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Porsha O. gives passionate critique of society through poetry

Last Wednesday, Apr. 20, Porsha Olayiwola, the 2014 Individual World Poetry Slam Champion and the 2015 National Poetry Slam Champion, graced the Chapel’s stage with her charmingly awkward jokes and posture. However, Porsha O. is not simply a poet; she is black feminist who believes in pixie dust, second chances and using poetry as a way to be heard, loved and free. More ...

Quality international films to look for on Netflix

As past articles have hopefully revealed, Netflix has a plethora of viewing options that can satisfy the most finicky of tastes. While much attention is often paid to the television shows that can provide hours of viewing time, there are also some high quality films on Netflix. Unfortunately, as the company has begun focusing more of its budget towards its original programs, both the quantity and quality of available  movies has diminished. Thankfully, there are certain genres for which Netflix can afford to offer better quality films without breaking the bank to obtain the rights. One of these genres is Netflix’s international films. Here are a couple particularly exceptional ones. More ...

Student-directed Blow delivers powerful message about teenage rape culture

Filled with humor, care and honesty, Raechel Jae Rosen’s Blow moved audiences this past Monday and Tuesday. Based on Rosen’s first blow job experience, the 40 minute production, directed by Rosen’s sister Melodie Rosen ’18, draws attention to the overwhelming prevalence and disturbing lack of attention dedicated towards dealing with rape culture among teenagers in America.  More ...

Make-out poetry and punk rock

To get to Hoa Nguyen’s talk it was necessary to descend into KJ 005, a place marked by a sinister arrow pointing, of all directions, at a downward diagonal (!) with the label surprisingly low to the ground. Here is a space of which people are unaware, a space that is imperceptible in its layout and execution, a space that always feels like an illicit discovery. You have to obey that shocking downward - pointing arrow and walk down the brick stairs and then down a narrow passage, framed by green parallel pipes, and there it is, KJ 005, an airless, fluorescent room where I once attended a mandatory econ review session. Let me tell you when Hoa Nguyen entered that room, her smooth voice filled it up and it felt like the hopeful springtime sunlight was seeping in through the cement. She talked about nerve ghosts and languages not fully lost, and I sat in awe like girl, same. You know a poet when he or she wears all black and glances up from a screen at you to make a quick aside from a beautifully scripted speech that revels in its own artistry and at one point uses a sentence with so many onomatpoeic p-sounds that it feels like a drumbeat inviting a dance or a kiss goodbye. Nguyen doesn’t remember Vietnamese from the first two years of her life she spent in Vietnam, but she read us a poem incorporating every single one of its six tones, and even though she isn’t fluent, her musicality is undeniable. Nguyen spoke of blues music as an act of defiance, as a clinical sample of living minute to minute, “not as moaning but as a learned excellence.” Hoa had a college radio show. Her heart is a coalmine cave-in. Her mom was a stunt motorcyclist.   More ...

Spring Awakening challenges sexual education norms and religious authority

This past weekend, the Theatre Department’s spring main stage, Spring Awakening, opened in the Romano Theatre, marking its first musical in over 40 years. The production is directed by Professor of Theatre Craig Latrell,  with musical direction by Karen Corigliano and choreography by Professor of Dance Eileen Heekin. Eliza Burwell ’17 stage manages, while MJ Lugo ’16 serves as Assistant Director.  More ...

The Crooked Road On Tour brings fun night of music and flatfoot dancing

Hamilton College Performing Arts hosted a three-part concert last Friday, Apr. 8, that featured performances of traditional Southwest Virginian music. The concert included banjo tunes from Julie Shepherd-Powell, original songs from singer/songwriter Sandy Shortridge and a collection of songs from The Whitetop Mountain band that have remained in their family for generations.  More ...

Preview: Hamilton College Theatre Department presents Spring Awakening

Set in 19th century Germany, Spring Awakening tells the story of a group of teenagers struggling through the turmoil of their burgeoning sexuality. The original play is known for touching on topics that are still relevant and controversial over 100 years after it was written, such as teenage pregnancy, the power struggle between teenagers and adults and the suppression of sexuality. The musical takes this subject matter and 19th century timeframe and sets it to a soundtrack that mixes folk and alternative rock with surprisingly effective results. The musical opens at Hamilton College this weekend, the first musical to be performed by the Hamilton College Theatre Department in a very long time More ...

Screening of Salam Neighbor portrays Syrian refugee population crisis

On Wednesday, April 6, Muslim Student Association (MSA), COOP and the Chaplaincy organized the screening of Salam Neighbor, a documentary film that examines the Syrian refugee crises under a humanitarian lens. More ...

Pop duo Timeflies to headline Class & Charter concert

The Campus Activities Board (CAB) is excited to announce this year’s Class & Charter concert headliner: Timeflies. The band, a pop music duo consisting of producer Rob Resnick and vocalist Cal Shapiro, was formed in 2010, after the members performed for several years in a funk band called The Ride at Tufts University. The duo is popular for fusing pop, hip-hop and electronic dance music, and best known for their 2014 song, “All the Way” which has reached over 45 million listens on Spotify.  More ...

A$AP Ferg delivers memorable performance after long wait

Certain things are inevitable at a concert like last Friday’s, performers do not go on stage when they are supposed to, crowds of college students get rowdy, pushing/toe-stepping is a given and the actual performance is disappointingly brief. Taking these truths into account, the very fate of such a concert depends almost entirely on the energy of the performer and the reciprocal energy of the crowd which continues, cyclically, to produce a “lit” concert.  More ...

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