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Second Stage presents: “The Ash and the Elder”

So we all know Adam and Eve. They chilled out at a garden, fucked up, and then got their asses thrown out. Classic cosmic origin story shtick.

Ever wonder if there were other, maybe better stories? Come watch “The Ash and the Elder” this weekend, a play written by Lila Becker ’12 that shows five creation myths from around the world. Folks interested in religion, anthropology, comparative culture, and crazy ass cosmology stuff should really considering checking this shit out.

It’s also showing on 4/20. And Imma tell you – there’s some pretty trippy shit goin’ on. Bring your grandma. (Btdubs, the show runs under an hour)

Date: Thursday, April 19 – Saturday, April 21
Time: 8pm (Thursday, Friday), 2 & 7pm (Saturday)
Place: ’92 Theater
Cost: Free (pick up tix at box office on day of show)

Wesleyan Spirits feat. Smithereens tomorrow, Olin, 8pm, yeehaw!

Pescadero extraordinario AJ “Big Bird” Hinds ’12 me envía una tarjeta postal. Se dice,

Dearest Nicholas,

The Spirits will be singing with the Smith College Smithereens at 8pm this Friday in the Olin Lobby. I was hoping that you would be able to make a Wesleying post about it. Would you be so kind? Here’s more info:

“Join the Wesleyan Spirits–Wesleyan’s oldest all-male a Cappella group–for an evening of vocal merriment with the much older, much more all-female Smith College Smithereens! It shall be a night of broken hearts, tender melodies, sweet, sweet chords, and reminding Garth “Celine Dion” Taylor ’86  that, yes, there ARE human beings who can sing higher than him.
Get your beautiful selves to the Olin Lobby at 8pm.

Love,
The Spirits”

And the Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/147784968676125/

Hugs and Kisses,
AJ

(Apologies to my Spanish-speaking, Spanish, Ecuadorian, Puerto Rican, Dominican, and Japanese friends.)

UC Berkeley Devotes Class to ‘Mad Men’

It’s no secret that Mad Men—the critically acclaimed AMC drama created and produced by Matthew Weiner ’87—has been a stunning success. In 2008, the show made television history, receiving 16 Emmy nods and the Outstanding Drama Series award—the first basic cable series to do so. In a feature for The Good Men Project book/blog/documentary, Weiner discussed the show’s Wesleyan origins. This season the show continues to draw in nearly three million viewers.

But still, here’s a new one: the show is now the subject of a popular new weekly class at UC Berkeley, discussing the engaging series in a historical and cultural context:

During the weekly class, the TV show is given the treatment normally reserved for works of literature. Words like “archetype” and “tragic” pop up frequently as students analyze Mad Men’s glamorous yet troubled characters. The class explores the politics and culture of the early ’60s and discusses themes such as the role of women in the workplace, class and society, marriage and family.

The class is part of UC Berkeley’s DeCal program, a student-run education undertaking that allows students to create and facilitate their own classes on a variety of often unconventional subjects. Considered a unique and “democratic” aspect of Berkeley’s undergraduate program, the program offers 150 courses each semester for up to two units of academic credit on topics that range from Harry Potter and “Sex and the City” to numismatics and swing dance.