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The Oberlin Review

Grandbrothers Return with Stunning Second LP

Grandbrothers Return with Stunning Second LP

Daniel Markus, Managing Editor

November 17, 2017


Filed under ARTS, Music

If you asked me what I think the most beautiful music in the world is, I would probably mention a Dvorak symphony, Bon Iver’s “For Emma,” or a piece from an obscure folk recording session held by PBS, depending on the day. It’s time to add Grandbrothers to that list. The German and Swiss experimental d...

Chicago Boricua Resistance Presents Puerto Rico Teach-In

Julia Peterson, Arts & Culture Editor

November 17, 2017


Filed under ARTS, Music

Largely due to the damage wrought by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, Puerto Rico has been frequently featured in the news this year — in fact, according to the data that Google Trends has collected since 2004, searches about Puerto Rico peaked this October by a wide margin. However, hurricanes are not the o...

Hala Alyan, Author

Hala Alyan, Author

Interview by Eilish Spear, Staff Writer

November 17, 2017


Filed under ARTS, On the Record

Hala Alyan is a Palestinian-American author, poet, and clinical psychologist, whose work centers around questions of place, identity, and voice, particularly within the Palestinian diaspora. Alyan was born in Carbondale, IL, and has lived around the world in Kuwait, Lebanon, various parts of the U.S...

Renowned Poet Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib Slams at Cat

Renowned Poet Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib Slams at Cat

Ananya Gupta, Arts & Culture Editor

November 17, 2017


Filed under ARTS, Literature & Poetry

“I think public affection is one thing that will save us — as long as it’s, you know, consensual with the person who is also down to be publically affectionate with you,” poet, cultural critic, and essayist Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib said Monday. “Please clear that hurdle first.” Willis-Abdurraqib, w...

“Women of Will” Strikes Socio-Political Chord

“Women of Will” Strikes Socio-Political Chord

Kirsten Heuring, Staff Writer

November 17, 2017


Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

Editor’s note: This article contains mentions of sexual and physical abuse. Women of Will, an original one-act play written and directed by College senior Sam Marchiony, premiered as a staged reading in StudiOC last weekend. The play — produced by an all-female cast and crew and written entirely...

“Voice of the Lake” Highlights Musicianship, Environmental Advocacy

Kate Fishman, Staff Writer

November 17, 2017


Filed under ARTS, Music

Voice of the Lake, an oratorio for Lake Erie composed by former Director of the Composition Department at the Cleveland Institute of Music Margaret Brouwer, OC ’62, exists at the intersection of environmentalism, musicality, technology, and community. The piece, written in collaboration with poet and Clevel...

“Through The Night” Strikes Warm, Thoughtful Tone

“Through The Night” Strikes Warm, Thoughtful Tone

Julia Peterson, Arts & Culture Editor

November 10, 2017


Filed under ARTS, Music, Recent Stories

As the audience filed into Fairchild Chapel last Friday night and filled up the pews in groups of twos and threes, a peaceful ambient track filled the space. Viewers murmured with anticipation as they waited for Derick Evans — hosted in Oberlin by the Asian American Alliance — to take the stage. Pe...

Fall Forward Highlights Vulnerability, Dynamism in Student Dance

Kate Fishman, Staff Writer

November 10, 2017


Filed under ARTS, Dance, Recent Stories

What comes out of a showcase of auditioned dance works with no theme or specified criteria other than a vision, a faculty advisor, and the ability to be performance-ready by a certain date? Last week, from Nov. 2–4, the 2017 Fall Forward performance featured eight pieces — seven student-choreographed and one by a ...

On the Record with Steven Ellis

On the Record with Steven Ellis

Interview by Christian Bolles, Editor-in-Chief

November 10, 2017


Filed under ARTS, On the Record

Roman archaeologist and professor Steven Ellis of the University of Cincinnati delivered four lectures on the university’s ongoing excavations of the Porta Stabia neighborhood at Pompeii, of which he is director, as part of the Martin Classical Lectures series. The lectures took place in the Craig Lec...

Student Musicians Deliver Original Take on Britney Spears

Student Musicians Deliver Original Take on Britney Spears

Ananya Gupta, Arts & Culture Editor

November 10, 2017


Filed under ARTS, Music

The phrase “It’s Britney, bitch!” — though iconic — seems out of place for the “Britney Showcase” performed at the Cat in the Cream Tuesday night. Directed and orchestrated by College junior and Musical Studies major Alex Ngo, the showcase took a musical theater, opera, and jazz framing ...

Bethesda Delivers Satisfying Narrative, Gameplay in Wolfenstein II

Avi Vogel, Columnist

November 10, 2017


Filed under ARTS, Video Games

Editor’s note: This article contains discussion of Nazism and child abuse. The opening of a game is a thematic statement, meant to tease where a story might go without showing all of its cards. So when Wolfenstein II begins not with a bombastic scene of war like its predecessor did, but by delving ...

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