September 2010

 

Moving Images
September 3, Friday (through December 12)

Moving Images: Works from the Permanent Collection of Photography and Video Art

Middlebury College Museum of Art, Overbrook Gallery; and Axinn Center, Winter Garden Screening Room

This installation of photographs and video is offered in conjunction with fall courses in the Departments of Film and Media Culture and the History of Art and Architecture. The exhibition includes works by time-lapse-photography pioneers Eadweard Muybridge and Harold Edgerton, whose images capture bodies in motion, and more recent artists, like Hiroshi Sugimoto, who uses extremely long exposure times to create visions of stillness. The exhibit also includes video works by Tracey Moffatt, Peter Campus, and the Swiss team of Peter Fischli and David Weiss. Free

Video screenings at the Axinn Center, Winter Garden Viewing Gallery:

  • The Way Things Go (Fischli & Weiss, 1987, 30 minutes) Sept 1, 2, 3, 6
  • Hunde [Dogs] (Fischli & Weiss, 2003, 30 minutes) Sept. 7, 9, 13
  • Busi [Cat] (Fischli & Weiss, 2003, 6.6 minutes) Sept. 8, 14
  • Fervor (Shirin Neshat, 2000, 13 minutes) Nov. 3, 4, 5
  • Doomed (Tracey Moffatt, 2007, 10 minutes) Nov. 18, 22, 30
  • Love (Tracey Moffatt, 2003, 21 minutes) Nov. 19, 23

Pictured: Eadweard Muybridge, Woman with Towel from Animal Locomotion, 1887, collotype on paper, image: 13 1/2 x 19 1/2 inches. Middlebury College Museum of Art, purchase with funds provided by the Fine Arts Acquisition Fund, 1998.006. Photo Ken Burris

 

Choir
September 4–5, Saturday-Sunday

Auditions: Middlebury College Choir

Various times, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Room 221

For Middlebury students. To schedule a time slot, email rehbach@middlebury.edu, or sign up on the Music Department bulletin board outside MCFA room 307. Walk-ins will be heard as the schedule permits. More information here.

 

Tickets
September 6, Monday

Box Office Opening Day for College ID Card Holders

10:00 A.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts and McCullough Student Center

Tickets to the 2010–2011 Performing Arts Series and selected other events go on sale to Middlebury College students, faculty, staff, and other ID card holders. Don't miss your chance to get the best seats in the house! Check Box Office hours and info here. Buy tickets online>>

 

 

Catherine Miller '11
Starting September 7, Tuesday

Fall Dance & Movement PE Classes

Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

These classes are open to the college community; register at the first class. For Middlebury College students: PE credit is available with attendance at a minimum of eight classes; if you are interested in taking a dance technique and choreography course for academic credit, see listings in Banner. Contact the Dance Office for further information: dance@middlebury.edu or 802.443.5245.

These movement classes start the FIRST week of the semester!

Advanced Beginning Dance (DANC 0260/1) with Tiffany Rhynard
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30–10:45 A.M.

Beginning Dance (DANC 0160) with Christal Brown
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:00–4:15 P.M.

Pictured: Catherine Miller '11, photo Alan Kimara Dixon

 

orchestra
September 7–8, Tuesday–Wednesday

Auditions: Middlebury College Orchestra

Various times, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Room 216

For Middlebury students. Sign up on the Music Department bulletin board outside MCFA room 307. Walk-ins will be heard as the schedule permits. More information here.

 

Sound Investment
September 7–10, Tuesday–Friday

Auditions: Jazz Ensembles

2:00–5:00 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts

For Middlebury students. Auditions are required to participate in either of the Jazz Program’s formal activities: The Sound Investment Jazz Ensemble, or the Jazz Workshop. Sign up on the Music Department bulletin board outside MCFA room 307. More information here.

Photo Brett Simison

 

DCM- Christal Brown
September 8, Wednesday

Dance Company of Middlebury Auditions:

culture, cash, and community: to have or have not

4:30 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre
For the 2010-2011 season the Dance Company of Middlebury (DCM), directed by Visiting Lecturer in Dance Christal Brown, will create an evening of dances exploring issues of wealth and class as they manifest in culture. Guest choreographers Trebien Pollard and Paloma McGregor will contribute new pieces. Following an informal showing on December 2 and the premiere in Middlebury on January 21–22, the company will tour to the 7th Ward of New Orleans for a week of community engagement through dance and music. Auditions are open to Middlebury College sophomores through seniors. Come ready to dance!

Pictured: Christal Brown, photo Alan Kimara Dixon

 

Urinetown
September 9–10, Thursday–Friday

Auditions: Urinetown

7:00–10:00 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Room 215 or 221

For Middlebury students. Urinetown is the Department of Music's January-term musical, a hilarious tale of greed, corruption, love, and revolution in a time when water is worth its weight in gold. Callbacks Saturday. Sign up on the Music Department bulletin board outside MCFA room 307. Questions? Email Doug Anderson: danders@middlebury.edu.  More information here.

 

curtain
September 9, Thursday

Theatre Auditions: 15th Annual First Years' Show

7:00–10:00 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Seeler Studio Theatre

First-year students are invited to audition for This Kind of Close: stories of love, directed by Caitlin Dennis '06.5.This Kind of Close is a collection of scenes exploring the joy and complexity of being young and loving today. The show celebrates the butterflies of new love, the strange bond between siblings, the excitement in flirtation, the pain of devotion, and the perfection in true connection. Callbacks are Friday, September 10, from 7:00–10:00 P.M.; performance dates are October 7–9 in the Hepburn Zoo. For more information: 802.443.5601 or burnham@middlebury.edu.

 

EveningExperimentalMusic-PeterHamlin
September 9, Thursday

An Evening of Improvisation and Experimental Electronic Music

8:00 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

Computer musician and Department of Music chair Peter Hamlin '73 brings together a group of old musical friends for an evening of musical exploration: Sandy Nordahl, bassist, recording engineer, keyboardist and composer, based in Iowa; Mario Schambon, visual artist and percussionist, based in Atlanta; trumpeter Arthur Brooks, formerly on the Bennington faculty and currently in the Burlington-based group Ensemble V; and Kareem Khalifa, from the Department of Philosophy, and also a bassist, composer, and music-technology experimenter. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free

 

 

The Ghost Writer
September 11, Saturday

The Ghost Writer

3:00 and 8:00 P.M., Dana Auditorium

The latest thriller from director Roman Polanski (Rosemary's Baby, Chinatown) chronicles a gifted author (Ewan McGregor) who is hired to ghostwrite the memoirs of a controversial former British prime minister (Pierce Brosnan) and becomes a hunted man when he uncovers explosive secrets about the past. "Smooth, calm, confident, it builds suspense instead of depending on shock and action"-Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times. Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series. Free

 

13 Most Beautiful
September 11, Saturday

13 Most Beautiful: Dean & Britta

9:00 P.M., McCullough Social Space

This project, commissioned by the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, is like an archeological dig unearthing the 1960s New York art scene. Dean & Britta (a.k.a. Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips, formerly of the storied band Luna) have composed music to accompany Warhol's rarely seen short silent film portraits, which captured Factory superstars, celebrities, and anonymous teenagers in technically simple but mesmerizing 4-minute shots. The Screen Tests, as the artist called them, are newly illuminated by Dean & Britta's haunting, seductive scores.  Sponsored by the Middlebury College Activities Board. Tickets: $7 in advance; $10 at the door. Buy tickets online>>

 

Tickets
September 13, Monday

Box Office Opening Day for the General Public

10:00 A.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts and McCullough Student Center

Tickets to the 2010–2011 Performing Arts Series and selected other events go on sale to the general public today. Don't miss your chance to get the best seats in the house! Check Box Office hours and info here. Buy tickets online>>

 

Alexandra Vasquez '12
September 13, Monday

Fall Dance Concert Auditions: The Place of Dance

4:30 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre
Auditions for the Fall Dance Concert, scheduled for November 19 –20, will include senior work by Sonia Hsieh '10.5, and the annual Newcomers' Piece, directed by Penny Campbell, plus choreography by members of the intermediate/
advanced dance course. Dancers must take two technique classes per week to be eligible to perform in the concert. All are welcome; come dressed to move.

 

 

Catherine Miller '11
Starting September 13, Monday

Fall Dance & Movement PE Classes

Mahaney Center for the Arts

These classes are open to the college community; register at the first class. For Middlebury College students: PE credit is available with attendance at a minimum of eight classes; if you are interested in taking a dance technique and choreography course for academic credit, see listings in Banner. Contact the Dance Office for further information: dance@middlebury.edu or 802.443.5245.

These movement classes start the SECOND week of the semester!

Beginning Ballet with Paula Higa
Mondays, 4:30–6:00 P.M., MCFA 109

Intermediate/Advanced Ballet with Barbara Doyle-Wilch
Wednesdays, 4:30–6:00 P.M., MCFA 109

Pilates with Nina Vila
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:30–1:20 P.M., MCFA 109
$60 for one class/week; $120 for 2 classes/week for 10 weeks. Register online starting August 31.

T'ai Chi with Chris Kiely
Wednesdays, 12:30–1:20 P.M.; additional practice session Fridays, 12:30–1:20 P.M., MCFA 109. $60 for one class/week for 10 weeks.

Yoga (experience required) with Andrea Olsen
Wednesdays, 1:30–2:10 P.M., MCFA 109

RIDDIM with members of RIDDIM World Dance Troupe
This class will cover a variety of styles featured in RIDDIM
shows, including hip hop, jazz, jazz funk, lyrical, bollywood,
salsa, and more!
Wednesdays 6:00–7:30 P.M., MCFA 109

Capoeira with Jeremy Cline
Sundays 3:00–4:30 P.M., MCFA 109

 

Mark Lavoie harmonica
September 17, Friday

Mark Lavoie, harmonica

8:00 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

Affiliate artist Mark Lavoie is an active recording and performing blues harmonica player who has played with many of the great blues artists, including Bill Sims, Big Joe Burrell, and Sonny Terry. Sponsored by the Department of Music as part of its Blues Weekend (see associated event September 18). Free

 

 Caparisoned Horse
September 17, Friday (through December 12)

Friends Bearing Gifts: 40 Years of Acquisitions from the Friends of the Art Museum

Middlebury College Museum of Art, Christian A. Johnson Memorial Gallery

For the past 40 years, the Middlebury College Museum of Art and its predecessor, the Christian A. Johnson Memorial Gallery (1968-92), have been bolstered by a loyal and generous membership group that has been instrumental in helping build a remarkably diverse and distinguished permanent art collection for the College. Highlighting 40 acquisitions-including works from a variety of periods and cultures represented in the museum's permanent collection-this exhibition and its accompanying publication survey the history of the Friends of the Art Museum. Free

Pictured: Caparisoned Horse, Chinese, Eastern Wei dynasty (534-550), polychrome ceramic, 12 3/4 x 12 1/2 x 7 3/4 inches. Middlebury College Museum of Art, purchase with funds provided by the Friends of Art Acquisition Fund, 2004.015. Photo Ken Burris

 

35 Shots of Rum Poster
September 18, Saturday

35 Shots of Rum

3:00 and 8:00 P.M., Dana Auditorium

Claire Denis's intimate film focuses on Lionel (Alex Descas), a long-widowed African immigrant, and his beautiful daughter, Joséphine (Mati Diop). Their relationship with each other and their neighbors offers a subtly rendered web of interconnectedness. "[An] embracing work, with a flowing lyricism and a delicate poignancy"-Los Angeles Times. In French with English subtitles. Sponsored by the Department of French; screened as part of the Hirschfield International Film Series Free

 

Paul Asbell 9-18-2010

**POSTPONED TO OCTOBER 3!

Due to illness, Mr. Asbell will be unable to appear on September 18-- the concert has been rescheduled to Sunday, October 3 at 7:00 P.M.

September 18, Saturday**

Paul Asbell, guitar

8:00 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

Affiliate artist Paul Asbell has released several solo acoustic CDs that have received glowing reviews in Guitar Player, Vintage Guitar, and Acoustic Guitar magazines. He has performed and recorded with numerous blues legends, including John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, and Eric Clapton. Sponsored by the Department of Music as part of its Blues Weekend (see associated event September 17). Free

 

 

Bright Star
September 25, Saturday**

Bright Star

3:00 and 8:00 P.M., Dana Auditorium

Based on the three-year romance between 19th-century poet John Keats and Fanny Brawne, Bright Star is the latest film from Jane Campion (The Piano). "Ms. Campion, with her restless camera movements and off-center close-ups, films history in the present tense, and her wild vitality makes this movie romantic in every possible sense of the word"—New York Times. Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series. Free
**Please note date change. "Tibet in Song" originally planned for this date, will be screened on October 9.

 

 

Dancing in a Pool of Gray Grits
September 27, Monday

Dancing in a Pool of Gray Grits: Imagining The Body in the Japanese Dance Form Butoh

4:30 P.M., Robert A. Jones '59 Conference Room

Guest lecture by Bruce Baird, Assistant Professor of Japanese at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he teaches courses on Japanese literature, film, theater, and popular culture. Professor Baird is one of the foremost experts on the modern Japanese dance form known as Butoh, and his work focuses on the intellectual history of the art and its founder, Hijikata Tatsumi. Sponsored by the Program in Dance, the Program in Japanese Studies, and the Rohatyn Center for International Affairs. Free

 

 

Abigail Washburn
September 29, Wednesday

Abigail Washburn

8:00 P.M., Manahey Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

The Middlebury College Language Schools, summer Chinese School, and Chinese Department are proud to welcome back to campus Language Schools alumna Abigail Washburn, along with musical collaborators Kai Welch, Rob Hecht, Jamie Dick, and Jared Engel. Lauded in Newsweek (2008) for creating a "gorgeous, joyful new sound," songwriter and clawhammer banjo player Abigail Washburn takes her bold and expansive musical vision to new heights on her third recording, City of Refuge, to be released in early 2011. Read the full press release here. Free

 

Shobac Cottages_BrianMacKay-Lyons
September 30, Thursday (through October 14)

Exhibition of Architectural Works by Brian MacKay-Lyons

Johnson Memorial Building, Main Lobby, Architecture Gallery

Based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects has built an international reputation for design excellence, confirmed by numerous awards, publications, and exhibits. The firm is a leading proponent of critical regionalism architecture, which strives to use a building's geographical context to create identity and a sense of place. This exhibition is presented in conjunction with the architect's public lecture on October 7. Sponsored by the Department of the History of Art and Architecture. Free

Pictured: Shobac Cottages, MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects, Ghost Laboratory 7

 

The Moon_JohnAdamsWhipple
September 30, Thursday

Some Observations on 25 Years of Collecting Art for a College Museum

4:30 P.M., Dana Auditorium

In this lecture, Richard Saunders, director of the Middlebury College Museum of Art and Walter Cerf Distinguished College Professor, discusses the journey taken to build an art collection for the museum since his arrival in 1985. His talk considers such important ingredients as an aesthetic compass, luck, patience, money, expertise, creativity, and friends, all of which have been essential elements in determining the direction the collection has taken. Cosponsored by the Middlebury College Museum of Art and the Friends of the Art Museum. Free

Pictured: John Adams Whipple, The Moon, August 6, 1851, 1851, daguerreotype, 3 1/2 x 2 3/4 inches. Middlebury College Museum of Art, purchase with funds provided by the Christian A. Johnson Memorial Fund and the Overbrook Foundation, 1989.009

 

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