Meet and Greet with the Connecticut Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission

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Via the Asian American Student Collective:

Join the Wesleyan Asian American Student Collective as we hold a meet and greet with the Connecticut Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission! Come meet members from the Commission with appetizers at Fiore II—this will be a great opportunity to meet and network with Asian Americans in Connecticut, as well as to learn about the work that CTAPAAC does for the AAPI community in Connecticut.

Date: TONIGHT, November 20th
Time: 6PM
Place: Fiore II, 332 Main St, Middletown, Connecticut 06457
Link

Film Series: Mother of George

2013. Nigeria/USA. Dir: Andrew Dosunmu. With Danai Gurira. 107 min.

Newlywed Nigerian immigrants living in Brooklyn face the pressures of marriage and cultural expectations as they struggle to conceive a child. Stunning visual style situates this tense, emotional story of matrimonial strife in a dreamily reimagined and richly realized New York City.

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

Renditions of Form Art Exhibit and Reception

From Tess Altman ’17:

“Renditions of Form” will be held November 18th through November 25th in Zelnick Pavilion. We’ll be exhibiting art that explores the experience of inhabiting bodies and crossing thresholds.

There will be an opening reception this Thursday. Come for food, performances, and good vibes. Performances/readings/film screenings by:

Jackie Soro
Kai Wilson
Dandara Catete
Virgil Taylor, Julia Chanin, & Morgan Darkes Hill

Date: Thursday, 11/20
Time: 5 pm-6:30 pm
Place: Zelnick

Chef, Don Froot, and JDV+ at Psi U Shofco Benefit Concert

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Psi U and SHOFCO are proud to host the hottest benefit concert of the year. The lineup features a smooth, melodic DJ set by JDV+, and the feel-good jazz band Don Froot. The concert will end with all-sophomore hiphop-funk-jazz fusion band Chef, who are playing their first show since The Mash.

Concert begins at 10pm. Tickets for the event will be sold in Usdan during lunch and dinner for $1 and at the door for $2. All proceeds go towards SHOFCO. Come enjoy some central heating and warm jams!

Date: Friday, November 21
Time: 10PM
Place: Psi U
Cost: $1 at Usdan, $2 at door

7X9 Solitary Confinement Demonstration

From Molly Rappaport ’15:

The Wesleyan Center for Prison Education Student Group brings you 7X9: A demonstration to raise awareness around solitary confinement in the U.S. prison system.

Beginning at 4pm on Thursday to 3pm on Friday, individual students will rotate each spending an hour in a 7 by 9 foot tape-demarcated square in the center of Exley. The box measures 7X9 feet referencing the average size of a solitary confinement cell and the demonstration will last 23 hours in recognition of the 22-24 hours inmates in solitary confinement typically spend in their cells per day. The goal of the demonstration is to raise awareness regarding a practice commonly used in our criminal justice system that we believe is absolutely inhumane. Please take notice of the demonstration when passing through Exley–there will be flyers posted throughout the building that further describe the practice and its consequences.

Date: Thursday 11/20-Friday 11/21
Time: 4 pm-3pm the next day
Place: Exley Lobby

slow parade//oh oh ecstasy//indian twin @buho

Screen Shot 2014-11-20 at 10.20.31 AMI’m posting this event from Blaise Bayno-Krebs ’16 because I’m obsessed with Matt Fine ’15 and you should all go see his band Slow Parade. Here are the bare bone facts:

SLOW PARADE @11:00 ish
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Slow-Parade/1472813119647098
“post noise, uneasy listening” a wesleyan grown crew
(ugh they play so much)

OH, OH, ECSTASY @ 10:30 ish
http://ohohecstasy.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/ohohex
an extremely prolific “washed out, dreamy pop” band with a “punk”
attitude from NYC
(if u like ariel pink u like oox)

#ThrowbackThursday: Victor Dreams of the Butterfields

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“A man watching his ideas becoming reality.” For a special Wesleyan #throwbackthursday, Wesleying brings you this beautiful, beautiful gift: a little bit of majesty, a little bit of history.

Make fun of the Butts as you will, but in 1965, they were a revolutionary addition to Wesleyan University, and the dream of Wesleyan’s longest-serving President, Victor Lloyd Butterfield. Originally constructed to house the College of Letters and College of Social Studies in an academic-residential cohabitation, the Butts didn’t become the dorms you see today until a 2012 complete renovation.

But this photo from an Wesleyan Argus issue dated Saturday, February 5, 1966 was a throwback itself, because that day, the newspaper announced Butterfield’s resignation to the community and ran a retrospective of the president’s 23 years of service. Butterfield had announced in January to the Board of Trustees his plan to retire his post by June of 1967, and to the rest of the faculty in early February. So the Argus reflected on all the changes Butterfield had made to the campus, including these new dorms, creating the Center for Humanities (formerly the Center for Advanced Studies, which will be the subject of an upcoming Wesleying feature), building the Ph.D. programs, and making the school’s endowment skyrocket.

More importantly, whoever took and captioned this photo had a serious flair for the dramatic. Much thanks to the folks at Olin Library’s Special Collections & Archives for preserving this for us, some 50 years later. Now go out, fine classmates, and make the Butts of your dreams a reality.

Great LOL of China: Chinese Comedy Performance and Lecture

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Grady McGregor ’16 writes in:

Chinese-English Bilingual improv comic Jesse Appell will be coming to Wes all the way from Beijing to dazzle us with some Chinese-style comedy. If you’re at all interested in China, comedy, or fun things come to the East Asian Studies Center this Thursday night for Jesse’s performance.The event will be free and open to both English and Chinese speakers.

After graduating from college, Jesse went to Beijing, China as a Fullbright Scholar to study with a Xiangsheng (a traditional form of Chinese comedy) master. He has since expanded his repertoire to include writing a comedy column in the South China Morning Post, producing and acting in a number of hit viral music videos, and performing stand-up comedy in English and Chinese.

Links:

Jesse’s highlight reel

CBS news feature on Jesse:
Jesse’s website:

This event is sponsored by Alpha Delta Phi and the College of East Asian Studies.

  • Date: TODAY, Thursday, Nov. 20
  • Time: 8:00pm
  • Place: Center for East Asian Studies, 343 Washington Terrace
  • Facebook: event

Table Talk with Amy Bloom

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PSA from The Shapiro Creative Writing Center:

Have a story, a screenplay, a paper, a script that you want to workshop? Luckily for you, Amy Bloom is coming back one last time to talk all things prose!

Free snacks, awesome people, and the chance to praise, pity, and parse your writing, or anyone else’s. Don’t miss it!

Date: Thursday, November 20th
Time: 5-7 PM
Place: Shapiro Creative Writing Center, 167 High Street

 


Second Stage Presents: NIGHTMARE

1621688_10204441686269639_753365892699282222_nFrom Russell Goldman ’17:

This is a stage adaptation of THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS. But this isn’t totally the NIGHTMARE you remember.

Presented by Second Stage. Pick up your free tickets at the box office the day of performance.

Adapted and Directed by Russell Goldman
Music Director: Jacob Feder
Technical Director: Ian Carr
Stage Manager: Kayla Schlenz
Asst. Director: Jamie Ember
Asst. Stage Manager: Celina Bernstein

Starring:
Dan Maxx Bachman
Susannah Clark
Anthony Dean
Marina King
Michael Matthews
Peetie McCook
Will McGhee
Alissa Myer
Nicolas de Soto-Foley
Elli Scharlin
Mitchell Stone
Zoë Thrasher

Dates: Thursday, November 20 through Saturday, November 22
Times: Thursday and Friday at 8 PM, Saturday at 9 PM
Place: ’92 Theatre
Facebook event here.