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Celebrated choir ensemble The Singers to perform at Macalester

On Saturday, Oct. 6, nationally-acclaimed choral ensemble The Singers will deliver the first concert of their 15th season in Macalester’s Mairs Concert Hall. The show will juxtapose two extraordinary works of modern music in a starkly political but ultimately uplifting performance – and it’s free exclusively to students. The Singers will be performing David Lang’s…

Siah Armajani ’63 discusses his Walker retrospective
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Siah Armajani ’63 discusses his Walker retrospective

Last Thursday, September 20, during the heaviest torrential rain I’ve witnessed in the past year, I made my way to the Walker Art Center. Siah Armajani ’63 was giving a talk about his life as an artist, in relation to the new exhibition of his work at the Walker, “Follow This Line.” The exhibition is…

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Nicolas Cage paints the town red in *Mandy*

It’s fitting that Mandy, the new film from hermetic and visionary director Panos Cosmatos, begins with the psychedelic prog rock melody of King Crimson’s “Starless,” from the 1974 album Red. Red is constant and overbearing throughout the film. The rugged protagonist (Nicolas Cage) is named Red and the film’s Pacific Northwestern setting often becomes a…

Haircuts in the panopticon: kNOw Spaces exhibition opening
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Haircuts in the panopticon: kNOw Spaces exhibition opening

Macalester’s Law Warschaw Gallery is now home to a peculiar structure with the name kNOw Space. The structure resembles a small watchtower or deer blind with mirrored walls. Gallery visitors are welcome to step into the tower, where they can see through the double-mirrored walls to witness everything happening outside. To those looking up at…

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Jake Parsky breaks ground in first Tiny Classroom Concert

This past Tuesday, Jake Parsky ’19 became the first performer in Program Board’s new Tiny Classroom Concert series. Parsky’s 15-minute set included four original compositions, with his voice and acoustic guitar accompanied by Jack Henry Lickerman ’21 on drums. As the name suggests, Parsky played in a room of his choice in front of a…

At First Avenue, Car Seat Headrest is vulnerable and unafraid
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At First Avenue, Car Seat Headrest is vulnerable and unafraid

William Toledo, the lead singer/songwriter of Car Seat Headrest, strode onto the First Avenue stage in full monochrome black. He played alongside his bandmates Ethan Ives (guitar and bass-backing vocals), Seth Dalby (bass) and Andrew Katz (drums, percussion), as well as members of Naked Giants, who joined Car Seat Headrest to perform their newest album,…

Home magazine showcases international students’ talents
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Home magazine showcases international students’ talents

When Annie Sumpunkulapak ’19, who hails from Bangkok, Thailand, first came to Macalester, she found it difficult to be an international student. She thought that it could be challenging to connect with domestic students and that she didn’t have an outlet to express her voice. Determined to increase the visibility and recognition of students from…

Professor Cecilia Espinosa on conducting and Colombia
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Professor Cecilia Espinosa on conducting and Colombia

Professor Cecilia Espinosa Arango is an imposing, aristocratic figure. She has wild, short bobbed hair, in the style of Fran Lebowitz and Beethoven. Like many other Latin Americans who earn the title of orchestra conductor, in her professional context she translates to the eye as both animated and serious. Think of “The Incredibles’” Edna Mode,…

Panel discusses new “Lorax” play for EnviroThursday
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Panel discusses new “Lorax” play for EnviroThursday

Each Thursday, the environmental studies department hosts a speaker, usually an academic, on environmental topics ranging from pesticides to energy policy to the zero-waste movement. The EnviroThursday event held on April 12, however, was about something very different — Dr. Seuss’s “The Lorax.” The presenters — Lucas Erickson, Maria Asp and Dario Tangelson — are…

Ruppersberg channels Rauschenberg in new Walker exhibit
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Ruppersberg channels Rauschenberg in new Walker exhibit

The Walker Art Center’s “Allen Ruppersberg: Intellectual Property 1968-2018,” about the California-New York-based conceptual artist, is the first major retrospective of Ruppersberg’s work in 30 years. His body of work, eclectic and erudite, doesn’t follow one specific thread of thought, but is always deliberate. There is no piece empty of meaning in this exhibit. A…

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