Events at Bates: May 1–25, 2014

Dedicated to living composers, the Momenta Quartet performs on May 8.

Dedicated to living composers, the Momenta Quartet performs on May 9.

Happy May from Bates!

This is a list of public events at the college for the period May 1–25, 2014. It’s an exciting month, as Bates holds its 148th Commencement on May 25, and a variety of intriguing public performances turn up in the weeks beforehand.

The public is invited to these events. Except as noted, admission is free.

Updates since the last edition: Please note that an earlier caption for the Momenta Quartet image above listed an incorrect date for their concert. May 9 is correct.

Also, the printed May at Bates listing for the May 10 musicology thesis event erroneously stated that admission to the event is free. In fact, admission is $15, available at

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See you at Bates!

Recurring Events

Friends and family express their good wishes for Bates graduates on blessing cards at Baccalaureate. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

Friends and family express their good wishes for Bates graduates on blessing cards at Baccalaureate. See May 24. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

Taking place while Bates is in session. Please call ahead to confirm.

6pm Wed | Life drawing sponsored by the Museum of Art. Dry-media easels and drawing benches provided, bring drawing board and supplies. Admission is $7/$6 for museum members; discounts available for regular attendees. FMI 207-786-8302.
Olin 259

5:30pm Sat | Catholic Mass led each week by Bates’ associated Catholic chaplain, Fr. Paul Dumais of the Prince of Peace Parish. FMI 207-786-8272.
Gomes Chapel

5:30pm Sun | Protestant worship with gospel singing, coordinated by the Bates Christian Fellowship. FMI 207-786-8272.
Gomes Chapel

2 Fri

6pm | Enlaces: I Am: Kevin Tejada ’17 and Robert Ibarra ’17 direct a performance, featuring faculty, students and community members, that explores the Latino/a presence at Bates and in Maine, portrays their struggles, and reveals the beauty and richness of Latin American culture. FMI
Schaeffer Theatre

7:30pm | Uchida and Meglioranza: Reiko Uchida, a Grammy-nominated pianist, and Thomas Meglioranza, whom Newsday called “one of America’s finest young baritones,” perform music by Schubert, Fauré and others. Admission: $12, available at A limited number of free tickets are available for students and seniors (65+) at FMI 207-786-6163 or
Olin Concert Hall

The Whiffenpoofs. (Courtesy

The Whiffenpoofs.

3 Sat

1pm | Baseball vs. Tufts (doubleheader).
Leahey Field

4pm | Senior Projects in Creative Writing: Senior English majors read from their two-semester creative-writing theses. FMI 207-786-6256 or
Muskie Archives

7pm | Lewistunning Dragapalooza: The sixth annual extravaganza features performers Shaunna Rai, Miss E’On, Lil Ted, King Stephon, Vanilla Honeybush and more. This event benefits Outright Lewiston-Auburn. Admission is $15/$10 for students 22 and under, and seniors 65+. FMI
Schaeffer Theatre

8pm | Whiffenpoofs of Yale: The nation’s oldest collegiate a cappella group. Famed for their signature “Whiffenpoof Song,” the “Whiffs” annually offer more than 200 performances in such venues as Carnegie Hall and the White House. This show takes place as the Whiffs visit the hometown of current member Nimal Eames-Scott, LHS ’10. Admission: $20 general public/$10 students, available at FMI 570-294-7957.
Gomes Chapel

6 Tue

9:30 & 10:30am | KinderKonzert: Portland Symphony Orchestra percussionists explore the elements of music using mallets, brushes, sticks and bare hands. KinderKonzerts are a fun, interactive introduction to orchestral music for children ages 3–7. To register, visit FMI 207-773-6128 X-308 or
Olin Concert Hall

7pm | Eliot Cutler: An Independent candidate for Maine governor, Cutler holds an open discussion with Bates students and members of the community. Sponsored by the Law and Politics Club. FMI
Pettengill G52

7 Wed

11am | Baseball vs. St. Joseph’s (doubleheader).
Leahey Field

Slam poet Kit Yan.

Slam poet Kit Yan.

8 Thu

7:30pm | Kit Yan, slam poet: Featured in HBO’s “Asian Aloud,” Kit Yan is a queer, transgender, Brooklyn-based Asian American slam poet from Hawaii. Yan’s work has been recently featured in Flickr and Sparkle and Troubling the Line, two new queer and transgender poetry anthologies, and he has a forthcoming book with Transgenre Press. Sponsored by OUTfront. FMI
Mays Center

9 Fri

7:30pm | Momenta Quartet: The Olin Arts Alive Quartet Series presents a New York-based band dedicated to music by living composers from diverse cultures and musical backgrounds, including jazz and avant-garde improvisation. Admission is $12, available at Free tickets are available to a limited number of students and seniors (65+) at FMI 207-786-6163 or
Olin Concert Hall

10 Sat

5:30 & 7:30pm | Cultural Musicology and Music Composition: An evening of thesis work by student composers and musicologists, presented in two parts. A musicology panel takes place 5:30-7pm in Commons 221–222. Buffet dinner provided. The composition concert follows at 7:30 in the Olin Concert Hall. Performers include members of the Momenta Quartet (see previous item). Reception follows. Admission to the musicology panel is $15. Admission to the concert is free, but tickets are required. Tickets for both events are available at FMI or 207-786-6135.
Commons 221–222, Olin Concert Hall

Dana Professor of Theater Martin Andrucki directs "Little Egypt." (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

Dana Professor of Theater Martin Andrucki directs “Little Egypt.” (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

15 Thu

7:30pm | Little Egypt: Dana Professor of Theater Martin Andrucki directs Lynn Siefert’s play about the love lives of the Waltz women in Cairo, Ill. The Chicago Tribune described this tragicomedy as a “shimmering, starlit work of almost mythic dimensions.” Admission is $6/$3, available at FMI 207-786-6161.
Gannett Theater

16 Fri

7:30pm | Little Egypt (see May 15).
Gannett Theater

17 Sat

5pm | Little Egypt (see May 15).
Gannett Theater

18 Sun

2pm | Little Egypt (see May 15).
Gannett Theater

21 Wed

5pm | Short Term Dance Variety Show featuring works by student choreographers and student dance groups. FMI 207-786-6161.
Schaeffer Theatre

24 Sat

2pm | Baccalaureate: Graduating seniors, their families and friends celebrate the journey through Bates and beyond. The service speaks through the languages of many religions and spiritualities, and through poetry, music, dance and reflection. FMI 207-786-8272.
Historic Quad

 25 Sun

10am | Commencement: Bates graduates the Class of 2014.
Historic Quad

Rafal Oblinski's 1980 poster "Cyrk" ("Circus") appears in the Museum of Art exhibition "Polish Posters: Art and Allusion."

Rafal Oblinski’s 1980 poster “Cyrk” (“Circus”) appears in the Museum of Art exhibition “Polish Posters: Art and Allusion.”

Museum of Art

FMI 207-786-6158 or
Hours: 10am–5pm Mon–Sat (until 7pm Wed during the academic year)

April 4–May 24

Senior Thesis Exhibition 2014: This exhibition highlights work from the thesis projects of graduating studio art majors, of whom there are 10 this year. The program emphasizes the creation of a cohesive body of work through sustained studio practice and critical inquiry.

Polish Posters: Art and Allusion: Produced with curatorial assistance from Madeline Smit ’14 and art scholar Beata Niedzialkowska, this exhibition traces the evolution of Polish graphic art from the 1960s to the early 2000s, including the globally influential Polish School of Posters. The works will be shown in the Synergy Space Gallery and in satellite galleries in Roger Williams and Hedge halls.

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