Beyond The Vagina Monologues: A Student Forum Showcase

Check out a cool event from Meg de Recat ’17:

Looking to take a break and get ~inspired~ before finals? Come to Beyond The Vagina Monologues, a showcase of original creative works written by the students who were in a forum on storytelling, performance art, and gender rights activism this semester.


Admissions are free, but donations will be accepted for NARAL Pro-Choice CT, an awesome reproductive rights organization that is based in Hartford.
FORUM MEMBERS: Alex Rothenberg, Anna Strzempko, Ginger Hollander, Ike Fuchs, Lily Homer, Madeline Jones, Maxine Go, Michaela Olson, Natalie Bina, Taryn Johnson ~Some background about the showcase~
This fall, Meg de Recat ’17 and Jessica Perelman ’17 led a student forum, “Beyond The Vagina Monologues,” about topics pertaining to gender, sexuality, and race in the context of theater and performance art. This forum was an attempt to create a space to build upon the critiques and questions raised by the Wesleyan community regarding The Vagina Monologues. The show, which has been performed for over ten years at Wesleyan, is usually passed down from the directors to cast members. We hoped to challenge the institutionalization of this practice by creating a forum, which served to facilitate critical dialogues centered on the themes in the show, instead of automatically continuing this tradition.*

The conversations among the forum members have informed the collection of stories, poems, and artwork that will be presented in this “coffee-house” showcase. These student works relate to aspects of identity, relationships, intimacy, and the current political climate.** We hope that this showcase will foster new conversations and create a welcoming environment for people to connect, share, and enjoy some beautiful stories and art!

*If anyone is interested in directing The Vagina Monologues next semester, please contact Meg and Jessica for more information (mderecate[at]wesleyan[dot]edu, jperelman[at]wesleyan[dot]edu). Unless someone decides to undertake this project, there is no guarantee that the show will be performed this year.

** Some works include stories related to sexual assault and trauma. Please be mindful of your own self-care when choosing whether or not to attend.

Date: Thursday December 8th, 2016
Time: 8-9:30pm (the runtime of the showcase is about 1 hour)
Place: The Bayit


Star and Crescent Closed 12/8

It is with a heavy heart that we must inform everyone that the S&C will be closed today, on our last day of service of the semester.  Our chef cannot come in due to a family emergency, and no chef means no food.  But we would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for making this such a special semester!  To all of our customers, employees, and donors, thank you so much for helping us make the S&C what it is.  Let’s look forward to another great semester of food and friends in the spring!


On a separate note, we encourage everyone to donate to the charities that today’s meals would have benefited!  The links to date are listed below:

Wesleyan Refugee Project: “WRP is excited to announce the first in a series of efforts to help refugees and displaced students access higher education.  WRP is working to crowdfund enough support for one Syrian refugee student to attend college in Jordan for four years.”

ACLU: “For nearly 100 years, the ACLU has been our nation’s guardian of liberty, working in courts, legislatures, and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and the laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country.  Whether it’s achieving full equality for LGBT people, establishing new privacy protections for our digital age of widespread government surveillance, ending mass incarceration, or preserving the right to vote or the right to have an abortion, the ACLU takes up the toughest civil liberties cases and issues to defend all people from government abuse and overreach.”


EASY WES’s Cooking Night

french-toastIlana Newman ’18 writes in about a cool meal opportunity:

EASY WES (Eating Allergy Safe and Yummy) is having the last EASY dinner of the semester. Please reply ASAP if you’re coming and let us know any dietary restrictions you may have so we can accommodate you! We’d love to see you all there!

Date: Thursday, December 8
Time: 5:30-7:30PM
Place: 73A Lawn

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

From Lucy De Souza (BA ’16, MA ’17, part of this cast forever):

Another semester, another Rocky Horror!

We would like, if we may, to take you on a strange journey- a journey through the craziest night in the lives of the newly engaged Brad and Janet. After a flat tire halts their trip to see an old science teacher, the couple stumbles upon Dr. Frank-n-Furter’s castle, filled with servants, groupies, party guests, and his very own live experiment. Come see the campiest, sexiest horror parody movie this side of Denton! Absent Toast, Wesleyan’s very own Rocky Horror Picture Show shadowcast performs the midnight cult classic right in front of the screen, with full audience participation.

Dressing up in your finest corsets, fishnets, and heels STRONGLY encouraged!

Doors Open at 11:00
Pre-Show Begins 11:30
Show Starts Midnight
**FREE and unticketed**

Facebook event:

Frank-n-Furter – Ryan McMahon
Janet – Darci Collins
Brad – Elizaveta Kravchenko
Riff Raff – Charlie Barrett
Magenta – Rhea Drozdenko
Columbia – Sarah Jacobs
Rocky – Lucy De Souza
Eddie/Dr. Scott – Kira Stern
Crim – Sivan Basha Piatigorsky-Roth
MC – Anthony Sertel Dean
Trixie – Aliya Shecter
Transylvanians – Lucy Paige Rubin (Director), Olivia Riddick (Director), Aliya Shecter, Ava Biery, Brenda Quintana, Kimberly Hipo, Kylie Moynihan

Date: Friday, December 9
Time: 11PM-2AM
Place: The Ring Family Performance Hall (formerly the CFA Hall)


From the RL&L Department:


canta, actúa, recita, rapea, cuenta chistes…
algo tuyo o no, sol@ o acompañad@
¡pero haz algo!

RSVP: envía un email a WesHISPevent[at]gmail[dot]com con el asunto “Micro abierto”

Date: Friday, December 9
Time: 4:30-6 PM
Place: Highway Common Room, 300 High Street



Developing a Perspective Final Class Reading

devThe members of the most optimistic class at Wesleyan are doing a final reading:

Join us for an afternoon of writing and refreshments, as the students in Professor Darragh McKeon’s class, “Developing a Perspective: Looking at the World Afresh,” present their final creative pieces. For the past semester, these students have been developing their ability to capture and communicate different points of view through their writing, culminating in a final piece based on the perspective of a single person, whom each student choose and interviewed individually. We hope to see you there!

Date: Thursday, December 8
Time: 1:20-3PM
Place: Russell House
Facebook event: Here.

Javanese Gamelan

gamelan_eventFrom the CFA:

Consisting mostly of gong- and metallaphone-type instruments, the gamelan is an essential accompaniment to feasts and ceremonies. Beginning students of the Wesleyan Gamelan Ensemble will present an evening of Javanese music, performing a selection of repertoire for celebratory events, with a prelude by the Wesleyan Youth Gamelan Ensemble.

Date: Thursday, December 8
Time: 7PM
Place: World Music Hall

Last Table Talk of the Semester!

tabletalkZenzele Price ’18 writes in:

Have a story, a screenplay, a paper, a script that you want to workshop? Luckily for you, Amy Bloom is coming back one last time to talk all things prose! Come to the Shapiro Center this Thursday to celebrate writing in all shapes and forms. Drop by Table Talk to eat snacks, get feedback, and praise, pity, and parse your writing and that of others. Bring a piece of writing, bring your brain, and bring your stomach. This will be more cheese than you will be able to eat.

Date: Thursday, December 8
Time: 5-6:30PM
Place: 167 High St

John Cage’s “Musicircus”

musicircus_eventFrom the CFA:

Students from the adventurous MUSC 109 “Introduction to Experimental Music” class present a series of overlapping performances alongside special mystery guests in this rendition of John Cage’s “Musicircus.” Everything at once and all together. The first of Mr. Cage’s “Musicircus” “happenings” took place in 1967 at the University of Illinois.

Date: Thursday, December 8
Time: 3:15PM
Place: Crowell Concert Hall

South Indian Music Student Recital

balasubrahmaniyan_webFrom the CFA:

Students of Adjunct Assistant Professors of Music B. Balasubrahmaniyan and David Nelson perform a recital of music from the Karnatak tradition of South India. Performances will feature vocal and instrumental music, percussion, and solkattu (spoken rhythm).

Date: Wednesday, December 7
Time: 7PM
Place: World Music Hall, 40 Wyllys Avenue