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SKIDGENUITY A celebration of the skidmore mind

Performances

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Life at Skidmore is always full, but it becomes jam-packed near the end of the academic year. Never is the creativity of the Skidmore community more apparent in concerts, competitions, lectures, and exhibits. Especially for seniors, SkidGenuity is a great opportunity for the community to say “great work,” “farewell,” and “enjoy!”

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Skidmore May the Best Plan Win

Six STuDEnT-lED buSinESSES—some startups, some existing—will compete in the final round of the Kenneth A. Freirich Business Plan Competition on April 11 at the Tang Museum. The student entrepreneurs will vie for a first prize of $20,000 and second and third prizes of $10,000 and $5,000. They are: ■ Ezra Levy ’15 and Marcella Jewell ’15. They’ve launched a Web-based enterprise, Open Campus, that matches college students with businesses offering real-world freelance work requiring the skills that the students showcase in portfolios on the site. ■ Walter Barber ’14, Ian Van Nest ’14, and Andrew Zimmermann ’14. As Leaf Pile Media, they created an “original fictional universe” that they aim to turn into a profitable board game, graphic novel, and app, eventually expanding into online games and animation. ■ Stella Langat ’16. She is registering Double Dee’s LLC in Kenya as what she describes as the nation’s first undergarment production company dedicated to making reasonably priced intimate apparel for the modern African woman. ■ Adam Beek ’15. Launching Munchi Heaven Agri, he aims to develop an organic farming enterprise in Jamaica to

grow celery, lettuce, and other products with the goal of making an impact on his local community. ■ Alexander Nassief ’16 and Zach Rohde ’14. Taking second place in last year’s Freirich Competition, they continue to grow Rum Dog Inc., developing a luxury rum brand based in Dominica and a patent-pending aging method in which barrels of rum are submerged in the Caribbean Sea. ■ Seth Berger ’14. Taking third place in last year’s Freirich Competition, he continues to develop his East Coast Lacrosse, a maker of lacrosse apparel that last year generated sales of more than $73,000. “Each year, the quality of the plans and the presentations just keeps improving,” says Ken Freirich ’90, founder of the contest. He started his own publishing business as a student and is now president of Health Monitor Network. “It’s deeply rewarding to see so many students following their passions and developing these businesses with such talent and creativity. I continue to get inspired by them,” he adds. As he did last year, Freirich contributed $20,000 toward the first prize. Other alumni contributed prize money as well. ■ Friday, April 11, 2 p.m., Payne Presentation Room, Tang Museum

more... Alice in Wonderland Theme Dinner Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland has been interpreted by illustrator Sir John Tenniel, Walt Disney, Tim Burton, and the Royal Ballet. Now Skidmore Dining Services and its awardwinning chefs take their turn, bringing the story to life with an Alice-appropriate meal fit for a queen: mock turtle soup, meringue mushrooms, prime rib and Yorkshire pudding, Duchess potatoes, and enormous cookies. Afterward, head upstairs to learn more about this beloved tale from English professor Catherine Golden, Elaina Aquila ’16, and other members of Golden’s class in children’s literature. ■ Tuesday, April 1, dinner for students 5–6:30 p.m., dinner for families and community members 6:30–7:30 p.m., Murray-Aikins Dining Hall; presentation 7:30 p.m., 2nd floor of Murray-Aikins

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Computer Science Art Show

Cheetah Chase Fun Run April 5

Students taking “Introduction to Computer Science I” will exhibit and discuss images they created in class assignments aimed at teaching them the art of Java programming. Using Photoshop was strictly prohibited; in carrying out these assignments, students essentially created the programming that underlies Photoshop. “They’re working at the intersection of art and technology,” notes their professor Leo Porter. “That’s a big space for creativity.” ■ Wednesday, April 2, 1–1:40 p.m., Kisiel Atrium, Murray-Aikins Dining Hall

International Show and Tell Hear firsthand the stories of eight Skidmore students who impressed a panel of judges with their ability to communicate—through photos, music, souvenirs, video, food, and other means—what their study-abroad experience was like. The overall winner will be awarded a $500 voucher for further travel abroad. ■ Friday, April 4, noon–1:30 p.m., Kisiel Atrium, Murray-Aikins Dining Hall

Cheetah Chase Fun Run

CTM Photo and Video Showcase April 16

Runners, joggers, and walkers are invited to join in this fundraiser for Panthera, an international organization for the preservation of wild cats. Skidmore biology students are hosting the race in connection with the April 2 lecture (see “Talk,” page 6) by Panthera CEO Alan Rabinowitz. The 5K event will feature music by Skidmore bands Bo Peep and Funk Sheep, Psymon Spine, Pooch, and Piercing Pagoda. Registration: $3 students; $5 faculty, staff, and community. ■ Saturday, April 5, registration begins at 9:30 a.m., race at 10:30 a.m., Case Green

Public Health: Start Here! Celebrate National Public Health Week by stopping at the Tang for interactive games, free food, and information about public health. Tables will be sponsored by Peer Health Educators, the Center for Sex and Gender Relations, and other groups. ■ Tuesday, April 8, 7–9 p.m., Tang Museum

CTM Photo and Video Contest Showcase For the last six years, the Skidmore community has submitted outstanding photographs illustrating the people, places, and programs that make Skidmore Skidmore, and the 2013– 14 contest, with the theme “Places We Live, Places We Love,” was no exception. This year’s winning submissions will be on display. ■ Wednesday, April 16, 11 a.m.–3 p.m., Kisiel Atrium, Murray-Aikins Dining Hall 59-Second Video Festival April 24

59-Second Video Festival Inspired by super-short film festivals around the world, the Tang Museum has challenged Skidmore students, staff, and faculty to create compelling videos with a maximum run time of 59 seconds. How they chose to tell their story was left to the filmmakers. Submissions were collected together to make one video. Refreshments will be served. ■ Thursday, April 24, 7 p.m., Somers Room, Tang Museum

MB 107 Executive Presentations: The Case of Google For 30 years, the MB 107 course has challenged Skidmore students to put themselves in the shoes of corporate executives and map winning strategies for their firms. Their focus this term: Google. Working in 18 teams of six, more than 100 students developed strategic plans for this corporate behemoth and will argue their case in front of real-life business execs. Space is limited; to inquire about attending, e-mail Terri Kindl, tkindl@skidmore.edu. ■ Friday, April 25, 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m., Gideon Putnam Hotel, Saratoga Spa State Park

Academic Festival Perceptive papers. Insightful research. Impressive performances. Provocative art. Such are the ingredients of Academic Festival, a Skidmore tradition since 1998. Structured like a professional academic conference with more than 25 sessions all over campus, Academic Festival will feature presentations, roundtables, poster sessions, and performances by an estimated 150 students selected by their departments and programs. The festival begins at 9 a.m. and concludes with a collegewide reception at 4:30 p.m. The schedule will be posted April 28 at www.skidmore.edu/academicfestival. ■ Wednesday, April 30, various times and locations

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Performances LETTERS FROM THE FRONT “THE WORlD’S GREATEST undiscovered literature.” That’s how author Andrew Carroll describes letters written during wartime by Americans in combat and their loved ones at home. Over the last 15 years, Carroll collected more than 90,000 letters from every war in which Americans have fought. They provide the essential script for If All the Sky Were Paper, the spring mainstage production presented by the Theater Department. Directed by Lary Opitz, professor of theater, the play is based on War Letters and Behind the Lines, the two bestselling books Carroll produced from the Legacy Project, which encourages Americans to honor military service members by preserving their letters and e-mails home. Opitz says he selected the play for its timeliness and the “opportunity to remind students and those who see the play that thousands of our fellow Americans are actively engaged in a war in Afghanistan.” But he continues, “The play is not political in any way. It honors all of those who have fought for their country and continue to fight today. It reminds us of the impact of war.” Opitz acted in the play when it came to Albany last year as part of a 50-state Legacy Project tour. For Skidmore, he expanded it to 11 actors; students play military men and women and their families and friends, acting out the emo-

ART... Two-Minute Performances in a One-Seat Theater April 3

tions and experiences in the letters. Tickets: $12 general admission, $8 students and senior citizens. ■ Thursday, April 10, Friday, April 11, and Saturday, April 12, 8 p.m.; Sunday, April 13, 2 p.m.; Thursday, April 17, and Friday, April 18, 8 p.m.; Saturday, April 19, 2 p.m., Janet Kinghorn bernard Theater

David Greenberger: Two-Minute Performances in a One-Seat Theater For more than 30 years, David Greenberger has created short sound pieces that give listeners a window into the minds of older people. This installation creates an intimate theater space where one audience member at a time will listen to a two-minute performance by Greenberger and his band, A Strong Dog (Kevin Maul and Mitch Throop). ■ Thursday, April 3, 6–9 p.m., mezzanine of the Tang Museum

Sean Jackson, Corey Colmey, and Joe Klockowski: Rhythmic Abstraction In an experiment in sound and rhythm, tap dancer and electronic musician Sean Jackson and percussionist Corey Colmey will produce rich soundscapes that combine digital sounds and nontraditional percussive elements such as tap dancing. Their communication in dance and music will be coupled with audio-reactive animations designed by Joe Klockowski ’14. Jackson has performed and taught tap dancing all over the U.S. and in Europe. Colmey is an educator, performer, clinician, and recording artist based in central New York. ■ Thursday, April 3, 6:30 p.m., Payne Presentation Room, Tang Museum

classical music...

Skidmore Community Chorus with Vocal Chamber Ensemble Directed by Katie Gardiner. The performance will feature Duruflé’s Requiem with special guest Edwin Lawrence from Williams College on organ. The Vocal Chamber Ensemble will perform a selection of sacred pieces by Verdi, Josquin, and Palestrina. Tickets: $8 adults, $5 seniors/Skidmore community, free for students and children. ■ Saturday, April 12, 3 p.m., Helen Filene ladd Concert Hall, Arthur Zankel Music Center

Skidmore College Orchestra

Skidmore College Orchestra April 27

Conducted by Anthony Holland. Among the highlights of this spring concert will be a world premiere of James Emery’s Double Concerto for Guitar, Clarinet, and Orchestra, with Emery playing guitar and his daughter Hannah Emery ’14 playing clarinet. Also on the program: Vaughan Williams’s Prelude 49th Parallel and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition arranged by Maurice Ravel. Tickets: $8 adults, $5 seniors/Skidmore community, free for students and children. ■ Sunday, April 27, 3 p.m., Helen Filene ladd Concert Hall, Arthur Zankel Music Center

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dance... Dance Department Senior Capstone Concert The works of seven dance majors will include choreographed pieces by Corry Ethridge, Megan Killeen, and Cameo Lethem and solo performances by Kaitlin Guerin, Sydney Magruder, Ayako Shapiro, and Sarah Shaw. ■ Friday, April 4, 8 p.m., and Saturday, April 5, 2 and 8 p.m., Dance Theater

Spring Dance Concert The Dance Department presents choreography by faculty and guest artists, featuring artistin-residence Mary Harney, Porter Professor Debra Fernandez with art professor and animator John Danison, ballet professor Denise Warner Limoli, and modern-dance professor Rubén Graciani. Tickets: $10 general admission, $5 students and senior citizens. ■ Friday, April 18, 8 p.m., and Saturday, April 19, 2 and 8 p.m., Dance Theater

Senior Capstone Performance in Dance: Salomé Egas ’14 Developed by Egas with SEE-Beyond support, and inspired by her experience of the world views, myths, and traditions of the indigenous people of the highlands of Ecuador. ■ Sunday, April 27, 2 and 4 p.m., Dance Studio ii

jazz...

Kurt Rosenwinkel New Quartet Fresh from appearances in Tokyo and Singapore, the New Quartet will perform songs from Rosenwinkel’s 2012 release Star of Jupiter as well as new work. Performing with Rosewinkel, who is regarded as one of the most prolific jazz composers of his generation, will be pianist Aaron Parks, bassist Eric Revis, and drummer Kendrick Scott. ■ Wednesday, April 16, 8 p.m., Helen Filene ladd Concert Hall, Arthur Zankel Music Center

more students on stage... ...at Ladd Concert Hall, Zankel Music Center Skidmore Concert Band Directed by Michael Meidenbauer. ■ Thursday, April 3, 8 p.m. Senior Recital: Eva Hagan, Clarinet ■ Friday, April 4, 8 p.m. Senior Recital: David Slitzky, Andrew Koehler, and William Sacks, Jazz ■ Sunday, April 6, 8 p.m. Senior Recital: Mavis MacNeil, Composition ■ Thursday, April 10, 8 p.m. Drums and Gongs: Taiko and Gamelan Class Recital Coached by Lei Ouyang Bryant and Elizabeth Macy. ■ Friday, April 11, 4 p.m. Shared Recital: Cindy Lan, Viola, and Elizabeth Estey, French Horn ■ Saturday, April 12, 8 p.m. Skidmore Wind Chamber Ensembles Coached by Jan Vinci. ■ Sunday, April 13, 2 p.m. Senior Recital: Emily Abeshouse, Piano ■ Sunday, April 13, 6 p.m. Skidmore Guitar Ensembles Coached by Brett Grigsby. ■ Thursday, April 17, 8 p.m. Senior Recital: Thomas Corcoran, Voice ■ Saturday, April 19, 11 a.m. Senior Recital: Matthew Gaydar, Composition ■ Saturday, April 19, 2 p.m. Senior Recital: Laura Pendleton, Voice ■ Saturday, April 19, 5 p.m. Senior Recital: Katherine Murphy, Flute ■ Saturday, April 19, 8 p.m. Skidmore Big Band Directed by Mark Vinci. ■ Monday, April 21, 8 p.m. Senior Recital: Paul Gladstone, Jazz ■ Wednesday, April 23, 8 p.m. Singing in Spring Recital by the voice students of Anne Zwick Turner and Gene Marie Callahan. ■ Friday, April 25, 4 p.m. Skidmore Jazz Ensembles Coached by John Nazarenko, George Muscatello, and Mark Vinci. ■ Friday, April 25, 7 p.m. Senior Recital: Leland Martin, Fiddle ■ Sunday, April 27, 7 p.m. Skidmore String Ensembles Coached by Michael Emery. ■ Monday, April 28, 8 p.m.

...at Filene Recital Hall Cabaret Troupe Presents Little Shop of Horrors Entirely student-run, Cabaret Troupe involves students of all majors. ■ Thursday–Saturday, April 3–5, 7:30 p.m. Ujima Step Show Step-dancing performance by Ujima, Skidmore’s African, African-American, and Caribbean-American cultural awareness club. ■ Saturday, April 12, 7 p.m. Treblemakers Spring Jam Skidmore’s newest a cappella group.■ Friday, April 18, 7 p.m. Drastic Measures 10th-Anniversary Jam Skidmore’s charity coed a cappella group. ■ Saturday, April 19, 10 p.m. Sonneteers Spring Jam Founded in 1947, the all-female Sonneteers are Skidmore’s oldest a cappella group. ■ Friday, April 19, 4 p.m.

...at the tang museum Senior Independent Study in Dance: Michael Rivera ’14 ■ Thursday, April 10, 8 p.m., and Saturday, April 12, 2 and 8 p.m., Payne Presentation Room Line Art Review Launch Party A student-run art review magazine, celebrates its new issue. ■ Saturday, April 19, 11 a.m.

...at Gannett Auditorium, Palamountain Hall Accents Spring Jam The Accents are one of Skidmore’s two all-female a cappella groups. ■ Monday, April 17, 7 p.m.

...at the Dance Theater “Classical Ballet Variations” Class Showing ■ Tuesday, April 22, 7 p.m. Rithmos Concert Rithmos is an audition-based jazz and hip-hop dance group. ■ Friday, April 25, 7 and 9 p.m. “Classical Dance of India” Class Showing ■ Monday, April 28, 7:30 p.m. “Choreography I” Class Showing ■ Tuesday, April 29, 7 p.m.

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Talk Innovating on the Web and in Business FEW SKiDMORE AluMni have navigated the emerging world of social media with greater success than David Balter ’93, who in 2004 made the cover of the New York Times Magazine for his launch of BzzAgent, his path-breaking social-marketing firm. Balter is now executive chair of BzzAgent, as well as a member of the global executive team and global head of investments for Dunnhumby, a top “customer science” firm, to which he sold BzzAgent in 2011. A cofounder of the Word-of-Mouth Marketing Association, he is also CEO of Smarterer, a venture-backed startup that assesses digital, social, and technical skills. In his April 15 dialogue with Catherine Hill, Skidmore’s Harder Professor of Business Administration, Balter will share his perspective on the ever-shifting landscape of the virtual world and describe the wealth of opportunities he sees for entrepreneurs, marketers, interactive designers, and content creators. Connecting people and their favorite brands since 2001, BzzAgent remains the nation’s leading social marketing company. It puts products in the hands of hundreds of thousands of everyday consumers and helps them share their opinions of them with their friends and family via reviews, Facebook posts, photos and videos, blog posts, and

more. Founded in 2010, the Google-backed Smarterer uses crowd-sourcing to help large enterprises create skill inventories; its technology can validate anyone’s skill in just about any area in 10 questions, 120 seconds. ■ Tuesday, April 15, 7 p.m., Gannett Auditorium, Palamountain Hall.

more... Alan Rabinowitz: “Saving the World’s Big Cats for the Future” “Saving the World’s big Cats”” April 2

Steve Stern reading April 3

A profound stutter left Alan Rabinowitz virtually unable to communicate as a child, and to prefer animals to people. Now CEO of the global wild-cat conservation group Panthera, he has extraordinary insight into both wildlife and the human condition. Called the “Indiana Jones of Wildlife Ecology” by Time magazine, Rabinowitz holds a doctorate in the field and has dedicated his life to preserving wild habitats and securing homes for endangered mammals. His work with heads of state helped establish the world’s first jaguar preserve in Belize, the world’s largest tiger reserve in Myanmar, and the Jaguar Corridor from Mexico to Argentina. In this lecture, sponsored by the Biology Department’s senior capstone series, the Speaker’s Bureau, and Animal Alliance, Rabinowitz will discuss his remarkable career and explain why it’s essential to save wildlife. ■ Wednesday, April 2, 7 p.m. Gannett Auditorium, Palamountain Hall

Steve Stern Reading Steve Stern, professor of English at Skidmore, will read selections from his fiction. Winner of the O. Henry Award and two Pushcart Prizes, he is the author of many stories and novels, including The Book of Mischief, named one of the 100 most notable books of 2012 by the New York Times. ■ Thursday, April 3, 8 p.m., Davis Auditorium, Palamountain Hall

Rami Zurayk: “Implications of the ‘Arab Spring’” Agronomist, scholar, and activist Rami Zurayk will speak about the Mideast and North African uprisings and revolutions that began in spring 2010. He will discuss the declining Arab agricultural sector, the problem of food insecurity, and the plight of the Arab small farmer, with a particular focus on Palestine. Cosponsored by the Government and International Affairs departments. ■ Monday, April 7, 6:30 p.m., Davis Auditorium, Palamountain Hall

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TEDxSkidmoreCollege: “Visions of the Future” TEDxSkidmoreCollege April 7

Adhering to the TED organization’s 18-minute format, two Skidmore faculty members and two students will describe their hopes and fears for humankind over the next 50 years. The faculty members are historian Erica Bastress-Dukehart and musicologist Gordon Thompson; the students will be selected by audition. Organizers of the event are Jake Mitchell ’14 and Sarah Green ’16, who also put together the first TEDxSkidmoreCollege event last fall. ■ Monday, April 7, 7 p.m., Helen Filene ladd Concert Hall, Arthur Zankel Music Center

Brainard Carey: “The Art World Demystified” The author of Making It in the Art World: New Approaches to Galleries, Shows, and Raising Money, Brainard Carey urges artists to bypass the traditional gallery system for less conventional methods of getting their art to market. In this talk sponsored by the Arts Administration Program, Carey will describe the burgeoning DIY movement among artists. He’ll ask, “What if you could create a way of working with money that was as creative as making art?” He’ll then examine some creative ways that artists have sold their work and managed their careers on their own terms. ■ Tuesday, April 8, 6 p.m., Filene Recital Hall

“behind the Camera at the White House” April 9

Arun Chaudhary: “Behind the Camera at the White House” Arun Chaudhary was the first official White House videographer, a position created for him at the beginning of the Obama administration. Chaudhary travelled extensively with the president, capturing public events and behind-the-scenes moments and producing presidential tapings for the Internet and television. Introducing Chaudhary will be history professor Tillman Nechtman, chair of the working group developing Skidmore’s Documentary Studies Collaborative. Chaudhary’s talk is sponsored by the Student Speakers Bureau. ■ Wednesday, April 9, 7 p.m. Gannett Auditorium, Palamountain Hall

Ann Rosalind Jones: “Terrifying Strangers: The New World ‘Other’ in Renaissance Costume Books” The Dunn Professor of Comparative Literature at Smith College, Ann Rosalind Jones reads clothes “as a material language.” In Renaissance Clothing and the Materials of Memory, she examined portraits, spinning, embroidery, armor, and literary texts to “analyze the links between what people in early modern Europe wore and who they believed they were.” In this lecture sponsored by the Art History Department, she’ll discuss her current study of Renaissance-era French and Italian illustrated costume books, drawing on anthropology and material culture to explore European imagery of New World peoples. ■ Thursday, April 10, 5:30 p.m., Davis Auditorium, Palamountain Hall

Megan McArdle: “The Up Side of Down” Megan McArdle April 10

A Washington-based journalist who writes about economics, business, and public policy, Megan McArdle is the author of The Up Side of Down. Drawing on interviews, academic research, and her own experience with catastrophic life events, she’ll discuss why failure is an inevitable—and beneficial—part of life, and how to make failure a learning experience instead of a catastrophe. (Carr Distinguished Interdisciplinary Lecture) ■ Thursday, April 10, 8 p.m., Gannett Auditorium, Palamountain Hall

Living the Liberal Arts: Mathematics and Computer Science Students majoring in math and CS can pursue a wide range of career options. In this panel discussion, sponsored by the Math and Computer Science Department and the Career Development Center, Skidmore alumni who majored in these fields (including lawyer Rosie Coleman Garlapow ’98, schoolteacher Amanda Holland ’10, and computational finance specialist Ari Morse ’09) will share their real-world stories, suggestions, and successes. Refreshments will be served. ■ Monday, April 21, 5 p.m., 2nd floor of Murray-Aikins Dining Hall

Espen Hammer: “Temporality and the Culture of Modernity” A professor at Temple University, Espen Hammer specializes in post-Kantian European philosophy, especially ethics and politics. In this lecture, sponsored by the Department of Philosophy and Religion, he will offer an account of how the classical linear temporality of progressive modernity came to be forcibly severed from its basis in nature. He argues that that postmodern culture desperately needs to retrieve elements of the modern experience of temporality, subjectivity, and its spaces for the exercise of ethical and political responsibility. ■ Monday, April 21, 6 p.m., ladd Hall 307

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On Exhibit Go large, and go live THE TAnG MuSEuM is offering an unusual chance to view large-scale works from its collection and to gain a greater appreciation for the role of a “teaching museum.” The One Work exhibition (open through June 1) is accompanied by a series of dialogues with the artists conducted side-by-side with their works. “We are turning our Wachenheim Gallery into a classroom and inviting the public in,” says the Tang’s Dayton Director Ian Berry, who is teaching a related arthistory seminar. He says the nine works in the show form a syllabus for his class, and the students’ interviews with the artists will be recorded and archived. In the One Work: One Hour dialogues, the public can engage in conversations with two artists:

Beverly Semmes, a sculptor who has had more than 50 solo exhibitions and teaches at New York University’s Steinhardt School and the Pratt Institute, will discuss her work included in the Tang show. And Julian LaVerdiere, cocreator of Tribute in Light, the installation at the World Trade Center site that creates impressive towers of light, will discuss his work and its Hollywood connection: his Lost Cornerstone at the Tang is a recreation of one of the giant eagle sculptures from the entrance of NYC’s old Penn Station and has a cameo role in the upcoming movie The Amazing Spiderman 2. ■ Semmes dialogue Thursday, April 3, 5:30 p.m., Wachenheim Gallery, Tang Museum ■ laVerdiere dialogue Thursday, April 24, 5:30 p.m., Wachenheim Gallery, Tang Museum

more... Graphic Jews: Negotiating Identity in Sequential Art Graphic Jews through April 13

A selection of graphic novels and original pages that tell stories about Jewishness and the ways that Jews have figured and reconfigured their identities. Works by Leela Corman, Vanessa Davis, Ben Katchor, and James Sturm combine words and pictures into what Will Eisner, a master of the form, calls “sequential art”: telling stories by putting one image after another after another. Co-curated by religion professor Gregory Spinner and the Tang’s assistant director Rachel Seligman ’91. ■ Through April 13, Tuesdays–Wednesdays and Fridays–Sundays, noon–5 p.m.; Thursdays, noon–9 p.m., Tang Museum

Elevator Music #26 Greenwich, N.Y., artist David Greenberger explores the individuality, integrity, and humanity of the elderly. For more than 30 years, Greenberger has combined fragments of their conversations with music created in collaboration with professional musicians, to transform the “rich language of personal poetics” into short sound pieces that give listeners a window into the minds of older people. Instead of focusing on who they were, Greenberger’s conversations, and the resultant compositions, tease out who his subjects are now. ■ Through April 13, Tuesdays–Wednesdays and Fridays–Sundays, noon–5 p.m.; Thursdays, noon–9 p.m., Tang Museum

Graphic Advocacy: International Posters for the Digital Age, 2001–2012 Working with 120 posters loaned by Elizabeth Resnick, chair of graphic design at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, students in Skidmore’s “Communications Design” class taught by art professor Deb Hall developed this exhibition. ■ Mondays–Thursdays, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; Fridays, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.; Saturdays–Sundays, noon–4 p.m., Schick Art Gallery, Saisselin Art building

Alumni Invitational 4 Rachel Seligman ’91, the Tang’s assistant director, will lead a curator’s tour of this fourth show in a series of exhibitions featuring Skidmore alumni working at the cutting edge of contemporary art. This show celebrates the vibrant creative energy of four graduates that spans 50 years and diverse media: Gayle Wells Mandle ’63, Grace DeGennaro ’78, Nicole Parcher ’90, and Courtney Mattison ’08. ■ Tuesday, April 15, noon, Tang Museum

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