Campus events: Sept. 4–30, 2018

Novelist Chinelo Okparanta opens the Literary Arts Live series of readings and conversations at Bates on Sept. 27.

Hello from Bates!

This is a listing of public events at the college during September 2018.

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

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4 Tue

8pm | Women’s soccer vs. Maine Maritime.
Garcelon Field

5 Wed

8pm | Men’s soccer vs. Maine–Farmington.
Garcelon Field

7 Fri

7pm | Toward Modern Art Pedagogy: The essay “Dahlov Ipcar: An Experiment in Art and Life” by Sara Torres Vega of New York’s Museum of Modern Art provides the starting point for this discussion. The panelists: Kate Cargile, an artist and award-winning teacher at Lewiston Middle School; Wendy Woon of the Edward John Noble Foundation; and Torres Vega herself, who wrote the essay for the forthcoming catalog complementing the exhibition Dahlov Ipcar: Blue Moons & Menageries. The essay details the art education provided Ipcar by her parents, the esteemed Modernists William and Marguerite Zorach. Reception follows. FMI 207-786-6158 or
Olin 104

Co-sponsored by the Office of Campus Life, Becca Stevens and her band kick off the 2018 Olin Concert Series on Sept. 8.

8 Sat

11am | Women’s soccer vs. Hamilton.
Russell Street Field

Noon | Field hockey vs. Hamilton.
Campus Avenue Field

2pm | Men’s soccer vs. Hamilton.
Russell Street Field

9pm | Becca Stevens Band: Tapping pop, indie rock, jazz and Appalachian folk, Stevens is celebrated for crafting exquisite compositions for both her own band and artists as diverse as pop star David Crosby, jazz singer José James and classical pianist Timo Andres. Co-sponsored by the Olin Concert Series and the Office of Campus Life. FMI 207-786-6135 or
Historic Quad, Coram Terrace

Political analyst Charlie Cook.

11 Tue

7:30 pm | Charlie Cook on the midterm elections: Editor and publisher of the Cook Political Report, which CBS News’ Bob Schieffer has called “the bible of the political community,” Cook previews this fall’s critical mid-term elections. Cook, who founded his independent, nonpartisan political report in 1984, is also a political analyst for the National Journal Group and NBC News. FMI
Muskie Archives

Based in Boston, guitarist Bethany Waickman, accordionist Emily Troll and fiddler Amelia Mason are the contradance band Anadama.

14 Fri

7pm | Volleyball vs. Tufts.
Alumni Gym

8pm | Freewill Folk Society Contradance: Bates’ monthly contradances resume, tonight featuring music by Anadama. This trio finds its roots in the traditional musics of New England, Ireland and Quebec, infusing old and new tunes with a modern kick. All dances taught and beginners are wildly encouraged to join the fun — no experience necessary. Beginner lesson at 7:40pm, dancing 8–11pm. Suggested donation $5–$8 for the general public; free for Bates students. FMI
Muskie Archives

15 Sat

11am | Bates Cross Country Invitational.
Pineland Farms, New Gloucester

1pm | Football vs. Amherst.
Garcelon Field

2pm | Volleyball vs. Bowdoin.
Alumni Gym

16 Sun

2pm | Women’s soccer vs. Babson.
Russell Street Field

Comedian Jesse Appell.

19 Wed

7pm | Jesse Appell, comedian: Appell performs Chinese humor in the Xiangsheng style as well as bilingual improv and Chinese stand-up, live and on TV (with video views exceeding 10 million to date). This former Fulbright Scholar seeks to overcome cultural gaps by focusing on storytelling and character rather than surface differences and stereotypes. FMI
Mays Center

9pm | {pause} The Multifaith Chaplaincy offers a deeply reflective, secular half-hour of silence, poetry, music, dance and art. FMI 207-786-8272.
Gomes Chapel

20 Thu

11:45am | Public Works in Progress: Bates students share their summertime experiences, sponsored by the Harward Center for Community Partnerships, working with diverse organizations in the nonprofit and governmental sectors. FMI 207-786-8273 or
Commons 221–222

21 Fri

7pm | Volleyball vs. Colby.
Alumni Gym

22 Sat

9am | Wallach Women’s Tennis Tournament.
Wallach Tennis Center

11am | Volleyball vs. Brandeis.
Alumni Gym

11am | Women’s soccer vs. Wesleyan.
Russell Street Field

Noon | Field hockey vs. Wesleyan.
Campus Avenue Field

2pm | Men’s soccer vs. Wesleyan.
Russell Street Field

23 Sun

9am | Wallach Women’s Tennis Tournament.
Wallach Tennis Center

Noon | Field hockey vs. Williams.
Campus Avenue Field

Noon | Women’s soccer vs. Williams.
Russell Street Field

3pm | Men’s soccer vs. Williams.
Russell Street Field

Master Sgt. Sam Woodhead.

25 Tue

7:30pm | Sam Woodhead, trombonist. A Maine native, Master Sgt. Woodhead is the solo and principal trombonist and trombone section leader of the U.S. Army Band’s “Pershing’s Own” Concert Band, and a member of the Concert Brass. Presented by the music department. Free, but tickets required: FMI or 207-786-6135.
Olin Concert Hall

26 Wed

9pm | {pause} See Sept. 19.
Gomes Chapel

27 Thu

7:30pm | Literary Arts Live: Chinelo Okparanta, novelist. Born and raised in Nigeria, Okparanta is the author of Happiness, Like Water and Under the Udala Trees. Okparanta has made repeated appearances on international media including the BBC and NPR, and in 2017 was named one of Granta‘s “Best of Young American Novelists.” She is an assistant professor of English and creative writing at Bucknell University. FMI 207-753-6963.
Muskie Archives

A 1922 drawing by Carl Sprinchorn, “Ten Imaginary Characters” is on display in the Bates Museum of Art exhibition Maine Moderns.

28 Fri

7pm | Volleyball vs. Middlebury.
Alumni Gym

Museum of Art

Through Oct. 6, 2018

Dahlov Ipcar: Blue Moons & Menageries: This array of paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures represents nearly the entire career of Ipcar, one of Maine’s best-known artists. Many of the works shown are exhibited publicly for the first time. Ipcar reached a wide audience through the many children’s books she wrote and illustrated, and many of these images are also included.

Maine Moderns: Drawings by Marsden Hartley and Carl Sprinchorn: Sourced primarily from the museum’s Marsden Hartley Memorial Collection, this exhibition brings together figural drawings by artists who were longtime friends. Lewiston native Hartley is recognized as an innovative and important figure in American Modernism. His drawings here are from a series of later figural works, circa 1940. Sprinchorn was a Swedish-American artist who did much work in Maine. His drawings here include works that were in Hartley’s personal collection and several, from a recent gift, that appeared in Sprinchorn’s first New York show, where he met Hartley.

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