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One of the most famous plates from Apocalypse, The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. (Yuchan Kim/The Williams Record)

A special time with Special Collections: Meeting Dürer’s ‘Apocalypse’

Yuchan Kim May 5, 2021
This past week, staff writer Yuchan Kim had the opportunity to take a look at Albrecht Dürer’s magnificent prints, along with many other astonishing pieces at the College’s Special Collections department.
The Brew & Forge Lecture Series’ poster for the April 19 event. (Photo courtesy of Williams College’s English Department.)

Evie Shockley and Christian Snow discuss poetry, activism, and the Black radical tradition

Destiny Crisp May 5, 2021
The Brew & Forge Lecture Series, created and organized by Gaius Charles Bolin Fellow in English Franny Choi, held an event on April 19 featuring a virtual reading, presentation, and panel discussion centered on writing and organizing in the Black radical tradition.
The set of Chester Bailey, beginning June 18 and ending July 3. (Photo courtesy of The Barrington Stage Company.)

Theater performances in summer 2021

Kevin Weng May 5, 2021
During the pandemic, shows and events in and around Williamstown halted in-person production and shifted to digital formats. However, with mass vaccination programs now underway, this year’s summer theater season appears promising as the county and country approach a new normal. 
Frances McDormand in “Nomadland,” directed by Chloé Zhao. (Photo courtesy of Searchlight Pictures.)

Reviewing Chloé Zhao’s Nomadland: To no surprise, 2021’s Best Picture winner howls

Jed Peterson May 5, 2021
After over a year of foregoing theatrical releases for home viewing, I was not caught up on the Oscars nominees for this year. But hearing the word “Nomadland” out of Laura Dern’s mouth on Oscars night made me excited to revisit the places in the American West that I had road tripped through when I was younger.
The Milky Way (the galaxy that contains our Solar System) above campus by Josh Picoult.

First-years capture the cosmos above campus

Julia Mariani April 21, 2021
Astrophotography is more than just a hobby for first-years Josh Picoult ’24 and Tasan Smith-Gandy ’24. It is how they share the marvels of the cosmos with others through Instagram and YouTube.
The group included 8 in person dancers and 5 remote dancers whose videos were virtually placed onto chairs in the final production of the film, after the performance was filmed. (Photo courtesy of Brad Wakoff.)

CoDa addresses isolation in Zoom adaptation of Sokolow’s ‘Rooms’

Ella Napack April 21, 2021
CoDa dancers were separated by masks, distance, and often miles as they prepared for their April 10 Zoom webinar in which they exhibited a suite of dances from Anna Sokolow’s Rooms.
Taylor Swift goes ‘headfirst, fearless’ in ‘Fearless’ (Taylor’s Version)

Taylor Swift goes ‘headfirst, fearless’ in ‘Fearless’ (Taylor’s Version)

Audrey Kelly April 21, 2021
For most Williams students, Thursday, April 8, no doubt felt like an ordinary spring day. Yet for students at the College who love Taylor Swift (or, as they are affectionately called, Swifties), it was nothing short of a momentous occasion.
Tasan Smith-Gandy playing his “Pine Cello” composition at the top of Pine Cobble Trail. (Photo courtesy of Jay Corey.)

Tasan Smith-Gandy ’24 takes cello to new heights — literally

Lour Yasin April 14, 2021
Student musician and composer Tasan Smith-Gandy ’24 hiked up Pine Cobble trail, bringing along with him his six-pound cello. Upon reaching the summit of Pine Cobble, he sat down and performed “Pine Cello,” an original piece inspired by the natural beauty around him. 
Collaborative albums: Benny The Butcher & Harry Fraud, Lana Del Rey, Nick Cave & Warren Ellis

Collaborative albums: Benny The Butcher & Harry Fraud, Lana Del Rey, Nick Cave & Warren Ellis

Benjamin Xu April 14, 2021
While most venues won’t have large concerts until 2022 or 2023, that hasn’t stopped artists and producers from collaborating with one another, continuing to release albums packed with pent-up creative energy. Here are three recent albums which are collaborative in one way or another. 
Raphael Xavier (in the middle) breakdancing on stage in 2017 at the Autorino Center for the Arts. (Photo Courtesy of Raphael Xavier.)

Choreographer Raphael Xavier talks breakdancing, age, and experimentation

Lour Yasin April 7, 2021
“Dancer, choreographer, visual artist, rapper, BMX cycle rider, teacher, and I would say sage of hip-hop.” Those were the words that Director of Dance and Senior Lecturer in Dance Sandra Burton used to describe Raphael Xavier, a multi-talented artist originally from Wilmington, Delaware. At the March 30 event, Xavier joined a group of students and faculty from the College’s dance department to discuss the art of hip-hop and breakdancing, the obstacles he has faced, and — most prominently — his search for new ways to engage with breakdancing as he grew older.
(Photo Courtesy of IMDB.)

‘First Cow’: The story of a cow just as important as Ephelia

Tharini Prakash March 31, 2021
Although at Williams, Ephelia is hailed as being the only cow that really matters, Kelly Reichardt’s tenth film, First Cow, showcases a cow worth competing with. First Cow, an unorthodox drama released in March 2020, tiptoes the line between a Western and a comedy by using the fictional first cow in Oregon as a catalyst for commentary on nature, capitalism, and friendship.
Zach Stafford, Professor Omar Sangare, and students gathered on Zoom for the event on March 13. (Ella Napack/The Williams Record)

Zach Stafford discusses queerness, dogs in ‘Green Room’ talk

Ella Napack March 31, 2021
At the "Green Room" talk on March 13, journalist Zach Stafford joined a group of students to discuss his journalism career, the intersectional obstacles he has faced, and — importantly — the loving power of a good pet dog.
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