Music Composition Senior Theses: Diego Ramos-Meyer ’19 and Ella Yarmo-Gray ’19

Fri, Feb 1 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Location: 
Buckley Recital Hall
 Diego Ramos-Meyer ’19 and Ella Yarmo-Gray ’19

The Amherst College Department of Music presents Garden of Snakes, an original jazz composition thesis by Diego Ramos-Meyer '19, on Friday, Feb. 1, at 7 p.m., followed by A Thousand Shapes, an original jazz composition thesis by Ella Yarmo-Gray '19, at 7:45 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College. The concert is free and open to the public; seating is by general admission.

Garden of Snakes
Garden of Snakes is a five-piece suite exploring African-American and Latinx jazz music. Born to a Costa Rican father and American mother, Ramos-Meyer grew up listening to music from a wide variety of traditions all over the Americas. This 10-piece ensemble, including flute, violin, trumpet, tenor saxophone, trombone and congas, takes the audience on a journey through modern-day manifestations of traditional Afro-Caribbean rhythms. From Herbie Hancock to Pérez Prado to J Dilla, Garden of Snakes has something to offer everybody.

A Thousand Shapes
Virginia Woolf writes in her novel To the Lighthouse, “Love had a thousand shapes.” In a five-piece suite, Yarmo-Gray explores the ways in which various forms of love can be encapsulated in music, particularly those that are nonromantic. The music is of the modern jazz idiom and is written for a six-piece ensemble that includes Yarmo-Gray on piano, Fumi Tomita on bass, Austin McMahon on drums, Will Fishell '20 on trumpet, Dean Gordon '22 on tenor saxophone and MacKenzie Kugel '20E on violin. This exploration takes the listener through a multitude of their own experiences with love, and introduces the possibility of many more.

Campus: 
Amherst College
Not accessible
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The Invisibility of Identity: Lauren Horn's Senior Dance Thesis

Thu, Apr 6 2017 (All day) to Sat, Apr 8 2017 (All day)
Location: 
Holden Experimental Theater, 200 S Pleasant Street
Lauren Horn Senior Project web sized

Through a visually visceral journey of music, text, movement and sound "The Invisibility of Identity" explores the nuances of intersectional identities. It openly investigates the seemingly necessary ways we edit our identities depending on place and space. Through revelatory interviews, mixed with structured movement this piece dives into questions of identity of the self, the other, the invisible and the visible.

Campus: 
Amherst College
Directions and parking info: 
Holden is located on Route 116 (South Pleasant Street) on the Amherst College campus near the Alumni Gymnasium and the Wilson Admission Center. A one-way drive provides access. It is parallel to Route 116, and is a left-hand turn from Route 116 (across from Hitchcock Road) if one is driving from the center of Amherst. From the south (the direction of Hampshire College), take Route 116N and take a right at the sign for Admissions and follow the circular drive past the Alumni Gymnasium. From the north (Amherst Center), take Route 116S, and take a right at the sign for Admissions.
Accessible location
Accessibility info: 
Wheelchair entrance behind Admissions building
Ticket info: 
Free and open to the public
Event contact: 
Joanna Walker
Contact phone: 
413-559-6622
Contact email: 
jwalker@fivecolleges.edu
Campus contact: 

Smith College Senior Dance Concert: "Almost 100,000 Hours"

Repeats every day until Sat Apr 15 2017.
Thu, Apr 13 2017 - 8:00pm to 10:00pm
Fri, Apr 14 2017 - 8:00pm to 10:00pm
Sat, Apr 15 2017 - 8:00pm to 10:00pm
Location: 
Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre
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The Smith College Department of Dance presents the Senior Dance Concert, April 13, 14, and 15 at 8:00 PM in Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre. Five choreographers present new work as the finale of their undergraduate education. This concert features original choreography relating to emotional expression, exploring femininity, investigating kinematic experience, behavioral therapy, and interpersonal connections. Pieces included are Sophia Arnall's "Breathing Body", Dana Duren's "There's something we're not telling you", Alison Marsh's "Confluent Peripheries", Michaela Rohde's "Almost There", and Alyniece Siemion's "If I Gave Myself a Lobotomy I Would Be a Jellyfish".

Campus: 
Smith College
Directions and parking info: 
From downtown Northampton, continue down Main St. and take a left onto West St. From West St, take a right onto Green St to enter Smith's campus. Mendenhall Center and Theater will be on the left. The parking lot located behind the new Schacht Wellness and Health Center is now open, accessible from Belmont Street. The ramped entrances to the building are open, both from Green Street and to the back entrance of the building between Mendenhall at the Schacht Wellness and Health Center from Belmont Street. The parking garage at 54 West Street is open and free to the public for evening performances. It is approximately a four minute walk.
Accessible location
Accessibility info: 
There are parking, entrances, seating, and bathrooms available and wheelchair accessible
Ticket info: 
$10 General, $5 Students and Seniors

Film Screening: 'Yuri Kochiyama, A Passion for Justice'

Thu, Oct 19 2017 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm
Location: 
Worcester Dining Commons, Yuri Kochiyama Cultural Center (Lower Level)
CMASS YKCC Passion for Justice  (flyer)

In an era of divided communities and racial conflict, Kochiyama offers an outstanding example of a humanitarian and compassionate multicultural vision. You are invited to screen this film followed by conversation on leadership values for social change. Refreshments will be provided.

Campus: 
UMass Amherst
Not accessible
Ticket info: 
Free admission
Contact phone: 
413-545-2228
Contact email: 
ykcc@sacl.umass.edu
Campus contact: 

CREATURE performance

Repeats every day 2 times.
Fri, Oct 20 2017 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Sat, Oct 21 2017 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Location: 
Theatre 14
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CREATURE by Heidi Schreck
directed by Isabelle Brown '19


After being pestered by devils for more than half a year, Margery Kempe – new mother, mayor's daughter, and proprietress of a highly profitable beer business – is liberated from her torment by a vision of Jesus Christ in purple robes. 

Visions are hard to come by, even in 1401. Should we trust the new Margery, with her fasting and her weeping and her chastity fixation, or burn her with the other heretics? Can a woman of insatiable appetites just up and audition for sainthood? 

Playwright and OBIE-winning actor Heidi Schreck conjures a collision of contemporary and medieval imaginations: a very funny, a little bit scary new play about faith and its messengers.

Campus: 
Smith College
Not accessible
Ticket info: 
$10 General, $5 Students/Seniors, Free for Smith Students
Campus contact: 

Author Talk: John Elder Robison

Thu, Nov 30 2017 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Location: 
Library, W.E.B. Du Bois Room: 2601
John Elder Robison

John Elder Robison’s works include Be Different(2011), a how-to guide for grownups with autism; Raising Cubby (2013), the story of raising his autistic son; and Switched On (2016), about his participation as a research subject in brain studies.

Robison is active in the autism civil rights movement and is a strong supporter of neurodiversity – the idea that autism and ADHD are a natural part of humanity, essential for our success, and should be honored and accepted even as we work to relieve any disability they may cause.   

Copies of his books will be for sale at the event. 

The Author Talk Series is made possible through the support of the Friends of the Library.

Campus: 
UMass Amherst
Accessible location
Ticket info: 
Free and Open to the Public
Contact phone: 
413-545-6971
Contact email: 
lespinal@library.umass.edu

Lecture: William Spriggs, 'All of Us or None of Us'

Mon, Dec 4 2017 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Location: 
Gordon Hall Room: 3rd Floor Conference Room
Spriggs

William Spriggs is a professor in, and former chair of, the department of economics at Howard University and serves as chief economist to the AFL-CIO. In his role with the AFL-CIO, he chairs the Economic Policy Working Group for the Trade Union Advisory Committee to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and serves on the board of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

From 2009 to 2012, Spriggs served as assistant secretary for the Office of Policy at the Department of Labor, having been appointed by President Barack Obama, and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. At the time of his appointment, he also served as chairman of the Health Care Trust for UAW Retirees of the Ford Motor Co.; chairman of the UAW Retirees of the Dana Corporation Health and Welfare Trust; vice chair of the Congressional Black Caucus Political Education and Leadership Institute; on the joint National Academy of Sciences and National Academy of Public Administration’s Committee on the Fiscal Future for the United States; senior fellow of the Community Service Society of New York; and served on the boards of the National Employment Law Project and very briefly for the Eastern Economic Association.

Spriggs' talk is part of the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) Speaker Series: The Right Wing Assault on American Democracy: What Is It? How Can We Defeat It?

About PERI

Established in 1998, PERI is an independent unit of UMass Amherst, with close ties to the department of economics. PERI staff frequently work collaboratively with faculty members and graduate students, and other economists from around the world. Since its founding, PERI has become a leading source of research and policy initiatives on issues of globalization, unemployment, financial market instability, central bank policy, living wages and decent work, and the economics of peace, development, and the environment.

Campus: 
UMass Amherst
Accessible location
Accessibility info: 
Check with the Umass Amherst Disability Services office for more information about accessibility at this event
Ticket info: 
Free and open to the public.
Contact phone: 
413-577-1099
Contact email: 
ndunham@umass.edu

Auditions: 'Infants of the Spring'

Repeats every day 2 times.
Tue, Jan 23 2018 - 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Wed, Jan 24 2018 - 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Location: 
Rand Theater
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If you audition:
Two contrasting monologues preferred.
Students without monologues prepared are encouraged to audition. Be prepared to read sides, tell a story, sing a song or participate in an improvisation movement exercise. 

Seeking:
Black, White & Mixed-Race Actors*
Male and Female
for the following roles:

RAYMOND: a dark-skinned, urbane Harlem Renaissance author from the West Coast.
STEPHEN: a visiting graduate student from Denmark.
SAM: a white radical, son of a stockbroker and communist sympathizer.
COUNTESS NIJINSKY: a Jewish girl from the Bronx passing as Russian royalty.
PAUL: a strikingly handsome black, avant-garde painter.
EUSTACE: a pudgy, would-be concert singer, African American.
PELHAM: a slow-witted black youth originally from the deep South. 
BULL: a local Harlem longshoreman and amateur boxer.
JANET:  a pretty brown-skinned Harlem elevator operator.    
ALINE: Janet’s best friend, a very fair-skinned, white-looking Harlem shop girl.
EUPHORIA: Full-figured, landlady, a self-made woman of means, a realtor and policy queen.
LUCILLE: Raymond’s on again-off again girlfriend, a self-assured executive secretary.
BERNHARDT: A mysterious, over-the-hill Negro “actress.”
DR. PARKES: An elder Negro intellectual and race leader. 
ENSEMBLE: Various New York City dwellers, such as CHORUS GIRL, CLUB OWNER, CABBIE, POLICEMEN, BOOTLEGGER, WAITERS, REVELERS and WORKERS. 

Dancers, singers and non-Theater Majors welcome.

Info/Contact: Urgyen Joshi – ujoshi@umass.edu

Scripts for all productions can be accessed as read-only files at: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0Bza3TBYkOt4yRnZrSE05b3Zab2s

Performers will be able to sign up for audition slots via Signupgenius; a link to the sign-up site will be posted on the audition page as soon as it is available.

Campus: 
UMass Amherst
Accessible location
Event contact: 
Urgyen Joshi
Contact email: 
ujoshi@umass.edu

Faculty Colloquium Series: “Zebrafish. One Word, Many Ways to Examine Sensory Encoding" presented by Josef Trapani, February 9

Fri, Feb 9 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Location: 
Lewis-Sebring Commons, Valentine Hall, Mullins and Faerber Rooms
Joe Trapani

On Friday, February 9, from noon to 1 p.m., the Faculty Colloquium Series for 2017-18 is sponsoring “Zebrafish. One Word, Many Ways to Examine Sensory Encoding" presented by Josef Trapani, assistant professor of biology. This event will take place in the Mullins and Faerber rooms, Lewis-Sebring Commons.

Campus: 
Amherst College
Not accessible
Accessibility info: 
Check with Accessibility Services on campus for more information about accessibility at this event
Ticket info: 
Free and open to the public.
Contact phone: 
(413) 542-2208
Contact email: 
talaizer@amherst.edu

STARS/STERNE

Thu, Apr 12 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Location: 
Amherst Cinema, 20 Amity Street, Amherst, MA
STARS STERNE Konrad Wolf
STARS/STERNE
(1959, dir Konrad Wolf, East Germany/Bulgaria,  88mim, in German, Bulgarian,
Yiddish, and Ladino with English subtitles)

This gripping drama, based on the personal story of screenwriter Angel
Wagenstein during the Holocaust in the Balkans, sheds light on the Sephardic
experience of WWII. Stationed in a secluded Bulgarian village in 1943,
Walter, an artist and sergeant in the Wehrmacht, lives an almost idyllic life
far away from the war. Soon, a transit camp is set up for Jews arriving from
Greece. When Ruth, one of the Greek Jews, asks Walter to help a pregnant
woman in the camp, the two form an unlikely bond.  Co-sponsored by DEFA Film
Library; German Studies, Mount Holyoke College; UMass Institute for
Holocaust, Genocide & Memory Studies.

Introduction by Skyler Arndt-Briggs (UMass).

Andrea Simon, director of Angel Wagenstein: Art is a Weapon (screening Wed.
April 11), will be present for discussion.

Campus: 
Other
Directions and parking info: 
Parking available behind the building
Accessible location
Ticket info: 
Free and open to the public.
Contact phone: 
413-545-6681
Contact email: 
defa@german.umass.edu

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