New singing groups show leg, speak Hindi

January 28, 2011
Extracurriculars are so elusive: Do we fully engage? Do we merely partake? Perhaps it’s their purpose — the pursuit of fame and glory, a proof for future employers that we are not dicktards, a more constructive side effect of work deferment — that confuses the mind. Because nobody likes their extracurriculars. With over 300 active »

‘Bach’ makes melodious melodrama

January 14, 2011
The new production of Itamar Moses’s ’99 play “Bach at Leipzig” directed by Austin Trow ’12 transports you to the bustling streets of Leipzig, Saxony. It’s June 1722. As you approach the Thomaskirche, you are struck by a wave of overwhelming sound – the great cantor Johann Kuhnau is exhibiting his mastery of the organ »

WEEKEND | New Year’s Resolution for Twitter: Lose the hashtag

December 30, 2010
It’s hard to believe it, but another year of 140 characters or less has passed. We followed! We tweeted! We re-tweeted! And we, in turn, were followed and re-tweeted by friends and creepy strangers alike. The twitterverse seemed to join us all into one big, happy info-sharing family. Well, almost. I’m not a Twitter-hater. In »

Seasonal food smackdown

December 3, 2010
The time for presents and gluttonous spending has finally come. While this season of jubilance and consumerism has many perks, one of the most remarkable causes of exuberance for me (blame my mother’s obsession with healthy cooking) is the slew of holiday eats at different local establishments. Set loose in New Haven, I — an »

Game Gear of the Year

November 18, 2010
A time-honored tradition, customed T-shirts are arguably as indispensable an accessory to The Game as those adorable fight songs. I say “adorable” because although the chirpy disposition of “Boola Boola” never fails to please us with its delightful sequence of Boola Boos, we tend to resort to T-shirt designs for the hard-core slander. The origins »

Shakespeare revisited, revamped

November 5, 2010
It’s less than a week until opening night, and the rehearsal is still a blur. People are running from one end of the stage to the other, when director Justin Dobies ’12 quickly instructs Brutus (James Biondi ’12) to come to the stage. But the cast and crew of the Original Shakespeare Company’s production of »

“Rosencrantz and Guildenstern” are alive, hilarious

October 29, 2010
The title characters of “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead” are contemptible. In fact, they are so contemptible that we actually know of their forthcoming deaths before the start of the show. The play contemplates the dismal fate of the duo, two minor characters in Shakespeare’s Hamlet, whose story Tom Stoppard brilliantly tells as he believes »

Aliens either gods or too far to be scary, astro prof says

October 15, 2010
WEEKEND catches up with Astronomy professor Michael Faison who says there’s a 50 percent chance that scientists will find extraterrestial life in the next 20 to 50 years. Q. What issues does your seminar “Search for Extraterrestrial Life” look into? What do you expect from your students? A. One of the fundamental goals of the »

Pushing Daisies Past Cliches

September 17, 2010
We are welcomed to Paul Everett Tarsus’ memorial service. There is a simple array of four chairs occupied by the friends of the deceased. An intricate flower arrangement, curiously reminiscent of something you would see on the Addams’ mantelpiece, adorns the stage’s background. Actor Nehemiah Luckett, steps on the podium to say a few words »