John Walker’s View — On View in Museum of Art ‘Why Draw?’ Show (Portland Press Herald)

Works by contemporary artist John Walker, who paints from his home in South Bristol, Maine, comprise “John Walker: A Painter Draws,” part of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art’s Why Draw? exhibition.

The Portland Press Herald’s Bob Keyes takes a closer look in “John Walker’s view ‘From Seal Point’ gets more relaxed, post-retirement.”

Bowdoin Students Take Modern Dance Production to Northampton Spring Dance Festival

Aoki and her eight students were part of MAYDANCE, a month-long festival of contemporary dance in Northampton, MA. Photo: Peter Raper

Assistant Professor of Dance Aretha Aoki concluded the spring semester by taking her Modern Dance III: Repertory class to Northampton, Mass., to perform their work, Well-drawn fields.

The performance took place May 20, 2017, at the School for Contemporary Dance and Thought (SCDT), “a highly reputable studio and performance space with national and international connections,” said Aoki. Read more in Bowdoin News.

Rockin’ It: Covering the Indie Music Scene in Portland

Sam Kyzivat ’18 and Miles Brautigam ’19

This summer two Bowdoin students are interning in Portland at nonprofits that support artists, both ones already established in their careers and also younger ones not yet graduated from high school.

Miles Brautigam ’19 is working behind the scenes at an alternative arts and music spot, helping book bands and set up art exhibitions. He is interning for Space Gallery, a contemporary visual and performing arts venue. A couple blocks away, Sam Kyzivat ’18 is supporting musical kids who play orchestral backup to rock bands performing in Portland. He is the Maine Youth Rock Orchestra’s sole intern this summer, helping the founder/director run the unique organization.

Both students have a Delta Sigma Arts fellowship through Bowdoin. Read more in Bowdoin News.

Bowdoin Grads’ Shakespeare-Inspired Comedy Show Gets Rave Reviews in NYC

Olivia Atwood ’17 and Maggie Seymour ’16

Maggie Seymour ’16 and Olivia Atwood ’17 have taken their show 15 Villainous Fools to New York City, and the reception couldn’t be better. It’s described by Shani Friedman in Time Out New York as a “highly modern and clever take on Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors,” and a “riotous showcase for two performers with standout comedic timing.”

Writing in the online theater magazine Curtain Up, Deirdre Donavon said “15 Villainous Fools has winning simplicity,” describing Atwood and Seymour as “terrific clowns,” who give the old play a “new immediacy.”

The website Show-Score, which aggregates critic and audience reviews for all shows on Broadway, Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway (the category this show falls under), gives the production a high score of 92.

The show was also listed in New York Magazine recently as one of the “top twenty-five things to see, hear, watch, and read.”

15 Villainous Fools runs at the People’s Improv Theater’s Loft Theater (aka the PIT Loft), until August 19. Click here to purchase tickets.