The Oberlin Review

Lev Rosen Returns to Oberlin with Newly Published Novel

Kara Brooks, Arts Editor

November 11, 2011


Filed under ARTS, Literature & Poetry

On the night of Nov. 8, a modest yet devoted number of students and faculty gathered in King 106 to hear Lev A.C. Rosen, OC ’03, read passages from his work of fiction. All eyes were on Rosen as the attendees of his reading towered over him in the massive lecture hall. Nevertheless, Rosen appe...

Pt. 2: What’s Your Position?: Topdog/Underdog

Erin Amlicke, Staff Writer

November 11, 2011


Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

“Watch me close, watch me close now: Who-see-thuh-red-card-who-see-thuh-red-card? I-see-thuh-red-card.” Little Theater echoed with these lines as leather-clad Booth, played by College senior Hayden Gilbert, endlessly flipped card over card with the skilled hands of a dealer. The audience was entranced...

Waiting for Godot Disappoints with Over-the-Top Antics

Sarp Yavuz, Staff Writer

November 11, 2011


Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

Waiting for Godot is my favorite play. What I witnessed in Wilder Main Space one Saturday night would have made Samuel Beckett roll in his grave. Twice. Taking advantage of the court overruling the Beckett estate’s decision to only have men play Estragon and Vladimir, College senior director Jake Mye...

Director of Allen Memorial Art Museum Moves to Cornell

Nancy Roane, Staff Writer

November 4, 2011


Filed under ARTS, Campus News, NEWS, Visual Art

After seven years as John G.W. Cowles director of the Allen Memorial Art Museum, Stephanie Wiles will leave Nov. 7 to become director of the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University. The search for a new director will begin soon, with hopes of completion by the spring. Katie Solender, OC...

Art Departments Collaborate with Gordon Square Arts District

Nancy Roane, Staff Writer

October 14, 2011


Filed under ARTS, Dance, Features, Literature & Poetry, Music, Theater & Film, Visual Art

Oberlin College’s departments of Theater, Art and Dance are collaborating with the Gordon Square Arts District located in Cleveland’s west side. Oberlin students will soon have the opportunity to get involved in art exhibitions, Winter Term projects and other artistic programs from the neighboring...

Editorial: Rushdie’s Comments Highlight Potential of Literary Thinking

The Editorial Board

October 14, 2011


Filed under Editorials, Literature & Poetry, OPINIONS

“How do you write about a world that makes no sense?” Sir Salman Rushdie’s question nearly faded into the fabric of his convocation speech — partly an account of literature’s functions through history, partly a commentary on modern politics and media from an internationally meta-renowned storyteller...

Theater Preview Must-See: Play It Again, Sam

Andrew Gombas, Staff Writer

October 14, 2011


Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

The insanity of Woody Allen is gracing the Little Theater stage this weekend in the production of his classic comedy Play It Again, Sam. The director, gifted College senior Sam Abrams, makes a distinct departure from the style of her last show in this self-conscious gut-buster featuring an all-star...

John Maus and Mist Fail to Deliver at ’Sco

Gabriel Kanengiser, Staff Writer

October 14, 2011


Filed under ARTS, Music

Music that isn’t aurally pleasing or conceptually innovative can nevertheless be of value when derived from inspiration. Inspired music is responsive and has depth, and inspiring music makes the audience share its feelings — or at the very least recognize them. Mist was unsuccessful on both coun...

Anything But Original?: David Guetta, Part II

Sarp Yavuz, Staff Writer

October 14, 2011


Filed under ARTS, Music

The album starts off with “The Alphabet," mildly euphoric and definitely full of potential. My enthusiasm is short lived as all beat drops are almost identical, and the vocal content’s monotony becomes unbearable after hearing “innocent tonight” more than 10 times. A generic Guetta song, “The...

Snaps to That: The State of Slam Poetry at Oberlin

Abby Hawkins, Arts Editor

October 14, 2011


Filed under ARTS, Literature & Poetry

Despite the numerous readings, workshops and special seminars held for Creative Writing students, the department's curriculum is sorely lacking in nontraditional forms of poetry, including slam — this disconnect that prevents any sort of academic dialogue with the slam scene before it could start....

Art Exhibition in Mudd Seeks to Create Political Dialogue Among College Students

Kara Brooks, Arts Editor

October 14, 2011


Filed under ARTS, Visual Art

The Oberlin Peace Activists' League erected Ten Years of War this past week in Mudd Library. The eclectic collection of art aimed to draw attention to the United States' militaristic involvement in the Middle East over the past 10 years with a five-day display in one of the most student-populated venues o...

Oberlin Orchestra Fresher and More Polished than Ever

Meghan Farnsworth, Staff Writer

October 7, 2011


Filed under ARTS, Music

Under the direction of Raphael Jimenez, the orchestra presented a program featuring Silvestre Revueltas’s Sensemayáand Dmitri Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 2 and Symphony No. 9. Sensemaya?, the first piece on the program, begins with the deep, bottomless richness of the bass clarinet pul...

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