Events Schedule: September 2012

Aquila Theatre Company visits Bates and Lewiston in a residency co-sponsored with L/A Arts. Photograph copyright 2005 by Lois Greenfield.

Hello from Bates! Here’s a preview of public events at the college during September 2012.

Except as noted, these events are open to the public at no charge. (Where two admission fees appear, the cost for the general public is listed first, followed by the cost for students and seniors.)

Want updated events information? Visit the daily Events page. Questions or comments? Contact events editor Doug Hubley at

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1 Sat

Noon | Cross country, men’s and women’s: Alumni meet.
Russell Street Track

4 Tue

4:10pm | Convocation: Bates launches the 2012–13 academic year with addresses by President Clayton Spencer, politics professor Stephen Engel and others.
Historic Quad

5 Wed

6pm | Life drawing sponsored by the Museum of Art. Dry-media easels and drawing benches provided; bring drawing board and supplies. $7. FMI 207-786-6158.
Olin 259

The Bates College Museum of Art offers several star-viewing parties during autumn 2012 in connection with the exhibition “Starstruck: The Fine Art of Astrophotography.” Photograph by Dennis di Cicco.

7 Fri

6pm | Light Pollution: How to Mitigate, a lecture by J. Kelly Beatty, chair of the New England Light Pollution Advisory Group. Presented by the Museum of Art in conjunction with the exhibition Starstruck (see below). A reception and a star-watching party (weather permitting) follow. FMI 207-786-6158.
Olin 104

7:30pm | The Five Year Engagement Film. 2012; 124 min. Presented by the Filmboard. $1.
Olin 104

8 Sat

2 & 7:30pm | The Five Year Engagement (see Sept. 7)

4pm | Amy’s Wish: The premiere of a short film directed by Professor of Theater Paul Kuritz, who adapted the story from James Caputo’s play about a young girl facing her father’s terminal illness and encountering a professional mourner at a local funeral parlor. FMI 207-786-6257 or
Olin 104

9 Sun

2 & 4:30pm | The Five Year Engagement (see Sept. 7)

5:30pm | Protestant worship with gospel singing led by Stephen Saxon. FMI 207-786-8272.

11 Tue

Writer, sociologist and communications scholar Todd Gitlin.

7pm | Volleyball vs. Husson.
Alumni Gym

7:30pm | Men’s soccer vs. St. Joseph’s.
Russell Street Field

7:30pm | Will There Be an Occupy 2.0? Reflections on the Occupy Wall Street phenomenon by Todd Gitlin, activist and Columbia University journalism professor. (Read a Boston Globe review of Gitlin’s new book on Occupy Wall Street.) This Civic Forum event is jointly sponsored by Harward Center, at Bates, and the Machiah Center. FMI 207-786-6202.
Muskie Archives

12 Wed

Mirel Wagner. Photograph by Aki Roukala.

6pm | Life drawing (see Sept. 5).
Olin 259

7:30pm | Mirel Wagner. Born in Ethiopia, raised in Finland, this folk and blues singer is known for her minimalist style and emotive depth. Rain site for this free event: Olin Concert Hall. FMI 207-786-6135.
Keigwin Amphitheater

13 Thu

7pm | LGBTQ Politics in an Election Year: This community forum explores different political views on marriage equality in Maine, past and present. Sponsored by the offices of the Special Assistant to the President and Intercultural Education. FMI 207-786-6445.
Pettengill G52

14 Fri

7:30pm | Frank Glazer Retrospective, Program I: The renowned pianist begins a season of music from his most cherished programs performed during three decades at Bates. Tonight: Handel, Mozart, Debussy, Chopin and Beethoven (Pathétique). Admission: $10 per concert or all eight programs at $65 per seat, at A limited number of free tickets are available for seniors and students; contact or 207-786-6163.
Olin Concert Hall

7:30pm | The Hunger Games Film. 2012; 142 min. Presented by the Filmboard. $1. Olin 104

8pm | Volleyball vs. Hamilton.
Alumni Gym

15 Sat

11am | Field hockey vs. Amherst.
Campus Avenue Field

11am | Women’s soccer vs. Amherst.
Russell Street Field

Noon | Cross country: Men’s and women’s host Bates Invitational.
Pineland Farms, New Gloucester

2 & 7:30pm | The Hunger Games (see Sept. 14)

2pm | Men’s soccer vs. Amherst.
Russell Street Field

16 Sun

11am | Field hockey vs. Trinity.
Campus Avenue Field

Noon | Women’s soccer vs. Trinity.
Russell Street Field

2 & 4:30pm | The Hunger Games (see Sept. 14)

2pm | Men’s soccer vs. Trinity.
Russell Street Field

5:30pm | Protestant worship (see Sept. 9).


Luli Bitri plays Elsa in the Global Lens film presentation “Amnesty.”

17 Mon

6pm | Amnesty: The Global Lens series of films from around the world resumes with this 2011 piece by Albanian director Bujar Alimani. A new law allowing conjugal visits in Albanian prisons presents the opportunity for a sympathetic affair between a man and woman visiting their incarcerated spouses — until a prisoner amnesty threatens their fragile new bond (83 min.). Sponsored by the Museum of Art. $5. FMI 207-786-6158.
Olin 104

19 Wed

6pm | Life drawing (see Sept. 5).
Olin 259

20 Thu

7:30pm | Riddle of Sustainability: A Surprisingly Short History of the Future by William Cronon, professor of history, geography and environmental studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. This Harward Center Civic Forum Series event marks the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, authored by Sen. Edmund Muskie ’36. Jointly sponsored with the history department, environmental studies program and Muskie Archives. FMI 207-786-6202.
Olin Concert Hall

21 Fri

6pm | Women’s soccer vs. Brandeis.
Russell Street Field

7:30pm | Snow White and the Huntsmen Film. 2012; 127 min. Presented by the Filmboard. $1. Olin 104

22 Sat

2 & 7:30pm | Snow White and the Huntsmen (see Sept. 21)

23 Sun

2 & 4:30pm | Snow White and the Huntsmen (see Sept. 21)

5:30pm | Protestant worship (see Sept. 9).

24 Mon

6pm | Craft: This week’s screening in the Global Lens series of films from around the world is Brazilian director Gustavo Pizzi’s 2010 story of a struggling actress and celebrity impersonator who gets a chance at her “big break” after an inspired director recasts his film around her socially marginalized life as an underrated artist in Rio (85 min.). Sponsored by the Museum of Art. $5. FMI 207-786-6158.
Olin 104

26 Wed

6pm | Field hockey vs. Husson.
Campus Avenue Field

6pm | Life drawing (see Sept. 5).
Olin 259

7pm | Volleyball vs. Maine Maritime.
Alumni Gym


Poet Brian Turner. Photograph by Kim Buchheit.

27 Thu

7:30pm | Cyrano de Bergerac: The nationally acclaimed Aquila Theatre performs the classic story of unrequited love. Part of a three-day residency co-sponsored with L/A Arts. Admission: $15, available at
Schaeffer Theatre

7:30pm | Soldier-poet Brian Turner: Once an infantry team leader in Iraq, Turner has two poetry collections published by Alice James Books, and appeared in Operation Homecoming, a documentary exploring the experiences of military personnel. A Language Arts Live reading presented in collaboration with L/A Arts. FMI 207-786-6256 or 207-784-0416.
Muskie Archives

28 Fri

5pm | BatesDowntown: A free concert by musicians TBA, coinciding with today’s Art Walk Lewiston Auburn. FMI 207-786-6135 or
22 Park St., Lewiston

7pm | Ancient Greeks/Modern Lives: Poetry-Drama-Dialogue. The renowned Aquila Theatre Company uses excerpts from Homer, Sophocles, Aeschylus and Euripides to invite a community conversation about war — as experienced by both today’s local residents and the Greeks of 2,500 years ago. Part of a residency sponsored by Bates and L/A Arts. Ancient Greeks/Modern Lives has been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: great ideas brought to life. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.FMI 207-782-7228.
Lewiston Public Library, 200 Lisbon St.

7:30pm | Magic Mike Film. 2012; 110 min. Presented by the Filmboard. $1. Olin 104

29 | Sat

11am Path from Activism to Leadership: Through the Alumni Lens of Engagement. The third installment of the Harward Center’s Civic Forum Series presents Bates alumni in a discussion jointly sponsored with the Bates Alumni Council. FMI 207-786-6202.
New Commons 221–222

2 & 7:30pm | Magic Mike (see Sept. 28)

7:30pm | An Evening of Chamber Music. Four friends — Bates pianist Jim Parakilas, violinist Mary Hunter, cellist Steve Witkin and violist Heather Cook — perform Mozart, Fauré and Dvořák, including the beloved “Dumky” piano trio. Free, but tickets required. FMI 207-786-6135 or
Olin Concert Hall

7:30pm | Taming of the Shrew. Co-sponsored with L/A Arts, the Aquila Theatre Company’s three-day residency concludes with a performance of Shakespeare’s take on the battle of the sexes. Admission: $15, available at
Schaeffer Theatre

30 Sun

2 & 4:30pm | Magic Mike (see Sept. 28)

5:30pm | Protestant worship (see Sept. 2).

Red Baraat performs Sept. 30.

7:30pm | Red Baraat: Driven by bandleader Sunny Jain’s dhol, a North Indian drum, this uproarious Brooklyn band blends Brit-Indi Bhangra with funky New World brass. Admission $15 / $10, available at Free tickets are available for the first 100 seniors or students. To reserve, please email Learn FMI 207-786-6135.
Olin Concert Hall

Museum of Art

FMI 786-6158
Hours: 10am–7pm Mon–Sat

Through Dec. 15
Starstruck: The Fine Art of Astrophotography: One of the first major exhibitions to treat astrophotography as an art genre, Starstruck features 106 astounding images by Michael Benson, Linda Connor, Robert Gendler, Sharon Harper, David Malin, Thomas Ruff, Hans-Christian Schink, Alfred Stieglitz, Jacqueline Woods and other artists from around the world.