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A Twitch upon the Thread: The Parthenon, Genealogy, Ritual, and Resonance

4:30 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

In this illustrated lecture, Joan B. Connelly, professor of classics and art history at New York University and author of The Parthenon Enigma (2014), proposes a radically new reading of the Parthenon frieze as depicting a foundation myth—rather than the prevailing interpretation, as depicting an episode in the Panathenaic Procession—and in the process overhauls our understanding of the temple as a whole. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Museum of Art, Department of History of Art & Architecture, and the Director of the Arts. Free

Parthenon, North Frieze, Slab XLVII. Courtesy of Joan B. Connelly.

middlebury falls otter creekMarch 3, Friday

Glenn Andres: Middlebury as Mill Town

12:15 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

Professor Emeritus of the History of Art and Architecture Glenn Andres gives an illustrated lecture on Middlebury’s past as a center of mill industry. He will touch on the significance of the local textile and marble industries, their role in shaping the town, and the people whose lives were intertwined with them. Offered as part of the Fridays at the Museum series, and in conjunction with Saturday’s performance Kannapolis: A Moving Portrait. Free

Pictured: James Hope, Middlebury Falls, ca. 1850, collection of Henry Sheldon Museum

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3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

Paris, 1971. Feminist militant Carole falls in love with Delphine, daughter of Limousin farmers. When Delphine’s father has a stroke, she must go back home to help run the family farm, with Carole soon to follow. The two stars “have a natural chemistry that’s not only credible but actually infectious”––Boyd van Heoij, Hollywood Reporter. In French with English subtitles. Sponsored by the Department of French and the Hirschfield International Film Series. (Catherine Corsini, France, 2015, 105 minutes) Free

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Gallery Talk: American Faces

7:00 PM, Middlebury College Museum of Art

Middlebury College students give a brief introduction to the exhibition American Faces: A Cultural History of Portraiture and Identity in conjunction with Kannapolis: A Moving Portrait. The museum is open for pre-concert visitors from 6:00–8:00 PM. Free

American Flag of Faces Exhibit, Ellis Island, New York (detail), c. 1990–2011. Photographs in the Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.

March 4, Saturday

The Plurality of Privacy Project in Five-Minute Plays (P3M5)

7:30 PM, Vermont Coffee Company Playhouse (1197 Exchange Street, Middlebury)

This collaboration between the Middlebury College Theatre Program, the Goethe-Institut, and the Vermont Coffee Company will connect students and actors from the community.  The evening will include readings of short plays, commissioned from playwrights in Europe and America, addressing upheavals in our notions of privacy. The project is part of an international discussion taking place over the next 18 months in theaters across the US and Europe. Free

More info: www.goethe.de/p3m5 

Pictured: cartoon by Kal

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Kannapolis: A Moving Portrait 

8:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Robison Hall

Acclaimed composer, singer, and violinist Jenny Scheinman invites us into the captivating visual world of Depression-era filmmaker H. Lee Waters. Scheinman and her musical sidemen, Robbie Fulks and Robbie Gjersoe, create a live soundtrack of new folksongs, fiddle music, and field sounds to accompany Waters’s fascinating footage, now masterfully reworked by director Finn Taylor. The result is a reflection on “the gaze” both then and now; the evolution of mill towns; and a striking commentary on race, class, and the American experience. “Scheinman [has] a distinctive vision of American music, suffused with plainspoken beauty and fortified all at once by country, gospel, and melting-pot folk, along with jazz and the blues”—New York Times. Post-performance Q&A with the artists. Sponsored by the Performing Arts SeriesDepartment of Film and Media Culture, and the Committee on the Arts. The program is approximately 70 minutes with no intermission. There will be a Q&A after the performance. Tickets: Public $20, College ID holders $15, Students $6.

Funded in part by the Expeditions program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional support from the six New England state arts agencies. 

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Photo Joshua Black Wilkins

two women with Chinese zither*New date: rescheduled from Thursday, March 2
March 6, Monday*

Guzheng Student Showcase

4:30 PM,  Chateau Grand Salon

Come listen to students of varying levels showcase their talent on the Chinese zither, an instrument with over 2,500 years of history and one of the most popular Chinese instruments today. The repertoire will include both modern and traditional pieces. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free

March 6, Monday

Taiko Workshop

5:30-7:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre
The Japanese Club hosts the legendary Stuart Patton of Burlington Taiko for a large Taiko workshop! Taiko, or large barrel drums, is a Japanese traditional drumming style, full of movement and amazing noise culminating in an unforgettable musical performance. Here's your chance to try out the art form! Wear clothes that make it easy to move. Sponsored by the Dance Program. Free

faces in the america flagMarch 9, Thursday

Making Sense of a Selfie Nation

4:30 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Room 125 and Museum of Art

Today selfies are everywhere. In 2015 Snapchat reported that almost 9,000 images were posted to its site each second, and of these 5% were selfies. But how has modern technology and the proliferation of the selfie changed how Americans, as well as people most everywhere, choose to retain and share with others images of themselves? Is the smartphone simply the latest device to allow us to continue to retain and share only those images of ourselves that reinforce our own idealized self-image? Join Richard Saunders, director of the Middlebury College Museum of Art and author of “American Faces: A Cultural History of Portraiture and Identity” as he discusses this current topic. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Museum of Art in conjunction with the concurrent exhibition American Faces: A Cultural History of Portraiture and Identity. Free

Pictured: American Flag of Faces Exhibit, Ellis Island, New York (detail), c. 1990–2011. Photographs in the Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division

PASS_final.jpgMarch 9, Thursday

Pre-concert Lecture for PASS Members

6:30 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Room 221

Members of the Performing Arts Series Society (PASS) are invited to a talk by Professor of Music Larry Hamberlin about the works to be performed by the Doric String Quartet. Enjoy a backstage peek into the pre-concert experience. A members-only event; membership information: 802-443-PASS (7277) or go.middlebury.edu/pass

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Doric String Quartet

7:30 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Robison Hall

Over the past decade, the Doric String Quartet has been a rising star on the chamber music scene, taking its place among the finest quartets of its generation. Lauded as “inventive, engaging, moving, and beautiful” by the Strad magazine, the U.K.-based ensemble comes to Middlebury for the first time with a program including Mendelssohn’s Quartet in E-flat Major, the Lyric Suite by Berg, and Schubert’s dramatic G Major quartet. This free Performing Arts Series concert is made possible with generous support from the Sunderman Family Concert Endowment Fund, in memory of Dr. F. William Sunderman Jr. and Dr. Carolyn Reynolds Sunderman. Part of the Nelson Chamber Music Series. The program is approximately 90 minutes including 1 intermission. Free; no tickets required

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Photo George Gariner

March 9, Thursday

Performed by Rotimi Agbabiaka

8:00 PM, Wilson Hall, McCullough Student Center

A queer, black actor dreams of a dazzling career on the American stage but first he'll have to leap over obstacles placed by an industry that isn’t always welcoming to applicants who are neither white nor straight. Based on Rotimi Agbabiaka’s real life experience as a professional actor, Type/Caste is a fast paced and humorous journey into the peaks, pitfalls and hallucinations of a young artist's quest for success in a gentrified and commercialized industry. Agbabiaka shape-shifts from character to character and uses monologue, song, dance, and drag to embody, explore, and expose the battles minority artists fight in the exclusive world of mainstream American theatre. Hailed as "a spectacular, neon-drenched coup-de-theatre" by 48 Hills magazine. Agbabiaka’s Middlebury visit is a student-initiated residency spearheaded by Akhila Khanna ’17, supported by the Rothrock Family Fund for Experiential Learning in the Performing Arts and Chellis House--Women's Resource Center, Women of Color, and Q&A: Queers and Allies. Free. Open to Middlebury ID card holders only. Learn more>> 

portrait of a manMarch 10, Friday

Fridays at the Museum Gallery Talk:

Solomon Northup’s Middlebury Connection 

12:15 PM, Museum of Art

In conjunction with the museum's portraits of Henry Bliss Northup (Middlebury class of 1829) and his wife Electa, Professors of History Bill Hart and Amy Morsman discuss their respective research projects on the Northup family and their dramatic place in the story of race, slavery, and freedom in antebellum America. They are joined by Melissa Surrette ’16 and Elizabeth Sawyer ’19, students who assisted them in their projects. Henry’s kinsman Solomon Northup, whose memoir “12 Years a Slave” provided the narrative basis for the eponymous Academy  Award-winning film (to be screened at 7:00 PM the same evening), holds a significant place in their investigations. Free

Pictured: Unidentified artist, American, 19th century, Henry Bliss Northup (1805–1877), Class of 1829, oil on canvas, 35 3/4 x 28 7/8 inches. Collection of Middlebury College Museum of Art, Vermont. Gift of the descendants of Edward Northup Hay. 2014.005


black man runningMarch 10, Friday

12 Years a Slave

7:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Robison Hall

Join us for a public screening of 12 Years A Slave [2013], the Academy Award-winning film based on Solomon Northup’s 1853 memoir of the same name. It was Henry Bliss Northup, Middlebury Class of 1829, who rescued Solomon from slavery. Co-sponsored by the Middlebury College Museum of Art and the Department of Film and Media Culture. Free

March 10, Friday

Master Class by Rotimi Agbabiaka: Techniques of Telling your own Story

2:00-5:00 PM, MCA Room 232

Actor/writer/director Rotimi Agbabiaka offers a theatre master class for Middlebury College students following his Type/Caste performance the previous evening. Free.

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Our Little Sister

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

After the death of their estranged father, three 20-something siblings invite their 14-year-old half-sister to live with them at their grandmother’s house. “The film is quiet, understated, gentle, and presented with wonderful freshness and clarity”—Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian. In Japanese with English subtitles. Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series. (Hirokazu Koreeda, Japan, 2015, 128 minutes) Free

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Timothy Cummings and Guests

4:00 PM, McCullough Student Center, Wilson Hall

In this 14th annual St. Patrick’s celebration, the music and dance traditions of Ireland and Vermont are woven together to highlight their shared threads. Timothy Cummings (pipes, whistles) is joined by fellow affiliate artists Pete Sutherland (fiddle, song, etc.) and Dominique Dodge (harp, song); Jeremiah McLane (accordion, piano); Mary Wesley (dance caller); and student guests and invite you to join in celebrating these related traditions. Audience participation in both singing and dancing is warmly encouraged! Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free

Pete Sutherland, Jeremiah McLane, Dominique Dodge, and Timothy Cummings; photo Anastasiya Prokhorenko ’19

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Advanced Drawing Exhibit

8:00 AM–8:00 PM, Monday–Friday, Johnson Memorial Building, Mezzanine

Diverse drawing techniques and approaches on view in this exhibit from ART300, taught by Hedya Klein. While students began with the same prompt, problem, or question, their creative responses result in expressions that are worlds apart. The works produced in this class is varied in both content and technique. Sponsored by the Program in Studio Art. Free

Josh Emery Espy ’17 and Veronika Zubrytska ’18, collaborative drawing with pen, pencil, and gouache, 2016

CANCELED due to weather
March 14, Tuesday

Gaga, Improvisation, and Repertory Experiments

3:00 PM-4:15 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

Participants will be guided through playful improvisational explorations intended to increase self-awareness and build group connection. Maree ReMalia and friends will then teach repertory material from The Ubiquitous Mass of Us, including movement, sound, and text that will be used as source material for experimentation in developing original, small group sequences. No previous experience necessary. Free and open to the public.
See associated events March 17 and 18. *This event has been canceled due to weather.

The Ubiquitous Mass of Us, 2014, photo Renee Rosensteel

man playing electric guitar


March 15, Wednesday

Electronic Elysium: Sandy Nordahl and Friends

8:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Robison Hall

A program of experimental and improvised electronic music and visuals by guest artist Sandy Nordahl, composer, multi-instrumentalist, recording engineer/producer, and digital experimenter. With abstract visuals that interact with sound, he creates “an environment of harmony, melodic fragments, and abstracted rhythm—a texture of unseen, unheard worlds.” Nordahl is joined by electric guitarist/texturalist/pedalist Mark Christensen, vocalist/composer/programmer Fiona Sullivan, and composer/accordionist Peter Hamlin. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free *This event has been canceled by the artist.

gold flowerMarch 17, Friday

Fridays at the Museum:
New Horizons in Chinese Gold in the Han Dynasty

12:15 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Room 125

Professor Sarah Laursen, Assistant Professor and Youngman Curator of Asian Art, examines the production of gold objects during the Han dynasty, when China increased its contact with other states and became integrated into trade networks like the Silk Road. This illustrated lecture will explore the foreign styles, techniques, and forms that first appeared in the Han dynasty, as well as gold's functions as a marker of elite status and official rank, a tool for diplomacy, and an international currency and commodity. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Museum of Art. Free

Pictured: Zhongguo banben tushuguan, ed., Zhongguo jinyin boli falang qi quanji: Jinyin qi (Hebei: Hebei meshu chubanshe, 2004), Pl. 212, p. 177.

window seatMarch 16-18, Thursday-Saturday

Cloud Tectonics

8:00 PM each evening, Hepburn Zoo

Love alters the physics around you in some way: changing the speed of light and the shape of space and how you experience time. Jose Rivera’s play Cloud Tectonics is a magical realist version of boy meets girl, where the ordinary is overtaken by the celestial. In downtown Los Angeles 1994, Anibal de Luna meets Celestina del Sol, a mystical wanderer who lives infinitely in the now—she has been pregnant for two years and is looking for the man who made her that way. Their bodies become immersed in a dreamland where time doesn’t exist. Starring Steven Medina ‘17, Jocelyn Hernandez ‘19, and Manny Duran ’19; directed by Mary Baillie ’18. Sponsored by the Theatre Program. Tickets: $5

bearded manMarch 17, Friday

The House in Scarsdale by Dan O’Brien ‘96

4:30 PM, Axinn Center, Abernethy Room

A play reading of The House in Scarsdale, Dan O’Brien’s autobiographical story of desperately trying to uncover the truth about his f*cked-up family. Read by the playwright and theatre faculty member Alex Draper ’88. Sponsored by the Theatre Program. Running time: 90 minutes.  Free

March 17–18, Friday–Saturday

Northeast Chapter for the Society of Ethnomusicology (NECSEM) Conference

Mahaney Center for the Arts

Middlebury College hosts this year's NECSEM conference. An opening concert Friday night by Veena and Devesh Chandra (sitar and tabla ) will be followed by a day of lectures and presentations from scholars in ethnomusicology and related fields from throughout the region. Saturday will also include a keynote address by Dr. William Cheng, Assistant Professor of Music at Dartmouth College, entitled “I, Spy: Violence, Voice, and Queer-Crip Ethics in Online Game Fieldwork." Interested in learning about musical cultures from around the globe? Ever wondered about music’s role in social life? Join us! Sponsored by the Department of Music, the Mahaney Center for the Arts, the Academic Enrichment Fund, and the Center for Teaching, Learning & Research. Free

man and woman sitting on stage with musicial instrumentsMarch 17, Friday

NECSEM Conference Opening Concert: Indian (Hindustani) Music

8:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Robison Hall

Join us for an evening of sitar and tabla with award winning Indian classical music combo Veena and Devesh Chandra. This mother-and-son duo uniquely unfolds rich melodies and rhythms that are steeped in improvisation. Their performance takes audiences on a sensorial journey through the tapestry of Indian classical and folk inspired music. A featured event of the 2017 NECSEM Conference. Free

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Maree ReMalia | merrygogo

8:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

Join Maree ReMalia | merrygogo for The Ubiquitous Mass of Us, an evening-length, escalating journey where nine performers from across artistic disciplines question the bounds of their identities. Moving in and around the set designed by visual artist Blaine Siegel, they explore the way they take up space. Watch them bare a broad range of physicality and newly discovered expressions to an original soundscore by David Bernabo. For all ages, seasoned performance goers, and those new to the theater. Sponsored by the Performing Arts Series, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation/Movement Matters Program, and the Dance Program. The show is approximately 50 minutes without an intermission. Tickets: Public $20, College ID holders $15, Students $6. 
See associated events March 14 and 18. Learn more>>

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The Ubiquitous Mass of Us, 2014, photo Renee Rosensteel

Associated event:
March 18, Saturday 

Pre-show Warm Up with the Ubiquitous Cast 

6:45 PM-7:15 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

Join Maree ReMalia and friends as they warm up for their performance. Free and open to the public.
See associated events March 14 and 17.

The Ubiquitous Mass of Us, 2014, photo Renee Rosensteel

man with animal puppetMarch 18, Saturday

Michael Granberry:  A Creative Journey

2:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Room 232

Michael Granberry, a two-time Emmy-winning animator, will discuss his creative journey and share demonstrations and samples of his work. Q&A to follow.  Sponsored by the Theatre Program. Free

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3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

A retired orchestra conductor (Michael Caine) is on holiday with his film director friend (Harvey Keitel) in the Alps when he receives an invitation from Queen Elizabeth II to perform for Prince Philip’s birthday. “[Director] Sorrentino, an Oscar winner for The Great Beauty, fills every frame with ravishing images that evoke his idol, Fellini”––Peter Travers, Rolling Stone. Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series. (Paolo Sorrentino, Italy, 2014, 124 minutes) Free

man looking over shoulderMarch 18, Saturday

NECSEM Conference Keynote Address:
“I, Spy: Violence, Voice, and Queer-Crip Ethics in Online Game Fieldwork”

5:15 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Room 221

This presentation by Dartmouth College Assistant Professor of Music William Cheng offers critical reflections on how verbal barbs and virtual barbarities in online game worlds scramble the fieldworker's moral compass. With an ear toward controversies of masculinity, surveillance, shame, and disability, Cheng asks whether a video game ethnography—maybe any ethnography—demands queer and crip ethics, a flux of guiding ideas defined precisely by their playful, radical indefinition. A featured event of the 2017 NECSEM Conference. Approximate running time: 1 hour, 15 minutes. Free

See the full NECSEM conference schedule>>

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An Evening of Songs and Arias

8:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Robison Hall

Select music students present a variety of songs, duets, and arias that range from the Baroque era to the present. Accompanied by affiliate artist Cynthia Huard and Annemieke Spoelstra McLane, piano. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free

Annie Beliveau ’18, photo Anastasiya Prokhorenko ’19

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Middlebury College Choir

3:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Robison Hall

The choir presents global choral music including 21st-century compositions from Western and non-Western musical traditions. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free

two students dancingMarch 20, Monday

Advanced Improvisation showing

8:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Room 109

This informal showing demonstrates the research undertaken by the Advanced Improvisation course, directed by Lida Winfield and Michael Chorney.  Sponsored by the Dance Program. Free

Deborah Leedy ‘18 and Miguel Castillo ‘18 by Alan Kimara Dixon

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Teddy Cruz and Fonna Forman: Cross-Border Citizens

4:30 PM, Johnson Memorial Building, Room 304

With a population of over 5 million, the cities of San Diego and Tijuana comprise the largest metropolitan bi-national region in the world. But these border cities lack collaborative urban policies that promote mutual environmental interests and regional planning. This lecture asks, is there a cross-border citizen, whose idea of belonging is not defined by arbitrary jurisdictional borders or national politics, but instead by the shared values, practices, and aspirations of the people who live across this region? Sponsored by the Department of History, Department of History of Art and Architecture, and the Cameron Family Enrichment Fund. Free

Teddy Cruz and Fonna Forman at the border wall between San Diego and Tijuana

young girl withh snipets of familyMarch 21, Tuesday

Unbroken Glass

7:30 PM, Axinn Center, Room 100

Film by Dinesh Das Sabu. The screening will be followed by a discussion with the filmmaker.  Sponsored by the Department of Film and Media Culture, South Asian Studies Program, and Department of Psychology. Free



painting of woman shoulds upMarch 24, Friday

Fridays at the Museum:

Roman Faces at the Middlebury College Museum of Art

12:15 PM, Middlebury College Museum of Art

Professor Pieter Broucke, Associate Curator of Ancient Art, gives a gallery talk in conjunction with the Museum’s American Faces exhibition. This talk will focus on works of art in the Museum’s permanent collection of Roman art, which includes a newly acquired portrait from Fayum. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Museum of Art. Free

Pictured: Fayum Portrait of a Woman (Egypt, Roman Period, c. 125 CE)

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