“Metamorphoses” and Mac alum make a splash at the Guthrie
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“Metamorphoses” and Mac alum make a splash at the Guthrie

A massive pool of water makes up most of the stage in the Guthrie Theater’s new production of “Metamorphoses.” “You cannot really rehearse this play until you have a pool,” said cast member Felicity Jones Latta ’84, “You can kind of mark it out and know what might happen but then when you get into…

Avey Tare brings cows, robots and music to Amsterdam Bar & Hall
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Avey Tare brings cows, robots and music to Amsterdam Bar & Hall

Farm animals, cows in particular, are a pervasive presence in the new David Portner (better known by his stage name and alter ego, Avey Tare) album, “Cows On Hourglass Pond.” If the title wasn’t a dead giveaway, the marketing material will let you know that Avey Tare is fascinated by bovines. Clickable cattle prance about…

MacSlams celebrates its ten-year anniversary
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MacSlams celebrates its ten-year anniversary

Last Friday, students packed themselves into the Loch for the ten-year anniversary of MacSlams. Formed in 2009 by Neil Hilborn ’11 and Dylan Garity ’12, who returned to the Macalester campus to facilitate the event, MacSlams allows anyone to recite their poetry in front of an audience. With seats filled and popcorn popped, the audience…

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Hereditary and Other Indie Film Successes at the Walker

On Saturday, your sniffling correspondent braved the snow to attend a screening of one of the nominees for this year’s Independent Film Spirit Awards at Minneapolis’ Walker Art Center. So far, the Walker has already screened half of the 21 indie films on its schedule. The film I attended was one of last year’s biggest…

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Matangi / Maya / M.I.A. gives voice to a controversial popstar

This film contains scenes of extreme violence and descriptions of sexual assault. Matangi / Maya / M.I.A., a new biographical documentary by Steve Loveridge on controversial pop artist Mathangi “Maya” Arulpragasam, shows surprisingly little concern for Arulpragasam’s music. In fact, the film spends a minimal amount of time describing Arulpragasam herself. Sara Kiener ’06, head…

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A Musical Welcome at Family Fest

On Saturday, Oct. 13, the Director of Choral Activities Michael McGaghie addressed a packed Mairs Concert Hall. Families that drove and flew in from around the world filled seats and overflowed into entryways, craning their necks to get a good view of Macalester’s Asian, Choral and African Music Ensembles. McGaghie briskly welcomed the audience, hushing…

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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…