spring 2013 events

Joe and Bil: “When the Gays Move Into Mr. Roger's Neighborhood.”

Sunday, Jan. 27 – Wheeler Hall, Ware Student Center, 6:30 p.m.

It takes funny, interactive and challenging programs to get today's college students thinking about important "community issues" such as diversity appreciation and homophobia & heterosexism. Yet today's students face an increasingly diverse world where their leadership skills will be put to the test. In Joe & Bil's program, "When the Gays Move Into Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood," Joe & Bil explore the realities and human dimensions of living in a world of heterosexual privilege. Drawing from their own lives, their experiences as fraternity men and student affairs professionals, their family experiences, and the dynamics of their own relationship, Joe & Bil present this difficult topic in a non-threatening, humorous way. More Information

Of Ebony Embers: Vignettes of the Harlem Renaissance

Friday, Feb. 1 – Wheeler Hall, Ware Student Center, 7 p.m.

Of Ebony Embers is a music theatre work for solo actor and chamber music trio. This evening length piece explores the life and times of African Americans who helped shape the Harlem Renaissance. Of Ebony Embers connects us to the lives and works of three outstanding but very different African-American poets - Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen and Claude McKay - as seen through the eyes of the great painter and muralist Aaron Douglas. The Core Ensemble, the nationally acclaimed trio of cello, piano and percussion, performs music by African American composers ranging from jazz greats Duke Ellington, Jelly Roll Morton, Billy Strayhorn, Thelonious Monk and Charles Mingus to concert music composers Jeffrey Mumford and George Walker. More Information

Film: "Who Cares About Kelsey?"

Dan Habib's new film project "Who Cares About Kelsey?" documents the lives of students with emotional/behavioral challenges, and shows innovative educational approaches that help these students to succeed – while improving the overall school culture and climate. Habib is creator of the internationally acclaimed documentary, "Including Samuel".

Dan Habib will be here to screen his film and answer questions. This screening is co-hosted by Lake Sunapee/Connecticut River Valley Regional Children's Mental Health Community of Practice and Colby-Sawyer College. More Information

Tartan Terrors

Monday, March 4 – Sawyer Center Theatre, 7 p.m.

Get your plaid on – the Tartan Terrors return to Colby-Sawyer for a festive Celtic evening that mixes comedy, dance and music, and features a two-time world championship bagpiper.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for non Colby-Sawyer students and children, and free with a Colby-Sawyer College ID. Purchase tickets starting Jan. 21 online.

The Tartan Terrors, once described as “the evil twin to Riverdance,” inject humor, energetic dancing and boisterous bag-piping into their performances. This Celtic ensemble, made up of 14 singers, musicians and dancers, was created more than a decade ago by siblings and artistic directors Ellen and Ian Wilkes-Irmisch.

The group offers tradition with a twist, as Ellen Wilkes-Irmisch describes it in Rambles magazine: “It's historical dancing that's brought to life again, and we can all connect to that rhythm... It's very primal,” she said. “You don't have to analyze it, you don't have to think,” she insisted. “You just enjoy it and have fun.” In one popular Highland “Schwing” piece, the female dancers rip off their long kilts to reveal plaid mini-kilts and mix hip-hop or disco moves into their traditional Celtic choreography. In a satirical take on the old standard “Scotland the Brave,” a break-dancing sheep gets down to “Scotland Depraved.” And, of course, the English jokes flow: What's the difference between yogurt and England? Yogurt has an active culture. More Information

Film: "Girl Rising"

Tuesday, March. 19 – Clements Hall, Curtis L. Ivey Science Center, 7 p.m.

Girl Rising spotlights the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change a girl – and the world. Many millions of girls face barriers to education that boys do not. We can help break those barriers by bringing global attention to the enormous benefits of educating girls. Your community is a great place to start. More Information

Admission is free

Film: "Give A Damn?"

Monday, March 25 – Wheeler Hall, Ware Student Center, 7 p.m.

A feature-length documentary about three friends – Dan, David and Rob – two idealistic activists and one skeptic, attempting to live on $1.25 a day, across three continents. The adventure takes a devastating turn when two of them survive a deadly plane crash in Africa, and all three must fight to finish what they started.

Dan, David and Rob will be here to screen their film and answer questions. More Information

Admission is free.

Ernest Freeberg presents "Incandescent America: How the Humble Light Bulb Made the Modern World"

Tuesday, March, 26 - Wheeler Hall, Ware Student Centre,7 pm

A discussion on by Author Ernest Freeburg on his book on the transformation of America in to an inventive society. The book entitled "The Age of Edison: Electric Light and the Formation of America" is a history of the culture of invention, epitomized by Thomas Edison, that explains America's lead in the electric light revolution of the late nineteenth century and how that revolution transformed American life. The discussion will be followed by a book signing by the author.

Musician Noah Hoehn's Solo Show on Harmonica and Marimba

Wednesday, March 27 – Wheeler Hall, Ware Student Center, 7 p.m.

Noah Hoehn is a fierce performer. His impassioned harmonica performance and sincere dedication to his craft gained him national acclaim as a winner of the prestigious McKnight Fellowship for Performing Musicians not once but twice. His energetic and distinctive playing has been heard in concert halls, festivals and on national radio programs His singular vision to unite the sounds of new blues and marimba pop is accomplished with an incomparable live looping system. Saucy harmonica and cool marimba are looped and layered upon a foundation of acoustic grooves, freeing him to sing and play at the same time. Because he programmed the MIDI sequences for his looper fusing technology with his songs , he is called “a modern day musical scientist.” More Information

Admission is free.

Mick Follari- "Make Your Own Legends"

Monday, April 8, - Wheeler Hall, 7pm

Film, images, and discussion on the changing face of the 'Alpine Climbing Expedition' & reflections on adventure sports, media, sponsorship, tragic accidents, and 2 decades of 'once-in-a-lifetime' travels. World-class alpinist, climber, and photo/videographer Mick Follari has been privileged to participate in several game-changing projects in the Himalaya and Andes that are evolving the nature of the traditional alpine expedition. He will present two festival short films that will showcase these projects and the creative energy that talented athlete-artists bring to the mountains in the modern world of climbing and adventure media. In discussion, he brings a humorous and disarming magnetism to reflections of his two decades of climbing and travel, dealing with complex overseas tragedy, and the changing world of risk taking in the mountains. Having pocketed his Ivy-league degree to traverse various entrepreneurial ventures and careers, while always pursuing artistic, intellectual and physical challenges around the world, he offers a fresh perspective on living a unique and fulfilling life on your own terms– making your own legends. More Information

Spoken Word Artist, Taylor Maili

Thursday, April 11 – Wheeler Hall, Ware Student Center, 7 p.m.

Taylor Mali is one of the most well-known poets to have emerged from the poetry slam movement and one of the few people in the world to have no job other than that of poet. He is a vocal advocate of teachers and the nobility of teaching, having himself spent nine years in the classroom teaching everything from English and history to math and S.A.T. test preparation. He has performed and lectured for teachers all over the world.

Taylor Mali is the author most recently of What Teachers Make: In Praise of the Greatest Job in the World (Putnam 2012) as well as two books of poetry. More Information

Admission is free.

Film: "Trashed"

Monday, April, 22 – Clements Hall, Curtis L. Ivey Science Center, 7 p.m.

Jeremy Irons stands on a beach beside the ancient Lebanese city of Sidon. Above him towers a mountain of rubbish-a pullulating eyesore of medical waste, household trash, toxic fluids and dead animals-the result of thirty years of consumption by just one small city out of how many in the world? As the day's new consignments are tipped on top, debris tumbles off the side and into the blue of the Mediterranean. Surrounded by a vast reach of plastic bottles, a forlorn Jeremy Irons stares at the horizon. "Appalling," he mutters.

In the new docu-feature TRASHED, a Blenheim Films production, produced and directed by British filmmaker Candida Brady (Madam and the Dying Swan), which has been selected to receive a Special Screening at the Cannes Film Festival this month, Irons sets out to discover the extent and effects of the global waste problem, as he travels around the world to beautiful destinations tainted by pollution. This is a meticulous, brave investigative journey that takes Irons (and us) from skepticism to sorrow and from horror to hope. Brady's narrative is vividly propelled by an original score created by Academy Award winning composer Vangelis. More Information