Surprise: it’s Finals Week (almost). Wesleying’s here to help—you procrastinate, that is. New day, new procrastinatory link, straight to the bitter end. You’re welcome. [Post ideas? Send ’em: staff(at)wesleying(dot)org.]
Today’s link is awesome, and it’s directly Wes-related. Brendan O’Connell ’08 was really into posters while at Wes. He still is—so much so, he decided to create the Wesleyan Poster Archive, a sweet new blog compiling a fantastic archive of concert posters during Brendan’s time at Wes (many of which he helped organize). Like this Dirty Projectors flier (see: right), advertising a 2005 performance by the then-obscure indie outfit in WestCo Cafe. (Each poster is accompanied by interesting tidbits relating to the show and Brendan’s recollections. Scroll your mouse over the DP poster, if you dare.)
Other highlights from the vault include this Calvin Johnson performance at Earth House (yes, that Calvin Johnson), a Dumpster Diving Workshop series, and the nonexistent (but still purportedly fantastic) Crash Doug Bennet’s House Party. (Dear alumni: please tell me more about this intriguing [non-]event. Thanks.)
Today, Brendan’s a Library Science Masters student at UNC-Chapel Hill. “I just did this for fun,” he explains, “but making archives and organizing things is what I’m learning about in school too!” He hopes current Wes students (and alums) can send in their own posters from Wes:
I wasn’t consciously setting out to create an archive when I collected these posters. It just happened that way. I’m hoping other people will contribute to this collection and we can expand it as a crucial part of my school’s collective memory.
Explore Brendan’s Wes Poster Archive here, and submit your own favorite procrasturbatory death traps at staff(at)wesleying(dot)org. We’ll post it! Maybe! Let us know if you want to be credited.