The Oberlin Review

On the Record: Carolina Chocolate Drops

Ian Seeley, Managing Editor

February 25, 2011

What was your most memorable experience at the Grammys, other than winning? [Laughs] I was really sick, so it was all kind of a blur. I mean, it all was memorable. I have to say probably seeing Bobby McFerrin and Esperanza Spalding — who later won the Best New Artist — seeing them do a duet...

Album Review: Radiohead’s The King of Limbs Reminds Why We Like Pop Music

New album, Kings of Limbs, continues the hot streak.

Beatrice Rothbaum, Editor-In-Chief

February 25, 2011

Perhaps it’s no coincidence that the same week that Lady Gaga’s latest single, “Born This Way,” became the fastest-selling single ever to hit iTunes, resulting in over one million downloads in five days, Radiohead digitally released its eighth album. The two pop-music giants have more in common...

Uncommitted Crowd Brave Snowy Monday for Homostupids

Homostupids play the 'Sco last Monday.

Kara Brooks, Staff Writer

February 25, 2011

There was a passable crowd at the ’Sco on Monday night, but it seemed as though only a fraction of the turnout was truly excited to see punk band Homostupids, with opening act Aaron Dilloway. Homostupids’s fan base appears to consist of two disparate groups: fanatics and people who are trul...

Interview with the JACK Quartet

From left: Ari Streisfeld, violin, John Pickford Richards, viola, Kevin McFarland, cello, and Christopher Otto, violin take on tough music and tough crowds.

Meghan Farnsworth

February 25, 2011

Why “JACK”? Ari Streisfeld: It’s an acronym — John, Ari, Chris and Kevin. We specialize in contemporary music, and one of the first pieces we played together was the third string quartet by Helmut Lachenmann, the German composer. It’s called “Grido,” which means “scream” in Italian. But ...

Theater Review: Pinter’s Hothouse Runs Hot and Cold

Robert Salazar

February 25, 2011

Performed in Little Theater and directed by Honors candidate and College senior Ben Ferber, Harold Pinter’s The Hothouse is set in a poorly run, British mental facility. Although the characters refer to the setting as a “rest home” and a “sanitarium,” the title of the play perfectly captures...

On the Record: Guest Director Barney O’Hanlon

Jimmy Hagan, Arts Editor

February 18, 2011

Can you elaborate on the production’s usage of the Viewpoints method (an acting technique developed by Anne Bogart, the founder of the renowned New York based acting institution, the SITI Company)? Did you see the training in the Viewpoints technique pay off onstage? The cast trained in both Suzuki a...

Online Art Fair Accidentally Great for People it Tried to Exclude

Jimmy Hagan, Arts Editor

February 18, 2011

Few college students, myself included, get the opportunity to travel to international art fairs. Art Basel in Miami, while certainly a desirous escape from December snow in Oberlin, falls right on top of finals week — and, with loan payments starting to grow against our best interests, such extr...

Food Review: Korean Market Brings Kimchee to Huddled Oberlin Masses

Alex La Ferla, Staff Writer

February 18, 2011

Kim’s Market, Oberlin’s new Asian specialty store and eatery, is located on Eric Nord Way, a small street in the new East College Street complex. And while most of Kim’s patrons probably don’t know where Eric Nord Way is located (or who Eric Nord, an Amherst philanthropist who passed away...

O’Hanlon’s Eurydice Visually Stunning, Wholly Unforgettable

The design of the stage provided a stimulating and visually engaging backdrop for a superior production.

EJ Dickson, Arts Editor

February 18, 2011

When you see great theater, there’s usually a moment — a monologue, a scene, a particularly well-orchestrated costume change — that compels you to take a breath, sit up in your chair, and acknowledge that you are witness to something that can only be described as — to the chagrin of ninth-grade...

Review: Senior Voice Recital

Meghan Farnsworth

February 18, 2011

Senior Conservatory voice major and soprano Cree Alyse Carrico presented a final recital that showcased her vocal power and brilliance as well as her easy, carefree stage dynamic. Pianist Jenna Douglas acted as a tasteful adornment to Carrico’s commanding and powerful presence. The program featured...

Book Review: Karen Russell’s Swamplandia!

Aaron Botwick, Staff Writer

February 18, 2011

Karen Russell’s debut novel, Swamplandia!, opens with a quote from Alice in Wonderland. The King exclaims to Alice, “I only wish I had such eyes. To be able to see Nobody! And at that distance, too! Why, it’s as much as I can do to see real people, by this light!” It seems appropriate that ...

Calvin Johnson and Friends Lead Audience Down Long, Winding Road

Lizzie Conner

February 18, 2011

Calvin Johnson croons un-amplified into the ceiling of Fairchild Chapel, barely skipping a beat when he swings his classical guitar to his back and reverting to a speaking voice to address the audience candidly. About 40 people showed up to celebrate Valentine’s Day with K Record’s “Ring Leader”...

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