Campus events, updated: Feb. 1–29, 2020

Lecturer in Theater Clifford L. Odle, teaches his "Playwriting" class in Pettengill G10 from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019.

Black History Month programming at Bates includes four plays by Lecturer in Theater Clifford Odle. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College).

Hello from Bates!

This is an updated listing of public events at the college during February 2020. The public is invited to these events. Except as noted, admission is free.

Updated in this edition:

  • Bates Carnival skiing events have been added on Feb. 7–8.
  • A talk by State Rep. Chloe Maxmin regarding a Green New Deal for Maine has been added on Feb. 27.
  • We previously stated that the weekly {pause} gathering takes place in the Peter J. Gomes Chapel. In fact, Gomes is closed for renovations and {pause} has been moved to the Muskie Archives.
  • In some publications, Monday has been listed as the day for Ballroom Team Practice events. The correct day is Wednesday.
  • We previously listed an incorrect start time for the Feb. 29 Spencer and the Walrus concert. The correct time is 7pm. We regret these errors.

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Questions or comments? Contact events editor Doug Hubley at calendar@bates.edu.


Recurring events

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

4:15pm Mon | Dharma Society Mindfulness Mondays: An activity, drawn from a rotating assortment, to provide exposure to mindfulness practices. All are welcome. FMI mschapir@bates.edu.
Chase Hall, Skelton Lounge

6:30pm Mon | Zen Sit led by Associated Buddhist Chaplain Heiku Jaime McLeod. Cushions or chairs provided, beginners welcome. FMI jaime@treetopzencenter.org.
Chase Hall, Skelton Lounge

7:30pm Tue–Sun | Dharma Society meditation: A 20-minute silent group meditation. Cushions or chairs provided, and orientations provided upon request. FMI abrownel@bates.edu.
Chase Hall, Skelton Lounge

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

7pm Wed | Ballroom Team Practice: Ballroom team practice, featuring rhythm (cha-cha, rhumba, swing) and smooth (waltz, foxtrot, tango, Viennese waltz) styles of dance. Practice is open to everyone, regardless of experience, and no partner is necessary. Please RSVP to ali@bates.edu.
Merrill Gym

9pm Wed | {Pause}: The Multifaith Chaplaincy offers a deeply reflective, secular half-hour of silence, poetry, music, dance and art. NOTE: {Pause} will not be offered on Feb. 19. FMI 207-786-8272.
Muskie Archives


1 Sat

1pm | Men’s hockey vs. Wentworth.
Underhill Arena

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


2 Sun

The Resinosa Ensemble: from left, cellist Eliza Meyer, mezzo-soprano Joëlle Morris, pianist Bridget Convey. (Drew Cornwall)

The Resinosa Ensemble: from left, cellist Eliza Meyer, mezzo-soprano Joëlle Morris, pianist Bridget Convey. (Drew Cornwall)

Noon | Women’s hockey vs. Bridgewater.
Underhill Arena

3pm | Resinosa Ensemble: A performance by cellist Eliza Meyer and two members of the Bates music faculty, pianist Bridget Convey and mezzo-soprano Joëlle Morris. Their program includes the second-ever performances of pieces by Maine composers Daniel Sonenberg and Richard Nelson. Resinosa shares a love of chamber music, working with living composers and music slightly off the beaten path. Free but tickets required: batesconcerts.eventbrite.com. FMI 207-786-6135 or olinarts@bates.edu.
Olin Concert Hall


3 Mon

Literary Arts Live presents poet Edgar Kunz on Feb. 3.

Literary Arts Live presents poet Edgar Kunz on Feb. 3.

7:30pm | Literary Arts Live: Edgar Kunz, poet: Kunz is the author of the 2019 collection Tap Out, a New York Times New & Noteworthy book. He lives in Baltimore and teaches at Goucher College and in the Newport MFA at Salve Regina University. Sponsored by the English department. FMI janthony@bates.edu.
Muskie Archives


4 Tue

6pm | Women’s basketball vs. New England College.
Alumni Gym


6 Thu

Noon | According to Mark: Part I: Blood in the Revolution. Commencing a series of plays marking Black History Month at Bates, this 10-minute reading is one of four looking at the experiences of black New Englanders and written by Lecturer in Theater Clifford Odle. Sponsored by the Africana program. FMI roliveir@bates.edu.
Commons, Fireplace Lounge

4:15pm | Racialization, Temporality and the Unmaking of Antiracist Policy: A talk by Brian Sargent, assistant professor at the School of Public Policy and Department of Sociology at UMass Amherst. Sponsored by the sociology department. FMI roliveir@bates.edu.
Pettengill G52


7 Fri

The Merimanders perform during an a cappella Concert at the Clifton Daggett Gray Athletic Building during the Back to Bates Weekend. The Merimanders are the only all-female a cappella group at Bates College.(Theophil Syslo/Bates College)

A cappella singing, exemplified here by the Merimanders in a 2017 image, is one of the attractions of the Bates Arts Festival. (Theophil Syslo/Bates College)

Time TBA | Bates Carnival: Men’s and women’s Alpine and Nordic skiing.
Sunday River, Newry (Alpine| Black Mountain, Rumford (Nordic)

5pm | Bates Arts Festival: Reminiscent of the Bates Arts Crawl of past years, the new Bates Arts Festival is a family-friendly showcase of student work in the arts. Concentrated in a single location, offerings range from a cappella singing to visual art to juggling workshops — something for everyone. FMI @batesartsfestival on Facebook or Instagram, or email winterartsfestival@bates.edu.
Olin Arts Center

7pm | The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee: This popular musical comedy centers on a spelling bee set in a geographically ambiguous middle school. Julia Gutterman ’20 directs the play, created by William Finn (music and lyrics), Rachel Sheinkin (book), Rebecca Feldman (concept) and Jay Reiss (additional material). Free but tickets recommended: batestheateranddance.eventbrite.com. Suggested $5 donations gratefully accepted. FMI 207-786-6161.
Schaeffer Theatre

7pm | Women’s basketball vs. Connecticut College.
Alumni Gym


8 Sat

Shown performing their senior thesis piece in October 2019, Eliana Madwed and Elisabeth Gwydir will perform an excerpt during the FAB15 dance showcase in Lewiston this month. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

Shown rehearsing their senior thesis piece in October 2019, Eliana Madwed and Elisabeth Gwydir will perform an excerpt during the FAB15 dance showcase in Lewiston this month. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

Time TBA | Bates Carnival: Men’s and women’s Alpine and Nordic skiing.
Sunday River, Newry (Alpine| Black Mountain, Rumford (Nordic)

11am | Women’s hockey vs. UMaine.
Underhill Arena

1pm | National Girls and Women in Sports Day: In conjunction with a women’s basketball game vs. Trinity (Conn.), Athletics celebrates National Girls and Women in Sports Day with free sports clinics for girls aged 5 and up. Free: Registration begins at 12:30 p.m. in the Alumni Gym lobby (or register online here). Participants and their families are invited to cheer on the Bobcats as they take on Trinity at 3 p.m. in Alumni Gym. FMI pcooke@bates.edu.
Gray Athletic Building

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

5pm | The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (see Feb. 7).
Schaeffer Theatre

7:30pm | FAB 15: Marking the 15th anniversary of the popular winter dance showcase, FAB 15 (“Franco and Bates”) presents performers from local high schools and Bates and Colby colleges, as well as established performers. Visually stunning and kinetically mesmerizing, this event combines classic and modern dance pieces in a magnificent performance hall. Admission $15 ($5 for students) at the Franco Center website. FMI 207-689-2000.
Gendron Franco Center, 46 Cedar St.


9 Sun

2pm | The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (see Feb. 7).
Schaeffer Theatre


10 Mon

Noon | Witness to a Massacre: Part II: Blood in the Revolution. Part of a series of plays marking Black History Month at Bates, this 10-minute reading is one of a series looking at the experiences of black New Englanders and written by Lecturer in Theater Clifford Odle. Sponsored by the Africana program. FMI roliveir@bates.edu.
Commons, Fireplace Lounge


12 Wed

Jessica Washington '13 appears in two performances of Who Will Sing for Lena? as part of Black History Month programming at Bates.

Jessica Washington ’13 appears in two performances of Who Will Sing for Lena? as part of Black History Month programming at Bates.

Noon & 7:30pm | Who Will Sing for Lena? As part of a series of performances marking Black History Month, Jessica Washington ’13 performs Janice Liddell’s one-woman show about Lena Mae Baker, a domestic worker from Cuthbert, Ga., who shot and killed her white employer in self-defense and became the first and only woman executed in Georgia’s electric chair. FMI roliveir@bates.edu.
Pettigrew Hall, Gannett Theater


13 Thu

7:30pm | Bates Choir sings Broadway favorites: Joëlle Morris directs the Bates College Choir as it celebrates great Broadway composers with an evening of musical theater favorites. Free but tickets required: batesconcerts.eventbrite.com. FMI 207-786-6135 or olinarts@bates.edu.
Olin Concert Hall


14 Fri

Noon | A Suit of Freedom: Part III: Blood in the Revolution. Part of a series of plays marking Black History Month at Bates, this 10-minute reading is one of a series looking at the experiences of black New Englanders and written by Lecturer in Theater Clifford Odle. Sponsored by the Africana program. FMI roliveir@bates.edu.
Commons, Fireplace Lounge

7pm | Women’s basketball vs. Williams.
Alumni Gym


15 Sat

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

15–23 Sat–Sun

Winter Recess: No classes take place, but administrative offices are open Monday–Friday.


26 Wed

4pm | Men’s lacrosse vs. Babson.
Garcelon Field

6pm | Women’s lacrosse vs. Babson.
Garcelon Field


27 Thu

Pianist Nana Shi and violinist Alex Shiozaki perform on Feb. 27.

Pianist Nana Shi and violinist Alex Shiozaki perform on Feb. 27.

5pm | A Deerfield Homecoming: Part of a series of plays marking Black History Month at Bates and looking at the experiences of black New Englanders, this hourlong piece was written by Lecturer in Theater Clifford Odle. Sponsored by the Africana program. FMI roliveir@bates.edu.
Schaeffer Theatre, Black Box Teaching Lab

7pm | Politics As Unusual: Building for a Green New Deal in Maine. The Harward Center’s Theory Into Practice Series presents a talk by State Rep. Chloe Maxmin, a first-term legislator representing District 88. A community organizer for more than 13 years, Maxmin is an avid advocate for Maine’s environment and for combatting the climate crisis. Her work has been recognized by the Maine Women’s Fund, The Washington Post, Rolling Stone, “Real Time with Bill Maher” and other media outlets. FMI 207-786-8283. 
Muskie Archives

7:30pm | Alex Shiozaki, violinist, & Nana Shi, pianist: Shi and Shiozaki are the Shiozaki Duo, specializing in contemporary and underrepresented music. Shiozaki is also a member of the Momenta Quartet (in residence at Bates this year) and plays with the Argento Ensemble, Le Train Bleu and the American Contemporary Music Ensemble. Shi has performed with Joseph Lin, Lucy Shelton and the Da Capo Chamber Players, as well as Momenta. Free but tickets required: batesconcerts.eventbrite.com. FMI 207-786-6135 or olinarts@bates.edu.
Olin Concert Hall


28 Fri

4pm | Women’s tennis vs. Wheaton.
Wallach Tennis Center


29 Sat

Maine musician Spencer Albee (at front in black T-shirt and hat) leads an all-star ensemble of Maine musicians in a faithful recreation of Beatles recordings on Feb. 29.

Maine musician Spencer Albee (at front in black T-shirt and hat) leads an all-star ensemble of Maine musicians in a faithful recreation of Beatles recordings on Feb. 29.

7pm | Spencer and the Walrus: Described by Rolling Stone magazine as “mind-blowing” and known for their annual multi-night sellouts in Portland, Spencer Albee and his big band bring their top-notch Beatles tribute to campus in a Bates Concert Series first. Joined by Bates student string and horn players, the all-star ensemble lovingly recreates Beatles hits and deep cuts with all the orchestration, bells and whistles (and none of the wigs, fake accents or costumes of the usual Beatles tribute). Admission $25: batesconcerts.eventbrite.com. FMI 207-786-6135 or olinarts@bates.edu.
Olin Concert Hall

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


Museum of Art

bates.edu/museum museum@bates.edu

Through March 28

Vanessa German: Miracles and Glory Abound: The familiar painting “Washington Crossing the Delaware” by Emanuel Leutze is the starting point for German’s sculptures. Using her own power-figures to imitate Leutze’s composition, she sparks a conversation about public memory and rewriting history through the lens of privilege.

Ralph Eugene Meatyard: Stages For Being: Bringing concepts from Zen Buddhism and Surrealism to his photography, Meatyard (1925–72) painstakingly staged images in rural Kentucky that, working on multiple levels, are best read like poetry that uses symbolic language to provoke reflection and revelation.

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