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Coming up at the CENTER FOR THE ARTS (CFA), Albright College

Coming up at the CENTER FOR THE ARTS (CFA), Albright College

Please join us! The following events and activities are open to the public.

Faces of Reading + 10: Campus Reception, Thur., Aug. 31, 5-7 p.m., Freedman Gallery

Art Jam: Thur., Aug. 31, 7-11 p.m., Mary Miss Amphitheatre

After you’ve visited the Freedman Gallery for the opening of three amazing exhibitions, chill with friends, cool off with ice cream, and enjoy live comedy, music and fashion performances, then dance the night away under the stars at the open Dance Party. Organized by ASTEP.

Stars of the Albright Stage, an Alumni Theatre Festivalan Experience Event: Fri.–Sun., Sept. 1–3, Wachovia Theatre, FREE (suggested donation at door supports our theatre endowment); advance registration requested, visit

Please join us as talented alumni from our award-winning theatre department return to the Albright stage to join forces with our current students to offer a weekend full of provocative and exciting works that challenge our assumptions about life, love and the cosmos.

The Last Emperor of Mexico by Chris Davis ‘04, Fri., Sept. 1, 8 p.m., directed by Mary Tuomanen

Maximilian I has recently been declared the Emperor of Mexico by Napoleon III, but his administration soon comes under attack by the revolutionary Benito Juarez. Maximilian is confronted with a great dilemma – to shave his beard or die by firing squad. Find out what happens in this one-man show noted as “hilarious,” by Broad St. Review, with “a strikingly original writer and performer,” The Scotsman.

She Gon’ Learn by Lisa Strum ’97, Sat., Sept. 2, 8 p.m., directed by Christopher Burris, for mature audiences only

Lisa is looking for love, but can she learn from her past to keep from falling on her a**! In a hilarious and poignant tracing of the heart’s scars, we watch Lisa play eight different characters as she navigates childhood, parental relationships, sexual awakening, the racial realities of dating, the excitement of new love, and a heart breaking, yet triumphant journey to self-love and discovery.

Improv Reunion, Sat., Sept. 2, follows performanceConstellations by Nick Payne, Sun., Sept. 3, 2 p.m., directed by Jeffrey Lentz

Can one word alter the course of your life? Science and romance collide in a dizzying fugue of vignettes as we watch Marianne and Roland’s relationship unfold across time and space, with each variation sending their relationship on an entirely new trajectory, raising questions about the difference between choice and destiny.

Arts Administration & Theatre Forum: Sat., Sept. 2, FREE, advance registration requested, visit

Alumni and regional arts leaders will provide personal insights into their successful careers in theatres and museums. Learn more about their journeys in performing and visual arts and then join us for a great show each evening.

Registration & Morning Refreshments, 10 a.m., CFA MezzanineMorning Session – After Albright, 10:30-11:45, Roop HallNetworking Lunch, noon-1 p.m., CFA MezzanineAfternoon Session #1 – Alternative Paths, 1-2:15 p.m., Roop HallAfternoon Session #2 – Forming a Company & Creating New Work, 2:30-4 p.m., Roop Hall

Fashion Welcome Reception: Tues., Sept. 5, 4-5:30 p.m., CFA Mezzanine

Learn about the exciting events that are happening this year in the fashion department. Refreshments will be served. Door prizes, too! All are welcome.

WXAC’s Concert Series at the Pond #1: Metric Funk Unit an Experience Event: Wed., Sept. 6, 6 p.m., Sylvan Pond

Get your freak on and enjoy some funk favorites, al fresco!

Reading Samba School Open Rehearsal: Wed., Sept. 6, 6-8 p.m., Roop Hall

96-Hour Theatre Collaboratory: Sat., Sept. 9, 8 p.m., Wachovia Theatre

What can you do in four days? The Domino Players are going to team up to create a series of brand-new, short plays, from page to stage in a matter of days. The clock is ticking!

Ongoing at the Freedman Gallery, Albright College

Faces of Reading + 10

Sun., Aug. 20–Fri., Oct. 13, Freedman Gallery

Faces of Reading + 10, created by Dr. John Pankratz, a Professor of History at Albright, with the collaboration of Angela Cremer ‘17, is at once a portrait, an analysis, and a celebration of a diverse, evolving city. The latest installment in an ongoing effort at civic portraiture, this collection of nearly 900 faces represents Reading residents of every background and all walks of life. Nearly 200 are persons John photographed for the original Faces of Reading in 2005, so then/now comparisons will be abundant. A vast wall of faces will teach visitors to see each of us as an individual and to see all of us as a community.

Art-in-a-Minute: #CFAselfie, Wed., Aug. 30, 11-2 p.m., CCML – this WednesdayCampus Reception, Thur., Aug. 31, 5-7 p.m. – this Thursday

Ed Williford: nine variations on touching and thinking

Thur., Aug. 31–Fri., Oct. 13, Freedman Gallery (Project Space)

The artist notes, “In my experience, things are not necessarily what they look like they are. The exhibition is an invitation to look at these nine objects and try to get some sense of what they are or might be. The pieces seem to be investigating their environment and maybe even themselves. I like to think they also may be inviting an observer to investigate the pieces themselves, not only with eyes but with their own fingers too. In touching and handling the pieces, the observer’s understanding of the object may change and shift at the same time that the piece itself moves and changes.”

Artist’s Lecture, Thur., Sept. 14, 4-5 p.m., Klein Lecture Hallan Experience EventReception, Thur., Sept. 14, 5-7 p.m.

Freedman Gallery Hours:  Tues.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m., & Sun., 1-4 p.m., closed Mondays and Saturdays, holidays and breaks.

For interviews with artists, curators, musicians, actors, playwrights, poets, stage directors, composers, dancers, and filmmakers along with amazing music, listen weekly to DJ Dash on Mondays, 4-6 p.m., for “Culture Buzz” on WXAC 91.3 FM starting on Monday August 28.  Listen live anywhere at

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