Campus events, updated: Dec. 1-31, 2017

A scene from the 2011 Service of Lessons and Carols. This year’s event takes place Dec. 3. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

Hello from Bates!

This is an updated listing of public events at the college during December 2017.

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

Here are updates to this edition:

  • The time of a piano recital on Dec. 6 has been corrected.
  • The Freewill Folk Society contradance has been added on Dec. 8.
  • The screening date of the film Office has been corrected in a photo caption.

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Recurring Events

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5:40pm daily | Dharma meditation: A 20-minute group meditation. Monday–Saturday, the meditation is silent. On Sunday, participants choose a group practice, often followed by dinner or discussion. FMI 207-786-8272.
Gomes Chapel

12:15pm Mon | Noontime meditation facilitated by the Multifaith Chaplaincy. Meditation instruction is offered at noon. FMI 207-786-8272.
Gomes Chapel

7pm Tue | Zen meditation led by Associated Buddhist Chaplain Heiku Jaime McLeod. Cushions provided, beginners welcome — instruction is offered at 6:30. FMI
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; $90/$80 for pre-purchased 10-session tickets. FMI 207-786-8302.
Olin 259

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

A scene from Rosa Chumbe, a film by Peruvian director Jonatan Relayze and the Dec. 1 Filmboard presentation at Bates.

1 Fri

4:30pm | Folk fiddle music: In this recital, Jacob Rothstein ’19 performs music from the French Canadian, Irish and American Old-Time traditions. Free, but tickets required: FMI 207-786-6135 or
Olin Concert Hall

WRBC-FM presents Nigerian-American rapper Fat Tony on Dec. 1. (Nathanael Turner)

7pm | Filmboard screening: Rosa Chumbe (2015, 75 min.). FMI or
Olin 104

7pm | Women’s basketball vs. Maine Augusta
Alumni Gym

9:30pm | Fat Tony: Acclaimed by NPR, Rolling Stone, Spin and critic Robert Christgau, the Houston-raised Nigerian-American rapper appears courtesy of Bates radio station WRBC-FM. $3 in advance at; $5 at the door. FMI 207-786-6305.
Mays Center

John Corrie conducts the Bates College Choir on Dec. 2. (Josh Kuckens/Bates College)

2 Sat

5pm | Marcy Plavin Fall Dance Concert: Renamed to honor the late founder of Bates’ dance program, this program includes a tribute to Plavin created by Bates faculty William Matthews, composer, and Rachel Boggia and Carol Dilley of the dance program. Also, senior thesis performances, and work by the Trisha Brown Company; Marlies Yearby (Rent) with music by Divyamaan Sahoo ’17; and New York choreographer Vanessa Justice. Free, but tickets required and $5 donation gratefully accepted. FMI 207-786-6161.
Schaeffer Theatre

8pm | Bates College Choir: John Corrie leads the choir in a program TBA. Free, but tickets required: FMI 207-786-6135 or
Olin Concert Hall

3 Sun

2pm | Marcy Plavin Fall Dance Concert (see Dec. 2).
Schaeffer Theatre

7pm | Lessons and Carols
: The annual campus-community service of renewal, reflection, light, love and music. The program comprises readings by Bates students, faculty and staff; blessings from Bates Multifaith and Associated Chaplains; and performances by student a cappella groups, the College Choir and choir director-organist John Corrie. FMI 207-786-8272 or
Gomes Chapel

Bates’ annual Fall Dance Concert is now the Marcy Plavin Fall Dance Concert, renamed in memory of the founder of Bates’ dance program. Plavin is shown in 2015 with Rachel Segall ’91 and Michael Foley ’89 during rehearsals for an alumni dance concert honoring her. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

4 Mon

7:30pm | Marcy Plavin Fall Dance Concert (see Dec. 2).
Schaeffer Theatre

Voice students of Luette Saul and Jazmin DeRice (shown during a 2016 performance of Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis) perform on Dec. 5. (Josh Kuckens/Bates College)

5 Tues

4:15pm | What Do Good Managers Do? Evidence from an Insurance Firm in India: 
A talk by Samarth Gupta, an economist at Boston University. FMI
Pettengill G65

6pm | Women’s basketball vs. Colby.
Alumni Gym

7:30pm | Voice studio recital: Students of Luette Saul and Jazmin DeRice
. Free, but tickets required: FMI 207-786-6135 or
Olin Concert Hall

8pm | Men’s basketball vs. Husson.
Alumni Gym

6 Wed

4:30pm | Piano studio recital: Students of Chiharu Naruse and Bridget Convey
. Free, but tickets required: FMI 207-786-6135 or
Olin Concert Hall

7:30pm | Voice and Speech performance: An end-of-semester performance of a piece TBA by students in a voice and speech course taught by Senior Lecturer in Theater Kati Vecsey. FMI 207-786-6161.
Pettigrew Hall, Gannett Theater

7 Thu

7:30pm | Bates Jazz Band: 
Larry Williams directs this student ensemble whose repertoire spans classic and contemporary jazz as well as pop and other genres.
 Free but tickets required: FMI 207-786-6135 or
Olin Concert Hall


Director Alan Carr conducts the Bates Brass Ensemble in rehearsal. The ensemble and the Steel Pan Band share the Olin Concert Hall stage on Dec. 8. (Josh Kuckens/Bates College)

8 Fri

7:30pm | Bates Brass Ensemble and Steel Pan Band
: It’s a metal concert, but it ain’t heavy: Alan Carr directs the Bates Brass Ensemble and Duncan Hardy directs the Steel Pan Band. Free but tickets required: FMI 207-786-6135 or
Olin Concert Hall

7:45pm | Contradance: The monthly dance returns with music by Henry Road. Beginner lesson at 7:40 — all dances taught and newbies are wildly encouraged to take part. Suggested donation $5–$8. FMI
Chase Hall, Skelton Lounge

Basketball keeps the energy level high during winter’s short days. Here Melanie Binkhorst ’20 of West Hartford, Conn., moves the ball during Bates’ win over Maine-Farmington on Jan. 31, 2017. (Josh Kuckens/Bates College)

9 Sat

3pm | Women’s basketball vs. Bowdoin
Alumni Gym

10 Sun

7:30pm | Voice studio recital: Students of John Corrie
. Corrie, director of the college choir, also works with individual student vocalists. Free but tickets required: FMI 207-786-6135 or
Olin Concert Hall

The Filmboard presents the 2015 film Office on Dec. 15.

15 Fri

7pm | Filmboard screening: Office (2015, 119 min.)

29 Fri

1pm | Men’s basketball vs. Babson
Alumni Gym

30 Sat

3pm | Women’s basketball vs. Husson
Alumni Gym

31 Sun

1pm | Men’s basketball vs. Brandeis
Alumni Gym

Museum of Art

Walker Evans’ portrait of writer James Agee, on display in the Museum of Art exhibition Literary. Evans and Walker collaborated on the famed book Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, which documented the lives of impoverished farmers during the Depression.

Through March 23, 2018

Rona Pondick and Robert Feintuch: Heads, Hands, Feet; Sleeping, Holding, Dreaming, Dying. A couple since the mid-1970s, sculptor Pondick and painter Feintuch share interests in making work that uses the body to pursue psychologically suggestive meanings: Both believe that the body speaks. This show, the first substantial exhibition of both their work together, includes sculptures and prints by Pondick and paintings by Feintuch, who is a senior lecturer in art and visual culture at Bates.

Literary: An exhibition from the permanent collection including:
• works that illustrate literary texts, such as prints by Claire Van Vliet for Franz Kafka’s “A Country Doctor” and Curlee Raven Holten’s “Othello Re-Imagined in Sepia”;
• portraits of writers including James Agee by Walker Evans and Jack Kerouac by David Seltzer;
• prints and photographs inspired by the writings of authors Bertolt Brecht (Rico Lebrun) and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (Clare Romano);
• and prints of literary publications by R. B. Kitaj including Four in America by Gertrude Stein.

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