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13th April 2012
Art
   
 

Nani Agbeli, Ghanaian Dancer and Musician: Closing Reception and Student Performance
Nani Abgelli directs this performance as part of a Five College Ethnomusicology Residency he is serving. Click here for more information.

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Second Friday at the Museum of Art.
Free Second Friday at SCMA from 4-8 p.m. All ages welcome. No reservations needed.
See www.smith.edu/artmuseum for more information.

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Community
   
 

Smith Soccer Annual Tye-Dye Event
Smith Soccer Annual Tye-Dye Fundraiser. Come along and Tye-Dye a t-shirt!

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Diversons Acappella Spring Jam
Join the Diversions for their final jam of the year! On Friday the 13th, this jam promises to offer excitement. The UNH Alabaster Blue and the UMASS Lowell Hawkappella will be joining in for some acappella greatness!

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WMHC Presents: Radio Week Concert
WMHC Presents Radio Week kicks off with a free concert in Chapin. Join us for live music and tons of fun!

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Conference/Symposium
   
 

From Abortion Rights to Social Justice: Building the Movement for Reproductive Freedom
26th Annual Conference

Hundreds of activists, students, and community organizers from around the globe will explore connections between reproductive freedom and social justice. A project of the Civil Liberties and Public Policy program and the Population and Development program at Hampshire College.

http://clpp.hampshire.edu/conference

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Intersections of Class, Race, and Gender: A Five-College Conference

Intersections of Class, Race, and Gender: A Five-College Conference

This conference will explore the subject of intersectionality,
and its relevance on campus. Kimberle Williams Crenshaw will deliver the keynote address, and both students and faculty will participate in panel discussions. All are welcome to attend.

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Dance Performance
   
 

Senior Dance Concert.
Select works of outstanding choreography by graduating seniors in the Smith College Department of Dance.

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Dance Department Senior Dance Concert.
Senior Dance Concert Select works of outstanding choreography by graduating seniors in the Smith College Department of Dance.

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Exhibitions
   
 

Picturing Enlightenment: Thangka in the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College
This special exhibition marks the completion of an extensive project to conserve the Mead Art Museum’s collection of thangka (pronounced “tan-kah”)—scroll paintings of Buddhist figures. So fragile that they have remained largely inaccessible to scholars and museum visitors for nearly six decades, Amherst College’s eighteen thangka, primarily from Tibet, have been gently cleaned, stabilized, and repaired by conservators at Museum Textile Services in Andover, Massachusetts, under the leadership of Camille Myers Breeze. A generous grant from the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation and additional support from the Amherst College Department of Religion underwrote the conservation treatment. The Louis and Nettie Horch Foundation provided further support for the conservation of one thangka.
For more information, visit www.amherst.edu/museums/mead/programs/2011exhib/picturingenlightenment.

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Photo Exhibition: The Gesture in Light: Illuminated
Exhibit: The Gesture in Light: Illuminated by Theresa Antonellis runs from Monday Jan. 9 through Sunday May 11.
A reception will be held Thursday, February 2, from 4-6pm.

The exhibit consists of a related series of framed prints featuring photo-enhanced light photography by Theresa Antonellis.

Info: 577-0785, mcharney@library.umass.edu  

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Charles Dickens at 200
An exhibition of books by Charles Dickens from the Mortimer Rare Book Room, in celebration of the 200th anniversary of Dickens birth in February 2012. The exhibition is in the Book Arts Gallery (Neilson, 3rd floor). See http://www.smith.edu/libraries/info/ for library open hours, direction and other general information.
The exhibition runs from January 15 through April 15, 2012

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Paste Papers of the Pioneer Valley

Exhibition is on view from January 15 through April 15, 2012.
"Paste Papers of the Pioneer Valley" features decorated paste papers by 19 bookbinders, most of whom live and work in the vicinity of Northampton. The exhibition marks the publication of "Paste Papers of the Pioneer Valley" in late fall 2011, and also showcases bookbindings which incorporate paste papers. All items on display are from the Mortimer Rare Book Room.
The exhibition is in the Neilson Library, 3rd floor. See http://www.smith.edu/libraries/info/ for library open hours, direction and other general information.

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Exhibition: Eija-Liisa Ahtila: The Annunciation
February 22-May 6, 2012

The University Museum of Contemporary Art is pleased to present The Annunciation, a new work by Eija-Liisa Ahtila, the internationally acclaimed artist from Finland who is a pioneer in the development of multi-media art. Her work explores the potential of the film medium, weaving an intricate web of references between film and theater, painting and poetry, fiction and documentary.

Museum Hours: Beginning February 1, 2012
Tuesday-Friday, 11:00 AM-4:30 PM, Saturday/Sunday 2-5 PM
Closed Mondays and Spring Break, March 17-26

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Exhibition: The Domestic Sphere Goes Pop
The Domestic Sphere Goes Pop, a new exhibition at the University Museum of Contemporary Art, investigates what happens to unremarkable objects when they are elevated to the status of art. The exhibition will open on Wednesday, April 4 and be on view through May 6. The opening reception will be held on Wednesday, April 4 from 5-7 p.m. and will include a gallery talk by Rebecca Bernard and Kristen Rudy, co-curators and candidates for Master's of Art in Art History, UMass Amherst.

The Domestic Sphere Goes Pop examines works on paper from the 1960s and 1970s. It focuses particularly on the ways artists manipulate color, form, scale, context, and technique to defamiliarize the everyday. Artists in this exhibition include: Richard Hamilton, Roy Lichtenstein, Eduardo Paolozzi, Robert Rauschenberg, James Rosenquist, and Andy Warhol. The works of art in this exhibition have been drawn from the strong permanent collection of the University Museum of Contemporary Art.

The Domestic Sphere Goes Pop is co-curated by Rebecca Bernard and Kristen Rudy, Masters in Art History candidates, 2012. This exhibition is presented as the culmination of their Curatorial Fellowship. The Curatorial Fellowship is a year-long Independent Study that is conducted in collaboration with the Art History Program. The Fellowship entails all aspects of producing an exhibition, including grant writing, researching the UMCA's permanent collection, and developing concepts and theoretical underpinnings. The success of this program is made possible through the support and guidance of Loretta Yarlow (Gallery Director), Eva Fierst (Curator of Education), and
Mario Ontiveros (Assistant Professor of Art History).

Museum Hours:
Tuesday-Friday, 11:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Saturday/Sunday 2 to 5 PM
Closed Mondays

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Water Awareness Week Exhibition
A photo and fact exhibition displaying information related to Water and the global crisis. Sponsored by the student org Global Action Against Poverty Everywhere (GAAPE).

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Film/Video
   
 

New Italians: a Symposium on 21st Century Italy
New Italians: a Symposium on 21st Century Italy. A film on Immigration in Italy followed by roundtable with visiting experts Friday, April 13, 2:30-6 PM, Gamble Auditorium 106B, Art Building.

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Lecture/Reading
   
 

"From Abortion Rights to Social Justice: Building the Movement for Reproductive Freedom"
Civil Liberties and Public Policy Conference

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"From Abortion Rights to Social Justice: Building the Movement for Reproductive Freedom"
Civil Liberties and Public Policy Conference

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"Dixie Dharma: Regionalism in American Buddhism"
Lecture by Jeff Wilson (University of Waterloo). This is the third and final talk in the Religion Department's "New Research in Buddhist Studies" Spring 2012 Lecture Series.

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Music
   
 

Ravi Coltrane Quartet
Ticket information: Reserved seating- $30, $15; FC, GCC, STCC and 17 &
under $10
Handicapped accessibility: Yes
Sponsor: United Wealth Management Group, Baystate Health, New England
Public Radio, UMass Hotel, Applewood

The son of saxophone legend John Coltrane and Alice
Coltrane, Ravi Coltrane was named after sitar master Ravi Shankar.
Ravi's longtime quartet - with pianist Luis Perdomo, bassist Drew
Gress, and drummer E.J. Strickland - has established itself as one of
the most consistently thrilling and acclaimed working groups in jazz
today. Check out the Jazz @ the FAC Film Series at Amherst Cinema on
Monday, April 9 at 7:00PM, presented by New England Public Radio and
the pre-performance talk at 7:15PM hosted by WFCR Jazz à la Mode host
Tom Reney.

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Samara Bregers Senior Recital
Samara Breger's senior recital, featuring the music of Duke, Debussy, Dvorak, and more.

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Special Event
   
 

12th Annual Juniper Literary Festival: New Writers/New Writing
April 13-14, 2012

Introducing audiences to the vibrant landscape of new American poetry and fiction and exploring issues essential to the future of American literature, the Juniper Literary Festival: New Writers/New Writing features readings by acclaimed emerging poets and writers, roundtables on crucial creative and professional issues, an independent journal and book fair showcasing a dazzling array of publishing ventures, and a keynote reading by James Tate celebrating the release of Eternal Ones of the Dream: Later Selected Poem. All events, held at the UMass Fine Arts Center, are free and open to the public.

In addition to James Tate, this year's featured poets are: Macgregor Card, Julia Cohen, Christopher DeWeese, Robert Fernandez, Paul Legault, and Anna Moschovakis. The featured writers for this year are: Blake Butler, Corwin Ericson, Amelia Gray, Julia Holmes, Anna Joy Springer, and Vincent Standley.

Schedule of Events

Friday, April 13
6:30 pm JOURNAL & BOOK FAIR opening reception\
7:30 pm READING with Robert Fernandez, Amelia Gray, Anna Moschovakis, & Vincent Standley

Saturday, April 14
11:30 am JOURNAL & BOOK FAIR continues
12:00 pm READING with Christopher DeWeese, Corwin Ericson, Julia Holmes, & Paul Legault
1:15 pm ROUNDTABLES
Nuts & Bolts: From Manuscript to Book
moderated by Zach Savich

Digital Hybrids: How New Media Shape New Writing
moderated by Blake Butler

2:30 pm ROUNDTABLES
Editors' Reading featuring bateau, Conjunctions, jubilat, & Noö Journal

Book/Art: The Book As Collaborative Form
moderated by Guy Pettit

3:45 pm READING with Blake Butler, Macgregor Card, Julia Cohen, & Anna Joy Springer
7:00 pm JOURNAL & BOOK FAIR reopens
7:30 pm KEYNOTE READING with James Tate celebrating the publication of Eternal Ones of the Dream: Later Selected Poems

Inaugurated in 2001 as the BigSmallPressFest, each year the Juniper Literary Festival showcases exciting new writing and explores issues vital to the literary arts, helping to ensure their vitality, plurality, and accessibility. The Juniper Literary Festival is made possible through the support of the Massachusetts Cultural Council, UMass Arts Council, College of Humanities and Fine Arts, and Vice Provost for Research and Engagement.

The 2012 Festival is co-sponsored by the UMass Fine Arts Center, Amherst Books, Poets & Writers, and The Valley Advocate; partner presses Canarium Books, Dark Coast Press, FC2, Factory Hollow Press, Featherproof Books, FENCE Books, and Small Beer Press; and sponsoring presses and organizations Black Ocean, Coffee House Press, The Common, the Council for Literary Magazines and Presses, Dark Sky Magazine, Hobart Books, Hugo House, Magic Helicopter Press, Kenyon Review, Noö Journal, Omnidawn, Sackett Street Writers, Wave Books, and Harvard University's Woodberry Poetry Room._

Directions to Campus & Flying Object
All Festival events will take place in the UMass Fine Arts Center. For directions to the university and information about our area, including accommodations, please visit: http://www.umass.edu/umhome/visit_campus.html. __For directions to Flying Object, a premier arts gallery and publishing cooperative in Hadley, MA, please visit: http://www.flying-object.org/?page_id=124.
Complete details and schedule are available at http://umass.edu/english/MFA_JuniperFestival.htm.
Kristen Evans
mfapoetsandwriters@hfa.umass.edu
413-545-0643

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Fast Forward Rewind ClosingReception
Fast Forward Rewind, Senior Exhibition Closing Reception.

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Theater
   
 

Theater Performance
"Going Public," written by Elias Johansson-Miller ‘12 and directed by Andy Paris, will be staged
April 12-14. Tickets are free, seating is open, and no reservations are required.
"Going Public" is an original play about the beloved and broken United States public education system. Reform after reform has failed, people are angry, and the national conversation has devolved into a screaming match. "Going Public," directed by Paris (co-creator of "The Laramie Project"), uses original interviews and other sources in conjunction with searing visual imagery to create a uniquely theatrical event: one that pulls back the curtain to reveal what is really behind the national debate surrounding public education.

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Leading Ladies Presents: Godspell
Godspell is a lighthearted musical based on the story of Jesus as told through the Gospel of Matthew, and it features a variety of modern music set to lyrics from traditional hymns. The show draws from popular culture and various theatrical traditions as it follows the formation of a community in a fun, humorous way.

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