The Oberlin Review

Feature Photo: Parents Weekend Improv Showcase

Feature Photo: Parents Weekend Improv Showcase

November 13, 2015

College senior James Koblenzer (center) gestures toward College senior Ben Hyams (far left) alongside fellow Kid Business members College senior Annie Peskoe (left), College first-year Jon Krakaur and College sophomore Max Freiman. Kid Business, Oberlin’s short-form improv troupe, teamed up with two long-form troupes, Primitive Streak and Sunshine Scouts, for the Parents Weekend Improv Showcasepalooza at the Cat in the Cream Friday, Nov. 6. The show was well-received by parents and students alike....

Political Folk Group Pays Tribute to Salvadoran Civil War

Political Folk Group Pays Tribute to Salvadoran Civil War

November 6, 2015

When live music manages to create a connection with the audience, it is often through the merit of the music being played — how much the audience enjoys the melodies, how in sync the performers are and how much energy is passing between audience and performer. Yet there is another way in which music can touch listeners: through honesty and palpable earnestness of expression. The curious part about music of this last sort is that it can transcend traditional notions of skill and preparedness. When...

Songwriters Benefit from New Exco, Club

Songwriters Benefit from New Exco, Club

September 25, 2015

College sophomore Lilah Drafts-Johnson cradled her guitar as she prepared to perform for an audience at the Cat in the Cream last Friday. Before singing, she told the crowd she’d be performing her favorite original song, but that it was unlike many of her other pieces, which share similarities with Taylor Swift’s nostalgic love songs. Draft-Johnson’s song “Compliment” addressed the problem of street harassment, including lyrics like “With your legs you know you look fine,” and “Didn’t...

Kenyon Graduate Brings Synth-Pop to Cat

Kenyon Graduate Brings Synth-Pop to Cat

September 18, 2015

College junior Sammy Mellman joined bands Half Waif and Sedna’s not alone. for a cohesive and friendly show at the Cat in the Cream Saturday night, creating a warm atmosphere of sweet tunes and even sweeter friendship. Half Waif, the synth-pop project of Kenyon College graduate Nandi Rose Plunkett, headlined the rainy evening with a dreamy set. In addition to a handful of older material, the Brooklyn-based group, which also features drummer Zack Levine and guitarist Adan Feliciano, premiered...

Sexual Innuendo Drives Piscapo’s Arm Debut

Sophie Kemp

September 11, 2015

“We sometimes get offensive, so if we do, you can throw a Cat cookie at us — preferably at the mouth region,” a member of Piscapo’s Arm informed the audience gathered at the Cat in the Cream last Friday. No Cat cookies were thrown, but the troupe stayed true to its message and presented a show that perfectly satirized sexually-fueled tensions at Oberlin, for which the show was named. Piscapo’s Arm’s Sexual Tension show was the first of the semester for Oberlin’s oldest sketch comedy group. The troupe moved seamlessly between goofy R.A.related innuendos, Cookie Monster condom jokes and discourse on the lengths we go to charm a lover, like sending nudes. At many points throughout the show, the subject...

Romantic Dynamics Spice Up Shivering Timbers’ Folk-Rock

Mary Fischer

September 4, 2015

Seldom does one come across a band whose music captures all the best facets of country, blues and rock, but last Saturday at the Cat in the Cream Shiver­ing Timbers proved that it is possible. The trio from Akron, Ohio, consists of vocalist and bassist Sarah Benn, guitarist Jayson Benn and drummer Dan­iel Kshywonis. They showcased their musical talent with cuts ranging from bluesy ballads to rock songs about life and romance. From the beginning, dynam­ics between the two married members, who have performed together for many years, drove the show forward. The couple interacted onstage in an inti­mate and familiar way, which was reflected musically in the interplay between the guitar and bass lines throughout the...

Ho Brings Refinement to Ukulele, Other Instruments

Ho Brings Refinement to Ukulele, Other Instruments

April 17, 2015

The multi-talented Daniel Ho quickly figured out who his audience was when he visited the Cat in the Cream Monday night. Everyone from untrained music lovers to experienced Conservatory students sat in the room. Given the audience’s wide range of musical knowledge, Ho managed to balance his on-stage talk between anecdotal explanations of his songs and technical explanations of the rhythms, harmony and forms at work. Ho, a native Hawaiian currently based in Los Angeles, plays piano, ukulele and...

Feature Photo: Kid Business

Feature Photo: Kid Business

March 6, 2015

College sophomore Kitty O’Neill bursts out laughing as the short-form improv comedy group Kid Business engages her in a humorous sketch. The group performed its first show of the semester at the Cat in the Cream on Saturday. Kid Business is the first of the three on-campus improv comedy troupes to hold a show this semester and the only troupe not to welcome new members this spring. Oberlin students can look forward to a performance by one of the two long-form troupes, Primitive Streak, this Saturday...

Fundraiser Works to Increase Human Trafficking Awareness

Fundraiser Works to Increase Human Trafficking Awareness

March 6, 2015

Over 20 million people worldwide are living in slavery. Last Friday at the Cat in the Cream in “Project Unbound: Humans Against Trafficking,” several victims of the modern slave trade shared their stories. College first-year Sarah Blum organized the event, which was dedicated to raising funds and awareness about this $150 billion industry. The student group that Blum works with, Project Unbound, was created two years ago with the mission statement “Inspiring Creativity to Fight Human Trafficking...

Cajun Band Carries on Rich Musical Tradition

Cajun Band Carries on Rich Musical Tradition

September 26, 2014

“This song is about how life’s too short to sit at home on your computer on Facebook and tweeter... Tweeter? Twitter?” drummer of the Pine Leaf Boys Drew Simon mused as he introduced the band’s first number, “La Vie est Trop Courte,” at the Cat in the Cream Sept. 19. Simon’s slipup underscored the Pine Leaf Boys’ anachronistic vibe as they played a nearly two hour-long set of Cajun tunes. Cheerful front man and accordionist (Cajun accordionist, to be specific) Wilson Savoy was...

Vandaveer Contrasts Murder Ballads with Humor in Showcase

Vandaveer Contrasts Murder Ballads with Humor in Showcase

September 12, 2014

Mark Charles Heidinger and Rose Guerin, known together as Vandaveer, entered the Cat in the Cream stage last Friday the fifth looking slightly frazzled. Heidinger, with his guitar in hand, surveyed the packed space, while Guerin, with a peasant blouse and a wreath of flowers in her blonde hair, took her place by one of the mics. There was a bit of fiddling on the stage, and then a quiet comment by Heidinger: “One more second. We’ll avoid calamity,” followed by, “Hello Oberlin College.” The...

Intense, Energetic Pieces Drive Koreo Showcase

Intense, Energetic Pieces Drive Koreo Showcase

May 2, 2014

The crowd in the Cat in the Cream got everything it wanted at the Koreo showcase last Wednesday, from heavy beats to heart-wrenching poetry. Koreo, Oberlin’s co-ed hip-hop fusion dance troupe, collaborated with fellow hip-hop student performers for a fun and exhilarating show featuring not only dance, but spoken word, beat-boxing and music as well. The show kicked off with a dance duet by College juniors Lingyu (Mini) Zhang and Chelsea Cross set to the music of Kill the Noise, Until the Ribbon...

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