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2019

July

A Conversation with Bread and Puppet Theater
Thursday, July 18, 2019 at 12:10pm
Ring Family Performing Arts Hall

FREE!

Bread and Puppet Theater was founded in New York City in 1963 before moving to Vermont in 1970.
Bread and Puppet Theater: The Diagonal Life Circus
Thursday, July 18, 2019 at 7:00pm
Foss Hill/Andrus Field

FREE!

The Diagonal Life Circus is funny and moving—a colorful, tonally and formally diverse tumult of short acts on the urgent themes of the day, powered by a riotous brass band.
Susan Russell
Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at 12:10pm
Ring Family Performing Arts Hall

FREE!

Dr. Susan Russell is an Associate Professor in the School of Theatre at Penn State, where she teaches literature/criticism, musical theater history, and playwriting.

September

The MASH
Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 1:00pm
Various locations on the Wesleyan University campus

FREE!

Inspired by Fête de la Musique (also known as Make Music Day), the eighth annual The MASH festival highlights Wesleyan's student music scene, with multiple stages on campus featuring everything from a cappella ensembles to student and faculty bands.
Drag Queens and Radical Faeries and Judys, Oh My!
Thursday, September 19, 2019 at 4:30pm
Allbritton Center, Room 311, 222 Church Street, Middletown

FREE!

A panel discussion on gender performance and queer histories in sound and dance hosted by Wesleyan’s Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program.
A Conversation with Taylor Mac
Friday, September 20, 2019 at 6:00pm
Memorial Chapel, 221 High Street, Middletown

FREE!

A conversation with Taylor Mac, moderated by Sean F. Edgecomb, Assistant Professor of Drama at The City University of New York’s Graduate Center and the College of Staten Island.
Taylor Mac: A 24-Decade History of Popular Music (Abridged)
Saturday, September 21, 2019 at 7:30pm
CFA Theater

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Taylor Mac performs the Connecticut premiere of the highly immersive and outrageously entertaining abridged version of A 24-Decade History of Popular Music highlighting various musical styles and artistic voices.
Talk by Professor Sean F. Edgecomb
Monday, September 23, 2019 at 6:00pm
Daniel Family Commons, Usdan University Center, 45 Wyllys Avenue, Middletown

FREE!


A talk by Sean F. Edgecomb as part of Wesleyan’s Center for the Humanities Monday Night Lecture Series.

October

Opening Reception: Brendan Fernandes—Inaction
Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at 4:30pm
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery

FREE!

Opening reception and performance (at 5pm) for Inaction, a new sculptural and performance-based installation by Brendan Fernandes.
Inaction Performances
Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at 5:00pm
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery

FREE!

Students from Wesleyan's Dance Department perform; selected performances by Brendan Fernandes and Charles Gowin.
Netta Yerushalmy: Paramodernities
Friday, October 4, 2019 at 7:30pm
CFA Theater

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The Connecticut premiere of choreographer Netta Yerushalmy's Paramodernities features a series of four dance-experiments, deconstructing landmark dances by Vaslav Nijinsky, Martha Graham, Merce Cunningham, and Alvin Ailey.
Guided Exhibition Tours: Brendan Fernandes—Inaction
Saturday, October 5, 2019 at 1:00pm
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery

FREE!

Take a closer look at Brendan Fernandes: Inaction by joining a 45-minute tour, led by Wesleyan University gallery guides.
Colloquium: Re-sounding Islam—Marking Religious and Aesthetic Pluralism in the Historiography of South Indian Music
Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 4:30pm
Ring Family Performing Arts Hall

FREE!

Davesh Soneji, Associate Professor and Graduate Chair of the University of Pennsylvania’s South Asia Studies Department, will give a talk at the start of the 43rd annual Navaratri Festival at Wesleyan.
B. Balasubrahmaniyan: Vocal Music of South India
Friday, October 11, 2019 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall

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Vocalist and Adjunct Associate Professor of Music B. Balasubrahmaniyan is joined by Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music David Nelson on mridangam and violinist Nandini Viswanathan.
Guided Exhibition Tours: Brendan Fernandes—Inaction
Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 1:00pm
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery

FREE!

Take a closer look at Brendan Fernandes: Inaction by joining a 45-minute tour, led by Wesleyan University gallery guides.
Dr. Yashoda Thakore: Courtesan Dance from South India
Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 4:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall

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Dr. Yashoda Thakore balances the practice of the art of dance with research in her Connecticut debut during the Navaratri Festival at Wesleyan. She has enthralled audiences around the world—from England and Greece to Dubai and Bangladesh—with her flawless artistry.
Bhojanam (Feast)
Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 6:00pm
Daniel Family Commons, Usdan University Center, 45 Wyllys Avenue, Middletown

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Treat yourself to vegetarian Indian delicacies at the Navaratri Festival’s Bhojanam (Feast) following the Connecticut debut dance performance by Yashoda Thakore at 4pm.
Amjad Ali Khan: Sarod Trilogy
Sunday, October 13, 2019 at 3:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall

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GRAMMY Award-nominated sarod (19-stringed instrument) master Amjad Ali Khan is joined by his sarod-playing sons Amaan Ali Bangash and Ayaan Ali Bangash.
Inaction Performances
Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 5:00pm
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery

FREE!

Students from Wesleyan's Dance Department perform; selected performances by Brendan Fernandes and Charles Gowin.
Guided Exhibition Tours: Brendan Fernandes—Inaction
Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 1:00pm
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery

FREE!

Take a closer look at Brendan Fernandes: Inaction by joining a 45-minute tour, led by Wesleyan University gallery guides.

November

Guided Exhibition Tours: Brendan Fernandes—Inaction
Saturday, November 2, 2019 at 1:00pm
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery

FREE!

Take a closer look at Brendan Fernandes: Inaction by joining a 45-minute tour, led by Wesleyan University gallery guides.
Inaction Performances
Saturday, November 2, 2019 at 2:00pm
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery

FREE!

Students from Wesleyan's Dance Department perform; selected performances by Brendan Fernandes and Charles Gowin.
In Conversation: Machine Dazzle
Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at 4:30pm
Memorial Chapel, 221 High Street, Middletown

FREE!

A moderated conversation with Taylor Mac collaborator and costume designer Machine Dazzle.
Lewis Hyde
Thursday, November 7, 2019 at 4:30pm
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery

FREE!

A talk by poet, essayist, translator, and cultural critic Lewis Hyde, who has a particular interest in the public life of the imagination.
Inaction Performances
Friday, November 8, 2019 at 12:00pm
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery

FREE!

Students from Wesleyan's Dance Department perform; selected performances by Brendan Fernandes and Charles Gowin.
Laurie Anderson: The Art of Falling
Friday, November 8, 2019 at 7:30pm
Crowell Concert Hall

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Writer, director, visual artist, and vocalist Laurie Anderson performs the Connecticut premiere of the new work The Art of Falling, which explores the subject through sounds, images, poems, and electronics.
Guided Exhibition Tours: Brendan Fernandes—Inaction
Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 1:00pm
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery

FREE!

Take a closer look at Brendan Fernandes: Inaction by joining a 45-minute tour, led by Wesleyan University gallery guides.
Guided Exhibition Tours: Brendan Fernandes—Inaction
Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 1:00pm
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery

FREE!

Take a closer look at Brendan Fernandes: Inaction by joining a 45-minute tour, led by Wesleyan University gallery guides.
Inaction Dance Party
Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 8:00pm
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery

FREE!

Part performance, part dance party, the Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery transforms into a night club in this event choreographed by artist Brendan Fernandes.
Inaction Performances
Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 8:00pm
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery

FREE!

Students from Wesleyan's Dance Department perform; selected performances by Brendan Fernandes and Charles Gowin.
Inaction Performances
Monday, November 18, 2019 at 12:15pm
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery

FREE!

Students from Wesleyan's Dance Department perform; selected performances by Brendan Fernandes and Charles Gowin.
Guided Exhibition Tours: Brendan Fernandes—Inaction
Saturday, November 23, 2019 at 1:00pm
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery

FREE!

Take a closer look at Brendan Fernandes: Inaction by joining a 45-minute tour, led by Wesleyan University gallery guides.

December

Inaction Performances
Thursday, December 5, 2019 at 5:00pm
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery

FREE!

Students from Wesleyan's Dance Department perform; selected performances by Brendan Fernandes and Charles Gowin.
Guided Exhibition Tours: Brendan Fernandes—Inaction
Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 1:00pm
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery

FREE!

Take a closer look at Brendan Fernandes: Inaction by joining a 45-minute tour, led by Wesleyan University gallery guides.

2020

January

Golden Hornet’s The Sound of Science featuring Jeffrey Zeigler
Friday, January 31, 2020 at 7:30pm
Memorial Chapel, 221 High Street, Middletown

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Cellist Jeffrey Zeigler performs the Connecticut premiere of The Sound of Science, featuring Pastaza, which reflects on the work of Wesleyan's Robert Schumann Professor of Environmental Studies Barry Chernoff.

February

New England Dance on Tour
Friday, February 14, 2020 at 7:30pm
CFA Theater

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Four regional dance artists showcase the diversity and richness of dance in New England, including Wesleyan Dean of the Arts and Humanities and Associate Professor of Dance Nicole Lynn Stanton.
Beethoven’s 250th Birthday Bash
Friday, February 21, 2020 at 7:30pm
Crowell Concert Hall

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The Wesleyan Music Department community celebrates the 250th birthday of Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) with an inspired, diverse mix of traditional and experimental tributes.
Tabaimo and Maki Morishita: Fruits borne out of rust
Friday, February 28, 2020 at 7:30pm
CFA Theater

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The New England premiere of the whimsical, mischievous multimedia work Fruits borne out of rust, conceived and directed by Japanese visual artist Tabaimo in collaboration with choreographer Maki Morishita.

Tickets are on sale now online. Pick your own seats! The Wesleyan University Box Office opens for walk-up and phone sales on Monday, August 26, 2019. 
860-685-3355

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