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Press Release for Arts Commission: Arts Advocacy Award

Some artsy news from editor Cassandra Day of the Middletown Patch:

The Middletown Commission on the Arts (MCA) presents annually an Arts Advocacy Award to an individual or group who has significantly contributed to the city’s cultural and artistic enrichment and/or has shown extraordinary support and initiative for the arts.

This year, for the first time, the MCA is seeking public input on nominations for the award. We would like to see who you believe has made a positive cultural or artistic impact on the Middletown community. The nominee need not reside in Middletown but should be an individual or group that has made an outstanding impact on the arts in this city.

Please email suggestions to MCA Chair Lee Godburn at arts(at)middletownct(dot)gov no later than February 18, 2012, your nominations may or may not be anonymous but please identify the town you live in.

The Birth of the Messy Arts Club, and You


Silvie Senauke ’12 is calling for you to get dirty. Very dirty.

Do you want to make sidewalk chalk? Customized Legos? Papier Mache? Salt dough? Marbleized paper?
Do you have your own list of awesome craft projects that you have been hoping to do but never quite get to?
Do you just want to hang out with cool people and spend your time being creative?
We are trying to start a messy arts club and want YOU to help us! If any of this sounds interesting at all, email  ssenauke(at)wesleyan(dot)edu by January 30th for more info.

Apply to Teach a Class at Green Street

From Gabe Gordon ’11:

Want to share some knowledge/skills with the awesome kids at Green Street Arts Center? Apply now to teach a class in the After School program! Some ideas include: art, poetry, dance, music, martial arts, comic book-making, dream-analyzing–get creative! Classes are offered to 1st-3rd, 4th-5th, and 6th-8th graders. If you have an awesome idea, please submit a class proposal to bobbye(at)neatmiddletown(dot)org. ASAP. Your proposal should be for a weekly slot and should include: preferred day(s), preferred age group, and a rough outline/curriculum/goals/etc

Note: the Spring semester runs from late January into early May (about 13 weeks). Classes run Monday-Friday 4-5pm. Other note: this opportunity is for work-study and volunteer Wesleyan students. The position includes prep-time and monthly meetings/support. Teachers work in the classroom with at least one Teaching Assistant/Support Staff (either as an individual request or purposefully matched).

Lida Winfield: Stomping Stories Today and Discussion Hours Tomorrow

Join Lida Winfield for a workshop, “Stomping Stories.” Using improvistation, Lida will lead the group to explore different ways of creating stories and movement. Of the workshop, she writes:

We all have many stories that contribute to how we see ourselves and how we operate in the world. Very rarely, however, do we have the opportunity to tell our stories and really be heard, and in that same light we rarely have the opportunity to fully witness each other’s stories. By sharing our stories through movement and narrative participants are building bridges between each other and contributing to the growth of community. Creativity and an open mind is all that is needed to enjoy this workshop; all sizes and abilities welcome.

  • Date:  TODAY, Sunday, November 20
  • Time:  7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
  • Place:  Schoberng Dance Studio, 247 Pine Street
  • Cost:  Free!

Also – tomorrow morning – Monday, November 21, Lida Winfield will be in Usdan 136 from 9:00 – 10:30 AM for anyone who wants to come by and talk about disability, art, and the intersections between the two. Feel free to visit!

  • Date:  TOMORROW, Monday, November 21
  • Time:  9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
  • Place:  Usdan 136
  • Cost:  Free!

“When In Doubt, We Follow Braxton”: Music Prof Featured in Tri-Centic Festival

“Were it not for his tenured post at Wesleyan, where he has taught for more than 20 years, ‘maybe I would be driving a taxicab or something,’ he said.”

With Professor Lucier’s long anticipated retirement finally taking effect, who takes up the mantle of the avant-garde in the Wesleyan music department? Who leads the way, towards seniority and distinction and towards the Arts pages of the New York Times?

“When in doubt, we follow Braxton,” comes the reply—from Taylor Ho Bynum ’98, MA ’04, cornetist, composer, bandleader, and former student of Braxton. He is conducting the group of vocalists that comprise the Syntactical Ghost Trance Music Choir; they are rehearsing Braxton’s “Composition No. 256,” preparing for a four-day festival of Braxton’s career and works that begins today in Brooklyn. “Encompassing unorthodox works and concepts from across his prolific career,” NYT‘s Nate Chinen writes, the festival is to be “as broad a survey of Braxtonia as has been presented in this country.”

The Totally Inadequate Wesleying Guide to Fall Concerts

The Infuriating Guide to Everything Good You’re Missing While Abroad (This Month, At Least)

It’s not even the second week of school, but with the smattering of impressive concert options littering the sidebar of the newly revamped Aural Wes, it may as well be the fifth. More succinctly: look at all these sweet bands (ok, fine, duos) coming to campus! And none of them even have “bear” in their name. What a trip.

Here’s a by-no-means-comprehensive guide to what’s up and when, from tonight’s Wye Oak gig through to the end of September. If you haven’t already scoped out Aural Wes 2.0 (and I’m not talking about a sparsely updated Blogspot account), slide on over, and if you’re a freshperson, welcome for the billionth time to Wes. There’s a lot of music here, and despite every instinct in your body, there is nothing even faintly wrong with showing up to one of these shows alone to investigate.  Read on for the lineup. [EDIT: LAST.FM LINKS! EVERYWHERE! REJOICE!]

Void Digest Still Available!

You wanted to get Void Digest last week but couldn’t find it anywhere. Here’s a second chance — there are several big stacks of it on the counter behind the information desk in Usdan. If you want a copy so bad that you’d rather not risk missing them there, email jpattenATwes or akhandrosATwes and we’ll figure something out.

Contra Dance!

I’m not sure if the fiddle cake is real, but that’s irrelevant. The point is, according to Michelle García Gutiérrez ’10:

Come to the first contra dance of the semester! There will be snacks (possibly including popovers? we’ll see how creative I feel) and LIVE MUSIC!
Bring your friends, your professors and/or your neighbors for a good time. Newcomers are more than welcome.

CALLER: Bill Fischer of Bethany, CT
BAND: Anadama, with our wonderful Emily Troll ’10 on accordion, Amelia Mason on fiddle, and Bethany Waickman on guitar.
DANCING KIDS: present (bring ’em if you’ve got ’em!)

(and) P.S.—Invite your friends! This post includes a link to the Facebook invite.

Date:   Feb. 11
Time:   8:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Place:  Beckham Hall

Spring Dance Auditions!

Sometimes when I want to feel like a peacock, the Man just won’t let me fly. Other times there’s people like Lindsay Kosasa ’13, who remind me there’s shit like


Come to the SDC to get your groove on! The sophomore dance majors are ready to show the world WHAT WE’VE GOT!

But obviously, we need dancers, A.K.A. you!

No previous dance experience necessary. We just want to watch you move (because dancing is hot . . . duh).

The details after the jump.

“Icarus or an Angel”- Crew Recruitment

Are you questioning whether or not you are a thespian? Maybe you have been experimenting with being a thespian, but aren’t sure if it is for you? Well here is your chance to give it a try! Anthony Smith ’11 writes in about his new play Icarus or an Angel:

Hi all!

My name’s Anthony Smith, and for my senior project, I’m directing an original play titled Icarus or an Angel that premieres in two and a half weeks, Thu-Sat Feb 17, 18, 19, at 8:00 PM.

We really, really need about three more responsible people to run crew for us. It’d be more than just boring back stage work. Because of the nature of the piece, you’d be characters in the show as well!

The commitment is minimal until the week of the show. Then it will get a bit tougher, but you’ll be really proud of the work you do! And there’ll be snacks! And it’s a great way to get involved with a production if you’ve ever been interested in getting involved with one, or if working crew is your thing and has been your calling since birth.

Email my team at absmith@wes or tminter@wes if you have any more questions or if you’d like to help out.

Date: Feb. 7 – Feb. 19
’92 Theater
Cost: Free