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F.I.L.M. showcases The Sterile Cuckoo, shot on the Hamilton College campus in 1969

F.I.L.M. showed its first film last Sunday, Sept. 18 with the screening of The Sterile Cuckoo—a film adapted from a novel of the same name by Hamilton alum John Nichols ’62. Hamilton received a sixteen-millimeter print of The Sterile Cuckoo as a gift from alum David Shepard ’62. Most of the film’s shots were also taken on the Hamilton campus. Pookie, played by Liza Minnelli, is quite an unconventional girl, daring and passionate, although she initially seems nosy and terribly goofy. She approaches Jerry, played by Wendell Burton, a guy whom she sees at a bus stop. Jerry is awestruck by her energy and spontaneity, until they become close. Although Pookie feels she is socially awkward and is unable to appreciate her physical appearance, she achieves a secure sphere with Jerry. It is not clear what attracted her to Jerry in the first place, but it is quite tangible how their relationship is gratifying. More ...

Doc Woods gives captivating performance in annual Wellin Hall concert

The Leonard C. Ferguson Professor of Music Michael “Doctuh” Woods conducted a concert in the Wellin Hall, Schambach Center for Music and the Performing Arts this past Wednesday, Sept. 14. The concert, “Sonic Science,” served as as night of tapping feet, bobbing heads and soulful smiles. Woods began the evening by introducing himself as well as The Salt City Jazz Collective, directed by Angelo Candela. The Salt City Jazz Collective: Joe Riposo, Rick Huyge, John Delia, Frank Grosso, Bob Cesari on the saxophones; Steve Carney, Jeff Stockham, Scott Rutledge and Paul Merrill on the trumpets; Mark Anderson, Angelo Candela, Bill Palange and Jim Lamica on the trombones. In addition, Guitarist Rick Balestra, Pianist Tom Witkowski, Bassist Joey Arcuri and Drummer Tom Killian made up the collective. More ...

Grammy-nominated baritone Jubilant Sykes awes audience

The Hamilton community was in for a treat this past weekend. The Schambach Center for Music and the Performing Arts presented a concert that featured Jubilant Sykes, a world-renowned baritone singer, in Wellin Hall.  Sykes is known for his unique repertoire of songs influenced by a classical, jazz and gospel musical background.  Christopher Parkening, classical guitar virtuoso, and Mark Rice, pianist, accopanied Sykes.  Sykes opened the show with “Motherless Child,” an original piece that showcased his powerful, awe-inspiring voice. His voice delighted the audience, comprised of Hamilton students and faculty and Clinton residents alike.The passion behind his song was evident to all in attendance.  More ...

Women to Watch: Females on TV

In a show called Gilmore Girls, one would assume that the strongest female roles would belong to the show’s lead characters, Lorelai (portrayed by Lauren Graham) and Rory Gilmore (portrayed by Alexis Bledel).  While these women are two fierce characters, every actress on the show adds something special. Some of the highlights, other than the three “Gilmore Girls” themselves, include Rory’s best friends, Lane Kim (potrayed by Keiko Agena) and Paris Geller (potrayed by Liza Weil).  More ...

Response to: Hollywood’s Alarming Lack of Creativity

In a tirelessly nostalgic and nostalgically tiring article on “Hollywood’s Alarming Lack of Creativity,” goon and my fellow Chinese Major Matt Burner ’17 writes on the important issues of cinema and national pride. While this specific instance of intersectionality occurs perhaps in the corn-sane gloom of Amerikkka’s heartland imagination, where collisions end in fender-benders and not fatalities, it’s still a morbid prognosis for empire and its creative capacity. Through Burner’s piece, we may learn that Jaws has had a tooth extraction, that once-prince Spielberg’s crowned head has gone the way of Kanye and Condo and that the American populace is simply “no longer interested in spending the money.” Best to leave summer block-busting to the diligent professionals at work beneath Second Avenue.  More ...

Hollywood’s Alarming Lack of Creativity

Since the release of Jaws in 1975, a surefire bet has been that movie theatres would be awash with new summer releases, more specifically blockbusters that appeal to a wide range of viewers. Besides Jaws, films such as E.T., Jurassic Park and The Dark Knight exemplify what we consider quintessential summer movies. All of these films not only possessed a story that attracted a broad audience but often also displayed technical brilliance, wowing massive crowds into purchasing tickets. Although many of these summer films often had high production costs, studios felt fairly confident in  More ...

Senses of Time: a film-based exhibit opens at Wellin Museum this weekend

Although African nations have many different cultural themes, these nations share a lot in terms of political issues. Historically, African nations have been affected by a rich combination of colonization, tyrannical governments and color-related identification, all of which became inseparable from their culture. The upcoming exhibition at Wellin Museum, Senses of Time, ties the video artworks of seven African artists into a compelling exploration of the obstacles that African cultural identity has faced across the ages. This exhibit, curated by Karen E. Milbourne of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art and Polly (Nooter) Roberts, professor of world of arts and cultures/dance at UCLA, represents the cyclical perception of time in Africa, which is intrinsically different from the linear, developmental way time is perceived in the Western world. Senses of Time opens at Wellin Museum this Saturday, Sept. 10.  More ...

CAB Comedian Adam Mamawala delivers honest yet highbrow performance

On Saturday, Sept. 3, CAB hosted its first comedy show of the year, which featured guest Adam Mamawala and Hamilton’s own Caroline Kreidberg ’17. The Events Barn was nearly full when the show began and Kreidberg took the stage in a pair of striking pink pants.  She began the set by describing her tendency to unwittingly get locked in rooms, most notably the showers in Babbitt Residence Hall. After describing campus safety heroic appearance and subsequent razing of the Babbitt shower door, Kreidberg continued her set smoothly, maintaining the high energy introduced by her first joke. She spoke highly of her summer spent in New York City, where she was exposed to an unexpected, new breed of catcaller: a woman. Of this discovery, she said, “As a woman, I was empowered to see another woman breaking into a male-dominated field.”  More ...

Annual Fall Faculty Concert provides successful introduction to music at Hamilton

This past Saturday, Sept. 3, Hamilton College’s Music Department presented the Fall Faculty Concert of 2016 in Wellin Hall, Schambach Center for Music and the Performing Arts. The performance featured various instruments, from the piano to the trombone, the soprano saxophone to the clarinet, from guitar to trumpet and even various percussion instruments to heldentenor vocals. In addition to the range of instruments, there was also a broad range of musical material in the program. Choosing from music written between three centuries, the show included classics like “Gurrelieder” by Arnold Schoenberg, “Solo de Concours” by Andre Messager and “Piano Sonata No. 4 Op. 30” by Alexander Scriabin. There were also a few original pieces such as “Hidden Treasures” by Lectuer in Music Adam Dudding and Lecturer in Music Monk Rowe’s performance of his own “Walter Brennan Goes to Heaven.”  More ...

Preview: Love's Labour's Lost to be presented in the Kennedy Amphitheater this weekend

This upcoming weekend, students can prepare to immerse themselves in the classic, comedic tale of young love that is Love’s Labour’s Lost. The timeless play is brought to the Hill by Bare Naked Theatre, a student-run program established by the Hamilton College Theatre Department in an effort to provide students and faculty who adore theatre with the opportunity to produce and present diverse, exclusive productions to the entire Hamilton community year-round.  More ...

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