Event Calendar

February 2021

Tue, Feb 9, 2021

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Student Video Showcase

A virtual screening and Q&A by students in the Amherst College class "Foundations in Video Production”

Videos by:
Leland Culver
Raymond Dixon
Seojin Jung
Anna-Blanca Leake
Frank Peprah
Andrew Rios
Grace Walker

Attendees must register in advance: https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIrceGrrDktEtS8_cbNdGrL...

Registration Required

Thu, Feb 11, 2021

Black and white print of a contemporary interpretation of Da Vinci's "Mona Lisa"

Arts at Amherst Initiative Spring Soirée

5:00 pm Virtual

Join the Arts at Amherst Initiative at our Spring Soirée to hear Joseph E. and Grace W. Valentine Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Kate Pukinskis and Mead Art Museum Study Room Manager and European Print Specialist Miloslava Hruba share their recent research. Miloslava will share field notes from her recent survey of printmaking practices in the former Czechoslovakia (1948-1989) with a focus on gender differences within the ideologically and culturally ostracized group of nonconforming artists. Following these presentations, there will be an opportunity for audience Q&A.

While the Spring Soirée cannot take place in person, the AAI Steering Committee is planning to do its best to replicate the welcoming atmosphere that these biannual events traditionally foster by offering contactless pickup of complimentary wine and cheese to the first 20 people who register for the event!

Registration Required

Fri, Feb 19, 2021

Hakhnazaryan-Trifonov

CANCELED M@A: A Virtual Season Presents Narek Hakhnazaryan, cello, and Daniil Trifonov, piano

M@A regrets very much to have to inform you that COVID restrictions make it impossible for the artists to offer the following program:

Presenting the fourth free online concert for M@A 2020-2021: A Virtual Series:

Grammy Award winning Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov—winner of Musical America’s 2019 Artist of the Year award—has made a spectacular ascent of the classical music world as a solo artist; a champion of the concerto repertoire; a chamber and vocal collaborator; and a composer. Combining consummate technique with rare sensitivity and depth, his performances are a perpetual source of awe. “He has everything and more … tenderness and also the demonic element. I never heard anything like that,” marveled pianist Martha Argerich. Trifonov recently added a Grammy Award to his already considerable string of honors, winning Best Instrumental Solo Album of 2018 with Transcendental, a Liszt collection that marked his third title as an exclusive Deutsche Grammophon artist. As the Times of London notes, he is “without question the most astounding pianist of our age.”
Program:
Pärt “Fratres” for violoncello and piano
Shostakovich Sonata for Violoncello and Piano D Minor, Op. 40

Rachmaninov Sonata for Violoncello and Piano G Minor, Op. 19

Hailed by the Washington Post as “a seasoned phenomenon,” Narek Hakhnazaryan won the Cello First Prize and Gold Medal at the XIV International Tchaikovsky Competition in 2011 at the age of 22.

Tue, Feb 23, 2021

Kinetic Light Screening and Discussion with Alice Sheppard

In preparation for her February 26 public lecture, disabled dancer/choreographer Alice Sheppard will introduce the Five College community to the work of her company Kinetic Light and its undergirding concepts of intersectional disability arts, disability aesthetics, and aesthetic access. We will watch clips of performances, and Dr. Jina Kim will moderate the discussion. Open to the Five College community. Five College Dance students, faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to attend in order to gain a foundational understanding of Alice's work and aesthetic.

Register here: https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUodeiorTopHtxTGn5UpnjF...

Bios:
Alice Sheppard is the Artistic Director of Kinetic Light, a leading disability arts ensemble. She studied ballet and modern dance with Kitty Lunn and made her debut with Infinity Dance Theater. After an apprenticeship, Sheppard joined AXIS Dance Company, where she toured and taught in the company’s education and outreach programs. As an independent artist, she has danced in projects with Ballet Cymru, GDance, and Marc Brew Company in the U.K. and Full Radius Dance, Marjani Forté, MBDance, Infinity Dance Theater, and Steve Paxton in the U.S. Her choreography has been commissioned by Full Radius Dance, CRIPSiE, and MOMENTA.

As a Bessie award-winning choreographer, Sheppard creates movement that challenges conventional understandings of disabled and dancing bodies. Engaging disability arts, culture, and history, she is intrigued by the intersections of disability, gender, and race. In addition to performance and choreography, Sheppard is a sought-after speaker and has lectured on topics related to disability arts, race, and dance. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times and in academic journals.

Jina B. Kim is an Assistant Professor of English and the Study of Women and Gender at Smith College, and a 2016 PhD graduate of the Women’s Studies and English Program at the University of Michigan. She teaches and writes about critical disability studies, feminist- and queer-of-color critique, and contemporary ethnic American literature. She is currently at work on a book manuscript titled Dreaming of Infrastructure: Crip-of-Color Imaginaries after the US Welfare State. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Signs, Social Text, MELUS, American Quarterly, Disability Studies Quarterly, The South Atlantic Quarterly, and The Asian American Literary Review.

Registration Required
Image of comedian Trevor Noah smiling in a blue suit

An Evening with Trevor Noah

#1 New York Times best-selling author, comedian, and host of The Daily Show in a moderated Q&A with SNL cast member Heidi Gardner.

Trevor Noah is the most successful comedian in Africa and is the host of the Emmy® and Peabody® Award-winning “The Daily Show” on Comedy Central. Under Trevor, “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” has broken free from the restraints of a 30-minute linear show, producing engaging social content, award-winning digital series, podcasts and more for its global audience. In 2020, “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” received six Emmy Award nominations, including Outstanding Variety Talk Series and Outstanding Writing for A Variety Series. Trevor also received NAACP Image Award nominations for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series and Outstanding Host in a Talk or News/Information (Series or Special). “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” also received Webby Awards for Best in Comedy and Best Web Personality/Host, as well as a NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Talk Series. Trevor originally joined “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” in 2014 as a contributor.

Trevor Noah is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller “Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood” and its young readers adaptation “It’s Trevor Noah: Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood,” which also debuted as a New York Times bestseller. The book received the Thurber Prize for American Humor and two NAACP Image Awards, one for Outstanding Literary Work by a Debut Author and another for Outstanding Literary Work in the Biography/Auto-Biography category.

To view the live stream click the link below. This event is limited to students, faculty, staff, alumni and parents. An Amherst College login is required to watch the event.

Wed, Feb 24, 2021

Solidarity Book: a book with the shape of a solidarity fist cut into the pages

Solidarity Book Project: Shape the Books that Have Shaped You

Turn your books into art! Sculpt the iconic solidarity fist into books that have shaped your understanding of solidarity. To commemorate our Bicentennial, the College will donate per submission, up to a total of $100,000, to organizations providing Black and Indigenous communities with access to books. Have questions? Join Sonya Clark’s make-with sessions to sculpt your books with other members of the Amherst community. Join us at our first session on Feb. 24!

Registration Required

Thu, Feb 25, 2021

Spoken Word Slam for Amherst Students

8:00 pm Virtual

LitFest kicks off with the Spoken Word Slam, hosted by Daniel Gallant, executive director of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe. The Slam will begin with performances from reg e gaines and J.F. Seary.

Interested students should register now to participate in this virtual event. Registration is open until February 22.

Daniel Gallant is the executive director of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, the author of the short story collection Determined to Prove, and a playwright, theatrical producer, actor and teacher. His writing has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Time Out, the New York Post, the Daily News, six anthologies from Applause Books and Vintage Books and elsewhere. He is the recipient of an Eisenhower Fellowship and fellowships from National Arts Strategies and the DeVos Institute, and was recently named to the Fulbright Specialist roster. He has been featured in The New York Times, New York Magazine, Crain’s New York, Forbes, Adweek, Inc., The Washington Post and Voice of America; and on CNN, MTV, NPR, NBC, NY1, CBS, Univision, the BBC and other networks.

reg e gaines is author/lyricist of the Tony Award-winning musical Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk and is in his ninth year as artistic director of the Downtown Urban Theater Festival in New York. Most recently, reg directed Through the Looking Glass for Center Theatre Group and Rock WILK’s Brooklyn Quartet. He is currently writing and directing two musicals: The 88 and FREE. His spoken-word career began at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, where he was named Grand Slam Champion.

J.F. Seary is a Nuyorican poet and actor. She has performed at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, the Bowery Poetry Club and Le Poisson Rouge in New York City, as well as in London, Chicago, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, San Juan, Grand Rapids and Orlando. She has also toured colleges across the United States with her solo poetry show and with the ensemble production HerStory. Seary has taught English and drama for Monroe College, John Jay College and Borough of Manhattan Community College for 13 years. She is currently working on Necromancer (pilot), and she is a co-creator/co-writer for the web series The New York Effect.

Students Only
Registration Required

Fri, Feb 26, 2021

Five College Dance Annual Lecture: "Under Wired: Intersectional Disability Aesthetics On and Off Stage," Delivered by Alice Sheppard

Five College Dance is thrilled to welcome dancer and choreographer Alice Sheppard for our 2020-2021 Five College Dance Lecture. Sheppard will deliver a public talk via Zoom entitled "Under Wired: Intersectional Disability Aesthetics On and Off Stage." With Kinetic Light's Wired at the center of this talk, Alice Sheppard invites you into a world where intersectional disability aesthetics and culture take the stage.
Leaving aside the deficit-based understandings of medicalized bodyminds, Sheppard lays out the principles of the newly re-emerging disability arts movement.
This event is free and open to the public, with ASL interpretation and captions provided.

Please register here to receive the Zoom link: https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYkdOmoqDsuHdaWmzFmCfKw...

Please also visit our webpage for reading and viewing that we encourage you to engage in advance of Alice's talk, in order to situate it within the broader context of her and her company’s artistic practice and ethos: https://www.fivecolleges.edu/dance/alice-sheppard-events

Alice Sheppard is the artistic director of Kinetic Light, a leading disability arts ensemble. Sheppard studied ballet and modern dance with Kitty Lunn and made her debut with Infinity Dance Theater. After an apprenticeship, Sheppard joined AXIS Dance Company, where she toured and taught in the company’s education and outreach programs. As an independent artist, Sheppard has danced in projects with Ballet Cymru, GDance and Marc Brew Company in the U.K., and Full Radius Dance, Marjani Forté, MBDance, Infinity Dance Theater and Steve Paxton in the U.S. Her choreography has been commissioned by Full Radius Dance, CRIPSiE and MOMENTA.

As a Bessie Award-winning choreographer, Sheppard creates movement that challenges conventional understandings of disabled and dancing bodies. Engaging disability arts, culture and history, she is intrigued by the intersections of disability, gender and race. In addition to performance and choreography, Sheppard is a sought-after speaker and has lectured on topics related to disability arts, race and dance. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times and in academic journals. alicesheppard.com // @wheelchairdancr

Image Description:
A purple poster with white text reads "Five College Dance Annual Lecture" above an image of Alice Sheppard smiling broadly. She is a multiracial Black woman with short curly blond and brown hair. Her lipstick is a bright fuchsia, which matches the straps of her top. She wears a brightly colored necklace with chunky round beads. The photo is by Beverlie Lord. White text reads: "'Alice Sheppard: Under Wired: Intersectional disability aethetics on and off stage.' Friday, February 26, 4:30-5:30 p.m., 2021 On Zoom. Five College Dance Annual Lecture. Free and open to the public. Registration link available at fivecolleges.edu/dance. ASL and captions provided." In the top left corner there is a black and white star logo and the text "FIVE COLLEGE CONSORTIUM." In the top right corner there is a black and white logo of four diagonal slash marks with one more going horizontally through them. In the bottom right corner is a black and white ASL logo of hands. In the bottom left corner there is a black and white logo with two C's in a television icon.

Registration Required

Sun, Feb 28, 2021

Dan Tepfer, piano and computer

M@A Presents: Dan Tepfer, piano and computer

Virtual performance of "Natural Machines"

Bringing together his undergraduate studies in astrophysics with his passion for music, his groundbreaking multimedia project "Natural Machines" integrates computer-driven algorithms into his improvisational process.

“Combines superb technique with a complex set of impulses: he’s a deeply rational improviser drawn to the unknown.” — The New York Times