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6th February 2009
Dance Performance
   
 

Hampshire College Winter Dance Concert
A variety of new works will be presented in Hampshire College’s annual Winter Dance Concert, February 5-7 at 8pm in the Dance Studio Theater, Music and Dance Building. The performance showcases the diverse and vital talents of 12 student choreographers and 32 student dancers. Also on the program will be a new work choreographed for and with a large cast of Hampshire and Five College students by visiting artist Cathy Nicoli.

Reservations are recommended and may be made by calling 413-559-5889 beginning January 22nd. Ticket prices are $10 for general admission and $5 for students and seniors. The space is accessible to the handicapped.

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Exhibitions
   
 

"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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Black Men View Nature . . . and Beyond
Exhibition runs 2/2-2/13/09. Reception, Thursday 2/12, 4-6 pm.

Part of a celebration of Black History Month, OPSAS and the Student Union Art Gallery present the work of John Green, Barry Brooks, and George Moonlight Davis. Their photographs tell the stories of the natural landscape of the region.

Gallery hours: Monday-Thursday 10 am-5 pm; Friday 10 am-3 pm. Wheelchair accessible.

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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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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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‘Sharing Our Journey’ Gallery Exhibit - Opening Reception

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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Just For Fun
   
 

MassPIRG Date Auction.
Featuring boys from Amherst and UMass to fundraise for MassPIRG's trip to the national student conference on climate change, Powershift. Come by to get a date for Valentines Day!.

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Lecture/Reading
   
 

Walter E. Fauntroy to Speak at MLK Day Multifaith Service
Veteran civil rights activist the Rev. Dr. Walter E. Fauntroy, pastor of the New Bethel Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., and former U.S. Congressman, will lead the annual multifaith service in celebration of the life of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The event, which is free and open to the public, will include music performed by Amherst students, readings from Dr. King's writings and an address by Fauntroy, a good friend and confidante of Dr. King himself before his assassination.

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Music
   
 

Retirement Concert for Melinda Spratlan
Celebrating a Retirement! Melinda Spratlan, soprano, celebrates her 38 years of teaching and performing at Mount Holyoke with a solo recital featuring the premiere of "Four Songs for Soprano and Women's Chorus" by Lewis Spratlan based on poetry by Brad Leithauser. Program also includes music by Schumann, Brahms, and Ives.

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Hot 8 Brass Band
New Orleans' Hot 8 Brass Band captures the rhythm and the pulse of the city's magnificent celebratory street music. Hot 8 performs music of the honored Second Line tradition, infusing the funk and energy that make New Orleans music loved around the world. For our furry friends, please bring an item from the Dakin Humane Society's wish list (www.dakinshelter.org).

Handicapped accessible.

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Special Event
   
 

Academics and Activism: Women of Color who Change the World
Hampshire College invites the public to Academics, Activism, Art, and Ascendancy: Women of Color Who Change the World, a lecture and panels series February 5 and 6, featuring distinguished alumnae.

The program celebrates college trustee Florence Ladd, who has provided leadership and service to Hampshire College and to higher education within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and beyond. Florence Ladd will conclude her service as a college trustee at the close of the current academic year, and her fellow trustees and college staff organized the program in her honor. All events will be in the main lecture hall of Franklin Patterson Hall.

On Friday, February 6, a panel entitled Academics and Activism: Women of Color who Change the World will be held at 3 p.m. Panelists are Erin Dozier, associate general counsel of the National Association of Broadcasters; Mary James, professor of physics at Reed College; Ada Gay Griffin, filmmaker and fundraiser; and Nahela Hadi, chief operating officer and senior vice president of the United Nations Association of the United States of America. Alumni trustee Shelley Johnson Carey and faculty trustee Professor Falguni A. Sheth will moderate.

All events are open to the public and free. For more information, please call the office of the secretary of the college at 413.559.5780 or e-mail nkelly@hampshire.edu.

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Art and Ascendancy: Readings and Reflections
Hampshire College invites the public to Academics, Activism, Art, and Ascendancy: Women of Color Who Change the World, a lecture and panels series February 5 and 6, featuring distinguished alumnae.

The program celebrates college trustee Florence Ladd, who has provided leadership and service to Hampshire College and to higher education within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and beyond. Florence Ladd will conclude her service as a college trustee at the close of the current academic year, and her fellow trustees and college staff organized the program in her honor. All events will be in the main lecture hall of Franklin Patterson Hall.

On Friday, February 6, a panel entitled Art and Ascendancy: Readings and Reflections, begins at 5 p.m. Panelists will include Nancy Festinger, chief interpreter, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, and editor of Proteus, the newsletter of the National Association of Judiciary Interpreters and Translators, and Sara Littlecrow-Russell, poet and author of The Secret Power of Naming. Cynthia H. Tolentino, professor of English at the University of Oregon, will serve as moderator.

A reception will follow in the college gallery, with an exhibition of works by Hampshire faculty, staff, students, and alumni of color.

All events are open to the public and free. For more information, please call the office of the secretary of the college at 413.559.5780 or e-mail nkelly@hampshire.edu.

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China Night

Celebrate Chinese New Year in style in the Pioneer Valley!
Presenting Mount Holyoke College's Annual CHINA NIGHT YEAR OF THE OX!

The show will feature acts by Mount Holyoke's finest, including CCA's very own Chinese Dance Troupe led by Dian (and as showcased in VariAsians), as well as MHC's Chinese language classes, and other members of the 5 Colleges. The afterparty will be only ONE DOLLAR, yes, that's FOUR quarters, or just TEN dimes. Drop by for some fun games before you head off to your routine nightly activities!

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FNL & APAU Present: Black Heritage Month's Decades of Influence
Come join an inclusive night highlighting Black Culture! This night will provide various performances including poetry readings, videos, musical acts, and expressive dance. Your presence will be greatly appreciated as APAU kicks off its showcase opening of Black Heritage Month!

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China Night After Party (Game Night)
The afterparty will be only ONE DOLLAR, yes, that's FOUR quarters, or just TEN dimes. Drop by for some fun games before you head off to your routine nightly activities ;D

The After Party Game Night will feature:
-karaoke!
-group games
-mahjong
-calligraphy
-photoshoots

Music and refreshments will be provided.

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