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Jacob’s Pillow theatre, site of college dance collaborations, destroyed in fire

Jacob’s Pillow theatre, site of college dance collaborations, destroyed in fire

December 9, 2020

Kusika, the College’s African Dance group, performing at the 2014 Inside/Outside series at Jacob’s Pillow. (Photo courtesy of Jamie Kraus/Jacob’s Pillow Dance.) On Nov. 17, the Doris Duke Theatre...

David Fincher’s MANK is a political story disguised as an historical Hollywood drama

David Fincher’s MANK is a political story disguised as an historical Hollywood drama

December 9, 2020

David Fincher’s latest venture MANK, a black and white historical recreation chronicling the writing of Citizen Kane, is a thoughtfully crafted and refreshing departure from the usually bleak and cool-toned...

Comic

December 2, 2020

Artist Otherwise Known As: Helene Ryu ’22

Artist Otherwise Known As: Helene Ryu ’22

November 18, 2020

Helene Ryu ’22 has recently started experimenting with themes of intimacy in relation to others. (Photo courtesy of Helene Ryu ’22.) I don’t recall exactly how my view of Helene Ryu ’22 changed...

Star Choir: Phase 1 Brings a Panel of Experts to Create Art out of Science

Star Choir: Phase 1 Brings a Panel of Experts to Create Art out of Science

November 18, 2020

“In a time when Earth is no longer habitable, a band of humans attempt to colonize Planet 85K: Aurora.” This is how the description for Star Choir, Phase 1: Dialogue begins. “A performance for...

Trivial promises innovative digital performance

‘Trivial’ promises innovative digital performance

November 13, 2020

The actors, director, and stage manager at rehearsal for the student written play Trivial. (Photo courtesy of Shizah Kashif '24.) Trivial, a new Cap & Bells production which premieres Friday, Nov....

Voting Rights Embroidery: Emily Bleiberg ’22 encourages voting through embroidery fundraiser

Voting Rights Embroidery: Emily Bleiberg ’22 encourages voting through embroidery fundraiser

November 4, 2020

Emily Bleiberg '22 embroiders pouches to raise money for the ACLU Voting Rights Project (Photo courtesy of Emily Bleiberg '22.) With the recent national presidential election, the subject of voting...

What can a new generation of activists learn from ‘The Trial of the Chicago 7’?

October 28, 2020

Aaron Sorkin’s second film as both director and writer, The Trial of the Chicago 7, sheds light on a highly relevant historical event: the trial of eight men charged with conspiracy for inciting riots...

From Stripping to Stepping: A Discussion of Complex Blackness on the Stage and Screen

October 28, 2020

In a world of webinars and Zoom calls, it’s rare to be in an environment that makes us want to get up out of our chairs and dance. Yet on Friday night, I was delighted to find myself grooving along...

Drawing to a close: Lin Saeed’s must-see ‘Arrival of the Animals’

Drawing to a close: Lin Saeed’s must-see ‘Arrival of the Animals’

October 21, 2020

Lin May Saeed (German-Iraqi, born 1973), Panther Relief, 2017. Polystyrene foam, acrylic paint, wood, 44 1/8 × 72 1/2 × 4 1/8 in. (Photo Courtesy of the artist; Nicolas Krupp, Basel). Hidden away...

Performance groups adapt to remote recruitment and rehearsal

Performance groups adapt to remote recruitment and rehearsal

October 7, 2020

NBC teammates taking a break from outdoor rehearsal (Photo courtesy of Iris Park ’21.) Although they won’t be singing on Mountain Day, dancing during Homecoming halftime, or performing before a...

1,000 paper cranes and a welding project: one entry’s First Days activity

1,000 paper cranes and a welding project: one entry’s First Days activity

September 30, 2020

Members of Mills-Dennett 4 stand in front of their finalized 1,000 origami cranes. From left to right: Charles Yang ’24, Emma Schulman ’24, Rika Nakato ’24, Syl Foisy ’24, Sarah Lindeman ’24,...

A. G. Cook’s latest album Apple unearths a singular digital sound, with its reverberations extending far past genre conventions

A. G. Cook’s latest album ‘Apple’ unearths a singular digital sound, with its reverberations extending far past genre conventions

September 30, 2020

Apple, A. G. Cook's second studio album, was released September 18, just one month after his 49 song studio debut, 7G (Photo courtesy of PC Music). Perhaps best known for his collaborations with Charli...

What do the 2020 Emmys mean for the future of television?

What do the 2020 Emmys mean for the future of television?

September 30, 2020

Williams alum, Jason Hehir (’98) won his first Emmy for The Last Dance (Photo Credit: Yahoo) Last Sunday, the 2020 Emmy Awards, hosted virtually by Jimmy Kimmel from the Staples Center, gave us a...

A. G. Cook’s latest album Apple unearths a singular digital sound, with its reverberations extending far past genre conventions

A. G. Cook’s latest album Apple unearths a singular digital sound, with its reverberations extending far past genre conventions

September 30, 2020

Perhaps best known for his collaborations with Charli XCX and for founding the electronic pop music label PC Music, A. G. Cook’s musical oeuvre is hard to pin down. Apple, his followup to the gargantuan...

Selma Marchers Approaching Montgomery, Alabama, James H. Karales (American; 1930-2002).

The Difference Between Emails and Action: How WCMA’s Messaging About Racial Justice Falls Flat

September 16, 2020

Selma Marchers Approaching Montgomery, Alabama, James H. Karales (American; 1930-2002). Following the murder of George Floyd at the hands of police this year, and as a response to the ongoing protests...

Rachel Buccalo/ The Williams Record

And the Oscar Goes to Inclusivity

September 16, 2020

Courtesy of Rachel Buccalo/The Williams Record. Ever since the creation of the #OscarsSoWhite campaign by April Reign, a Black activist, four years ago, the Academy has dedicated copious amounts of...

Jack Romans 20 to study the nuances of international childrens theatre

Jack Romans ’20 to study the nuances of international children’s theatre

May 23, 2020

Jack Romans ’20 is using his Watson Fellowship to explore youth theatre practices across the world. (Photo courtesy of Brad Wakoff.) While life after college typically invites adulthood, independence...

Creatives in Quarantine: Javier Robelo ’22

Creatives in Quarantine: Javier Robelo ’22

May 13, 2020

Javier Robelo ’22 outside the WCMA pop-up store on Spring Street. (Photo courtesy of Alexa Walkovitz ’21.) The way I see it, there are two kinds of artists: those who use art to reflect their reality,...

Williams College TaskMaster: cross-country quarantine comedy

Williams College TaskMaster: cross-country quarantine comedy

May 6, 2020

The scores for each contestant of Williams College TaskMaster, mid-episode one. (Photo courtesy of Owen Foster.) “I just have to hope that somewhere out there, in some part of the world, one of the...

A cappella groups discuss the transition to quarantine, new initiatives

A cappella groups discuss the transition to quarantine, new initiatives

May 6, 2020

Photo courtesy of Emaun Irani '20 The classroom experience has been hindered, athletics have been canceled, final performances have been nixed, lives have been uprooted and, yet, some continue to sing...

Creatives in Quarantine: Cate Osborne ’21

Creatives in Quarantine: Cate Osborne ’21

May 6, 2020

Cate Osborne ’21 in a cover-in-progress she is designing with Reed Putnam ’23 for her upcoming extended play record (Photo courtesy of Cate Osborne.) If there’s one thing that these two months...

One in Two Thousand: Melia Hagino ’22

One in Two Thousand: Melia Hagino ’22

May 4, 2020

Melia Hagino ’22 rehearsing to play Madame Armfeldt, the blunt and cynical grandmother in A Little Night Music (Photo courtesy of Gigi Gamez.) Each week, we randomly select a unix from a list of...

Creatives in Quarantine: Alexa Walkovitz ’21

Creatives in Quarantine: Alexa Walkovitz ’21

April 29, 2020

Alexa Walkovitz ’21 in quarantine. (Photo Courtesy of Anna Jackowski ’21.) For many people, life in quarantine has been characterized by mundanity, days that move drearily into one another without...

Creatives in Quarantine: Izzy Levi ’23

Creatives in Quarantine: Izzy Levi ’23

April 22, 2020

Izzy Levi ’23 in Florence, Italy, September 2018. (Photo courtesy of Izzy Levi.) I sit down to interview Izzy Levi ’23 — over FaceTime, of course —  exactly five weeks after we both left...

Creatives in quarantine: Wylie Thornquist ’20

Creatives in quarantine: Wylie Thornquist ’20

April 1, 2020

Wylie Thornquist ’20 practicing balance in North Adams natural bridge park. (Photo courtesy of Wylie Thornquist.) He flips the camera on his iPhone away from his face and focuses it on one...

Professor Sharpe performs jazz set about black experience

Professor Sharpe performs jazz set about black experience

March 4, 2020

Avery Sharpe's jazz performances were inspired by the history of the black experience in America. (Photo courtesy of Avery Sharpe.) A silence settles over Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall.  Through...

Sondheim’s A Little Night Music dazzles

Sondheim’s A Little Night Music dazzles

March 4, 2020

Cap and Bells will put on a performance of Stephen Sondheim ’50s musical A Little Night Music. Tali Natter/The Williams Record With musicals, you either love them or you hate them. In commemoration...

Nicole Ford 20 combines studio art and science through art show

Nicole Ford ’20 combines studio art and science through art show

March 4, 2020

Nicole Ford ’20 created 3D artwork that brought together interests in astrophysics and studio art. Virginia Ontiveros/The Williams Record Nicole Ford ’20 knew what she wanted to do when she came...

Box Office Hours: ‘Border South’ with Cheryl Shanks

Box Office Hours: ‘Border South’ with Cheryl Shanks

March 4, 2020

“Wherever people feel safe … they will be indifferent,” Susan Sontag writes in her 2003 essay “Regarding the Pain of Others.” How, then, might government officials or other privileged individuals...

Graduate student explores legacy of public art on campus

Graduate student explores legacy of public art on campus

February 26, 2020

Art history graduate student Elyse Mack’s exhibition focuses on the complex relationship between the College and public art. (Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Leitzell.) Walking toward Currier Quad on...

Brandon Hilfer ’20 writes opera for senior music thesis

Brandon Hilfer ’20 writes opera for senior music thesis

February 26, 2020

Hilfer arranged an opera for his senior thesis in the Music department. His focus on vocal music has been a priority throughout his life. (Photo courtesy of Keith Forman.) I sat down with Brandon Hilfer...

Music professor Zachary Wadsworth’s album nominated for JUNO Award

Music professor Zachary Wadsworth’s album nominated for JUNO Award

February 26, 2020

At this year’s JUNO awards, Assistant Professor of Music Zachary Wadsworth’s album When There Is Peace: An Armistice Oratorio has been nominated for the category “Classical Album of the Year:...

The Clark invites students to special opening of “Arabesque” exhibition

The Clark invites students to special opening of “Arabesque” exhibition

February 26, 2020

The Clark hosted students on Friday for a special opening of “Arabesque,” an exhibition on orientalist art. Sarah Gantt/The Williams Record Last Friday, the Clark Art Institute held an exclusive...

Box Office Hours: “Fantastic Fungi” with Katya King

Box Office Hours: “Fantastic Fungi” with Katya King

February 26, 2020

“Fantastic Fungi” explores how mushrooms grow and are harvested, revealing knowledge about the fungi. (Photo courtesy of Getty Images). Katya King, Director of Fellowships at the College, grew...

Sawyer art piece showcases experiences of black students

Sawyer art piece showcases experiences of black students

February 19, 2020

KIMBERLEAN DONIS/THE WILLIAMS RECORD Kyle Scadlock '19 drew several black students and created an exhibition to display these drawings along with a quote selected by the students. Studio art major...

“The invisible enemy should not exist” continues a necessary discussion, asks for institutional responsibility and change

“The invisible enemy should not exist” continues a necessary discussion, asks for institutional responsibility and change

February 19, 2020

PHOTO COURTESY OF THE WILLIAMS COLLEGE MUSEUM OF ART. WCMA transfromed one of its galleries into an exact replica of the Room Z of King Ashurnasirpal II’s ninth century palace. The piece engages with...

“American Factory” raises questions about the history of unionization

“American Factory” raises questions about the history of unionization

February 19, 2020

PHOTO COURTESY OF IFCCenter “American Factory” details the struggles of industrial workers at the Moraine Assembly Plant and the impact of lost jobs to the workers. Last Thursday, The Massachusets...

Purple Box: Ivy Sole

Purple Box: Ivy Sole

February 19, 2020

KARA R. HADDEN ’22 “I was told there was going to be a hot gay rapper coming to campus, so I had to go. And in short, she delivered. I made a lot of friends at the event – it didn’t feel like...

Eph Ensemble: Sankofa draws on rich history of step dance

Eph Ensemble: Sankofa draws on rich history of step dance

February 12, 2020

Sankofa, pictured here rehearsing in the ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance, pays homage to traditional black step culture. Sankofa was founded in 1996 by five black women, Dahra Jackson ’00, Maxine...

Students participate in Oscars-watching festivities

Students participate in Oscars-watching festivities

February 12, 2020

Bong Joon-Ho’s Parasite walked away with  four Oscar wins, including Best Picture. Students watched the awards ceremony from various locations on campus and in town. (Photo courtesy of IMDB.) During...

Ephs self-advertise for romance

Ephs self-advertise for romance

February 13, 2019

Hipolito Vazquez ’22 put together a humorous boyfriend resume for potential suitors, posting copies in public spaces around campus. ANIAH PRICE/PHOTO EDITOR Roughly one in five alums from the...

Box Office Hours: ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ with Anthony Y. Kim

Box Office Hours: ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ with Anthony Y. Kim

February 13, 2019

Stephan James and Kiki Layne help bring James Baldwin’s novel to visual life in Barry Jenkins’ screen adaptation of If Beale Street Could Talk. (PHOTO COURTESY OF TATUM MANGUS/ANNAPURNA PICTURES) My...

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Jon Lovett ’04 reimagines media coverage of politics

February 6, 2019

Jon Lovett ’04 has worked as a speechwriter for Obama, a screenwriter and a co-creator of popular podcast channel Crooked Media. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. In the midst of an unprecedented...

‘Noises Off’ impresses with farcical flare

‘Noises Off’ impresses with farcical flare

February 6, 2019

This past weekend, Cap & Bells put on a production of Noises Off – a famous comedy of errors. Students and community members alike were treated to a three-hour witty, slapstick comedy at the...

First Congregational Church spearheads immigrant activism

February 6, 2019

On Jan. 27, as the wind whips snow into the air on a brisk morning in Williamstown, towngoers hurry in to seek refuge in First Congregational Church (FCC), a building that, with its classic white exterior...

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