One of our most talented artists, Levi Westerveld ’13.5, has shared with us another set of magnificent drawings. The Campus interviewed him in this weeks paper, and Middlebury Magazine did a while ago (with a video). Check out some of his other work here. Levi is a nice guy and he’d be glad to talk with about his artwork. Heres what we got emailed:
Celebrating the opening of “New Spaces, Same Identities,” an exhibit of charcoal and soft pastels portraits by Levi Westerveld ’15.5 depicting the faces of Chinese Migrant Workers. Portraits are accompanied by short biographies giving a historical and geographical context. The artist will give a short presentation and will be on hand to discuss his project. Light refreshment served. Sponsored by Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs, Chinese Department, The Chinese Society, and Vitality of the Artistic Community Association.
This Saturday, the Hirschfield International Film Series will be screening the Goro and Hayao Miyazaki‘s father-son collaborative 2011 Studio Ghibli release “From Up on Poppy Hill.” For those of you as bummed as I was that Miyazaki’s purported final movie “The Wind Rises” didn’t get the Academy Award this past Sunday, the screening Saturday will be a great consolation prize and memento of one of the most creative minds in animated film. Raised on Pixar, I didn’t start watching Miyazaki movies until recently, and although I remain impressed by Pixar’s 3D animation style, Miyazaki creates magic in a way untouched by any of his contemporaries, portraying nostalgic wonder like no other animator of our time. There will be a 3 PM matinee for those looking to for a break from Chilifest, and another screening at 8 PM. Both screenings will be in Dana. See here for the full schedule of upcoming screenings in the Hirschfield Series, and after the jump for a short blurb on the film:
hey middlebury. this is going to be a collection of photos and videos of pretty things. maybe you’ll think they’re pretty too. each week i’ll try to put up 3 or 4 photos and an embedded video. in a little while some text stuff will emerge as well. try to figure out what kind of cool relationships words and pictures can have. that sort of thing. thanks.
UPDATE: We have a drumset and a fancy board set up. If you are in a band and want to play this would be a good time to come.
Don’t forget to come to the Gamut Room tonight at 9pm for another night of open mic performances and delicious food. If you haven’t heard by now, the WOMP packs some serious heat. Last week, in addition to the sultry sounds of Milk Chocolate, over 18 performers stepped up to the mic to share their talents. So make sure you stop by, eat a crepe and check out some live music, stand up comedy, spoken word and more!
This week features a performance by the mythological rock gods Icarus and the Wax Wings.
Be prepared for special guests.
Also shout out to Maxim Eingorn ’14 - its his 22nd birthday.
Its snowing the perfect snowflakes outside. By perfect snowflake I mean geometric masterpieces that are miraculously falling from the sky!!! Seriously, go outside and check out how everything is sparkling. Its so soft. Also if you look at any light source it makes a rainbow through the snow.As snow lover, Jeff Colt, says “Nothing can escape their beauty!” <3 Vermont!
Also Check out Snowflake Bently’s pics. One of the first people (a Vermonter) to photograph this phenomena. Heres a guide how to take some great snowflake pictures by yourself. Email us if you get some good ones!
Also, heres a 2 minute winter video I made 2 years ago while living in Brooker:
Cherub is nu disco, cherub is electro sex pop, and in honor of their BLOW’d tour kicking off this past weekend, Cherub is our Artist of the Week. The Nashville-based duo, comprised of lead singer/songwriter/guitarist Jordan Kelley, and producer/guitarist/vocalist Jason Huber, met while attending Middle Tennessee State University. Since 2011 they have released 4 EPs, all recorded with the Boulder label Elm & Oak; Man of the Hour, MoM & DaD, 100 Bottles, and Antipasto. This latest 4 track offers a peek at their highly anticipated debut LP; Year of the Caprese.
In a recent interview with the music blog Ones to Watch, Kelley described their sound as “Chocolate strawberries and vanilla smoothies”. Addictive guitar riffs, frustratingly catchy hooks, Kelley’s smooth falsetto, and Huber’s complementing harmonies are at the core of their inviting sound. Blend that with some tube driving and synthesizing, and you have instant sex appeal. The results range from bangers like the viral anthem “Doses & Mimosas”, to lyrical guitar driven ballads like “Where We Should Be”.
Cherub is not just a DJ act, but a crafty live production. On Tuesday, April 1st the BLOW’d tour is making a stop at South Burlington’s own Higher Ground, so plan on cranking that paper out Monday night, swapping that Wednesday morning presentation date, and then click here to get your tickets to a great time (only $13!!).
This is a tape. People used these in the old days to record mixtapes.
This Saturday, Middbeat released a track from a burgeoning rap artist/Middlebury freshman, Dwayne Scott ’17.Today, his entire mixtape entitled “M.O.N.D.A.Y.” has been released and sponsored by Datpiff.com. If you haven’t already heard it, stop whatever you’re doing and download it for FREE at the link below:
Springfield, Massachusetts’ rapper, D. Scott, releases M.O.N.D.A.Y, the first of a series of mixtapes featuring hard-hitting lyricism and soulful beats. The acronym stands for “Midd of Nowhere Dreaming About Yesterday” and serves as a theme comparing the artist’s past life back in Springfield, Massachusetts to his collegiate experience in Middlebury Vermont at Middlebury College.
Many of the tracks are produced by Innocent Tswamuno ’15and Caroline Joyner‘s sultry vocals feature on the “Together” single. Support a fellow student, satiate your earbuds, and get ready to be impressed with the innovation and talent on this campus.
Noah Stone ’15 killing it on the piano (with a great shot of the audience in the background)
Come to the Gamut Room TONIGHT AT 9 PM for another round of open mics and closed crepes. The WOMP will be kicking it into high gear with a set from the sexy stud muffin duo Milk Chocolate (Innocent Tsawmuno ’15 a.k.a. “le Milk” and Mohan Fitzegerald ’14 a.k.a. “le Chocolate”). It’s gunna be a WOMP-alicious time.
Nellie Pierce ’16 kicked it off with “High Five”
Big shout out to everyone who came out to the inaugural WOMP. It was a very special event. Last week, a total of 12 student musicians performed at the open mic to a Gamut Room filled with a loving, supportive audience. Eyal even shed a few tears during Leif’s set. And a special thanks to Paul Gerard ’14 for taking some great photos that we can share with you from last Wednesday! But don’t worry if you missed it– its happening again tonight!
Will Cuneo ’15 serenading the ladies
REMEMBER: This event is open to any and every student who wishes to perform. The open mic portion is by no means limited to music. Any sort of performance, from interpretive dancing to Shakespearean monologues to Stand Up comedy to original poetry, is welcome! There will be some acoustic guitars, a piano, a bass, and maybe a few other instruments for musicians to borrow. Bring your friends and take the stage!
Middbeat is going to have a heart attack we’re so excited that Heartbeat is performing at Midd on Thursday. No really though, this is big news.
Shout out to Shelby Friedman ’16 for her initiative and hard work in bringing us Heartbeat. She writes in:
Free concert open to all ages! Heartbeat is a musical collective comprised of young Israeli and Palestinian musicians. A Heartbeat performance is much more than just a concert. In addition to performing original music, the musicians offer personal accounts of their experiences working cooperatively as Israeli and Palestinian teenagers, while also acknowledging the pain and struggles dividing their societies. The group’s music is both high-energy and constructive, appealing to a young audience while also promoting mutual understanding.
How many times have you had the Super Mario theme song stuck in your head? How many times have you sung along with the sound your Gameboy makes when you run into a wild Pokemon outside of Saffron City? How many times have you used the C-pad to play Zelda’s Lullaby and wished you had an Ocarina of Time?
Probably a lot more than you are willing to admit.
Music is an integral part of video games, but its something that we tend to take for granted. Whether you are a daily gamer or just a casual Mario Kart racer, you are probably familiar with the sounds and music in the game. But have you ever thought about who designed it or where it came from?
Today at 4:30pm in Axinn 229, Professor Neil Lerner of Davidson College will give a talk on precisely this subject. Here’s the full info:
Mario’s Dynamic Leaps: Musical Innovations and Backwards Glances in Donkey Kong and Super Mario Bros
Nintendo’s two ground-breaking games, 1981’s Donkey Kong and 1985’s Super Mario Bros., are both justifiably lauded for their pioneering innovations of the genre of the platform game, but their music also deserves attention. Speaker Neil Lerner, musicologist and co-coordinator of the Concentration in Film and Media Studies at Davidson College in North Carolina, will explore the music for both games as case studies. Both looked towards both the past, in their evocation of musical gestures, styles, and techniques associated with the days of early twentieth century cinema; and also hinted at the future with their groundbreaking uses of a series of tonally- and motivically-related cues. Sponsored by the Department of Film and Media Culture, the Department of Music, and the Committee on the Arts. Free