Event Calendar

Today - 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

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.

"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

"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: 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

Mon, Mar 2, 2020

Still from the film Garbage, The City, And Death, courtesy of Mariah Garnett

“Mariah Garnett Selected Video Works,” An Exhibition by Mariah Garnett

“Selected Video Works” presents four videos by Mariah Garnett made between 2010 and 2014. These works represent the early cornerstones of her experimental documentary practice. In all four films, the relationship between subject and filmmaker is foregrounded, calling into question the power dynamics at play in representational art practices.
“Garbage, The City, And Death” uses a Fassbinder text to reframe a real-life relationship between long-lost siblings as a romantic rivalry. It was Garnett’s first attempt to mix theatricality with a real relationship between herself and her subject.
“Picaresques” takes its inspiration from “Lieutenant Nun,” the autobiography of a transgender conquistador at the turn of the 17th century as its inspiration and abruptly becomes a portrait of Garnett’s own friendship with a nine-year-old tomboy from Santa Monica. It is an attempt to look to the past and future for heroes of a similar gender to the artist’s own.
“Encounters I May Or May Not Have Had With Peter Berlin” moves through phases of idolization, anxiety ending in a touchdown in reality in a conversation between the artist and Berlin himself. This is the first film in which Garnett used impersonation as a strategy for representing her subject.
Finally, “Full Burn” marks a shift in Garnett’s practice away from overtly queer themes to the geopolitical. It is a portrait of four U.S. War Veterans who have continued to use their own physicality to earn a living, three as stunt men and one as a massage therapist. It is a meditation on masculine duty, trauma and re-enactment.
Bio:
Mariah Garnett is an artist and filmmaker who lives and works in Los Angeles. She holds a B.A. in American Civilization and an M.F.A. from California Institute of the Arts in Film/Video. In 2019 she was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in Film/Video for her feature film, “Trouble,” which premiered at the London Film Festival and was named one of the best documentaries of the year by Sight + Sound Magazine. Her work has screened and been exhibited internationally at venues including The New Museum, The Hammer Museum, Tate Belfast, REDCAT, SFMoMA and her exhibiting gallery, Commonwealth + Council. She is a Macdowell Fellow and her work has been featured in Bomb, Artforum and Reverse Shot.

Thu, Mar 5, 2020

75 Dollar Bill

75 Dollar Bill Performance

75 Dollar Bill was formed in 2012 in New York City by percussionist Rick Brown and guitarist Che Chen. Played on a deeply resonant plywood crate, Brown’s earthy, elemental rhythms are both the foundation and foil for Chen’s ecstatic, modal guitar style. The duo’s electric, richly patterned music can shape shift from joyful dance tunes to slowly changing trance minimalism, an uncategorizable hybrid which draws on the modal traditions of West Africa, India and the Middle East, early electric blues, Sun Ra’s space chords and the minimalist and No Wave histories of their hometown. While Brown and Chen are always at the band’s core, the duo frequently expands into other configurations live and on record, from trio to 25-piece marching band.
From Uncut:
http://www.uncut.co.uk/features/ecstatic-music-75-dollar-bill-100825

Wed, Mar 11, 2020

Film still from "Trouble". Bartender behind the register drying a freshly cleaned glass cup with a towel. The name of the bar is printed on the glass wall behind the bartender and it appears to be called called the "Ulster Maple Leaf".

Screening of “Trouble” with Filmmaker Mariah Garnett

4:30 pm Keefe Campus Center, Keefe Campus Center Theater

A queer filmmaker looks at the legacy of the Troubles through the lived experience of her estranged Northern Irish father. TROUBLE (2019) conflates fact and fiction, history and the present moment, violence and stasis, foregrounding the stakes of identitarian conflict alongside a growing intimacy inside of a small, globally scattered family.

Thu, Mar 12, 2020

Still from the film Garbage, The City, And Death, courtesy of the artist

Opening Lecture and Reception with Mariah Garnett

4:30 pm Fayerweather Hall, 115 - Pruyne Lecture Hall

Join Mariah Garnett for a lecture and the opening of her exhibition on view in the Eli Marsh Gallery March 2– 27.
“Selected Video Works” presents four videos by Garnett made between 2010 and 2014. These works represent the early cornerstones of her experimental documentary practice. In all four films, the relationship between subject and filmmaker is foregrounded, calling into question the power dynamics at play in representational art practices.

Sat, Mar 28, 2020

Dan Tepfer, piano "Natural Machines"

M@A PARALLELS Series Presents Dan Tepfer, Piano: “Natural Machines”

Dan Tepfer has made a name for himself as a pianist-composer of wide-ranging ambition, individuality and drive. 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.
“When musician Dan Tepfer was a kid, he taught himself to code on an early Macintosh computer that his dad brought home one day. That little kid grew up to be a world-renowned jazz pianist. And now, he has programmed another machine: his piano. For the past five years, Tepfer has been writing algorithms that direct a specially modified Yamaha piano to play along with him. Amazing—a duet with phantom hands.” —NPR All Things Considered
“Combines superb technique with a complex set of impulses: he's a deeply rational improviser drawn to the unknown.” —The New York Times
Tickets are available in the 14 days ahead of each performance at amherst.universitytickets.com.
Single ticket prices:
General public: $18
 senior citizens (65+) and Amherst College employees: $12
 students, with valid ID: $10
FREE AC student rush available at the box office beginning one hour before the concert.

Tickets Required

Fri, Apr 3, 2020

Jeremy Denk

M@A Chamber Series Concert with Jeremy Denk, piano

Jeremy Denk is one of America’s foremost pianists. Winner of a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship and the Avery Fisher Prize, Denk was recently elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Denk returns frequently to Carnegie Hall and in recent seasons has appeared with the Chicago Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, and Cleveland Orchestra, as well as on tour with Academy of St Martin in the Fields and at the Royal Albert Hall as part of the BBC Proms. Performing J.S. Bach’s Well-Tempered Klavier, Book 1.
“Mr. Denk, clearly, is a pianist you want to hear no matter what he performs, in whatever combination – both for his penetrating intellectual engagement with the music and for the generosity of his playing.” —The New York Times
Tickets are required and go on sale beginning November 1. Visit amherst.universitytickets.com or call (413) 542–2195. FREE AC student rush tickets available at the door beginning one hour ahead. The box office opens at 7 p.m.
Chamber Series ticket prices:
General public: $28
Senior citizens (65+) and Amherst College employees: $22
Students, with valid ID: $12
FREE Amherst student rush signup available in the Arms Building lobby an hour before showtime.

Tickets Required

Mon, Apr 27, 2020

Amir ElSaffar Rivers of Sound

Amir ElSaffar and Rivers of Sound

Amir ElSaffar’s Rivers of Sound Orchestra presents seventeen musicians from a broad spectrum of musical worlds. Together, the group creates a novel sound that transcends established notions of style and convention. ElSaffar began the Rivers of Sound Orchestra in 2015, and released the double LP, “Not Two,” on New Amsterdam Records in 2017. Rivers of Sound has since performed in festivals, concert halls, and opera houses worldwide.

“[an] arresting debut album… Rivers of Sound brings together virtuosos from Middle Eastern, South Asian and Western jazz traditions, and its music has a liquid quality: It’s full of momentum, but not in the way of a single moving thing. Instead, it seems to flow and spill across bounds.” —Giovanni Russonello, The New York Times

Free and open to the public, in partnership with Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares.