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WESupport International Students

From Elizabeth Arslanoglou ’16:

Are you an international student? Are you facing difficulties in adapting to classes and social life at WES? Do you feel that your cultural norms are different from those in the US? Do you believe that there are many things you just don’t get here? Do you feel homesick? Do you want a group of people similar to you to talk to?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, join us in our New Mental Health Support Group, specifically focused on International Students. The group will be facilitated by trained students who will also be active participants in the discussion. We will be having weekly friendly conversations about issues that concern us, relative to our transition from other cultures into a US college campus. You are not the only one out there facing “culture shock” so come share your experiences and thoughts!

Date: February 23-May 11
Time: 8-9 PM
Place: Memorial Chapel Meditation Room

 

TRAGIKINGDOM Auditions!

10353547_10153095431921177_6367538421406283836_nZia Grossman-Vendrillo ’15 writes in:

TRAGIKINGDOM: A Medieval Skapopera (ska-pop-opera)

Set roughly within the 5th and 15th century, TRAGIKINGDOM weaves the tale of forbidden and feudal love between a queen and a revolutionary serf to the musical stylings of No Doubt’s 1995 album Tragic Kingdom.

We are looking for singers, dancers, actors, jesters, and fools of all
types and backgrounds to audition to be part of this concert
experience!

Auditions will be from 4:30-6 on Wed, Jan 28 in the East Room
& Thurs, Jan 29 in the Jones Room

Callbacks will be Sat, Jan 31

Date: January 28th-29th
Time: 4:30-6:00 PM
Place: East Room (Wednesday) and Jones Room (Thursday)
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Milk & Choreo Workshops

Leo Enverga ’14 reminds you that you can still dip your choreos in the dark snow:

Want to START dancing?
Want to IMPROVE as a dancer?
Just want to DANCE? WITHOUT the pressure of auditions, rehearsals, performances..

Milk & Choreo is teaching workshops every Saturday at 2pm! NO dance experience necessary. Every week, we’ll be teaching new movements and new pieces of hip-hop choreography that will help you improve your moves and will be guaranteed fun! Bring your friends! and come ready to move and sweat! The party starts at 2pm, don’t be late!

Date: Today, February 16
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Place: Fayerweather Dance Studio
Cost: Free

Brian Parks Graduate Recital

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If you’re looking for something to do tonight, check out Brian’s graduate recital. Brian is a graduate student in the music department, my solkattu classmate, a fantastic organist, and an excellent composer. He is also great at naming pieces – see “all the trichords in a seven-letter alphabet where order matters and no performer sonifies the same pitch or embodies the same gesture consecutively.” There are also a ton of students performing with him. More information below:

The concert is February 16th, tonight, at 8:00 PM in Memorial Chapel.   I will present works from 2007-2013 including the first piece I premiered here.  This encompasses the span of time I’ve spent here.  In addition, there will be three premieres, two of them based on the tiling theorems of mathematician John Lely.  The premieres will be: tiling canon for hymn-tunenon-deterministic amenall the trichords in a seven-letter alphabet where order matters and no performer sonifies the same pitch or embodies the same gesture consecutively, scalar mensuration, and tiling canon for ballet dancers.

Meeting of the Radio Documentary Trolls

You can catch him at sound check. You can catch him on the radio every Friday. You can catch him in his Outside Lands hoodie. You cannot catch him shaving his beard. He is the omnipresent yet untraceable Mickey Capper ’13, and he has materialized long enough for me to record an important message that he brings to Wesleyan and the Middletown community:

We’re holding the first meeting of the radio storytelling group tomorrow (2/16) at 3pm in Studio B at WESU (above Red & Black). If you’re interested and can or can’t make it, send me an email at mcapper[at]wesleyan[dot]edu with a subject line that includes the word “troll.”

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The intention of the group is to support each other in creating audio stories, providing constructive criticism to each other, producing a quality “audio publication” at the end of the semester (on par with This American Life, Radiolab, or at least better than whatever other college kids are doing), and reclaiming the term “troll” from the evils of the Internet on behalf of the dope creatures that live under bridges.
Tomorrow we’ll be:
  • Listening to some short radio docs and discussing different techniques for interviews, narration, music, and sound design;
  • Discussing the materials available to record and edit stories, as well as sources for advice and information on what makes a good story.
What: Radio Documentary Explorers aka Doc Ex aka .docx
Where: WESU, 45 Broad Street (above Red & Black)
When: Saturday, February 16
Time: 3 – 4pm
Contact: mcapper[at]wesleyan[dot]edu with subject line “Troll”

Leaves of Green / O Presidente / Blackbird & the Cherry Tree @ Earth House

From Our Dear Leader Zach Schonfeld ’13:

Describing themselves as “a band with a penchant for falsetto,” Leaves of Green is a quartet of NYU students (two of whom hail from the bustling metropolis that is Chappaqua, NY). “Caving In” is a pretty solid indicator of their sonic depth, which ranges from ethereal post-rock to driving indie-rock to a thick, dramatic climax. And yes, there’s a falsetto. According to NYU Local (motto: “The Wesleying of NYU”) (not really), they’re great live, too.

O Presidente is a noo-wop / bro-fi / tropicália band based out of San Francisco and Wesleyan University. Last month, they released their debut full length album, Clube de Futebol, which tastemakers have called “an entertaining, rocking, and even sometimes crooning record” and “very, very good.” Check out their jock jamz at this link. According to esteemed musicologist Alexia Nazarian ’13, “O Presidente makes me want to get in a kiddie pool and splash around.” [Gabe recently wrote a review of O Presidente's music, check it out at this link.]

Blackbird and the Cherry Tree is a collaboration between Jess Best ’14 and Mel Hsu ’13. With a cello holding down the bass and the keys building a bluesy core, the duo’s razor-sharp harmonies pull you into a place as sweet as it is wild. Sam Friedman ’13 and Mark Bennett ’13 often join them on stage to fill out the sound with dirty harmonica and hard-hitting drums. Although this band is all about groove, don’t expect to get too comfortable because the storm is never far off.

Submit to Metis

From Julia Bond ’13:

Metis is the Wesleyan Undergraduate Journal of Classical Studies. We accept any work related to Classics and can be rendered in 2D. This includes papers, photos, artwork, poetry, translations, and any other Classics-themed creative work. Consider submitting your work from last spring semester, this past fall, or any work you’ve done here at Wesleyan related to Classics.

We’re looking for a wide variety of pieces, so even if you are not sure if it is appropriate for the journal please send it anyway! If you have questions or if you’re interested in getting involved with Metis beyond submissions, email jbond(at)wes. The submission deadline is February 28, 2013.

Submit to: wesleyanmetis(at)gmail.

Contact: wesleyanmetis(at)gmail
Deadline:
 February 28

Pyxis Call for Submissions: “Memory”

wordcloud_memory_finalClaire Seoin Choi ’13 is calling all writers and artists:

“Remembrance of things past is not necessarily the remembrance of things as they were.” — Marcel Proust

What does it mean to remember, or to forget? In his chef d’oeuvre In Search of Lost Time, Marcel Proust questions how one remembers and accesses memory. Proust, however, is not alone in this exploration. Many other scholars have delved into the topic of memory and investigated its importance in social organization, historical construction, and personal and group narratives. This semester, Pyxis invites you to contribute your academic work on this theme. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

How do we express memory in literature, in visual form, in performance? How do the stories we tell ourselves–through narratives, myths, or collective memories–structure the world around us? How is memory constructed, recorded, represented, manipulated?

Come See the Vagina Monologues

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Tess Jonas ’15, Hana Elion ’15, and Dominique Moore ’14 bring you a stellar opportunity to talk about vaginas (and other things):

Come see this year’s production of Eve Ensler’s VAGINA MONOLOGUES, celebrating the 15th Anniversary of V-day, Ensler’s global movement to raise awareness about violence against women.

Thursday February 14
Friday February 15
Saturday February 16
8PM
Patricelli ’92 Theater

Tickets $5 in the Box Office. All proceeds will be donated to the Middlesex County Community Foundation Fund for Women and Girls.