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Tonight: Grateful Dead’s “Dark Star:” A Psychedelic Lecture by Dr. Graeme Boone

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Mickey Capper ’13 reminded me to post about this. Here’s the blurb from the official Facebook page for this event:

Born and raised in San Francisco—the home of the Grateful Dead—Professor of Music Graeme M. Boone attended the University of California at Berkeley, the Universite de Paris, and Harvard University, where he taught before joining the faculty at Ohio State. Following an overview of the band’s early history and style, Dr. Boone’s talk includes the showing of a “mandala movie” which helps elucidate the Dead’s open-ended song “Dark Star,” conveying a holistic, organic analysis of the tune, and incorporating every salient element in the extended, psychedelically evocative improvisations of its first 150 recorded performances.

With lyrics by Robert Hunter and music by Jerry Garcia, “Dark Star” can cover a broad spectrum of moods and musical ideas—incorporating anything from R&B cover songs to outer-space apocalypse—but the attentive listener can also hear lines of force binding the jams together: structuring devices, strategies, and trajectories that direct each improvisation and also serve as fundamental guideposts. An animated movie with changing colors and annotations follows two specific performances of the song, recorded in London on 4/8/72 and 5/23/72 during the band’s European tour that spring (the original 16-track analog tapes of the entire Europe ’72 tour were remixed, mastered in HDCD format, and released by the band in 2011).

“Joyously Take to the Streets”: May Day in Middletown

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The Middletown May Day Committee writes in with your daily dose of revolutionary direct action:

The long chill of winter has lifted and spring is stirring in our hearts. Join us this May Day (Wednesday, May 1st), as we joyously take to the streets in a roving festival of resistance!

In a world where vacant land stands idle while countless go without food or shelter, we will reclaim space from private interests and cultivate it in service of our community. Come together at 10:30 AM on Washington and Pearl to help revitalize a community garden that is under threat from the proposed strip mall construction.

In a world where learning and knowledge is greedily hoarded behind the high walls of the ivory-tower academy, we will gather to learn democratically and accessibly. Join us at 2:30 at Middlesex Community College for a May Day Teach-in featuring speakers from the War Resisters League and the Middle East Crisis Committee. A group bike ride will be meeting outside 190 High St, the UOC, at 1:45 to bike to the Community College.  A van from the Wesleyan Office of Community Service will be available at Parking Lot C on Church St, leaving at 2:15 and returning at 3:50.

Zen Meditation and Dharma Talk @ Buho

From Dylan Awalt-Conley ’15:

Do you keep hearing the word “Zen” tossed around and are still not quite sure what it means?

Well, come over to Buddhist House this Thursday for a guided meditation and dharma talk by Zen Master Bon Haeng (a.k.a. “Mark”). He has a BA in Religion and Philosophy from Antioch College, currently teaches at the Cambridge Zen Center in Massacheusetts, and is just generally a very enlightened / interesting dude.

There will also be free Thai food after the event and a chance to chat and hang with Master Bon Haeng (getit?). See you there!

Date: Thursday, May 2
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Place: Buddhist House

Middletown History: What Should Wesleyan Students Know?

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Adam Rashkoff ’13 wants to historicize you:

Join the Brothers of Psi Upsilon and our esteemed guests for an academic seminar about the rich history of Middletown, Connecticut.

The list of speakers and their talks includes:

Steven Kovach ’13 – Being a Middletown Student
Professor Ronald Schatz – The History of Middletown
Professor Sarah Croucher – Anthropology in Middletown’s Archaeology
Edward McKeon – A Middletown Perspective of Washington Street

Date: April 30, 2013
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Place: Psi U
Cost: Free