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Climbing PoeTree Performance, Martin Luther King Jr. Campus Celebration

Climbing PoeTree Performance, Martin Luther King Jr. Campus Celebration

January 20, 2014 7:30 PM  – 9:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Climbing PoeTree (Alixa Garcia and Naima Penniman) is a performing duo from Brooklyn, New York, that explores the intersection of arts and activism by interweaving spoken word, hip hop and award-winning multi-media theater. 


With flawless cadence and impeccable lyricism, Alixa and Naima weave together their voices to tell powerful stories of love and liberation, state and personal violence, social, environmental, racial, and sexual justice, woman's empowerment and human transcendence.

This event is sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Programs.

Free. No tickets required. For more information contact the Office of Events and Summer Programs, events@bowdoin.edu or 207-725-3433.

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Common Hour with Benjamin Jealous, former CEO and President of the NAACP

Common Hour with Benjamin Jealous, former CEO and President of the NAACP

February 21, 2014 12:30 PM  – 1:30 PM
Memorial Hall, Pickard Theater

Benjamin Jealous stepped down from his post as CEO and president of the NAACP in December. The youngest president in the organization's history, he has been a leader of successful state and local movements to ban the death penalty, outlaw racial profiling, defend voting rights, secure marriage equality, and free multiple wrongfully incarcerated people. A Rhodes Scholar, Jealous is a graduate of Columbia and Oxford universities. He has been named to the "40 under 40" lists of both Forbes and Time magazines, and labeled a Young Global Economic Leader by the World Economic Forum.

Tickets are free but required. Tickets available beginning Monday, February 3, at the David Saul Smith Union Info Desk.

For more information and to view the full Spring 2014 Common Hour schedule, please visit: Events and Summer Programs: Common Hour

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The Importance of Being Ernest

The Importance of Being Ernest

February 27, 2014 8:00 PM  – 10:00 PM
Memorial Hall, Pickard Theater

Wilde uses this show, subtitled "A Trivial Comedy for Serious People," to showcase the Victorian views of marriage and self-image in an entirely humorous way. A group of people, young and old, stumble around innocent love and the little lies we tell when we need our privacy. Sometimes, however, those little lies get entirely out of control! Earnest is both a satire of Victorian culture and a farcical smorgasbord of quips, misunderstandings, and whimsical charm.

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The Importance of Being Ernest

The Importance of Being Ernest

February 28, 2014 8:00 PM  – 10:00 PM
Memorial Hall, Pickard Theater

Wilde uses this show, subtitled "A Trivial Comedy for Serious People," to showcase the Victorian views of marriage and self-image in an entirely humorous way. A group of people, young and old, stumble around innocent love and the little lies we tell when we need our privacy. Sometimes, however, those little lies get entirely out of control! Earnest is both a satire of Victorian culture and a farcical smorgasbord of quips, misunderstandings, and whimsical charm.

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The Importance of Being Ernest

The Importance of Being Ernest

March 1, 2014 8:00 PM  – 10:00 PM
Memorial Hall, Pickard Theater

Wilde uses this show, subtitled "A Trivial Comedy for Serious People," to showcase the Victorian views of marriage and self-image in an entirely humorous way. A group of people, young and old, stumble around innocent love and the little lies we tell when we need our privacy. Sometimes, however, those little lies get entirely out of control! Earnest is both a satire of Victorian culture and a farcical smorgasbord of quips, misunderstandings, and whimsical charm.

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Harrison Bergeron Escapes from the Zoo, by Kurt Vonnegut

Harrison Bergeron Escapes from the Zoo, by Kurt Vonnegut

April 10, 2014 8:00 PM  – 10:00 PM
Memorial Hall, Wish Theater

Adapted by the cast from Kurt Vonnegut's short story of the same name, Harrison Bergeron is an absurdist social satire, set in a futuristic American dystopia whose citizens have been rendered equal by having their talents handicapped. This nouveau cirque production incorporates aerial silks, acrobatics, original text, music, choreography, clowning, and media design. Work on the production has been supported by an array of workshops and training with teaching-artists, including Portland-based aerialist Janette Fertig, internationally renowned clown Avner Eisenberg ("Avner the Eccentric"), unicycle specialist Steve Spaeth of Brunswick WOW, and Canadian interdisciplinary conceptual artist and media designer, Jamie Griffiths.

The performances are free and open to the public.

Harrison Bergeron is produced with support from the Alice Cooper Morse Fund for the Performing Arts

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Harrison Bergeron Escapes from the Zoo, by Kurt Vonnegut

Harrison Bergeron Escapes from the Zoo, by Kurt Vonnegut

April 11, 2014 8:00 PM  – 10:00 PM
Memorial Hall, Wish Theater

Adapted by the cast from Kurt Vonnegut's short story of the same name, Harrison Bergeron is an absurdist social satire, set in a futuristic American dystopia whose citizens have been rendered equal by having their talents handicapped. This nouveau cirque production incorporates aerial silks, acrobatics, original text, music, choreography, clowning, and media design. Work on the production has been supported by an array of workshops and training with teaching-artists, including Portland-based aerialist Janette Fertig, internationally renowned clown Avner Eisenberg ("Avner the Eccentric"), unicycle specialist Steve Spaeth of Brunswick WOW, and Canadian interdisciplinary conceptual artist and media designer, Jamie Griffiths.

The performances are free and open to the public.

Harrison Bergeron is produced with support from the Alice Cooper Morse Fund for the Performing Arts

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Harrison Bergeron Escapes from the Zoo, by Kurt Vonnegut

Harrison Bergeron Escapes from the Zoo, by Kurt Vonnegut

April 12, 2014 8:00 PM  – 10:00 PM
Memorial Hall, Wish Theater

Adapted by the cast from Kurt Vonnegut's short story of the same name, Harrison Bergeron is an absurdist social satire, set in a futuristic American dystopia whose citizens have been rendered equal by having their talents handicapped. This nouveau cirque production incorporates aerial silks, acrobatics, original text, music, choreography, clowning, and media design. Work on the production has been supported by an array of workshops and training with teaching-artists, including Portland-based aerialist Janette Fertig, internationally renowned clown Avner Eisenberg ("Avner the Eccentric"), unicycle specialist Steve Spaeth of Brunswick WOW, and Canadian interdisciplinary conceptual artist and media designer, Jamie Griffiths.

The performances are free and open to the public.

Harrison Bergeron is produced with support from the Alice Cooper Morse Fund for the Performing Arts

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Everything That Rises Must Converge

Everything That Rises Must Converge

April 15, 2014 7:30 PM  – 9:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

EVERYTHING THAT RISES MUST CONVERGE from a story of the same title by Flannery O'Connor and created for the stage by Karin Coonrod is a tragic-comic interracial seat-shifting dance by whites and blacks on a moving bus in America's deep south. Playing and speaking out the text verbatim, eight Colombari actors with razor-sharp precision create all the characters and all the narration. Georgia's red earth is slammed up against the eternal. O'Connor's voice spread out across the company of actors carries the power of apocalyptic comedy right into the audience.

Performer: Compagnia de' Colombari Theater Company (featuring Abigail Killeen of the Bowdoin Department of Theater & Dance)

Sponsored by: Edwards Fund

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Spring Dance Performance

Spring Dance Performance

April 17, 2014 8:00 PM  – 10:00 PM
Memorial Hall, Pickard Theater

This spring's program features choreography for students performing everything from a post-modern water ballet, to the "The Hunted" which was inspired by the Trevon Martin case, and explores themes of oppression, resilience, and the tensions between individual and group. Also on the program is Denis Maguire's re-presentation of Tom Johnson's iconic 1976 Running Out of Breath. Musical variety rules the evening, and ranges from The Weather Girls to the theme for The Good, the Bad and the Ugly-and from Marvin Gaye, to a string quartet arrangement of Gee Officer Krupke.

A closing night reception sponsored by the Association of Bowdoin Friends will be held in Drake Lobby on Saturday, April 19th after the show.

The Spring Dance Performance is produced with assistance from the June Vail Fund for Dance, and the Alice Cooper Morse Fund for the Performing Arts.

The performances are free and open to the public.

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Spring Dance Performance

Spring Dance Performance

April 18, 2014 8:00 PM  – 10:00 PM
Memorial Hall, Pickard Theater

This spring's program features choreography for students performing everything from a post-modern water ballet, to the "The Hunted" which was inspired by the Trevon Martin case, and explores themes of oppression, resilience, and the tensions between individual and group. Also on the program is Denis Maguire's re-presentation of Tom Johnson's iconic 1976 Running Out of Breath. Musical variety rules the evening, and ranges from The Weather Girls to the theme for The Good, the Bad and the Ugly-and from Marvin Gaye, to a string quartet arrangement of Gee Officer Krupke.

A closing night reception sponsored by the Association of Bowdoin Friends will be held in Drake Lobby on Saturday, April 19th after the show.

The Spring Dance Performance is produced with assistance from the June Vail Fund for Dance, and the Alice Cooper Morse Fund for the Performing Arts.

The performances are free and open to the public.

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Spring Dance Performance

Spring Dance Performance

April 19, 2014 8:00 PM  – 10:00 PM
Memorial Hall, Pickard Theater

This spring's program features choreography for students performing everything from a post-modern water ballet, to the "The Hunted" which was inspired by the Trevon Martin case, and explores themes of oppression, resilience, and the tensions between individual and group. Also on the program is Denis Maguire's re-presentation of Tom Johnson's iconic 1976 Running Out of Breath. Musical variety rules the evening, and ranges from The Weather Girls to the theme for The Good, the Bad and the Ugly-and from Marvin Gaye, to a string quartet arrangement of Gee Officer Krupke.

A closing night reception sponsored by the Association of Bowdoin Friends will be held in Drake Lobby on Saturday, April 19th after the show.

The Spring Dance Performance is produced with assistance from the June Vail Fund for Dance, and the Alice Cooper Morse Fund for the Performing Arts.

The performances are free and open to the public.

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Seagull by Anton Chekhov

Seagull by Anton Chekhov

May 1, 2014 7:00 PM  – 9:00 PM
Memorial Hall, Wish Theater

An Independent Study in Directing By Sam A. Fichtner '14.

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Seagull by Anton Chekhov

Seagull by Anton Chekhov

May 2, 2014 7:00 PM  – 9:00 PM
Memorial Hall, Wish Theater

An Independent Study in Directing By Sam A. Fichtner '14.

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Common Hour with Museum Pieces

Common Hour with Museum Pieces

May 9, 2014 12:30 PM  – 1:30 PM
Museum of Art, Steps

Museum Pieces, a Bowdoin tradition for more than twenty years, will conclude the 2013-2014 Common Hour series. The annual event celebrates the arrival of spring through dance and music provided by the Department of Theater and Dance, class projects, and independent student work.

For more information and to view the full Spring 2014 Common Hour schedule, please visit: Events and Summer Programs: Common Hour

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