Campus events: Dec. 1–17, 2018

The Plavin Fall Dance Concert features a work developed with Bates students by noted choreographer Nora Chipaumire, shown in performance in October. (Ian Douglas)

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

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

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Recurring Events

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

4:15pm daily | Dharma Society sit: A 20-minute group meditation. Wednesday–Sunday, meditation is silent. Beginners are welcome and orientations provided. FMI
Gomes Chapel

Noon Mon | Monday Meditation: Start your week well with a 20-minute meditation facilitated by the Multifaith Chaplaincy. Beginners welcome. FMI 207-786-8272.
Gomes Chapel

6:30pm Mon | Zen meditation led by Associated Buddhist Chaplain Jaime McLeod. Cushions provided, beginners welcome. 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

John Corrie directs the Bates College Choir. (Josh Kuckens/Bates College)

1 Sat

5pm | Plavin Fall Dance Concert: The annual series features repertory pieces by faculty and by guests including artist-in-residence Nora Chipaumire. Free but tickets required: $5 donations gratefully accepted. FMI 207-786-6161.
Schaeffer Theatre

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

2 Sun

11am | Men’s & women’s squash vs. Trinity.
Bates Squash Center, 56 Plourde Parkway

2pm | Plavin Fall Dance Concert (see Dec. 1).
Schaeffer Theatre

The interfaith “Longest Night” service offers support for those who might find winter and the holiday season to be challenging or sorrowful. (Doug Hubley)

3 Mon

4:15pm | Longest Night: An interfaith service for those who might find winter and the holiday season to be challenging or sorrowful. Participants are invited to name their many complex emotions during this time, to share together in community and to offer comfort to one another. All of any faith or none are welcome. Sponsored by the Multifaith Chaplaincy. Please note the change of venue to the Mays Center. FMI 207-786-8272.
Mays Center

7:30pm | Piano recital: Students of Chiharu Naruse and Bridget Convey. FMI 207-786-6135 or
Olin Concert Hall

7:30pm | Plavin Fall Dance Concert (see Dec. 1).
Schaeffer Theatre

The Bates Jazz Band in a 2016 image. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

4 Tue

7:30pm | Bates Jazz Band: Directed by Larry Williams, the band presents an eclectic sampling of jazz spanning the decades. Free but tickets required: FMI 207-786-6135 or
Olin Concert Hall

8pm | American String Band Concert: Eli Gilbert directs this student ensemble dedicated to developing a repertoire of fiddle music and song to share on and off campus. The local Franco-American culture is reflected in the band’s traditional French Canadian repertoire, but Irish, bluegrass and old-time dance sounds are featured too. Free but tickets required: FMI 207-786-6135 or
The Ronj, 30 Frye St.

The Bates Brass Ensemble, shown at the 2018 Mount David Summit, performs with the Steel Pan Orchestra on Dec. 5. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

5 Wed

3pm | American Red Cross blood drive: With blood donations always needed, Bates Emergency Medical Services hosts several American Red Cross blood drives every year. Students, faculty, staff and community members are encouraged to donate. FMI
Chase Hall, Memorial Commons

4:30pm | Voice recital: Students of Joëlle Morris. FMI 207-786-6135 or
Olin Concert Hall

7:30pm | Bates Brass Ensemble and Steel Pan Orchestra: It’s a metal concert, but it ain’t heavy: Alan Carr directs the Bates Brass Ensemble starting at 7:30pm, and Duncan Hardy directs the Steel Pan Orchestra at 8. Free but tickets required: FMI 207-786-6135 or
Olin Concert Hall

7:30pm | Pool (No Water): For the semester’s final performance, students in Katalin Vecsey’s voice and speech course perform this short text by Mark Ravenhill, described by Samuel French as “a visceral and shocking play about the fragility of friendship and the jealousy and resentment inspired by success.” Free but tickets required: FMI 207-786-6161.
Gannett Theater (in Schaeffer Theatre)

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

6 Thu

7pm | Men’s basketball vs. Bowdoin.
Alumni Gym

Bates swimming and diving hosts Dartmouth on Dec. 7. (Theophil Syslo/Bates College)

7 Fri

2pm | Men’s and women’s swimming & diving vs. Dartmouth.
Merrill Gymnasium, Tarbell Pool

4:30pm | Voice recital: Students of John Corrie, who also directs the college choir. FMI 207-786-6135 or
Olin Concert Hall

Returning as artist in residence in music for this academic year, jazz pianist Frank Carlberg performs on Dec. 8.

8 Sat

3pm | Men’s basketball vs. Colby.
Alumni Gym

7:30pm | The Music of Carla Bley: An American Original. An evening of music by Bley, along with recompositions of her pieces and new compositions by Bates students and artist-in-residence Frank Carlberg inspired by Bley’s work. The concert will feature students, the Bates Gamelan Ensemble and alumni as well as Carlberg. A composer and keyboardist, Bley draws on such diverse influences as free jazz, German theater music, American folk, film music, rock and minimalism. Free but tickets required: FMI 207-786-6135 or
Olin Concert Hall

9 Sun

7pm | Candles & Carols: A seasonal service combining readings by students, faculty and staff from the Bates community; blessings from Bates Multifaith and associated chaplains; and performances by student a cappella groups and the Bates College Choir. FMI 207-786-8272.
Gomes Chapel

17 Mon—1 Mon

Holiday Recess: Final exams end Dec. 15, and students resume classes on Jan. 7, 2019. Administrative offices are open Dec. 17–21 and Jan. 2–4.

“Kurdish Refugees from Iraq, the Gulf War, Southern Turkey, 1991,” an archival pigment print by Peter Turnley, is on display in the exhibition Refugees. (Bates College Museum of Art/Gift of Jacqueline and John Urbano)

Museum of Art

Through March 23

Anthropocenic: Art About the Natural World in the Human Era: Scientists are thinking about how the Holocene, the geological period that began after the end of the last ice age around 12,000 years ago, has perhaps been replaced by the Anthropocene — an epoch named for humans and defined as one in which our impact on the world has been so acute that it is in the geologic evidence. Anthropocenic is a topical and compelling group exhibition by artists who — embracing widely varied conceptual strategies, artistic practices and media — make art about the natural world and our effects on and interrelation with it in the 21st century.

Amy Stacey Curtis: Time and Place: Curtis is recognized for her ambitious and interactive sculpture installations, notably an 18-year project in which nine “solo-biennials” were composed of 81 installation and new-media works. This show, however, focuses on drawings by Curtis, which illustrate her fascination with themes of order, chaos and repetition. These graphic works provide a more intimate and personal approach to her continued examination of interconnectedness.

Peter Turnley: Refugees: A photojournalist known for documenting the human condition and current events, Turnley has photographed some of the world’s most significant conflicts. This exhibition, drawn from the permanent collection, focuses on one of his ongoing subjects: refugee populations around the world.

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