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Ride Out of Middlebury on the Air Waves of Lima Love

Author: Edward Pickering Book: "Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter" (Penguin 1995)Author: Mario Vargas LlosaThe narrator of Mario Vargas Llosa's novel might resemble you, at least on the surface. Mario is an 18-year-old student, profoundly disinterested in his studies. And to be honest, that is about where ...


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Whiskey and Whine A New Book About College Kids

Author: Abbie Beane "College is a non-stop whirlwind of excitement and IM, punctuated by hook-ups, drunken hook-ups and failed attempts at hooking-up. There are plenty of aspects of college other than sex and alcohol, but those are the two that result in the most noise.""You will study. You will forget ...


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Dorfman's Luscious Threads and Treads

Author: Kate Prouty When reviewing a modern dance piece, you're not supposed to award all of your praise to the dancers (I don't know who said this. It's just one of those insupportable rules). After all, it's the choreographer who decides what his dancers do. He is the puppet master, the mind and organization, ...


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Roots Kick More Rock Than Rap

Author: Richard Lawless Middlebury College welcomed acclaimed hip-hop group The Roots to its cavernous Nelson Arena last Saturday. Performing for a packed crowd, the group unleashed such favorites as "The Next Movement" and "You Got Me" from their breakthrough 1999 album, "Things Fall Apart." Highly ...


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"The Stranger" Exhibits Extraordinary Talent

Author: Suzanne Mozes Senior Alex Poe's adaptation of "The Stranger" by Albert Camus premiered this past weekend in the Hepburn Zoo, stinging audiences with directorial and authorial innovation on the Algerian Nobel Prize-winning book.Poe, in his last year as a double major in theater and literary studies ...


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Thomas Trotter Tackles Organ and Overture

Author: Richard Lawless Widely-celebrated British organ virtuoso Thomas Trotter took the stage in Middlebury's Mead Chapel last Sunday afternoon, delivering a terrific 90-minute set with pieces ranging from baroque to contemporary on the chapel's powerful organ.Trotter is internationally renowned for ...


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National Issues Hit Home in Fresh Vermont Film Debut

Author: Abbie Beane Though he may not be Wes Craven, independent Vermont filmmaker Jay Craven still has a daunting audacity for approaching haunting issues. And why should you care? Because his most recent work, "The Year That Trembled" will be screened at Dana Auditorium on Nov. 20 at 7:30 p.m. Based ...


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Brentano Quartet Makes Sense Out of Dissonance

Author: Richard Lawless The lavish and technically astounding sounds of the Brentano String Quartet filled the Middlebury College Concert Hall Saturday night. The evening's program revolved around a musical piece called a fugue, which is a composition consisting of a theme and subsequent repetitions ...


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Ben Not Folding Under Pressure

Author: Abbie Beane Longtime liberal arts rival Williams College stole the show once again on Oct. 31, when they introduced singer spectaculaire and master musician Ben Folds. Former lead singer of Ben Folds Five, Folds has been touring solo since Oct. 22 and will not stop until Dec. 6, when he hits ...


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One Set, Three Worlds in Hepburn Zoo

Author: Kate Prouty Harnessing the controlled chaos that is common in most Hepburn Zoo productions, "Zooprints" went up last weekend juxtaposing three disparate plays, an evolving set and a barrage of actors with relatively few flubs. Of course, some things went amiss in Friday night's performance — ...


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Music and Physics on the Same Wave Length

Author: Abbie Beane The circumstantial evidence is ubiquitous: Informal concerts have become a tradition at scientific conferences; physicians orchestras are popping up in large cities; professors and students alike are writing theses juxtaposing major fields of science (such as physics, chemistry and ...


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Let It Be The Beatles (Sort Of)

Author: Daniel Wolf Roda "I finally understand why my parents dance the way they do," commented Justina Ngo '04, after attending "Beatles Night" in Pearsons Lounge Saturday. Picture this: Three hours of non-stop, booty-twisting, timeless Beatles favorites, performed by musicians whose age differences ...


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Anna Karenina Masterfully Translated

Author: Chase Kvasnak "Anna Karenina," performed this last weekend in the Center for the Art's Seeler Studio Theatre and directed by Cheryl Faraone,professor of theater and women's and gender studies, was undoubtedly impressive.Written by Helen Edmundson and published in 1992, the play is a three-hour ...


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Producing Low-Brow Comedy

Author: Jonathan White Most people have a love-hate relationship with Broadway. You either look forward to a visit to the theater district next time you venture to New York, or you wouldn't be caught dead at "The Phantom of the Opera." Yet I'd wager that Mel Brooks' current Great White Way sensation ...


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Sharp Chinese Vocals Defy Language Barrier

Author: Liz Braunstein Assisstant Professor of Chinese Carrie Reed addressed a packed McCullough Social Space on Oct. 18, cautioning, "Be prepared for a loud, raucous, lively and passionate performance." Her words of warning could not have braced the audience for the imminent spectacle — a melange ...




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