Arts Weekly Newsletter 10/28

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This week at Arts Scholars...

Coffee & Crafts this week!

Relax, be creative, and earn Pentathlon credit! Please sign up here for upcoming Pentathlon events:

Monday, October 29 
Join Emmie for a screening of Coco in Bel Air Study Lounge from 7:30 - 9:30 pm. 

Concert in Close Quarters this week!

This semester's Concert in Close Quarters is coming up on November 1! Join Alsarah and the Nubatones at 7pm right here in CCC 1100. Get an up-close encounter with Alsarah and the Nubatones at this intimate, unplugged concert. Alsarah used music as her coping mechanism during her transition from life in her native Sudan to life here in the U.S. Her group’s one-of-a-kind concert celebrations draw influence from Nubian Songs of Return and East African pop from the ‘60’s and ‘70’s, exploring the richness of cross-cultural exchanges through a seamless blend of vocals with percussion, bass and oud. Bring your stories about family immigration, as there will be a storytelling open-mic portion of this event.

New dance research at UMD
A UMD anthropology professor finds commonalities between Ballet, Hip-hop, and Exotic Dancing. Read the full article here.


Monday, October 29th: Final Project Video Pitches

This week we will show each group's video pitch for their final project. The remaining class time will be spent working on the final project in your groups.



Tuesday, October 30th: Sustainability presentation

This week will feature a presentation by UMD's sustainability team! Learn about sustainability on campus and what you can do to help.

Pentathlon Opportunities

Creative Placemaking in Context Gallery Talk
Monday, October 29
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Architecture Building, Kibel Gallery
Join two practitioners featured in the exhibition 10 Sectors, 10 Solutions: Artists and Community Change -- representing the sectors of Economic Development, Housing, and Transportation -- to learn how artists and arts organizations are developing the kinds of human-centered, contextual, adaptive solutions that can strengthen their communities from within.

SEE Stand Up
Tuesday, October 30
7:30 - 9:30 PM
Stamp, Adele's

Wednesday, October 31
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
McKeldin Library, Room 6137
Members of the UMD campus community will read the entirety of Mary Shelley's novel Frankenstein, followed by a celebration with FrankenTerps ice cream, courtesy of the Dairy, a costume contest, and awarding prizes for the short story competition. 

Crazy Rich Asians Panel Discussion
Wednesday, October 31
12:15 PM - 1:45 PM
Adele H. Stamp Student Union, Benjamin Banneker Room 2212
As the first Hollywood studio film in twenty-five years to feature an all-Asian cast since The Joy Luck Club, Jon M. Chiu’s Crazy Rich Asians exceeded expectations, broke box office records, and quickly greenlit both a sequel and several film and TV projects involving Asian Americans. The large crowds of Asian Americans that bought out entire theaters and posted selfies also marked the film as a seminal cultural moment for a community that has long felt invisible, on and off screen. At the same time, the film’s representation of privileged Asian life–portrayed by a diasporic Asian cast–has sparked a flurry of think-pieces, social media debates, and dinner table conversations about the burdens and blemishes of the film’s representation. What do Terps have to say about the celebrations, critiques, and issues generated by Crazy Rich Asians? Hear an all-Asian American panel comprised of a professor, staff member, graduate student, and undergraduate student address this question and more. 

Obeahs and Brujas: Magic as a Feminist Practice
Wednesday, October 31
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Woods Hall, Room 2101R
In her book Witches, Sluts, and Feminists: Conjuring the Sex Positive, Kristen J. Sollee asserts that witches, sluts, and feminists embody the potential for self-directed feminine power, and sexual and intellectual freedom. We will look at cross-cultural spiritual practices and modern magic as potential sites of personal and collective resistance to patriarchal and racist oppression. Self-described conjurers and witches from both African Diasporic and Wiccan traditions will discuss their practices and answer questions. 

In the spirit of giving offerings, we will be collecting supplies for HIPS, a sex-worker community service non-profit. Feel free to show up in costume if you wish, enjoy light dinner provided by the Department of Women's Studies, and do not forget your donation to HIPS. Find suggested items on the event page.

Royal Scottish Country Dancing
Wednesday, October 31, 2018 
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Mathematics Building Rotunda
A Scottish country dancing class and practices. (An ancestor of square dancing and a cousin of the dancing you may 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. And no Scottish heritage required!
Contact: Howard Lasnik 301-405-4929 

Borderline Performance
Thursday, November 1
8:00 PM
The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Kay Theatre
Cost: Student/Youth: $10 or FREE
Returning to The Clarice after their sold-out performance in 2017, Sebastien Ramirez and Honji Wang's expanded choreographic language explores the tension of physical forces and social boundaries that reflect the reality of being tethered together in complex communities. Attached to cables, yet with great fluidity, five virtuosic and supple dancers thwart gravity through hip-hop, acrobatics, levitation, and stunning visual poetry.
Big Band Halloween Scream
Monday, October 29
7:30 PM
The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Kay Theatre
Free, no tickets required.
Swing into the spirit of Halloween with this audience favorite signature concert! It's an entertaining evening with screaming saxophones, wailing trumpets and more. Featuring the UMD Jazz Ensemble, UMD Jazz Lab Band and University Jazz Band.

High School Choir Invitational
Monday, October 29
7:30 PM
The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Dekelboum Concert Hall
Free, no tickets required.
At this annual concert, now in its 16th year, talented local high school choirs take the stage alongside UMD choral students. Join in for a sneak peek at the future of choral music.

TEMPO Concert
Monday, October 29
8:00 PM
The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Gildenhorn Recital Hall
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. Presenting music so fresh that the ink is often literally wet on the pages, TEMPO collaborates with composers to present the music of now.

University & Community Band Concert
Wednesday, October 31
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Dekelboum Concert Hall
Free, no tickets required.
A combined concert from two of the School of Music's most community-minded ensembles. This shared evening of traditional and contemporary wind band music is a perfect concert for the whole family to attend. It's sure to inspire new and lapsed musicians into incorporating more music-making into their lives.

Films and Screenings:
Movies at the Hoff Theater this week: A Place at the Table Screening
Monday, October 29
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
South Campus Commons, 1102 Building 1
Fifty million people in the United States "one in four children" do not know where their next meal is coming from. A Place at the Table examines the issue of hunger through the lens of three people struggling with food insecurity: Barbie, a single Philadelphia mother who grew up in poverty and is trying to provide a better life for her two kids; Rosie, a Colorado fifth-grader who often has to depend on friends to feed her and has trouble concentrating in school; and Tremonica, a Mississippi second-grader whose asthma and health issues are exacerbated by the largely empty calories her hardworking mother can afford. Ultimately, A Place at the Table shows how hunger poses serious economic, social and cultural implications for our nation, and that it could be solved once and for all, if the American public decided "as they have in the past" that making healthy food available and affordable is in the best interest of us all.

Pose Screening and Discussion
Friday, November 2
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Marie Mount Hall, Room 2218
The category is: LIVE. WORK. POSE! Yes, that's right. If you missed this summer's historical series, Pose, don't worry. We will be hosting a weekly screening & discussion in the LGBT Equity Center Fridays at noon. Hope to see you there!
Contact: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Equity Center, 301-405-8720,

Visual Art:
Alejandro G. Inarritu: Carne Y Arena (Virtually Present, Physically Invisible)

Open till October 31, by appointment
1611 Benning Road NE
Washington DC, 2002
9 am till 9 pm daily

This groundbreaking and immersive virtual reality exhibition is unlike anything you’ve experienced before. Reserve a ticket here:

Know of any events on campus that other Arts Scholars should attend? Let Kenna know!

Other Opportunities

Be a student director at SEE (Student Entertainment Events)!
Apply by Tuesday, October 30 here:

Be a NextNOW Student Curator!
Do you have a passion for bringing people together through art? Get involved in the performing arts at Maryland and join the NextNOW Fest team! The Clarice's Artist Partner Program is looking for student curators that will collaborate with Clarice staff to design a student-focused festival experience and create marketing methods that will drive student attendance to the festival. Student curators must commit to the project from January 2019 through October 2019. Each curator will receive an honorarium of $750.
The deadline to apply is Sunday, November 18, 2018. The full job description and application can be found here:


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