Upcoming Events



Fall 2018 Exhibition Opening 

September 20, 2018 

4:00 to 7:00 PM

Performances by the Saint Mary’s College Dance and Music Departments to celebrate the opening of Fall exhibitions. Reception begins at 4:00 pm and performances begin at 4:45. Space is limited, first come first serve. 


Performance Slate:

4:45 Professor Rogelio Lopez Garcia (solo)

5:00 Ballet Folklorico (group)

5:15 Davalos Company (group)

5:30 Saint Mary’s College Choir (group)


Radical Acts of Love

September 22, 2018 

8:00 to 10:00 PM

Radical Acts of Love is a site-adaptive dance-theatre work conceived and directed by CatherineMarie Davalos. It is a call to action amid hatred and violence. The members of the Davalos Dance Company are interested in creating safe dancing spaces in which interactions for rehearsal and performance become a vehicle for dialogue and change. The dance is set to traditional Mexican music, poetry, spoken word, and original compositions with the common thematic material of love. Since the Davalos Dance Company (DDC) is an intersectional group of artists representing the Latina/o, Jewish, Black, and queer communities, their work questions heteronormativity and asks us to examine privilege, power dynamics and social constructs. We seek to partner with others as a catalyst for constructive social change. 


Davalos Dance Company:

CatherineMarie Davalos (Artistic Director), Rogelio Lopez, Edgar Mendez, Andrew Merrell (Assistant Director), Catalina O’Connor, Micah Sallid, Steve Siegelman, Shaunna Vella, Hailey Yaffee. Radical Acts of Love was made in collaboration with the dancers. 

For information about the Davalos Dance Company and the dancers’ biographies please visit davalosdance.  


Emilio Davalos Gaylord, percussion and vocals; Alex Franklin (Composer) bass, piano, and vocals; David Franklin (Composer) piano; Navarre Herrera (Music Director) guitar; Xandre Herrera, vocals; Rebecca Rose Rodriguez, percussion and vocals; Steve Siegelman, vocals


Mirrors In Every Place featuring Tongo Eisen-Martin 

September 26, 2018

2:30 to 3:30 PM

This craft talk presupposes that among other potentials, poetry exists within a multidimensional overlap of two spheres of insight; one, that of the music or math of language, and two, the social realities that the poet navigate and digest. Students will explore the strategies, mechanics, and resulting art of prolific poets from various epochs of craft and social contradiction. We will study Audre Lorde, Roque Dalton, Juan Felipe Herrera, Langston Hughes, Layli Long Soldier, QR Hand, Aja Monet, Ai, and more. And for every poet, we will read a corresponding political economy on the times and places that produced that poet. By the end of the talk, students will be exposed to a useful set of strategies they can use in their own writing and also a lens of social analysis to synthesize with their writing.





How to Read a Poem 

October 10 

1:00 to 2:30 PM

Using a short selection from Matthew Zapruder’s book Why Poetry, two distinguished Saint Mary’s poets share strategies for unpacking poems in Seminar. Participants will practice these strategies by exploring selected poems in conversation with their peers. With Brenda Hillman & Matthew Zapruder 


Writing the World: Beyond Myth and Violence

October 24

1:00 to 2:30 PM 

Leanne O'Sullivan and fellow Irish writers share one poem each, then reflect on what myths reveal about power and violence. The group will also respond to Hannah Arendt's "On Violence," relating the essay to their own work and to their reading of the contemporary moment. Rosemary Graham moderates. Co-sponsors: January Term, College Committee on Inclusive Excellence, Kalmanovitz School of Education, English, MFA in Creative Writing, Ó Bhéal (Cork, Ireland), Cork Arts Council, and the Los Gatos Irish Writers Festival


Dia de los Muertos 

October 30, 2018 




Three Sisters Pre-show Party

November 1, 2018

5:00 to 8:00 PM

Please join the Museum in celebrating All Souls Day and the opening of the Saint Mary’s College Theater Department’s Three Sisters. The play begins at 8 PM and tickets are available at . Join the Museum of Art for refreshments. 



Art Chat #3 – Cathy Davalos

November 8, 2018 

1:00 to 2:00 PM


Join the Museum of Art in welcoming longtime faculty member, Cathy Davalos of the Saint Mary’s College Dance Department. 


Graphicanos Docent Tour (Student only) 

November 13, 2018 

5 to 5:45 PM 

Join Chicanx Studies scholar Jessie Turner and John Schneider for an illuminating tour of “Graphicanos.” The exhibition features 45 silkscreen prints marking the achievements of the Chicano Art Movement. 


Graphicanos Docent Tour (Student only) 

November 14, 2018 

1:15 to 2:00 PM 

Join Chicanx Studies scholar Jessie Turner and John Schneider for an illuminating tour of “Graphicanos.” The exhibition features 45 silkscreen prints marking the achievements of the Chicano Art Movement. 



November 14, 2018 

5:30 to 6:15 PM and 7:00 to 7:45 PM

In conjunction with the Museum of Art’s exhibition, “Graphicanos” three Bay Area Latinx poets share a spoken-word reading of selections from Anzaldúa’s Borderlands/ La Frontera.  In this seminal collection of poems and essays, Anzaldua draws on her life experiences as a Chicana and lesbian activist to challenge the notion of a “border” as a simple divide. Audiences will be able to flow through the galleries, enjoying Anzaldua’s potent words brought to life against a backdrop of art. 

With guest performers Leticia Hernández-Linares, MK Chavez, & Naomi Quiñones​

Related Seminar texts: Anzaldúa’s Borderlands (Sem 104). 


Graphicanos Docent Tour (Student only) 

November 16, 2018 

1:15 to 2:00 PM

Join Chicanx Studies scholar Jessie Turner and John Schneider for an illuminating tour of “Graphicanos.” The exhibition features 45 silkscreen prints marking the achievements of the Chicano Art Movement.