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Artist BØRNS Headlining Spring Concert

By Devin McGrath-Conwell

March 9, 2016

Filed under Arts & Sciences

On Saturday, Feb. 27, the Middlebury College Activities Board (MCAB) revealed BØRNS as the headliner for this year’s spring concert. The announcement was made during the Winter Carnival Ball. The process of choosing and booking...

Middlebury Discount Comedy Provokes

By Elizabeth Zhou

March 9, 2016

Filed under Arts & Sciences

Hepburn Zoo has always been known as a venue for unconventional art performances, but last weekend’s performance may have topped them all: On Friday, March 3 and Saturday, March 4, the doors opened, free of charge, for Middlebury...

Performing Arts Spotlight: Maria Joao Pires and Julien Brocal

By Connor Forrest

March 9, 2016

Filed under Arts & Sciences

I was rash in my youth and often dismissed Beethoven as inaccessible and inapplicable to my grandiose existence. I realize now that Beethoven and I actually have quite a bit in common. For instance, he originally planned to write...

For the Record: The Life of Pablo

By Harper Whitt

March 9, 2016

Filed under Arts & Sciences

The somewhat erratic release of The Life of Pablo has proven such an utter whirlwind that Kanye West might actually still be scribbling in some last-minute changes to the record as it slowly infiltrates pop culture. From the sp...

Performing Arts Spotlight: NER Out Loud

By Connor Forrest

March 2, 2016

Filed under Arts & Sciences

Fun fact: Vermont is home to more writers per capita than any other state in the country. Must be all the Frost in the air. Now, as the sun’s warmth makes the campus shed its crystal shell, the wonderful works of those writers...

For the Record: Snarky Puppy Family Dinner Vol. 1

By Devin McGrath-Conwell

March 2, 2016

Filed under Arts & Sciences

In the mind of bandleader Michael League, Snarky Puppy was born out of a passion for jazz. League studied the form and started the band of like-minded musicians at the University of North Texas. The band later transplanted to...

Booking It: Swordspoint

By Abigail Walton

March 2, 2016

Filed under Arts & Sciences

Written in 1987, Swordspoint by Ellen Kushner is an intimate fantasy novel set in a renascence world – a world full of swordsmen and challenges, nobles and intrigue, jewels and assassinations. The stunning opening line, “Let...

Speech Contextualizes Paris Climate Talks

By Elizabeth Zhou

March 2, 2016

Filed under Arts & Sciences

Were the Paris climate talks of 2015 a success or a failure, and where do we go from there? These were the central questions in a talk entitled “Adequacy and Equity under Neoliberal Climate Governance: Assessing the Paris Moment”...

Playwrights on Their Plays

By Alexa Beyer

March 2, 2016

Filed under Arts & Sciences

About a month ago, Old Navy released a children’s sweatshirt with the label “Aspiring Young Artist President.” Being an artist for its own sake is indeed worthwhile, asserted every criticism that proceeded to light up the...

Women of Will Showcases Shakespeare

By Will Simpson

February 24, 2016

Filed under Arts & Sciences

In the Wright Memorial Theater last Saturday night, Feb. 20, a burgeoning audience waited impatiently for the beginning of “Force and Heat: The Early Plays,” the first part of Tina Packer’s show Women of Will. Alongside co-sta...

Performing Arts Spotlight: The Opulence of Integrity

By Connor Forrest

February 24, 2016

Filed under Arts & Sciences

“To be born branded by history, burdened by responsibility and inspired toward greatness requires a committed heart and an opulence of integrity.” —Christal Brown As part Middlebury’s Black History Month celebration,...