FUSION, Connecticut College's annual Asian dance performance, is Nov. 13 at 7 p.m.
Whether you fancy French films, are curious about color or giddy about galapagos tortoises, Connecticut College is the place to be in November. The following events are open to the public and free unless otherwise noted: - Now-Dec. 14: "Spectrum of Black and White: The Art of Masako Inkyo," a Japanese calligraphy exhibition, Charles Chu Asian Art Reading Room, Shain Library. See library hours. - Nov. 1-5: Tournées Contemporary French Film Festival, featuring screenings of recent French films each night at 7 p.m. in Olin Hall Room 014. An opening reception will be Nov. 1 at 6:30 p.m. in Olin Hall Room 014. All events are free. The screening schedule is as follows: * Nov. 1: "Coco before Chanel" * Nov. 2: "La Danse: The Paris Opera Ballet" * Nov. 3: "Azur and Asmar" * Nov. 4: "Bluebeard" * Nov. 5: "Bamako" - Nov. 2: "Racial Learning from China to the United States," by Shanshan Lan, the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity at Connecticut College, who will speak about how working-class Chinese immigrants develop their understanding of race, 4 pm, 740 Williams St. -Nov. 3-Dec. 16: "Shauna Merriman: Peripheries," an exhibition of ceramic sculpture and mixed media by Weissman Visiting Artist Shauna Merriman, Cummings Arts Center Gallery. The artist will give a talk Nov. 3 at 4:15 p.m. in Cummings Arts Center Room 308. See gallery hours. - Nov. 3: "Investigating the Roles of Cathepsin Proteases in the Tumor Microenvironment," a biology/ botany seminar by Vasilena Gocheva '04 of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, 11:45 a.m., New London Hall Room 112. - Nov. 4: "Abraham's Children" film screening and discussion with producer Teresa Pereira '07. This warm, humorous and uplifting documentary tells the story of Muslim school children in New York, 7 pm, Blaustein Humanities Building Room 210. - Nov. 4-6: Dance Club Fall Performance, featuring choreography by Connecticut College students, 7 p.m., Myers Studio, College Center at Crozier-Williams. Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for students and seniors. - Nov. 5: "Musicspeaks," a piano concert featuring Patrice Newman, adjunct instructor of music, with violinist Krista Buckland Reisner and friends from the QX String Quartet, 8 p.m., Evans Hall, Cummings Arts Center. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors, free for Connecticut College students. - Nov. 6: Designing Your Home Grounds for Beauty and Sustainability, the 8th annual SALT (Smaller American Lawns Today) seminar, 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Olin Science Center. Registration is $78 for the general public and $68 for Arboretum members. - Nov 7: Connecticut College Chamber Choir Concert, directed by Music Professor Paul Althouse. The concert will feature works from the baroque era and the modern era, 4 p.m., Harkness Chapel. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for students and seniors, free for Connecticut College students. - Nov. 7: International Day of Talmud Learning, an international celebration of the completion of scholar Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz's 45-year project to translate the Talmud (Compendium of Jewish Law) into modern punctuated Hebrew. Area rabbis will share their favorite passages and the event will conclude with a Seudat Siyyum, or closing festive meal, 5 p.m., Ernst Common Room, Blaustein Humanities Center, free. - Nov 8: "Working Memory Networks in the Brain," a Psychology Department Fall Colloquium Series lecture by Jennifer K. Roth, postdoctoral associate at the Magnetic Resonance Research Center, Yale University School of Medicine, 4:30 p.m., Silfen Auditorium, Bill Hall. - Nov. 8: "Dreaming in Jewropean: Re-enacting Past Jewish Life Today," the 2010 Saul Reinfeld Memorial Lecture in Judaic Studies, by S.I. Salamensky, assistant professor of performance studies and Jewish studies, at the University of California Los Angeles and the 2010-2011 Fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies, 4:30 p.m., Blaustein Humanities Center Faculty Lounge. - Nov 9: "Computational Combustion: Teaching Computers the Complex Chemistry of Fuel Burning," a lecture by Oluwayemisi Oluwole, a senior chemical engineer at Aerodyne Research's Center for Aero-Thermodynamics, 4:30 p.m., Hale Laboratory, Brown Auditorium. - Nov. 9: "Traces of a Tirade: A Story from the Deep North," a film screening followed by a discussion with filmmaker Katrina Browne, 6 p.m., Oliva Hall, Cummings Arts Center. - Nov. 10: "Antour de Mousson," a free public performance by the musical group Au Cul Du Loup, 7:30 p.m., Myers Studio, College Center at Crozier-Williams. Au Cul Du Loup uses instruments made of found and ordinary objects to create a magical, visual performance. This performance is sponsored by the Dayton Artist-in-Residence Program. - Nov. 12: onStage at Connecticut College presents "First Love" by the Gare St. Lazare Players Ireland. Actor Conor Lovett delivers a virtuosic performance in this one-man adaptation of Samuel Beckett's short story, 8 p.m., Evans Hall, Cummings Arts Center, $22 general admission, $20 for seniors and $11 for students. - Nov. 13: "Is It Weather, or Is It Climate?" A hands-on workshop for children ages 8-12, 10 a.m., Olin Science Center, registration required. - Nov 13: "FUSION," a performance featuring the dances of different Asian cultures, 7 p.m., 1962 Room, College Center at Crozier-Williams. Tickets are $20 for general admission, $15 for Connecticut College faculty and staff and $10 for students. - Nov. 14: Alumni Educators: Leveraging a Liberal Arts Degree to Improve Teaching and Learning, a Sundays with Alumni panel featuring Tammie Clayton Reid, a 2001 graduate and education consultant with Foundations Inc.; Mike Anderson, a 1993 graduate and professional development specialist with Northeast Foundation for Children Inc.; and Natalie A. Mello, a 1984 graduate and director of global operations and adjunct instructor at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 4 p.m., Cro's Nest, College Center at Crozier-Williams. - Nov 14: "John Clark '90 and The Wolverine Jazz Band." Connecticut College alumnus John Clark and his group, the Wolverine Jazz Band, bring the music of Dixieland, New Orleans and Swing to New London, 8 p.m., Evans Hall, Cummings Arts Center. Tickets are $10 for general admission, $5 for students and seniors, free for Connecticut College students. - Nov. 15: "Frederico Garcia Lorca and the Poetics of the 'Known' Homosexuals and the 'Visible Black,'" featuring author Robert Reid Pharr, 4:30 p.m., Charles Chu Asian Art Reading Room, Shain Library. - Nov. 17: Flute Recital, featuring Connecticut College students under the direction of Patricia Harper, adjunct professor of music, 4 p.m., Harkness Chapel, free. - Nov. 18: "Giant Galapagos Tortoises: Using DNA Analyses to Unravel Their History and Help Protect Their Future," a biology/ botany seminar series lecture by Gisella Caccone, a senior research scientist in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Yale University, 7:30 p.m., New London Hall Room 112. - Nov. 18-21: "The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek," a Connecticut College Theater Department production. Naomi Wallace's play, set in1936 America, follows two teens as they race a train across a trestle to prove they'll not succumb to the abyss their parents rail against each day, 8 p.m. Nov. 18-20 and 2 p.m. Nov. 20 and Nov. 21, Tansill Theater. Tickets are $8 for general admission and $6 for students. For tickets, call the Connecticut College Box Office at (860) 439-2787. - Nov. 21: "Duo Piano Concert with Bari Mort and Hui-Mei Lin," a two-piano concert with a special performance of Saint-Saëns' "The Carnival of Animals" by Connecticut College students and President Leo I. Higdon Jr., 8 p.m., Evans Hall, Cummings Arts Center. Tickets are $10 for general admission, $5 for students and seniors, free for Connecticut College students. - Nov. 22: "Understanding Color through Art and Neuroscience," a Psychology Department Fall Colloquium Series lecture by Bevil Conway, an artist, assistant professor of neuroscience and the Knafel Assistant Professor of Natural Science at Wellesley College, 4:30 p.m., Silfen Auditorium, Bill Hall. - Nov. 30: Arts and Technology lecture by Betsey Biggs, a postdoctral fellow in music and multi-media at the Cogut Humanities Center at Brown University, 4:30 p.m., Olin Science Center Room 014.