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Songs for a New World

Second Stage presents Songs for a New World, directed and choreographed by Elizabeth Trammell ’10, music directed by Steph Ross ’09.

Music and Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown
Originally Produced by the WPA Theatre, New York City, 1995
Original Orchestration by Brian Besterman and Jason Robert Brown

A six-person cast will take you through a musical journey, portraying an array of characters from Christopher Columbus to the wife of Santa Claus, to more modern stories, such as a woman searching for love in wealth and a young man hoping that basketball will be his ticket out of the ghetto. Ultimately, the show teaches us about ourselves and our journeys throughout the stories and characters of today, accompanied by the music of a new world.


Thursday, Nov. 20th, 8 pm
Friday, Nov. 21st, 8pm
Saturday, Nov. 22nd, 2pm & 8pm
WestCo Cafe

Wesleyan Production Sponsored by Second Stage
Sponsored in part by the Adelphic Educational Fund

Songs for a New World is presented through arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

Supporting the Troops

Alexander Furnas ’11 sends in:

Supporting the Troops from a Progressive Perspective
Discussion Panel w/ Food!
followed by a film screening of Body of War

The panel will feature: Joshua Kors, highly acclaimed investigative reporter for the Nation, who covers military and veterans’ issues; Ra’ed Jarrar, an Iraqi national and political analyst and activist currently based in Washington DC, working with AFSC’s Iraq Program; Elvin Lim, Professor of Government at Wesleyan University, political commentator, and author of The Anit-Intellectual Presidency and Arielle Fleisher, Events Associate for Campus Progress.

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Body of War is an intimate and transformational feature documentary about the true face of war today. Meet Tomas Young, 25 years old, paralyzed from a bullet to his spine – wounded after serving in Iraq for less than a week. Body of War is Tomas’ coming home story as he evolves into a new person, coming to terms with his disability and finding his own unique and passionate voice against the war.
What: Discussion and Film Screening
Where: Exley Science Center 150 (the big auditorium)
When: 4:00pm, Saturday Nov. 15, film screening starts at 6:00

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Sponsored by Campus Progress

Thanksgiving Break Buses

The WSA sends this friendly reminder that Wesleyan shuttle bus tickets to New York and Boston are selling now. Get ’em before they’re gone.

Don’t forget to buy your tickets for the Thanksgiving break buses to New York and Boston! Tickets can be purchased at the box office until Tuesday, November 18th, or until they are sold out. The cost is $20 each way. The New York bus goes to Grand Central Station and the Boston bus goes to South Station. The buses will leave Wesleyan on Tuesday, November 25th at 5:00 pm and will pick up at their respective locations at 3:00 pm on Sunday, November 30th.

This is a great, hassle-free alternative for getting to Boston or New York. Make your traveling this Thanksgiving break easier.

Box Office hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 10am – 4pm.

Homecoming / Family Weekend

Homecoming / Family Weekend starts today.

Check out the load of stuff happening and find something interesting to do over the next few days.

Highlights from this year’s weekend include:

  • 20 WESeminars featuring alumni, parents, faculty, staff and students. Topics range from the 2008 presidential election to climate change, from writing thrillers to tackling the New York Times crossword puzzle. All WESeminars are free and open to everyone, and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Wesleyan Football, Men’s and Women’s Soccer, and Field Hockey vs. Amherst, plus Men’s and Women’s Rugby matches.
  • The Eighth Annual Taste of Middlesex County Lunch where Andrus Field becomes a showcase of the delicious, diverse food in the Middletown area. Enjoy Indian, Jamaican, Thai and Italian cuisines, plus soups, sandwiches, homemade desserts and more.
  • The 16th Annual Dwight L. Greene ‘70 Symposium: “Enough: The Future of Black America” featuring NPR senior correspondent Juan Williams.
  • A benefit concert for the Green Street Arts Center featuring Wesleyan A Cappella groups.
  • Weather seems to be looking better than last years.

    Rumspringa, PAPA, Slang Chickens

    Tonight at Eclectic.

    Two piece Blues band from Los Angeles. Signed to Cantora Records, the label that first signed MGMT. Playing at Eclectic before playing a couple of CMJ showcases in NYC.

    Recently formed NYC band just starting to play shows. Filled with a group of successful musicians who have teamed up to create the group. + the drummer sings.

    Slang Chickens
    When the band Wires on Fire split up, one member joined Queens of the Stone Age, the other formed Slang Chickens. They are embarking on their first East Coast Tour.

    Read more at Aural Wes.

    Date: Friday, Oct 17th
    Time: ~ 10:30 pm?
    Place: Eclectic, free

    Comeback Kings?

    Regardless of how you feel about the Red Sox, what they’ve done tonight is pretty incredible.

    The Red Sox managed to rally back from a 7-0 against the mighty Rays to win Game 5 of the American League Championship Series 8-7. Determined not to end the postseason with a devastating loss at home, Boston struck back as they staged a late comeback. The Red Sox know what it takes to stave off elimination in the ALCS, coming back from a 3-0 against the Yankees in 2004 and a 3-1 against the Indians last year. Could this be another year for the Red Sox Nation?

    Whether or not they end up winning the World Series, or even the ALCS (hey, the Rays might just crush them Saturday, who knows?), this is one for the books.

    Cubbies, I hope you’re taking notes.

    Audition for Musical Thesis Film

    Act, sing, or dance for a musical thesis

    Looking for
    Male and Female Leads, both college age
    Chorus of Singers and Dancers

    Audition Times
    4-7 pm, Saturday Oct 11th
    7-9 pm, Sunday Oct 12th
    both in the Jones Room (in the Theater Studios)

    Shoot dates: Oct 31st-Nov 2nd and Nov 7th-Nov 9th

    Click on the image to enlarge for more details about signing up and preparing for auditions

    Questions? Contact Gabriel Fries at

    On Edge Audtions

    On Edge will be holding auditions today and tomorrow.

    On Edge, Wesleyan’s newest dance troupe on campus focused on working collaboratively in various styles of dance, will be holding an open house/auditions today and tomorrow evening. These are a chance for any dancers/non-dancers to get to know the group, learn some fun routines and just have a rocking jam session. We will also be auditioning dancers to be in our show scheduled for the beginning of next semester. Auditions will be for individual pieces, so come dressed in something you can move in and be ready for a fun time!

    When: Today, Monday Oct. 6th, 8-10 pm or Tuesday Oct. 7th, 7-9 pm
    Where: Monday @ Pine St. Dance Studio and Tuesday @ 156 High Dance Studio (above WesWings)

    Tina Fey Is Better At Sarah Palin Than Palin Is

    Tina Fey has done it again. The former Saturday Night Live writer and performer had twice returned to the show to play the role of Governor Palin:

    And now, following the vice presidential debates, Tina Fey has come back to reprise her role yet again. SNL’s Sarah Palin, along with Joe Biden, portrayed by Jason Sudeikis, poke fun at some memorable moments from Thursday’s debate in another piece of political humor gold.

    Video is over 10 minutes long. Give yourself some time to spare if you’re gonna watch the whole thing.

    Liberal Media Bias? Yes.
    Funny? Double Yes.

    Vice Presidential Debate Tonight

    Joe Biden and Sarah Palin go head-to-head tonight for their first and only time.

    Vice presidential debates have been held reguarly since 1984, but have been largely unsuccessful and historically insignificant. However, with an imminent historic election due in a month, all eyes will be on a fiery Biden-Palin showdown.

    Both second-in-command hopefuls will have a point to prove tonight. Govenor Palin has been waning in popularity since her speech at the Republican National Convention. And after a less than impressive interview with Katie Couric last week, now may be her last chance to deliver. This debate will be key for her to prove skeptics wrong on her relative inexperience.

    Senator Biden also has cynics to silence. Biden has long held a reputation for being a lively and combative speaker. But often times, this has made him appear aggressive and at times patronizing. Many fear that if he adopts a harsh tone against Palin that many are used to, Biden may alienate a key constituent of women voters.

    With election interest at an all-time high, and an unprecedented spotlight on the vice presidential nominees, this debate is expected to set a tone for what’s to come for both parties in their final month of preparation.

    Starts at 9 p.m. Eastern Time, on most major networks (NBC, CBS, ABC, Fox, CNN, etc.)
    i.e. No Office tonight.

    [edit 3:06 pm] If you don’t have access to a TV, you can head over to the Usdan lobbyat 9 pm for a group viewing.