Film Series: Funeral Parade of Roses

1969. Japan. Dir: Toshio Matsumoto. With Shinnosuke Ikehata. 105 min.


A cross-dressing performer at an underground gay club contemplates his defining childhood loss and his present love affair with his manager. Not quite doc nor fiction, this radically nebulous experience unveiled Japanese subculture and reportedly influenced A Clockwork Orange.

Tonight / 8 p.m. / Goldsmith Family Cinema / $5

The Return of Rhys

These days, Rhys Langston ’16  spends most of his time paying fealty as a vassal to the Estate of Langstónia—a purportedly earthly domain which is located, as far as I can tell, somewhere between Los Feliz and Phuket. This weekend, he returns to perform at the alma mater from whose generous womb he recently walked into what some call reality. Last month saw the release of Rhys’s long awaited album, Aggressively Ethnically Ambiguous, which features a few familiar bangers from Eclectic shows of yore amidst plenty of new material. Listen to the tape and read more after the jump.

“This Is It!” The Complete Piano Works of Neely Bruce—Part XIII

From the CFA:

John Spencer Camp Professor of Music Neely Bruce presents the thirteenth in a series of fifteen CD-length recitals of his piano music, featuring the first complete performance, in order, of the “Nine Nocturnes;” and two works that incorporate improvisation, “Les harpes imaginaires” and “Outdoor Scarlatti.”

Date: Sunday, October 15th
Time: 3PM
Location: Crowell Concert Hall

Foss Hill Jam!

From the people who organized Foss Hill Jam:

Come down to Foss Hill for the annual Foss Hill Jam with food, bouncy houses, face painting, and more! Celebrate fall with your friends on Foss!

Date: Saturday, October 14th
Time: 3:30-6PM
Location: Foss Hill

Graduate School Fair

From the Office of Graduate Liberal Studies:

On Saturday, October 14, from 9am-noon, more than 20 graduate programs will have representatives at the Connecticut Teachers Graduate School Fair – a free event being held at Wesleyan University in Beckham Hall. Admissions and faculty representatives from CCSU, UConn, Southern, UNH, Quinnipiac, and more will be on hand to discuss the many graduate school options for educators and education professionals in Connecticut. Programs represented include M.A. Elementary Education; Ed.D.; Leadership 6th Year; SYC in Remedial Reading and Remedial Language Arts; numerous subject-specific masters; MAT; interdisciplinary studies and more.

Information about Wesleyan’s partnership with ARC, the Alternate Route to Certification to gain initial certification to teach in Connecticut public schools, will also be available.

This event is free to attend, but we advance registration is encouraged! More information, and the RSVP form, can be found on the Teachers Graduate Fair website. Please be in touch with the Graduate Liberal Studies office, masters@wesleyan.edu, if you would like additional information about this event!

Date: Saturday, October 14th
Time: 9AM-Noon
Location: Beckham Hall

Professor Tyshawn Sorey Wins MacArthur “Genius” Grant

The list of 2017 MacArthur fellows was released today. I found out in the opening moments of my seminar on creative music this morning—just before we discussed Weather Report, Snarky Puppy, and the misnomer of jazz fusion—that my professor, composer and multi-instrumentalist Tyshawn Sorey MA ’11, is on it. Read more and find links to his work after the jump:

Film Series: Monday Special Free Preview Screening – Lady Bird

2017. USA. Dir: Greta Gerwig. With Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf. 93 min.


“I’ve tried – and failed – to think of another film that so sharply and humorously shows what it’s like to be a teenage girl.”
“Suddenly, A Shot Rang Out”

“The real surprise is just how honest and personal this film proves to be — again, par for the course with Gerwig, and yet, fairly rare among first-time directors, who haven’t had nearly so much practice simply being real.”
– Peter Debruge, Variety

“‘Lady Bird’ consolidates the style and sensibility of a generation caught between the last gasp of the 20th century and post-9/11 disillusionment like nothing else before. It looks back on that moment less to relish memories of a bygone era than to commune with its impact on young adults today.”
-Eric Kohn, Indie Wire

Monday, Oct 16 / 8 p.m. / Goldsmith Family Cinema / Free

Film Series: I Am Not Your Negro

2017. USA/France/Belgium/Switz.
Dir: Raoul Peck. Documentary. 93 min.


This urgent doc illuminates the words of James Baldwin, one of the most influential voices of the Civil Rights movement. Baldwin’s unfinished manuscript Remember This House forms the foundation for the images, archival footage, newsreel clips, and interviews brilliantly interwoven by Peck and underscored by Samuel L. Jackson’s evocative narration.

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

Psi Upsilon Speaks Out Re: Cornell

Last month, major news outlets reported on a racially charged hate crime associated with Cornell University’s chapter of Psi Upsilon. The administration at Cornell responded by shutting down the chapter indefinitely due to the frat’s history of repeatedly violating the school’s code of conduct.

The Wesleyan chapter of Psi U has sent in a statement to Wesleying regarding these events. The statement can be read after the jump.

Go Get a FREE Cupcake at Swings for Karen’s Birthday

Hey! Did you know that today is Karen Kaffen-Polascik‘s 50th birthday?? You might recognize Karen as a familiar face at WesWings or the Red & Black Cafe, where she is the co-owner along with Ed Thorndike ’89.

Yesterday, Ed tipped us off to a surprise cupcake food truck that would be coming to Swings during lunch hours today just for the occasion. The cupcakes are courtesy of WesWings, so stop by before the truck leaves and wish Karen (and her twin sister) a happy 50th!!!! Read past the jump for some quality pics of Karen: