Campus events: March 1–31, 2020

Play director and Assistant Professor of Theater Tim Dugan addresses his actors at the end of the cast's final dress rehearsal. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

Assistant Professor of Theater Tim Dugan directs Stupid F**king Bird, an adaptation of Chekov’s The Seagull, in March. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

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These are public events at the college during March 2020. The public is invited to these events. Except as noted, admission is free.

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Updated in this edition:

  • We previously published an incorrect start time for the Micromassé concert on March 21. The correct time is 7:30pm. We regret the error.
  • We previously published an incorrect start time for the Capital Duo concert on March 22. The correct time is 3pm. We regret the error.
  • The Andrews Lecture, scheduled for March 30 and featuring Thelathia “Nikki” Young, will be postponed until fall.
  • The Education Symposium on March 31 has been canceled.

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Recurring events

Olin Arts CenterCommunity members, students, and staff attend a life drawing class.

A scene from a Museum of Art–sponsored life drawing class at Bates. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

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 Service: Ninety-minute Soto Zen Service with seated and walking meditation, chanting and practice interviews (daisan). Neither commitment nor prior experience are necessary to attend. FMI abrownel@bates.edu.
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. FMI 207-786-8272.
Muskie Archives


4 Wed

Then-junior Matt Chlastawa's four goals and four assists helped the No. 11 Bates men's lacrosse team defeat Hamilton 17-9 on March 30, 2019. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

Then-junior Matt Chlastawa’s four goals and four assists helped the No. 11 Bates men’s lacrosse team defeat Hamilton 17-9 on March 30, 2019. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

4pm | The Complex Life of the HIV-1 Full-length RNA: A lecture by Ricardo Soto Rifo, associate professor of virology at the University of Chile’s Institute of Biomedical Sciences. FMI dcutten@bates.edu.
Carnegie 204

5pm | Men’s lacrosse vs. Keene State.
Garcelon Field


5 Thu

A.J. Johnson.

AJ Johnson.

4:15pm | Fantasies of Nina Simone: A talk by Jordan Stein, associate professor of English and comparative literature at Fordham University. Sponsored by the English department. FMI dcutten@bates.edu.
Pettengill G21

7:30pm | AJ Johnson, trombonist: This Harvard Fellowship recipient presents an evening of jazz, sharing the stage with a group comprising Bates faculty and students. Free but tickets required: batesconcerts.eventbrite.com. FMI 207-786-6135 or email olinarts@bates.edu.
Olin Concert Hall

7:30pm | Stupid F**king Bird: “Sort of adapted” from Chekhov by Aaron Posner, it’s The Seagull on steroids: Con hates his mother, but Nina, the girl he adores, lusts after his mother’s lover. Mix equal parts ambition, sex and alcohol, and what you get is a recipe for madness. Directed by Tim Dugan, assistant professor of theater. Free but reservations appreciated: bit.ly/bates-theater-dance. $5 donations gratefully accepted. FMI 207-786-6161.
Schaeffer Theatre


6 Fri

3pm | Block Print Workshop: Relief printing is one of the oldest methods for mass-producing art. Learn to use modern printmaking materials to create a simple graphic image suitable for framing or greeting cards. Space is limited, registration required — reserve early! Ages 8 and up, children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. $5 per person (free for Bates students). To register or FMI, please contact Elizabeth Boyle at eboyle2@bates.edu or 207-786-6417.
Mays Center

7:30pm | Stupid F**king Bird (see March 5).
Schaeffer Theatre


7 Sat

France McDormand in the HBO adaptation of Olive Kitteridge.

France McDormand in the HBO adaptation of Olive Kitteridge, based on the novel by Elizabeth Strout ’77.

1pm | Men’s lacrosse vs. Trinity.
Garcelon Field

1pm | Maine in the Movies: Olive Kitteridge. Oscar-winner Frances McDormand (Fargo) and Oscar-nominee Richard Jenkins (The Visitor) star in Lisa Cholodenko’s HBO adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Elizabeth Strout ’77. Outspoken teacher Olive has a complex relationship with husband Henry, a good-hearted pharmacist. Each has traits the other adores, but their son resents her behavior and hates his dad being a victim. Presented by the rhetoric and screen studies department and the Maine Film Center as part of the latter’s Maine in the Movies festival. Free but reservations requested: reserve or FMI. (2014, 239 min.).
Olin Concert Hall

5pm | Stupid F**king Bird (see March 5).
Schaeffer Theatre


8 Sun

2pm | Stupid F**king Bird: See March 5 for play specifics. Following today’s performance, the theater department inaugurates the Sunday Speaker Series, a curated conversation on the themes of the play. Martin Andrucki, Charles A. Dana Professor of Theater, will discuss how playwright Aaron Posner “sort of adapted” SFB from Chekhov’s The Seagull. He’ll be joined by facilitator and SFB director Tim Dugan, assistant professor of theater, and assistant director Kush Sharma ’23. Q&A follows. FMI 207-786-6161.
Schaeffer Theatre


9 Mon

4:15pm | Empire Crossings: The Global History of a Crusader Icon of St. George. Heather Badamo, an art historian at the University of California, Santa Barbara, researches the cult of medieval warrior saints through the lens of its icons — images of aggressive saints believed to perform miracles of salvation and conversion — which provide insights into issues of interfaith relations between Christians and Muslims during the era of the Crusades. Sponsored by the Department of Art and Visual Culture. FMI 207-786-8212.
Olin 104

7:30pm | American Islamophobia: A talk by Khaled Beydoun, author of American Islamophobia: Understanding the Roots and Rise of Fear. Beydoun is a public activist, law professor and leading intellectual on civil rights. Q&A follows. Sponsored by the Muslim Students Association. FMI 207-786-6305.
Chase Hall, Memorial Commons

7:30pm | Stupid F**king Bird (see March 5)
Schaeffer Theatre


10 Tue

4:30pm | Women’s lacrosse vs. Southern Maine.
Garcelon Field


11 Wed

Jacob Kauppila plays against Wheaton in March 2019. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

Jacob Kauppila ’20 plays against Wheaton in March 2019. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

4pm | Men’s tennis vs. MIT.
Wallach Tennis Center

4:15pm | Faith in the Future: Nostalgic Nationalism in Iraq and Egypt. A lecture by Magnús Bernhardsson, chair of Arabic Studies and Brown Professor of History and Faculty Affiliate in Leadership Studies and Religion, Williams College. Sponsored by the Dean of the Faculty’s Office. FMI 207-753-6933.
Pettengill G52


12 Thu

"Literary

7pm | Lauren Alleyne, poet: Alleyne, whose writing has been called “a revelatory and formidable fusion of irrepressible music and uncompromising craft,” is the author of Difficult Fruit (2014) and the prizewinning Honeyfish (2019). Literary Arts Live is sponsored by the English department. FMI dcutten@bates.edu.
Chase Hall, Skelton Lounge


13 Fri

Deon Custard ’21 of Chicago directs the play <em>Gene</em>, half of a program of one-acts. (Michael Schmidt for Bates College)

Deon Custard ’21 of Chicago directs the play Gene, half of a program of one-acts. (Michael Schmidt for Bates College)

7:30pm | Hughie & Gene: These two one-act plays have unlucky characters and a notable playwright in common. Eugene O’Neill wrote Hughie, a conversation between a small-time hustler and a hotel night clerk. Patrick Reilly ’21 directs. In Ron Hirsen’s Gene, directed by Deon Custard ’21, a one-time actor desperately tries to connect with his old friend O’Neill. Free but reservations appreciated: bit.ly/bates-theater-dance. $5 donations gratefully accepted. FMI 207-786-6161.
Schaeffer Theatre, Black Box Teaching Lab


14 Sat

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

5pm | Hughie & Gene (see March 13).
Schaeffer Theatre, Black Box Teaching Lab


15 Sun

2pm | Hughie & Gene (see March 13).
Schaeffer Theatre, Black Box Teaching Lab


21 Sat

The Portland, Maine–based jazz organ trio Micromassé.

The Portland, Maine–based jazz organ trio Micromassé.

11am | Women’s lacrosse vs. Middlebury.
Garcelon Field

Noon | Baseball vs. Plymouth State.
Leahey Field

7:30pm | Micromassé: Hailing from Portland, Maine, Micromassé combines the classic sound of the Hammond organ with electric guitar and drums to create instrumental jazz that is at once nostalgically analog, worldly and explosively modern. The trio will perform selections from their new release In What Remains. Tickets $10, available at batesconcerts.eventbrite.com. An Olin Concert Series presentation. FMI 207-786-6135 or olinarts@bates.edu.
Olin Concert Hall


22 Sun

Violinist Hilary Walther Cumming and pianist Duncan Cumming ’93 are the Capital Duo.

Violinist Hilary Walther Cumming and pianist Duncan Cumming ’93 are the Capital Duo.

3pm | Capital Duo: Duncan Cumming ‘93 and Hilary Cumming present an evening of early and middle Beethoven works for piano and violin. Free but tickets required: batesconcerts.eventbrite.com. FMI 207-786-6135 or olinarts@bates.edu.
Olin Concert Hall


23 Mon

UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador and Sudanese-American slam poet Emi Mahmoud visits United States national monuments in Washington, DC before her performance at the 2018 Girl Up Leadership Summit. ; UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador and Sudanese-American slam poet Emi Mahmoud visited Washington, DC to perform her poetry and advocate for refugees as a plenary speaker at the 2018 Girl Up Leadership Summit. Over 400 young leaders from around the world attended the summit to learn new skills and empower each other to advocate for important issues.

The Harward Center’s Theory into Practice series presents UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador and Sudanese-American slam poet Emi Mahmoud.

7pm | Emi Mahmoud: A Sudanese-American poet and peace activist, Mahmoud reads from her poetry and discusses her human rights work. A former refugee, Mahmoud was the 2015 World Poetry Slam Champion and is now a United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Goodwill Ambassador. She is also the founder of the peace movement One Girl Walk. Part of the Harward Center’s Theory into Practice series, this event is presented in partnership with the University of Maine School of Law’s Justice for Women series. FMI 207-786-8283.
Muskie Archives


25 Wed

Kennedy Ishii ’22 grabs a low ball as Bates defeats Colby 4-0 in the first home game of a double header on April 6, 2019. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

Kennedy Ishii ’22 grabs a low ball as Bates defeats Colby 4-0 in the first home game of a double header on April 6, 2019. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

3pm | Softball vs. University of New England.
Lafayette Street Field


26 Thu

For an independent study in directing @bates.theater.dance, Alison Greene ’20 of West Hartford, Conn., directs Florence Keith-Roach’s dark two-character comedy about, as the playwright says, “female friendship, fertility and freaking out.” . (Above, top) Maya Wilson ’20 of Toronto and Tricia Crimmins ’19 of Lake Forest, Ill., hold nothing back as Girls One and Two. . (Above, bottom) After last night’s dress rehearsal, director Greene and faculty adviser Assistant Professor of Theater Tim Dugan compare notes. . Performances in the Black Box Theater, will be staged at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 12; at 5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 13; and at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 14. Admission is free, but tickets are required: bit.ly/bates-theater-dance. $5 donations gratefully accepted. For more information, call 207-786-6161.

Alison Greene ’20 of West Hartford, Conn., directs this month’s production of The Gap. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

7:30pm | Fantastic Fungi: Louie Schwartzberg’s film deals with fungi, the mycelium network, interconnectedness and more, capturing the essential role of mycelium “communication” and fungi to planetary health. The Bates screening is one of more than 500 taking place around the world on this date, creating a unique immersive consciousness-shifting event. See the trailer. (2019, 81 min.) FMI jbelive2@bates.edu.
Carnegie 204

7:30pm | The Gap: Nicole tells her sister Lee she was abducted by aliens. Lee goes on a performance-art journey to figure out why. Emma Goidel’s play brings them closer to articulating the truth about that strange childhood moment that neither can exactly name. A senior thesis production directed by Alison Greene ’20. Free but reservations appreciated: bit.ly/bates-theater-dance. $5 donations gratefully accepted. FMI 207-786-6161.
Pettigrew Hall, Gannett Theater


27 Fri

Pysanky-style decorated eggs.

Pysanky-style decorated eggs.

11am & 3pm | Pysanky! Learn the Art of Ukrainian Egg Decorating With Lesia Sochor. A Maine artist of Ukrainian descent, Sochor learned this ancient spring tradition from her mother. The Pysanka, a decorated egg, has origins among Slavic peoples as far back as 5,000 B.C. and was deeply important in spring rituals. $10 per person (free for Bates students). Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Sponsored by the Bates College Museum of Art. Registration required: Please call 207-786-8212 to register or FMI.
Mays Center

7:30pm | The Gap (see March 26).
Pettigrew Hall, Gannett Theater


28 Sat

Noon | Baseball vs. Bowdoin.
Leahey Field

1pm | Men’s lacrosse vs. Williams.
Garcelon Field

5pm | The Gap (see March 26).
Pettigrew Hall, Gannett Theater


29 Sun

John Corrie conducts the Bates College Choir in Handel's "Messiah" Dec. 2–3. (Josh Kuckens/Bates College)

Shown in April 2016, John Corrie will direct the Maine Music Society Chorale and Orchestra, the Bates Orchestra and Choir, and other local ensembles on March 29 in a performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. (Josh Kuckens/Bates College)

1pm | Men’s tennis vs. Tufts.
Wallach Tennis Center

2pm | The Gap (see March 26).
Pettigrew Hall, Gannett Theater

4pm | Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9: The Bates College Choir and Orchestra join the Maine Music Society Chorale and Orchestra, as well as the Schola Cantorum of the Basilica of SS Peter and Paul and the chamber choirs of Edward Little and Lewiston high schools, to present Ludwig van Beethoven’s master work and mark the 250th anniversary of his birth. $25 and up (plus ordering fees), with discounts for students and seniors, available at the MMS website. FMI info@mainemusicsociety.org.
Basilica of SS Peter and Paul, Ash Street


30 Mon

Thelathia "Nikki" Young gives the Andrews Lecture on March 30.

Thelathia “Nikki” Young gives the Andrews Lecture on March 30.

7pm | Queering the Moral Imaginary: This event will be rescheduled for the fall semester. FMI 207-786-8272.
Muskie Archives

7:30pm | The Gap (see March 26).
Pettigrew Hall, Gannett Theater


31 Tue

2:30pm | Education Symposium: This event has been canceled. FMI takerley@bates.edu.


Museum of Art

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During a visit to Bates College, students from the Tripp Middle School in Turner stop for a tour of the Bates Museum of Art, where they view two exhibitions on display.Upstairs: "Vanessa German:Miracles and Glory Abound" (October 25, 2019 ñ March 28, 2020)Downstairs: "Ralph Eugene Meatyard:Stages for Being (October 25, 2019 ñ March 28, 2020)Louise Ouillette, Bates Museum of Art attendant, and Tony Leavitt, a science teacher at the Tripp Middle School, takes a closer look at Vanessa German's art work in the Upper Gallery of the Museum.

Vanessa German: Miracles and Glory Abound shows at the Bates College Museum of Art through March 28. Also on display through that date is Ralph Eugene Meatyard: Stages for Being. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College).

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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