Category Archives: Culture

Douglas Cannon Spotted in the Career Center

It’s Reunion & Commencement Weekend, which means campus is crawling with wealthy alumni; nervous soon-to-be-graduates; underclassmen working temp jobs as ushers or golf cart drivers or squatting in their senior friends’ houses; and, of course, Wesleyan dads.

In between all the snoozing on Usdan couches, schmoozing on Foss Hill, engaging in Senior Week shenanigans, chasing after famous alumni currently on campus (shoutout to Joss Whedon ’87, Matthew Weiner ’87, Craig Thomas ’97Carter Bays ’97, Santigold ’97), and packing up your life’s belongings with your parents (godspeed), you may have missed an important piece of Wesleyan history reemerge in the Gordon Career Center.

That’s right: after a multi-year absence, the Douglas Cannon has made an appearance once more. Read past the jump for more details

Beginners Javanese Gamelan

Randi Plake writes in:

Experience the culture of Java with beginning students of the Wesleyan Gamelan Ensemble. The concert will include a prelude by the Wesleyan Youth Gamelan Ensemble.

Date: Thursday, May 4th
Time: 7 PM
Place: World Music Hall

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:

Wesleyan Korean Drumming and Taiko Ensembles

Randi Plake writes in:

Wesleyan’s Taiko Drumming Ensemble, directed by Visiting Instructor in Music Barbara Merjan, performs the thunderous and thrilling rhythms of Japanese kumi daiko drumming. The Korean Drumming Ensemble, directed by Visiting Assistant Professor Jin Hi Kim, plays a variety of mesmerizing rhythmic patterns from the samulnori repertoire. Several dynamic and exciting styles will be showcased, demonstrating both traditional and contemporary sounds from each culture.

Date: Friday, May 5th
Time: 8 PM
Place: Crowell Concert Hall

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

Holi

Kavya Padmanabhan ’18 writes in:

~~~~~COME CELEBRATE HOLI WITH SHAKTI!!!~~~~~
PARTY AT 2:30PM, COUNTDOWN AT 3PM

Holi is a South Asian festival celebrating spring and renewal. To celebrate the vibrance and excitement of the new season, people throw colored powder (gulal) at each other.

Make sure you wear clothing that you don’t mind getting stained!

*****VENMO AND CASH ACCEPTED*****

Shakti members will be selling Holi shirts for $7 in Usdan at LUNCH AND DINNER on May 1st (Monday) through May 5th (Friday). IF YOU HAVE A SHIRT YOU GET TWO BAGS OF FREE POWDER!!!!!!!

The event is free and unticketed, but you’ll need colored powder to participate! You can buy powder on Foss the day of for $1 a bag.

Date: Saturday, May 6th
Time: 2:30-4:30 PM
Place: Foss Hill
Cost: $7 for a Holi shirt, $1/bag for colored powder
Facebook event

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

Skull & Serpent Host a Demonic Lemonade Stand for Charity

“Don’t take pictures of them. They won’t show up in the photo.”

What’s the easiest way to get Wes students to buy lemonade for a charitable cause? Recruit the Skull & Serpent, of course. Members of the semi-secret society teamed up with members of the Wesleyan Refugee Project this afternoon, selling lemonade outside of the ominous Tomb.

Fellow editor wilk received an invite to the lemonade stand in his inbox, and mistakingly thought at first that it was an invitation to join Skull & Serpent. (Better luck next time, buddy.) The message said there’d be a lemonade stand outside of the Tomb starting at 1:03pm (yes, really), and proceeds would be benefiting Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services (IRIS).

I had class at 1:20, but on my way over I swung by this mysterious operation. Skull & Serpent members are never seen in their full costumes outside of the Tomb (apart from this shenanigans), let alone in broad daylight. If they were dying from heat exhaustion underneath those black robes and masks, they weren’t showing it. They also weren’t especially stoic, either; they chattered away at anyone who approached the stand, all of them masking their voices with what can only be described as a cross between a Blues Clues and a Mickey Mouse impression.

Apart from the lemonade stand that appeared outside Michael Roth’s office a few weeks ago (in protest of low-income students not receiving enough financial aid), this was the coolest one I’ve seen on campus. Honestly, the more lemonade stands at Wes in springtime, the better. Just…maybe don’t make all of them this demonic.

Film Series: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

2004. USA. Dir: Michel Gondry. With Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet. 108 min.


Upon learning that his former girlfriend has undergone a memory erasure procedure to forget their relationship, a soft-spoken man decides to do the same. Dazzling, dreamlike imagery and sci-fi wonder show the memories of a couple in reverse, as Gondry stretches an already poignant Charlie Kaufman script to its emotional breaking point.

Tonight / 8 p.m. / Goldsmith Family Cinema / Free