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Fall 2015 ABD performance dates

** Note: all performances this Fall will be on Fridays.**




Fri., Oct. 9 at noonKillian Hall (14W-111)

Daniel Evans Pritchard

Daniel Evans Pritchard is a poet, translator, and critic whose work has appeared in Little Star, Rain TaxiFulcrumBattersea Review, The Buenos Aires ReviewThe Quarterly Conversation, and elsewhere. He is the founding editor of The Critical Flame, an online journal of long-form criticism and literary nonfiction, as well as board member at VIDA: Women in Literary Arts and an advisor to the Boston literary journal AGNI.



Fri., Oct. 23 at noonKillian Hall (14W-111)

Artist TBA




Fri., Nov. 6 at noonKillian Hall (14W-111)

Peter Allen

On piano and vocals, Peter will perform his program, WHOLLY WORD: Selections from the King James Holy Bible set word for word to original music.Peter's program will include selections from the Psalms, the Proverbs, the Prophets, the Gospels, and the Epistles.



Fri., Nov. 20 at noonKillian Hall (14W-111)

Andy Bohachewsky on piano

Andy Bohachewsky plays jazz piano, originals compositions as well as standards



Fri., Dec. 11 at 12 noon Killian Hall (14W-111)

Stephanie Gayle reading

Stephanie Gayle is the author of Idyll Threats (Seventh Street Books) and My Summer of Southern Discomfort (HarperCollins).  Her short fiction and non-fiction have appeared in Kenyon Review Online, The Potomac Review, Punchnel‘s, and several other publications. She’s twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Her most recent book, Idyll Threats, earned a starred review from Library Journal. Killer Nashville says of it: “Stephanie Gayle delivers a tight story that is part police procedural and part traditional mystery that keeps you guessing to the very end. It is also a fast-paced jaunt that never lags and paints a believable picture behind the charming and sometimes complicated facade of small town life.”  

Stephanie will discuss launching a mystery series and she'll ​read from ​Idyll Threats.
.* Books will be available for sale.


Fri., Dec. 18 at 12 noon Killian Hall (14W-111)

Francis Doughty on guitar

An exciting folk instrumental guitarist  who has often been compared to Leo Kottke.    Francis Doughty captivates audiences with his own evocative or exciting music as well as thrilling Kottke covers.

... Doughty has shared the stage with or opened for Gordon Bok, Lui Collins, Tony Vacca, Don White, Adrienne Jones (of Mad Agnes), Kiernan Kane, Elliot Bronson, James Durst, Thea Hopkins and others.  He has made numerous radio and several television appearances, including a feature on NPR's magazine show "Here and Now," taped at WBUR in Boston.

*Press quotes:

“Francis Doughty’s virtuoso guitar instrumentals dazzled, reminding one of guitar master Leo Kottke.”
SALEM GAZETTE – North Shore Folk Festival

“This is fingerstyle guitar up there with the best of the best. If you’ve ever heard Michael Hedges or Leo Kottke, then you won’t be disappointed with Francis Doughty.  This guy has a beautiful touch.”  Derek Sivers, Founder, CD Baby

“One of the few local guitarists following in the demanding John Fahey/Leo Kottke mode... acoustic guitarist Francis Doughty is one of the best-kept secrets in town.”

“[his] arrangements can blow blades of grass or fall like icy snow.  More than words. You can easily lose yourself in Doughty’s music...”        WORCESTER MAGAZINE

ABD is a subcommittee of the Working Group on Support Staff Issues (WGSSI), and is funded in part by WGSSI, the Council for the Arts at MIT and MIT Human Resources.

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