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!
If you love Latin dance, culture, or music, we’ve got some good news: This Saturday, September 28, Crossroads Cafe is featuring Burlington’s DJ Jah Red who will be heating up the dance floor for a night of Salsa, Bachata, Merengue, Cumbia, and Reggaeton! Come enjoy a fun night with your friends and eat some delicious, free (that’s right, FREE) snacks.
The next film in the Hirschfield Series lineup is In The House (François Ozon, France, 2012, 105 minutes).
A 16-year-old boy becomes involved with the family of a fellow student and writes about it in essays for his French teacher. Faced with this gifted but unusual pupil, the teacher rediscovers enthusiasm for his work, but the boy’s intrusion leads him into a treacherous no-man’s land between the literary and the literal.
The New York Times writes: “”In the House” weaves a pleasant and clever spell, manipulating the viewer much in the way that Claude [the student] plays with Germain [the teacher]“.
If you’re into creative writing or just like to read, which we hope most of you do, this is an event not to miss: This afternoon at 4:30 poet and novelist Lindsay Hillwill be reading from and discussing his new novel, Sea of Hooks, winner of the 2014 Pen Center USA Fiction Award. If you’ve never heard of Hill (no worries, we hadn’t either), now’s the time to get familiar, as he’s gaining tremendous visibility and many accolades. New York magazine and Publishers Weekly both named Sea of Hooks a top 10 book of 2013, and portions of its opening chapters were published in Middlebury’s own New England Review. Publishers Weekly describes the book as “an almost impossibly sustained performance from beginning to end. Nearly every paragraph astonishes, every moment rich with magic and daring.”
So, come hear Hill read, get inspired, and perhaps write something of your own. Or just read his stuff.
Date: Today, September 25 Time: 4:30-5:45pm Place: Axinn Center Abernethy Room Cost: Free
This Thursday and Friday the Otters will be having auditions from 4:30-6:00 in Forest East Lounge. Now If you just read that and thought “I can’t audition I’ve never done improv before,” or “I’m not funny enough,” come audition anyway! Many Otters, current and former, had never done improv before the first audition.
Date: Thursday and Friday Time: 4:30-6 Place: Forest East Lounge (by Registrar)
Here at Midd all like to think of ourselves as at least a little bit artsy. And if you’re looking to boost those artistic talents (or lack thereof), there’s no better opportunity than the Middlebury Ceramics Studio Open Hours sessions held every week, no judgment, no cost. James Waters ’14.5 writes in to tell us what these hours are all about:
Middlebury Ceramics Studio will open this week! Come stick your hands in clay and get messy with some artsy dudes and expressive ladies. No fee for participation, welcome to both beginners and experts and everywhere in between. Open hours this semester will be: W/Th/F 7 – 9 PM, and Saturdays 3 – 5 pm. Drop by as often or little as you like. See you soon (studio is in a big yellow house, through the woods behind the proctor tennis courts, on the street that leads to the social houses)
Date and Time: Every Week, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 7-9pm, Saturday 3-5pm Place: Ceramics studio (in the big yellow house through the woods behind the tennis courts and Proctor Cost: Nada
If you’re looking to get away from campus tomorrow and enjoy the fast-approaching autumn, look no further than the Shelburne Farms Harvest Festival. The festival will include full-day live music and entertainment (schedule can be found at www.shelburnefarms.org), opportunities to meet local craftspeople and try your hand at their art, a huge variety of incredible seasonal local foods, AND much more. Trust us when we say their fire-grilled corn on the cob is to die for – and if you’re brave you can even test out the maple lemonade!
Interested in doing something different with your Sundays?
Akhila Khanna ’17andAlexander Burnett ’16are running a workshop on the Theater of Augusto Boal, and it’s sure to be a fabulous, enriching experience. Akhila writes in:
Boal’s ‘Theatre of the Oppressed’ Workshop is grounded in the works of theater practitioner and political activist – Augusto Boal. Every week students attend the workshop and warm up together using Boal’s movement techniques. Boal’s exercises focus on strengthening one’s imagination, physical freedom and ensemble collaboration. During the course of the workshop students will understand concepts such as “the oppressor and oppressed’ (central to Boal’s work) and will work on creating image theatre pieces on social issues that they feel strongly about. The sessions take place every Sunday from 1 pm to 2 pm in room 232 at the CFA. All students are welcome to join any time and no previous theatre experience is required! Students should be prepared to move and get out of their heads!
What: Awesomeness, movement and theater When: Every Sunday at 1:00 p.m. Where: CFA Room 232 Cost: FREE!
The award-winning Paul Miller, also known as DJ Spooky, is the featured performer of the 2014 Clifford Symposium. Spooky is known for creating music with a combination of digital and conventional techniques and for collaborating with well known artists. He incorporates violin solos, as well as iPad-made music into his lecture and video representation of climate change and its effects of the Arctic poles. As the author of Of Water and Ice, and The Book of Ice, Miller takes a new perspective on the issues concerning climate change that many are so familier with already. His knowledge of the algorithms that make up the geometry of ice crystals are interpreted through the music he produces to create unforgettable and intellectual performances. Get hyped!
A personal favorite Midd event, The Moth, is back. If you’ve never heard of The Moth, it’s a stress-free non-fiction story telling environment where all are welcome and honesty is a must. At this Thursday’s Moth all will gather in a dim-light, cozy Gamut setting for five pre-designated Midd storytellers (featuring students and a professor), speaking on a pre-selected theme. The theme of the story slam will be ”Guts”, and there are only two rules: 1. It must be true, and about you. 2. No notes. Moth host Luke Greenway ’15 tells us that “Stories might range from daring escapades to hard-hitting punches to the gut, or from disembowelment to the inner working of things.”
Storytellers include Professor Jamie McCallum, Adam Milano ’15, Ilana Gratch ’16.5, Staci Hill ’15, Kendall Wycoff ’14.5, and Emilie Seavey ’18.
Importantly, contrary to many Midd students belief, the Moth did not started here, and is not just a “Middlebury thing.” The Moth is an “acclaimed not-for-profit organization dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling. It is a celebration of both the raconteur, who breathes fire into true tales of ordinary life, and the storytelling novice, who has lived through something extraordinary and yearns to share it. At the center of each performance is, of course, the story – and The Moth’s directors work with each storyteller to find, shape and present it.” The first Moth storytelling event was held in New York City in 1997, and the event is now held regularly in numerous cities (INCLUDING BURLINGTON!!!) nationwide and globally. Additionally, tune into NPR’s The Moth Radio Hour (or podcasts), which features The Moth’s most beloved tales and the stories behind the stories. This series debuted in 2009 and is now airing on more than 200 stations nationwide. Learn more about the official Moth organization here, and be sure to take part in Midd’s fantastic part of the project tonight at 9:30 PM.