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Tuesday, May 28, 2024

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'State of the Art' Secured in Play

Author: Freeman Lee White Staff Writer To those of you who did not see this Hepburn Zoo production, you missed out. The story of the play starts almost 500 years after August 1945, when earth's inhabitants were forced by nuclear fallout to take their culture below ground. The plot shows how the intertwining ...


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Lucid Lyrics, Intricate Harmonies on the 'Verge'

Author: Becca Kaufman Staff Writer In November of 1998, Erin McKeown, Beth Amsel, Jess Klein and Rose Polenzani — four young, talented and eager musicians — found each other. They were, as they explained later, "voices on the verge"; that is, young performers ready to make it big on the folk scene. ...


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Czech Pianist Moravec Stuns with Virtuoso Performance

Author: Sasha Gentling Audience members were left spellbound by the performance given by the great Czech pianist, Ivan Moravec, last Sunday in the CFA Concert Hall. For those who had seen Moravec's outstanding performance of all 24 Chopin Preludes at Middlebury in 1999, their presence at this recital ...


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Student Musician; Mitchell Articulates Her Artistry

Author: Allison Quady Arts Editor Allison Quady: I'm sitting here with Anais Mitchell '04 in the radio station which we thought would be fitting, or inspirational, so Anais…Anais Mitchell: So, Allie...AQ: Tell me when you started playing.AM: Guitar? When I was a freshman in high school I started ...


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Oysterhead Technically Inpressive, Lacking Live Unity

Author: Bryan McQuade Staff Writer Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio, Primus bassist Les Claypool, and drummer Stewart Copeland, formerly of The Police, performed as Oysterhead on Saturday, Nov. 11, at the Tsongas Arena in Lowell, Massachusetts. The group has been performing nationally for the last month ...


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Alumna Poet Turns Life into Verse in 'Leaving'

Author: Becca Kaufman Staff Writer As part of the Library Program in the Abernathy Room on Wednesday, Nov. 7, Sue Ellen Thompson read a selection of poems from her most recent publication, "The Leaving." A Middlebury alumna and a frequent attendee of the Bread Loaf Writer's Conference as a Robert Frost ...


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'Red Hot' Combo Plays Footloose and Fancy-free

Author: Laura Isham Staff Writer This Saturday I went to a swing dance in McCullough. Plenty of people from the Footloose Club, as well as other students who knew how to swing dance, went to this event. There were many talented dancers there, and although this was simply a fun dance, not a performance, ...


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Kids Explore Theater, Find Fun in Middleground

Author: Marissa Anschutz There are those moments in your life when you witness something truly beautiful and you know, for that space in time, you are a part of something magical. These are the times when you look around the room and you see imagination and creativity exploding from every corner; when ...


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Relationships Revised, Revisited in 'Danny'

Author: Yvonne Chen Staff Writer "I don't mean to spill my poison more than I ever have!" howls Roberta. She is one of the two lost and wretched lovers in the most recent production staged in the Zoo: John Patrick Shanley's "Danny and the Deep Blue Sea." Contrary to its the cutesy title, "Danny" is ...


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'Glory Box' Relates Relationship, Politics

Author: Andrew Brooks Staff Writer On Sunday night, Tim Miller's spectacular performance piece "Glory Box" was unleashed upon audiences in the McCullough social space. Movement and narrative became intertwined to form Miller's experience as a homosexual man in the United States and his fight for equal ...


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'Monsters' Muscle in on Film Fun

Author: Padma Govidan Staff Writer "Monsters Inc.," a film from Pixar, is a candy-colored, fast-paced and inventive homage to lost days when children were easily scared—and thus, truly innocent (at least according to the film industry). Although it doesn't quite have the heart of "Toy Story" or "Toy ...


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'Henry' Made Anew; Hayes and Cast Transform Original Text

Author: Kate DeForest Arts Editor I have found it to be extremely helpful, in going to a production of any one of Shakespeare's plays, to read the text beforehand; it's not that the plays themselves are terribly confusing, but what people do to the them often is. However, judging by quite a few of ...


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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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