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Colby College is pleased to announce the following events in February. All and free (except where noted) and open to the public.

Colby College Museum of Art Open House
Thursday, Feb. 4, 4:30 p.m.
Lobby, Colby College Museum of Art
All are welcome to stop by for food, drinks, conversation, and art.
Contact: Colby College Museum of Art, 859-5600,

Taiko Day: An Afternoon of Japanese Drumming
Saturday, Feb. 6: workshop 2-3:30 p.m.; concert 3:30-5 p.m.
Parker-Reed Room, Schair-Swenson-Watson Alumni Center
Participants high-school age and up are invited to participate in an afternoon Taiko drumming workshop led by music artist in residence Wynn Yamami. All are welcome for the performance.
Contact: Professor Tamae Prindle, 859-4416,

African Drumming Jan Plan Performance
Saturday, Feb. 6, 7:30 p.m.
Given Auditorium, Bixler Art and Music Center
Students from the African drumming Jan Plan course will perform.
Contact: Vivian Lemieux, 859-5671,

Goldfarb Center Visiting Fellow Joint Lecture
Monday, Feb. 8, 4 p.m.
Room 122, Diamond Building
This event includes two lectures: Co-Production: Rethinking the Purpose and Process of the Cultural Enterprise with Andrew Taylor, director of the Bolz Center for Arts Administration at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and In and Out of the Dark: A Theory about Audience Behavior from Sophocles to Spoken Word with Lynne Conner, Chair of Theater and Dance at Colby. Taylor specializes in business model development for cultural initiatives and the impact of communications technology on the arts. Conner is a theatre and dance scholar, playwright, arts activist/advocate and educator.
Contact: Susanna Thompson, 859-5319,

First-Year Seminar: Depression and Suicide
Tuesday, Feb. 9, 7 p.m.
Page Commons, Cotter Union
As a high school senior, Jordan Burnham had everything to live for. He was popular, had good grades, and was a star athlete. But Burnham secretly battled depression and attempted to take his own life by jumping from a ninth story window. Burnham’s miraculous survival propelled him to begin to deal with his depression. Today, Burnham still struggles physically, but he has found emotional wellness through counseling and a strong support system. His program educates students about depression, suicide, and substance abuse.
Contact: Lydia Bolduc-Marden, 859-4460,

Local-vores: The Importance and Sustainability of Buying Local
Wednesday, Feb. 10, 4 p.m
Room 122, Diamond Building
As part of the week long “Burst the Bubble” initiative, which aims to promote positive Colby-Waterville relations, this panel will involve community stakeholders and Colby professors discussing the role of the local economy and why it is vitally important to buy and support locally grown and produced products.
Contact: Susanna Thompson, 859-5319,

Get Up Downtown: Chocolate Tasting at Maynard’s Chocolates

Thursday, Feb. 11, 6-8 p.m.
Maynard’s Chocolates, Hathaway Creative Center, Waterville
Colby students and others will congregate for an evening of chocolate tasting and live music. The mission of the Get Up Downtown series is to familiarize local college students with downtown attractions of interest while promoting community involvement and participation. All are welcome.
Contact: Susanna Thompson, 859-5319,

Black History Month Lecture: Peniel Joseph
Thursday, Feb. 11, 8 p.m.
Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building
Professor Peniel Joseph of Tufts University will deliver a lecture related to his most recent book, Dark Days, Bright Nights: From Black Power to Barack Obama. His earlier book is Waiting ‘Til the Midnight Hour: A Narrative History of Black Power in America.
Contact: Professor Cheryl Townsend Gilkes, 859-4715,

Boston Ballet’s Kathleen Breen Combes and Yury Yanowsky
Friday, Feb. 12, 7:30 p.m.
Strider Theater, Runnals Building
Boston Ballet principal dancers make their way to Colby just in time for a Valentine’s Day program of pas de deux and solo work from the Romantic and modern ballet repertoire. Combes, recently hailed by the New York Times as “a ballerina of colossal scale and boldness,” is among the country’s foremost Balanchine interpreters, and Yanowski is widely admired for his passionate performance style in a variety of roles. The performance will be followed by an audience dialogue facilitated by Lynne Conner, chair of Colby’s Theater and Dance Department and former dance critic for The Pittsburgh Press and WQED-FM.
Contact: Deb Ward, 859-4521,

Chinese New Year Celebration with Freshwater Arts
Saturday, Feb. 13, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Colby College Museum of Art and Freshwater Arts, Waterville
In China the traditional Lantern Festival takes place under a full moon, and marks the end of the Chinese New Year celebration. The festival dates back to the Han Dynasty more than 2,000 years ago. Children will visit the exhibition All Puns Intended: Wordplay and Visual Imagery in China, and then make paper lanterns, dragon toys, or other traditional Chinese crafts at Freshwater Arts. This workshop is free and open to the public, but registration is required. To register, please call 859-5613.
Contact: Colby College Museum of Art, 859-5600,

People of Passion: A World in Song
Saturday, Feb. 13, 7:30 p.m.
Lorimer Chapel
Traveling from one geographic destination to another, we explore music through the richness and traditions of various peoples, the lenses of their landscapes, and the dialect of their songs. Colby College Chorale will travel to England, visit the Celts of Ireland and the Scottish Highlands, travel from Cape Breton to Cape Town, explore the Amazon and jungles of Brazil, and compare the waters of the Baltic Sea to the shores of Hawaii. Discover new places, near and far, through a celebration of people and their passion for living as manifested in song. Directed by Shannon Chase.
Contact: Vivian Lemieux, 859-5671,

Environmental Studies Evening Colloquium

Tuesday, Feb. 16, 7 p.m.
Room 1, Olin Science Center
Joel Tickner ’89 is assistant professor in the Department of Community Health and Sustainability at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, where he is also a principal investigator at the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production. His training is in toxics chemicals policy, epidemiology, risk assessment and pollution prevention. He has served as an advisor and researcher for several government agencies, international agencies, non-profit environmental groups and trade unions both in the U.S. and abroad. 
Contact: Beth Kopp, 859-5356,

Women in the Spotlight
Moonlighters: Women with More than One Career

Thursday Feb. 18, 4 p.m.
Room 215, Lovejoy Building
This panel will feature women at Colby who have a second career or passion, something that lies outside their formal job description, on which they work after they leave the Colby campus.  Speakers will be Professor Teresa J. Arendell, Jungian psychoanalyst; Professor Cheryl Townsend Gilkes, assistant minister of the Union Baptist Church, Boston; Administrative Secretary Sharon Lee, novelist and co-creator of the Liaden Universe, and Visual Resources Curator and Manuscript Librarian Margaret E. Libby, painter.
Contact: Professor Ankeney Weitz, 859-5642,

Readings of Toni Morrison
Friday, Feb. 19, 7 p.m.
Pugh Center, Cotter Union
In celebration of Black History Month and Toni Morrison’s birthday, Feb. 18, 1931, students, staff, and faculty will read excerpts from her work. Author Morrison was the first African-American woman to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature, in 1993.
Contact: Noel James, 859-4256,

Music from Colby
The Strider Concert: Nordica Trio

Sunday, Feb. 21, 3 p.m., Moody Chapel, Good Will-Hinckley School, Hinckley
The varied program will highlight works featuring the viola. Opening the program is Mozart’s Kegelstatt Trio, an early masterpiece for viola, clarinet, and piano. Graybert Beacham and Martin Perry will perform Rebecca Clarke’s Sonata for Viola and Piano. The second half of the program will be devoted to the Romantic music of Max Bruch: selections from his Eight Pieces for Clarinet, Viola, and Piano and the lyrical Double Concerto for Clarinet and Viola. Karen Beacham, clarinet; Graybert Beacham, viola; Martin Perry, piano.
Contact: Vivian Lemieux, 859-5671,

Toxics Policy in Maine: How Maine Citizens are Making a Difference
Wednesday, Feb. 24, noon
Fairchild Room, Dana Dining Hall
Matt Prindiville, toxics project director at Natural Resources Council of Maine, has worked in community organizing and issue advocacy for non-profit organizations and political campaigns. His professional background includes work to phase out the use of unnecessary, dangerous chemicals in commerce, and promote product stewardship and sustainable design for a green economy. Arrive at 11:30 a.m. for lunch with the speaker.
Contact: Beth Kopp, 859-5356,

Gallery Talk: Experimental Geography
Thursday, Feb. 25, 12:30 p.m.
Mirken Curator of Education Lauren Lessing will discuss the traveling exhibition (description below). Complimentary lunch (served at noon) for the first 40 visitors.
Contact: Colby College Museum of Art, 859-5600,

Haitian Relief Benefit
Friday, Feb. 26, 7 p.m.
Page Commons, Cotter Union
Colby has come together under the leadership of Goldfarb Center Student Advisory Board students to raise money for the Stand for Haiti Campaign of Partners in Health, which is working to provide medical care for the victims of Haiti’s devastating earthquake. This dinner will include an account of personal experiences by Jessica Frick ’10 and Yanica Faustin ’10, two Colby students who were in Haiti during the devastating Jan. 12 earthquake. Tables can be purchased for $300; individual tickets are $40. The cost of the event is completely underwritten so all funds go directly to Partners in Health, Haiti.
Contacts: Danny Garin ’13, or Lisa Kaplan ’13,

Ongoing events and exhibitions at the Colby College Museum of Art

Story Time in the Museum
Wednesdays, 3 p.m.
Join museum docents for art-related stories, games and discussion in the museum’s galleries.
Contact: Colby College Museum of Art, 859-5600,


Art at Colby: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Colby College Museum of Art
Through Feb. 21
The Colby College Museum of Art celebrates its 50th anniversary with a museum-wide exhibition from its collections of American, European, Asian and contemporary art. The exhibition is accompanied by an audio tour sponsored by the Unity Foundation and by a richly illustrated book of collection highlights with essays by a wide range of scholars and artists.

All Puns Intended: Wordplay and Visual Imagery in China

Jan. 28-March 24
Chinese decorative art mostly consists of auspicious imagery, including many varieties of flowers-especially hibiscus, peony, and lotus-and animals like bats, dragons, cranes, and bees. By joining several images together, Chinese artists inscribed clever puns or rebuses upon the surfaces of objects and paintings. Understanding the images in this exhibition will depend on a special kind of reading in which the sound of the symbol’s name rhymes with the sound of another word or phrase. Curated by Ankeney Weitz, Associate Professor of Art and East Asian Studies.

Experimental Geography
Feb. 21-May 30
The manifestations of “experimental geography” (a term coined by geographer Trevor Paglen in 2002) run the gamut of contemporary art practice today: sewn cloth cities that spill out of suitcases, bus tours through water treatment centers, performers climbing up the sides of buildings, and sound works capturing the buzz of electric waves on the power grid. The exhibition presents a panoptic view of this new practice, through a wide range of mediums including sound and video installations, photography, sculpture, and experimental cartography.

The Colby College Museum of Art is open Sunday noon to 4:30 p.m. and Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with special evening hours Thursdays until 8 p.m. during the academic year. It is closed on Mondays.

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