Grammy-nominated Tiempo Libre performs in Connecticut College's Palmer Auditorium Oct. 16.
Where else can you find jazz piano, theater, streptomyces bacteria and "The Girlfriend Gyno" all in one month? The following Connecticut College events are open to the public and free unless otherwise noted: - Now through Oct. 27: Connecticut College Faculty Art Exhibition Fall 2010, featuring a diverse collection of pieces by Connecticut College faculty members. The exhibit is on display in the Cummings Arts Center Galleries and is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. - Oct. 5: Ask the Girlfriend Gyno Book Tour, featuring Lissa Rankin, an OB/GYN and author of "What's Up Down There: Questions You Would Only Ask Your Gynecologist If She Was Your Best Friend." Rankin will read excerpts from her book, sign copies and answer questions, 4:30 p.m., Ernst Common Room, Blaustein Humanities Center. - Oct. 6: "Toward a Healthy Embodiment for Women," an Endowed Lecture Series talk by Joan C. Chrisler, Class of '43 Professor of Psychology at Connecticut College. Chrisler will discuss how cultural and social pressures on women to strive for an "ideal" body have affected women's attitudes toward their bodies, 6:30 p.m., Ernst Common Room, Blaustein Humanities Center. - Oct. 9: "Recognizing Trees at a Glance - Tree ID Workshop." Jim Luce, Connecticut College's supervisor of grounds, will teach participants to identify trees by their leaves. The workshop is $15 for Arboretum members and $18 for the general public. The registration fee includes the book, "Trees of the Eastern and Central United States and Canada," by William Harlow. Participants can deduct $9 from the registration fee if they already have the book, 10 a.m., Room 112, New London Hall. For more information or to register, call (860) 439-5060. - Oct. 9: "Let's Explore! Nature Activities for Kids - A Mushroom Hunt." Children ages 7-12 are invited to join this hunt through the Connecticut College Arboretum. They will learn to identify the different parts of various kinds of mushrooms, 10 a.m., meet at the main gate of the Connecticut College Native Plant Collection on Williams Street, New London. For more information, call (860) 439-5060. - Oct. 11, Fall Open House, a day-long event designed to help prospective students learn more about the intellectual climate, philosophy and community at Connecticut College. - Oct. 11, "Immigration Brown or White: Why America Failed Hispanics," a lecture by Stephen Balkaran, adjunct professor of African American studies at Central Connecticut State University, 4 p.m., Charles Chu Asian Art Reading Room, Shain Library. - Oct. 12: "Anticancer Sulfonylhydrazines and their Effects on Interesting Enzymes," a lecture by Kevin Rice, assistant professor of chemistry at Colby College, 4:30 p.m., Hale Laboratory, Brown Auditorium. - Oct. 14: "Women and Climate Change in South America," a lecture by Beth Conklin, associate professor of anthropology at Vanderbilt University, 4:30 p.m., Charles Chu Asian Art Reading Room, Shain Library. - Oct. 15: "Prep School Negro," a film screening and lecture by director Andre Lee '94, 2 p.m., Evans Hall, Cummings Arts Center. - Oct. 16: Annual Fall Stargazing Event, featuring binocular and telescopic viewing of the moon, Jupiter and the beautiful Andromeda galaxy, as well as planetarium programs, hands-on astronomy activities and talks by Moshe Gai, professor of physics and director of the Laboratory for Nuclear Science at the University of Connecticut and adjunct professor of physics at Yale, and R.M. Maxwell, manager of Mystic Seaport's Treworgy Planetarium, 7-9 p.m., Olin Observatory, Olin Science Center. - Oct. 16: "onStage at Connecticut College presents Tiempo Libre." This three-time Grammy-nominated Latin band will perform sizzling, dance-inducing Cuban music, 8 p.m., Palmer Auditorium, $28, 24, 20 for general admission; $25, 21.50, 18 for seniors and $14, 12, 10 for students. For tickets, call 860-439-ARTS (2787). - Oct. 17: "Art of Jazz Piano Trio Concert," featuring the music of the Bill Evan's trio, Oscar Peterson trio, Horace Silver trio and the Ahmad Jamal trio. A must see for fans of jazz music, 8 p.m., Evans Hall, Cummings Arts Center, $10 for general admission; $5 for student and seniors. - Oct. 18: "Summarizing 25 Years of Men's Gender Role Conflict Research: What We Know and Its Implications for Men, Women and the Psychology of Men," a Psychology Department Fall Colloquium Series lecture by Jim O'Neil, professor of educational psychology and family studies at the University of Connecticut, 4:30 p.m., Silfen Auditorium, Bill Hall. - Oct. 19: "Streptomyces Bacteria: Inspirations for Basic and Applied Science," a lecture by Jason Sello, assistant professor of chemistry at Brown University, 4:30 p.m., Hale Laboratory, Brown Auditorium. - Oct. 20: "The Musical Colors of Fall," a Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble performance directed by Gary Buttery, 7 p.m., Evans Hall, Cummings Arts Center, $5 for general admission; $3 for students and seniors. - Oct. 21-24: "Our Town" a Connecticut College Theater Department production by Thornton Wilder, directed by Associate Professor of Theater Leah Lowe, 8 p.m. on Oct. 21, 22 and 23 and 2 p.m. on Oct. 23 and 24, Tansill Theater. Tickets are $8 for general admission, $6 for students. - Oct. 26: "Fragment Screening Using NMR-based Activity Assays," a lecture by Professor Brian Stockman, assistant professor of chemistry at Adelphi University, 4:30 p.m., Hale Laboratory, Brown Auditorium. - Oct. 26: "Spectrum of Black and White: The Art of Masako Inkyo," an opening reception and calligraphy demonstration for this Japanese calligraphy exhibition (on display Oct. 21 - Dec. 14), 4:30 p.m., Charles Chu Asian Art Reading Room, Shain Library. - Oct. 29: "onStage at Connecticut College presents pianist Christopher O'Riley's 'Out of My Hands." O´Riley, who won critical acclaim for his 2003 album "True Love Waits," will perform pieces from his latest release, "Out Of My Hands," which includes the re-imagining of the music of R.E.M., Portishead, Cocteau Twins, Pink Floyd, Nirvana, The Bad Plus, The Smiths and Tears for Fears, as well as material from Radiohead and a newly released song by Elliott Smith, 8 pm, Evans Hall, Cummings Arts Center, $22 for general admission; $20 for seniors and $11 for students. For tickets, call 860-439-ARTS (2787). - Oct. 31: "Halloween Concert - John Anthony (Organ) and Friends." Come in costume, 8 p.m., Harkness Chapel, $10 for general admission, $5 for students and seniors.