The Oberlin Review

On the Record with Kestrel Felt and Olivia de Toma, Pericles Stage Managers

Vida Weisblum, Arts Editor

December 5, 2014

Filed under ARTS, On the Record, Theater & Film

This week, the Review sat down with Pericles stage manager and College junior Kestrel Felt and assistant stage manager and College sophomore Olivia de Toma to discuss their involvement in the upcoming adapted main stage production of Shakespeare’s Pericles. They were excited to share news about transitioning onto the main stage, Renaissance literature and 20-foot puppets. I’ve heard you’re both pouring your hearts and souls into Pericles. Why is Pericles so exciting and important? Olivia de Toma: Olivia nods vigorously! [Laughs.] Kestrel Felt: I care a lot about Pericles because I am also an English major, and I have been focusing a lot on Renaissance literature and trying to combine my interest in ...

On the Record with Founders of New Campus Zine ‘Treasures’

Colin Roshak, Staff Writer

November 21, 2014

Filed under ARTS, On the Record

This week, College juniors Sadie Oliver-Grey and Katalina Cabrera spoke with the Review about their new zine publication, “Treasures.”Afterasuccessfulfirst printing, Oliver-Grey and Cabrera are on the lookout for fresh creative talent and welcome submissions in the effort to expand and develop their enterprise. Could you introduce yourselves? Sadie Oliver-Grey: My name is Sadie Oliver-Grey. I’m a third-year Psychology [major]; I’m from California. [Cabrera and I] went to high school together, and now we go to college together. Katalina Cabrera: I’m Katalina. I’m also a third year, and I’m a Cinema Studies major. Tell me about “Treasures.” KC: I guess we were frustrated that there weren’t mor...

On the Record with Hinton Collection Curators

On the Record with Hinton Collection Curators

November 7, 2014

This week, David Berger and Holly Maxson, co-curators of the Milton J. and Mona C. Hinton Collection, visited Oberlin to discuss the current exhibit of legendary bassist and photographer Milt Hinton’s photography at the Allen Memorial Art Museum. Executors of Hinton’s estate also donated four of Hinton’s own basses along with a collection of the bassist’s papers, including everything from correspondence to memorable contracts. Berger, a lifelong friend of Hinton, collaborated on the artist’s awa...

On the Record with Gregory Walker, Classical Violinist

Colin Roshak

October 31, 2014

Filed under ARTS, On the Record

Violinist Gregory Walker is visiting this week to work with the Oberlin Orchestra as it prepares “Poeme for Violin and Orchestra,” a piece composed by his father, George Walker, OC ’41. Walker spoke to the Review about his career as a violinist and his relationship with his father. Colin Roshak: Could you tell us a little bit about yourself? Gregory Walker: My name is Gregory Walker; I play the violin. I’m fortunate enough to be the son of composer George Walker, and as a result, I find myself in a position of having to be his ambassador on the stage from time to time, especially when he comes up with these phenomenal, complex, mind boggling works for violin or violin and orchestra. CR: How did you start...

On the Record with Conductor Raphael Jiménez and Composer Ricardo Lorenz

Colin Roshak

October 3, 2014

Filed under ARTS, Music, On the Record

Raphael Jiménez conducted the Oberlin Orchestra for the world premiere of composer Ricardo Lorenz’s “Olokun’s Awakening” in the Orchestra’s first concert of the semester last Saturday. The composer arrived on campus several days before the premiere to collaborate with Jiménez and coach the Orchestra in its final rehearsals. The Review spoke with both musicians about their collaborative history and the creative process behind “Olokun’s Awakening.” How did you two get your start in music? Ricardo Lorenz: I started in a rock band in Caracas, in Venezuela where I’m from. It was a sort of fusion rock band with a bunch of friends. Eventually all of us ended up in conservatory there. Raphael Jim...

On the Record with Alumni Band SUN SPEAK

On the Record with Alumni Band SUN SPEAK

September 19, 2014

Guitarist Matt Gold, OC ’13, and percussionist Nate Friedman, OC ’13, who perform as the band SUN SPEAK, performed together in Clonick Hall Thursday night. Before their performance, the duo, who were excited to debut some of their latest work from their new EP, Light Blue Light, spoke with the Review about Vietnamese food, Coltrane and returning to campus. What is it like being back on campus? Nate Friedman: All of the same people but none of the same people. Matt Gold: It’s all o...

On the Record with Faculty Folk and Country Band Twila and the G’Tarvins

On the Record with Faculty Folk and Country Band Twila and the G’Tarvins

May 9, 2014

This week, the Review sat down with Twila and the G’Tarvins, composed of Chair of the Biology Department and disease ecologist Mary Garvin, her husband, Associate Professor of Biology and behavioral ecologist Keith Tarvin and Twila Colley, the Biology Department’s administrative assistant. The band discussed its changing name, favorite genres and hidden talents. How did your band get started? Keith Tarvin: Last fall Debbie Mull, who was the facilities manager of [the Science Center] re...

On the Record with Organizers of ‘Safe+Sound’ Sexualized Violence Exhibition

On the Record with Organizers of ‘Safe+Sound’ Sexualized Violence Exhibition

May 2, 2014

Last Thursday, multimedia exhibition Safe+Sound went on display in the Tappan Square bandstand to raise awareness of sexualized violence in the Oberlin community. The day before the exhibition, the Review spoke with the event’s organizers, College sophomore Tinni Bhattacharyya and College junior Sophie Hess about the process of putting the exhibition together and how they hope to accomplish their goal. What is the origin of Safe+Sound? Tinni Bhattacharyya: The project started because both of u...

On the Record with Editors-in-Chief on 50th Anniversary of ‘Plum Creek Review’

On the Record with Editors-in-Chief on 50th Anniversary of ‘Plum Creek Review’

April 25, 2014

This semester, the Plum Creek Review — Oberlin’s oldest literary and arts magazine —will be celebrating its 50th anniversary with a special edition to commemorate its history and longstanding presence on campus. The Review spoke with Editors in-Chief and College seniors Ryann Eastman and Zack Knoll to get the inside scoop on the production of the Plum Creek Review and what to expect in the anticipated 50th anniversary edition. Can you tell me a little bit about the Plum Creek Review? ...

On the Record with Co-Chairs of Annual Dandelion Romp Contradance Festival

On the Record with Co-Chairs of Annual Dandelion Romp Contradance Festival

April 18, 2014

College seniors Jeremy Rubinstein and Hayley Larson and junior Donal Sheets joined forces this semester to organize Dandelion Romp, which took place last weekend. The Review sat down with them this week to discuss Dandelion Romp’s history, the contra community and the event’s highlights. So what exactly is Dandelion Romp? Jeremy Rubinstein: It’s a three-day-long festival of primarily contra dancing, but [it] also includes other forms of folk dance and folk music. Sometimes there is m...

On the Record: Steve Roggenbuck

On the Record: Steve Roggenbuck

March 14, 2014

This past Saturday, poet Steve Roggen­buck, renowned for his use of the Internet to create a new form of poetry and relation­ship with an audience, held a workshop and poetry reading in Oberlin. As soon as he arrived in Oberlin, the Review sat down with him in DeCafé to ask him about the Internet as an artistic realm of expression, building a readership and making a living as a poet. Why did you choose the Internet as a medium for sharing your poetry? I like the Internet because it reaches p...

On the Record: Adenike Sharpley on Dance, Feminism and the Demise of Hip-Hop

On the Record: Adenike Sharpley on Dance, Feminism and the Demise of Hip-Hop

March 7, 2014

This Friday and Saturday, Essence will present Queens Rule, a dance performance that tells the story of hip-hop music and dance, from its roots in West African beats, through its activist beginnings, to the genre’s current commercialization. The show is particularly aimed at questioning how women’s bodies are portrayed in hip-hop, and how this objectification came about in a genre that at first was aimed at breaking down binaries of power and privilege. Adenike Sharpley, an artist in residence...

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