lennie Niehaus, Count Basie and others rounds out the set list.

The concert is FREE and open to the public. Donations to the Amherst Survival Center will be collected.

Thu, Oct 31, 2019

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"Medea"

The Department of Theater and Dance presents Medea by Euripides, in a version by Ben Power. This new production blurs the lines between theater, film and reality. Conceived by Maki Ybarra-Young '20, who plays the title role, and director Ron Bashford, the show imagines Medea as one of the strong and dangerous women of the Golden Age of Hollywood. But is she who she seems? Or the more vulnerable actor underneath? Come explore the iconic Greek character as she navigates her role as a woman and an immigrant through the “cinematic lens” of our own history.

Starring an all-student cast: Grace Davenport, Nicholas Govus, Rory Hartblay, Sam Hood, Sterling Kee, Aylin Kim, Navie Kim, Lena Lamer, Sylvie Mahoro, Eli Maierson, Rowan Muzzy, Teo Ruskov, Lorelle Sang, Julian Schauffler and Maki Ybarra-Young.

Scenic design by Lauren Thompson, costume design by Lorelei Dietz, lighting design by Sophina Flores and sound design by Alistair Edwards.

Tickets are free and available to the public. For reservations, call (413) 542-2277.

It Chapter 2 Movie Screening

Come join AC After Dark in the Keefe Theater for this Halloween Theme Movie!

Ongoing Events

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“Do Things to Images”: An Exhibition by Odette England

Do Things to Images presents for the first time a selection of photographs from 2014 to 2019 by the artist Odette England. It includes images from her newest series Love Notes.

England’s parents’ former dairy farm, and the archive of snapshots her family made there, serve as raw material for England’s practice. Many of her photographs are unique pieces. By mixing preciousness with low-fi, unrepeatable processes, England highlights the infidelity of memory.

This exhibition includes prints from negatives that England buried and then dug up, and hand-torn paper prints. It features pages ripped from family photo albums, and vintage snapshots that have been hole-punched, among other works. Her need to cut, crop, sand, fold and otherwise manipulate photographs is in contrast to the French meaning of her name, Odette, “Lover of Home.”

Join Odette England for a lecture and the opening of her exhibition on Thursday, Sept. 19, at 4:30 p.m. in Pruyne Lecture Hall, 115 Fayerweather.