Category Archives: Art

The MASH: Interviews with Good Morning CT, Bonanza, and Johnnie Gilmore ’18

The Mash at Wesleyan University, Sept. 9. (Photo by Caroline Kravitz)

As you probably know by now, there is a fun event coming up this weekend called The MASH. The MASH is a performance event that happens every year during the first week of classes. It provides spaces and resources for different bands, singers, and artists to share their talent. Shoutout to Harrison Nir ’19, the student intern who has done a ton of work to make this event happen this year, and also Hanna Orovec, the staff member in the CFA that oversees the event. Give Josh‘s post a read if you want to know more about how this all came together. All of the groups that perform are Wesleyan affiliated, whether it be alumni bands like the one Michael Roth ’78 is in, faculty artists, or new ensembles like Good Morning Connecticut (GMCT). Below are some short interviews of student bands, including the aforementioned group GMCT, and another called Bonanza. We’ve also got some words from bassist Johnnie Gilmore ’18.

TRAILER: Wesleyan Senior Thesis Films 2017

We’re a couple days late on this, but w/e, some of us have three finals due before the last day of classes. (Why?? Why?????)

Anyways, do you have senior film major friends/crushes/friendcrushes/Wescams? Do you want to see some cool short films that they put a ton of blood, sweat, tears, and Kickstarter money into? Then I highly, highly recommend checking out the Senior Thesis Films at the Goldsmith Family Cinema on May 12-13.

Don’t believe me? Check out this kickass trailer, edited by Ostin Fam ’17:

Spring Faculty Dance Concert—“Shake”

Randi Plake writes in:

“Shake” is a rambunctious and tender duet born out of a nine-year friendship between Wesleyan Artist in Residence Iddi Saaka and Bates College Associate Professor of Dance Rachel Boggia. The world premiere of their first choreographed work features their shared love of vibratory movement, smooth breath, and cheesy humor; and influences including Ghanaian dance forms, American postmodern dance, fake tap dance, bad jokes, and life experiences.

Date: Friday, May 5th and Saturday, May 6th
Time: 8 PM
Place: CFA Theater

A Celebration of Silent Sounds

Randi Plake writes in:

Celebrate the writing excellence of students in Middletown Public Schools, grades 6 through 12, and hear their winning submissions of essays, short stories, and poetry from the annual literary magazine “Silent Sounds.” Co-sponsored by the Center for the Arts, Community and University Services for Education, and the Middletown Public Schools Cultural Council.

Date: Tuesday, May 2nd
Time: 6:30 PM
Place: Memorial Chapel

South Indian Music Student Recital

From Randi Plake:

Students of Adjunct Assistant Professors of Music B. Balasubrahmaniyan and David Nelson perform music from the Karnatak tradition of South India. Performances will feature vocal and instrumental music, percussion, and solkattu (spoken rhythm).

Date: Wednesday, May 3
Time: 7pm
Place: World Music Hall

The Ankh Website is now LIVE!

From The Ankh:

The Ankh, Wesleyan’s Student of Color Publication, has just launched our new website!

This new site works as an extension and archive of our existing print publication. We can now accommodate mediums like video or music that we weren’t previously able to, and have also included a “buy” page to advertise POC businesses. If you’ve written a current events piece that needs to be published right away, if you recorded a dance performance, if you made a playlist you want to share–we can now publish it all. If you identify as a person of color, we want your work!

CHECK IT OUT: the-ankh.org

THESISCRAZY 2017 (PART 5): Let’s Talk About Sex

“I don’t know. I’m a mess! I don’t know what I’m doing!”

I spent the last 20 minutes looking up funny euphemisms for sex to make a title to this post. (I was unsuccessful.) If you’re looking for something equally procrastinate-y to do on this fine Sunday night, look no further. Today we bring to you four fine specimens of thesis writers. Remember, Wescam is just around the corner ;) If you want, check out the previous THESISCRAZY 2017 posts here, here, here, and here to start scheming for senior week, or our entire THESISCRAZY archive here.

If you’re looking to be immortalized in THESISCRAZY (and potentially Wescam) fame, email staff(at)wesleying(dot)org with your name, major, workspace/carrel number, and times you can meet before April 19th.

More theses and craziness after the jump!

Vic Mensa Will Headline Spring Fling and We Totally Called It, We Swear

Did you guess that this year’s Spring Fling headliner would be Vic Mensa? Then you’re in luck! The Chicago rapper will grace us with his presence on May 11, along with garage rock band The Orwells and North Carolina hip-hop artist Rapsody. The show will open with a Wesleyan musical act, to be determined by the upcoming Battle of the Bands show.

Watch the announcement video, and read more about this year’s Spring Fling acts, after the jump.

What’s Going On in the Film Department?

“There has long been an inequality of opportunity within the film industry, and we know diversifying the film industry begins within our education at Wesleyan.”

On March 28, students from the University’s College of Film and the Moving Image released a letter, along with a list of signatures and testimonies, expressing dissatisfaction with aspects of Wesleyan’s Film Studies department. The letter called for systematic changes to the ways in which the department operates, including hiring three tenure-track professors (prioritizing women and POC), offering more diverse courses within the department, and reforming disciplinary procedures so that they are less reliant on “blanket threats” to drop students from the major or drop their theses.

The letter, which has been in the works since February, was a collaboration between a group of current film students – both majors and minors – as well as prospective film students. Before it was put into wide circulation on March 28, the letter was shared amongst students and alumni of the Film Studies department, along with a call for signatures and personal testimonies to present to the CFILM faculty. (From email circulation and tabling in Usdan, the letter received 175 signatures and eight accompanying testimonies.)

Read the full letter and testimonies after the jump:

THEISISCRAZY 2017 (PART 3): The Longest and Shortest Interviews Ever

“The last three days I’ve been working straight 9-5, and I mean 9 AM to 5 AM!”

Hello crazy thesis-ers and also crazy other people reading this! In this third installment of THESISCRAZY 2017, I bring to you the longest interview I’ve seen in my tenure at Wesleyan, clocking in at just over 20 minutes, and the shortest, at just under four. You can check my unscientific assertion for yourself by reading our archive here and checking out the first two posts of the series here and here.

If you’re interested in being interviewed (preferably for shorter than 20 minutes and longer than 4–eight to ten is usually the sweet spot!), email staff(at)wesleying(dot)org with your name, major, workspace/carrel number, and times you can meet before April 19th.

Hold onto your hats for this whirlwind of a ride after the jump!