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.
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.
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!
“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 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!]
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.
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
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
SPRING DANCE AUDITIONS!
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.