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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.



 


OCTOBER

poster imageMegan Michalak, Nous, le Futur/We, the Future

Through Sun., Nov. 16, Freedman Gallery (Foyer)

Inspired by Jules Michelet’s statement, “each epoch dreams the one to follow,” Nous, Le Futur/We, the Future is a speculative fiction concerned with the possibility of transmitting messages to the past and future. Proceeding from the artist’s belief in collectivity as an intergeneration conversation, the video explores the impact such a collective agency could have on influencing past and future temporalities. This work has been created from four years of interviews with Parisian citizens and is intended to be a time capsule of the mental messages of a spectrum of Parisians from 2011-2014.

  • See Art, Make Art, Fri., Aug. 22, 9-11:30 p.m.
  • Reception – Thur., Aug. 28, 5-7 p.m. TAD

PopsEE
Sat., Oct. 4, 7:30 p.m., Memorial Chapel

Albright’s four choral ensembles—Albright Angels, Mane Men, Concert Choir and Women’s Chorale—deliver unforgettable interpretations of popular songs from across the ages. 

poster imageGustav, the Goose Who Wouldn’t Fly by Matt Fotis
Sat., Oct. 4, 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 5, 1 p.m., Mary Miss Amphitheatre

Gustav the Goose is prepping for his first winter migration, and even though he’d never admit it, he’s a bit terrified of flying. To make matters worse, his father is trying to win a record 14th straight Great Goose Migration Race to become the greatest flying goose in history, and he needs every goose in the gaggle to cross the finish line – including his son. A production by the Children’s Theatre of Albright. 

poster imageConcert Series #1: Barrio Alegria Dance Co. & Tropimix*EE, TAD
Sat., Oct. 4, 9 p.m., Wachovia Theatre; $5 student, $10 adult advance/$12 adult day of show

Heat up your evening with a showcase of Latin dancing: salsa, merengue, samba and more, featuring performances by Reading’s own Barrio Alegria Dance Company with live music by Tropimix. If you’re a Salsaholic, check out this show – muy caliente! 

FaculTEA: Finding Sarah
Tues., Oct. 7, 4 p.m., Gingrich Library, Group Study Rooms A & B

Sarah Eccleston, a central Pennsylvania native and Civil War nurse, spent much of her adult life in 19th century Argentina establishing programs to train kindergarten teachers. Sidney Dreese, College Archivist, and Karen Jogan, Ph.D., Professor of Spanish, describe their search for Sarah’s legacy in Argentina. 

IFS posterInternational Film Series #4: Battle in Heaven (2005, 90 min.) by Carlos Reygadas*
Tues., Oct. 7, 7:30 p.m., Klein Lecture Hall

Battle in Heaven, as ambitious as its title, is a living mystery…notorious for hardcore-osity but so serious about its formal intelligence and so deep-dish in its evocations of inexpressible desolation, personal and social, that it occupies your skull like a siege of Huns.”—Michael Atkinson, The Village Voice

Drum Circle
Wed., Oct. 8, 7:30 p.m., Roop Hall

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

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

Monthly, long-form improvisational comedy show 

Art21 Arlene Shechet
Thur., Oct. 16, 4 p.m., Klein Lecture Hall EE

This world-renowned film series features contemporary artists in dialogue about their practice and is offered free as part of Access ’14, a worldwide festival and global initiative, and in collaboration with the New York City based organization Art21. Join Freedman Gallery curator, Erin Riley-Lopez, and CFA curator of education, Beth Krumholz, for a discussion following the film. 

Collection Selections, Favorites from Boyertown High School Students
Wed., Oct. 15–Sun., Nov. 16, Freedman Gallery (PS)

Working under the direction of Erin Riley-Lopez, curator of the Freedman Gallery, students from Boyertown High School will enter the storage vault and make selections from the Freedman Gallery collection to show in a Project Space exhibition. Students will gain first hand knowledge of curatorial strategies as well as proper handling/installation techniques in this collaborative effort between the curatorial and education departments. 

poster imageConcert Series #2: Lars Potteiger TrioEE
Sun., Oct. 19, 3 p.m., Roop Hall

Albrightians may know Lars Potteiger as the grandson of the late LeRoy Hinkle, D.Ed., professor emeritus of music, but New York and the rest of the world knows him as an accomplished and soulful pianist, keyboardist and composer who is willing to take risks. For this ensemble, Potteiger will be joined by Sam Weber on bass and Rob Mitzner on drums in a performance that will include Potteiger’s original compositions, reworked jazz standards and contemporary improvised pieces. 

photoInternational Film Series #5: Mike Kuchar  IN-PERSON *EE
Tues., Oct. 21, 7:30 p.m., Klein Lecture Hall

Having recently done a series of shows of his films and videos at London’s Tate Modern, Mike Kuchar, one of America’s best-known and most admired experimental film/video artists, will once again pay Albright a visit to screen his most recent productions. The Kuchars (Mike and his twin brother George) often have been acknowledged as major influences on such filmmakers as John Waters, Tim Burton and Guy Maddin. Mike lives and works in San Francisco, where he teaches film/video production at the San Francisco Art Institute. 

Mean Girls*
Fri., Oct. 24, 10 p.m., Roop Hall

Organized by ACTS. Film screening with shadow cast performance. Tickets are $10. Contact thespians@albright.edu or follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ACThespianSociety

poster imageAlbright Angels Sweet SixteenEE, TAD
Sat., Oct. 25, 7:30 p.m., Memorial Chapel

Join us for an unforgettable anniversary as the Albright Angels celebrate their sixteenth year of performance. Look for returning alumnae to “come out” and “debut” new material while revisiting some classic repertoire from past seasons.

  • Rehearsal, Fri., Oct. 24, 7 p.m., Memorial Chapel
  • Luncheon, Sat., Oct. 25, 12:30 p.m., Roop Hall

poster imageCellblock Visions: Set Free in the Penitentiary
Tues., Oct. 28–Sun., Dec. 14, Freedman Gallery (MG)

Cellblock Visions is a lively collection of inmate artwork, created behind bars, from county jail to death row – the alternative art world flourishing today in American prisons. Men and women inmates, having no previous training, turn to art for a sense of self-respect, respect for and from others, a way to find peace. They transcend the cramped space, limited light and narrow vistas. They triumph over security bans with ingenious resourcefulness - extracting color from shampoo, making paint out of M&Ms and sculpture out of toilet paper.

  • Presentation by T. J. Parsell, filmmaker and author of Fish and a national advocate for prison reform, Thur., Oct. 30, Klein Lecture Hall, 4 p.m., co-sponsored by the Criminal Justice Society
  • Reception – Thur., Oct. 30, 5-7 p.m. 

IFS posterInternational Film Series #6: The Turin Horse (2011, 146 min.) by Bella Tarr & Agnis Hranistsky*
Tues., Oct. 28, 7:30 p.m., Klein Lecture Hall

The Turin Horse is an example—an exceedingly rare one in contemporary cinema—of how a work that seems built on the denial of pleasure can, through formal discipline, passionate integrity and terrifying seriousness, produce an experience of exaltation. The movie is too beautiful to be described as an ordeal, but it is sufficiently intense and unyielding that when it is over, you may feel, along with awe, a measure of relief. Which may sound like a reason to stay away, but is exactly the opposite.”—A. O. Scott, New York Times

MCA Movie Night: Bend It Like Beckham
Wed., Oct. 29, 7 p.m., Campus Center Main Lounge

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


NOVEMBER

poster imageMegan Michalak, Nous, le Futur/We, the Future

Through Sun., Nov. 16, Freedman Gallery (Foyer)

Inspired by Jules Michelet’s statement, “each epoch dreams the one to follow,” Nous, Le Futur/We, the Future is a speculative fiction concerned with the possibility of transmitting messages to the past and future. Proceeding from the artist’s belief in collectivity as an intergeneration conversation, the video explores the impact such a collective agency could have on influencing past and future temporalities. This work has been created from four years of interviews with Parisian citizens and is intended to be a time capsule of the mental messages of a spectrum of Parisians from 2011-2014.

  • See Art, Make Art, Fri., Aug. 22, 9-11:30 p.m.
  • Reception – Thur., Aug. 28, 5-7 p.m. TAD

poster imageBusiness of Fashion Forum & Career Fair*EE
Sat., Nov. 1, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Roessner Hall, $20 full-day, $15 half-day.

Join us for morning and/or afternoon sessions and network with alumni and regional industry leaders in design, merchandising and marketing. Includes lunch. 

Click here to view the Fashion Forum Program at a Glance brochure.

Albright Idol
Sat., Nov. 1, 7 p.m., Memorial Chapel

Just like the TV show…with all your local favorites instead. Who will win this year’s top honor? 

Native American Pride Dancers
Wed., Mon. Nov. 3, 7:30 p.m., Memorial Chapel

Organized by the Office of Multicultural Affairs 

IFS posterInternational Film Series #7: The Shanghai Gesture (1941, 95 min.) by Joseph von Sternberg*
Tues., Nov. 4, 7:30 p.m., Klein Lecture Hall

“Sternberg's last Hollywood masterpiece, a delirious melodrama of decadence and sexual guilt that uses its Oriental motifs as a cypher for all that is unknown or unknowable. The battle is waged between a Western hypocrite (Walter Huston) and an Eastern pleasure queen (Ona Munson); the erotic skirmishes occur between the self-willed but helpless heroine (Gene Tierney) and the apathetic object of her passion (Victor Mature); the chief arena is a casino built like a circle of hell, where nothing is left to chance. Subversive cinema at its most sublime.”—TR, Time Out London

Drum Circle
Wed., Nov. 5, 7:30 p.m., Roop Hall

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

Maelstrom, a silent opera by Jeffrey Lentz & Cocol Bernal*EE, TAD
Fri.-Sat., Nov. 7-8 & Thur.-Sat., 13-15, 8 p.m.; Sun., Nov. 16, 2:30 p.m., Wachovia Theatre

a Domino Players production directed by Jeffrey Lentz

Artist-in-residence, Jeffrey Lentz, and his constant collaborator, Cocol Bernal, are thrilled to premiere the third and final chapter in the award-winning Ubu Saga, a bold and lyrical story of love and redemption told through movement and music alone. In the first installment, Spirale, we were introduced to the adventures of Ubu, an affable king who battled the forces of evil to win the hand of the fair Princess Mira. Last fall, the story continued in Vortex where tragedy struck when the couple found themselves trapped in a lethal love triangle. As the final chapter unfolds, we have reached the eye of the storm. An inexplicable calm pervades the House of Ubu. Queen Mira is dead. The King grieves. Caught in the middle, Princess Charlotte, Mira’s illegitimate child, grows in ignorance of the family secrets that contrive to destroy both her and her father. Will they be saved by the power of love and forgiveness, or swept into the raging currents of the maelstrom?

  • Talkback & Reception, Fri., Nov. 7, following performance
  • Improv Show by Less Than or Equal To, Fri., Nov. 14, follows performance, Roop Hall TAD
  • Theatre Luncheon, Sun., Nov. 16, 1 p.m., CFA Mezzanine, $25* 

IFS posterInternational Film Series #8: Conspirators of Pleasure (1996, 85 min.) by Jan Svankmajer*
Tues., Nov. 11, 7:30 p.m., Klein Lecture Hall

“Svankmajer's masterpiece is a radical mix of de Sade, Freud and Rube Goldberg, in which a sextet of Prague kinkmeisters play out their elaborate, ultimately interlocking, autoerotic fantasies. There's no dialogue (albeit lots of sound) and the homemade special effects are wondrous.”—J. Hoberman, The Village Voice. 

Soviet Purgatory
Wed., Nov. 12, 9:30 p.m., Roop Hall

Monthly, long-form improvisational comedy show 

Ghosts of Rwanda
Thur., Nov. 13, 6 p.m., Klein Lecture Hall

Screening of acclaimed documentary film in honor of the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide and in celebration of National French Week.  Organized by the Holocaust Library & Resource Center. 

Gospel Choir Concert
Sat., Nov. 15, 4 p.m., Memorial Chapel

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

IFS posterInternational Film Series #9: Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974, 112 min.) by Sam Peckinpah*
Tues., Nov. 18, 7:30 p.m., Klein Lecture Hall

Upon its release this film was derided by its critics as grotesque, sadistic, irrational, obscene and incompetent, but the always perceptive Robert Ebert felt otherwise: “I think I can feel Sam Peckinpah's heart beating and head pounding in every frame in Alfredo Garcia…a film he made during a period of alcoholic fear and trembling. I believe its hero, Bennie, completes his task with the same dogged courage as Peckinpah used to complete the movie, and that Bennie's exhaustion, disgust and despair at the end might mirror Peckinpah's own. I sense that the emotional weather on the set seeped onto the screen, haunting it with a buried level of passion.”—Rodger Ebert, Great Movies

Brent Green, New Video
Thur., Nov. 20, 2014-Sun., Feb. 1, 2015, Freedman Gallery (Foyer)

Multi-media artist, filmmaker, musician and theatrical scenic designer, Brent Green, will screen short videos, which will provide an excellent introduction to Green’s larger body of work to be installed in main gallery in the spring. Don’t miss this important work from a renowned, international artist.\ 

Art21 Joan Jonas
Thur., Nov. 20, 4 p.m., Klein Lecture Hall EE

This world-renowned film series features contemporary artists in dialogue about their practice and is offered free as part of Access ’14, a worldwide festival and global initiative, and in collaboration with the New York City based organization Art21. Join Freedman Gallery curator, Erin Riley-Lopez, and CFA curator of education, Beth Krumholz, for a discussion following the film. 

Arts Night at the T.E.A. Factory
Thur., Nov. 20, 580 Willow St., Reading; $5 advance sales only, visit www.facebook.com/albrightam for more information

Albright a.m., the arts magazine, supports emerging artists by organizing this annual, multidisciplinary event featuring live musical and improv performances. 100 percent of ticket sales will be donated to the T.E.A. Factory to support local art and artists. 

Cornucopia, a Symphonic Band ConcertEE
Sat., Nov. 22, 7:30 p.m., Memorial Chapel

With big band sound, the fall concert by Albright’s Symphonic Band typically offers a repertoire of songs that celebrate the bounty of the season. 

String Chamber Orchestra & Big Cat Jazz Ensemble ConcertEE
Sun., Nov. 23, 3 p.m., Memorial Chapel

Two mini-concerts equal one great musical equation and remind us just how varied music can be.


DECEMBER

Spring 2015 Fashion Trend Forecast
Mon., Dec. 1, 7-8:30 p.m., Klein Lecture Hall

Screening of Fashion Group International’s DVD forecast of spring 2015 trends.  Discussion to follow. 

Green & Growing: Student Projects in TheatreEE
Mon., Dec. 1, 7:30 p.m., Wachovia Theatre 

Historical Photographs from Joliet Prison
Tues., Dec. 2, 2014–Sun., Feb. 1, 2015, Freedman Gallery (PS)

Historical photographs from Joliet Prison, Joliet, Ill., taken between 1890 and 1930, have been reprised from an exhibition that was first shown at the University Museum, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, and include landscapes, interiors and intimate portraits of staff and inmates. 

IFS posterInternational Film Series #10: The Housemaid (1960, 111 min.) by Ki-young Kim*
Tues., Dec. 2, 7:30 p.m., Klein Lecture Hall

The Housemaid, a powerful horror film/melodrama, long neglected for political reasons, has become very influential on a new generation of South Korean filmmakers. “Call them trash, exploitation, or B-movies, Kim's films have been compared to the work of Douglas Sirk (Written on the Wind) and Nicholas Ray (Rebel without a Cause), both filmmakers who tried to introduce dark elements into standard soap opera plots. But Kim takes these conventions even further. His films are like nothing you’ve seen before.”—Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid 

Green & Growing: Student Projects in TheatreEE
Wed., Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m., Wachovia Theatre 

Albright Student Film & Video Showcase*EE
Thur., Dec. 4, 7:30 p.m., Klein Lecture Hall

A sampling of some of the best film and video produced recently by Albright students. Organized by the Albright Cinema Club 

Xion Step Team Dance Showcase
Fri., Dec. 5, 7:30 p.m., Wachovia Theatre 

Black-Tie Optional
Fri., Dec. 5, 9 p.m., Roop Hall

Brought to you by Less Than or Equal To 

Christmas DayEE
Sat., Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m., Memorial Chapel

  • Candlelight Dinner*, 5:30 p.m., Campus Center South Lounge; $28, call 610-921-7510 to register

Celebrate the music of Christmas with Albright’s four choral ensembles—Albright Angels, Concert Choir, Mane Men and Women’s Chorale. 

Roar Like a Lion
Sun., Dec. 7, 3 p.m., Roop Hall

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

It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play*TAD
Adapted by Joe Landry
Fri.-Sat., Dec. 12-13, 8 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., Dec. 13-14, 2:30 p.m., Wachovia Theatre • $35 adult day off, $30 adult in advance; seniors 65 and over, and Albright faculty and staff, $10; Albright students and children 17 and under (are free?)

A Reinhold’s Brickhouse Theatre production in collaboration with Albright College’s Theatre department, directed by Mark Flannery from the Screenplay by Francis Goodrich, Albert Hackett, Frank Capra and Jo Swerling

Enjoy a holiday treat with this stage version of one of America’s most beloved holiday classics. Inside a 1940s radio station, a small ensemble of actors work together to offer a live broadcast of this heartfelt story of sacrifice and redemption. It’s Christmas Eve in Bedford Falls, and George Bailey, the nicest guy in town, is perched atop a bridge on the brink of suicide—that is, until a guardian angel named Clarence, who hasn’t yet earned his wings, intervenes to remind George just how many lives he has touched, and how terrible life in his community would be had he never been born.


JANUARY

Brent Green
Tues., Jan. 27–Sun., March 8, Freedman Gallery (MG)

Brent Green, self-taught filmmaker and artist, infuses a rough and raw DIY aesthetic into the art world through the use of a bizarre assortment of materials—clocks, musical instruments, and other everyday items. Fantastical narratives, sometimes based on real-life occurrences, and recurring characters pervade the films that hint at the darker and more somber sides of life.

  • Artist’s Salon – date/time TBD, home of Jaap van Liere
  • Artist’s Lecture – Thur., Jan. 29, 4-5 p.m., Klein Lecture HallEE
  • Reception – Thur., Jan. 29, 5-7 p.m.


FEBRUARY

Brent Green
Tues., Jan. 27–Sun., March 8, Freedman Gallery (MG)

Brent Green, self-taught filmmaker and artist, infuses a rough and raw DIY aesthetic into the art world through the use of a bizarre assortment of materials—clocks, musical instruments, and other everyday items. Fantastical narratives, sometimes based on real-life occurrences, and recurring characters pervade the films that hint at the darker and more somber sides of life.

  • Artist’s Salon – date/time TBD, home of Jaap van Liere
  • Artist’s Lecture – Thur., Jan. 29, 4-5 p.m., Klein Lecture HallEE
  • Reception – Thur., Jan. 29, 5-7 p.m.

Brendan Fernandes
Thurs., Feb. 5-Sun., April 12, Freedman Gallery (Foyer)

Kenyan-Indian-Canadian artist, Brendan Fernandes, investigates notions of authenticity and identity through the lenses of language and movement, highlighting the idea that for him “identity is in a constant state of flux.”

photoWinter Meet & Make #2: Printmaking AlternativesTAD
Tues., Feb. 10, 5 p.m., Freedman Gallery 

John L. Doyle: Selections from “The Great Human Race”
Tues., Feb. 10–Sun., March 8, Freedman Gallery (PS)

A selection of prints that were acquired in 2013 from John L. Doyle’s series The Great Human Race, and include the subthemes of youth, builders, warriors, cultural, and legends will be on view. The Great Human Race was Doyle’s exploration of man and race to “artistically interpret the contribution of each culture to a universal endeavor.”

  • Meet & Make, Tues., Feb. 10, 5 p.m., Freedman GalleryTAD 

Love is in My Hair
3rd Annual Albright Improv Festival*EE
Sat., Feb. 14

Improvisational comedy troupes from the area’s regional colleges will join us for a day of laughter and learning to be followed by a performance of those troupes along with a headlining, professional troupe to be announced.

  • Workshop, 1-5 p.m., Campus Center South Lounge & FiresideEE
  • Showcase, 7 p.m., Roop Hall, $5* 

The Masque of Beauty and the Beast by Michael Elliot Brill*EE
Fri., Feb. 13, 7 p.m.; Sat., Feb. 14 & 21, 10:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m.; Sun., Feb. 22, 2:30 p.m., Wachovia Theatre

A Domino Players production in collaboration with  Children’s Theatre of Albright, directed by Danny Campos ’05

Based on the legendary story, The Masque of Beauty and the Beast is a fanciful tapestry of theatrical enchantment, retelling the ageless fairy tale for audiences of all ages. Magic is created on all levels in this stunning verse play filled with sprightly dialog, delightful and varied characterizations. This production will be performed in the style of a 16th-century French masque and will feature gorgeous period costumes.

  • Talkback & Reception, Fri., Feb. 13, follows performance
  • Improv Show by Less Than or Equal To, Fri., Feb. 13, follows Talkback, Roop Hall
  • Tea Party, Feb. 14, noon-2 p.m., Roop Hall, $10

Enjoy sweet refreshments, meet the cast, play games, make a valentine and a mask of your own to take with you.

  • Theatre Luncheon, Feb. 22, 1 p.m., CFA Mezzanine, $25*

International Film Series #11*
Tues., Feb. 24, 7:30 p.m., Klein Lecture Hall 

Drum CircleTAD
Wed., Feb. 25, 7:30 p.m., Roop Hall

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


MARCH

Brent Green

Tues., Jan. 27–Sun., March 8, Freedman Gallery (MG)

Brent Green, self-taught filmmaker and artist, infuses a rough and raw DIY aesthetic into the art world through the use of a bizarre assortment of materials—clocks, musical instruments, and other everyday items. Fantastical narratives, sometimes based on real-life occurrences, and recurring characters pervade the films that hint at the darker and more somber sides of life.

  • Artist’s Salon – date/time TBD, home of Jaap van Liere
  • Artist’s Lecture – Thur., Jan. 29, 4-5 p.m., Klein Lecture HallEE
  • Reception – Thur., Jan. 29, 5-7 p.m.

Concert 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 posterInternational Film Series #12*
Tues., March 3, 7:30 p.m., Klein Lecture Hall 

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*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. For 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*
Tues., March 10, 7:30 p.m., Klein Lecture Hall 

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 

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

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 Lecture HallEE
  • Reception – Thur., March 26, 5-7 p.m. 

photoRevolutions Per Minute
Tues., March 24–Sun., April 26, Freedman Gallery (PS)

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*
Tues., March 24, 7:30 p.m., Klein Lecture Hall 

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. 

International Film Series #15*
Tues., March 31, 7:30 p.m., Klein Lecture Hall


APRIL

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

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 Lecture HallEE
  • Reception – Thur., March 26, 5-7 p.m. 

photoRevolutions Per Minute
Tues., March 24–Sun., April 26, Freedman Gallery (PS)

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*
Tues., April 7, 7:30 p.m., Klein Lecture Hall 

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

Monthly, long-form improvisational comedy show 

Brighton 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*
Tues., April 14, 7:30 p.m., Klein Lecture Hall 

10th Annual Edible Books Contest
Wed., April 15, 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 

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
Thur., April 16-Sun., 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. 

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*
Tues., April 21, 7:30 p.m., Klein Lecture Hall 

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

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

International Film Series #19*
Tues., April 28, 7:30 p.m., Klein Lecture Hall


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 

Annual 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

  • Submissions – Sat. & Sun., April 25-26, 1-4 p.m.; Mon., April 27, by advance appointment only; Tues., April 28, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

(download the prospectus at www.albright.edu/freedman)

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

IFS posterInternational Film Series #20*
Tues., May 5, 7:30 p.m., Klein Lecture Hall 

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. 

Albright’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:

  • Albright Angels – An all-woman a capella group
  • Mane Men – An all-man a capella group
  • Chamber Choir
  • Women’s Chorale
  • Concert Choir
  • Symphonic Band
  • Jazz Ensemble
  • Albright AM - Albright's Arts magazine
  • The Domino Players  – Theatre troupe
  • MEISA - Music Entertainment Industry Student Association