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James Freeman conducts student rehearsal for John Cage concert in Lang Music Hall at Swarthmore College on Sunday, September 23, 2012.  (Josh Peck '13)

James Freeman conducts student rehearsal for John Cage concert in Lang Music Hall at Swarthmore College on Sunday, September 23, 2012. (Josh Peck ’13)

Orchestra 2001 Brings ‘Love and Madness’ Tonight

Orchestra 2001 will present music of the twisted heart and mind in its program Friday night entitled “Love and Madness.”

Conductor Jayce Ogren leads the new music ensemble and baritone soloist Randall Scarlata in three works, featuring “Murder Ballades” by Bryce Dessner of the rock band The National.

The concert opens with “cheating, lying, stealing” by David Lang, and concludes with “Eight Songs for a Mad King” by Peter Maxwell Davies, a tour de force by Scarlata as the mad King George III.

The program begins at 8 p.m. at Lang Concert Hall at Swarthmore College, and will be preceded by a pre-concert talk at 7:30 p.m. Admission to both is free and open to the public.

Spring into Gardening
at Schoolhouse Center Session

Eager to scratch the gardening itch as the days get longer? Penn State Master Gardener Brenda Troutman will lead a free gardening workshop to let you get your hands dirty at Schoolhouse Center next Tuesday, February 21, at 1 p.m. The workshop is on seed sowing, so bring clear plastic containers for planting.

Schoolhouse Center’s Garden Committee welcomes new members who are looking to talk and learn more about gardening; outdoor garden work is an optional activity when the warmer weather comes.

Reserve your spot in the planting workshop by calling (610) 237-8100. The Center is at 600 Swarthmore Avenue in Folsom.

College Actors to Revolt. Again.

With humor and subversion, Alice Birch’s play Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. explores how 21st century women are stereotyped by words, labels, and cultural representation.

This acting capstone project is directed by Alex Torra with Swarthmore College undergraduates Sarah Branch, Rex Chang, Citlali Pizzaro, and Emily Uhlmann, with costume design by Laila Swanson and lighting design by Amanda Jensen.

Performances at the Frear Ensemble Theater at Lang Performing Arts Center on the weekend of February 24-26 are Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m.

Vocal Extravaganza With Roomful of Teeth

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The Grammy award winning vocal project Roomful of Teeth brings Swarthmore’s Lang Concert Hall an “exploration of the expressive potential of the human voice,” on Sunday, February 26, at 7:30 p.m.

The artists from Roomful will exhibit their chops in classical singing, throat singing, and yodeling in this free performance that is open to the community. Reservations are recommended through http://bit.ly/2klsZBv.

Conducting Music, and Interpreting Gestures

Linguist Penny Boyes Braem and conductor Thuring Braem share the dais at Lang Concert Hall for their presentation “Interpreting the Gestures of Orchestral Conductors” on Thursday, February 23, from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. This is the annual Peter Gram Swing Lecture at Swarthmore College.

Thuring Braem puts into practice the theories expressed in the lecture as he conducts the Swarthmore College Orchestra in a rehearsal at 1 p.m. on Saturday, February 25, at Lang Concert Hall, with a discussion to follow. Admission to events is free and open to all.

In between on Friday, February 24, at 6:30 p.m., Penny Boyes Braem and Katja Tissi of the Center for Sign Language Research lecture and answer questions at Science Center 101 on “Coining New Signs: Why? How? Who?”

Swarthmore Public Library Meeting Notice

The Annual Board Meeting of the Friends of the Swarthmore Public Library will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 1 p.m. in the Council Room at Borough Hall. The meeting is free and open to the public. Electing a new board and discussing fundraising plans are on the agenda. For further information contact Carol Kennedy at carol.kennedy@comcast.net.

Harriet Tubman In Media?

Dr. Daisy Nelson Century as Harriet Tubman.

Dr. Daisy Nelson Century as Harriet Tubman.

Reading about Harriet Tubman’s life is one thing; seeing and hearing it interpreted is something else again.

On Saturday, February 25, in Media, you’ll have a chance to experience the tales of the great abolitionist and Underground Railroad “conductor,” as performed in her character by Dr. Daisy Nelson Century.

Dr. Century’s hour-long performance will take place on Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Media Fellowship House, 302 S. Jackson Street.

Families are encouraged to bring all but the smallest toddlers to this free, interactive program, which will conclude with refreshments. Please reserve your places by e-mailing jerry@mediafellowshiphouse.org.

Making Sense of Current Events at HKF

An important scholar takes on an important topic in a presentation Tuesday, February 28, at 7:15 p.m., entitled, “Assessing the Threat of Islamic-Related Terrorism.” This politically charged topic begs for calm and reasoned conversation that enables a realistic analysis of risks and the extent of dangers we face domestically.

David L. Johnston, visiting scholar at the University of Pennsylvania’s department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, provides an overview of research into the phenomenon of Islamic-linked violence, in the context of the terrorist attacks on 9/11 and more recent mass shootings in San Bernardino and Orlando.

The session will be held in the Chadwick Room of the Helen Kate Furness Free Library, 100 N. Providence Road in Wallingford. Admission is free and open to all. For advance registration (requested) or information, call (610) 566-9331.

Chips Falling Into Place
for SPC Game On Fundraiser

The “Game On” fundraiser for Swarthmore Presbyterian Church is open to all Swarthmoreans and neighbors looking for a swanky evening out without going to Monte Carlo or Las Vegas.

The Old Mill in Rose Valley is the venue for the event on Friday, February 24, from 6:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., for a full evening featuring a three-course meal, open bar, casino-style games, silent auction of gifts, great vacations and experiences, and raffles.

Tickets are $85 per person, available at http://bit.ly/2lfDt4. Deadline is Sunday, February 19. Other event information is at swarthmorepres.org.

The Sydney Dance Company Plays a Triple Bill

Contemporary dance legend the Sydney Dance Company comes to Swarthmore College next week for two days of showing and telling about its remarkable and uniquely Australian style of expression.

Artistic director Rafael Bonachela directs an ensemble of 16 dancers in a performance on Friday, February 24, at the Pearson Hall Theater at Lang Performing Arts Center, beginning at 8 p.m.

The performance will be preceded on Thursday, February 23, by a lecture and discussion from noon to 1 p.m., and a master class from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., also at LPAC. All events are free and open.

Maple Sugaring and Pancake Breakfast at Tyler

Attention gourmands and locavores: Tyler Arboretum in Media invites you to its annual maple sugaring event and all-you-can-eat pancake and sausage breakfast on Saturday, Februay 25.

Dig in to unlimited breakfast and brunch favorites, then drop by Tyler’s maple sugaring stations and try your hand (of any size) at drilling and tapping a maple tree, and learning how the sap becomes delicious maple syrup. The arboretum abounds with hidden blooms and surprises during this season.

Breakfast is served from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the loft of Tyler’s newly-renovated barn. Snow date is Saturday, March 4. Info and tickets ($12 adults; $8 children aged 3-12) are online at tylerarboretum.org.

Succulent Squash?

In a hands-on evening workshop on Thursday, February 23, Jen Pfluger and Helen Nadel will share a world of ways to prepare delicious dishes with winter squash to warm your family this season.

In the kitchen at Swarthmore Presbyterian Church, the duo will work with you on recipes like butternut squash salad with herbs, hazelnuts, spiced chickpeas and lemon tahini; kabocha squash soup with apple, onion, and garam masala; and jammy onion and acorn squash on toast.

Bring a knife and cutting board and learn new ways to cut, prepare and grow these vegetables, and what makes them so good for us. The class begins at 7:15 p.m. and concludes at 9 p.m.

The session is sponsored by the Swarthmore Co-op; visit swarthmore.coop for more information and tickets ($25 for members; $30 for nonmembers).

Thursday Lecture: ‘Black Sexual Lives Matter’

Free and open on Thursday is “#Black Sexual Lives Matter,” a lecture by Dr. James Wadley, associate professor and director of the Masters of Human Services program at Lincoln University.

In the talk from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Scheuer Room of Kohlberg Hall, Dr. Wadley will discuss the evolution and movement of the sexual lives of persons of African descent.

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