The Oberlin Review

Drag Ball: A Manifesto in Two Parts

Hunter O'Neill

April 6, 2011

Filed under ARTS, Features

Hunter O'Neill President, Drag Ball Committee The term “drag ball” is thrown around on campus as if it were an Oberlin-specific phenomenon, but this could not be further from the truth: drag balls find their roots in Harlem at the turn of the 20th century. Though initially organized by white gay men, they featured multiracial audiences and participants. The balls became sites of non-conformist expressions of racial, sexual and gender identity, and began to transform from “costume parties” to full-out drag beauty pageants. Slowly, as the 1960’s rolled around, white participants and organizers began to exercise a form of control and appropriation that offered queens of color little to no voice, respect ...

Artist Roni Horn Displays Multiple Personalities During Visit to Oberlin

Artist Roni Horn Displays Multiple Personalities During Visit to Oberlin

March 11, 2011

“Which Roni Horn do you want to talk to?” visiting artist Roni Horn asked a packed classroom in the Art Building before opening up a question-and-answer session. “There are many of them.” This bold, yet strikingly honest statement was characteristic of the way the artist addressed eager students and faculty members alike during her visit last Friday. Indeed, Horn’s multiple “Roni Horns” reflect the broad scope of her work, which encompasses a range of media including photography,...

New Music Venue Offers Fresh Vibe

Lizzie Conner

March 11, 2011

Filed under ARTS, Features, Music

It’s difficult to explain the location of the newly established 3 Doors Studio — I usually settle on, “It’s that house near Beethoven’s with all the weird stuff on the porch. All the colorful art, y’know?” Primarily a studio space for several local artists who split rent, the house has also hosted a handful of donation-based, acoustic shows since it opened a few months ago. Although no one on campus seems to have discovered this gem yet, it may be exactly what the Oberlin music scene needs, and I was excited to play there again. On the last Sunday in February, a crowd of about 40 people — half of whom were students — and one jumpy puppy showed up at 121 South Main to find a furniture-less living...

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...

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