Arts Weekly Newsletter 10/25

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Perform at the Next Arthouse
The Arts Advisory Board is hosting another Arthouse this month, on Friday the 25th. They working on events alongside of Arthouses! Please fill out this survey to show AAB you interest for events, it will only take 10 seconds to complete! 

Arts Events Survey
Arts Advisory Board is working on events alongside of Arthouses! Please fill out this survey to show AAB you interest for events, it will only take 10 seconds to complete! 

Art Events

Scheduling Workshop
Monday, October 28
Bel Air Lounge
Peer mentor, Maddie, is hosting a scheduling workshop for freshmen next Monday at 7:30pm after Colloquium to help you create your schedules and answer questions they may have. See the flyer here.

Scholars Fall Fest '19
In addition to being a great way to unwind and commune with your fellow Scholars, Fall Fest can be a chance complete Pentathlon credit!  Pentathlon events are listed here for convenience.
  • ArtTober Performance Arthouse (#Music or #VisualArt) - the unoffial opener to Fall Fest activities! Friday, October 25⋅7:00 – 9:00pm
  • Harvest Festival: Caramel Apple Bar and Pumpkin Painting (#VisualArt if you paint a pumpkin and take a selfie with it!) Tuesday, October 29⋅7:00 – 8:30pm
  • Fall Fest Movie Night: Interview with a Vampire (#Film) Wednesday, October 30⋅7:00 – 9:00pm
  • Fall Fest: S'mores Galore & Costume Contest (#VisualArt if you design your own costume and enter the contest - be sure to take a selfie!) Thursday, October 31⋅7:00 – 8:30pm

Colloquium Updates

Mock Exhibitions

Bring your almost-completed artwork to colloquium to share with your peers in a mock exhibition. What are the creative and artistic talents of your Arts Scholars peers? What are the benefits to collaborating and exploring across artistic disciplines? How are things starting to fit together?

Due: Bring your artwork!
Movement & Empathy
Can art improve empathy? This week we will be joined by two guest speakers who will lead an interactive workshop combining their areas of expertise in dance and theatre. To get your brain moving on the associations between movement, empathy, emotion, and social connection, please read the Washington Post article: This is Your Brain on Art, by Sarah L. Kaufman, Dani Player, Jayne Orenstein, May-Ying Lam, Elizabeth Hart and Shelly Tan.
Website Features Our Student Leaders!

Find out more about the students who lead the Arts Scholars community in exciting new directions! Check out our new Meet Arts Scholars page.

Pentathlon Events

Royal Scottish Country Dance
Wednesday, October 30
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Mathematics Building Rotunda
Cost: Free
We offer a Scottish country dancing class and practices. (An ancestor of square dancing and a cousin of the dancing you have seen in Jane Austen movies.) Taught by certificated Scottish Country Dance teacher Howard Lasnik (Distinguished University Professor of Linguistics). ANYONE can come! No experience required! No partner needed!
Contact: Howard Lasnik 301-405-4929

Salsa & Bachata Dance Class
Thursday, October 31
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Adele H. Stamp Student Union, Activities Room
$30 for UMD Students (multiple classes)
A Salsa & Bachata class on Thursdays from 6 to 7 pm on Thursdays is offered Oct. 31 to Dec. 12. To register, visit: or call: 301.314.2787. These classes are for all members of the public but there is a discount for those associated with the university!

Flyin' West: a Story of African American Women Pioneers
Friday, November 1 - Sat, November 9
7:30 PM
The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
Regular: $25; Student/Youth: $10
Set in 1898, Flyin' West is the story of African American women pioneers who settled together in the all-black town of Nicodemus, Kansas. This work by Pearl Cleage explores themes of determination, racial pride, intermarriage and the power of love to highlight the female empowerment that she sees as vital to the African American community.

Faculty Artist Series: Fiddlers Two
Sunday, October 27
3:00 PM
The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
Free, no tickets required
Irina Muresanu and James Stern have both performed at The Clarice with epic unaccompanied violin recitals. Now these two revered faculty combine forces to show that a rich world of sound can be found in the top half of a string quartet. The program features the magical sonorities of the French Baroque, the Classical perfection of Mozart, the daredevil stunts of violin geekdom, two loving homages to the diversity of 20th Century art and a romp through the Hungarian countryside by an Oscar-winning Hollywood composer.

TEMPO Contemporary Music Ensemble
Monday, October 28, 2019 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
Free, no tickets required
This graduate student-led contemporary music ensemble focuses on cultivating new music experiences in the community both within and outside of the standard concert hall to present the music of now.

Concert Against Hate featuring the National Symphony Orchestra
Kennedy Center

November 4
Buses leave at 6:45pm
Public Leadership is excited to invite you to the Kennedy Center for the 25th Anniversary of the Anti-Defamation League's Concert Against Hate featuring the National Symphony Orchestra.  The concert honors heroes in the fight against intolerance, extremism, and terrorism. Stories (narrated by renowned performers) are interwoven with music to make a powerful performance. You can learn more about ADL here:, and more about the concert here: Tickets are available to College Park Scholars and Do Good Institute students. You can reserve your seat here: Bus transportation will be provided to and from Cambridge hall. This is a formal affair, so please plan to wear business casual or formal attire (aka wear something nice). Please contact Kelly at with any questions. As always, if you sign up we expect you to participate.

Brentano Quartet

Friday, November 1
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
Regular: $25; Student/Youth: $10
Los Angeles Times hails Brentano Quartet as "brilliant, virtuosic and still mellow." These dynamic musicians treat masterpieces with reverence and enthusiasm, rendering every piece with equal passion and precision. After more than a decade in residence at Princeton, Brentano succeeded the storied Tokyo Quartet in residence at Yale in 2014-another mark of distinction for this consistently engaging quartet.

At the Hoff (

  • Spider-Man: Far From Home - October 25th, 28th @ 8:00pm
  • Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark - October 29 @ 8pm


ACTnow Discussion: Race and Culture Through the Lens of Euripides
Monday, October 28
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
Free, no tickets required
In partnership with Theatre Alliance, UMD Department of Classics, Office of Diversity & Inclusion
GUEST SPEAKERS: Anne Bogart, SITI Company and Raymond Caldwell, Theater Alliance

A great play addresses questions that are relevant and resonant to the human condition. An effective theater experience should trigger passionate speculation and conversation. There are many moments of emotional resonance and relevance in SITI Company's production of Euripides' The Bacchae. Soaked in myth, paganism and cult rituals, the play is also perhaps one of the most powerful illustrations of arrogance in the history of theater.

SEE Presents: Homecoming Comedy Show ft John Mulaney
Wednesday, October 30
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Cost: $15 for students, faculty and staff
Prepare to laugh at the Student Entertainment Events annual comedy show with Emmy award-winning writer and comedian John Mulaney. The former "Saturday Night Live" writer brings his hilarious stand-up comedy to the Xfinity Center. Brought to you in partnership with STAMP and Maryland Athletics.

Visual Art
Inspired! Jim Henson at Maryland
Thursday, August 8, 2019 - Tue , May 26, 2020 (all day)
Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library in the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
The exhibit provides a window into the profound impact Henson’s experiences on campus, both in the classroom and in his extra-curricular activities, had on his creative and professional development, laying the foundation for a remarkable career that included the creation of the Muppets and beyond. Featured are 25 pieces of original art created by Jim Henson (1936-1990), theatrical programs and ephemera, photographs, and an interactive digital archive of Henson’s sketchbooks, student projects, and press clippings from The Jim Henson Company Archives, Special Collections in Performing Arts, and UMD's University Archives. Video clips from the 1950s and 1960s demonstrate the breadth of Henson’s genius, already evident in his early work on local Washington television.

Lia Halloran: The Same Sky Overarches Us All 
UMD Art Gallery
September 5 to November 22
Monday to Friday, 11 am to 4 pm
Art/Sociology Building
The exhibition explores the lesser-known history of early women astronomers and the central role they played in modern astronomy, including the discovery and documentation of major celestial bodies. Using large-scale cyanotypes -- a photographic printing process developed in the mid-nineteenth century, primarily for scientific use -- Halloran examines how perception, time, and scale informs the human desire to understand the world and our emotional and psychological place within it. The exhibition also features her first immersive, three-channel video installation, Double Horizon (2019), an aerial exploration of the space above Los Angeles. 


SITI Company: The Bacchae

Wednesday, October 30
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
Student/Youth: $10 or FREE
New York's renowned SITI takes on Euripides' masterpiece. Aaron Poochigian's new translation is filled with unbridled energy, navigating the lyrical text of the play with evocative set design, swagger and bluster. This dramatic exploration of cult versus society, tyranny versus populism and restraint versus excess feels just as relevant in modern-day America as it might have in Ancient Greece.



Participate in Apple's Big Draw
See your everyday in a new way. In celebration of The Big Draw Festival, join free art sessions October 1–31 at every Apple Store. Get hands-on with iPad and take part in fun drawing activities that let your imagination play. 

Join the Hate-Bias Response Team
Due: November 11 at 5pm
The Hate-Bias Response Team is recruiting students to serve on the team's student advisory group, which will launch in Spring 2020. The creation of the student advisory group establishes a formal mechanism to ensure student input is integrated into actionable goals of the Hate-Bias Response Team. The team is seeking students who are passionate about improving hate bias response on campus. Applications are available online HERE.

SNAG IT! — free classes for ages 17 to 22 years at Pyramid Atlantic 
Snag It! is a program that gives extra spots in our workshops to young adults in our community. This program helps bring in students that might not otherwise be able to take our classes, and helps us to diversify our studios. It's a win-win. If you are between the ages of 17 and 22 years old and live in Prince George's County, you're eligible to participate in this program!​ Classes included in Snag It! involve any of the Pyramid studios: printmaking, papermaking, book arts, letterpress, screenprinting, and a variety of special topics. Sign up here!
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