All Upcoming Events

Below are all upcoming events. To view the archives of past events, please click here.


2021
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2021

April

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Senior Thesis Exhibitions Week Two Virtual Reception
Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 4:30pm
Zoom

FREE!

At the virtual reception for the second week of Senior Thesis Exhibitions, Associate Director of Visual Arts Benjamin Chaffee will host a video walk-through of the gallery featuring works by seniors in the Art Studio Program of Wesleyan’s Department of Art and Art History, and talk to each of the artists: Gabriela Banda, Tyler Barr, Luisa Bryan, Candice April Cirilo, Ben Lyon, and An Pham.

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Graduate Music Series: Installment One
Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 8:00pm
YouTube

FREE!

The first installment of the Graduate Music Series this spring will feature alumnus Omar Fraire MA '17 and current graduate students Garrett Groesbeck and Hector Gonzalez.
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Cynthia Novack Lecture in Memoriam: “Aristocratic Posturing: Presenting the ‘Other’ in French Baroque Ballet” with Patricia Beaman
Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 2:50pm
Zoom

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This year's Cynthia Novack Lecture in Memoriam, “Aristocratic Posturing: Presenting the ‘Other’ in French Baroque Ballet,” will feature speaker Patricia Beaman, Wesleyan Artist in Residence in Dance, and celebrate her book “World Dance Cultures: From Ritual to Spectacle.”
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Music at The Russell House: Lucience
Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 4:00pm
WESU Middletown 88.1FM

FREE!

As part of the "Music at The Russell House" series at Wesleyan University's Center for the Arts, WESU Middletown 88.1FM will broadcast a virtual concert by the chamber ensemble Lucience featuring Wesleyan Oboe Instructor Libby Van Cleve.
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Wesleyan Gamelan Ensemble Virtual Mini-Concert and Demonstration: Traditional Music of Java
Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 8:00pm
YouTube Live

FREE!

While COVID-19 is still with us this semester, the Wesleyan Gamelan Ensemble, under the direction of University Professor of Music I. Harjito and Winslow-Kaplan Professor of Music Sumarsam, offers the second in a series of biweekly 30-minute virtual mini-concerts and demonstrations. This week’s concert features the traditional music of Java.
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Party in the Bardo: Conversations with Laurie Anderson—Episode Nine
Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 10:00pm
WESU Middletown 88.1FM

FREE!

The ninth episode of “Party in the Bardo: Conversations with Laurie Anderson” features a conversation between writer, director, visual artist, and vocalist Laurie Anderson and multi-instrumentalist Kevin Hearn from the multi-platinum selling band Barenaked Ladies.
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Graduate Recital: DOWN, a film by Aliya Ultan
Friday, April 23, 2021 at 7:00pm
YouTube Live

FREE!

In this graduate music recital, Aliya Ultan will present her single-channel video DOWN, featuring a series of performance pieces that form a loop. After the 60-minute screening, there will be a Q&A with Ultan and her collaborators. A Zoom reception will follow the performance—please reserve through the Box Office here to attend the reception.
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Graduate Recital: Webb Crawford
Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 12:00pm
The Russell House, 350 High Street, Middletown

FREE!

An interactive graduate music thesis installation by Webb Crawford, "Of Blacke Cholor, Without Boyling," will be installled in four rooms on the first floor of The Russell House. Limited capacity for Wesleyan students, faculty and staff.
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Graduate Recital: Webb Crawford
Sunday, April 25, 2021 at 12:00pm
The Russell House, 350 High Street, Middletown

FREE!

An interactive graduate music thesis installation by Webb Crawford, "Of Blacke Cholor, Without Boyling," will be installled in four rooms on the first floor of The Russell House. Limited capacity for Wesleyan students, faculty and staff.
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Senior Thesis Exhibitions Week Three Virtual Reception
Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 4:30pm
Zoom

FREE!

Join us online for the virtual reception for the third week of the annual Senior Thesis Exhibitions, from 4:30pm to 5:30pm. During the reception, Associate Director of Visual Arts Ben Chaffee will host a video walk-through of the shows and talk to each of the artists. Featuring works by seniors in the Art Studio Program of Wesleyan’s Department of Art and Art History: Alyssa DaSilva, Dana Kim, Verónica Socorro Matos, Rachel Mondshine, Ciara O’Flynn, Ben Schneier, and Dayna Weissman.

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A Conversation with M. NourbeSe Philip
Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 4:30pm
Zoom

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As the fourth talk of Into the Deluge—an exhibition and series of lectures exploring bodies of water as archives of memory, sites of history, and forms of knowledge—unembedded poet, essayist, novelist, playwright and independent scholar M. NourbeSe Philip will talk about her work.
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Party in the Bardo: Conversations with Laurie Anderson—Episode Ten
Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 10:00pm
WESU Middletown 88.1FM

FREE!

The tenth episode of “Party in the Bardo: Conversations with Laurie Anderson” features a conversation between writer, director, visual artist, and vocalist Laurie Anderson and bassist and composer Christian McBride on WESU Middletown 88.1FM.

May

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Spring Faculty Dance Concert
Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 7:00pm
YouTube Live

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A triple-bill evening of world premieres: Assistant Professor of Dance Iddi Saaka will present his new solo work Letting Go to Move On; Visiting Associate Professor of Dance Doug Elkins will present his new work Qualia, featuring Wesleyan students and faculty; and WesDANCE/WeDANCE—a video-dance tribute created by Wesleyan dance alumni with original music by Jace L’Arouet ’21.
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A Conversation with Mati Diop
Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 1:00pm
Zoom

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As the fifth talk of Into the Deluge—an exhibition and series of lectures exploring bodies of water as archives of memory, sites of history, and forms of knowledge—award-winning filmmaker and actor Mati Diop will talk about her work.
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"Race / Art History" Talk by Andrea Achi: “Masked Dancers and Praises for Mother Mary: A Nubian Wall Painting and Its Implications for Pre-Modern Critical Race Studies”
Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 4:30pm
Zoom

FREE!

“Race / Art History” is a year-long series of talks by scholars working at the intersections of art history and critical race studies. This talk will be given by Andrea Achi of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
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Incarcerated Stories: Remembering Attica
Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 7:00pm
Zoom Webinar

FREE!

Wesleyan students in the course THEA114-01 “Incarcerated Stories: Documenting In/Justice” taught by Chair and Professor of Theater Ronald S. Jenkins collaborate with formerly incarcerated individuals and their families. The guest MC will be rap artist and activist BL Shirelle. Other featured musicians will be Simply Naomi and Maserati E. The performance will be followed by a dialogue with Attica survivors Tyrone Larkins and Carlos Roche.
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Artist Talk by Ian Boyden: Dearest Elephant—Collaborations between Ian Boyden and Tsering Woeser [New Date]
Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 4:30pm
Zoom Webinar

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Ian Boyden ’95—a visual artist, poet, and translator—will discuss his collaborations with the Tibetan poet and political dissident Tsering Woeser, focusing on works presented in the exhibition Flames of My Homeland, previously displayed in the gallery (February 23-April 1, 2021).
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Wesleyan Gamelan Ensemble Mini-Concert and Demonstration: Wayang Shadow Puppet Play
Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 8:00pm
YouTube

FREE!

While COVID-19 is still with us this semester, the Wesleyan Gamelan Ensemble, under the direction of University Professor of Music I. Harjito and Winslow-Kaplan Professor of Music Sumarsam, offers the third in a series of biweekly 30-minute virtual mini-concerts and demonstrations. This week’s concert features an excerpt of Javanese shadow puppet performance (wayang) by puppet master Sumarsam.
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Party in the Bardo: Conversations with Laurie Anderson—Episode Eleven
Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 10:00pm
WESU Middletown 88.1FM

FREE!

The eleventh and final episode of “Party in the Bardo: Conversations with Laurie Anderson” features a conversation about love between writer, director, visual artist, and vocalist Laurie Anderson and the return of her first guest, writer Jonathan Cott on WESU Middletown 88.1FM.
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She Kills Monsters: Virtual Realms
Friday, May 7, 2021 at 8:00pm
Online

FREE!

Designed specifically for online performances, the virtual production of She Kills Monsters (2011) is a dramatic comedy romp into the world of fantasy role-playing games. Directed by Assistant Professor of the Practice in Theater Edward Torres.
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She Kills Monsters: Virtual Realms
Saturday, May 8, 2021 at 2:00pm
Online

FREE!

Designed specifically for online performances, the virtual production of She Kills Monsters (2011) is a dramatic comedy romp into the world of fantasy role-playing games. Directed by Assistant Professor of the Practice in Theater Edward Torres.
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She Kills Monsters: Virtual Realms
Saturday, May 8, 2021 at 8:00pm
Online

FREE!

Designed specifically for online performances, the virtual production of She Kills Monsters (2011) is a dramatic comedy romp into the world of fantasy role-playing games. Directed by Assistant Professor of the Practice in Theater Edward Torres.
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Worlds of Dance Concert
Sunday, May 9, 2021 at 1:00pm
Online

FREE!

The virtual Worlds of Dance Concert will feature Wesleyan students performing an exciting array of dance styles from a variety of courses, including Afro-Brazilian, Bharata Natyam, Javanese Dance, Hip Hop, and Introduction to Dance.
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African Pop Music Concert
Thursday, May 13, 2021 at 7:00pm
Online

FREE!

Wesleyan’s new African Pop Music Band, directed by Assistant Professor of Music John Dankwa, presents an invigorating performance of contemporary African music and dance. Genres to be performed include highlife, reggae, hiplife, and gospel highlife, among others.
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Pedro Pietri's The Masses are Asses
Thursday, May 13, 2021 at 10:00pm
WESU Middletown 88.1FM

FREE!

The Masses are Asses (1974) by Pedro Pietri is an absurdist satire that exposes issues of social class, parodies the notion of the American Dream, and plays with political parody. This radio play is directed by Visiting Instructor of Theater Miranda Haymon '16.
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West African Drumming and Dance Concert
Friday, May 14, 2021 at 7:00pm
Online

FREE!

An invigorating virtual performance filled with the rhythms of West Africa, featuring Assistant Professor of Music John Dankwa and Assistant Professor of Dance Iddi Saaka, joined by students in West African music and dance classes.
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Pedro Pietri's The Masses are Asses
Thursday, May 20, 2021 at 10:00pm
WESU Middletown 88.1FM

FREE!

The Masses are Asses (1974) by Pedro Pietri is an absurdist satire that exposes issues of social class, parodies the notion of the American Dream, and plays with political parody. This radio play is directed by Visiting Instructor of Theater Miranda Haymon '16.
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A Body in Fukushima: Film and Performance [NEW DATE]
Saturday, May 22, 2021 at 8:30pm
Outdoors on the Wesleyan University campus

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Eiko Otake, Visiting Artist in Residence in Dance, debuts a newly updated, 75 minute rendering of A Body in Fukushima, edited over the course of 2020 during her virtual creative residency at Wesleyan, and featuring hundreds of photographs taken by John E. Andrus Professor of History and Professor of East Asian Studies, Science in Society, and Environmental Studies William Johnston.
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