Campus events: March 1–31, 2017

Essayist Elena Passarello reads from and discusses her work in a March 2 Literary Arts Live event.

Essayist Elena Passarello reads from and discusses her work in a March 2 Literary Arts Live event.

Hello from Bates!

This is a listing of public events at the college during March 2017.

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

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Changed in this edition:

  • A Freewill Folk Society contradance was added on March 10.
  • The Maine Jewish Film Festival listings on March 19 were updated.

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Students gather by candlelight in the Gomes Chapel on Nov. 30 2016 for Pause.

Students gather by candlelight in the Gomes Chapel in November for {Pause}, a weekly time for arts and reflection. (Josh Kuckens/Bates College)

Recurring Events

Taking place while Bates is in session. Please confirm before you go.

4:15pm Mon–Fri | Buddhist meditation led by the Dharma Society. Beginners welcome. FMI 207-786-8272.
Gomes Chapel

12:15pm Mon | Noontime meditation: Different teachers bring different practices to this meditation circle each week. Beginners welcome. FMI 207-786-8272.
Gomes Chapel

6pm Wed | Life drawing with the Museum of Art: Dry-media easels and drawing benches provided, bring drawing board and supplies. $10/$9 museum members. FMI 207-786-8302.
Olin 259

9pm Wed | {Pause}: A reflective secular service of silence, poetry, music, dance and art. FMI 207-786-8272.
Gomes Chapel

10am Sun | Quaker meeting presented by the Lewiston Friends. FMI 207-786-8272.
163 Wood St.

4pm Sun | Bates Christian Fellowship chapel service with gospel singing, preceded by prayer time at 3pm. FMI 207-786-8272.
Gomes Chapel


1 Wed

5pm | Women’s lacrosse vs. Wellesley.
Garcelon Field


The English department's Scholar Tea series presents a discussion with author Christina Sharpe on March 2.

The English department’s Scholar Tea series presents a discussion with author Christina Sharpe on March 2.

2 Thu

4:15pm | A Scholar Tea with Christina Sharpe: The English department’s Scholar Tea series presents a discussion with the author of In the Wake: On Blackness and Being, which examines representations of black life that constitute what Sharpe calls the “orthography of the wake.” Activating multiple registers of “wake” — the trail behind a ship, keeping watch with the dead, coming to consciousness — Sharpe illustrates how black lives are swept up by the afterlives of slavery. FMI 207-753-6963 or lwardwel@bates.edu.
Commons 221

6:30pm | Literary Arts Live: Elena Passarello, essayist: A reading and conversation with an author whose first book, Let Me Clear My Throat, examines popular voices from Howard Dean’s campaign-trail scream to Brando’s “Stella!” to the “rebel yell.” Passarello is introduced by Elizabeth Rush Mueller, who teaches creative nonfiction at Bates. Literary Arts Live is sponsored by the English department. FMI 207-753-6963 or lwardwel@bates.edu.
Muskie Archives


Dease_LR

Presented by Bates’ Olin Concert Series on March 3, Michael Dease is renowned as a soloist, sideman and leader.

3 Fri

4pm | Women’s tennis vs. Brandeis.
Merrill Gym

7:30pm | Olin Concert Series: Michael Dease Quartet: A member of the historic first class of jazz students at The Juilliard School, trombonist Dease is known as a brilliant soloist, sideman and leader. He’s touring in support of his fourth album for Posi-Tone: Jazz With All These Hands, comprising 12 original pieces representing the major destinations and “homes” of jazz in the early 20th century. Admission $25: Eventbrite. FMI 207-786-6135 or olinarts@bates.edu.
Olin Concert Hall


4 Sat

10am | Ladd Planetarium show: What’s in the sky tonight? This planetarium show for general audiences shows the sky as you’ll see it this evening, illustrating well-known constellations and explaining what else you may see. FMI nhasting@bates.edu.
Carnegie Science Hall

1pm | Women’s tennis vs. Mount Holyoke.
Merrill Gym


5 Sun

1pm | Men’s lacrosse vs. Wesleyan (rescheduled from March 4).
Garcelon Field


8 Wed

7pm | Now: Anti-Colonial Resistance and the Power of the People: A talk by Karlene Griffiths Sekou, human rights strategist and community organizer. The lecture series Confronting Violence: Racism, Religion and American Identities is sponsored by the Department of Religious Studies and co-sponsored by the Office of the President and five other Bates offices; the Division of the Humanities; and eight academic departments and programs. FMI jbelive2@bates.edu.
Muskie Archives


Dana Professor of Theater Martin Andrucki directs "A Midsummer Night's Dream." (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

Dana Professor of Theater Martin Andrucki directs “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

9 Thu

7:30pm | A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare: Charles A. Dana Professor of Theater Martin Andrucki directs one of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies, one whose multiple plots involve a wedding, a love quadrangle, quarreling fairies and magical potions. “One of the most surefire comedies ever written” — The New York Times. Free, but tickets required: Eventbrite. FMI 207-786-6161.
Schaeffer Theatre


Edith Gawler and Bennett Konesni perform at a March 10 contradance.

Edith Gawler and Bennett Konesni perform at a March 10 contradance.

10 Fri

7:30pm | A Midsummer Night’s Dream (see March 9).
Schaeffer Theatre

7:45pm | Contradance: The Freewill Folk Society’s Second Friday Contradance for March features Edith Gawler and Bennett Konesni, renowned Maine folk musicians, with calling by Dela Taylor. All dances taught; no experience necessary; beginners’ lesson at 7:40pm. Admission is on a sliding scale of $5–$8 for the general public. FMI freewillfolk@gmail.com or Freewillfolksociety.weebly.com.
Muskie Archives


11 Sat

1pm | Men’s lacrosse vs. Amherst.
Garcelon Field

5pm | A Midsummer Night’s Dream (see March 9).
Schaeffer Theatre


12 Sun

2pm | A Midsummer Night’s Dream (see March 9).
Schaeffer Theatre


13 Mon

7pm | First Degree, a documentary: College Guild, a nonprofit based in Brunswick, Maine, that offers free nontraditional correspondence courses to inmates across the country, shows an acclaimed 30-minute documentary about inmates pursuing college degrees. A discussion and questions follow. FMI hcondon@bates.edu.
Pettengill G52

7:30pm | A Midsummer Night’s Dream (see March 9).
Schaeffer Theatre


14 Tues

4pm | Women’s lacrosse vs. Wheaton.
Garcelon Field

7pm | Men’s lacrosse vs. Endicott.
Garcelon Field


15 Wed

4:15pm | Post-Election Perspectives of Muslim Immigrant Women in Maine: A talk by Fatuma Hussein, founder of the Immigrant Resource Center of Maine. Part of the lecture series Confronting Violence: Racism, Religion and American Identities (see March 8).
Pettengill G52


17 Fri

7:30pm | Senior dance thesis: Performance of an original work created by Laura Pietropaoli ‘17 in collaboration with the performers. FMI 207-786-6161.
Schaeffer Theatre, Black Box Theater


Hiroya Miura conducts the Bates College Orchestra in rehearsal in 2015. (Josh Kuckens/Bates College)

Hiroya Miura conducts the Bates College Orchestra in rehearsal in 2015. (Josh Kuckens/Bates College)

18 Sat

10am | Ladd Planetarium show (see March 4).
Carnegie Science Hall

Noon | Women’s lacrosse vs. Trinity.
Garcelon Field

7:30pm | Bates College Orchestra: Hiroya Miura directs the orchestra in five works by four composers. Featured are two winners of this year’s Bates concerto competition: Elliot Chun ’18 is soloist for a movement of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto, and Soohee Choi ’17 is soloist for Bach’s Keyboard Concerto No. 3. Also: Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 5 (“Reformation”); Chabrier’s España, Rhapsody for Orchestra; and Villa-Lobos’ Bachianas Brasileiras No. 1. Free, but tickets required: EventBrite. FMI 207-786-6135 or olinarts@bates.edu.
Olin Concert Hall

7:30pm | Senior dance thesis (see March 17).
Schaeffer Theatre, Black Box Theater


A construction crew places a painted ceiling panel into place in this scene from "Raise the Roof," a film about the reconstruction of a wooden 18th-century Polish wooden synagogue. (Trillium Studios)

A construction crew places a painted ceiling panel into place in this scene from “Raise the Roof,” a film about the reconstruction of a wooden 18th-century Polish synagogue. (Trillium Studios)

19 Sun

1:30pm | Maine Jewish Film Festival: Raise the Roof. During World War II, the Nazis destroyed a multitude of wooden synagogues — considered some of the most remarkable wooden structures ever built. This documentary follows the effort to rebuild Poland’s glorious Gwoździec synagogue using only traditional tools, methods and materials. Following the screening, the film’s art team director, Krista Lima, joins Raluca Cernahoschi and Jakub Kazecki, assistant professors of German, for a discussion. A reception at the Mays Center follows at 3:30pm. Tickets $10/$8 (plus service fee): http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2870144. FMI 207-523-3422.
Olin 104

5pm | Maine Jewish Film Festival: Music and Moos. Beginning after an interlude of klezmer music by Rabbi Sruli Dresdner and Lisa Mayer, the romantic comedy Moos portrays the 20-something title character as she pursues her dream of getting into Amsterdam’s famed acting academy. Dutch actress Jip Smit’s luminous performance as Moos and a cameo by Israeli singing star Asaf Hertz make this an unforgettable film. Tickets $10/$8 (plus service fee): http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2870152. FMI 207-523-3422.
Olin 104

7:30pm | Senior dance thesis (see March 17).
Schaeffer Theatre, Black Box Theater


20 Mon

7pm | Human rights activist Zainah Anwar: Anwar discusses her work as director of Musawah, a global movement that advances equality and justice in Muslim families. Sponsored by the Harward Center, the President’s Office and the religious studies department. FMI 207-786-6202.
Muskie Archives


22 Wed

4:15pm | “Our Race is Our Religion”: Racial Protectionism and Religion in American White Nationalism: A talk by Damon Berry, visiting assistant professor of religious studies at St. Lawrence University. Part of the lecture series Confronting Violence: Racism, Religion and American Identities (see March 8).
Pettengill
G52

6pm | Women’s lacrosse vs. St. Joseph’s.
Garcelon Field


Colby Harrison (Josh Kuckens/Bates College)

Shown at right during a summer 2016 directing internship, Colby Harrison ’17 directs the March 2017 production of On Emotion. (Josh Kuckens/Bates College)

23 Thu

7:30pm | On Emotion by Mick Gordon and Paul Broks. Are we simply puppets of our emotions? That’s the central question in this contemporary play combining science and art to look deeply into human motives, desires and actions. Colby Harrison ’17 directs. For mature audiences only. Free, but tickets required: Eventbrite. FMI 207-786-6161.
Pettigrew Hall, Gannett Theater


24 Fri

7:30pm | On Emotion (see March 23).
Pettigrew Hall, Gannett Theater


25 Sat

Noon | Baseball vs. Salem State (doubleheader).
Leahey Field

Noon | Women’s lacrosse vs. Williams.
Garcelon Field

2pm | On Emotion (see March 23).
Pettigrew Hall, Gannett Theater


26 Sun

1pm | Baseball vs. Endicott.
Leahey Field

2pm | On Emotion (see March 23).
Pettigrew Hall, Gannett Theater


27 Mon

4:15pm | Addressing Violence From Inside the System: Confrontation, Collaboration and Collusion. A talk by Carlene Pavlos, a community health and violence prevention professional. Part of the Confronting Violence series (see March 8).
Pettengill G52

7:30pm | On Emotion (see March 23).
Pettigrew Hall, Gannett Theater


28 Tues

3pm | Softball vs. Southern Maine.
Lafayette Street Field

5pm | Women’s lacrosse vs. Southern Maine.
Garcelon Field

7:30pm | King’s Vibrato: Speech, Power and the Sounds of Blackness: A talk by Maurice Wallace, associate professor of English at the University of Virginia and associate director of the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies. FMI 207-753-6963.
Pettengill G52


Baby Shower held for Bates Alumnus, Erik Mercer '91 and Sandro Secci held at From left, Tony Hurley '91, Rachel Segall '91, Erik Mercer '91, and Sandro Sechi gather at Mercer and Sechi’s baby shower on July 31 at Il Passatore in Brooklyn. Photograph by Lorenzo Ciniglio.

Coming to Bates on March 30, the film The Guys Next Door depicts an unusual extended family with roots at Bates. From left are Tony Hurley ’91, his wife Rachel Segall ’91, Erik Mercer ’91 and Mercer’s husband Sandro Sechi. Segall was the surrogate for Mercer and Sechi’s daughters. Amy Geller ’96 is one of the filmmakers. (Lorenzo Ciniglio)

30 Thu

6:30pm | The Guys Next Door: An intriguing documentary about a real “Modern Family.” Erik Mercer ’91 and Sandro Sechi are a gay couple whose friend Rachel Segall ’91 has been the surrogate for their two daughters. Rachel and her husband, Tony Hurley ’91, have three children. Altogether, they form a unique extended family. Cast members and the filmmakers, Amy Geller ’96 and Allie Humenuk, answer questions after the screening. Free, but please RSVP. FMI 207-755-5976.
Olin 104

7:30pm | Literary Arts Live: James Hannaham, novelistA reading by and conversation with a writer whose second novel, Delicious Foods, received high praise and many honors, including the 2016 Pen/Faulkner Award For Fiction and recognition as a Best Book of the Year by NPR and Kirkus. Book sale and signing will follow. FMI 207-753-6963 or lwardwel@bates.edu.
Chase Hall, Skelton Lounge


Emmanuel Toroitich '15 of Eldoret, Kenya, explains to a visitor his research into phenylpropanoid glycosides during the 2015 Mount David Summit at Bates College. (Josh Kuckens/Bates College)

Emmanuel Toroitich ’15 of Eldoret, Kenya, explains to a visitor his research into phenylpropanoid glycosides during the 2015 Mount David Summit. (Josh Kuckens/Bates College)

31 Fri

1:30pm | Mount David Summit: Bates’ annual campus-wide celebration of academic achievement spotlights the rich intellectual life of our students. The summit highlights undergraduate research; student creative work in art, dance, theater, music and film/video (see additional listings below); academic projects; and community-engaged research. FMI bates.edu/summit.
Pettengill Hall

4:45pm | My America Too: Neil LaBute, Kenneth Lin and the team of Kwame Kwei-Armah and Hana Sharif are among the playwrights who contributed to this series of short plays exploring racially charged violence in the U.S. The production is co-produced by Senior Lecturer in Theater Kati Vecsey and Assistant Technical Director Justin Moriarty; Moriarty directs. FMI 207-786-6161.
Mays Center

7:30pm | Spring Dance Concert: In two distinct programs performed through April 3, the focus is on student choreography — a thesis project by Mallory Cohen ’17 and projects by students in composition courses. Tonight: Program A. Free, but tickets required: EventBrite. FMI 207-786-6161.
Schaeffer Theatre

8pm | Messiah: Directed by John Corrie, the Bates College Choir and college orchestra perform the second and third parts of Handel’s Messiah, completing the cycle begun last December. Free, but tickets required: EventBrite. FMI 207-786-6135 or olinarts@bates.edu.
Olin Concert Hall


160811_Nugamshi_LRMuseum of Art

bates.edu/museum

Ending March 11

Calligraffiti: In connection with the Museum of Art exhibition Phantom Punch: Contemporary Art From Saudi Arabia in Lewiston (see below), noted “calligraffiti” artist Nugamshi shows site-specific works he has made in Lewiston as an artist in residence. 4:30–7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 2–5 p.m. Fridays and 1–4 p.m. Saturdays.
268 Lisbon St., Lewiston

Ending March 18

Phantom Punch: Contemporary Art From Saudi Arabia in Lewiston, Maine: A significant exhibition of leading and emerging Saudi artists, along with programming designed to spark timely cross-cultural dialogue. One of a series of related exhibitions presented nationwide, Phantom Punch introduces artists who create smart, topical, funny, culturally resonant and technically savvy work.

Martin Puryear: Prints: Renowned for his sculpture, here Puryear shows etchings and woodcuts recently added to Bates’ permanent collection — work that’s organic, reductive, referential and often geometric.

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