Category Archives: Art

Middlebrow Improv Comedy, Tonight!


Middlebrow will be having their second improv comedy show of the semester TONIGHT, at 10 o’clock in the Pearsons Lounge.  The show will be featuring a surprise special guest, in addition to showcasing the group’s newest member, Will “Dollar Bill” Lupica ’18.

The group’s first show of this semester was roundly regarded as the group’s best show so far this semester, so tension will be high all around to see if the Browmen can top it.  Josh Brosnan ’16 declined to comment for this story, but sources close to him say that the Massachusetts native has become withdrawn and agitated in recent days.  Charlotte Michaelcheck ’15 would only say, “This is MORE than comedy!  This is our livelihood!  Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to make a sweater for my chinchilla out of my own hair.”  Ms. Michaelcheck’s rapidly thinning hair will be just one of many hilarious things on stage tonight.

Where: Pearsons
When: 10PM
Cost: Same as always

Room 404 Presents: “The Contemporaries: Art-making in 21st Century America” Talk by Roger White, Artist and Art Critic



Love the quirky art, writing, and creative design in Middlebury’s alternative literary/arts publication Room 404? If so, be sure to check out Room 404‘s first ever speaker series event this afternoon! Room 404 is bringing Roger White to campus, an extremely talented contemporary artist and art critic described as follows:

Roger White is a painter and writer who splits his time between Middlebury, VT and Brooklyn, NY. His work is represented by the Rachel Uffner Gallery in New York, and he has exhibited paintings in Los Angeles, Chicago, Toronto, and Tokyo. He co-founded the acclaimed Brooklyn-based art journal Paper Monument, an affiliate of n+1. He teaches part-time at RISD.

Roger’s talk will relate to his forthcoming book, The Contemporaries, which explores the ins and outs of American art-making in 21st century. He will focus on three aspects of the contemporary art world: the culture of graduate school art programs; the role of the artist’s assistant, which blurs the line between merely “assisting” and actually making art; and the importance of small arts communities that exist outside New York and other major urban centers of art commerce.

He will draw on personal experience with contemporary painting, with the changing landscape of publishing, and with bridging the gap between the roles of artist and art critic.

Date: Today, October 21
Time: 4:30-6:30
Place: Johnson 304
fo free

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Alpenglow and Iron Eyes Cody: This Friday

Alpenglow, Middlebury’s favorite favorite alumni folk band, will be back on campus this Friday, at 7:30 PM, to celebrate the recent release of their new EP, Chapel.  They will be joined by Iron Eyes Cody, another popular student band.  The show will take place in Mead Chapeland is expected to be fantastic!

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear two amazing bands!

ALPENGLOW POSTERWhat:  Live music! featuring Alpenglow and Iron Eyes Cody
When: Friday, 10/17, 7:30 PM
Where: Mead Chapel
Cost: Free

Politicizing the Wives of Abraham Talk

Professor Carol Bakhos

Professor Carol Bakhos

If you’re interested in religious studies, political religion, Christianity or literature, be sure to check out today’s lecture, “Politicizing the Wives of Abraham,” being given by Professor Carol Bakhos from the Religion department. The lecture is described as follows:

“Politicizing the Wives of Abraham” explores the roles Sarah and Hagar play as matriarchs in the founding family of Abraham and considers contemporary readings of their story. Modern readers are moved by the desire for the children of Sarah and Hagar—Arabs and Jews, Israeli Jews and Palestinians, Jews, Christians and Muslims—to live in peaceful co-existence. Bakhos will argue that reading the Genesis story in order to illumine political and social issues often ignores or distorts the narrative’s framework.

Carol Bakhos is Professor of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at UCLA. She is the Chair of the Study of Religion program and Director of the Center for the Study of Religion. Her research interests include rabbinic literature, late antique Judaism and comparative Jewish, Christian and Muslim scriptural interpretation. In addition to many scholarly articles, she is the author of Ishmael on the Border: Rabbinic Portrayals of the First Arab, and editor of several books including Judaism in its Hellenistic Context, Current Trends in the Study of Midrash and the co-edited work, The Talmud in its Iranian Context. Her most recent publication, The Family of Abraham: Jewish, Christian and Muslim Interpretations (Harvard University Press) came out this summer. Professor Bakhos currently serves on the Executive Board of the Association for Jewish Studies.

This lecture is co-sponsored by the Department of Religion, Ross Commons, The Department of English and American Literatures, the Jewish Studies Program, and the Middle Eastern Studies Program.

Date: Today, Wednesday, October 8
Time: 4:30-5:30
Place: Axinn Center Abernethy Room

CFA Event: Cameron Visiting Architect, Melanie Ide

Melanie Ide

Melanie Ide

Do you like museums? Architecture? Anything to do with art at all?


Good. All these things are awesome. Today, at 4:30, you have the opportunity to learn a little more about these three wonderfully general interests. Melanie Ide, an architect hailing from “the bay area” is giving an illustrated talk on her work in museum planning and exhibition design. Her work includes the new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.; the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum in Hawaii; the Clinton Presidential Library and Museum in Little Rock, Arkansas; the American Museum of Natural History in New York; and a new museum of modern and contemporary art in Beirut.

Hold up for a minute–the capital? Hawaii? The South?


It seems this woman knows what she’s talking about. Make sure to come by, learn a little more about architecture, museums, and in her own words, the way “space affects what people experience.”

When: Wednesday, October 8th
Where: Johnson Memorial Building, Room 304
Cost: Free


As many of you avid Middbeaters know, locally-grown and organically cultivated folk rockers Alpenglow are returning to the great state of Vermont for their one of a kind Chapel Tour in celebration of their newest release “Chapel EP.”

To add further to the excitement, Higher Ground is providing Middbeat with one pair of FREE TICKETS to the show in Burlington at the First Unitarian Church on Sunday, October 19th.

Check it out!

It’s really easy to enter. Here’s what you gotta do:

Step 1: Post this link on your Facebook Profile

Step 2: Tag Higher Ground

Step 3: Send a screen shot of your post to

Step 4: Cross your fingers and hope you win!

The contest will end Thursday, October 9th at midnight! So get on it!

*P.S. Make sure you check out Alpenglow’s supporting act Joseph. They are an amazing trio of sisters from Portland, OR and they are blowing up!


1622647_10152597144878876_6843985006327965877_nDo you have a secret hidden talent that you have been waiting to show the world? Come audition for a spot on the International Student Organization (ISO) Cultural Show! Auditions will be held on Saturday Oct. 4th from 2pm to 5pm in Wilson Hall (McCullough Social Space), and are open to all students, international or not. We require just ONE MINUTE of material, it doesn’t need to be the full thing, nor full ensemble. Show us what you got!

Date: Saturday, October 4
Time: 2pm-5pm
Place: Wilson Hall (McCullough Social Space)

Verbal Onslaught: First Impressions

10653848_10152760377088659_5069357436192975262_nThe first Thursday of the month is fast approaching, and you know what that means: Verbal Onslaught! Middlebury’s largest recurring open mic event is back with our first Verbal of the academic year. Come with poems, songs, raps, dances, or any other kind of performance or just come ready to enjoy the words and voices of your Middlebury classmates! The theme is first impressions, of people, of places, of foods, of anything. No need to fret if your piece does not relate, it’s simply a suggested topic to get the artistic juices flowing. Invite your friends!

Date: Thursday, October 2
Time: 9:00pm-11:00pm
Place: The Gamut Room

TONIGHT: Pierre Dulaine Lecture and Dance Lesson

World renowned ballroom dancer Pierre Dulaine will give a lecture and dance lesson tonight at 7 PM in the Mahaney CFA Concert Hall.  Zeke Caceres ’15 writes in:

Four-time world champion ballroom dancer and founder of the American
Ballroom Theater’s Dancing Classrooms program, Pierre Dulaine has
gone from public schools in New York City to his hometown of Jaffa,
Israel bringing reluctant public school students together through
sharing the gift of ballroom dance. His work has inspired major films
such as Mad Hot Ballroom (2004), Take the Lead (2006), starring
Antonio Banderas, and more recently Dancing in Jaffa (2014). On his
visit to Middlebury, Pierre will discuss his life experiences and how
he has been able to use ballroom dance as a tool for peace making and
social change.

Pierre will deliver a lecture on Wednesday, October 1st at 7 PM at the
Mahaney Center for the Arts’ Concert Hall and will be followed by a
dance lesson, capped at 40 participants, in the MCA 109 Dance
Rehearsal Space. To secure your spot in the class, please enter your
name and e-mail here.

This event was made possible by the generous sponsorship of the
Rohaytn Center for Global Affairs, Arabic, Hebrew and Middle East
Studies Department, Charles P Scott Center for Spiritual and Religious
Life, Project on Creativity and Innovation, the Center for Social
Entrepreunership, MiddCORE, Atwater, Brainerd, Ross and Wonnacott

RSVP on the Facebook event page

When: Tonight, October 1, 7 PM
Where: Mahaney Concert Hall
Cost: Free

Come Watch the TEDx Student Speaker Competition

Come be a part of the awesomeness!

Be a part of the awesomeness!

Like TEDx? Want to hear some fantastic ideas? Interested in hearing what other Middkids have to say? Enjoy Grille food?

If you answered yes to any of those questions (which you know you totally did), come out to the annual TEDxMiddlebury Student Speaker Competition! Support your friends and other fellow Middkids, listen to some fantastic ideas and eat FREE cookies and brownies!

Date: September 30th, 2014
Time: 7 pm
Place: Crossroads Cafe, McCollough
Cost: Free