“[title of show]” could have been self-referential and self-indulgent. It’s (literally) a musical about two guys writing a musical about two guys writing a musical. But despite the crazy level of self-consciousness—director Weston Gaylord ‘15 described it as an “‘Inception’-level of meta”—“[title of show]” manages to balance its mind-bending concept with hilarity, poignancy and a sincere depiction of friendship and artistic struggle.
Stanford Crushes is the slightly over-eager younger sibling of Stanford Confessions. The page–on which posts vary from sincere declarations of interest to shout-outs to praises directed toward vodka and chocolate–has over 860 likes and 890 posts with more than 100 crushes waiting to be posted. Spurred on initially by the freshman class, there are about 35 crushes submitted every day. Crushes target students across all four classes and even some grad students. When Intermission sat down with the student behind Stanford Crushes, it became clear that, while some may dismiss the page as utterly juvenile and unworthy of their time, it has brought a little bit of happiness to one student amidst the sorrow of heartbreak.
Ram’s Head presents “Spring Awakening,” a rebellious rock musical that packs an emotional punch. Based on the 1891 play, “Spring Awakening” follows young adolescents as they struggle to reconcile their emerging sexuality within the contexts of authoritarian parental and academic pressure in a small German town. The musical, in which the play’s monologues and intellectual discourses are transformed into emotionally-driven rock numbers and ballads, follows Wendla, Melchior and Moritz, three youths as they begin the sexual-awakening transition from childhood to adulthood.
With over 75 albums and 15 Grammys under his belt, Yo-Yo Ma is considered by many to be the best living cellist. Last Sunday, he graced the Bing Concert Hall with his presence. Accompanied by pianist Kathryn Stott, Yo-Yo Ma performed Stravinsky and Brahms, along with other composers’ pieces, to a crowd that included community members, professors, administrators and a sizable number of lucky Stanford students.
Andrea Slobodien ’13 has been writing songs since she was 6 years old. “I wrote this really silly little tune about dolphins,” she laughed. “They were my favorite animal.” Her piano teacher, who she studied with from five to 18, framed the sheet music for her song and put it up on his wall.
So said Susan Jaques ‘80, whose new book “A Love for the Beautiful: Discovering America’s Hidden Art Museums” was released in November. After earning a degree in history from Stanford and an MBA from UCLA, Jaques turned to journalism. Her specialty is travel journalism, and she has written about museums abroad for American newspapers such as the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune.
Stanford campus’ latest addition, Bing Concert Hall, officially opened its doors Friday and had several performances of student and professional groups throughout the weekend.