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maxresdefaultFrom Kimberly Singh ’16:

Come to Samsara, the annual South Asian Cultural Show presented by Shakti, Wesleyan’s sexiest South Asian Cultural Association! This year’s show will have dance performances, acting, and spoken word. Chai will be served during intermission for $1/cup. All proceeds go to IMPACT India!

Date: Saturday, November 14
Time: 7 PM – 9 PM
Place: Crowell Concert Hall
Cost: FREE

Puppets, Family, Slamily: Things Happened This Weekend

This wonderful photo completely sums up Avenue Q. We borrowed it from Andy Ribner ’14 at the Argus. 1470323_642176665834299_1848190613_n

An editor’s note from Gabe: 

Here are the events this past weekend that this post could not cover: Samsara at Crowell Concert Hall, An Intimate Party Experience at WestCo, “The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano” in Memorial Chapel, Greedy Lying Bastards at Downey, Magic Man at Art House, Chrome Sparks at Eclectic, Freestyle Rap Battle at WestCo Cafe, Stand Clear of the Closing Door, The Palm Beach Story, and Fruitvale Station at the Film Series, Feministing at PAC, Ricordati di me at Fisk, Zongo Junction at 200 Church, Wesleyan Experimental Music Festival at Russell House, Gamelan at World Music Hall, Improv Comedy Tri-Show in the Nics lounge, and probably other things. (If you want us to cover more of these things, then maybe you should think about joining the Wesleying staff. Just saying.) (Also, here’s separate coverage on Wes Thinks Big.)

On any given weekend at Wesleyan University, a lot of stuff happens. Honestly, it’s the biggest problem of my undergraduate experience that I can’t actually attend everything I’d love to. So, you see what you can and hear from other people how everything else went. 

I asked Wesleying staffers to attend one of the many theater or performance events going on this past weekend, between November 21st and November 23rd, and give them some proper coverage. These are the events they chose, and these are their observations, critiques, compliments, and impressions. If you want to take something from this post, it’s this: Leave your dorm room and attend something. It’s worth it, and the students here are damn talented. You might just enjoy yourself.

Samsara 2013

From Anika Amin ’14:

Shakti, Wesleyan’s sexiest South Asian cultural association, is proud to present SAMSARA 2013!! Samsara is the annual South Asian cultural extravaganza featuring Wesleyan students involved in cultural dances, songs, comedy sketches, and spoken words from or pertaining to the region. This year we’re excited to be welcoming back Yale Rangeela, a fusion dance team that has performed at Samsara in the past. Our show will also feature parody sketches like “How I Met Your Auntie” and “Mami-ji” (an Indian take on ‘The Godfather’)

Come check it out! All of our proceeds go to benefit Impact India in helping provide education to children in rural areas of India, and all ticket holders will be put on a list to be V.I.P.’s at HOLI 2014!! (1 free bag of powder + access to a FastTrack line!)

Date: TODAY, November 21st
Time: 8:00PM – 9:45PM
Place: Crowell Hall
Cost: $5

Recycle the Sun: A Q&A With E. Oks

back up black out

If you haven’t heard Evan Okun ’13’s, otherwise known as E. Oks, new album Back Up, Black Out, you’re seriously depriving yourself. Available for free on his Bandcamp, Okun’s album encapsulates his outlook on life with smooth rhymes atop a soundscape of samples and carefully crafted beats. Oh, and it’s rife with Weskids. Like, on every track. I chatted with Okun about the album, the inspiration and process behind it, the videos it’s spawned. I got to dig into his mind and it was pretty dope – here’s the product.

Samsara Saturday Night

Matthew Donahue ’14 writes in for Sammmmsara on Saturday:

Samsara is the annual South Asian culture show here at Wesleyan, and this year it’s back with a bang! Come join us for fun and laughter as you enjoy a show that combines theater, music, dance and above all, a love for South Asia! This year we are happy to welcome back the nationally acclaimed dance team from Brown Univeristy, Brown Badmaash, to join in our festivities, and we hope to get a big turnout because all of our proceeds will go towards helping provide clean water in the slums of Bangladesh and helping ensure education is universally available in certain provinces of India. Tickets are available at the box office. This is definitely something you WON’T want to miss!

Date:   Saturday, Dec. 1
Time:   8:30 PM – 10:00 PM
Place:  Crowell Concert Hall

All Proceeds Benefit Brighter Dawns and IIMPACT India

Henna and Samosas with Shakti

Do you like Indian food? Do you like body art? Looking for both in one place? Anika Amin ’14 has just the event for you:

Your favorite South Asian Culture Club, Shakti, the very one that brought you Samsara and Holi, is back this fall with Henna and Samosas in Olin! Stop by for a while if you like eating free Indian food, listening to Bollywood music, and being drawn on by South Asians.

Date: Thursday, October 18th
Time: 7:30 pm
Place: Olin Lobby
Cost: None

Samsara 2011

Nandita Vijayaraghavan ’13 is proud to be a South Asian, and wants to share that with you:

Samsara is the annual South Asian culture show, and this year it’s back with a bang! Come join us for fun and laughter as you enjoy a show that combines theater, music, dance and above all, a love for South Asia! Tickets will be available both at the Box Office, and at tables at Usdan. This is definitely something you WON’T want to miss!

Date:   Saturday, Dec. 3
Time:   8:30 PM – 10:00 PM
Place:  Crowell Conceret Hall

Samsara 2009: South Asian cultural extravaganza

SAMSARA, the annual South Asian cultural benefit show presented by Shakti, is Saturday at Crowell.


Come celebrate all things subcontinental with your favorite campus South Asians in diaspora (and friends), on stage for two hours packed with singing, dancing, speaking words, films, and a fashion show.

Tickets are on sale at the box office all week (until they sell out!).

All proceeds go towards aid for Internally Displaced Persons (IDP’s) in the Swat region of Pakistan. Facebook event.

Date: Saturday, Dec. 5
8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Place: Crowell Concert Hall
Cost: $5 for students

Samsara, Friday at Crowell

SAMSARA, Wesleyan’s annual South Asian culture benefit show presented by Shakti, is happening this Friday, November 21st, in Crowell Concert Hall!

This year’s show is bigger and better than EVER, with Bollywood, bhangra, traditional, and folk dances! Live music performances, funny skits, and spoken word! And even a student-designed and created fashion show!

Tickets are on sale NOW at the Box Office for $5, and proceeds this year will go to Free the Children.

You DON’T want to miss this, get your ticket today!!!

Date: Friday, November 21
Time: 8 pm
Place: Crowell Concert Hall, $5