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OMTA’s “Assassins” Balances Levity, Seriousness

OMTA’s “Assassins” Balances Levity, Seriousness

Victoria Garber and Quentin Nguyen-Duy
April 28, 2017
Filed under ARTS, Features, Recent Stories, Theater & Film

When the legendary Stephen Sondheim and librettist John Weidman first debuted Assassins in 1990, it was one of the most controversial musicals in recent history. The musical compiles its character list from the select community of historical figures connected to the assassinations and attempted assass...

Oberlin Alums Pen Enchanting New Musical

Oberlin Alums Pen Enchanting New Musical

Julia Peterson, Production editor
April 28, 2017
Filed under ARTS, Features, Theater & Film

A staged reading of The Enchanted, a new musical comedy in progress by John Kander, OC ’51 — who previously wrote music for Cabaret and Chicago — and prolific playwright and fiction writer Greg Pierce, OC ’00, was performed by a cast of student actors last weekend in the Birenbaum Innovation and Pe...

Folk Fest Reaches Beyond Genre’s Traditional Boundaries

Sydney Allen, Production editor
April 28, 2017
Filed under ARTS, Features, Music

Cast members in the Oberlin Musical Theater Association’s production of Assassins rehearse for the show, which portrays several people who attempted — successfully or otherwise — to assassinate presidents of the United States. The musical opened yesterday in Wilder Main and runs through Saturda...

“Live from Studio B” Celebrates Centennial Session

“Live from Studio B” Celebrates Centennial Session

Daniel Markus and Quentin Nguyen-Duy
April 21, 2017
Filed under ARTS, Features, Music, Recent Stories

It began as the pet project of TIMARA major Charles Glanders, OC ’14, with a VHS-tape recording of Nagual, an ambient guitar duo formed by Ian McColm, OC ’13, and David Shapiro, OC ’12. The footage is grainy, washed out, and there’s only one camera view, a wide-angle shot that’s a little off-...

Jay-Marie and Friends are ‘Here, Queer & Staying’

Jay-Marie and Friends are ‘Here, Queer & Staying’

Julia Peterson, Production editor
April 21, 2017
Filed under ARTS, Features, Music

Jay-Marie and Friends, who performed Sunday night at the Cat in the Cream, delivered a show that celebrated Black and queer identities. Musicians Jay-Marie Hill, Britt Baker, Suyá Nascimento and surprise guest Wriply Bennett showcased powerful protest anthems with unambiguous, unapologetic lyrics like ...

Princess Nokia Upsets Students with Second Missed Booking

Samantha Spaccasi, Staff writer
April 21, 2017
Filed under ARTS, Features, Music

Princess Nokia’s performance at the ’Sco on April 8 was supposed to be one of the biggest shows of the year. Students planning on attending the New York rapper’s concert, however, were in for an unfortunate surprise: Destiny Frasqueri, known by her stage name Princess Nokia, missed the show due ...

“for colored girls…” Celebrates, Honors Black Women

“for colored girls…” Celebrates, Honors Black Women

Julia Peterson, Production editor
April 14, 2017
Filed under ARTS, Features, Recent Stories, Theater & Film

Editor’s note: This article contains references to topics including suicide and sexual assault. Ntozake Shange’s for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf, which opened yesterday night in Hall Auditorium, is an evocative production spotlighting the experiences of Bl...

AMAM Prepares for Joint Senior Studio Exhibit

AMAM Prepares for Joint Senior Studio Exhibit

Quentin Nguyen-Duy and Victoria Garber, Arts editor
April 14, 2017
Filed under ARTS, Features, Visual Art

Senior Studio art exhibition The Stories We Tell Ourselves by College seniors Maggie Middleton, Isa Diaz-Barriga and Jasper Clarkberg, aimed at challenging assumptions about identity based on geography, race and class, opens this evening with a talk by the artists in the Allen Memorial Art Building. Each g...

“Colors of Rhythm” Highlights POC Performances

“Colors of Rhythm” Highlights POC Performances

Julia Peterson, Production editor
April 7, 2017
Filed under ARTS, Dance, Features, Music, Recent Stories

Student artists of color took the stage in Finney Chapel for the 21st annual Colors of Rhythm showcase last Thursday night, showcasing languages, instruments and dance traditions underrepresented in Oberlin classes and campus life. This year, the event featured spoken word performers, singers, OCTai...

Lorenzo’s Jazz Night Connects Conservatory, City

Lorenzo’s Jazz Night Connects Conservatory, City

Kiley Petersen, Managing editor
April 7, 2017
Filed under ARTS, Features, Music

When Conservatory senior Jared Hochberg arrived in Oberlin from Chicago and realized there were few outlets in town for jazz jam sessions, he decided to create one. Jazz Night, now a monthly event at Lorenzo’s Pizzeria, was born. Hochberg plays a 90-minute set with double-degree sophomore Ari Smith and...

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