The Oberlin Review

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,...

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...

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...

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...

Moffitt Woos Feve Crowd

Will Roane, Staff Writer

December 11, 2009


Filed under ARTS, Music

The stars in the Oberlin sky shone brightly onto a chilly South Main Street on Sunday as jazz vocalist Nina Moffitt, OC ’09, set up her amplifier to play a special show with Feveband at The Feve. After sorting through some feedback from her microphone, she and Feveband played two diverse and radiant...

Intro Shorts Showcase New Talent

Tess Yanisch

December 11, 2009


Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

Last weekend, the Theater 101 class put on its showcase, displaying the skills of the enrolled students. According to Matthew Wright, the class’s professor of record, all these actors are first-semester Obies, and all but one are first-year (apparently there’s a transfer student in the mix somewhere)....

The Swallow: A Thing I Ate Last Week

Amiel Stanek, Staff Writer

December 4, 2009


Filed under ARTS

Sometimes I worry about this whole thing that I’ve started doing, this thing where I write about the food that I eat and cast these writings out into the world for other people to read. I worry because, when I read the sorts of things written by the food writers and gastronomes whom I admire and...

Crispin Hellion Glover Shows Latest Work

Aaron Botwick

December 4, 2009


Filed under ARTS, Literature & Poetry, Theater & Film

On Saturday, Nov. 21, Crispin Hellion Glover appeared in West Lecture Hall. The room was pitch-black except for a single red-tinted spotlight on his face. Without introduction, Glover began to present his “BIG SLIDE SHOW,” a collection of books from the 1800s that he rewrote for a one-hour dramatic...

OCircus Enacts “The Seven Deadly Sins”

Tess M. Yanisch

December 4, 2009


Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

The premise was simple: the Hell Shopping Network was filming a commercial in front of a live studio audience. On Friday, Nov. 20 and Saturday, Nov. 21, the students in OCircus used that concept to put on an astonishing display of their talents. “The Seven Deadly Sins” took place at the Cat in the...

The Art of the Poster

James Hagan, Staff Writer

December 4, 2009


Filed under ARTS, Visual Art

As a culture, we are addicted to images. As a school, we are addicted to posters. This is a common phenomenon on many campuses, this particular vehemence with which we revere postering. In Wilder, we make a habit of immortalizing posters in clean frames, on those new flat televisions, and almost every...

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