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Mabuhay Auditions

So Young Chung ’18 writes in:

Looking for an opportunity to showcase your talent on Asian/Asian American culture? Sign up here to audition for Mabuhay, the annual Asian/Asian American show during WesFest! Spoken words, modern or traditional dances, musical performances, etc. are all welcomed, and every student is encouraged to audition.

Deadline to apply is Friday, February 16.

Please note that auditions are for the committee get a rough idea of what the show and each individual piece may look like. We neither require a complete piece nor require all participating members of the group to audition.

Deadline: Friday, February 16th

Masayo Ishigure—“Koto 360°”

From the CFA:

Masayo Ishigure began playing the koto at the age of five in Gifu, Japan, and continues to stretch the limits of the thirteen-stringed instrument. She moved to New York City in 1992, and taught koto at Wesleyan University. A musical dialogue between the east and west, this concert features traditional Japanese instruments alongside classical guitar, tap dancing, and percussion. “Koto 360°” includes contemporary compositions by Hikaru Sawai, John Neptune, and a New England premiere by Celil Refik Kaya.

Date: Friday, February 16th
Time: 8 PM
Place: Crowell Concert Hall
Price: $28 general public; $26 senior citizens, Wesleyan faculty/staff/alumni, non-Wesleyan students; $6 Wesleyan students, youth under 18 (reserved seating)

PRIMAL SCREAM

From Arron Luo ’18:

Tonight, when reading period turns to exam period, is the PRIMAL SCREAM because finals start tomorrow!!!! Here’s the link to the Facebook event if you’d like that. This time it is Neon Genesis Evangelion-themed. Here’s the link to the anime if you’d like that.

Indulge in this great Wes tradition tonight and gather together on the Olin steps to scream your hearts/S² engines out! There will be a countdown.

Date: TONIGHT
Time: MIDNIGHT
Place: Olin steps

An Evening with Caryl Phillips

From Zenzele Price ’18:

Join us for a reading and Q&A with Caryl Phillips at the Shapiro Center for Writing. Light refreshments will be served.

Caryl Phillips is the author of over twenty works of drama, film, fiction, and nonfiction, including: The Wasted Years (BBC Giles Cooper Award for Best Radio Play,) Crossing the River (1993 Booker Prize shortlist,) A Distant Shore (2003 Booker Prize longlist, 2004 Commonwealth Writers Prize,) Dancing in the Dark (2006 PEN/Open Book Award,) and Colour Me English. He was named Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year in 1992 and was on the 1993 Granta list of Best of Young British Writers. His literary awards include the Martin Luther King Memorial Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a British Council Fellowship, a Lannan Foundation Fellowship, and Britain’s oldest literary award, the James Tait Black
Memorial Prize.

Date: Monday, Dec. 4th
Time: 8-9 PM
Location: Shapiro Center (116 Mt. Vernon)

Wesleyan/Yale Film Mixer

From Cardinal Pictures:

Come through for Cardinal Pictures’ biannual WALE film mixer on Saturday, Dec. 2 @ 8 in Shapiro!! Meet potential new film collaborators, watch some amazing student films, and eat snacks to your heart’s content. It’s gonna be a ball, don’t miss out!

If you would like your short film to be screened, please email it to us at cardinalpictureswes@gmail.com! Due to time constraints we won’t be able to show them all, so please email ASAP for top priority :))

Date: Saturday, Dec. 2nd
Time: 8-10 PM
Location: Shapiro Writing Center

Opening Reception—“UP IN ARMS”

From the CFA:

“UP IN ARMS” presents a number of perspectives on the image and impact of guns in contemporary culture, though none endorse them as a means to an end. Works by thirteen artists touch upon a host of issues surrounding access to and the use of firearms, examining and representing the role that guns continue to play in our national mythologies and pathologies, suicide and homicide rates, domestic violence, and mass media.
This exhibition is being presented in conjunction with Wesleyan’s annual Shasha Seminar for Human Concerns, which will be focused on “Guns in American Society” on Friday, October 27 and Saturday, October 28, 2017. For more information, please visit http://www.wesleyan.edu/shasha. Exhibition on display through Sunday, December 10, 2017. No handguns or other firearms (even if all permits, licenses and registrations are up to date and available), explosives, or weapons of any kind are allowed on the Wesleyan campus at any time and for any reason whatsoever
.

Date: Friday, October 27th
Time: 5-7PM
Location: Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, South Gallery

Like Gummy Bear Vitamins? You’ll Love Cummies!

“A lot of times, people don’t know what they want until you show it to them.”  -Steve Jobs (1998)

In the YouTube debut of esteemed Wesleyan alums Russell Goldman ’17 and Johnny LaZebnik ’16, we are introduced to Cummies®: “the world’s first ever jizz-flavored vitamin chew”.

The testimonials in this parody infomercial leave you with some pleasant mental images as to the accurate flavor of Cummies®.  Lines describing the flavor include, “An almost empty glass of white wine with a little bit of ranch dressing plopped in”, “Three day old oyster water”, and “Black truffle that’s washed up under the Santa Monica Pier”.

The infomercial ends with an offer for a bonus bottle of Facielle by Cummies®, a lotion, and then a shot of Brent (played by Johnny) being splattered with the lotion in a rather suggestive way.  Describing how many takes this shot took, Johnny said, “By the end, I looked like I’d just shot a bukake scene with 50 well-hydrated men.”

Watch after the jump:

“This Is It!” The Complete Piano Works of Neely Bruce—Part XIII

From the CFA:

John Spencer Camp Professor of Music Neely Bruce presents the thirteenth in a series of fifteen CD-length recitals of his piano music, featuring the first complete performance, in order, of the “Nine Nocturnes;” and two works that incorporate improvisation, “Les harpes imaginaires” and “Outdoor Scarlatti.”

Date: Sunday, October 15th
Time: 3PM
Location: Crowell Concert Hall

Foss Hill Jam!

From the people who organized Foss Hill Jam:

Come down to Foss Hill for the annual Foss Hill Jam with food, bouncy houses, face painting, and more! Celebrate fall with your friends on Foss!

Date: Saturday, October 14th
Time: 3:30-6PM
Location: Foss Hill