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Ron Shalom—Overture to Death Row Dick

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From the CFA:

Dick wants just one thing for his last meal. A semi-staged abstraction of a nihilo-pornography-in-progress set in dialogue with Carolee Schneemann’s 1965 film “Fuses.” Presented by graduate music student Ron Shalom.

Date: Tuesday, November 10
Time: 9-10:30 PM
Place: World Music Hall
Link: CFA link

Austin Vaughn, Lituya Bay, Thomas Bully Egg Dolly Egg

From our fave fortune teller Ron Shalom GRAD:

Hysterically genuine musical psychogeography.

Austin Vaughn performs solo acoustic music for drumset involving extended techniques and totally mundane techniques. It celebrates vibration. Four-Track / Solo is out on Tau Records.

Lituya Bay is guitar music made by David Shapiro (Nagual, Blk Out, ex-Heavy Breath). Lituya Bay finds roots in contemporary classical music, jazz, and raga, exploring relationships between stasis, repetition, and movement. As Lituya Bay, David has conducted two east coast/midwest tours and self-released two eps.

Thomas Bully Egg Dolly Egg is songs of Dina Maccabee, Daniel Prince and Ron Shalom.

Date: Wednesday, December 3 – Today
Time: 8:00 – 11:00 PM
Place: Memorial Chapel
Cost: freeeeeee

Mysterious Happenings Around Usdan Unveiled


Justin Gitlin ’15 having his fortune told by the Oracle of Middletown aka Ron Shalom GRAD.

If you haven’t been around the Usdan courtyard lately, you may have missed a couple fun and mysterious happenings in the last week. A bodysuit-clad individual serenaded people outside of Usdan on November 3, and last Friday the Oracle of Middletown appeared to tell people their fortunes for 25 cents or a few points (an old cassette tape was used for swiping purposes). The person behind both of these incidents is Ron Shalom, a graduate student in Music Composition. He was kind enough to answer some of my questions on his experiences as an Oracle and his inspiration for these events.

What motivated you to sit on the ground on what was a cold afternoon and tell fortunes?
Deep anxieties about life in the academy, the absurdity of living in dystopia, having too much energy, the everyday urge to open irruptions in everyday life, como excusa para hacer florecer la intimidad, to cradle love and support, to touch and hold people’s hands for a long time, an attraction to being blind in public.