Arts Crawl and Sangai Asia Night are back for another whirl

Zofia Ahmad '19 of Palo Alto, Calif., and bandmates perform an encore during a Bates Steel Pan Orchestra concert in December 2015. The orchestra makes its Arts Crawl debut on Jan. 28. (Josh Kuckens/Bates College)

Zofia Ahmad ’19 of Palo Alto, Calif., and bandmates perform an encore during a Bates Steel Pan Orchestra concert in December 2015. The orchestra makes its Arts Crawl debut on Jan. 29. (Josh Kuckens/Bates College)

A revamped format for the sixth annual Bates College Arts Crawl this week will make it easier for audiences to savor the full spectrum of student work in the performing, visual, and literary arts.

See the full schedule for the Jan. 29 event below.

“This year the Arts Crawl features several art forms that have not figured strongly in our past presentations,” says James Parakilas, who chairs the Bates Arts Collaborative and is the James L. Moody Jr. Family Professor of Performing Arts.

“These include film screenings, a photography exhibit, and a wish tree just outside Chase Hall,” he explains.

To be shown in a Chase Hall space called the Arts Commons, the films will have an environmental theme as part of a greater involvement with the Arts Crawl this year by students in Bates’ environmental studies program.

In other innovations, Parakilas says, the college’s Steel Pan Orchestra will make its first Arts Crawl appearance, and visitors will have an opportunity to try playing the instruments of the Bates Gamelan Orchestra.

The event begins at 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29, with performances and exhibitions at Chase Hall, 56 Campus Ave. From 5:30 to 7 p.m., the focus shifts across campus to the Olin Arts Center, 75 Russell St. Starting at 5 p.m., Bates’ popular a cappella groups will sing in the Fireplace Lounge, Commons, 136 Central Ave.

At 7:30 p.m., the popular Sangai Asia Night showcase of performance and fashions from Asia begins in Schaeffer Theatre, 329 College St. This year’s theme is “Color of Asia.”

Bates College Bollywood fills the stage with colorful movement during Sangai Asia’s presentation of Asia Night. (Sarah Crosby/Bates College)

The Bollywood Team energizes the Schaeffer Theatre stage during Asia Night 2014. (Sarah Crosby/Bates College)

In Chase Hall, performers include dancers, actors with the student-run Robinson Players and members of the Bates Musicians Union, all in Memorial Commons, the former campus dining room that has been converted to an event space. In the Little Room, downstairs opposite the College Store, creative writers will read their prose and poetry in the Little Room.

In Olin, senior studio art majors will welcome visitors to their studios. The Bates College Museum of Art, with three shows on the walls — including an acclaimed exhibition of digital montages by Maine artist Jeffery Becton — is open until 7 p.m.

Performers in Olin include the Bates Gamelan Orchestra, singer-songwriters, the Bates Jazz Combo and the Steel Pan Orchestra.

Finally, the event includes an exhibit of three-dimensional theatrical stage designs, which patrons of Asia Night will see when they enter the lobby of Schaeffer Theatre.

Refreshments, prepared by Bates Dining Services, are key to the Arts Crawl experience. In store at Chase Hall are popcorn, hot chai and hot chocolate, apple crisp with vanilla ice cream and assorted cookies.

In the Olin Arts Center lobby, treats include mini cheesecakes and mini “Death by Chocolate” cookies, along with bottled water to wash the sweets down.

Both the Arts Crawl, produced by the Bates Arts Collaborative, and Sangai Asia Night, sponsored by the student organization Sangai Asia, are open to the public at no cost. For more information, please call 207-786-8212.

Arts Crawl 2016 Schedule

(subject to change)

Chase Hall 4 to 5:30pm

4:05pm: Kick-off with the Crosstones!

Memorial Commons

Theater, dance, and live music

4:10 – Theater performance: This is Kimmy by Hannah Albertine ’16

4:20 – Mixed media: Keila Ching ‘18

4:30 – Student band: The Retrievers

4:45 – Song and dance duet: Kelly McDonald ’19 and Charlotte Cramer ‘19

4:55 – Singer: Danielle Cohen ‘19

5:00 – Hip Hop dance: Jorge Piccole ‘18

5:05 – Student Band: Hired Help

5:15 – Singer/Songwriter: Alisa Amador ‘18

Little Room

4:30 – Readings and Refreshments

4:30 – Chris Shaw ‘16

4:50 – Julia Dunn ‘16

4:55 – Mary Schwalbe ‘17

5:00 – Hannah Zeltner ‘16

5:05 – Montana Hirsch ‘16

5:10 – Nick Muccio ‘16

5:15 – Will Hallett ‘16

Chase Gallery and Arts Commons

4-5:30 – Music, Movies, Art-making

Wish Tree

4-5:30 – Come hang your wishes here!

Fireplace Lounge, Commons, 5 to 6pm

Bates’ popular a cappella ensembles

Olin Arts Center 5:30 to 7pm

5:30-5:50 Gamelan Open Rehearsal (Room 243)

5:50-6:10 – Singer-songwriters (Museum of Art)

6:10–6:40 – Bates Jazz Combo (Concert Hall)

6:40–7:00 – Steel Pan Orchestra (Olin Lobby)

Schaeffer Theatre

7:30pm Sangai Asia Night, “Color of Asia”