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Alina Baraz and JMSN light up First Avenue
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Alina Baraz and JMSN light up First Avenue

The energy of a live music performance is hard to find anywhere else. The bouncing of sound waves against the walls and the crowd dancing on the floor can be contagious—it can have the power to even make someone unfamiliar with a band’s music an instant fan. It is rare for this liveliness to begin…

Guante Performs at Mac’s September Slam
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Guante Performs at Mac’s September Slam

On Sept. 29, MacSlams—Macalester’s slam poetry organization—hosted its first preliminary poetry competition. It was the first time this year that poets have been able to perform their work for an audience and the featured guest was poet Kyle “Guante” Tran Myhre. Typically hosted in the Loch, there are three qualifying poetry slams during the semester…

Mixed Blood Theatre presents the acclaimed Is God Is
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Mixed Blood Theatre presents the acclaimed Is God Is

This show contains mentions of domestic violence and abuse. Nestled in an old fire station where the University of Minnesota meets downtown Minneapolis is one of the Twin Cities’ most established inclusive performance spaces: Mixed Blood Theatre. Since 1976, this company has built their repertoire on their mission for pluralism, excellence, egalitarianism, openness and “predictable…

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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,…

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