December was a somber time for many in the Wesleyan community in the light of news of Claire Randall ’12‘s untimely passing due to a horrific act of gun violence. Around a week ago, Nate Mondschein ’12 posted a public status on Facebook announcing the release of Trot Fox’s cover of The Flaming Lips’ “Do You Realize?” The rendition is led by Claire as lead vocalist, and is truly a poignant reminder of the talents that she shared with so many.
Back in the spring of 2016, Claire, Nate, and other members of Trot Fox Gabe Gordon ’11 and Declan O’Connell recorded the first version of the cover during a one-day session at Converse Rubber Tracks Studio in Brooklyn. The initial recording was recorded in a single take and, according to Nate, “Claire delivered what remains one of the most honest, astonishingly powerful performances I have ever heard her give.”
The final version of the “Do You Realize” was produced after Claire’s passing, with the help of 30 of her friends and family.
24-Hour Comics Day is an event held around the world which challenges writers and artists to create a full 24-page comic in 24 consecutive hours.
24 Hour Comics Day is the first Saturday of October. Come join Art House, a(n unofficial) host of this year’s comics marathon!
To create a complete 24 page comic book in 24 continuous hours. That means everything: Story, finished art, lettering, color (if applicable), paste-up, everything. Once pen hits paper, the clock starts ticking. 24 hours later, the pen lifts off the paper, never to descend again. Even proofreading has to occur in the 24 hour period. No sketches, designs, plot summaries or any other kind of direct preparation can precede the 24 hour period. Indirect preparation such as assembling tools, reference materials, food, music etc. is fine. Your pages can be any size, any material. Carve them in stone, print them with rubber stamps, draw them on your kitchen walls with a magic marker. Whatever you makes you happy. The 24 hours are continuous. You can take a nap, but the clock keeps ticking.
Looking for another “class” this semester? Want to spend some extra time in the Stacks? Ever wonder what happens in Olin after midnight?
Second Stage presents…
Otherwise known as The Library Project: An interdisciplinary retelling of The Odyssey, coming alive in the Stacks.
The Library Project will be an immersive, experimental, and completely ensemble based work of art that is different for each audience member. Loosely based on Homer’s epic poem, the play will be about knowledge, love, and the indelible power of words and libraries.
We are looking for not only actors, but DANCERS, MUSICIANS, SINGERS, WRITERS and READERS to be a part of our creative team. NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY!
“I don’t think we would have the same chance in this city if we went to any other school or formed in any other way. It had to be Wesleyan.”
Forget MGMT. Amanda Who? Das What? Wesleyan’s biggest hype band is The Rooks, a six-piece R&B/indie-soul band made up of a group of friends and members of the Classes of 2011 and 2012. The majority of them have settled in New York City after graduating, and since then, the band has released a handful of singles and now – finally – their debut studio EP, Something You Can Take. The album, now on Bandcamp for your free download enjoyment, is a must-hear for anyone who has a taste for classic rhythm and blues, hip-hop, indie rock, or really has ears at all. And, if you’re in the NYC area this Friday, June 21, The Rooks will be playing Fat Baby at 10 PM, so you can experience them live.
I had the opportunity to sit down for a Google Hangout with The Rooks frontman/lead singer Garth Taylor ’12 and drummer Nate Mondschein ’12 to talk about their new album, the forming of the band, the support of the Wesleyan community, and the difficulties of labeling a music style.
Put down those video games and come see a show! Gabe Gordon ’15 and Emilie Pass ’15 have more:
2nd Stage presents: NEIGHBORHOOD 3: Requisition of Doom
by Jennifer Haley
In a suburban subdivision with identical houses, parents find their teenagers addicted to an online horror video game. The game setting? A subdivision with identical houses. The goal? Smash through an army of zombies to escape the neighborhood for good. But as the line blurs between virtual and reality, both parents and players realize that fear has a life of its own.
Girls. Everywhere. In slutty costumes. So much makeup that you don’t know who you’re making out with. You just know that her makeup doesn’t taste that great but neither did the margaritas your roommate tried to make and…
It’s intense. We get it. Take a breather, come see some a cappella and sketch comedy, meet our newbies, laugh, cry, give your livers a rest. For God’s sake, people.
DATE: Tomorrow (10.29)
TIME: 1700 hrs / 5 pm
PLACE: Nics Lounge
VD is: Solomon Billinkoff ’14, Glenn Cantave ’15, Michael Deck ’14, Kenny Feder ’12, Leada Fuller ’14, Chelsea Goldsmith ’13, Gabe Gordon ’15, Emily Jones ’14, Matt Krakaur ’14, Cade Leebron ’14, Elizabeth Litvitskiy ’15, Ben Tweed ’13, and Lisle W ’14.
Now I know you might still be trying to wake up from your 13-hour weekend slumber/13-hour rage-a-thon-with-a-fuzzy-purple-pogo-stick, but I highly encourage you to pop an aspirin, grab a cup of coffee and huddle over here because I’ve got something shiny and new for you today.
Sexy beast extraordinaire Garth Taylor ’12 (which, as you may or may not know, is a housemate of AJ “Big Bird” Hinds ’12 and whose smooth, smooth shows with Mad Wow tickles my knees), writes in to tell us about this new band he’s been jamming with: The Rooks. The band is composed of Mr. Taylor, Gabe Gordon ’11, Graham Richman ’11, Louis Russo ’11, Nate Mondschein ’12, & Spencer Hattendorf ’12.
Want more info? Click here, or check after the jump.