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Under trying conditions, Marosek delivers engaging performance

Last Sunday afternoon, those music enthusiasts who remained undeterred by the sudden snow and cold weather outdoors managed to make the trek to Wellin Hall to witness a rare thing indeed: a free concert.  Each year, the Barrian Ranjin Shute Memorial fund sponsors a free piano concert and master class with piano students.  This year, pianist Dr. Scott Marosek, a New York state native who once studied with our own Sar-Shalom Strong, returned to the Hill to perform a selection from composers such as Haydn, Liszt, Debussy and—surprise!— boogie-woogie pianist Albert Ammons.   More ...

Low-key Netflix originals worth checking out

At most colleges, one expects to leave winter behind upon returning from spring break. Unfortunately, Hamilton had to quickly temper those expectations this year. The cold weather of winter is here to stay for the time being, and with that comes the increased desire to not leave one’s room. One of the only benefits of the long, cold winters at Hamilton is the chance to watch or catch up on a multitude of shows on Netflix. In addition a collection of shows from different networks, Netflix also possesses a variety of original programming. While many are aware of the more acclaimed shows, such as House of Cards and Orange is the New Black, one can also find lesser-known shows that are equally high in quality. Here are three of my recommendations: More ...

Oil and Water: Great literature and the big screen

The late author Gabriel Garcia Marquez was both a Houdini and a Hendrix of the writing world: a technical virtuoso whose creations lit his name—and the hearts & heads of his readers—on fire. His patent version of the magical-realist aesthetic came at a time when the only competitors in the field were L. Ron Hubbard and Hugh Hefner. More ...

Hispanic film series closes with powerful inside look at the treatment of women with recycled cinema

This past Tuesday, March 29, the Hispanic Studies department concluded its film series with Con la Pata Quebrada (2014).  More ...

Themes of trauma, harmony and liberation in dance concert

Dance and Movement Studies launched its Spring Dance Concert last Friday. The concert featured a variety of performances, from ballet to martial to arts to dance therapy, that appealed to all crowds.  More ...

The Gospel of Kanye: a review of West’s album The Life of Pablo

The circumstances surrounding the release of Kanye West’s seventh studio album, The Life of Pablo, were unusual to say the least. The musician Kanye West has been overshadowed by the pop-culture icon: with Twitter rants and extravagant fashion productions filling the “Kanye” news cycle, there’s been no room for The Life of Pablo to “pop a wheelie on a zeitgeist,” as West himself once eloquently stated. Thus, West’s first release in almost three years—and the first album since his debut that failed to crack the charts—has gone largely unexamined by society’s main stage. More ...

Sea Wolf fights cold, plays hopeful set in latest CAB Coffeehouse

Because the tantalizingly titled “I Heart Female Orgasm” event was happening just down the hall at the same time, fewer people than usual initially showed  up at Thursday night’s CAB Coffeehouse. Those who did, however, were rewarded with the usual tasty Opus beverages and platters of cookies that kept magically regenerating as the night progressed, and eventually the audience expanded to its customary people-even-in-the-balcony attendance. Even though the event was scheduled for 7:30 p.m., a lack of an opener meant that the music actually started at roughly 8:07 p.m., after a raffle yielded the usual excitements and disappointments.  More ...

Pa Negre tells a heartwrenching story of growing up after the Spanish Civil War

Last Tuesday, March 1, the Hispanic Studies Department showed Pa Negre (2010). The film was the third installment in their film series. The series celebrates the new wave of Ibero American Cinema. More ...

Original play depicts anxiety on stage

This past Saturday, Feb. 27, Michael Breslin ’13 and Alison McLaughlin ’11 performed their original piece, kiss me just once more, which provides an interesting approach to theatre. The play, which premiered off-off-Broadway in September, has been in the works for over a year and has undergone several revisions in that time. Breslin told The Spectator that throughout the process and production of the piece, changes have been made to enhance the performance. Interestingly, the script was constructed from pieces by various playwrights and authors, including Chekhov and Shakespeare. The originality of the production lies in the delicacy of its composition of other famously recognized works. More ...

Step Afrika! thrills audience in night of interactive fun

This past Saturday, Step Afrika! performers wowed audience members with breathtaking visual effects, memorable personalities and incredible choreography. More ...

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