MVCC to Host Lecture with Sub Pop Record Label Founder Pavitt on ‘Experiencing Nirvana’

Bruce Pavitt, author, music historian, and founder of Seattle’s Sub Pop record label, will give the lecture, “Experiencing Nirvana,” as part of the MVCC Cultural Series at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, in Schafer Theater, Francis A. Wilcox Hall, at Mohawk Valley Community College, 1101 Sherman Drive, Utica. Admission is $15 general, $10 for MVCC employees, and free for MVCC students. Tickets are available for purchase online at

Pavitt’s talk, “Experiencing Nirvana” will provide an inside look into the early touring life of Nirvana, the Seattle grunge band whose spirit came to define the ’90s. In this multimedia presentation, Pavitt captures intimate moments of Kurt Cobain and his new band as they travel through Europe in 1989. By the time they reach London for a Sub Pop showcase, the relatively unknown Seattle group is proclaimed “Sub Pop’s answer to the Beatles” by the influential British press. Within two years, Nirvana would become the biggest rock act of its generation. This is the photographic story of the breakthrough that almost never happened. Pavitt will also reflect on independent media and its power to change global culture. Pavitt is the author of “Experiencing Nirvana: Grunge in Europe, 1989,” a photo journal documenting his travel experiences with Sub Pop bands in Europe, and “SUB POP USA: The Subterranean Pop Music Anthology, 1980-1988,” a compilation of his early Sub Pop zines and columns. Learn more about him at

Tickets for all Cultural Series events can be purchased in person at the MVCC Box Office, Francis A. Wilcox Hall room 106, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday-Friday, and at the College Stores on the Utica and Rome Campuses; online any time at; or over the phone by calling 315-731-5721. Most Cultural Series events are $5 or less to the general public and many are free. Events include concerts, comedians, lectures, film screenings and discussions, workshops, family fun events, and more. The Cultural Series is brought to you by MVCC’s Cultural Events Council, in collaboration with MVCC’s Program Board, with significant support from the Student Activity Fee. The series maintains a major social media presence that can be followed on Facebook at “MVCC Cultural Series.” For the complete series lineup and ticket sales, visit


MVCC to Host Fall Open House in Utica

Mohawk Valley Community College will host its Fall Open House from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, in the Jorgensen Athletic and Event Center Field House on the Utica Campus at 1101 Sherman Drive.

“Open House is a tremendous opportunity for students interested in learning more about MVCC to get a close up look at the College, meet faculty in their areas of study and staff who are dedicated to student success, whether it is in career exploration, job readiness, or transfer to a four-year institution,” says Dan Ianno, director of Admissions at MVCC. “Students and their families can explore all that MVCC has to offer, from our academic programs in everything from engineering and cybersecurity to fine arts, as well as our diverse athletic programs for men and women.”

Visitors will have the chance to meet with MVCC faculty, staff, and students to talk about academic programs, see demonstrations, find out about our student support services and clubs, reach out to athletic coaches, and tour the Utica Campus, including the residence halls, dining halls, classrooms, and labs. There also will be a session on Residence Life for those interested in living on campus. MVCC’s Center for Corporate and Community Education also will be on hand to talk about noncredit courses for professional development, personal wellness, and leisure learning.

Check-in will begin at 9:45 a.m. in the lobby outside the Field House, but visitors are welcome to arrive any time during the Open House. Refreshments will be available. Registration is recommended, but not required to attend. To register, visit

Mohawk Valley Community College, established in 1946, is New York State’s first community college with a mission to provide accessible, high-quality educational opportunities for everyone. As the community’s college, MVCC is committed to student success through partnerships, transfer and career pathways, and personal enrichment. With campuses in Utica and Rome, MVCC is the region’s primary provider of college education, offering 90 degree and certificate options for its enrollment of 6,000 full- and part-time students. MVCC also serves an additional 6,000 people through its corporate and community education programs, and its campuses welcome more than 50,000 people annually for community events. For more information about MVCC and its programs, visit

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