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Chamber Ensembles perform in Mairs

With six different student ensembles comprised of violins, flutes, cellos, a piano, various wind instruments and two tubas, Macalester’s Music Department put on a fantastic Chamber Ensemble Concert on Sunday, Dec. 2. Mairs Concert Hall was dimly lit in orange and brown for the performance. The audience was small — roughly 20 to 30 people…

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Winter Choir Concert

The Macalester Chorale and Concert Choir performed in a joint concert on Saturday, Dec. 1. Both groups were conducted by Director of Choral Activities Michael McGaghie. This concert was supposed to include the Angelica Cantani Youth Choir, but the snow that fell earlier in the day prevented them from coming. However, news that the Angelica…

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Ellie Desautels talks LGBTQ+ representation in television

Ellie Desautels is the second non-binary actor to ever be cast in a prime time television show. They recently starred in the NBC show Rise, which debuted in March 2018. The shows centers on a high school drama department that is on the verge of being shut down. While the show feels similar to Glee,…

Breath Bound graces Stepping Stone Theater
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Breath Bound graces Stepping Stone Theater

Macalester’s Theater and Dance Department hosted the annual Fall Dance Concert entitled Breath Bound on Nov. 9 and 10. As the new dance building is still under construction, the performances were held at Stepping Stone Theater in St. Paul. Breath Bound included five pieces—two choreographed by Theater and Dance faculty, three by students—each 10 to…

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Guthrie’s Noises Off is a fun-filled break from the real world

When the Guthrie Theatre announced the inclusion of classic farce Noises Off in its 2018 season, the artistic director Joseph Haj could not have anticipated how vital the power of laughter would be in the face of everything going on in the world today. Noises Off provides exactly that: a welcome pause from reality to…

More Than a Word: how an NFL team name is deragatory
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More Than a Word: how an NFL team name is deragatory

“Boozhoo niijiiwag. Niminwendam eyaawan omaa noongom. Hello, my friends. I am glad to be here today. Ginoozhe Ogimaakwe nindizhinakaaz Anishinaabemong idash Katrina Phillips nindizhinakaaz zhanganaashiimong. Tallchief Woman is what I am known as in Ojibwe and Katrina Phillips is my English name.” This is how History Professor Katrina Phillips introduced the screening of John and…

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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…

A tale of two artists: the works of Caroline Kent and Lela Pierce ’08
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A tale of two artists: the works of Caroline Kent and Lela Pierce ’08

The Twin Cities accomplishes what few other mid-sized metro areas in the country do: maintain and support a thriving art culture. The Twin Cities produces (and manages to keep and groom) its own artists and major art spaces for significant periods of time, maintaining national notoriety and regional significance. The major institutions in the Twin…

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Kiss Me Not at the Twin Cities’ Arab Film Festival

Film industries around the world are beginning to address the widespread phenomenon of powerful men exerting control over female actors. What happens if those roles were reversed? This is the question that drives the absurdly comedic plot of Ahmed Amer’s Kiss Me Not, a parody film about the abrupt religious conversion of a well-known Egyptian…

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