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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
* For prices/tickets, call the CFA Box Office at 610-921-7547 or purchase online at www.albright.edu/centerforthearts.

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.




JANUARY

imageJulia Oldham: Recent Video
Jan. 12-March 11, Freedman Gallery (Foyer)
Julia Oldham creates fantasy worlds combining live action and traditional animation in her videos. Through a collision of digital and labor-intensive physical process, she is able to insert her hand and imagination into the landscape as living characters. In this way, she creates fairytales in which she has dreamlike encounters with animated birds and coyotes while exploring space and pursuing other scientific experiments.

imageEye of the Collector: The Jewish Vision of Sigmund Balka
Jan. 26–March 11, Freedman Gallery (MG)

Organized in collaboration with the Reading Public Museum, the Freyberger Gallery at Penn State Berks, and the Jewish Cultural Center this exhibition highlights the collection of Sigmund Balka, New York, who has amassed a collection of works from Europe and America that focus on artists of the 19th/20th centuries “as they encountered the challenges of modernity. The Balka Collection depicts the Jewish journey over the past two centuries…” The Freedman Gallery exhibition will include a selection of roughly 25 works on paper by artists such as Leon Golub, Joyce Kozloff, Larry Rivers, and Raphael Soyer, among others.

  • Reception, Thur., Jan. 21, 5-8 p.m., Freyberger Gallery, Penn State Berks (exhibit, Jan. 21-March 3)
  • Reception, Wed., Jan. 27, 5-7 p.m., Jewish Federation of Reading (exhibit, Jan. 27-March 25)
  • Reception, Thur., Jan. 28, 5-7 p.m., Freedman Gallery, Albright College (exhibit, Jan. 26-March 11)
  • Reception & Lecture by Laura Kruger, curator, Hebrew Union College, Sun., Jan. 31, 3-5 p.m., Reading Public Museum (exhibit, Jan. 30-March 27)
  • Meet & Make: Hand Lettering with Diane Zerr from Faye & Co., Sun., March 6, 2 p.m., Freedman Gallery

Patriotic, Iowa by Matt Fotis
Sat., Jan. 30, 7 p.m., Roop Hall
The winter/spring event in the new play reading series is collaboration between Albright College’s department of Theatre and the Reading Theater Project. The mayor of the small town of Patriotic, Iowa has just died, leaving the fate of the town’s biggest employer in the air. Can a recently fired teacher turned diner waitress win the mayoral run-off and save the town? A comedy about what it means to be an American.


FEBRUARY

4th Annual Albright Improv Festival* EE
Sat., Feb. 6

Improvisational comedy troupes from the area’s regional colleges, along with professional groups such as Ferrari McSpeedy, Pudding-Thank-You, and The Kristen & Amie Show, come together for a day of laughter and learning. New this year is a scholarly mini-conference celebrating the growing scholarship of our favorite art form.

  • Workshop, noon-4 p.m., Roop Hall, CCSL & Fireside EE
  • Mini-Conference, 4-5:30 p.m., Roop Hall
  • Showcase, 7 p.m., Roop Hall, $5*

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4.48 Psychosis by Sarah Kane* EE
Thur.-Sat., Feb. 18-20, 8 p.m., Wachovia Theatre

A Domino Players production directed by Sarah Crake ’16.

In 1999, the celebrated British playwright and provocateur, Sarah Kane, took her life by hanging herself by her shoelaces. Shortly before she died, this tortured and talented writer penned one last act of love to the theatre world—a kaleidoscopic meditation on the unbearable intensity of life entitled, 4.48 Psychosis. The Domino Players Company is honored to present this hauntingly beautiful work as the first in a series of two plays that tackle the taboo subjects of suicide and depression. Kane's poetic text shatters conventional theatrical boundaries and invites us into a splintered world of language and images that paints an unflinching portrait of a tortured mind preparing for a final shut down. For mature audiences only.

  • Talkback & Reception, Thur., Feb. 18, follows performance
  • Improv Show by Less Than or Equal To, Fri., Feb. 19, Roop Hall

International Film Series #11: Blind Shaft (2003, 93 min.) by Jang Li
February 23
“The Chinese authorities promptly banned it…. One of the year's most gripping movies, it combines the excitements of The Sting and Double Indemnity, while at the same time taking a visceral, documentary-style look at the horrors and injustices of the new China strung out between communism and capitalism…. crime here [two homicidal drifters befriend fellow miners, murder them in staged “accidents,” then pass them off as relatives, and pocket the employers hush money] operates like a surgeon's contrast medium, injected into the social blood stream to illuminate the body politic.”- Philip French, The Guardian. In Mandarin with English subtitles.
7:30 p.m, Klein Lecture Hall

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Norway.Today by Igor Bauersima*EE
Fri.-Sat., Feb. 26-27, 8 p.m., & Sun., Feb. 28, 2:30 p.m., Wachovia Theatre

A Domino Players production directed by Connor Feeney ’16.

We conclude our theatrical journey into the darkest depths of the human psyche with a fresh and invigorating play written by the contemporary Swiss playwright, Igor Bauersima. Based on a true story, Norway.Today is an existential romantic comedy about two lost souls who search for the meaning of life while contemplating their death. On an Internet chat room, Julie announces her intention to take her life and issues a challenge for someone to join her. August responds and they soon meet atop Pulpit Rock, a 2,000 ft. cliff in Norway. On this last

evening of their lives, the line between reality and illusion begins to blur as they unexpectedly discover that some things in life might just be scarier than jumping off a cliff. Join us as we proudly present one of the most widely produced and acclaimed plays of the 21st-century.

  • Talkback & Reception, Fri., Feb. 26, follows performance
  • Improv Show by Less Than or Equal To, Fri., Feb. 26, follows Talkback, Roop Hall

Putin’s Leap Day Spectacular
Mon., Feb. 29, 9:30 p.m., Roop Hall
Join Soviet Purgatory, Albright’s long-form improvisational comedy troupe, for a special performance.


MARCH

International Film Series #12: Tangerine (2015, 108 min.) by Sean Baker
March 1
Crosstown traffic: Sean Baker’s rip-roaring, guerilla-shot [using iPhones] trans-hooker revenge farce puts flesh back on the bones of motley stereotypes from the streets of Los Angeles.”- Lisa Mullen. Chosen as one of the “Best Films of 2015,” Sight & Sound.
7:30 p.m., Klein Lecture Hall

Characterization of Color
Sat., March 5, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Roop Hall
Workshop focused on integrating themes of race into theatre. Produced by Faith Jones-Jackson and Nate Rothermel. Sponsored by ACTS.

Transformation and Transcendence EE
Sat., March 5, 7:30 p.m., Memorial Chapel
The Albright Angels, Concert Choir, Mane Men and Women’s Chorale will perform repertoire reflecting sacred and secular songs that uplift our minds, bodies and spirit.

Meet & Make: Hand-Lettering with Diane Zerr from Faye & Co.
Sun., March 6, 2 p.m., Freedman Gallery
Contact Beth to register, 610-921-7547 or bkrumholz@albright.edu

Big Cat Jazz Band Open Rehearsal
Mon., March 7, 4:30-5:20 p.m., Campus Center Main Lounge

International Film Series #13: Poetry (2010, 139 min.) by Chang-Dong Lee
March 8
The heroine in Poetry is a 60-something woman who rears a grandson and nurses an elderly neighbor to support herself. One day, she signs up for an amateur poetry class and, as she tries to write her first poem, learns her grandson was involved in the gang rape of a local schoolgirl. “Poetry, rightfully awarded Best Screenplay at Cannes, stands out as both a quietly scathing condemnation of male violence (and the craven attempts to cover it up) and an ode to the strength of a senescent woman all too frequently dismissed.”– Melissa Anderson, Village Voice. In Korean with English subtitles.
7:30 p.m., Klein Lecture Hall

Albright Angels & Mane Men Open Rehearsal
Thur., March 10, 7:30 p.m., Memorial Chapel

imageFaculty Exhibition
March 21–April 24, Freedman Gallery (MG & PS)
Center for the Arts faculty will show their work in an array of media—from painting and photography to digital video and fashion. Come see what your colleagues and professors have been up to!

  • Reception, Thur., March 24, 5-7 p.m.

imageSusannah Ray: A Further Shore
March 21-May 22, Freedman Gallery (Foyer)
A Further Shore reveals the waterways and shorelines of New York City as spaces of escape, revelation and transcendence. Inspired by the gleeful humanism of Walt Whitman and his journeys by ferry from Brooklyn to Manhattan, the photographs plumb a communal human connection to the water, one that exists as potently now as it did in his century.

International Film Series #14: Django (1966, 91 min.) by Sergio Corbucci
March 22
“Django is considered the finest example of the Spaghetti Western genre outside of the famous Sergio Leone films, and rightly so. Its director had a stronger stomach for violence and took his stories further around the bend than Leone…. The movie opens with our hero (played by Franco Nero) dragging a coffin behind him while trudging through the West. He rescues a woman from Mexican bandits, then finds himself in the middle of war with a huge pile of gold at stake. This is the famous film in which a man is forced to eat his own ear. Great stuff.”- Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
7:30 p.m., Klein Lecture Hall

Welcome Home, the Albright Angels & Mane Men Spring Tour Finale EE
Tues., March 22, 7:30 p.m., Memorial Chapel

Drum Circle
Wed., March 23, 7:30 p.m., Roop Hall
Organized by Religious Studies, featuring instruction by Michael Clipman and Mark Seaman of Zenergy.

International Film Series #15: Timbuktu (2014, 120 min.) by Abderrahmane Sissako EE
March 29
"Abderrahmane Sissako's passionate and visually beautiful film Timbuktu is a cry from the heart – with all the more moral authority for being expressed with such grace and such care. It is a portrait of the country of his childhood, the west African state of Mali, and in particular the city of Timbuktu, whose rich and humane traditions are being trampled, as Sissako sees it, by fanatical jihadis, often from outside the country." – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian. 2015 Academy Award Nominee for Best Foreign Language Film. In French, Arabic, Bambara, Songhay and English.
7:30 p.m., Klein Lecture Hall

12th Annual Yashek Lecture: Paul Jaskot, Ph.D.
Wed., March 30, 7:30 p.m., Wachovia Theatre
DePaul University’s Paul Jaskot, Ph.D., teaches arts and literature domain courses on the history of architecture and modern European art, and specialized courses on the art and architecture of Germany and Chicago. More recently, he has delved into research and coursework on the burgeoning field of digital art history. His specific area of historical research has focused on the cultural history of National Socialist Germany and its postwar impact on art and architecture. At the core, his teaching and research reflect the central question of how art and politics intersect in the modern world. In 2012 he released his most recent book, The Nazi Perpetrator: Postwar German Art and the Politics of the Right. From 2008 to 2010, Jaskot served as the president of the College Art Association. Presented by the Holocaust Library & Resource Center.


APRIL

Fashion Alumni Panel
Fri., April 1, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Klein Hall
Meet with Albright fashion alumni and learn what they are doing in the industry.

International Film Series #16: Don’t Torture a Duckling (1972, 122 min.) by Lucio Fulci
April 5
Italian “father of gore:” one of the director’s most bizarre and fascinating giali that can stand beside the films of Mario Bava and Dario Argento as masterworks of Italian horror. In Italian with English subtitles.
7:30 p.m., Klein Lecture Hall

16th Annual Hurwitz Lecture: William Deresiewicz
Thur., April 7
Literary critic William Deresiewicz is the author of Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life (2014), A Jane Austen Education: How Six Novels Taught Me About Love, Friendship and the Things that Really Matter (2011) and Jane Austen and the Romantic Poets (2004). Winner of numerous awards, including a “Citation for Excellence” from the National Book Critics Circle in 2012, Deresiewicz’s “All Points” blog appears on the American Scholar website, and his criticisms have been featured in The Nation, The New Republic and The New York Times.

  • Lecture, 4 p.m., CCSL

International Film Series #17: Inherent Vice (2014, 148 min.) by Paul Thomas Anderson
April 12
“A hilariously louche and ramshackle psychedelic noir, Inherent Vice is an audacious stylistic leap for Anderson, but his risks pay off beautifully. It's an amazing work, capturing the heady vibe of Thomas Pynchon's novel while stumbling into in the great cinematic lineage of California noir.”- Craig Williams, CineVue.
7:30 p.m., Klein Lecture Hall

Soviet Purgatory
Wed., April 13, 9:30 p.m., Roop Hall
Monthly long-form improvisational comedy show.

11th Annual Edible Books Contest
Wed., April 13, noon-3 p.m., Gingrich Library

Express your creativity and love of books by joining in a celebration of art, literature and imagination.  A “National Library Week” event.

image14-16 Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare* EE
Thur.-Sat., April 14-16, 8 p.m. & Sun., April 17, 2:30 p.m., Wachovia Theatre
A Domino Players production directed by Julia Matthews.
Shipwrecked, Viola lands on a topsy-turvy island, where passions are strong, the music is sweet, and the rain, well “it raineth every day.” Viola’s male disguise sets in motion this comedy of mistaken identity, in which the many forms of love are teased and tested. Julia Matthews directs Shakespeare’s beloved comedy in a lively and colorful production.

  • Talkback & Reception, Thur., April 14, follows performance
  • Improv Show by Less Than or Equal To, Fri., April 15, follows performance, Roop Hall

4th Annual Music Business Forum
Sat., April 16, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Roop Hall

Arts Administration Forum
Sat., April 16, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Roessner Hall

International Film Series #18: I’m So Excited (2013, 90 min.) by Pedro Almodovar
April 19
It’s high time Pedro had a lark. The buoyant and bawdy I’m So Excited plays like a to-hell-with-it-all riff from this seminal Spanish auteur, an excuse to gather his stock company for a breezy 90-minute party that just happens to include an assassin, a dominatrix, a Pointer Sisters–scored musical number and muy caliente couplings…. Though the film’s surface is colorfully camp (a trio of swishingly gay stewards offer plenty of pithy, bitchy asides), the satire of Spanish society is shrewdly pointed.”- Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York. In Spanish with English subtitles.
7:30 p.m., Klein Lecture Hall

Symphonic Band Concert EE
Sat., April 23, 7:30 p.m., Memorial Chapel

String Chamber Orchestra & Big Cat Jazz Concert EE
Sun., April 24, 3 p.m., Memorial Chapel

International Film Series #19: Moviate EE
April 26
Group show by media artists from the independent/experimental film and video collective, Moviate, established in 1977, in Harrisburg, Pa. Program will be introduced by Caleb Smith ’97 and James Hollenbaugh, 2015 Jury’s Award winner, Black Maria Film Festival. Individual films and videos will be presented by each filmmaker. 
7:30 p.m., Klein Lecture Hall

Gospel Choir Concert
Sat., April 30, 4 p.m., Memorial Chapel
Sacred music with style! Also includes performances by the Praise and Worship Dance Team.

Albright Dance Team Recital
Sat., April 30, 7:30 p.m., Wachovia Theatre


MAY

Green & Growing: Student Projects in Theatre EE
Mon., May 2, 7:30 p.m., Wachovia Theatre

imageAnnual Juried Student Exhibition
May 3 – May 22, Freedman Gallery (MG & PS)
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.

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

International Film Series #20: Frenzy (1972, 116 min.) by Alfred Hitchcock
May 3
Frenzy, with its piles of peaches and lettuces, its constant drinking, is a masterpiece devoted to appetite in all its varieties—but it is most seriously devoted to the perversion of sexual happiness in murder and to the absence of sexual happiness in ‘normal’ life.”– David Denby, The New Yorker
7:30 p.m., Klein Lecture Hall

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

Annual Albright Student Film Festival
May 5
The Cinema Club presents an evening of short films, produced by current Albright students with a special screening by guest alumnus Patrick Gibney ’13! Interested in submitting a film or video, contact tabitha.spina001@albright.edu.
Thursday, May 5, 7:30 p.m., Klein Lecture Hall

Beach Party Bonanza V, Electric Boogaloo IV, Dreams Come True III
Fri., May 6, 6 p.m., CFA Mary Miss Amphitheatre
Less Than or Equal To’s al frecso improv spring finale showcase.

Xion Step Team Dance Showcase*
Fri., May 6, 7:30 p.m., Wachovia Theatre
And don’t forget the after-party in Jake’s.

Albright’s Annual Fashion Showcase* EE
Sat., May 7, $5/$10 students advance/door, $10/$15 adult advance/door, $25 VIP advance only/stage seating.
Celebrate the hard work of Albright’s student fashion designers and merchandisers through exhibition displays and a high-energy runway show.

  • Exhibition, 4-5:30 p.m., CCSL & Fireside
  • Runway Show, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Wachovia Theatre
  • VIP Reception, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Freedman Gallery

Celebrate Spring EE
Sat., May 7, 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.

The Reading Eagle by Matt Fotis
Sun., May 8, 1 p.m., Roop Hall
Perched on the Pagoda, high above the city of Reading, Pennsylvania, sits the Reading Eagle. She’s the latest in a long line of proud and glorious eagles that have watched over the city, and the first female eagle to the job. To top it off, she’s a new mom trying to balance motherhood and protecting the city she loves from the evil “P Brothers,” Poverty, Patriarchy and Peter. A new play brought to you by the Children’s Theatre of Albright.

Roar Like a Lion EE
Mon., May 9, 7 p.m., Roop Hall


SUMMER 2016

Summer Jazz Camp with Mike Eben & Chris Heslop*
June 20-24, 9 a.m.-noon, Roop Hall, $75/week or $125/both sessions by June 1, $85/week or $150/both after June 1
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 2016.

Summer Jazz Camp with Mike Eben & Chris Heslop*

July 18-22, 9 a.m.-noon, Roop Hall, $75/week or $125/both sessions by June 1, $85/week or $150/both after June 1

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: