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Friday, May 27, 2022

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The Setonian

Community Players Indulge in 'Scandal' Via Upcoming Show

Author: Laura Rockefeller Staff Writer This weekend several associates of the Middlebury College community will take on new roles as they join other members of the Middlebury Community Players to present Richard Brinsley Sheridan's "The School for Scandal." The Community Players are looking forward ...


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Tibetan Cultural Symposium Promotes Exiled Art

Author: Allison Quady Arts Editor The Tibetan Festival Saturday afternoon in McCullough began with Louisa Conrad's '04, president of Students for a Free Tibet, introduction of Cathy Zaccone, the international issues liaison for Senators James Jeffords (I-Vt.) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.). Zaccone's speech ...


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Montreal Indie Punk Scene Rains Down From Canadian 'Skies'

Author: Ryan Abernathy Staff Writer A friend once told me, "The better the economy, the worse the punk scene." Punk certainly flourished in the 1980s and early 1990s, but as the economy took off, the genre suffered. Perhaps the wealth and prosperity had finally placated America's once-angry youth. ...


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National Film Traditions Lend Universal Meaning

Author: Allison Quady Arts Editor The second keynote address was, "From Kiarostami to Panahi: Master-Disciple in Iranian Cinema," presented by Hamid Dabashi, associate professor of Persian literature and sociology of cultures in the Department of Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia ...


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'The Circle' Encompasses Problematic Cycles

Author: Becca Kaufman Staff Writer The second film shown as part of the symposium "A Glimpse Behind the Veil: Contemporary Iranian Cinema" in Dana Auditorium on Saturday, Nov. 3, was one that explores the subject of women and the restraints and prejudices that so prominently exist against them in ...


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'Getting to Know' Romance in the Zoo

Author: Laura Rockefeller Staff Writer Four couples stood in the spotlight this weekend in the Hepburn Zoo at the opening of "Getting To Know You," the sixth annual First- Year Production. Through movement, the words of the ensemble, the works of Mary Gallagher, Andy Mitton '01, Harold Pinter and others, ...


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'American Painters, Italian Mountains' Art in Context

Author: Yvonne Chen Staff Writer At the moment, visitors at Middlebury's Museum of Art can enter the realm of the treasured traveling Smithsonian exhibit called "Young America." Most recently, in the last of a line of provocative lectures, Stewart Professor of English and Environmental Studies John ...


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Bird's Migrations Span Cultural Gap

Author: Becca Kaufman Staff Writer Christiane Bird is a freelance writer from New York. She writes about jazz and blues and makes travelogues on New York State. She is tall with a mop of blonde hair and when she came to speak at the Robert A. Jones '59 Conference Room on Friday, Nov. 2, to discuss ...


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Critic Unveils Subtleties of Iranian Cinema

Author: Allison Quady Arts Editor On Thursday, Nov. 1, Scott Atherton, Wonnacott Commons faculty co-chair and organizer of the three-day Iranian Cinema and Culture Symposium, announced the purpose of the Symposium: "To bring the culture of Iran more to the foray at Middlebury College from as apolitical ...


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Kiarostami's Pastoral Story Envisions Simpler Life

Author: Allison Quady Arts Editor The first film shown Saturday at 3 p.m. in Dana Auditorium was, "The Wind Will Carry Us," directed by Abbas Kiarostami. Kiarostami is Iran's most celebrated filmmaker and his slow patient style reveals itself in the brevity of camera, in the stillness of the scenes ...


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Music Lover, Essayist, Critic Speaks on Poetry of Bob Dylan

Author: Kate DeForest Arts Editor There is a peculiar self-perpetuating phenomenon that occurs in art, music and literature, in which the iconoclast becomes icon, only to be deconstructed by the next iconoclast. The cycle is most apparent during the transitional periods between movements; when that ...


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Alumnni Rejuvinate Unadulterated Blues Music

Author: Andrew F.X. Gustafson It was an interesting pair of gentlemen who brought blues to the Gamut Room on Friday night. John-Alex Mason and Jerry Hunt play just about as pure a form of blues as you'll find anywhere. This was music straight from the South, drawing on the century-old tradition of the ...


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'String Cheese Incident' Mixes Styles In Tasty, Intimate Space

Author: Andy Zrike and Bryan McQuade Staff Writers On Wednesday, Oct. 24, Colorado's String Cheese Incident performed the second show of their extensive North American tour at Club Soda in Montreal. The two set performance fused bluegrass, rock and roll, jazz, multi-ethnic-flavored percussion and lengthy ...


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Godfrey Graces Grille Once More

Author: Pierce Graham-Jones Among the Middlebury alumni on campus this weekend were Mark Williams and Allison Frazier, graduates of Middlebury in 2000 and members of a band called Godfrey. Based out of Essex Junction, Vt., Godfrey tours year round (although much more frequently over the summer.) Friday ...


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Bern Alights With Lyrical Ingenuity in New Album

Author: Kate DeForest Arts Editor There is something to be said for the kind of rock music in which you could comfortably categorize Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, Elvis Costello and David Bowie (especially the Bowie of the acoustic Hunky Dory). I'm not sure what I'd call that grouping of rock, but it seems ...


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'Somewhat Damaged' Ideas Infect Staged Poe

Author: Allison Quady Arts Editor "Somewhat Damaged" promised us much mysterious madness to come by opening the play with Nicole Lebouef's '02 enchanting delivery of "The Conqueror Worm" by Edgar Allen Poe. Writer/actor Alex Poe '03 may have had in mind the calling of the sinister muse and the preparing ...


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Auctions and Aesthetics Valuing American Art

Author: Kate DeForest Arts Editor This year the College community has been graced by a series of notable lectures and talks as part of the traveling Smithsonian exhibit "Young America." By viewing the majestic, and oft pastoral or romantic, landscapes one gets a sense of the expansiveness the new American ...


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Great Read in Short Book at a Glance

Author: Kate DeForest Arts Editor Poetry is, as William Meredith so thankfully admits, "hard to read." However, some poetry (think T.S. Eliot) is harder to read than others. One of those newer poets, a young man named Spencer Short, falls into the latter category. However, Short loses none of Eliot's ...




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