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Spring 2013

The Bobs

The Bobs

February 2, 20137:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Memorial Hall, Pickard Theater

Manhattan Transfer meets Monty Python...Robin Williams meets Bobby McFerrin...J.S. Bach meets Jimi Hendrix: Grammy-nominated vocal acrobats (and certifiable nutjobs), that's THE BOBS.

This original "band without instruments" has been skewering the classics, breaking all the rules and clear-cutting their own unique path in the world of vocal music for over 25 years, playing everywhere from Lincoln Center to Berlin's Passionkirche.

Tickets: $10.00 general public; free for Bowdoin ID holders at the David Saul Smith Union information desk (725-3375), and for members of the Association of Bowdoin Friends at the McLellan Building.

Sponsored by the Donald M. Zuckert Visiting Professorship Fund.

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Outside the Wire: Theater of War Performance

Outside the Wire:  Theater of War Performance

February 7, 20137:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Outside the Wire, a social impact company, will present performances of Theater of War and End of Life at Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center, at Bowdoin College, February 7 and 8, 2013.

Theater of War will be presented Thursday, February 7, at 7 p.m., and End of Life will be presented Friday, February 8, at 12:30 p.m.

The performances are free and open to the public.
 
Theater of War presents readings of Sophocles' Ajax and Philoctetes to military and civilian communities across the United States, Europe and Japan. These ancient plays timelessly and universally depict the psychological and physical wounds inflicted upon warriors by war.

By presenting these plays to military and civilian audiences, the hope is to de-stigmatize psychological injury, increase awareness of post-deployment psychological health issues, disseminate information regarding available resources, and foster greater family, community, and troop resilience.

This performance runs two hours.

End of Life presents readings of Sophocles' Women of Trachis as a catalyst for town hall discussions with the audience about suffering and death as it touches patients, families, and health professionals who work in the fields of medicine, palliative care, hospice, geriatrics, nursing and clinical bioethics.

This unique, participatory event is intended to promote healthy discussion among diverse communities -- public and professional -- fostering compassion, cooperation, and understanding about living with chronic suffering and the mortality we all share.

This performance runs one hour.

Both play readings will be followed by a discussion with panelists from the community and facilitated town-hall style audience discussions.

These performances will feature Adam Driver (Girls, Lincoln, J. Edgar), Joanne Tucker (Through the Yellow Hour, The Cherry Orchard), and Reg E. Cathey (The Wire, Lights Out, American Psycho); are translated, directed and facilitated by Bryan Doerries; and are produced by Phyllis Kaufman.

Outside the Wire's two-day visit at Bowdoin is sponsored by the Jacob Jasper Stahl Lectureship in the Humanities; the Bowdoin Departments of Classics, English, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology and Anthropology, and Theater and Dance; the Gender and Women's Studies Program; and the Joseph McKeen Center for the Common Good.

About Outside the Wire   
Outside the Wire is a social impact company that uses theater and a variety of other media to address pressing public health and social issues, such as combat-related psychological injury, end of life care, prison reform, political violence and torture, and the de-stigmatization of the treatment of substance abuse and addiction.

To date, there have been over 200 performances of Theater of War for military and civilian communities throughout the United States, Europe and Japan. Over 40,000 service members, veterans, and their families have attended and participated in Theater of War performances and discussions.

Go to Outside the Wire's website www.outsidethewirellc.com to find more information about the project, watch a short video of a performance, and find out about recent and upcoming performances. You can also find Theater of War on Facebook.

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Outside the Wire: End of Life Performance

Outside the Wire:  End of Life Performance

February 8, 201312:30 PM – 1:30 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

THEATER OF WAR & END OF LIFE
Presented at Bowdoin College

Featuring: 
Adam Driver
TV/Film credits include:
Girls
Lincoln
J. Edgar

END OF LIFE
Friday, February 8th, 2013
12:30-1:30 PM
VAC - Kresge Auditorium

End of Life is an innovative project that presents readings of ancient Greek plays as a catalyst for town hall discussions with the public about suffering and death as it touches patients, families, and health professionals who work in the fields of medicine, palliative care, hospice, geriatrics, nursing and clinical bioethics.  This unique, participatory event is intended to promote healthy discussion among diverse communities--public and professional--fostering compassion, cooperation, and understanding about living with chronic suffering and the mortality we all share.

Admission is free.  Seating is limited. 
Questions? Contact: jkosak @ bowdoin.edu or call 207-725-3617.

Translated, directed, and facilitated by Bryan Doerries.  Produced by Phyllis Kaufman.

Sponsored by the Jasper Jacob Stahl Lecture Fund, the Classics Department, the Sociology Department, The Department of Theater and Dance, and the Joseph McKeen Center for the Common Good,

To become a part of this project, host a performance in your community, support our efforts, continue the discussion online, or for additional information, please contact Bryan Doerries, Artistic Director or Phyllis Kaufman, Producing Director at info @ outsidethewirellc.com 

For more information, visit our website:  www.outsidethewirellc.com

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Common Hour with Paul Kaiser

Common Hour with Paul Kaiser

February 15, 201312:30 PM – 1:30 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Digital artist Paul Kaiser, the latest in the College's Computation and the Liberal Arts Colloquium (CLAC) speaker series, delivers the Common Hour talk, "Specific Bodies, Specific Thoughts," at 12:30 p.m. Friday, February 15, 2013, in Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center.

At first glance, Kaiser might seem at odds with his art. His work is all about drawing, but he himself cannot draw. It often entails dance, though he has neither dance ability nor training. It increasingly explores complex spatial arrangements in 3-D — despite his having no sense of direction (Kaiser says he gets lost as often in virtual spaces as he does in physical ones). It also relies on highly advanced code, which he cannot read, let alone program.

Despite but also because of these limitations, Kaiser has created a significant body of work for stage, gallery, screen, and public space with his two colleagues, Marc Downie and Shelley Eshkar.

Together they compose OpenEndedGroup, whose work has been presented in such venues as Lincoln Center, the New York Film Festival, the ICA Boston, the Hayward Gallery, Sundance, Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center, the Festival d’Automne, Sadler’s Wells Theatre, the Barbican Centre, and many others.

"The increasing prevalence of computational methods and 'big data' is having transformative effects in all the academic disciplines," says Bill Barker, Bowdoin’s Isaac Henry Wing Professor of Mathematics and a CLAC Steering Committee member. 

"We now have the ability to address questions that previously could not be answered and tools to add new dimensions to artistic creativity. Bowdoin’s 'Computational Studies Initiative' is intended to make the College a leader in the educational response to this digital revolution, and in the process to significantly benefit every student and department in the College.

"As part of this Initiative, the Computation and the Liberal Arts Colloquium is designed to display innovative and important applications of computational techniques in a wide variety of disciplines ranging across the sciences, social sciences and the humanities."

Previous CLAC speakers have included visiting instructor Sarah Iams who delivered the October talk, "The Zigzagging Flight of Mosquitoes and other Insects," sharing insight into the flight patterns of mosquitoes and other insects through the analysis of data drawn from slow motion movies of mosquitoes in free flight, and Getty Foundation senior program officer Anne Helmreich, who spoke of the use of social network analysis to visualize and interpret the international art market in the late 19th century during her talk in November.

Next in the series is the April 12 workshop, "Writing about Data: Making Sense of the Science," conducted by Judith Swan, associate director for writing in science and engineering with the Princeton Writing Program.

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Vagina Monologues Show

Vagina Monologues Show

February 16, 20137:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

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Den of Thieves - Masque and Gown

Den of Thieves - Masque and Gown

February 21, 20138:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Memorial Hall, Pickard Theater

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Common Hour with Kevin Newbury '00

Common Hour with Kevin Newbury '00

February 22, 201312:30 PM – 1:30 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Opera, theatre and film director Kevin Newbury '00 leads a discussion with composer Heidi Rodewald and playwright Donna Di Novelli about collaboration in the arts. The panel discussion will focus on the development of new work for the stage - featuring live musical selections from the world premiere musical THE GOOD SWIMMER, which the team is developing here at Bowdoin this month. Co-sponsored by the Department of Theater and Dance and the Alice Cooper Morse Fund for Performing Arts.

To view the Spring 2013 Common Hour program in its entirety, please visit us at: Events and Summer Programs: Common Hour.

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Den of Thieves - Masque and Gown

Den of Thieves - Masque and Gown

February 22, 20138:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Memorial Hall, Pickard Theater

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Den of Thieves - Masque and Gown

Den of Thieves - Masque and Gown

February 23, 20138:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Memorial Hall, Pickard Theater

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Quake

Quake

February 28, 20137:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Memorial Hall, Wish Theater

Lucy, a young woman searching for the love of her life, finds an unlikely role model in That Woman, a brilliant astrophysicist-turned-serial-killer who murders her boyfriends at the moment they fall out of love. Lucy's obsession with That Woman grows, taking her on a perilous and peculiar journey across the country in this delightfully strange comedy.

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An Enchanted Evening with the Spirits of Japanese Dance and Art

An Enchanted Evening with the Spirits of Japanese Dance and Art

February 28, 20137:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

A performance/demonstration of kabuki and traditional Japanese dance by Sachiyo Ito based in New York City. Sachiyo Ito has brought together East and West through her delicate and powerful performances of classical, traditional, and contemporary Japanese for nearly forty years. 

Organized in conjunction with "Fantastic Stories: The Supernatural in Nineteenth-Century Japanese Prints" on view at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art through March 3, 2013 and supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Fund.

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Quake

Quake

March 1, 20137:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Memorial Hall, Wish Theater

Lucy, a young woman searching for the love of her life, finds an unlikely role model in That Woman, a brilliant astrophysicist-turned-serial-killer who murders her boyfriends at the moment they fall out of love. Lucy's obsession with That Woman grows, taking her on a perilous and peculiar journey across the country in this delightfully strange comedy.

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Quake

Quake

March 2, 20137:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Memorial Hall, Wish Theater

Lucy, a young woman searching for the love of her life, finds an unlikely role model in That Woman, a brilliant astrophysicist-turned-serial-killer who murders her boyfriends at the moment they fall out of love. Lucy's obsession with That Woman grows, taking her on a perilous and peculiar journey across the country in this delightfully strange comedy.

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The Good Swimmer

The Good Swimmer

March 2, 20139:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Memorial Hall, Pickard Theater

A New England beach is the setting for The Good Swimmer, a new musical centering around a family of lifeguards and their attempts to wrestle with heroism and defiance. It's 1963. A brother and two sisters watch the oceans for unusual activity and compete against each other in rescue contests. Using an on-stage band, the lyrics are derived from found text'---primarily The American Red Cross Life Saving and Water Safety Manual.

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Afro-Cuban All Stars led by Juan de Marcos Gonzalez

Afro-Cuban All Stars led by Juan de Marcos Gonzalez

March 7, 20137:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Memorial Hall, Pickard Theater

Led by Juan de Marcos Gonzalez, the visionary behind the Buena Vista Social Club, the Afro-Cuban All Stars features the best of the next generation of hot Cuban musicians. The ensemble captures the exuberant spirit of Cuban music with a potent combination of driving percussion, a powerhouse horn section, piano, bass, tres, guitar and incomparable vocals.

Tickets on sale beginning February 11 at the Smith Union Information Desk, $25 public,$10 Association of Bowdoin Friends, FREE for Bowdoin students, faculty, and staff (limit 2 tickets per ID). Please call 207-725-3433 or email events@bowdoin.edu for more information.

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The Poets and the Assassin: Performance and discussion of a play by Reza Jalali

The Poets and the Assassin: Performance and discussion of a play by Reza Jalali

March 28, 20137:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Iranian women live contradictory lives in an intensely traditional and patriarchal society. Veiled by the chador, unseen but seeing, they have found ways to resist, protest, and fight for equality. The Poets and the Assassin challenges stereotypical assumptions about Iranian women and offers historical and contemporary insights into their lives.The playwright, Reza Jalali, is a Kurd from Iran who has lived in Maine since 1985, a human rights activist, Muslim scholar, and writer. He teaches at the University of Southern Maine and the Bangor Theological Seminary and serves as the Muslim chaplain at Bates College. He has written the foreword to New Mainers, a book about immigrants' experiences in Maine, and Moon Watchers, a children's book about a Muslim family at Ramadan.

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Colby-Bates-Bowdoin One-Acts Festival - Masque and Gown

Colby-Bates-Bowdoin One-Acts Festival - Masque and Gown

April 5, 20137:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Memorial Hall, Wish Theater

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Colby-Bates-Bowdoin One-Acts Festival - Masque and Gown

Colby-Bates-Bowdoin One-Acts Festival - Masque and Gown

April 6, 20137:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Memorial Hall, Wish Theater

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AGEN - Independent Study in Dance by Natalie Johnson '13

AGEN - Independent Study in Dance by Natalie Johnson '13

April 18, 20137:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Memorial Hall, Wish Theater

This is a final showing of Natalie Johnson's '13 Independent Study in Dance. The work will be a reflection of dance that emphasizes process, variability, and experimentation, specifically in sound usage, dancer individuation, and personal expression. Exploring a broad range of emotional quality, Natalie's dancers will seek to express elation, depth, strength, weakness and overall ingenuity in their movement. Ultimately she hopes that she and her dancers will present the audience with an unpredictable and emotionally diverse array of dance that includes quirky humor, personal development, and touching intimacy.

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AGEN - Independent Study in Dance by Natalie Johnson '13

AGEN - Independent Study in Dance by Natalie Johnson '13

April 19, 20137:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Memorial Hall, Wish Theater

This is a final showing of Natalie Johnson's '13 Independent Study in Dance. The work will be a reflection of dance that emphasizes process, variability, and experimentation, specifically in sound usage, dancer individuation, and personal expression. Exploring a broad range of emotional quality, Natalie's dancers will seek to express elation, depth, strength, weakness and overall ingenuity in their movement. Ultimately she hopes that she and her dancers will present the audience with an unpredictable and emotionally diverse array of dance that includes quirky humor, personal development, and touching intimacy.

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Spring Dance Concert

Spring Dance Concert

May 2, 20138:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Memorial Hall, Pickard Theater

Come see an exciting evening of dance filled with terrific music and your favorite Bowdoin dance students. This semester's work will include a jazz piece and a selection of modern dances

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Spring Dance Concert

Spring Dance Concert

May 3, 20138:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Memorial Hall, Pickard Theater

Come see an exciting evening of dance filled with terrific music and your favorite Bowdoin dance students. This semester's work will include a jazz piece and a selection of modern dances

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Spring Dance Concert

Spring Dance Concert

May 4, 20138:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Memorial Hall, Pickard Theater

Come see an exciting evening of dance filled with terrific music and your favorite Bowdoin dance students. This semester's work will include a jazz piece and a selection of modern dances

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Directing Class Projects

Directing Class Projects

May 5, 20137:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Memorial Hall, Wish Theater

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Making Dances Class Showing

Making Dances Class Showing

May 7, 20136:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Memorial Hall, 601, Kresge Dance Studio

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Geoff Canada & Stanley Druckenmiller | Generational Theft | How Entitlement Spending is Stealing Opportunity from America's Youth

Geoff Canada & Stanley Druckenmiller | Generational Theft | How Entitlement Spending is Stealing Opportunity from America's Youth

May 7, 20137:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Memorial Hall, Pickard Theater

Following a Wall Street Journal op-ed piece in which they write of their shared concern that "government spending levels are unsustainable," educator Geoffrey Canada '74 and investor Stanley Druckenmiller '75, though from different backgrounds and with different political beliefs, have united to bring their message to the masses, appearing on CNBC's Closing Bell and Squawk Box and MSNBC's Morning Joe.

They warn that failing to reform an entitlement culture, reaffirm long-run objectives, and re-establish a common purpose will mean diminished opportunities for America's youth.

Tickets required and available at the Smith Union Info Desk on April 15th for Bowdoin Students, Faculty and Staff. Members of the public may pick up tickets beginning on April 29th. Please contact the Events Office by e-mail or at 725-3433.

The event will also be streamed live on the Bowdoin Daily Sun.

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Directing Class Projects

Directing Class Projects

May 7, 20138:30 PM – 10:00 PM
Memorial Hall, Wish Theater

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SOLD OUT: Bela Fleck and the Marcus Roberts Trio present "Across the Imaginary Divide"

SOLD OUT: Bela Fleck and the Marcus Roberts Trio present  "Across the Imaginary Divide"

May 11, 20137:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Memorial Hall, Pickard Theater

**ADVANCE TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT!** However there is still a chance to see the show! The Pickard Theater Box Office will open at 6:30 p.m. on the night of the show. A wait list will be available at the Box Office and open seats will be released. Any returned tickets will be available first come first served. Tickets are cash or check only: $25 public, $10 for the Association of Bowdoin Friends, and FREE for Bowdoin students, faculty, and staff (limit 2 tickets per ID). For more information contact 207-725-3433 or events@bowdoin.edu

Bela Fleck H'11 and Marcus Roberts return to Bowdoin College, this time together, to perform their special joint collaboration "Across the Imaginary Divide". Bela is often considered the premier banjo player in the world, with fourteen Grammy. The Marcus Roberts Trio, led by Roberts on piano, Jason Marsalis on drums, and Rodney Jordan on bass, are keen torch-holders of the classic jazz tradition.

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