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Wednesday, Feb 8, 2023

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TEDxMiddlebury finds growth in failure

“Maybe failure is worth dwelling on,” began two TEDxMiddlebury organizers Kian Lalji 23’ and Liv Cohen ’23 to a full Dana Auditorium. On April 22, TEDxMiddlebury hosted Failing Forward, an event encouraging Middlebury speakers to share stories of failure, and how they grew from these trying ...


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Takács Quartet entertains with a genre-bending performance

The Takács Quartet first played Middlebury’s Performing Arts Series in 1994,  the start of a 28-year partnership. The quartet’s April 22 performance, featuring a genre-bending ensemble with bandoneón and accordina virtuoso Julien Labro, was by far the most daring program presented.


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On Tap taps into energy of popular throwbacks in spring show

Right from the get-go, On Tap’s Friday night performance brought energy to Wilson Hall with an opening number set to Elvis’s “Hound Dog” that featured the full company. With bright smiles and matching red scarves, the group of 14 looked upbeat, cohesive and confident.


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Cliff-Hanger: “Torn”

In 1999, Alex Lowe was killed in an avalanche on Mt. Shishapangma in Tibet, an accident survived only by his climbing partner and lifelong friend, Conrad Anker. His story is one of tragedy, adventure and even a Shakespearean love triangle — all the makings of a great Hollywood film. The 2021 documentary, ...


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Moth-Up storytellers tackle their “flukes”

15 minutes before the Middlebury Moth-Up event, a cacophony of sound filled The Gamut room as participants practiced in the back of the space while others casually talked. Four student storytellers filled the room with laughter as they told stories related to this event’s theme, “Fluke.”  ...


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Radio Roundup: the Indie Rock takeover

The Minnesota-based band Hippo Campus jumped on the indie-pop scene with their bubbly 2017 debut album, "Landmark." From the bouncy lead single "Boyish" to the subtle strums of "Vacation," the album has a soulful range. Their lyrics are playful and colorful, and the album flows well sonically as tracks ...


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Reel Critic: “The Price of Safety”

I recently had the opportunity to attend a screening in Dana Auditorium of “The Price of Safety,” a documentary feature about racially biased policing in the nearby Vermont city of Vergennes. The film presents an account of how an otherwise tranquil community was thrust into upheaval by the question ...


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Radio Roundup

Ever since Maggie Rogers got the ultimate stamp of approval from famed producer Pharrell Williams while just a student at NYU working on her debut album, "Heard It In a Past Life," her career has blossomed. 


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Reel Critic: “Everything Everywhere All at Once”

"Everything Everywhere All at Once" is a film that demonstrates that life is absurd, ridiculous and often meaningless, and gives an answer for how it can be lived. It is a comedy that rivals “Airplane” in its silliness, and is an intellectual masterpiece that can enrapture even the snobbiest of ...


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WRMC Radio Roundup: Exploring old and new sounds

This is another childhood album, but I was re-listening to it recently, and it is quite a gem — not a bad track on the album. There is lots of twang and beautiful guitar with poetic lyrics. The third track is called “2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten”; I think it’s pretty funny that she’s using texting ...


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Reel Critic: “The Batman”

Ten years on from “The Dark Knight Rises,” the stirring finale to the series that humanized Bruce Wayne and established a Batman for the modern world, director Matt Reeves and star Robert Pattinson have tried their hand at a new iteration of the tortured hero for the big screen. It’s a story of ...


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‘Meta’ Moth-Up takes on story-within-a-story format

On March 9, the live Moth-Up storytelling event brought an intimacy to Middlebury not often experienced in the whirlwind of the academic week back into the spotlight. Hosted in the Gamut Room, where the audience had to arrange themselves Tetris-style to fit, the event kicked off when the lights were ...


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Reel Critic: “Playground”

Laura Wendel’s debut feature film “Playground” walks the line between childhood nostalgia and occasional violence. The film opens with the words, un monde — the film’s original title and the French word for “a world.” The film reminds audiences of the complex social relationships that ...




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