That Summertime, Summertime Sadness
This morning in philosophy lecture, my professor, despicably, went over the format for our final exam. This might not have been so atrocious — you might even suggest that I should have been appreciative — had it not come in conjunction with a few other ill-disguised attacks on my emotional well-being.
Love and Humor, A Century Apart
“This show uses gunshots and strobe lights,” a voice informs the audience. So begins the motif of unexpected pairs that will dominate “Valhalla.”
a.squared Remixes This Business
a.squared doesn’t just want to tell you what they’re doing; they’d rather show you. The little musical family includes six main performers and a whole host of production team members. Their YouTube channel allows viewers all around the world to watch as they use the computer program Ableton Live to remix a cappella, right as they sing it. When they’re not lovingly bickering over which roles they each occupy in the a.squared family (is DJ a father figure or more of an older brother?) or slyly avoiding reporters’ questions about their secretive post-spring break plans, they’re all happy to tell you that a.squared is the best thing they’ve done at Yale. WEEKEND sat down in the studio with music director Jacob Reske ’14, vocalists (and newly tapped Whiffenpoofs) Jackson Thea ’15 and DJ Stanfill ’15 and producer Emily Bosisio ’16 to hear all about it.
My Opinion Is Worth Your Time(?)
On the first day of class, my English professor told us that our guiding philosophy for the semester should be, “Dare to be stupid.” It’s a class about reviewing the performing arts, so this is crucial. We’re being paid for our opinions—or so we are to imagine—and we had better express them.
Poetry without Pretension
It was poetry reading without pretension, where applause and easy laughter replaced snaps, and audience enjoyment was paramount.
The Lies We Tell But the Secrets We Keep
High school small talk was always themed. During junior year it was the SATs. The next fall was nothing but college applications. At prom, no one could think of anything more intelligent than “Omigod, you look amazing!” to say to their acquaintances. During college breaks, as it turns out, the theme becomes even more specific: »
Looking For a Forest Through the Trees
“Through the Trees” is more than a collection of artwork. Its artists specifically emphasize that the exhibit is not merely “art for art’s sake” — its goals are to raise awareness about gun violence, and to memorialize victims of such violence in the process.
A Meta Take on Performance Art
Physiology tells us that our eyes are trained to follow motion, that we tend to ignore what is stagnant. So it makes sense that when attending a play, opera or ballet, most audience members are drawn to the parts of the stage that are moving, be they actors, dancers or elaborate props. But this biological »
A New Home for the Holidays
All college freshmen have a common goal during their first semester: make a dorm feel like home. Everyone goes about this differently—some paper their bedroom walls with pictures of friends from high school, some hang their home state flags across their walls, some concoct makeshift versions of their favorite traditional home dishes using only Ramen, »
New Art Disturbs an Old Space
At New Haven’s Sumner McKnight Crosby Jr. Gallery, art fans are being shocked out of their complacency — or at least that’s what Hayward Gatling, the curator of “Disturbing the Comfortable,” would say. His show, which includes works of various media done by artists ranging from 17 to 65 years of age, draws inspiration from the words of graffiti artist Banksy, who said, “Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.”