Columbia and New York City are packed with amazing culture and inspiring art, and there’s never been a better time to experience it first-hand. “Where Art Thou” is a weekly guide to interesting and notable lectures, events, and performances for the literary/musically/theatrically-inclined.

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Poetry and Presentations 

On October 26 at 7:30 pm, the School of the Arts will host the Seventh Annual Alumni Poetry Reading Series. This year, the featured poets are Marina Blitshteyn ‘12, Meghan Maguire Dahn ‘17, Nicholas Goodly ‘17, and Sam Ross ‘13. The reading will happen in 501 Dodge Hall.

On October 25 at 6:30 pm, Ukrainian poet Lyuba Yakimchuk, whose poems about the ongoing war have been published in more than 20 languages, will present “False Friends and Beloved.” The event will take place at the International Affairs building and will be moderated by Mark Andryczyk. 

Showcases and Performances

On October 28 and 29, the King’s Crown Shakespeare Troupe will present a student-written adaptation of Antigone in the Glicker-Milstein Theater.  

On October 28 at 6 pm, the Sound Art MFA Music & Arts Library Pop-up Show will take place, featuring work by artists in the MFA Sound Art program. The show, entitled “Hearing, Hovering, Humming,” will occur in 701 Dodge Hall. 

Panels and Conversations

On October 26 at 8 pm, Barnard’s Art History Department and the Barnard Center for Research on Women will present Women at War, an exploration of contemporary Ukrainian artists and questions of feminist historiography. Two Ukrainian members of the art world, Monika Fabijanska and Dana Kavelina, will discuss the current war as represented in art media. The event will take place in the James Room of Barnard Hall.

On October 26 at 2 pm, an online seminar hosted as part of the Seminars in Society and Neuroscience series will address “How AI Is Changing Artistic Creation.” Panelists include Sougwen Chung, Helena Sarin, Anne Spalter, Katherine Thomson-Jones, and Raphael Milliere. Registration required via Eventbrite. 

On October 28 at 4 pm, the Barnard Zine Library will host an online session performing close readings of their extensive collection of Reproductive Justice Zines, including those by alumni. Registration is required to attend. 

Student Group Events

4×4 Magazine will host its annual event Kill Your Darlings, an open mic for reading works one is no longer proud of, on October 27 in 501 Dodge Hall at 8 pm.

The undergraduate literary journal Quarto will host a Halloween-themed open mic at the ADP house at 5 pm on October 28.

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