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It’s a creative cornucopia as Bates again presents Asia Night, Arts Crawl

(Victoria Blaine Design Associates)

(Victoria Blaine Design Associates)

For the fourth year, the Bates Arts Collaborative presents the Arts Crawl, a celebration of student creativity in the performing, literary and visual arts.

This exciting event begins at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, in various campus locations. It culminates with the first of two performances of Asia Night, a witty and colorful sampler of performing arts and fashion from all over Asia.

Presented by the student organization Sangai Asia, Asia Night performances take place at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Jan. 24 and 25, in Schaeffer Theatre, 305 College St.

Admission to both the Arts Crawl and Asia Night is open to the public at no cost. For more information about the Arts Crawl, please call 207-786-8212. To learn more about Asia Night, please contact mpham2@bates.edu.


See a complete Arts Crawl schedule.


Hiraku Asao '16 performs with the Bates Jazz Combo during the 2013 Arts Crawl. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

Hiraku Asao ’16 performs with the Bates Jazz Combo during the 2013 Arts Crawl. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

Located at 56 Campus Ave., Chase Hall is a key focus of Arts Crawl activity. Memorial Commons, the former campus dining hall that has been refurbished as a major performance and event space, is the site for stage performances throughout the Crawl. Dance, theater, music and improv comedy are on tap there.

At the other end of the building, downstairs opposite the College Bookstore, the Little Room is the place to catch creative writing in action, hosted by poet and English faculty member Rob Farnsworth.

Bates’ a cappella groups — the Crosstones, the Deansmen, the Manic Optimists, the Merimanders and TakeNote — will represent this beloved campus tradition in two locations. Singing begins in the Fireplace Lounge in Commons, 136 Central Ave., beginning at 4:20 p.m. The Crosstones will begin the final set for this location at 6:20.

The a cappella groups will also perform on the Olin Concert Hall stage in alternation with Hired Help, the Steel Pan Orchestra, the Bates Jazz Band and other student musicians.

Ramya Ghantasala '15 performs a classical Indian dance during Asia Night 2013. Photograph by Michael Brady/Bates College.

Ramya Ghantasala ’15 performs a classical Indian dance during Asia Night 2013. Photograph by Michael Brady/Bates College.

Also in the Olin Arts Center, 75 Russell St., student visual artists will be on hand in their studios to discuss work in progress for next spring’s Senior Exhibition. And the Museum of Art will be open, welcoming visitors to its just-opened winter shows:

How to Make the Universe Right: The Art of the Shaman in Vietnam and Southern China, an extraordinary selection of painted scrolls, masks and other objects used in shamanist ceremonies of ethnic minorities; and Remix: Selections from the International Collage Center, a wide-ranging survey of collages curated by the ICC and William Low, curator of the Bates museum.

Finally, refreshments are key to the Arts Crawl experience: Enjoy chocolate, apple crisp, popcorn, hot chocolate and more.



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