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Center for the Arts


The Center for the Arts at Albright College is a gathering place at the heart of our academic community that fosters an on-going dialogue about the arts that is relevant to the intellectual, cultural, and personal lives of our students. With its unique interdisciplinary environment of classrooms, studios, galleries, and performing spaces, the Center for the Arts provides a nexus for artists and their audiences that supports the wide variety of artistic and scholarly activities in which we engage. We invite both our academic and community partners to join us as we continue to explore the ever-changing values and ideas of our society, through the Liberal Arts tradition of experiential learning.

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

Box Office Hours:
Tuesday – Friday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
90 minutes before a Domino Players’ production, 60 minutes before all other shows.

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2017-2018 Program

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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.

August 2017


Faces of Reading + 10
Aug. 20 – Oct. 13, Freedman Gallery (MG and Foyer)
Faces of Reading + 10, created by Dr. John Pankratz, a Professor of History at Albright, with the collaboration of Angela Cremer ‘17, is at once a portrait, an analysis, and a celebration of a diverse, evolving city. The latest installment in an ongoing effort at civic portraiture, this collection of nearly 900 faces represents Reading residents of every background and all walks of life. Nearly 200 are persons John photographed for the original Faces of Reading in 2005, so then/now comparisons will be abundant. A vast wall of faces will teach visitors to see each of us as an individual and to see all of us as a community.

Public Reception, Aug. 20, 1-4 p.m.
Art-in-a-Minute: #CFAselfie, Aug. 30, 11-2 p.m., McMillan Student Center Main Lounge
Campus Reception, Aug. 31, 5-7 p.m.


Reading Samba School Open Rehearsal
Aug. 23, 6-8 p.m., Roop Hall


Ed Williford: Nine Variations on Touching and Thinking
Aug. 31 – Oct. 13, Freedman Gallery (PS)
The artist notes, “In my experience, things are not necessarily what they look like they are. The exhibition is an invitation to look at these nine objects and try to get some sense of what they are or might be. The pieces seem to be investigating their environment and maybe even themselves. I like to think they also may be inviting an observer to investigate the pieces themselves, not only with eyes but with their own fingers too. In touching and handling the pieces, the observer’s understanding of the object may change and shift at the same time that the piece itself moves and changes.”

Artist’s LectureEE, Sept. 14, 4-5 p.m., Klein Lecture Hall
Reception, Sept. 14, 5-7 p.m.


Reading Samba School Open Rehearsal
Aug. 30, 6-8 p.m., Roop Hall


Art Jam
Aug. 31, 7-11 p.m., Mary Miss Amphitheatre
After you’ve signed up for your favorite clubs during the Activities Fair and you’ve visited the Freedman Gallery for the opening of three amazing exhibitions, chill with friends, cool off with ice cream, and enjoy live comedy, music and fashion performances, then dance the night away under the stars at the open Dance Party. Organized by ASTEP.


September 2017


Stars of the Albright Stage, an Alumni Theatre Festival EE
Sept. 1–3, Wachovia Theatre, FREE (suggested donation at door supports our theatre endowment)
Please join us as talented alumni from our award-winning theatre department return to the Albright stage to join forces with our current students to offer a weekend full of provocative and exciting works that challenge our assumptions about life, love and the cosmos.

The Last Emperor of Mexico by Chris Davis ‘04, Sept. 1, 8 p.m., directed by Mary Tuomanen
Maximilian I has recently been declared the Emperor of Mexico by Napoleon III, but his administration soon comes under attack by the revolutionary Benito Juarez. Maximilian is confronted with a great dilemma to shave his beard or die by firing squad. Find out what happens in this one-man show noted as “hilarious,” by Broad St. Review, with “a strikingly original writer and performer,” The Scotsman.

She Gon’ Learn by Lisa Strum ’97, Sept. 2, 8 p.m., directed by Christopher Burris, for mature audiences only
Lisa is looking for love, but can she learn from her past to keep from falling on her a**! In a hilarious and poignant tracing of the heart’s scars, we watch Lisa play eight different characters as she navigates childhood, parental relationships, sexual awakening, the racial realities of dating, the excitement of new love, and a heart breaking, yet triumphant journey to self-love and discovery.

Improv Reunion, Sept. 2, follows performance, Wachovia Theatre
Alumni Luncheon, Sept. 3, noon-1:30 p.m., Roop Hall (invitation only)

Constellations by Nick Payne, Sept. 3, 2 p.m., Wachovia Theatre, directed by Jeffrey Lentz
Can one word alter the course of your life? Science and romance collide in a dizzying fugue of vignettes as we watch Marianne and Roland’s relationship unfold across time and space, with each variation sending their relationship on an entirely new trajectory, raising questions about the difference between choice and destiny.


Arts Administration and Theatre Forum
Sept. 2
Alumni and regional arts leaders will provide personal insights into their successful careers in theatres and museums. Learn more about their journeys in performing and visual arts and then join us for a great show each evening. FREE, advance registration required, visit https://albright.360alumni.com/events/view/3649.

Registration and Morning Refreshments, 10 a.m., CFA Mezzanine
Morning Session: After Albright, 10:30-11:45, Roop Hall
Networking Lunch, 12-1 p.m., CFA Mezzanine
Afternoon Session #1:Alternative Paths, 1-2:15 p.m., Roop Hall
Afternoon Session #2: Forming a Company and Creating New Work, 2:30-4 p.m., Roop Hall


Fashion Welcome Reception
Sept. 5, 4-5:30 p.m., CFA Mezzanine
Learn about the exciting events that are happening this year in the fashion department. Refreshments will be served. Door prizes, too! All are welcome.


Reading Samba School Open Rehearsal
Sept. 6, 6-8 p.m., Roop Hall


96-Hour Theatre Collaboratory
Sept. 9, 8 p.m., Wachovia Theatre
What can you do in four days? The Domino Players are going to team up to create a series of brand-new, short plays, from page to stage in a matter of days. The clock is ticking!


International Film Series #1: Mike Kuchar IN PERSON * EE
Sept. 12, 7:30 p.m., Klein Lecture Hall
Joining us from San Francisco, the legendary underground video and filmmaker joins us to share his latest creations.


Reading Samba School Open Rehearsal
Sept. 13, 6-8 p.m., Roop Hall


ASTEP First Friday Performance
Sept. 15, 7 p.m., McMillan Student Center Main Lounge


WXAC’s Concert Series at the Pond #3: Ivan Bravo Mariach Band EE
Sept. 20, 6 p.m., Sylvan Pond
Authentic sounds, locally sourced, with food provided by Mi Casa, Su Casa. Co-sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs.


Reading Samba School Open Rehearsal
Sept. 20, 6-8 p.m., Roop Hall


Albright Improv: Laughter is the Best Medicine
Sept. 20, 9:30 p.m., Roop Hall
Monthly long-form improvisational comedy show, part of Wellness Week, Sept. 18-22.


Meet and Make: Dharma Art
Sept. 21, 4:30-6:30 p.m., McMillan Student Center Main Lounge


WXAC’s Concert Series at the Pond #4: Albright’s Got Chops EE
Sept. 27, 6 p.m., Sylvan Pond
Features performances by the Albright Angels, Mane Men, Big Cat Jazz Ensemble and Reading Samba School.


Reading Samba School Open Rehearsal
Sept. 27, 6-8 p.m., Roop Hall


October 2017


The Cemetery Club by Ivan Menchell * EE
Sept. 29-30, 8 p.m.; Oct. 1, 2 p.m., Wachovia Theatre, directed by Cory Wilkerson (Hershey Playhouse), co-produced with The Crones
Flamboyant Lucille (Terri Mastrobuono), fiercely traditional Doris (Linde Stern), and nurturing Ida (Lisa Lutton Weitzman) have been best friends for over twenty years. Their bond threatens to unravel when one of them begins to balk at their husbands’ grave sites, and another seems headed for romantic involvement. What follows is a hilarious, poignant and ultimately human view of love, friendship, loyalty and moving forward.

Coffee with The Crones, Oct. 1, follows show, CFA Mezzanine


Reading Samba School Open Rehearsal
Oct. 4, 6-8 p.m., Roop Hall


ASTEP First Friday Performance
Oct. 6, 7 p.m., McMillan Student Center Main Lounge


Choral Pops EE
Oct. 7, 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. Adlai Binger, conductor.


Reading Samba School Open Rehearsal
Oct. 11, 6-8 p.m., Roop Hall


Reading Samba School Open Rehearsal
Oct. 18, 6-8 p.m., Roop Hall


Albright Improv
Oct. 18, 9:30 p.m., Roop Hall
Monthly long-form improvisational comedy show.


ASTEP First Friday Performance
Oct. 20, 7 p.m., McMillan Student Center Main Lounge


The Rocky Horror Picture Show, a Film Screening with Shadow Cast *
Oct. 21, 10 p.m., Roop Hall, $10
The Domino Players fall fundraiser features an exciting interactive screening and shadow cast production of the classic cult film, The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Tickets will be sold in the McMillan Student Center Main Lounge the week of the production. Visit the Domino Players’ Facebook page for more information.
Auditions, Sept. 14, TBD


Music Faculty Showcase EE
Oct. 22, 3 p.m., Memorial Chapel
Includes performances by Jeffrey Lentz, tenor; Tamara Black, soprano; A.J. Merlino, percussion; Lars Potteiger, piano; and an organ duet by Adlai Binger and Karen Eddinger.


Reading Samba School Open Rehearsal
Oct. 25, 6-8 p.m., Roop Hall


Perle Fine/Marguerite Louppe: New York/Paris
Oct. 26 – Dec. 15, Freedman Gallery (MG and Foyer)
The exhibition contrasts the lives of two women painters, one working in New York and the other across the Atlantic in Paris, who lived and were active for the same period of time, existing in the parallel art worlds of abstract painters and modernist Paris. Louppe lived from 1902-1988 and Fine from 1905-1988. The exhibition will place emphasis on the artists’ work; their style, use of material and aesthetic inspirations, accompanied by a consideration of the art scenes they emerged from and contributed to so vibrantly. Both artists will be represented by a wide variety of paintings and works on paper that will allow viewers to familiarize themselves with one of the stalwarts of the abstract expressionist movement — Fine, and introduce a painter hitherto unknown in the United States, who experimented in the cubist and purist styles — Louppe. Both Louppe and Fine had partners who were active artists as well, and the lively artistic social lives of each couple will be illustrated with letters, photographs and ephemera. Louppe and her husband, the painter Maurice Brianchon, were at the center of a French circle of creatives that included the composer Francis Poulenc, sculptor Ossip Zadkine and the writer Paul Morand, while Fine and her husband, the photographer Maurice Berezov, were part of the abstract expressionist and downtown New York art world. Also highlighted will be both women’s struggles to have their work given the same credence as their fellow male artists and the obstacles they faced and transcended, due to sexism.

Art-in-a-Minute: Text Home Without a Phone (fill-in-the blank postcard), Oct. 25, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., McMillan Student Center Main Lounge
Curatorial Lecture with Will Corwin EE, Oct. 26, 4-5 p.m., Klein Lecture Hall
Reception, Oct. 26, 5-7 p.m.
French Breakfast, Nov. 7, 8-10 a.m., Freedman Gallery


Digital Manipulations and Machinations, the Art of Clinton Fein
Oct. 26 – Dec. 15, Freedman Gallery (PS)
Clinton Fein’s digital manipulations of global icons and images have sparked controversy for years, both for their highly charged social and political commentary but also among the artistic elite as to the fine line between subversive art and the obscene or offensive. Under the direction of CFA director, David Tanner, students in the arts administration project management class will research and install an exhibition of Fein’s work from the Annoy.com portfolio, a highly controversial collection of digital manipulated images from the 1980s and early ‘90s. The exhibition will explore the historical subtext of these images and examine their relevance to contemporary issues and conflicts.

Opening Reception, Oct. 26, 5-7 p.m.
Lunch and Learn, Nov. 28 and 30, Dec. 5 and 7, 12-1 p.m.


Unwrapped Candy: A Sketchy Halloween Spectacular
Oct. 27, 9 p.m., Roop Hall
Trick-or-treat! Albright Sketch Society presents an evening of comedy, music, and spooky fun.


November 2017


Reading Samba School Open Rehearsal
Nov. 1, 6-8 p.m., Roop Hall


Candide music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Richard Wilbur * EE
Nov. 2-4, 8 p.m.; Nov. 5, 2 p.m., Wachovia Theatre, directed by Jeffrey Lentz, additional lyrics by Leonard Bernstein, Lillian Hellman, John Latouche and Stephen Sondheim, book by Hugh Wheeler (based on the satire by Voltaire)
Monty Python meets Grand Opera in Leonard Bernstein’s brilliant musical adaptation of Voltaire’s satire in which a young Candide and his friends, Cunegonde, Paquette, Maximillian, Dr. Pangloss, and an old lady (with one buttock), endure one hilarious catastrophe after another as they journey around the world in search of the meaning of life in this “best of all possible worlds.”

Talkback and Reception, Nov. 2, follows show
Albright Improv Show, Nov. 3, follows show, Roop Hall


Business of Fashion Forum * EE
Nov. 4, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Roessner Hall, $10
Join us for a day of informative sessions and networking with alumni and regional industry leaders in design, merchandising and marketing. Includes lunch and additional break-out sessions in the morning and afternoon with a closing keynote by TBD.


Reading Samba School Open Rehearsal
Nov. 8, 6-8 p.m., Roop Hall


Albright Idol
Nov. 11, 7 p.m., Memorial Chapel


Reading Samba School Open Rehearsal
Nov. 15, 6-8 p.m., Roop Hall


Albright Improv
Nov. 15, 9:30 p.m., Roop Hall
Monthly long-form improvisational comedy show.


Domino Players Studio: Short Play Festival
Nov. 16, 7:30 p.m., Wachovia Theatre
Join us for staged readings of new works by Albright students.

Script submissions due Sept. 15 via Dropbox (find the link on the DP’s Facebook page).
Auditions, Sept. 27, TBD


Big Cat Jazz Concert EE
Nov. 17, 7:30 p.m., Memorial Chapel


Symphonic Band Concert EE
Nov. 18, 7:30 p.m., Memorial Chapel


Sunday Sinfonia at Albright College EE
Nov. 19, 3 p.m., Memorial Chapel
Private Dinner, McMillan Student Center South Lounge, follows concert


Reading Samba School Open Rehearsal
Nov. 22, 6-8 p.m., Roop Hall


Reading Samba School Open Rehearsal
Nov. 29, 6-8 p.m., Roop Hall


Spring 2017 Fashion Trend Forecast
Nov. 29, 7-8:30 p.m., Klein Lecture Hall
Screening of Fashion Group International’s DVD forecast of spring 2018 trends. Discussion to follow with panel of local business owners.


December 2017


ASTEP Fall Showcase and Celebration
Dec. 1, 7 p.m., Roop Hall


Albright Dance Team Recital
Dec. 2, 7:30 p.m., Wachovia Theatre


Reading Samba School Open Rehearsal
Dec. 6, 6-8 p.m., Roop Hall


Xion Step Team Dance Showcase *
Dec. 8, 7:30 p.m., Wachovia Theatre


Albright Improv: Black-Tie Optional
Dec. 8, 9 p.m., Roop Hall


Sounds of the Season, a Choral Concert EE
Dec. 9, 7:30 p.m., Memorial Chapel
Celebrate the music of the holidays with Albright’s four choral ensembles — Albright Angels, Concert Choir, Mane Men and Women’s Chorale.


Roar Like a Lion, Music Student Recital
Dec. 10, 3 p.m., Roop Hall
Albright’s end-of-the-semester student recital offers a variety of vocal and instrumental performances.


Reading Samba School Open Rehearsal
Dec. 13, 6-8 p.m., Roop Hall


Reading Samba School Open Rehearsal
Dec. 20, 6-8 p.m., Roop Hall


January 2018


Reading Samba School Open Rehearsal
Jan. 3, 6-8 p.m., Roop Hall


Reading Samba School Open Rehearsal
Jan. 10, 6-8 p.m., Roop Hall


Reading Samba School Open Rehearsal
Jan. 17, 6-8 p.m., Roop Hall


Joan Linder, Operation Sunshine
Jan. 23 – Sun., April 8, Freedman Gallery (MG and Foyer)
The exhibition highlights Linder’s most recent body of work, which explores toxic waste sites in Buffalo, Tonawanda, and Niagara Falls, New York. Linder’s initial work focused on the Love Cana neighborhood along the Niagara River. During the 1940s, the Hooker Company dumped over 20,000 tons of toxic waste on this 36-square block locale. In 1978, the ill-health of its residents came to light, and subsequently, families were forced out of their homes and the community was demolished. Following a Superfund cleanup, what remains visible is a wasteland of grass-covered mounds surrounded by a chain-link fence. In the exhibition, the drawings expand to include radioactive waste sites in western New York that were a result of the Manhattan Project activity. Linder uses drawing to consider how history can get buried: as artifacts and chemicals in the ground, and as documents in the archive. The act of drawing becomes a way to slow down and pay attention anew to the damage and history that has become hidden in plain sight.

Art-in-a-Minute: Quick Draw, Jan. 24, 11-2 p.m., McMillan Student Center Main Lounge
Artist Lecture, Jan. 25, 4-5 p.m., Klein Lecture Hall EE
Opening Reception, Jan. 25, 5-7 p.m.


New Nudes: Paul Rybarczyk and Lauralynn White
Jan. 23 – March 9, Freedman Gallery (PS)
A staple of artistic practice, the nude is a classic that compels us and provokes strong emotions. Buffalo artist Paul Rybarczyk’s bold color palette suits the power of his male subjects while often showing them at their most vulnerable, and serves as an interesting counterpoint to the lush and lovely female figures that emerge from the wood grain and muted landscape paintings of local artist Lauralynn White.

Opening Reception, Jan. 25, 5-7 p.m.


Reading Samba School Open Rehearsal
Jan. 24, 6-8 p.m., Roop Hall


Reading Samba School Open Rehearsal
Jan. 31, 6-8 p.m., Roop Hall


February 2018


Joan Linder, Operation Sunshine
Jan. 23 – Sun., April 8, Freedman Gallery (MG and Foyer)
The exhibition highlights Linder’s most recent body of work, which explores toxic waste sites in Buffalo, Tonawanda, and Niagara Falls, New York. Linder’s initial work focused on the Love Cana neighborhood along the Niagara River. During the 1940s, the Hooker Company dumped over 20,000 tons of toxic waste on this 36-square block locale. In 1978, the ill-health of its residents came to light, and subsequently, families were forced out of their homes and the community was demolished. Following a Superfund cleanup, what remains visible is a wasteland of grass-covered mounds surrounded by a chain-link fence. In the exhibition, the drawings expand to include radioactive waste sites in western New York that were a result of the Manhattan Project activity. Linder uses drawing to consider how history can get buried: as artifacts and chemicals in the ground, and as documents in the archive. The act of drawing becomes a way to slow down and pay attention anew to the damage and history that has become hidden in plain sight.


New Nudes: Paul Rybarczyk and Lauralynn White
Jan. 23 – March 9, Freedman Gallery (PS)
A staple of artistic practice, the nude is a classic that compels us and provokes strong emotions. Buffalo artist Paul Rybarczyk’s bold color palette suits the power of his male subjects while often showing them at their most vulnerable, and serves as an interesting counterpoint to the lush and lovely female figures that emerge from the wood grain and muted landscape paintings of local artist Lauralynn White.


ASTEP First Friday Performance
Feb. 2, 7 p.m., McMillan Student Center Main Lounge


6th Annual Albright Improv Festival
Feb. 3
Join us for a day of laughter and learning with improvisational comedy troupes from Yocum Institute, West Chester University, and Drexel University, joined by Albright Improv, along with very special headliner Matt Holmes of Matt&. Holmes and Albright theatre professor Matt Fotis will lead the morning’s workshops. The afternoon’s roundtable, “Serious Comedy,” will focus on how comedy can compel us to confront matters of great importance. To sign up for the free workshop e-mail mfotis@albright.edu. Showcase tickets can be purchased at the Box Office in advance, or cash only at the door. For more information about improv at Albright, visit http://www.albrightimprov.com/albright-improv-festival.html.

Workshops*, 12-3:30 p.m., Roop Hall
Roundtable, 4-5:30 p.m., Roop Hall
Showcase*, 7 p.m., Roop Hall, $5


Reading Samba School Open Rehearsal
Feb. 7 and 14, 6-8 p.m., Roop Hall


WXAC’s Battle of the Bands
Feb. 17, 7-11 p.m., Memorial Chapel
Attention Student Musicians! My name is Avery Foster and I am the Program Director at WXAC 91.3 FM Albright College Radio, based in Reading. WXAC is hosting our first annual Battle of the Bands on Feb. 17 and we are extending an invitation to students from Albright College, Alvernia University, Kutztown University, Pennsylvania State University in Berks and Reading Area Community College! By auditioning, you will have a chance to compete for prizes. The top three artists will win a chance to perform live on-air at WXAC and have their content played and promoted through our web pages and over our air waves! To apply, you will need to complete an application form providing your personal and artist information. Since we want to hear the real you, originals are preferred. Applications will be accepted until Feb. 10! If you are interested in performing, please complete the application form and send it to: WXAC@albright.edu. We can’t wait to hear your sound!


Reading Samba School Open Rehearsal
Feb. 21, 6-8 p.m., Roop Hall


Almost, Maine by John Cariani *
Feb. 22-24, 8 p.m.; Feb. 25, 2 p.m., Wachovia Theatre, directed by Matt Fotis
One cold, clear Friday night in the middle of winter, while the northern lights hover in the sky above, Almost’s residents find themselves falling in and out of love in the strangest ways. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. Love is lost, found, and confounded. And life for the people of Almost, Maine will never be the same.

Talkback and Reception, Feb. 22, follows show
Albright Improv Show, Feb. 23, follows show, Roop Hall


Reading Samba School Open Rehearsal
Feb. 28, 6-8 p.m., Roop Hall


March 2018


Joan Linder, Operation Sunshine
Jan. 23 – Sun., April 8, Freedman Gallery (MG and Foyer)
The exhibition highlights Linder’s most recent body of work, which explores toxic waste sites in Buffalo, Tonawanda, and Niagara Falls, New York. Linder’s initial work focused on the Love Cana neighborhood along the Niagara River. During the 1940s, the Hooker Company dumped over 20,000 tons of toxic waste on this 36-square block locale. In 1978, the ill-health of its residents came to light, and subsequently, families were forced out of their homes and the community was demolished. Following a Superfund cleanup, what remains visible is a wasteland of grass-covered mounds surrounded by a chain-link fence. In the exhibition, the drawings expand to include radioactive waste sites in western New York that were a result of the Manhattan Project activity. Linder uses drawing to consider how history can get buried: as artifacts and chemicals in the ground, and as documents in the archive. The act of drawing becomes a way to slow down and pay attention anew to the damage and history that has become hidden in plain sight.


New Nudes: Paul Rybarczyk and Lauralynn White
Jan. 23 – March 9, Freedman Gallery (PS)
A staple of artistic practice, the nude is a classic that compels us and provokes strong emotions. Buffalo artist Paul Rybarczyk’s bold color palette suits the power of his male subjects while often showing them at their most vulnerable, and serves as an interesting counterpoint to the lush and lovely female figures that emerge from the wood grain and muted landscape paintings of local artist Lauralynn White.


Comics and Conversation with Corey McCarty
March 1, 4:30-6:30 p.m., McMillan Student Center Main Lounge


ASTEP First Friday Performance
March 2, 7 p.m., McMillan Student Center Main Lounge


American Landscape, a Choral Concert EE
March 3, 7:30 p.m., Memorial Chapel
The Albright Angels, Concert Choir, Mane Men and Women’s Chorale will perform a concert of music by American composers.


Reading Samba School Open Rehearsal
March 7, 6-8 p.m., Roop Hall


Albright Angels and Mane Men Spring 2018 Tour
Adlai Binger, Conductor
March 9 – 18


Reading Samba School Open Rehearsal
March 14, 6-8 p.m., Roop Hall


André Terrel Jackson, Fashioning Identities: Remixed
March 20 – April 22, Freedman Gallery (PS)
Albright alumnus, André Terrel Jackson ’13, remixes visual references from history, pop culture, diasporic cultures, and his own personal experiences with family and friends in the pursuit of his creative process. Based in fiber, Jackson’s mixed-media works cause viewers to investigate and question assumptions about identity politics. By transforming, juxtaposing and adapting common materials into his works, he examines the contradictions within and forces us to think differently about concepts related to beauty, identity and race.

Art-in-a-Minute: Knit Like a Boss, March 21, 11:30-1:30 p.m., McMillan Student Center Main Lounge
Closing Reception (Alumni Weekend), April 22, 2:30-4 p.m.


Albright Improv
March 21, 9:30 p.m., Roop Hall
Monthly long-form improvisational comedy show.


Roop Hall’s Drag Race
March 24, 9 p.m., Roop Hall
Tickets will be sold in the Campus Center the week of the show and if not sold out, at the door

Auditions, Feb. 21, TBD


Reading Samba School Open Rehearsal
March 28, 6-8 p.m., Roop Hall


April 2018


Joan Linder, Operation Sunshine
Jan. 23 – Sun., April 8, Freedman Gallery (MG and Foyer)
The exhibition highlights Linder’s most recent body of work, which explores toxic waste sites in Buffalo, Tonawanda, and Niagara Falls, New York. Linder’s initial work focused on the Love Cana neighborhood along the Niagara River. During the 1940s, the Hooker Company dumped over 20,000 tons of toxic waste on this 36-square block locale. In 1978, the ill-health of its residents came to light, and subsequently, families were forced out of their homes and the community was demolished. Following a Superfund cleanup, what remains visible is a wasteland of grass-covered mounds surrounded by a chain-link fence. In the exhibition, the drawings expand to include radioactive waste sites in western New York that were a result of the Manhattan Project activity. Linder uses drawing to consider how history can get buried: as artifacts and chemicals in the ground, and as documents in the archive. The act of drawing becomes a way to slow down and pay attention anew to the damage and history that has become hidden in plain sight.


New Nudes: Paul Rybarczyk and Lauralynn White
Jan. 23 – March 9, Freedman Gallery (PS)
A staple of artistic practice, the nude is a classic that compels us and provokes strong emotions. Buffalo artist Paul Rybarczyk’s bold color palette suits the power of his male subjects while often showing them at their most vulnerable, and serves as an interesting counterpoint to the lush and lovely female figures that emerge from the wood grain and muted landscape paintings of local artist Lauralynn White.


Reading Samba School Open Rehearsal
April 4, 6-8 p.m., Roop Hall


Fashion Alumni Panel and Dinner
April 6

Dinner, 6-7 p.m., CFA Mezzanine
Panel, 7-8 p.m., Klein Lecture Hall


ASTEP First Friday Performance
April 6, 7 p.m., McMillan Student Center Main Lounge


Music Industry Interview EE
April 6, 8 p.m., Klein Lecture Hall


6th Annual Music Business Forum EE
April 7, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Roessner Hall
The sixth annual Music Business Forum will feature presentations with current music industry professionals, including: TBD. Lunch provided. FREE for Albright students and prospective students with advance registration required, $10 all others. Questions? Contact amerlino@albright.edu.


Lion Enterprises Spring Concert Series EE
April 8, 7 p.m., Memorial Chapel

The Lion Enterprises’ Spring Concert Series includes three shows from April to May. Each event features a new line-up of Lion Enterprises artists and a special guest performer.


Poetry Out Loud
April 10, 11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m., Mary Miss Amphitheater (rain location: CFA Mezzanine)


Reading Samba School Open Rehearsal
April 11, 6-8 p.m., Roop Hall


The Liar by David Ives adapted from the comedy by Pierre Corneille * EE
April 12-14, 8 p.m.; April 15, 2 p.m., Wachovia Theatre, directed by Julia Matthews.
“All the world’s a lie, and all the men and women merely liars,” so says Dorante, the charming young lawyer who can’t open his mouth without telling another whopper. Dorante quickly sets his romantic sights on the beautiful Clarice, or maybe it’s her best friend Lucrece. Which one is which? And which one is secretly engaged to his best friend? Falsehoods fly in this sparkling French comedy by Corneille, newly adapted by David Ives.

Talkback and Reception, April 12, follows show
Albright Improv Show, April 13, follows show, Roop Hall


Potpourri, Sunday Sinfonia at Albright College EE
April 15, 3 p.m., Memorial Chapel

Generations of players and music from Mozart’s The Hunt to Bernstein’s Somewhere. A splash of Bartók and Tartini’s Cello Concerto featuring Albright’s own cellist, Wil Adams.
Offsite Performance, April 14, 7 p.m., Phoebe Berks
Private Dinner, McMillan Student Center South Lounge, follows concert


Reading Samba School Open Rehearsal
April 18, 6-8 p.m., Roop Hall


Big Cat Jazz Concert EE
April 20, 7:30 p.m., Memorial Chapel


Symphonic Band Concert, Mythical Excursions EE
April 21, 7:30 p.m., Memorial Chapel

Explore ancient Greek, Roman and Norse mythology through music. Repertoire includes Fate of the Gods by Steven Reineke, Morpheus by Randall Standridge, Nemesis by Gary Ziek and more.


Albright Angels at 20/Mane Men at 16
April 22, 1 p.m., Memorial Chapel


Reading Samba School Open Rehearsal
April 25, 6-8 p.m., Roop Hall


Annual Juried Student Exhibition
April 26 – May 11, Freedman Gallery (MG and PS)
This annual exhibition includes a round up of work by Albright students created over the past year. Annual prizes and awards are given in different categories during a special reception. Juror: Susan Biebuyck, painter and graphic designer, gallery director for Studio B, Boyertown.

Download the prospectus here.

Intake, April 16-17, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Award Ceremony and Reception, May 3, 5-7 p.m.


ASTEP Spring Showcase and Celebration
April 27, 7 p.m., Roop Hall


Aeolus Quartet
April 28, 6 p.m., Roop Hall
Sponsored by Merrill Lynch


Albright College Dance Team – Spring Showcase EE
April 28, 8-10 p.m., Wachovia Theatre

The Albright College Dance Team will be showcasing tap, jazz, contemporary, lyrical, and praise styles of dance in their performances. Trained in a variety of dancing styles, together, we are a group of women with a shared passion for Dance.


Green and Growing: Student Projects in Theatre EE
April 30, 7:30 p.m., Wachovia Theatre


May 2018


Reading Samba School Open Rehearsal
May 2, 6-8 p.m., Roop Hall


Emerging Voices from Domino Players Studio EE
May 2, 7:30 p.m., Wachovia Theatre

Scripts and project proposals due, Feb. 23
Auditions, March 14, TBD


Albright Improv: Early Bird Special
May 3, 4:30 p.m., CFA Mary Miss Amphitheatre


Annual Juried Student Exhibition
Award Ceremony and Reception, May 3, 5-7 p.m


Albright Improv: Beach Party Bonanza VII, Electric Boogaloo VI, Dreams Come True V
May 4, 6 p.m., CFA Mary Miss Amphitheatre


Xion Step Team Dance Showcase *
May 4, 7:30 p.m., Wachovia Theatre


Children’s Theatre of Albright: The Adventures of TV Cat
May 5, 1 p.m., McMillan Student Center Main Lounge
Based on the stories of Hank Fotis, get to know the sometimes mischievous and sometimes lazy TV Cat as he gets himself into and out of a world of trouble.


Albright’s Annual Fashion Showcase * EE
May 5, $5/$10 students advance/door, $10/$15 adult advance/door, $25 VIP advance only/reserved seating and private reception

Exhibition, 4-5:30 p.m., Roop Hall
Runway Show, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Wachovia Theatre
VIP Reception, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Freedman Gallery


Celebrate Spring, a Choral Concert EE
May 5, 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.


Roar Like a Lion, Music Student Recital
May 7, 7 p.m., Roop Hall
Albright’s end-of-the-semester student recital offers a variety of vocal and instrumental performances.


Reading Samba School Open Rehearsal
May 9, 6-8 p.m., Roop Hall


Reading Samba School Open Rehearsal
May 16, 6-8 p.m., Roop Hall


Reading Samba School Open Rehearsal
May 23, 6-8 p.m., Roop Hall


Reading Samba School Open Rehearsal
May 30, 6-8 p.m., Roop Hall


Summer 2018


Reading Samba School Open Rehearsal
June 6, 13, 20 and 27, 6-8 p.m., Roop Hall


Arts Near Albright

There is a thriving arts scene in the Reading Area. If you are looking for something that’s not offered at the Center for the Arts try one of these organizations:

The Goggleworks

The GoggleWorks Center for the Arts is a prime example of adaptive reuse in architecture, and derives its name from the original structure from which it evolved. Where there is now a hub of community activity bringing people together in the arts and culture, there once stood a leader in the safety industry whose groundbreaking innovations spanned over a century.

The Berks Arts Council

Berks Arts Council’s mission is to encourage and promote all of the arts, to develop an appreciation of the arts, and to enrich and enhance the quality of life in Berks County. The Arts Council presents the Berks Jazz Fest, the Bandshell Concert Series, the Pagoda Awards, the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts re-granting program, the Music Composition Program, and provides art exhibition opportunities for member artists.

The Reading Symphony Orchestra

The Reading Symphony Orchestra’s mission is to provide and promote high quality symphonic music to the citizens of Reading and Berks County through:

Classical subscription concerts
Pops concerts
Concerts for students
Youth orchestras
Educational and community outreach programs

The Reading Public Museum

The mission of the Reading Public Museum, a dynamic center of lifelong learning, is to collect, preserve and interpret objects of art, science and civilization in order to educate, enlighten and engage current and future generations.

Santander Arena and Santander Performing Arts Center

The Santander Arena and Santander Performing Arts Center are the main performance centers in downtown Reading, hosting national and international performers and performances.

The Freyberger Gallery at Penn State Berks

The Freyberger Gallery is Penn State Berks’ fine arts gallery. It is located in the Perkins Student Center.

Kids and Families

Art Videos

Community Programs

Albright engages families, children, youth groups and schools with a variety of activities that inspire creativity and learning. Many programs use the Freedman Gallery’s special exhibitions, permanent collection or outdoor sculpture as a starting point for activities that develop imagination, expression and careful observation. Ideas and concepts are explored through discussion, demonstration, reflection and creation. For teachers, we offer curriculum guides, in-service training workshops and in-class visits with project materials we supply. Ask us to create a unique, hands-on activity! For tours and information, contact Beth Krumholz, curator of education, at 610-921-7776 or bkrumholz@albright.edu.

Experimental Art Labs are led by Beth Krumholz, guest artists or Albright student art educators, and include ongoing, hands-on activities in a variety of media. Several home-school groups meet with Beth once a week for special hands-on activities. High school students and Albrightians also regularly work individually on projects for the Senior Volunteer Center at Reading Hospital. For dates/times, contact Beth or check out the Freedman Kids blog at http://freedmankids-discovery.blogspot.com/.

On campus we host a number of regular events each semester under the Meet & Make moniker. These are great ways for students to make new friends and let their minds unwind. We are also open to working with an individual or student organization to create an event, which is how the Comics & Conversations with Corey McCarty developed; save March 2 for that repeating event from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in the Campus Center. Other dates to note are Sept. 19 for Tie-Dye Mania at Albright’s Organic Community Garden, Dharma Art on Sept. 22, which is part of Wellness Week, and Poetry Out Loud on April 11.

Through our art outreach efforts, we have created a number of ongoing partnerships with schools and community organizations. For 13th & Union Elementary School we organized a local artist and students who created a mural in the school, and we regularly host classes for campus tours of the Freedman Gallery, the organic community garden and outdoor sculpture park. On a monthly basis we provide visual presentations and hands on activities for seniors at Centre Park Lutheran Church. We partnered with Arts Fusion of Pottstown, giving their teens free access to our events and taking our teens to their events, programs and facilities. This summer we partnered with the Reading Public Library to create the “free, little libraries,” made from recycled objects and stocked with donated books that folks can take for free at five locations across town. If you’ve been out and about, you also will likely see us at events like Pride Fest, where we provide a free, hands-on activity. Contact Beth and let us know what we can do with you!

Discovery Guides

Our Discovery Guide series offers unique project ideas you can do at home, in the gallery or in the classroom.

Discovery Guides are copyright protected.
Discovery Guides are free upon request. Please send 10”x13” SASE with $1.00 postage each

Click the links below to view the Discovery Guide for the exhibition listed

Family Art Workshops

Family Arts Workshops include a tour of the exhibit, group discussions about the artwork, and an art project related to the current exhibit. Previous workshops featured printmaking, pinhole photography (in the darkroom), book making and heat-transfers on Tshirts.

Family Arts Workshops are for children between the ages of 5 and 13. Children must be accompanied by an adult partner. There is a $5 fee for materials (free with a Family Membership – $50). Reservations are required. Please contact Beth Krumholz, Curator of Education, (610) 921-7776, bkrumholz@albright.edu

School Groups

The Freedman Gallery displays several exhibits each season featuring work by contemporary artists exploring a variety of media.

When your class comes to visit they will have a tour of the exhibit and will participate in a discussion about art and the artists. Students will create a related art project designed specifically for the exhibit.

A written assignment can also be included. This wonderful enriching experience is FREE.

For your class tour, please contact Beth Krumholz, Curator of Education, (610) 921-7776, bkrumholz@albright.edu.

Departments

Art Department
Arts Administration Department
Music Department
Theatre Department
Fashion Department


More Resources

Download Ticket Order Forms
Explore the “Teens After Dark” Blog


Center for the Arts Staff 

David Tanner, Director manages both the Freedman Gallery and the Wachovia Theatre, and coordinates the arts administration program. In previous positions he served as the COO of the Burchfield Penney Art Center, Buffalo State College, Buffalo, NY, as the Associate Director for Administration at the Indiana University Art Museum, Bloomington, IN, and as the Executive Director for the Association of Midwest Museums, a professional organization serving eight states throughout the Midwest. Tanner also taught in the Master’s program for museum studies at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He holds a MPA in museum administration from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, along with three bachelor degrees, in English, history, and paralegal studies.


Beth Krumholz, Curator of Education, Center for the Arts
Marisa McGrath, Box Office Manager
Brandon Sewall, Assistant Technical Director

 

Joan Linder, Operation Sunshine
Jan. 23 – Sun., April 8, Freedman Gallery (MG and Foyer)
The exhibition highlights Linder’s most recent body of work, which explores toxic waste sites in Buffalo, Tonawanda, and Niagara Falls, New York. Linder’s initial work focused on the Love Cana neighborhood along the Niagara River. During the 1940s, the Hooker Company dumped over 20,000 tons of toxic waste on this 36-square block locale. In 1978, the ill-health of its residents came to light, and subsequently, families were forced out of their homes and the community was demolished. Following a Superfund cleanup, what remains visible is a wasteland of grass-covered mounds surrounded by a chain-link fence. In the exhibition, the drawings expand to include radioactive waste sites in western New York that were a result of the Manhattan Project activity. Linder uses drawing to consider how history can get buried: as artifacts and chemicals in the ground, and as documents in the archive. The act of drawing becomes a way to slow down and pay attention anew to the damage and history that has become hidden in plain sight.


New Nudes: Paul Rybarczyk and Lauralynn White
Jan. 23 – March 9, Freedman Gallery (PS)
A staple of artistic practice, the nude is a classic that compels us and provokes strong emotions. Buffalo artist Paul Rybarczyk’s bold color palette suits the power of his male subjects while often showing them at their most vulnerable, and serves as an interesting counterpoint to the lush and lovely female figures that emerge from the wood grain and muted landscape paintings of local artist Lauralynn White.


Reading Samba School Open Rehearsal
April 4, 6-8 p.m., Roop Hall


Fashion Alumni Panel and Dinner
April 6

Dinner, 6-7 p.m., CFA Mezzanine
Panel, 7-8 p.m., Klein Lecture Hall


ASTEP First Friday Performance
April 6, 7 p.m., McMillan Student Center Main Lounge


Music Industry Interview EE
April 6, 8 p.m., Klein Lecture Hall


6th Annual Music Business Forum EE
April 7, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Roessner Hall
The sixth annual Music Business Forum will feature presentations with current music industry professionals, including: TBD. Lunch provided. FREE for Albright students and prospective students with advance registration required, $10 all others. Questions? Contact amerlino@albright.edu.


Lion Enterprises Spring Concert Series EE
April 8, 7 p.m., Memorial Chapel

The Lion Enterprises’ Spring Concert Series includes three shows from April to May. Each event features a new line-up of Lion Enterprises artists and a special guest performer.


Poetry Out Loud
April 10, 11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m., Mary Miss Amphitheater (rain location: CFA Mezzanine)


Reading Samba School Open Rehearsal
April 11, 6-8 p.m., Roop Hall


The Liar by David Ives adapted from the comedy by Pierre Corneille * EE
April 12-14, 8 p.m.; April 15, 2 p.m., Wachovia Theatre, directed by Julia Matthews.
“All the world’s a lie, and all the men and women merely liars,” so says Dorante, the charming young lawyer who can’t open his mouth without telling another whopper. Dorante quickly sets his romantic sights on the beautiful Clarice, or maybe it’s her best friend Lucrece. Which one is which? And which one is secretly engaged to his best friend? Falsehoods fly in this sparkling French comedy by Corneille, newly adapted by David Ives.

Talkback and Reception, April 12, follows show
Albright Improv Show, April 13, follows show, Roop Hall


Potpourri, Sunday Sinfonia at Albright College EE
April 15, 3 p.m., Memorial Chapel

Generations of players and music from Mozart’s The Hunt to Bernstein’s Somewhere. A splash of Bartók and Tartini’s Cello Concerto featuring Albright’s own cellist, Wil Adams.
Offsite Performance, April 14, 7 p.m., Phoebe Berks
Private Dinner, McMillan Student Center South Lounge, follows concert


Reading Samba School Open Rehearsal
April 18, 6-8 p.m., Roop Hall


Big Cat Jazz Concert EE
April 20, 7:30 p.m., Memorial Chapel


Symphonic Band Concert, Mythical Excursions EE
April 21, 7:30 p.m., Memorial Chapel

Explore ancient Greek, Roman and Norse mythology through music. Repertoire includes Fate of the Gods by Steven Reineke, Morpheus by Randall Standridge, Nemesis by Gary Ziek and more.


Albright Angels at 20/Mane Men at 16
April 22, 1 p.m., Memorial Chapel


Reading Samba School Open Rehearsal
April 25, 6-8 p.m., Roop Hall


Annual Juried Student Exhibition
April 26 – May 11, Freedman Gallery (MG and PS)
This annual exhibition includes a round up of work by Albright students created over the past year. Annual prizes and awards are given in different categories during a special reception. Juror: Susan Biebuyck, painter and graphic designer, gallery director for Studio B, Boyertown.

Download the prospectus here.

Intake, April 16-17, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Award Ceremony and Reception, May 3, 5-7 p.m.


ASTEP Spring Showcase and Celebration
April 27, 7 p.m., Roop Hall


Aeolus Quartet
April 28, 6 p.m., Roop Hall
Sponsored by Merrill Lynch


Albright College Dance Team – Spring Showcase EE
April 28, 8-10 p.m., Wachovia Theatre

The Albright College Dance Team will be showcasing tap, jazz, contemporary, lyrical, and praise styles of dance in their performances. Trained in a variety of dancing styles, together, we are a group of women with a shared passion for Dance.


Green and Growing: Student Projects in Theatre EE
April 30, 7:30 p.m., Wachovia Theatre