19th February 2009

Relay for Life Informational Meeting.
Come learn how you can participate in Relay for Life 2009!.

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"the periodic table after primo levi"
An exhibit entitled "the periodic table after primo levi" will be on display from November 1st 2008 through February 28, 2009 at the National Yiddish Book Center, 1021 West Street, Amherst, MA 01002. This exhibit is a series of narrative works on paper created by Claudine Mussuto in response to Primo Levi's memoir "The Periodic Table." The exhibit is free and open to the public.
Contact: 413-256-4900, or go to www.yiddishbookcenter.org for more information.

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Exhibition: Sheron Rupp: Dialogue with a Collection
Exhibition runs February 5-March 29, 2009.
Opening Reception: Thursday, February 5, 5-7:30 pm.

In Conversation: Artist Sheron Rupp discusses her exhibition with art critic Gloria Russell. Wednesday, February 25, 5 pm.

The University Gallery is pleased to present Sheron Rupp: Dialogue with a Collection, the second exhibition in an annual series in which we invite an artist to study the permanent collection first-hand, curate an exhibition from our holdings, and integrate their own works in direct dialogue within the exhibition. Sheron Rupp's idiosyncratic selection, ranging from photographs by Jan Groover and Ralph Eugene Meatyard to prints and drawings by Judy Pfaff and Theodore Stamos, provides unexpected juxtapositions and conversations between her own works with those in the permanent collection. The exhibition also affords the opportunity to premiere Sheron Rupp's recent color photographs of formal and social landscapes. Gallery hours: Tuesday-Friday 11 am-4:30 pm; Saturday & Sunday 2-5 pm. Wheelchair accessible. Free parking evenings and weekends.

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Video Installation Miroslaw Balka: Gravity
Exhibition runs February 5-May 24.
Exhibition Preview: Thursday, February 5, 5 pm.
Reception: Thursday, February 5, 6:30-7:30 pm.
The University Gallery is pleased to premiere recent video works by the internationally acclaimed Polish artist, Miroslaw Balka. This is the artist's first museum exhibition in the U.S. to focus on his new video installations.

In Conversation: Thursday, February 5, 5:30-6:30 pm.
Artist Miroslaw Balka and Barbara London, curator of media, Museum of Modern Art, NY; moderated by Barton Byg (UMass Professor of German and Scandinavian Studies and founding director of DEFA Film Library)

Gallery hours: Tuesday-Friday 11 am-4:30 pm; Saturday & Sunday 2-5 pm. Wheelchair accessible. Free parking evenings and weekends.

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"Sharing Our Journey" Gallery Exhibit
The public is invited to the exhibit “Sharing Our Journey:Women of Color Engaging Our Worlds, An Exhibit of Visual Media, Stories & Other Work from Students, Staff, Faculty, and Alumni” which opens on Friday, February 6, at 6:30 p.m. with a reception in the Hampshire College Art Gallery. The exhibit will remain in the gallery until Tuesday, February 24.

Work presented will reflect individuals’ personal journeys with identity, and the show itself seeks to examine the ways individuals with specific cultural backgrounds and life experiences are seeing and understanding the world around them.

This exhibit is part of a larger program, “Academics, Activism, Art, and Ascendancy: Women of Color who Change the World,” organized by the Hampshire College Board of Trustees to celebrate Florence Ladd for her service to Hampshire and to higher education in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and beyond. More http://www.hampshire.edu/news/10768.htm

The exhibit is organized by Hampshire’s Lebron-Wiggins-Pran Cultural Center and the president’s office. Students Madeleine Hunt-Ehrlich and Joyce Li and Director of Multicultural & International Student Services Melissa Scheid Frantz are curators.
Regular gallery hours are Monday-Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. (closed on Saturday). The gallery is located in the lower level of the Harold F. Johnson Library building. The exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information, please call Hampshire’s multicultural and international student services office at (413) 559-5415.

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Exhibit: Natural History Prints
Exhibition runs through May 3, 2009. Photos by John Green, nature photographer. For hours, call 545-1370.

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Field Report: A Members’ Exhibition of the Boston Printmakers
In celebration of the 60th anniversary of its first members’ show, The Boston Printmakers present this traveling show of representative original prints from across North America. Opening reception Saturday, Feb. 7, 2 to 4 p.m.
Exhibit hours: M-F 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Sa 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

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“Thin” and “Girl Culture”
“Thin” is a documentary project by noted contemporary photographer Lauren Greenfield on the subject of eating disorders. Greenfield followed and photographed a group of women in treatment at the Renfrew Center in Florida, producing color photographs and a documentary film about the women and their experiences. “Thin” grew out of an earlier body of work, “Girl Culture,” which focused on the image-obsession of women of all ages in the United States. Selections from “Girl Culture” will be displayed in an adjacent gallery to provide a context for “Thin” and expand the themes of the show. “Thin” was curated by the artist Trudy Wilner Stack and was organized by the Women’s Museum: An Institute for the Future, Dallas, Texas, and Greenfield/Evers, LLC. Ends April 26.
The Smith College Museum of Art (SCMA) is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $3 for students and $2 for youth ages 6 to 12. Free admission to all the second Friday of the month, from 4 to 8 p.m. Free passes are available at Forbes Library, 20 West St., with a Forbes Library card. For more information, visit http://www.smith.edu/artmuseum.

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Emulation or Imitation: The Case of Dürer vs. Marcantonio Raimondi
This small-focus show presents a singularly important early stage in the emergence of the concept of the individual artist and his work in the Northern Renaissance. Dürer’s unprecedented lawsuit against the Venetian printmaker Marcantonio Raimondi, who, ca. 1511, copied his series “Life of the Virgin,” spotlights an important historical turning point in which the conception of originality was beginning to emerge as the definition of artistic creativity. Through April 19.
The Smith College Museum of Art (SCMA) is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $3 for students and $2 for youth ages 6 to 12. Free admission to all the second Friday of the month, from 4 to 8 p.m. Free passes are available at Forbes Library, 20 West St., with a Forbes Library card. For more information, visit http://www.smith.edu/artmuseum.

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Post-Mao Dreaming: Chinese Contemporary Art
This exhibition celebrates the recent gift of 34 works by 22 noted Chinese contemporary artists to SCMA by Smith alumna Joan Lebold Cohen and her husband. The works provide a look into the era when Chinese artists began to throw off the restrictions of China’s 30 years of Maoist communism and reclaim their individuality. Through May 31.

The Smith College Museum of Art (SCMA) is open 10 a.m. to 4 pm.\ Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 4 pm.\ on Sunday. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $3 for students and $2 for youth ages 6 to 12. Free admission to all the second Friday of the month, from 4 to 8 pm.\ Free passes are available at Forbes Library, 20 West St., with a Forbes Library card. For more information, visit http://www.smith.edu/artmuseum

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Midway MFA Exhibition
Exhibition runs 2/17/09-2/27/09. Midway, an interdisciplinary exhibition of the work of MFA students Ryan Feeney, Chun-Tso Lin, Camila Molestina, Kerry O'Grady, and Sarah Purnell at the mid-point in their program.

Reception 2/23/09, 5-7 pm.

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City of Champions: A Portrait of Brockton, Massachusetts
An exhibition of photographs by artist Mary Beth Meehan, entitled “City of Champions,” will be on display at the Oresman Gallery, Smith College Department of Art, from February 5-28, 2009. The work looks at the artist’s hometown of Brockton Massachusetts, one of the state’s older industrial “gateway” cities (such as Holyoke and Springfield) and explores the personal effects of the global economic and cultural changes underway there. Mary Beth Meehan is an award-winning photojournalist who has been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, Time, and DoubleTake. Her work has been honored by Pictures of the Year International and the National Conference for Community and Justice, and was nominated twice for the Pulitzer Prize. A Providence resident, she was a staff photographer at The Providence Journal, and is currently a 2009 Photography Fellow with the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. She is a native of Brockton, Massachusetts, and graduated from Amherst College in 1989. Gallery hours: M-F 10am -4:30pm; Sat and Sun 12pm - 4pm.

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Deadline for submissions to 2009 Five College Student Film Festival
The Five College Student Film & Video Festival is an annual event featuring original films and videos by Five College students. Founded in 1994, the festival has become an important venue for film students to meet, collaborate, and share their productions with their peers and with the 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 a competitive event held at the end of the spring semester. Submissions are evaluated by a jury of students and film faculty from each of the Five Colleges. Selected works are shown at the festival and awards are given for the best works in designated categories.

All Five College students and recent graduates are invited to submit film and videos for consideration.

Submissions are due Thursday, February 19, 2009 at 3 p.m. at all colleges.

Amherst: Seelye Mudd/Media Services
Hampshire: Film/Photo building equipment booth
Mount Holyoke: drop-off: Film Studies Office Art Building
Smith: Film Studies Office, Wright Hall
UMass Amherst: Interdepartmental program in Film Studies, 129 Herter Annec

This year's festival will be at UMass Amherst in Thompson Hall 104 on February 27, 2009, 7-10 p.m.

Watch and share Ben Leonberg's trailer.

For more information, visit the Film Studies at the Five Colleges Web site.

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Screening of Lauren Greenfield’s documentary Thin, which offers a window on the experience of patients at the Renfrew Center, a residential facility in Florida for the treatment of eating disorders. The New York Times said, “Thin places less emphasis on the logistics of binging and purging... Instead, viewers sort out for themselves the complex psychological underpinnings, and the value of Renfrew’s tough-love approach.” This showing will be followed by a question and answer session.

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“American Women Writers and American Literature”.
Elaine Showalter, professor emerita of English, Princeton University.

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Of the crop of singers who have breathed new life into fado, the traditional Portuguese song form, none has risen so fast as Mariza. Considered throughout the world to be the reigning ambassador of Portuguese fado, Mariza has been seducing audiences globally with her awesome singing, charismatic stage presence, and powerful blend of traditional and contemporary songs.

Sponsored by United Wealth Management Group, The Rainbow Times, WGBY TV 57, The River 93.9 FM, and the UMass Office for Student Affairs and Campus Life.

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Special Event

LGBTQA Speaker Bureau Training for Volunteers
The University of Massachusetts Stonewall Center is looking for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and ally (LGBTQA) volunteers to join our Speakers Bureau to educate others about LGBTQA issues. The Bureau gives panel presentations to college classes, high schools, and community groups throughout the region.

To be a member, you must attend this training at the Stonewall Center. Dinner will be provided.

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Hampshire Shakespeare Company & the Renaissance Center Theater Company present Spring 2009 Children's Theater Workshops
Amherst-- School vacation week workshops, COMEDY FOR ALL AGES, will once more be offered by Hampshire Shakespeare Company and the Renaissance Center Theater Company. The first session will be February 16-20, 2009; the second will be April 20-24, 2009; children may enroll for one or both. The workshop is for children ages 8-12 and seniors 65+ and meets from 9 am to 1 pm.

Participants will draw inspiration from the gallery exhibits at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art; then work together at Applewood Retirement Community in Amherst to come up with an improvised play which will be performed for family, friends and the public on the last day of the workshop on stage at Applewood.

This unique intergenerational program brings together young and old to create theater together under the direction of comedian Steve Henderson, best known as Jerry Atric for his one-man shows at the Majestic Theater in Springfield. In addition to being a popular stand-up comic, Steve is an actor, director and theater educator, and is Education Director for Hampshire Shakespeare Company. Tuition $130 a week; includes museum admission and snacks. Class size limited to 12. Register by February 9 for the February workshop; by April 13 for the April one. For registration and information, call Steve at 413-788-4750, the Renaissance Center at 413-577-3600, or email slcomedy@comcast.net.

For younger children, ages 6-8 years old, we offer SATURDAYS WITH SHAKESPEARE. The workshop will meet March 14, 28, April 4, 11, 18, and May 2 from 10 am to 12 noon at the Renaissance Center, 650 East Pleasant Street in Amherst. Words, words, words -- kids love them! Especially when they can play with them! But of course, many of Shakespeare's characters and stories are equally fun. In these workshops, little folks will learn theater games and the joy of improvisation as they put together their own production drawn from such favorite tales as A Midsummer Night's Dream, As You Like It, and Twelfth Night. Practical jokes, masks and disguises, mistaken identity, malapropisms -- all the Bard's best stocks-in-trade will be incorporated into the children's production which they will perform at the Renaissance Center's Shakespeare Festival on Sunday, May 3.

Classes will be held at the Renaissance Center at 650 East Pleasant St., Amherst, under the direction of veteran theater educators Barry Magnani, who teaches at Pioneer Valley Performing Arts and has directed the Hampshire Shakespeare Young Company, and Lucinda Kidder, Managing Director of the Renaissance Center Theater Company and a director and teacher for over thirty-five years.

$100; pre-registration required class size limited to 8. Register by March 6. For registration and information, call Lucinda at 413-577-3600, or email renaissance@english.umass.edu.

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