The Oberlin Review

Cute. A Fashion Column: Glamrock Meets ’60s Chic

Peter Meckel

December 11, 2009

Filed under ARTS, Features

Name: Joanna Lemle Year: College senior Major: Environmental studies Favorite designer: rag & bone Self-described look: Punk rock meets sexy grandpa Current obsession: Shoes Now that we’re done with our two-hour-long talk about the human psyche, and you’ve had three cups of coffee, how did you grow into your personal fashion sense? I’ve always loved fashion, but I think it’s taken me a while to find my aesthetic because I’m mostly concerned with dressing in a way that flatters my body. I mean, I’m five feet, two inches, so I’m limited to certain styles and fits — it’s not like I can just choose to wear anything. Even if I’m really feeling inspired by specific looks, they don...

Putnam County Musical Spells Out Laughter

Rebecca Caine, Production Manager

December 11, 2009

Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

As the audience members arrived to fill the seats in Wilder Main on Saturday afternoon, I whispered to my friend who was sitting next to me, “I hope I can come up with enough to write. I don’t know if I really like musicals.” Luckily, I had nothing to worry about. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee kept me grinning throughout the production, and judging from the frequent laughter of the audience, I wasn’t the only one. The one-act show chronicled the events at the finals of Putnam County’s regional spelling bee, where six eccentric elementary and middle schoolers competed for a spot at nationals. Though the musical was confined to a single afternoon in the school gymnasium, the characters’...

Litoff Building Already Earns Award

Alexandria Cho, Staff Writer

December 11, 2009

Filed under ARTS, Campus News, Dance, NEWS

The Litoff building — the newest addition to the Conservatory and soon-to-be-home of jazz studies, music history and music theory — is making fast progress in ways that transcend its construction schedule. The American Institute of Architects recently recognized the building and architect Westlake Reed Leskosky for excellence and sustainability, with the AIA Western Mountain Region 2009 Honor Award for Unbuilt Work. According to an Oberlin press release available online, students will have access to “a world-class recording studio; flexible rehearsal and performance spaces; teaching studios and practice rooms; a glass-enclosed social hub for interaction; and an archive for the largest private jazz recording...

An Epic Eight-Bit ’Sco Show

Kara Brooks, Staff Writer

December 11, 2009

Filed under ARTS, Music

Saturday, Dec. 5 began as a day of no distinguishable significance. It was not Halloween, it was not the first weekend back from a break, nor was it the last Saturday of the semester. It was an ordinary Saturday night, but many Oberlin students decided to forget their workloads and let the good times roll. New York City-based chiptune punk band Anamanaguchi had an epic performance at the ’Sco that night. Chiptune, more commonly known as eight-bit music, is a genre in which sounds are synthesized in real time by a computer or video game console sound chip, rather than with sample- based synthesis. In other words, chiptune music is purely awesome. College junior, Review staff writer and ’Sco staff member Jimmy Ha...

WhiteFlag Project Opens Dialogue

Elise Shulman-Reed, Staff Writer

December 11, 2009

Filed under ARTS, Music

Although the Israelis and Palestinians continue to fight in the Middle East, WhiteFlag Project, a musical group composed of both Israelis and Palestinians, showed that music trumps violence during its visit to Oberlin on Dec. 8. According to its website, “WhiteFlag Project is a core group of Arab and Jewish musicians, motivated by the desire to continue this unique musical dialogue and invite other likewise-minded musicians from all over the world to help create peace through their music.” Many musicians in the group hail from Gaza and Tel Aviv, two locations heavily affected by the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Hosted by the Oberlin Zionists, Oberlin Peace Activists League and J Street U, this event included...

Moffitt Woos Feve Crowd

Will Roane, Staff Writer

December 11, 2009

Filed under ARTS, Music

The stars in the Oberlin sky shone brightly onto a chilly South Main Street on Sunday as jazz vocalist Nina Moffitt, OC ’09, set up her amplifier to play a special show with Feveband at The Feve. After sorting through some feedback from her microphone, she and Feveband played two diverse and radiant sets, filled with classic jazz standards made all the more vital by distinctive arrangements by Moffitt and College senior and Feveband leader Rafiq Bhatia, as well as some staggering Feveband originals. The night began quietly, with Feveband’s interpretation of “Equinox” by John Coltrane seeming to summon people from their textbooks and papers. The slightly empty bar suddenly filled and bustled by the time...

Intro Shorts Showcase New Talent

Tess Yanisch

December 11, 2009

Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

Last weekend, the Theater 101 class put on its showcase, displaying the skills of the enrolled students. According to Matthew Wright, the class’s professor of record, all these actors are first-semester Obies, and all but one are first-year (apparently there’s a transfer student in the mix somewhere). Their levels of experience, however, vary widely. The directors were also students, upperclassmen, most of whom also began their Oberlin theater careers with Theater 101. The short plays, all well done, covered many themes, tones and genres. So many students meant many plays — thirteen in total — that required two separate programs, each a little over an hour in length. I attended both. Each play presented...

Crispin Hellion Glover Shows Latest Work

Aaron Botwick

December 4, 2009

Filed under ARTS, Literature & Poetry, Theater & Film

On Saturday, Nov. 21, Crispin Hellion Glover appeared in West Lecture Hall. The room was pitch-black except for a single red-tinted spotlight on his face. Without introduction, Glover began to present his “BIG SLIDE SHOW,” a collection of books from the 1800s that he rewrote for a one-hour dramatic performance. Delivered entirely with a straight face, this hilarious show chronicles a series of phantasmagoric stories featuring narrators who sound like raving madmen out of a poem by Edgar Allan Poe. By combining half-finished sentences with dissonant but eerie photographs, the books written by Glover play out as if they were fragments of dreams that David Lynch might have had long ago. One of his books, Studies...

OCircus Enacts “The Seven Deadly Sins”

Tess M. Yanisch

December 4, 2009

Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

The premise was simple: the Hell Shopping Network was filming a commercial in front of a live studio audience. On Friday, Nov. 20 and Saturday, Nov. 21, the students in OCircus used that concept to put on an astonishing display of their talents. “The Seven Deadly Sins” took place at the Cat in the Cream. After an introduction by HSN spokesperson Lilith, played by College senior Chris Gentes, the performers did a skit demonstrating the value of each of the sins in question. First, an angel and a demon pitted their poi skills against each other, demonstrating the “practical applications of Envy.” Next came Gluttony, in which a menu of decadent desserts tempted two diners into acrobatic feats — while eating....

The Art of the Poster

James Hagan, Staff Writer

December 4, 2009

Filed under ARTS, Visual Art

As a culture, we are addicted to images. As a school, we are addicted to posters. This is a common phenomenon on many campuses, this particular vehemence with which we revere postering. In Wilder, we make a habit of immortalizing posters in clean frames, on those new flat televisions, and almost every student with a pulse has taken a favorite poster back to his or her room. This is not even mentioning the scale and effort of the posters. The number of silk-screened and particularly large items is astounding — the walls are often not big enough to hold them all. The end of the semester is prime time to go poster touring. There is a litany of solo student concerts, art shows and dance performances, each one...

Aakash Mittal and Feveband Push Jazz Boundaries

Will Roane, Staff Writer

December 4, 2009

Filed under ARTS, Music

Under the dim illumination of a bare lightbulb in the corner of the bar upstairs at The Feve on Sunday, Nov. 22, Feveband and special guest saxophonist Aakash Mittal began their first set with an erratic melody, jerking and bobbing to the rhythms as fingers flew to get to the notes on time. Throughout the night, the band amazed a crowd of College and Conservatory students alike with music that eschewed classification, with each band member offering a musical palette that seemed to at once remind one of home and of places never seen or heard. With songs highlighting thework of distinctive Asian-American composers as well as Mittal himself, the music on display at this particular show was certainly eclectic, if not...

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