Spring 2015 Calendar of Events

Tanya Tagaq in Concert with 'Nanook of the North'

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January 25, 2015 7:00 PM  – 9:00 PM
Memorial Hall, Pickard Theater

This event is sold out; a limited number of tickets may become available at the door.

Internationally acclaimed performer Tanya Tagaq will appear in concert in Pickard Auditorium, Bowdoin College at 7 pm on Sunday January 25, 2015. This avant-garde music sensation will create exciting new music against the backdrop of the Inuit film Nanook of the North. Admission is free, but tickets are required. Tickets can be picked up at the Smith Union Information Desk on the college campus beginning January 19, 2015.

Tagaq is a ground-breaking performer who has taken the traditional Inuit throat-singing she heard growing up in Cambridge Bay in the Canadian Arctic and transformed it, infusing it with jazz, punk, and other contemporary music, to create an exciting new sound. Reviewers describe her performances as "fierce," "exquisite," "unnerving," and"emotionally gripping."

She evokes the sounds, visions, and emotions of the northern landscape with her remarkable voice. Tagaq has performed with musicians ranging from Bjork and the Kronos Quartet to the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. In 2014 she was awarded the Polaris Music Prize, one of Canada's top music awards, and her newest album, Animism, was listed as one of the top albums of 2014 by CBC Radio.

Nanook of the North, Robert Flaherty's classic 1922 silent film about life among the Inuit of northern Quebec, is regarded as one of the forerunners of modern documentary films. In 2012, Toronto International Film Festival commissioned composer Derek Charke, along with Tagaq, and her collaborators violinist Jesse Zubot and percussionist Jean Martin, to create a new soundscape for this silent classic. Drawing on her love of her northern home, Tagaq brings a depth of emotion and understanding to Flaherty's essentially colonial vision, reclaiming Nanook for contemporary Inuit.

This concert is presented by the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum and Arctic Studies Center with support from the Departments of Music, Cinema Studies, and Sociology and Anthropology, Student Activities, the President's Office Wabanaki Initiative, and the Blythe Bickel Edwards Fund.

Tanya Tagaq in concert with Nanook of the North was commissioned by TIFF Bell Lightbox as part of its film retrospective First Peoples Cinema: 1500 Nations, One Tradition.

For more information call Kristi Clifford at 725-3062, or visit the museum's web page www.bowdoin.edu/arctic-museum


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Evening Discussion with Jill Abramson, Former Executive Editor of 'The New York Times'

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February 4, 2015 7:00 PM  – 9:00 PM
Memorial Hall, Pickard Theater

Jill Abramson is a journalist who spent the last 17 years in the most senior editorial positions at The New York Times, where she was the first woman to serve as Washington Bureau Chief, Managing Editor, and Executive Editor. Before joining the Times, she was Deputy Washington Bureau Chief and an investigative reporter covering money and politics at The Wall Street Journal for nine years. She is the author of three books including Strange Justice, which she wrote with Jane Mayer. Before joining Harvard's English Department as a lecturer teaching non-fiction narrative writing, she taught undergraduate writing seminars at Yale for five years and at Princeton.

She is the author of three books including Strange Justice, which she wrote with Jane Mayer. Before joining Harvard's English Department as a lecturer teaching non-fiction narrative writing, she taught undergraduate writing seminars at Yale for five years and at Princeton.

Ticket info: Free and open to the public. Tickets are required and are available at the David Saul Smith Union Information desk, 207-725-3375.

Sponsored by: Gender & Women's Studies and the Charles Weston Pickard Lecture Fund.

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"Dead Man?s Cell Phone,? by Sarah Ruhl

February 19, 2015 7:30 PM  – 9:30 PM
Memorial Hall, Pickard Theater

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"Dead Man?s Cell Phone,? by Sarah Ruhl

February 20, 2015 7:30 PM  – 9:30 PM
Memorial Hall, Pickard Theater

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"Dead Man?s Cell Phone,? by Sarah Ruhl

February 21, 2015 7:30 PM  – 9:30 PM
Memorial Hall, Pickard Theater

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Light/Dark

February 26, 2015 7:00 PM  – 9:00 PM
Memorial Hall, Wish Theater

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Light/Dark

February 27, 2015 7:00 PM  – 9:00 PM
Memorial Hall, Wish Theater

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Light/Dark

February 28, 2015 7:00 PM  – 9:00 PM
Memorial Hall, Wish Theater

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Spring Dance Concert

April 16, 2015 8:00 PM  – 9:30 PM
Memorial Hall, Pickard Theater

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Spring Dance Concert

April 17, 2015 8:00 PM  – 9:30 PM
Memorial Hall, Pickard Theater

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Spring Dance Concert

April 18, 2015 8:00 PM  – 9:30 PM
Memorial Hall, Pickard Theater

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