30th January 2013

Exhibit: “Pioneers of Mass Aggie: Founders, Builders, and Innovators”
Exhibition runs through May 13, 2013. “Pioneers” is the first of three exhibits to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the University of Massachusetts and will focus on the early history of the Massachusetts Agricultural College.

Talk and reception Friday, March 1, 2013, at 4pm.

More info: http://bit.ly/exhibitpioneers.

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Exhibition: Midway
The Student Union Art Gallery presents: Rondo Scordatura, a collaboration conceived by four second-year MFA students from the University of Massachusetts Studio Arts Department (Lauren Kohne, Nour Bishouty, Priya Nadkarni, Tom Prutisto). Each artist came independently to bring new materials to the gallery and build upon an installation. Only the next artist in line was able to see the last artist's contribution--creating a situation of a "blind" collaboration similar to an exquisite corpse exercise. The final result of the installation remained unknown to all the participating artists throughout the duration of its formation.

Exhibition runs: 1/23 - 2/1

Times: Mon - Thurs 10 to 5pm
Fri 10 to 3pm

All events are free and open to the public. Made possible by the UMass Arts Council, the GSS, the SGA, and an ECSA (Engage, Connect, Serve, Achieve) Grant, which is funded by the CSD and the Division of Student Affairs & Campus Life.

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Botanical Printing: Artful Collaboration on Paper and Cloth
Works by Leverett artist Leonore Alaniz using nature printing to merge botany and art seamlessly. The technique involves inking specimens and imprinting them onto paper, cloth, and other surfaces. Through February 10. More information at:


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Second Lecture in the 2012-2013 Forry and Micken Lecture Series on “Climate, Nature and the Frontiers of Ethics”
Dale Jamieson from New York University will present the second lecture in the 2012-2013 Forry and Micken Lecture Series on Environmental Philosophy. His talk is titled "The Frontiers of Ethics."
The event is free and open to the public. For further information, please contact Dee Brace at 413-542-5805.

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Guest Bass Trombonist Gabe Langfur
Gabe Langfur, bass trombone, Artist Faculty at Boston University and University of Rhode Island

Tickets: $3 UMass students, $5 other students, seniors, children; $10 general public
Box Office 413-545-2511 or https://fac.umass.edu/musicanddance
Music & Dance Dept. contact 413-545-2227

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South Africa's Magnet Theatre presents: Every Year, Every Day, I Am Walking
Only two actresses appear in Magnet Theatre’s play, Every Year, Every Day, I Am Walking, but aided by a moving score and some evocative props, they build an entire world on stage. This performance piece is about a young refugee in an unknown francophone country in Africa who loses her home. Forced to journey to a new place through many dangers and uncertainties, she walks a path towards healing and recovery with her mother.

The South African theater company that created the piece, Magnet Theatre , will make its Massachusetts debut at UMass in January with a Five College Multicultural Residency. Magnet Theatre’s residency includes performances of Every Year, Every Day… from Jan. 30 to Feb. 2, the Rand Lecture and discussion on Jan. 29, and a number of special events, many of them free and open to the public. See a listing of highlights at the side, and visit our website for full residency details.

The company’s trip to the Pioneer Valley is a result of the efforts of Professor Megan Lewis, herself a native of South Africa and a longtime fan of Magnet Theatre and this play. Every Year, Every Day… blends seamlessly into the Department of Theater’s 40th anniversary season focusing on female playmakers.

“This play deals with the theme of our 40th Anniversary, and I think it is important that if you are celebrating women to remember and include the international or global perspectives of women,” Lewis explained. “I wanted to share the work that this company has been doing over the past 25 years, which is physical theater that is socially conscious. They create phenomenal performance events that are aesthetically beautiful, emotionally evocative, and politically relevant.”

The actresses who perform in Every Year, Every Day, I Am Walking, Jennie Reznek and Faniswa Yisa, both had a hand in creating the story they tell onstage. In an interview posted on the company’s website, Yisa, who speaks Xhosa as well as English, said the show’s message transcends language. “The power of physical theatre is that everyone can read the body. We don’t have to rely on a specific language. The show can travel.”

“A lot of people are not used to reading the body. They are used to being told exactly what the story is about verbally. This piece (and physical theatre) asks people to engage imaginatively with the images that they see in the space. It’s a challenge of the style,” added Reznek.

Beyond the performances of the actresses, a key element of the show is the music composed by Neo Muyanga, of Soweto. “The music is also a character on its own that intertwines with the bodies,” said Yisa.

The artists will be sharing their talents not only on stage, but in a variety of workshops and other events open to the public. Please join us for the following FREE PUBLIC events:

Tuesday, January 29 at 4:00PM – The Rand Theater Lecture: “Magnet’s Theatrical Labors in South Africa,” with members of Magnet Theatre and Professor Megan Lewis moderating. There will be a public reception in the Fine Arts Center Atrium immediately following the lecture.

Wednesday, January 30 at 4:00PM –“ ‘Lapsing’ into Democracy: Un(der)speaking Theatre in the Transitional State” at Amherst College’s Stirn College with the artists from Magnet Theatre led by Mark Fleishman.

Also, please join us at the post-show discussions following the performances on Jan. 30 and Feb. 1.

For a full event listing, please visit http://www.umass.edu/theater/magnet.php.

This residency would not be possible without generous funding and support from The College of Humanities and Fine Arts; Five College Multicultural Theatre Committee; Edinburgh After-Festival; UMass Arts Council; Amherst College English Department; Five College Lecture Fund; Interdisciplinary Studies Institute; Hampshire College Department of Theater; and UMass Departments of Theater, History, Afro-American Studies, Music and English. Thank you for your support! Thanks also to the UMass Hotel and Conference Center for providing accommodations.

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