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WANNABES Episode #4: “Only Small Actors…”

School’s done, but the WANNABES crew is still pumping out new episodes!

In this latest (and penultimate) installment of the Wesleyan arts mockumentary:

James Carlson ‘12 begins preparing the cast of his production, “James Carlson Presents: Summer Heights High: the Musical (Part One)” in the Butterfields parking lot, while struggling to maintain morale despite major setbacks like rejection from Second Stage, increasing frustration from assistant director Harrison Jones ’12, the haunting memory of last semester’s (fictional) extravaganza “Obamarama”, and the not-so-secret amphetamine habit of musical director Deborah Tomomichi ’13.

Meanwhile, David Powers ‘13 and Chloe Martin ‘13 develop a physical bond in preparation for their joint role as Celine the Chihuahua, and former dance troupe partners Elizabeth Majors ‘11 and Charlotte Cummings undermine each other with an escalating series of bitchy pranks.

It all comes to a head at Mocon, and then P-Safe gets involved…

Bonus lulz: Elizabeth Majors’ candid Facebook profile pictures.

In case you missed them, check out all the old episodes on Youtube, and stay tuned for the season (series?) finale later this summer, whenever mastermind Garth Taylor ’12 sees fit to unleash it.

Prof. Philip Pomper lecture at Crowell

WesSeminar – Lenin’s Brother: A Tale of Two Families

Philip Pomper, professor of history (emeritus as of this year), is lecturing Saturday morning about the life of Vladimir Lenin’s older brother, based on his new book Lenin’s Brother: The Origins of the October Revolution:

The hanging of Alexander Ulyanov, Lenin’s older brother, pushed Vladimir onto the path of revolution. The eldest son in a relatively privileged family, Alexander appeared to be following in his father’s footsteps. The family had no inkling that he had joined a terrorist conspiracy at the end of 1886, only months after he’d won a gold medal for his junior thesis. The regime hanged Alexander and four other members of the plot in May 1887. The arrest, trial, and hanging dramatically changed the family’s situation and produced a crisis in Alexander’s younger brother, Vladimir.

Join professor Pomper for a discussion of his new book, which probes the psychodynamics of the terrorist group, Alexander Ulyanov’s choice of terrorism, Lenin’s reaction to the shock of his brother’s secret, and how it affected the October Revolution.

Introduction: William “Vijay” Pinch, professor of history

Worth waking up for, for your Cold-War-nostalgic visiting relatives.

See all the other WesSeminars this weekend here.

Date: Saturday, May 22
Time: 9 am
Place: Crowell Concert Hall

The hanging of Alexander Ulyanov, Lenin’s older brother, pushed Vladimir onto the path of revolution. The eldest son in a relatively privileged family, Alexander appeared to be following in his father’s footsteps. The family had no inkling that he had joined a terrorist conspiracy at the end of 1886, only months after he’d won a gold medal for his junior thesis. The regime hanged Alexander and four other members of the plot in May 1887. The arrest, trial, and hanging dramatically changed the family’s situation and produced a crisis in Alexander’s younger brother, Vladimir. Join professor Pomper for a discussion of his new book, which probes the psychodynamics of the terrorist group, Alexander Ulyanov’s choice of terrorism, Lenin’s reaction to the shock of his brother’s secret, and how it affected the October Revolution.

Introduction: William “Vijay” Pinch, professor of history

Cardinal Sinners Spring Concert @ World Music Hall

Cardinal Sinners Spring Concert Sunday afternoon:

Time to get off wesbreasts and get some AuRal action…as the lovely ladies of cardinal sinners break it down for the final concert of your DREAMS

(if your dreams include eleven pretty young things belting michael jackson… which obviously they do)

don’t miss Emily Evnen ’10 and Breen McDonald‘s (also ’10 duh) FINAL CONCERT EVER!

oh hey. its also Sophie Ackoff ’11‘s birthday. could there be cake?!?

Date: Sunday, May 9
Time: 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Place: World Music Hall
Cost: FREE

Clothing Sale in Exley for NGOs

From Nina Sheth and Rithi Mathias ’10:

The student forum “NGOs in the Developing World: Sustainability and Successes” is having a clothing sale in Exley right now.

Come help benefit Amcha Ghar, an Indian non-profit safe house/orphanage for female children of sex workers and orphans in Mumbai.

For $5 you can get three t-shirts, two pairs of pants, OR one jacket/larger item. All the proceeds will go directly towards supporting the children’s education.

Date: Sunday, May 9
Time: Until 8 pm
Place: Exley Science Center Lobby (Church St. side)
Cost: Only $5!

HOLI: WesFestival of Colors @ Foss Hill

Saturday afternoon, come out to Foss Hill for WesFestival of Colors, a massive (belated) celebration of Holi. In India, Holi revelers celebrate by throwing vividly colored paint at each other all day for good luck, in honor of the arrival of spring.

Pretty much exactly like this:

Shakti will bring colored powder (all natural, non-toxic) and blast the music – you bring friends, wearing white (or as little as possible) and prepared to get messy. The first 50 people on the Hill get free white t-shirts.

Foss Hill paintfight, Bollywood dreamz.

Date: Saturday, April 24
Time: 2:30-4 pm
Place: Foss Hill
Facebook event

The Loom w/ Linus @ Eclectic

Eclectic show Friday night:

The Loom is a six-piece indie rock band from Brooklyn that features male/female vocals, horns, guitars, banjo, ukulele, keys, and percussion. Their live shows are gaining them quite a following and this is your chance to see them before they blow up.

Linus is a band of freshmen who recently won Battle of the Bands and will open Spring Fling. Come see them in a more intimate setting and get to hear their sweet sweet catchy jams.

Date: FRIDAY 4/23
Time : 10 PM – This show will start on time
Place: Eclectic
Cost: FREE FREE FREE

http://www.myspace.com/theloommusic

WesFest photos: Zonker Harris/Dan Deacon

Blogs should move faster than this, but yo we’ve been so burnt out since the weekend.

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Photos from Ze Who Must Not Be Named Day last Saturday, with evidence of Dan Deacon’s unfortunately too-short set in the WestCo courtyard. Alas, rain:

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Good show if you were there though. Hope you enjoyed, prefrosh come to Wes!

[Photos c/o Andrea Domanick ’10]

WSA Presidental Debate: Spahn vs. Feiring vs. Wood

Face-off between the WSA presidential candidates last night.

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After three years of civic disengagement at Wesleyan, I stopped by the debate last night in Usdan, which was surprisingly well-attended.

True to current WSA President Mike Pernick‘s word, the endeavor was generally entertaining. The three candidates debated heatedly for awhile about various hot-button campus issues, including Spahn’s proposal to pay student group leaders on financial aid, Feiring’s plan to open another campus cafe, and global warming. But the real attraction was the steady stream of insults, ad hominem attacks (and sometimes pieces of paper) that the candidates directed at each other, the SBC, and SJB Chair Scott Backer.

Both Micah Feiring ’11 and Bradley Spahn ’11 came off as very committed to the job, though very different in style and attitude. Both are clearly very serious about winning, especially at the other’s expense.

Meanwhile purported Psi-U-pledge-task-recipient Lowell Wood ’12 was hilariously irreverent, charming the pants off of everybody with a sort of male-Sarah-Palin shtick. Objectively there was no clear winner or loser, unless you already really like one of them in particular. More substantive review from the Argus at some point, probably.

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Meanwhile, Giant Joint is back from “highatus”. Dark horse, again?

Vote for your favorite hir here.

Wesleying’s take on WSA Elections

Typically, our policy regarding WSA elections is to accept all campaign statements that we’re sent and publish them all in one giant WSA campaign post during election week.

We haven’t been regulating that policy much this time around, and earlier today an open letter from a student was published by a Wesleying contributor on behalf of one of the WSA election candidates. It was way more negative in tone than what we’ve had on this site in the past, and we decided as a group that it was a misuse of this space to keep it up.

We’re all about keeping Wesleying an open, inclusive forum, but there’s a limit to what’s acceptable. If you or someone speaking for you want to call your opponent “loud and obnoxious” or “terrible”, and actually say “DO NOT VOTE FOR THAT OTHER GUY”, you can get it published as a Wespeak, post it on the ACB, or tell anyone who will listen, but we will not be down with that. Also it’s probably more embarrassing for you than it is for us.

All WSA candidates, feel free to email us a blurb, the position you’re running for, and whatever clever posters/videos/graphics you’ve managed to get made. Keep it civil, and it’ll be posted in the same way all the others are.

Thanks.