Author Archives: Roy Ronus

Let It Be: The Bea’les Take WestCo

OH MY GOODNESS!  The Bea’les will be performing Let It Be in its entirety in the Westco Courtyard this Sunday at 2:30 pm.

With Matt Hurwit ’12, Jordan Lewis ’13, John Ryan ’14, Sam Long ’12, and Howe Pearson ’12. Featuring Abaye Steinmetz-Silber ’12 as Billy Preston.  Bring your prefrosh, dig for treasure!

Date: Sunday, April 15
Time: 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Place: WestCo Courtyard
Cost: free as folk

For past Bea’les performances, see Revolver and Sgt. Pepper’s. (According to this old post, they played Abbey Road at WesFest 2008. Time, how it flies.)

Men with Bad Manners Plant “Seed Sankara!”

The reggae album of the year is upon us!

Men with Bad Manners, featuring all of Wesleyan’s greatest musicians, has released its debut album, Seed Sankara. Not only is the music stupendous (produced by Buru Style’s Andrew Fogliano ’10), but it’s also for a great cause. MWBM includes Immanuel Lokwei ’12, Howe Pearson ’12, Matt Hurwit ’12, and Jesse Humm ’12.

Your support will help the Kapseret Soccer Club and Long Mouth Social Forum promote social dialogue, peaceful coexistence, and the revaluation of artistic creations in ethnically torn parts of rural Kenya.

Buy the album on Bandcamp or download hit single “Town Cow Skank” for free.

Megillah Reading and Purim


Interested in hearing the Megillah reading and/or coming to a great dinner/party? Come to the Wesleyan Chabad this Wednesday night to hear the story of Purim and for a great dinner! Costumes are encouraged, no RSVP required! Bring your friends, everyone is welcome.
Order of Events:
  • Start with the Megillah reading.
  • After that there will be a buffet fit for kings and queens!
  • Sweet and Sour meatballs
  • Chinese Chicken
  • Franks and Blanks
  • Salad Bar
  • Roasted Potatoes
  • Dessert buffet and more!
Date: Wednesday, March 7th
Time: 6:15pm
Place: Wesleyan Chabad, 34 High St

R WE WHO R WE: Tweeked-Out Ke$ha Cover Band

R Who We R We is an ongoing collaboration by composer-performers Ted Hearne (voice) and Philip White (electronics). We deconstruct assertions of identity in pop music. We dissect songs by Michael Jackson, Ke$ha, Eminem and others, subjecting them to arbitrary processes applied to both lyrical and sonic elements. Measures are reordered, lyrics are alphabetized, the backup choir is given the solo mic; garbled lyrics become absurd poems couched in profundity, melodies from the processed text become vocal lines, those vocal lines become control voltages in a chaotic electronic feedback system; four-on-the-floor endures, auto-tune abounds.”

The project was premiered at the Music With a View Festival in March 2011 at the Flea Theater in Tribeca. Additional performances have taken place at the Sleeping Giant Summer Show at Littlefield (Brooklyn), The 2011 Dither Extravaganza at the Invisible Dog (Brooklyn), and at presentation of the Electronic Music Foundation at the Greenwich Music House in Manhattan.

Date: Tonight, February 29
Time: 9 pm
Place: CFA Hall
Cost: Fee

Presented by the Experimental Music Group

Peace Corps Returned Volunteers Panel

This just in! It’s so stinkin’ fresh to my ears! To tell the truth though, I wouldn’t be here today if it weren’t for the Peace Corps digging my lion-surrounded jeep out of the mud of Tanzania. Thank you Peace Corps!

Besides there being an info table in Usdan from 11 AM – 2 PM, you can hear Returned Peace Corps Volunteers speak about their experience service in countries around the world.

Date: Wednesday, February 22
Time: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Place: 41 Wyllys, Room 112

Anti-Systemic Movements: the Zapatista Attitude

Since Seattle, all anti-systemic movements acknowledge that the Zapatistas were the first wake-up call to react against Neoliberal Globalization. The Zapatista experience continues to be a source of inspiration everywhere. The Zapatista ¡Basta! reappeared in Occupy Wall Street as a sign of identity. Zapatismo itself can be described as an attitude. What are the nature and traits of such attitude? Can it be adopted by other movements seeking similar outcomes?
Date: Wednesday, February 22
Time: 5 pm
Location: Career Center
Cost: Free

Reclaiming Agency in Social Change: Reorganizing Society From the Bottom-up with Social Activist and Post-Development Theorist Gustavo Esteva

As jobs, assets and expectations are increasingly at risk with the current crisis, people everywhere are no longer expecting a solution for their predicaments conceived and implemented by the powers that be. They are losing trust in the government and the political parties to produce needed and urgent social changes. People’s new agency for change is the reorganization of society from the bottom-up expressing a new political imagination
Date: Monday, February 20th
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Place: Wesleyan Career Center
Cost: Free


Baltimore brings you some of the finest funk/hip-hop this campus has ever seen. Come to Buddhist House (365 Wash) to have a grand ol’ time gettin down, exercise that booty and that soul.

Date: Saturday, Feb. 18
Time: 10:30 PM
Place: BuHo
Cost: Free

The Buddha Walks into a Bar…

Join 28-year-old Wesleyan alum (a founder of Buddhist House) and Shambhala Buddhist practitioner, Lodro Rinzler ’05, for the Connecticut leg of his book tour. The Buddha Walks into a Bar is Lodro Rinzler’s introduction to Buddhism for anyone who wants to ride the waves of life with mindfulness and compassion. Join the author and teacher for meditation instruction, a short talk, contemplation practice, and reception/book signing.

Lodro Rinzler is a practitioner and teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist lineage. He has served as the Executive Director of the Boston Shambhala Center and currently oversees development efforts for Shambhala internationally. Lodro’s column, What Would Sid Do, appears regularly on the Huffington Post. Lodro writes from his apartment in New York City.

Date: Thursday, February 9
Time: 6 pm – 9 pm
Place: BuHo
Cost: Free