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Center for the Arts at Albright College

 

Contact us:
Center for the Arts: (610) 921-7715
Box Office: (610) 921-7547
boxoffice@albright.edu

Box Office Hours:

Monday - Friday,
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

60 minutes before a Concert Series/
Star Series Performance and 90
minutes before a Domino Production.

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Center for the Arts 

Calendar of Events

CS – Concert Series    EE – Experience Event   TAD – Teens After Dark
G&G – Green & Growing (Student Production)
MG: Main Gallery; PS: Project Space

Exhibitions and programs at the Freedman Gallery and in the visual arts are proudly sponsored by: The Silverweed Foundation, The Doris C. and Alan J. Freedman Family Fund, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the Berks Arts Council.

Musical Programs at Albright College are proudly sponsored by The William E. Maier Memorial Concert Fund, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the Berks Arts Council.



 


MARCH

posterConcert Series #3: Becky Butler Remembered
Sun., March 1, 3 p.m., Memorial Chapel

One year ago, Albright College lost a legendary musical artist and beloved faculty member, Rebecca Gass Butler. Albright, along with Reading Music Teachers Association and Reading Musical Foundation, will pay tribute to Becky’s legacy with a memorial concert featuring performances by Albright’s Symphonic Band, Berks Youth Chorus, Johannes Dietrich and Marie-Aline Cadieux of the former Majore Trio, and Reading Symphony Orchestra’s principal violinist and concertmaster, Christopher Collins Lee.

IFS poster34th Black Maria Film & Video Festival presented  IN-PERSON  by festival founder and director John Columbus*EE
Tues., March 3, 7:30 p.m., Klein Hall

In existence for over 30 years, the Black Maria festival has been acclaimed for advocating, supporting and widely exhibiting outstanding short works by emerging as well as veteran film and video-makers.

Comedian Jeffrey Jay
Thur., March 5, 7 p.m., Campus Center Main Lounge

“Dang, that boy’s cute!” Transgender comedian, Jeffrey Jay, dishes about life, love and the pursuit of happiness. Organized by the Office of Multicultural Affairs

V-Day: A Memory, a Monologue, a Rant and a Prayer*EE
Fri., March 6, 7 p.m. & Sat., March 7, 2:30 p.m., Wachovia Theatre, suggested donation of $5 at door.

Once again, this year’s V-Day events will raise money to help end violence against women and young girls, both locally and globally, by using the art form of theatre to showcase writings by Edward Albee, Maya Angelou, Michael Cunningham, Eve Ensler, Jane Fonda and others. For more information contact thespians@albright.edu or follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ACThespianSociety. Organized by ACTS. 

BroadwayEE, TAD
Sat., March 7, 7:30 p.m., Memorial Chapel

The Albright Angels, Concert Choir, Mane Men and Women’s Chorale salute Broadway with a selection of some of the most memorable classics from the live stage.

IFS posterInternational Film Series #13: Detour (1945, 67 min.) by Edgar G. Ulmer*
Tues., March 10, 7:30 p.m., Klein Hall

Ulmer’s film noir classic is a “gritty, cheaply-made, fatalistic, cultish crime film about the bleak twists of fate. In a flashback story cynically narrated, a world-weary, identity-stealing hitchhiker (Tom Neal) is haplessly involved in an ambiguous death during his thumbing trek to Los Angeles, and later, with a nasty hitchhiker, the film's blackmailing, vindictive femme fatale con, Vera (Ann Savage) whom he accidentally strangles with a telephone cord through a closed door."—Tim Dirks, www.filmsite.org

Double Bill
Wed., March 11, 9:30 p.m., Roop Hall

Less Than or Equal To joins Soviet Purgatory, Albright’s long-form improvisational comedy troupe, for its monthly performance. 

Big Cat Jazz Band Open Rehearsal
Wed., March 11, 4-5p.m., Campus Center Main Lounge 

Albright Angels & Mane Men Open Rehearsal
Thur., March 12, 7:30 p.m., Memorial Chapel 

poster imageKristen T. Woodward, Hunter-Gatherer
Tues., March 24–Sun., April 26, Freedman Gallery Main Gallery

Hunter-Gatherer, new work started during Woodward’s fall 2013 sabbatical, explores intuitive and symbolic predator-prey relationships. Throughout the exhibit found objects and decoys are used alongside more traditional encaustic paintings, as animals, fruits and figures intermingle with ancient weapons and technological wonders.

  • Artist’s Lecture – Thur., March 26, 4-5 p.m., Klein Hall EE
  • Reception – Thur., March 26, 5-7 p.m.

photoRevolutions Per Minute

March 24–April 26, Freedman Gallery Project Space

In 1982 Jeff Gordon of Greene Street Recording Studio in SoHo, New York collaborated with Ronald Feldman Fine Arts to commission the Gallery’s artists to create sound recordings. The resulting records and their accompanying album cover art was shown in an exhibition at the Gallery and was subsequently shown later that year at Documenta in Kassel, Germany and the Tate Gallery in London. The prints from the album covers are in the Freedman Gallery’s Collection, which will be on display in addition to the original sound recordings. Visitors will be able to hear these recordings via listening stations in the Gallery. This exhibition coincides with the anniversary of WXAC 91.3 FM, Albright College’s radio station, and offers viewers a more conceptual approach to music.

  • Meet & Make, Tues., April 7, 5 p.m. TAD 

IFS posterInternational Film Series #14: Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006, 84 min.) by Larry Charles*
Tues., March 24, 7:30 p.m., Klein Hall

Borat explains, “although Kazakhstan a glorious country, it have a problem, too: economic, social and Jew. This why Ministry of Information have decide to send me to U S and A greatest country in a world! to learn a lessons for Kazakhstan.”

Drum Circle
Wed., March 25, 7:30 p.m., Roop Hall

Organized by religious studies and featuring instruction by Michael Clipman and Mark Seaman of Zenergy. 

Welcome Home, the Albright Angels & Mane Men Spring Tour FinaleEE
Thur., March 26, 7:30 p.m., Memorial Chapel 

Fashion Alumni Panel
Fri., March 27, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Klein Lecture Hall

Meet with Albright fashion alumni and learn what they are doing in the industry. 

Roop Hall’s Drag Race
Sat., March 28, 9 p.m., Roop Hall

Albright students dressed in fabulous drag fashions and costumes will provide live and lip-synced performances that will entertain and educate us about gender identity and gender equality. Vote via tips for you favorite performer – (s)he who has the most tips at the end of the night will be crowned our king/queen.  Audience advisor – adult language/content. Sponsored by the Gender Resource Center.

International Film Series #15: Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (1965, 97 min.) by Sergei Parajanov *
Tues., March 31, 7:30 p.m., Klein Hall

“The most plastic-fantastic of Soviet new-wave movies, set among the colorful Gutsul people of the remote eastern Carpathians, is ethnographic cinema run wild. This is a folk ballad—a tale of blood feuds, sorcery, and star-crossed love—that's not so much lyric as lysergic. In this overwhelmingly beautiful movie, a sad, short, brutalized life is elevated to ecstatic myth.”—J. Hoberman, The Village Voice.


APRIL

Kristen T. Woodward, Hunter-Gatherer
Tues., March 24–Sun., April 26, Freedman Gallery Main Gallery

Hunter-Gatherer, new work started during Woodward’s fall 2013 sabbatical, explores intuitive and symbolic predator-prey relationships. Throughout the exhibit found objects and decoys are used alongside more traditional encaustic paintings, as animals, fruits and figures intermingle with ancient weapons and technological wonders.

  • Artist’s Lecture – Thur., March 26, 4-5 p.m., Klein Hall EE
  • Reception – Thur., March 26, 5-7 p.m.

photoRevolutions Per Minute

March 24–April 26, Freedman Gallery Project Space

In 1982 Jeff Gordon of Greene Street Recording Studio in SoHo, New York collaborated with Ronald Feldman Fine Arts to commission the Gallery’s artists to create sound recordings. The resulting records and their accompanying album cover art was shown in an exhibition at the Gallery and was subsequently shown later that year at Documenta in Kassel, Germany and the Tate Gallery in London. The prints from the album covers are in the Freedman Gallery’s Collection, which will be on display in addition to the original sound recordings. Visitors will be able to hear these recordings via listening stations in the Gallery. This exhibition coincides with the anniversary of WXAC 91.3 FM, Albright College’s radio station, and offers viewers a more conceptual approach to music.

  • Meet & Make, Tues., April 7, 5 p.m. TAD 

Spring Meet & Make #3: Vinyl Records RepurposedTAD 

Tues., April 7, 5 p.m., Freedman Gallery

IFS posterInternational Film Series #16: Twins of Evil (1971, 87 min.) by John Hough*
Tues., April 7, 7:30 p.m., Klein Hall

This late Hammer horror film, starring Peter Cushing as Gustav Weil is a prime example of the legendary British studio breathing new life into older ideas. The most obvious attempt was to bring some fresh faced, Playboy Playmate twins into the mix. Twins of Evil is filled with energy and clearly a standout in an era where many felt Hammer Films had lost a step. Count Karnstein is a great villain and spot on when he proclaimed “Twins.  That would be something different.”—John Carpenter, Theater Thoughts.

Soviet Purgatory
Wed., April 8, 9:30 p.m., Roop Hall

Monthly, long-form improvisational comedy show 

poster imageBrighton Beach Memoirs by Neil Simon*EE, TAD
Fri.-Sat., April 10-11 & Thurs.-Sat., April 16-18, 8 p.m.; Sun., April 19, 2:30 p.m., Wachovia Theatre

A Domino Players production directed by Matt Fotis

The first play in Neil Simon's autobiographical trilogy presents a portrait of the writer as a young teen in 1937 living with his family in a crowded, lower middle-class Brooklyn walk-up. Eugene Jerome, standing in for the author, is the narrator and central character. Dreaming of baseball and girls, Eugene must cope with the mundane existence of his family life in Brooklyn: formidable mother, overworked father, and his worldly older brother Stanley. Throw into the mix his widowed Aunt Blanche, her two young (but rapidly aging) daughters and Grandpa the Socialist and you have a recipe for hilarity, served up Simon-style. This bittersweet memoir evocatively captures the life of a struggling Jewish household where, as his father states "if you didn't have a problem, you wouldn't be living here."

  • Talkback & Reception, Fri., April 10, follows performance
  • Improv Show by Less Than or Equal To, Fri., April 17, follows performance, Roop Hall TAD
  • Theatre Luncheon, Sun., April 19, 1 p.m., CFA Mezzanine, $25*

Music Business ForumEE
Sat., April 11, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., CFA Mezzanine & Roop Hall 

MCA Movie Night: Dear White People
Mon., April 13, 7 p.m., Campus Center Main Lounge

Organized by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Student Government Association 

IFS posterInternational Film Series #17: Accatone (1961, 120 min.) by Pier Paolo Pasolini *
Tues., April 14, 7:30 p.m., Klein Hall

By the time of directing this film, Pasolini, a gay marxist catholic, had already established himself as one of the leading Italian poets, novelists and intellectuals of his generation, and he was to become one of the greatest filmmakers of the 20th-century—he would produce another 15 films in as many years before being brutally murdered in 1975. “Accatone is a work of remarkable artistic and intellectual maturity. There can be few other directorial debuts in the history of cinema that have yielded such a powerful, moving and stridently-poetic work as this apparently-loose series of vignettes presenting moments in the life and death of a poor loser (living in the borgate, the sub-proletarian shanty towns surrounding Rome and subject of many of Pasolini's works) who renounced his “proper” name of Vittorio in order to glory in his nickname of Scrounger.”—Gino Moliterno, Senses of Cinema.

10th Annual Edible Books Contest
Wed., April 15, Gingrich Library
Express your creativity and love of books by joining in a celebration of art, literature and imagination.  A “National Library Week” event.

Chinese Acrobat Dancers
Wed., April 15, 7:30 p.m., Memorial Chapel
Organized by the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

25 Artful Music Videos, a Curated Playlist
April 16-June 28, Freedman Gallery Foyer

CFA Director David Tanner offers a selection of 25 of the most artful music videos along with commentary from faculty and students related to the history of the music video art form.

Music Business Forum EE
Sat., April 18, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., CFA Mezzanine & Roop Hall
The third annual Music Business Forum will feature a keynote by Michael S. Simon, president and CEO of the Harry Fox Agency, Inc.

WXAC’s 50th Anniversary Concert
Sat., April 18, 4-6 p.m., Campus Center South Lounge

Organized by WXAC 91.3 FM 

Step AfrikaEE, TAD
Sat., April 18, 7 p.m., Memorial Chapel

Celebrate “Diversity Week,” April 12-18, with one of the most highly anticipated and energetic performances to grace our stage. Organized by the Office of Multicultural Affairs 

Leo Camp Lecture: Art Spiegelman
Tues., April 21, 7:30 p.m., Wachovia Theatre

Art Spiegelman is a Pulitzer prize-winning artist and illustrator. His masterful Holocaust narrative MAUS, which portrayed Jews as mice and Nazis as cats, brought comic books out of the toy chest and onto the literature shelves. Spiegelman will join us for an evening of illuminating discussion. Sponsored by the Jewish Cultural Center. 

International Film Series #18: Cosmopolis (2012, 109 min.) by David Cronenberg*
Tues., April 21, 7:30 p.m., Klein Hall

Cosmopolis is based on Don Delillo's 2003 novel of the same name. “Cronenberg is a filmmaker of ideas, one being the notion that human beings have merged with technology. His protagonists are often cyborgs. Not a commercial director with artistic aspirations so much as an avant-garde filmmaker who has contrived a commercial career, in part by remaining in Canada, Conenberg’s ultra-formalist Cosmopolis has been misunderstood and underappreciated. With its synthesized backgrounds, [this] was Cronenberg’s first movie to make extensive use of digital photography and CGI. It not only illustrates DeLillo’s metaphor for global capital but is a sustained riff on the idea of a virtual world.—J. Hoberman, New York Review of Books.

Sounds of Spring, a Symphonic Band Concert EE, TAD
Sat., April 25, 7:30 p.m., Memorial Chapel

String Chamber Orchestra & Big Cat Jazz Ensemble Concert EE
Sun., April 26, 3 p.m., Memorial Chapel

International Film Series #19: Morocco (1930, 92 min.) by Josef von Sternberg*
Tues., April 28, 7:30 p.m., Klein Hall

Starring Gary Cooper and, Sternberg's alter ego, Marlene Dietrich. “Among his other contributions, Sternberg was the first director to attain full mastery and control over what was essentially a new medium [sound cinema] by restoring the fluidity and beauty of the late silent period. One of the key elements in this was his understanding of the value of silence itself. Morocco contains long sections sustained only by its stunning visual beauty, augmented with appropriate music and aural effects. Sternberg was the first artist to make an authentic virtue of the arrival of sound.”—Charles Silver, Curator, Dept. of Film, MoMA.

MAY

Albright Dance Team Recital
Fri., May 1, 7:30 p.m., Wachovia Theatre

Gospel Choir Concert
Sat., May 2, 4 p.m., Memorial Chapel

Sacred music with style! Also includes performances by the Praise and Worship Dance Team. 

Green & Growing: Student Projects in TheatreEE
Mon., May 4, 7:30 p.m., Wachovia Theatre 

poster imageAnnual Juried Student Exhibition
May 5 – May 14, Freedman Gallery
This annual exhibition includes a round up of work by Albright College students made over the past year. Annual prizes and awards are given in four categories during a special reception. Juror: Lydia Panas.

Award Ceremony & Reception – Thur., May 7, 5-7 p.m. TAD 

IFS posterInternational Film Series #20: Woman of the Dunes (1964, 147 min.) by Hiroshi Teshigahara*
Tues., May 5, 7:30 p.m., Klein Hall

“In the 1960s, any self-respecting student of culture had to be familiar with a film like Woman in the Dunes, which most critics reckoned one of the cinema’s supreme achievements. But how would it play today? The idea of an existential allegory featuring a pair of characters trapped in a sandpit for two hours, sounds stultifying at best, but this is one resurrection that can be welcomed. Woman in the Dunes, remains an unqualified masterpiece."—Gary Morris, Bright Lights Film Journal.

Green & Growing: Student Projects in TheatreEE
Wed., May 6, 7:30 p.m., Wachovia Theatre 

Albright Student Film & Video Showcase*EE
Thur., May 7, 7:30 p.m., Klein Lecture Hall

Filmmakers will be present following the screening for a Q&A session. 

Beach Party Bonanza IV, Electric Boogaloo III, Dreams Come True II
Fri., May 8, 6 p.m., CFA Mary Miss Amphitheatre
The Less Than or Equal To improv spring finale showcase 

Xion Step Team Dance Showcase
Fri., May 8, 7:30 p.m., Wachovia Theatre
And don’t forget the after-party in Jake’s. $3, students only at door. 

posterAlbright’s Annual Fashion Showcase & Runway Show*EE, TAD
Sat., May 9, Bollman Gym, $5 students, $10 adults, $20 VIP

Celebrate the hard work of Albright’s student fashion designers and merchandisers through exhibition displays and a high-energy runway show.

  • Exhibition Showcase, 4-5:30 p.m.
  • Runway Show, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
  • VIP Reception, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Red & White Room

Celebrate SpringEE
Sat., May 9, 7:30 p.m., Memorial Chapel
Say farewell to the graduating seniors in Albright Angels, Concert Choir, Mane Men and Women’s Chorale in their final performance of the season. 

Children’s Theatre of Albright Spring Production
Sun., May 10, 1 p.m., Mary Miss Amphitheatre
The Children’s Theatre of Albright presents a completely original show for young audiences that celebrates and explores the wonders of the imagination. Inspiration, creativity and fun are never in short supply. 

Roar Like a Lion
Mon., May 11, 7 p.m., Roop Hall

Albright’s end-of-the-semester student recital offers a variety of vocal and instrumental performances. 

photoLydia Panas
Sat., May 23–June 28, Freedman Gallery (MG)

Primarily focused on portraiture, Lydia Panas’s photographs palpably convey the tensions and interactions among her subjects. The exhibition includes a relatively recent body of abstract portraiture, devoid of the human figure and yet a portrait nonetheless as both nonfigurative presence and corporeal absence permeate each image.

  • Reception – Sat., May 23, 5-7 p.m.
Meet & Make – Sun., June 21, 2 p.m.

JUNE

Lydia Panas
Sat., May 23–June 28, Freedman Gallery (MG)

Primarily focused on portraiture, Lydia Panas’s photographs palpably convey the tensions and interactions among her subjects. The exhibition includes a relatively recent body of abstract portraiture, devoid of the human figure and yet a portrait nonetheless as both nonfigurative presence and corporeal absence permeate each image.

  • Reception – Sat., May 23, 5-7 p.m.
Meet & Make – Sun., June 21, 2 p.m.

The Body in Motion

Freedman Kids Camp 2015*
June 22-26, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., brown bag lunch, Freedman Gallery & Schumo Center, $150/$180 full-day by June 1/after, $75/$85 half-day morning (9-11:30 a.m.) or afternoon (12:30-3 p.m.) by June 1/after, family discount – take $30 off each full-day registration when you sign up siblings

From Leonardo da Vinci to Edward Muybridge, artists through time have been fascinated by the human figure in art. Learning traditional and non-traditional techniques, campers explore the diversity of human anatomy from compositional sketching to claymation and stop-motion animation. Design a fashion accessory, practice yoga and learn a dance move or two. Mornings focus on hands-on art projects with afternoons devoted to play time and physical activities that get you moving! Work side by side with local teaching artists and get your groove on with the Body in Motion!

Summer Jazz Workshops with Mike Eben, Session I*
June 15-19, 9 a.m.-noon, Roop Hall, $75/week or $125/both sessions

Saxophonist and music educator Mike Eben’s summer camps offer aspiring musicians the chance to learn from renowned guest artists while providing basic instruction on how to improvise using major scales and modes, including blues scales. Participants learn how to accompany soloists and perform solos. Piano, guitar, bass and drums for rhythm section also welcome. Must be able to read music, play several scales from memory, and be entering 7th grade (or older) by fall 2015.

Summer Meet & Make #4: Over Exposure, Exploring Forms of Photography
Sun., June 21, 2 p.m., Freedman Gallery


JULY

Summer Jazz Workshops with Mike Eben, Session II*
July 20-24, 9 a.m.-noon, Roop Hall, $75/week or $125/both sessions

 


Art Departments at Albright College

The Center for the Arts houses five different academic departments.  All of the departments exhibit or perform their work both in the CFA and around campus.


Student Arts Organizations

The Center for the Arts is home to many student art groups including: