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Monday, May 20, 2024

Arts & Culture


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Culture Screened Through Artistic Medium

Author: Laura Rockefeller This year's Nicholas R. Clifford Symposium, "What Became of Peter's Dream?" came to a close on Saturday, Sept. 20 with a screening of Aleksandr Sokurov's spectacular film "Russian Ark." Although in her introduction to the afternoon screening, Tatiana Smorodinska, professor ...


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Dean Campaign Marches to Its Own Beat

Author: Abbie Beane In tune with the fact that a vast majority of America now seems increasingly aware of current events, has a more conspicuous interest in politics and seems to be making a more concerted effort to participate in the political scene, last Thursday night at the Higher Ground, four local ...


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Is it Art? Spandex Art It's a Stretch

Author: Abbie Beane Still pining for the lost days of '80s yore, when mullets were hot, cut-offs were cool and Spandex was the way to swing? (Although admittedly, some should never have swung that way.) Pine no more, old kids on the block.CBS Events, one of San JosÈ's largest "theme prop companies," ...


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Blowin' Indie Wind

Author: Erika Mercer For photo shoots, they like to dress up as pirates. Or, if not pirates, Dickensian gentlefolk.Welcome to the Decemberists.Shake hands, and they'll lead you down a cobblestone path teeming with sooty chimney sweeps, foul-mouthed prostitutes, dirty orphan boys and weatherworn sailors. ...


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'Twist' Turns Heads at Competition

Author: Pascal LaFountain Everyone knows that sex sells, but who knew that sex could win a German theater competition? The German play "Twist," written by Arthur Schnitzler and performed on campus three weeks ago, went on to win the annual German National Theater Festival and Competition at Mount Holyoke ...


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Cabaret Jazzes Up Center for the Arts

Author: Venessa Wong Maryleen Emeric '03 opened last Wednesday's Jazz Cabaret with an animated rendition of "Teach Me Tonight," captivating the attention of an intimate audience seated around candlelit tables by Rehearsals CafÈ. Emeric was one of eight performers at the event. The calm, cultured atmosphere ...


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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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