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Maya Aguayo Schmidt-Feng: Senior Profile

Every week, The Mac Weekly interviews one senior majoring in an artistic field at Macalester. This week, we spoke with Maya Aguayo Schmidt-Feng, an Art History major. Where are you originally from? Berkeley, California. Do you major/minor in anything else besides Art History? I have a Critical Theory concentration. What does that mean you focus…

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Uncle Vanya: Theater Review

Uncle Vanya is a classic play by Anton Chekov that puts the tragedy of the banal front and center. The version being staged at the Guthrie is a newer adaption written by Brian Friel and the Wurtle Thrust stage offers great views from any seat in the house. I saw Uncle Vanya on Sept. 17th,…

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Album Release: Word On The Street

Word on the Street is an experimental band made up of eight Macalester students: Charlie Stanton ’15, Geoff Willis ’15, Perry Campbell ’15, Sherif Tawfik ’14, Isaac Mathison-Bowie ’15, Sam Faulkner ’15, Rob Granfelt ’15, and Maya Vilaplana ’14. The band formed in February 2012 and, shortly after, won Battle of the Bands for the…

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Thoughts on Culture: The Echo Chamber of Public Shaming

If you have a Facebook account, you probably saw links to the Buzzfeed article “A Lot Of People Are Very Upset That An Indian-American Woman Won The Miss America Pageant.” If you haven’t seen it, the article is a compilation of racist tweets, lamenting that an “Arab” won Miss America so soon after 9/11. These…

Concert Preview: Imogen Cooper plays Schubert
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Concert Preview: Imogen Cooper plays Schubert

Mark Mazullo, a music professor at Macalester specializing in piano, has presumably been to a lot concerts. So it’s high praise when he calls the last time he saw Imogen Cooper perform “far-and-away the best one I’ve ever heard.” “She is a magician!” he wrote in an email from his sabbatical in Berlin. The magic…

Concerts: Iron & Wine at First Ave
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Concerts: Iron & Wine at First Ave

A night at First Avenue usually consists of strobes, a steady bass that stays in your ears for a few days and maybe a few hundred gallons of foam. It’s not the kind of place you’d expect to see Sam Beam, who goes by the stage name Iron & Wine. Beam, a contemporary folk singer…

THEATRE: STROMBOLLI’S MEDICINE SHOW
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THEATRE: STROMBOLLI’S MEDICINE SHOW

It has taken me a long time to embark on writing this review of “Strombolli’s Medicine Show” as performed this weekend at In the Heart of the Beast Mask and Puppet Theater in Minneapolis. I can’t tell if it is general procrastination, not knowing exactly what to write about, or the sinking suspicion that maybe…

Face forward: Twin cities arts collective
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Face forward: Twin cities arts collective

Last Friday night in the Loch started out much like any other night in “the number-one lake-themed student lounge in the Twin Cities metro area.” Students played pool, did homework in the spacious side booths, and watched football in the large TV anteroom. But poolplayers soon stopped their game, and the people in the booths…

NOAH EXUM: STUDIO ART MAJOR
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NOAH EXUM: STUDIO ART MAJOR

Every week, The Mac Weekly interviews one senior majoring in an artistic field at Macalester. This week, we spoke with Noah Exum, a Studio Art Major. Where are you from? My family lives in a town called Galsburg, IL, but now it’s been five and half years that I’ve lived in the Twin Cities so…

WMCN Picks: Neko Case
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WMCN Picks: Neko Case

Full disclosure: Neko Case is my cool aunt. And high school English teacher. And therapist, actually. And local bartender. And guardian angel. And she’s my pet—a cat when I need cool wisdom, a dog when I need affectionate understanding.

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