Week One :: June 23–30

The Life of the Written Word

Language is a living and dynamic thing, passed along through writing. Words and the act of writing can erase or reclaim history, identity. We write to communicate our truths, and we read to understand, to gain new perspectives, new knowledge and new empathy. For these reasons, the literary arts find themselves at the forefront of cultural, political, and artistic conversations in the U.S. and around the world. As the line between writer and reader is blurred, we recognize that human beings are storytellers as well as story readers. In this weeklong festival, Chautauqua builds upon its traditions as a literary community, and we hold up the power of language and pledge to be responsible stewards of that power.

 

Interfaith Lecture Theme :: Producing a Living Faith Today?

Who is God in a world that has been shaped by Copernicus, Galileo, Newton, Darwin, Freud and Einstein? What does the Bible really say? How do you deal with the supernatural in a non-supernatural world? If God is all-powerful, why is there suffering? What does resurrection mean? What does it mean to be raised into God? Christianity is bound up with these questions, and these are the questions to be raised in this week guided by John Shelby Spong, former Episcopal bishop of Newark.

 

  • Wednesday, June 27, 2018 | 03:00pm

    Force of Nature: Gretna Campbell and Louis Finkelstein

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    June 24–July 15 / Opening Reception Wednesday, June 27 /  3–5 p.m.

    Gretna Campbell (1922–1987) and Louis Finkelstein (1923–2000) were married and associated with the Abstract Expressionist movement in the 1950s.



    Location: Strohl Art Center / Main Gallery

     

  • Wednesday, June 27, 2018 | 03:00pm

    Masters in Craft

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    June 24–August 20 / Opening Reception Wednesday, June 27 /  3–5 p.m.

    Several contemporary-proficient artists, who are now considered ‘Masters,’ will be highlighted in this predominantly three dimensional exhibition featuring work in wood, glass, clay, metal, fiber and mixed media.



    Location: Strohl Art Center / Gallo Family Gallery

     

  • Wednesday, June 27, 2018 | 03:00pm

    ROY G BIV

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    June 24–July 22 / Opening Reception Wednesday, June 27 /  3–5 p.m.

    Enjoy this thematic exhibition celebrating the colors of the rainbow: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue Indigo and Violet. Ceramics by Deborah Sigel, metal sculptures by Ted Larsen and paintings by Mary Diodorado will be displayed together in this intimate yet boldly colorful exhibition.



    Location: Strohl Art Center / Bellowe Family Gallery

     

  • Wednesday, June 27, 2018 | 08:15pm

    Charlotte Ballet: “International Series”

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    Drawing on her vast international network of choreographers and collaborators, Artistic Director Hope Muir has attracted a tantalizing array of artists to work with Charlotte Ballet for her inaugural season. From emerging voices to the well-established, choreographers from all over the world are bringing their work to be performed by Charlotte Ballet right here in Chautauqua.



    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Thursday, June 28, 2018 | 10:45am

    Kory Stamper

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    Lexicographer; Author, Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries

    Kory Stamper is a longtime lexicographer who has worked at Merriam-Webster, and is the author of Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries, which brings to life the hallowed halls (and highly idiosyncratic cubicles) of Merriam-Webster, a startlingly rich world...



    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Thursday, June 28, 2018 | 02:00pm

    John Shelby Spong

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    John Shelby Spong will present the 2:00 Interfaith lectures during Week One, Monday, June 25 through Thursday, June 28.



    Location: Hall of Philosophy

     

  • Thursday, June 28, 2018 | 03:15pm

    Afternoon of Song Recital #1

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    Enjoy the sunny ambiance of the Athenaeum Parlor and a view of the lake as you are serenaded with a variety of art songs ranging from the very old to the very new.



    Location: Athenaeum Parlor

     

  • Thursday, June 28, 2018 | 03:30pm

    Andrew Krivák, CLSC Author, The Signal Flame

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    The stunning second novel from National Book Award finalist Andrew Krivák is a heartbreaking, captivating story about a family awaiting the return of their youngest son from the Vietnam War.



    Location: Hall of Philosophy

     

  • Thursday, June 28, 2018 | 07:00pm

    Chautauqua Theater Company: As You Like It

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    Rosalind and her cousin Celia journey through the Forest of Arden to find safety, and eventually love. Along the way they meet a rag-tag group of rebels in the woods, the lovesick poet Orlando, the melancholic philosopher Jacques, and the witty clown Touchstone.



    Location: Allen Park, Jamestown

     

  • Thursday, June 28, 2018 | 08:15pm

    Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra: "Opening Night"

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    Rossen Milanov, conductor | Ilya Kaler, violin          

    Repertoire: J.S. Smith/Arr. Damrosch: The Star-Spangled Banner; Johannes Brahms: Violin Concerto in D major, op. 77; Antonín Dvořák: Symphony No. 9 in E minor, op. 95, "From the New World"



    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Friday, June 29, 2018 | 10:45am

    Michael Kahn, Lucas Hnath and Kate Hamill

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    Michael Kahn, Artistic director, Shakespeare Theatre Company; Lucas Hnath, playwright, A Doll's House, Part 2
    Lucas Hnath
    Playwright, A Doll’s House, Part 2
    Kate Hamill
    , Actor, playwright, Sense and Sensibility



    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Friday, June 29, 2018 | 02:00pm

    Khalid and Sabeeha Rehman

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    Khalid Rehman, M.D. is a physician, born and raised in Pakistan, who came to the U.S. in 1969, becoming a citizen of the USA in the mid nineteen-eighties. Sabeeha Rehman was born and raised in Pakistan, and came to the United States in 1971. Her 25-year career as a hospital executive spanned hospitals in New York, New Jersey, and Saudi Arabia.



    Location: Hall of Philosophy

     

  • Friday, June 29, 2018 | 03:30pm

    The Origin of Local Place Names

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    Norman Carlson, Fenton History Center



    Location: Hall of Philosophy

     

  • Friday, June 29, 2018 | 07:00pm

    Amber Scoon, VACI Lecture Series

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    Amber Scoon, Artist, Philosopher, John Berger Fellow at the European Graduate School



    Location: Hultquist Center

     

  • Friday, June 29, 2018 | 08:00pm

    Chautauqua Theater Company: An Octoroon

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    In 1859, Dion Boucicault wrote a hit melodrama about the fate of an "octoroon" woman in the antebellum south. Today, BJJ (a young black playwright) can’t get the story out of his head and writes his own version. But when the actors in his adaptation quit, BJJ takes on the role of the racist plantation overseer himself.



    Location: Bratton Theater

     

  • Friday, June 29, 2018 | 08:15pm

    Voctave: The Corner of Broadway and Main Street

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    Voctave is an 11-member A cappella group known for their gorgeous performances of Disney and Broadway hits. Members of Voctave have performed all over the world and can be heard on countless recordings. The group has performed with Grammy, Dove and American Music Award recipients...



    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Sunday, July 08, 2018 | 02:15pm

    Chautauqua Theater Company: An Octoroon

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    In 1859, Dion Boucicault wrote a hit melodrama about the fate of an Octoroon woman in the antebellum south. Today, BJJ (a young black playwright) can’t get the story out of his head and writes his own version. But when the actors in his adaptation quit, BJJ takes on the role of the racist plantation overseer himself.



    Location: Bratton Theater