Apply for a Masters Class with Andre Dubus III!

andre-dubus-iii-dirty-love-3Zenzele Price ’18 writes in:

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to work with acclaimed author Andre Dubus III!

Open to writing students who can commit to all 3 classes. Each class will last 2.5 hours. This course is not for credit. It is an extraordinary chance to work closely with a prize-winning writer. No additional fee.

To apply, please send a cover letter including expression of interest and experience as well as a one-page writing sample to abloom[at]wesleyan[dot]edu.

Classes will meet at the Shapiro Center, 167 High Street on

Wednesday, February 1st 6-8:30pm

Wednesday, March 1st 6-8:30pm

Free Dinner Included Wednesday, April 5th 6-8:30pm

Fiction Reading after class

Date: Wednesday, February 1
Time: 6PM
Place: Shapiro Center (167 High Street)

The Brothers Size Auditions

brotherssizeWe found this event audition on Facebook:

We want you! Tell your friends!

Audition for The Brothers Size, written by award-winning playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney and produced by Wesleyan University’s Second Stage!

An absorbing drama set in the bayou country of Louisiana and loosely based on West African myths, The Brothers Size depicts the daily rhythms of two brothers, Ogun and Oshoosi–the latter of whom has recently been released from prison–and Oshoosi’s friend Elegba, whose affection for Oshoosi threatens to destroy the connection between the brothers. It dissects the expectations and limitations of black brotherhood, as well as the implications of romantic love between black men.Through a series of hot summer days, the brothers live out a story about loyalty, love, redemption and the elusive possibility of freedom.

Performance dates are March 8, 9 and 10
*Calling for black identifying actors willing to play male roles*

SUNDAY, JANUARY 29TH 5-7PM in Usdan 110
MONDAY, JANUARY 30TH 4:30-6PM in Usdan 110

Auditions will take 15 minutes! No need to prepare anything, just come and read monologues from the show! :)

Date: Sunday, January 29 through Tuesday, January 31
Time: 5-7PM (Sunday); 4:30-6PM (Monday); 5-7PM (Tuesday)
Place: Usdan 110 (Sunday and Monday); Usdan 108 (Tuesday)

Len Suzio: A return to good ‘ol social conservatism

“Suzio’s views on reproductive rights can best be described as condescending with a side of archaic.”


Last night, the Connecticut state senator for district 13 (which includes Middletown), Len Suzio, hosted a town hall meeting at Russell Library. The unexpectedly large crowd contained over 100 Wesleyan students, expressing deep concern about a “parental notification bill” introduced by Suzio, HB 5566 which would inform the parents of a minor if said minor wished to obtain an abortion. Many concerned Middletown residents were also in attendance, and the meeting had to be moved to a larger space in order to accommodate the audience. Read past the jump for more on what transpired at the town hall and a video of an exchange with the senator.

Concert: Jess Best ’14

jess_best_eventFrom the CFA:

Singer-songwriter Jess Best ’14, now based in Manhattan, returns to Wesleyan to perform her original soul and jazz compositions influenced by Erykah Badu, Joni Mitchell, and Esperanza Spalding. She will be accompanied by Connor Schultze on bass and Paul Bloom on piano.

Date: Sunday, January 29
Time: 3-4:30 PM
Place: Russell House

cfa link

You can listen to Jess Best’s latest album, Kid Again, here.

Ginger & The Snaps/The Purple Windsounds/Daphne Gampell @MuHo

gingerandthesnapsCONCERT (SHH, NO JUMPING!):

What better way to celebrate the start of the semester than wth an evening of great music? the answer of course, is that there is none! Come get down at Music House with two fantastic Wesleyan acts and Ginger and the Snaps, visiting from New York for your listening pleasure

The lineup:
Daphne Gampell ’19
The Purple Windsounds
Ginger and the Snaps
(featuring Wesleyan’s own Matt Forker ’19)

Ginger and The Snaps is a New York City based group formed in 2013. Over the years, Cornelia, Ryan, Matt, Ben and Eamon have gone through many genres and styles of performance to achieve their current blend of psychedelic rock, soul, funk, and jazz. The intersection of their varied interests and backgrounds creates a unique sound that offers something exciting for fans of all types of music. Their debut album, released in October 2015, is available to stream on Spotify, and to download here.

Date: Saturday, January 28
Time: 9PM-12AM
Place: Music House (200 High St.)

Mechanical Bull Ride and Late Night BBQ

ucab1I am personally stoked for this UCAB event:

THINK YOU CAN LAST 8 SECONDS ON A MECHANICAL BULL?! Test out your skills [thigh muscles] in Usdan this Friday with the chance to win free late night BBQ!

Date: Friday, January 27
Time: 8PM-12AM
Place: Usdan

Resistance in Jesus’ Name: The Sixties and Now

protestantcommunityFrom the Wesleyan University Protestant Community:

Come hear Wesleyan alum, civil rights activist, and Christian pastor Rev. Brooks Smith speak about faith-based activism, justice, and resistance and his experience in the civil rights movement of the1960’s. Dinner (probably Caribbean food!) will be provided. All are welcome. Please RSVP to ensure we have enough food/seats!

Date: Friday, January 27
Time: 6:30-8:30PM
Place: Woodhead Lounge

Audition for Second Stage’s Peter and the Starcatcher


Come audition for Peter and the Starcatcher!

Peter and the Starcatcher is the story of how an orphan boy became Peter Pan. He and a young girl named Molly must fight off the villanous Black Stache and save a mysterious treasure. As they travel aboard the Neverland ship headed for a faraway land, Molly and the boy learn about love, friendship and forge an unbreakable bond. There are pirates, mermaids, and bad British accents galore.

We are looking to cast an ensemble that reflects the diversity of artists within our community. All are invited to audition:

Auditions will be held on Friday, January 27th from 5pm-9pm and Sunday January 29th from 4pm-8pm in the East Room of the Theater Department. More info on the Facebook event.

Date: Friday, January 27 and Sunday, January 29
Time: 5-9PM (Friday); 4-8PM (Sunday)
Place: East Room, Theater Department

Info Session Govt420: Building a Better World

gov420From Serene Murad ’18:

Do you think the world is messed up?
Do you think you would have done things differently?
Now is your chance!
Come learn more about Govt420! A collaborative student forum where we examine the existing political structures and create better alternatives.

Email me at smurad[at]wesleyan[dot]edu if you have any questions!

Date: Monday, January 30
Time: 7-8PM
Place: PAC104

Film Series: American Honey

2016. USA. Dir: Andrea Arnold. With Sasha Lane, Shia LaBeouf. 163 min.

A feral teenager joins a band of other outcasts, traveling across the country in a white van and conning people into buying magazine subscriptions. Arnold’s sprawling coming-of-age tale captures the vastness of the American West and the boxed-in lives of the young women who inhabit it.

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