The Oberlin Review

Highlights From Cleveland International Film Festival: Midwestern Sundance Features Just As Much Talent, More Snow

Abby Hawkins and Lizzie Conner

April 6, 2011

From March 24-April 3, the 35th Cleveland International Film Festival screened a diverse array of 150 features and 130 short films from about 60 different countries, featuring the works of first-time directors and world-renowned filmmakers alike. Hundreds of filmmakers and other guests from around the...

On The Record: The Vivian Girls

Beatrice Rothbaum, Editor-in-Chief

April 6, 2011

Perhaps the most significant lo-fi act to emerge from the Brooklyn scene in the last few years, the Vivian Girls followed their 2008 self-titled debut with Everything Goes Wrong in 2009. The trio’s songs tend to consist of two or three chords apiece, the vocals are often off-key and the lyrics a...

Nostalgia: A Column about Antique Fashion

Liv Combe, News Editor

April 6, 2011

Although the Great Crash occurred in 1929, it took a few years for the luxury and decadence of the Roaring Twenties to plummet along with the stock market. By 1933, when this photo was taken on Tappan Square during a campus picnic in May, the public had begun to feel the effects of the Great Depression,...

Music Preview: Upcoming Oberlin Concerts

Adrian Rew

April 6, 2011

4/7 — Riot Grrrl Night — 10 p.m. at the ’Sco — Free A night celebrating the underground feminist punk movement of the ’90s features a reading by Oberlin graduate Sara Marcus, OC ’99, from her recently published book Girls To The Front: The True Story of the Riot Grrrl Revolution, performa...

Drag Ball: A Manifesto in Two Parts

Hunter O'Neill

April 6, 2011

Hunter O'Neill President, Drag Ball Committee The term “drag ball” is thrown around on campus as if it were an Oberlin-specific phenomenon, but this could not be further from the truth: drag balls find their roots in Harlem at the turn of the 20th century. Though initially organized by white ga...

Trying to Keep Things Perfect Plays with Mythical Boyhood

Jimmy Hagan, Arts Editor

April 6, 2011

Mothers and fathers use the phrase “boys will be boys” to excuse their male children’s troublemaking. In the 1940s and ’50s, the phrase could be heard on television and in books like The Little Rascals, Leave it to Beaverand The Lone Ranger. This fictional adolescence was a suburban American cu...

Tear-Jerking Drama Two Rooms High In Pathos, Short On Substance

Moze Halperin, Staff Writer

April 6, 2011

During the performance that I saw of Two Rooms — directed by College third-year Sam Abrams — a nearby audience member was on sniveling autopilot throughout the entirety of the play. Every scene had her leaking sympathy with such constant gusto that it eventually became white noise. The unrelent...

Lackluster Rappers Fail to Inspire

Angus Chen

March 18, 2011

If you walked into the ’Sco last Tuesday night, you would have seen College sophomore Brian Becker lifted shoulder-high by a group of hip-hoppers, cheering on the raised stage. The rappers unburdened with Becker’s weight stood to the side, pumping their fists in encouragement. Following this exhilarating...

New Student Hip-Hop Collective Slams into Oberlin

New Student Hip-Hop Collective Slams into Oberlin

Angus Chen

March 18, 2011

Oberlin’s hip-hop scene exploded onto the forefront of campus activity last Thursday, March 10, with a performance by the Wilder Hip Hop Collective. The group’s debut show at the ’Sco, titled “The First Episode,” kicked off the night with beats that shattered the ground and thumped through...

Freedom Riders Documentary Paints Brutal, Inspiring Portrait of Civil Rights Activists

EJ Dickson

March 18, 2011

The documentary Freedom Riders begins and ends with a promotional clip for the Greyhound bus company. Shot in the 1960s, the clip — a chirpy musical number — features rows and rows of smiling faces singing the praises of riding with Greyhound as the camera pulls back to reveal the bus, winding ...

Haydée Souffrant Reinvigorates with Senior Dance Show To Say the Words, to Speak the Truth

Claire Petras

March 18, 2011

Equal parts performance art, spectacular drumming, traditional Guinean dancing, singing and spoken word, College senior Haydée Souffrant’s senior show addressed her personal struggle to navigate her relationship with her familial history. To Say the Words, to Speak the Truth; Following the Soun...

“Translucidity” Envisions a Clean, Sharp and Concise Photo-Universe

Alex La Ferla, Staff Writer

March 18, 2011

According to the Merriam-Webster and Oxford dictionaries, “Translucidity,” the title of College seniors Caroline Casey and Skylar Sweetman’s Senior Studio collaboration, is not a real word. In the absence of a dictionary-sanctioned definition for the word, a more accurate — but significantly...

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