Category Archives: Culture

Film Series: Monterey Pop

1968. USA. Dir: D.A. Pennebaker. Documentary. 79 min.

The godfather of cinéma-vérité gives you front row seats to moments that have become rock ‘n roll legend: Pete Townshend busting his guitar, Jimi Hendrix burning his, and Mama Cass watching Janis Joplin in awe. The wildly diverse lineup includes Simon & Garfunkel, Otis Redding, and Ravi Shankar, who mentored The Beatles.

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

Film Series: Zama

2017. Argentina. Dir: Lucrecia Martel. With Daniel Giménez Cacho. 115 min.

In this hauntingly humorous indictment of imperialism, a Spanish functionary falls into existentialist despair while pining for a promotion. Martel’s uniquely dreamlike style builds an atmosphere of simultaneous dread and wonder that captures the frustrating cruelty of the colonial experience. Also features the best performance by a llama in film history.

Sponsored by the Thomas and Catharine McMahon Fund, the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, Latin American Studies Program, and the College of Film and the Moving Image.

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

Annual Dance Showcase!

Anna Krotinger ’19 writes in:

Come check out 16 of Wesleyan’s incredible dance groups for an amazing night of dance!!!
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2018
EXLEY PATIO outside SciLi facing Olin
10:00pm Party
10:30pm Show

Along with information about auditions and group meetings, the Annual Dance Showcase brings together a variety of styles including hip hop, contemporary, modern, jazz, African, Caribbean, Bollywood, ballroom, salsa, tap, belly dancing, K-pop, and much more.

Performers include:

Precision Troupe
Precision Ensemble
X-tacy Dance Collective
Fusion Dance Crew
WesMalai
WesShuffle
Suya
Terp Core
Collective Motion
Kalalu
Wesleyan Ballroom, Latin, and Swing Team
Caliente
Wes Belly Dancers
K-pop
Praise Dance
Kumina

The Annual Dance Showcase is hosted by Precision Dance Company and made possible with the help of Second Stage, graphic designer Ava Bradlow, SALD, the WSA, sound and light board operator Sultan Olusekun, and Sound Co-Op.

Date: Friday, September 21
Time: 10PM party; 10:30PM show
Place: Outside Exley on Church St. (facing Olin)
Rain Location: Movement House
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Film Series: Los Angeles Plays Itself

2003. USA. Dir: Thom Anderson. Documentary. 169 min.

“Los Angeles may be the most photographic city, but it’s one of the least photogenic.” Anderson’s cinematic essay extricates fragments of the city from movies across decades and regroups them into an exploration of reality and representation. Extensive film footage reveals the architecture, urban landscapes, and, eventually, the people of Los Angeles.

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

Film Series: Summer 1993

2017. Spain. Dir: Carla Simón. With Laia Artigas, Paula Robles. 97 min.

Six-year-old Frida gets sent to live in the countryside with her uncle and his family after her mother passes away. Her grief makes her an outsider to her family, a child forced to deal with grown-up emotions in order to heal. The film’s quiet nature is captivating and emotionally moving, with a lead child performance that will bring you to tears.

Sponsored by the Thomas and Catharine McMahon Fund, the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, Latin American Studies Program, and the College of Film and the Moving Image.

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

Film Series: Dangal

2016. India. Dir: Nitesh Tiwari. With Aamir Khan, Fatima Sana Shaikh. 161 min.

A former wrestler challenges the stigmas of his village by training his daughters into world-class brawlers. After all, “a gold medal is a gold medal, whether it’s a boy or a girl.” Deftly combining the sentimentality of Bollywood and the realism of parallel cinema, this sports biopic has won the hearts of millions across the world.

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

Film Series: Some Like It Hot

1959. USA. Dir: Billy Wilder. With Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon. 121 min.

“I wanna be loved by you, just you, and nobody else but you…” What’s not to love about a couple of fools dressed as women to join an all-female band and escape the mob? Through convoluted comedy hijinks, the bickering buddies learn to regret their wolfish ways even as they cozy up to iconic sex symbol Monroe.

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

Film Series: Black Panther (3D)

2018. USA. Dir: Ryan Coogler. With Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira. 134 min.

Re-immerse yourself in Coogler’s Afrofuturist magnum opus. A charismatic techie, a spy, and a badass general team up, as the women of Wakanda must protect their country from a vengeful Oakland orphan who yearns for the throne. There is also some fellow in a cat suit who does some pretty cool stuff too. Wakanda forever!

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

 

Film Series: Fallen Angels

1995. Hong Kong. Dir: Wong Kar-wai. With Leon Lai. 99 min.

A hit man and his business partner. A mute delinquent and his father. Wong delves into the turbulent side of Hong Kong life while paying homage to gangster flicks. Like Chungking Express and Happy Together, Angels boasts a killer soundtrack and career-defining work from cinematographer Christopher Doyle.

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

Unofficial Orientation Series 2018: Student Groups

This is a repost of wilk‘s update of michelle‘s update of Maya‘s 2015 post, which was an update of alt‘s 2014 post, which was an update of Q‘s 2013 post, which was an update of Syed‘s 2012 post

This is the annual student activities fair, where you can schmooze or, more likely, be schmoozed to your heart’s content.

This is part of our 2018 Unofficial Orientation Series. A quick reminder that you can check out the welcome post here and past years’ series here.

By the time classes start (aka today, happy first day of classes!), you’ll likely be successfully moved into your dorm, blissfully free from your parents, and finally finding the time to figure your shit out. Soon, you’ll realize that you have a little too much time on your hands — and you might want to fill that time with Organized Social Activities.

Thankfully for you, there are about 300 student groups at Wesleyan, so you have many, many options. Joining student groups is one of the best way to meet people outside of your dorm and in different class years. You could find best friends! Mentors! Something new about yourself! It’s all up to you.

As your Orientation Leaders, advisers, and basically everyone else including me will tell you — stick to the Rule of Seven. Each class you take, group you join, job you have, and any other thing you might do counts as one commitment, and you should try to have only seven full-time commitments per semester. With a standard four-course load, that leaves three spots for you to fill with whatever the hell else you want. That’s what this post is for.