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Direct Your Attention: Twitch’s resilient surge

Cartoon by PIA CONTRERAS BALBUENA
December 3, 2020
While many industries have been crippled by the pandemic, none has surged quite as much as online entertainment.

Ruby Bowman ’21.5 exhibits photo series “Behind Her Bedroom Door”

December 3, 2020
“Scream in agony,” Ruby Bowman ’21.5 said in our FaceTime interview. “That’s what I’d tell the women I photographed.”

RIDDIM World Dance Troupe Zooms in on Hip-hop, Kathak, and more

RIDDIM World Dance Troupe performed two shows from a tent behind Mahaney Arts Center as audiences watched in person, online and from a projection on McCullough Lawn.
November 19, 2020
Audiences joined the RIDDIM dance crew for their fall end-of-semester show “RIDDIM World Dance Troupe Zooms In” on Saturday, Nov. 14.

Direct Your Attention: Dave Chappelle isn’t joking anymore

PIA CONTRERAS BALBUENA
November 19, 2020

It is difficult to overstate the magnitude of comedian Dave Chappelle’s imprint on our zeitgeist. Even calling him a comedian feels like the wrong title; perhaps activist or social commentator is...

Reel Critic: “Objector”

Dave Chappelle’s recent special “8:46” built directly upon the surge of Black Lives Matter movements across the country this summer.  COURTESY PHOTO
November 19, 2020
“Objector” provides a new view of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, following 18-year-old Atalya Ben-Abba.

Direct Your Attention: Ludovico Einaudi’s most intimate concert

PIA CONTRERAS BALBUENA
November 12, 2020
One day when I was scrolling through Apple Music and happened upon an album with a beautifully simplistic design that demanded my attention.

‘finally’: Production with an all-Asian cast spotlights issues of representation

The characters engage in a discussion about the limited selection of monologues available to budding Asian American actors and the young actress is left disappointed after seeing few options for leads that she can relate to and portray. VAN BARTH
November 12, 2020
“finally” turned a spotlight on the lack of Asian representation in the media and the performing arts.

Continuing a five-decade tradition, pianist Gilbert Kalish returns to Middlebury on a virtual stage

“Kalish’s earliest visit to the campus was in 1966, and he has established a long-lasting and firm relationship with the college ever since.” COURTESY PHOTO
November 12, 2020
Audiences found themselves enjoying the work of award-winning pianist and educator Gilbert Kalish, who performed on the virtual stage.

College Choir to celebrate songs of tolerance and decolonization in Sunday debut

The 2019 cohort of the College Choir gathers before Mead Chapel. COURTESY PHOTO
November 12, 2020
Despite the barriers to group performances this semester, the Middlebury College Choir will be premiering their fall choral concert performance this Sunday.

Reel Critic: ‘The Trial of the Chicago 7’

Aaron Sorkin’s new Netflix film is set during the aftermath of the riots at the 1968 Democratic National Convention. COURTESY OF HOUSTON PRESS.
October 29, 2020
Around an hour and a half into “The Trial of the Chicago 7,” clean-cut antiwar activist Tom Hayden stares down rabble-rouser Abbie Hoffman.

Drawing near, 2020 election permeates classrooms across disciplines

Professors from a wide range of disciplines incorporate the upcoming presidential election into their course material. BENJY RENTON
October 29, 2020
In races as divisive as those in the 2020 general election, professors are faced with deciding whether to broach the topic in the classroom. 

‘Landslide Lyndon’: Robert Caro’s accounts of a president with a penchant for showmanship and voter fraud

“Years of Lyndon Johnson” — is not only one of the most stylishly written accounts of a modern U.S. election but is also an electrifying thriller. COURTESY OF AMAZON
October 29, 2020
“Years of Lyndon Johnson” is not only one of the most stylishly written accounts of a modern U.S. election but is also an electrifying thriller. 
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