The Oberlin Review

Restaurant Review: Aladdin’s Eatery Ousts Java Zone in Baba Ganoush Coup

EJ Dickson, Arts Editor

February 11, 2011


Filed under ARTS

Everyone has dreams and, up until a month ago, this was mine: that Java Zone would be bought out by an enigmatic and fabulously wealthy restaurateur for a tidy sum, and that it would be replaced by a 24-hour sandwich shop. Sandwiches, of all creeds and colors, under the same roof and available at all...

Jazz Collective Makes Friends in Beijing

Jazz Collective Makes Friends in Beijing

Terry Hsieh

February 11, 2011


Filed under ARTS, Music

Improvisation was, and always has been, one of those things in life that never came easily to me. As a jazz musician, I always struggle against the urge to solidify everything that ever comes to mind before I get up onstage to play. But if jazz music can teach us anything about life, then improvisation,...

Bait Offers Christian Reform School Sex Fantasies, Swims through Symbolism

Moze Halperin

February 11, 2011


Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

The beautiful thing about student-written college theater is that audiences get the pleasure of seeing their friend's or acquaintance's or LARP partner’s personality combusted into performance. One has the sense that this person they know a lot or a little or a LARP is scattered in chunks around the...

Theater Preview: Eurydice

Theater Preview: Eurydice

Rachel Kaye

February 11, 2011


Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

The very old and very new are working together to bring something special to the Oberlin stage this weekend. The Theater and Dance department is staging Sarah Ruhl’s Eurydice, a retelling of the story of Orpheus from the perspective of his wife, the titular character he attempts to rescue from the...

Super Blown: The Super Halftime Show Disappoints Yet Again

James Blankenship, Sports Editor

February 11, 2011


Filed under ARTS, Dance, Music, SPORTS, Sports Editorials & Features

Every time the overhyped monstrosity that is Super Bowl week graces us with its presence, a nation is left wondering, “Can this halftime show really be worse than last year’s?” In the last five years, a spectacle that has become more celebrated than several national holidays (I’m talking to you,...

Mathias Énard Zone’s Out with Tall Tales, a Long Train Ride and a Failed Desire to Change History

Aaron Botwick

February 11, 2011


Filed under ARTS, Literature & Poetry

Almost 150 pages into Mathias Énard’s Zone, his protagonist, Francis Mirkovic, remembers the point in his life when he stopped reading “adventure novels” and, because of his exposure to Joseph Conrad, began reading “simply novels.” It is a slight point that is quickly dismissed for a new sub...

“O Brave New World”: Taymor’s Tempest Dreamlike, Occasionally Terrifying

“O Brave New World”: Taymor’s Tempest Dreamlike, Occasionally Terrifying

Eva Sachs

February 11, 2011


Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

William Shakespeare’s The Tempest is nothing if not surreal. Julie Taymor OC ’74 takes that to heart in her new film adaptation of the classic play. The movie is extraordinarily dreamlike, with countless special effects that vary from obvious green screen to frighteningly realistic animation. Today’...

Taking on Tyson Inspires, Charlie Sheen Still Crazy

Rachel Avcioglu, Staff Writer

January 26, 2011


Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

When I first heard the synopsis of Mike Tyson's new TV show Taking On Tyson, I had to laugh. Mike Tyson, the old heavyweight champion of the world, having a show on Animal Planet about his love for pigeons? That couldn’t possibly be serious. But after the first five minutes of the pilot episode, I knew I...

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 coff...

Escape Artist Series Gets Personal

Nadya Primak, Staff Writer

December 11, 2009


Filed under ARTS

It was a gloomy night at last Thursday’s “Escape Artist” series, and only half of the little studio’s chairs in Azru Oklan’s studio on Forest Street were occupied to listen to Chris Barr’s presentation. Mainly a performance artist nowadays, Barr has had his fill of advertising agencies and...

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...

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...

Established 1874.