The Oberlin Review

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...

THE SWALLOW: Meals of Convenience

Amiel Stanek

December 11, 2009


Filed under ARTS

As much as I love and cherish long hours in the kitchen — dinner preparation that begins after brunch, an afternoon spent reading beside a simmering Dutch oven — I am no less awed by the grace and elegance of those simple, dependable meals that we prepare for ourselves when time is short. Such meals,...

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...

Senior Show Explores the Body

Elise Shulman-Reed, Staff Writer

December 11, 2009


Filed under ARTS

“We like to abstract the body, in our own ways,” Sook Hyun Jang told me on Dec. 4 at the Fisher Gallery, where College seniors Jang and Kai Altree displayed a number of pieces on this theme in their exhibit Inside: Outside. When I first entered the Fisher Gallery, I found it difficult to see why...

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...

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