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Monday, Apr 15, 2024

Arts & Culture


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Literary Picks "Out of Africa" by Isak Dinesen

Author: Edward Pickering From 1914 until 1931, Danish aristocrat Baroness Karen Blixen owned and operated a coffee plantation in Kenya. Like Elspeth Huxley's "The Flame Trees of Thika," previously reviewed in this column, Blixen's "Out of Africa" pulses with life as the author transposes the rhythms ...


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Chamber Singers End Year on High Note

Author: Laura Rockefeller As the lights dimmed in the Center for the Arts Concert Hall on Saturday night, an expectant hush fell over the audience, but for a few moments the eager listeners were kept in suspense. Then, from the back of the room, the haunting notes of John Tavener's "Song for Athene" ...


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Sepomana The Curiously Successful Music Festival

Author: Richard Lawless First there was Woodstock. Then came Lollapalooza and then Woodstock II. And now there's Sepomana, Middlebury College's own annual celebration of indie music. Sponsored by WRMC 91.1 FM, the College's radio station, Sepomana rocked the campus this past weekend. Going strong in ...


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'Digging' Unearths Organic Energy

Author: Michael Hatch The title "Digging" is the only word appropriate to describe the joint showing of artworks by Joseph Schine '03 and Sally Olson '03, which opened last Friday in the Johnson Gallery. The furious energy of Schine's drawings, videos and dirt sculpture matched Olson's layered and design-oriented ...


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'Fool for Love' Flirts with Taboos

Author: Chrystalyn Radcliffe Cowboy boots, country music, lassoes, shotguns and an incestuous relationship between two half-siblings - sounds like a recipe for good, old, stereotypical "Southern" fun. While definitely ripe with humorous moments, the performance of Sam Shepard's "Fool for Love" was anything ...


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'Memorandum' Rises Above Imaginary Language Barrier

Author: Alexandra Hay "Kavej Hfiz okuby ryzal," was the refrain of the evening the cast of "The Memorandum" rattled off lines in a new, scientifically generated language designed to minimize miscommunication in the workplace. The Czech artist Vaclav Havel wrote the comedy in 1966, following a long tradition ...


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Wilco Catharsis Through Chaos

Author: Claire Bourne Wilco frontman and alt-country idol Jeff Tweedy apologized mid-set for not being able to hit the high notes and prefaced the group's second encore at the Flynn Theater Friday night by joking that he and his band mates had just decided to "quit music."If a chock-a-block early-summer ...


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Musical Players Become 'Children of Eden'

Author: Suzanne Mozes Presented by Middlebury College Musical Players (MCMP) and directed by David Moan '04, "Children of Eden" rocked McCullough this past weekend. This more obscure musical dramatizes the early chapters of The Bible, from Adam and Eve to Noah and the flood. The play's focus on the ...


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Blowin' Indie Wind Cul de Sac Never Hits a Dead End

Author: Erika Mercer It's the delicate touch of your hair blown by the wind across on your cheek. The faint plink from a drop of water falling from your faucet against your sink. The slight waft of perfume from a passerby on the street. It's every instant that engages your senses so barely that you ...


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Literary Picks "Goodbye to All That" by Robert Graves

Author: Edward Pickering Autobiographies rarely attain 'classic' status. Most are of the airport newsstand variety. Retired generals and politicians transcribe blow-by-blow testimonials and actors and athletes fill pages with self-pity. The life of these autobiographies is short: they fly off the shelves ...


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'February' Marks Redux's First Foray into Film

Author: Chris Richards Three college students endure an icy Middlebury day in a film that intertwines their stories to explore relationships immersed in the awkward, alienating and quirky social world of a small liberal arts college. Clever, subdued performances, striking use of color and images and ...


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Poetry On Life in the New Millenium

Author: [no author name found] War debt (on taking my son to college) Amy McGill, associate director of the Center for Educational TechnologyYesterday, it seems, you watched the world heavily from my hip: across the lawn, an old Hmong woman tended her plot, her terraced fields reduced to a tiny square ...


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Pianist Arnaldo Cohen Mezmerizes Audience

Author: Richard Lawless The 2002-2003 Middlebury College Performing Arts Series went out with a bang with Arnaldo Cohen's brilliant performance this past Friday at the Center for the Arts. Entering the hall with a personable demeanor, Cohen took a few moments to collect his thoughts before commencing ...


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Spotlight on...Andrew Bishop--the King of Cool

Author: Lucie Greene Andrew Bishop '05 seems to be one of those people who simply epitomizes "cool." You know? The sort of person who, with casual indifference, manages to display a skill for singing and performance, possess a distinct gritty voice with amazing stage presence and then - almost by accident ...


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'Again, for the First Time'...in Johnson

Author: Michael Hatch Studio art majors Dave Sharp '03 and Gigi Gatewood '03 opened an exhibition of their independent work titled "Again, For the First Time," last Friday in the Johnson Gallery. On display until Wed., April 30, the exhibit showcases Sharpe's paintings and site-specific sculptures and ...


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Sarah Stranovsky A Renaissance Woman for Our Time

Author: Lucie Greene The first thing that strikes you after meeting Sara Stranovsky '04 is her energy. When you contemplate the member of groups she's involved in, it's difficult to imagine how one person could participate in and be talented at quite so much. It was refreshing to meet someone like her ...


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AAA Talent Show Flashes Talent and Skin

Author: Suzanne Mozes The African American Alliance (AAA) brought Motown to the Middlebury campus this past Saturday evening in McCullough.At their spring show, co-sponsored by The Office for Institutional Diversity, PALANA, Women of Color and Middlebury Open Queer Alliance, AAA presented "Joining Together ...