“[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.
It’s Oscar time. Time for the best- and worst-dressed lists, the endless media coverage, the analysis, the predictions and the recognition of great storytellers and their cohorts. And the vast majority of them are white and male.
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.
Founded in 1991 by Patricia Ryan, a lecturer in Stanford’s Drama Department, the SImps are a group of students who practice and perform this unscripted, lesser-known area of theater under the tutelage of Stanford drama lecturer Dan Klein ’91. Klein teaches improv theory in TAPS 103: Beginning Improvising (the class is a requirement to try out for the SImps).
Growing up hits you at unexpected times and in unexpected places, but I definitely did not anticipate that such a strong bout of homesickness would hit me in a mosh pit.
Listening to music should be an intimate experience, but on a campus as large as Stanford’s, that often proves difficult. Danny Smith '13 sought to fix this last spring, when he began the weekly music series Acoustic Jukebox as an independent project in the lounge of Enchanted Broccoli Forest (EBF), where he has lived for the past two years. Ever since, on Mondays at EBF, Jukebox has provided a haven for student musicians desiring a more intimate performance venue.
How do you change the world? For the filmmakers, viewers and visionaries behind the United Nations Association Film Festival (UNAFF), human rights issues are exposed and illuminated one shot at a time. In 1998, Stanford lecturer and film critic Jasmina Bojic founded UNAFF to honor the 50thanniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
The presidential debates: circular arguments, empty rhetoric, ignored moderators, the demise of Big Bird and … binders full of women? With the election only a few weeks away, the gaffes keep getting better and better. During round two of the debates between President Obama and Mitt Romney, the issue of unequal pay for women created…
Sponsored by the Crothers Global Citizenship theme dorm and accompanied by Resident Fellows Stephen Stedman and Corinne Thomas, twenty students traveled to Berkeley this past Sunday to see “Chinglish,” a comedy about cultural clash and the linguistic challenges encountered in Chinese and American relations.