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Students from the “Architectural Design II” class stand in front of Sandy’s Contemplace after completing construction on the piece. (PHOTO COURTESY OF BEN BENEDICT.)

Behind the scenes of Sandy’s Contemplace, a ‘roadside’ lookout by Sawyer

Ella Napack December 1, 2021
In the last few years, the patch of grass between Hopkins Hall and Sawyer Library has been filled with structures made by architecture students. This year, the class assignment for “Architectural Design II” was to create a space for contemplation.
Review: ‘How could I resist’ Cap & Bells’ Mamma Mia?

Review: ‘How could I resist’ Cap & Bells’ Mamma Mia?

Amalia Culpepper-Wehr December 1, 2021
Amalia Culpepper-Wehr ’24 writes that Cap & Bells' Mamma Mia is a nearly perfect production.
Student band The Kicks rehearsing in the basement of 70 Hoxsey St. From left to right: Owen Hiland ’22, Lizzie High ’24, Emilio Anamos ’24, Anuvind Iyer ’23, and Piper Higgins ’22. (Sasha Tucker/The Williams Record)

Band-Mania: Student bands revamp on-campus music scene one concert at a time

Sasha Tucker December 1, 2021
I walked into one of the College’s student bands, The Kicks’, Nov. 16 practice a little after 9 p.m., just in time to hear their lively rendition of a-ha’s “Take on Me.” They were rehearsing ahead of their Currier Ballroom performance at the crew formal on Saturday, Nov. 20. That weekend, which was the last weekend before November Break, boasted abnormal amounts of live music.
Sawyer’s zine collection is home to original zines from student creators like Beza Luiseged ’25, Alice-Henry Carnell ’22.5, and Hannah Bae ’24. (Photo courtesy of Beza Luiseged.)

Sawyer zine collection celebrates creativity, community

Aiden Pham November 17, 2021
The first time Aiden Pham ’24 walked into the lobby of Sawyer Library, he expected shelves upon shelves of books. Instead, he found a collection of zines made by students.
The Kintai Bridge in Suō Province (1924) by Kawase is currently on view as part of Competing Currents.

‘Competing Currents’ opens at the Clark

Rebekah Lindsay November 17, 2021
The Clark Art Institute opened Competing Currents: 20th-century Japanese Prints on Nov. 7. The exhibition was curated by Oliver Ruhl, who graduated from the College’s master’s program in art history in 2021. 
Review: ‘The French Dispatch’ explores ennui in Ennui

Review: ‘The French Dispatch’ explores ennui in Ennui

Justin Piccininni and Katya Ulyanov November 17, 2021
Katya Ulyanov ’24 and Justin Piccininni ’24 write that Wes Anderson's latest film — which explores finding meaning in boring lives — is sure to become a cult classic.
Students use art as activism at divestment protest

Students use art as activism at divestment protest

Rebekah Lindsay November 17, 2021
Art has a long history in social protest, and Friday morning’s gray clouds and rainy weather cleared up just in time for students to cover Paresky Center’s wet steps with vibrant chalk drawings and posters calling on the College to publicly divest from fossil fuels.
All of the four badmates were also members of the Williams Octet during their time at the College.

Darlingside, band of four alums, returns ‘home’ to perform

Sasha Tucker November 10, 2021
To Auyon Mukharji ’07, one quarter of the band Darlingside, returning to perform in Baxter Hall on Nov. 5 felt like “coming home.” Over the course of the evening, the band’s first performance on campus since June 2019, Darlingside serenaded the College community, cracked jokes among themselves, and even inspired a short dance number from two audience members.
Yerma is the first theatre-department-sponsored production since the beginning of the pandemic. (Photo courtesy of Eddie Wolfson.)

Theatre dept.’s Yerma explores femininity, reproduction, gender

Kathryn Cloonan November 10, 2021
A tragic exploration of reproduction and the societal pressures of heterosexual relationships is reviving the theatre department’s in-person productions. Yerma, which premieres Nov. 11 and runs until Nov. 14, will be the first in-person theatre department show since 2020.  Yerma, written by poet-playwright Federico García Lorca in 1934, tells the story of a childless wife in rural Spain grappling with pressures surrounding reproduction and gender roles in relation to her husband. The play critiques societies that deny women the ability to choose their life paths — or judge them for their choices. 
Dune ran at Images Cinema from Oct. 24 to Nov. 5. (Photo courtesy of IMDb).

Review: With ‘Dune’, Villeneuve adapts the ‘unadaptable’

Katya Ulyanov November 10, 2021
A visually stunning film, Dune does justice to its source material, Katya Ulyanov ’24 writes, despite sometimes not delving deeply into its characters.
Wayne Shorter, a prominent composer, wrote the opera’s music. (Photo courtesy of MASS MoCA.)

Review: ‘Iphigenia’ at MASS MoCA

Lily Goldberg November 10, 2021
Lily Goldberg ’22 writes that Iphigenia — a new jazz opera with music by Wayne Shorter and words by esperanza spalding — doesn’t contain enough jazz.
Review: ‘Repro Japan’ examines Japan’s contributions to pop culture

Review: ‘Repro Japan’ examines Japan’s contributions to pop culture

Yuchan Kim November 2, 2021
The Repro Japan: Technologies of Popular Visual Culture exhibition, curated by Professor of Comparative and Japanese Literature Christopher Bolton, and open to the public at WCMA until Mar. 20, 2022, navigates the ongoing legacy of Japanese popular culture shaping the production, distribution, and consumption of visual culture across the world.
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