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Gutterman’s Little Shop Delightfully Entertains

Gutterman’s Little Shop Delightfully Entertains

Tricia Crimmins

April 4, 2018

This semester, sophomore Julia Gutterman triumphantly directed Howard Ashman and Alan Menken’s rock musical, Little Shop of Horrors. The show ran from Friday, March 30th to Sunday, April 1 in Gannett Theatre. The show follows Seymour, played by Justin Demers ’18, a young man working at Mushnik’s ...

The Spring Dance Concert Puts Forth an Incredible Program

The Spring Dance Concert Puts Forth an Incredible Program

Ariel Abonizio

April 4, 2018

It was Friday 7:30 p.m. after a long week and I could not wait to see the performers lineup at the 2018 Spring Dance Concert. I have attended most if not all of the large dance concerts at Bates since I arrived in 2016. The broad range of performances and styles never ceases to surprise me. I often see ...

Bleachers Bring Down the House at State Theater

Bleachers Bring Down the House at State Theater

Tory Dobbin

April 4, 2018

If you haven’t heard of the band Bleachers, you’re missing out. This group, led by ex-fun. front man Jack Antonoff, recently came to Portland’s State Theatre for a colossal concert experience. The band, on tour this year with their 2017 album Gone Now, shared music, jokes, and personal anecdote...

Hillel Sedar Celebrates Jewish Life at Bates

Hillel Sedar Celebrates Jewish Life at Bates

Sophie Rockland

April 4, 2018

The first Seder of Passover at Bates, held on Friday, March 30 in Memorial Commons, was a great way to kick off the holiday. As someone who has been to a few Hillel events, I found this one to be organized especially well. Twenty or so round tables were filled with friends talking, laughing, and readi...

Pau Faus Brings Humanity to Spanish Political Figures in Film “Alcaldessa”

Pau Faus Brings Humanity to Spanish Political Figures in Film

Halley Posner

March 21, 2018

I am a 1997 kid and I grew up in a Spain of economic decadence, a straight-up (note the irony) down-hill Spain. The new millennium approached and within less than a decade, apartments went from somewhat affordable prices to price tags that nobody could handle. Banks gave out a lot of money and messe...

Sex Trivia Excites the Den

Sex Trivia Excites the Den

Tory Dobbin

March 14, 2018

Free food filled the Den; wine and beer were sold at reduced price; condoms littered the tables. What event am I describing? None other than Sex Trivia hosted by Residential Life and the Feminist Collective. This past week has been Bates College Sex Week, a week full of events and activities meant ...

Elbadawi ’18 and Hopkins ’18 Showcase Diverse Approaches to Dance Theses

Elbadawi ’18 and Hopkins ’18 Showcase Diverse Approaches to Dance Theses

March 14, 2018

Everyone knows thesis: it’s the project that we work towards for three years; the culmination of our academic careers. Sofi Elbadawi ’18 is one such senior who is currently working on choreographing her dance thesis this semester. She explains that she got her inspiration when she choreographed a duet ...

Portland Museum of Art Biennial Explores Contemporary Art

Portland Museum of Art Biennial Explores Contemporary Art

March 14, 2018

Walking around the Portland Museum of Art 2018 Biennial Exhibit, I happened to be thinking about what a museum is. The definition by the books popped in my head: museums collect, conserve, and interpret objects. But as it often happens, after a few seconds, I realized that this model is limited, and t...

Recognizing the Power of B**tch

Recognizing the Power of B**tch

March 7, 2018

I’ve always grappled with the word “b**ch.” When it is at the epicenter of my self-deprecating quips, the word is a celebration of who I am, unabashedly living my life and laughing at myself. “Guess which b**ch just spilled yogurt on her jeans?!” Me. I am that b**ch, indirectly empowering my...

Actualizing Angels In America within the Bates Community

Actualizing Angels In America within the Bates Community

March 7, 2018

Angels In America: Millennium Approaches is an epic tour de force set in 1985s United States of America. Playwright Tony Kushner tackles the AIDS crisis, Reaganism, love, heartbreak, self-discovery, and a multitude of other themes via witty dialogue, magical realism, and complex and profoundly genui...

Berger ’19 Directs the Charged Play Dry Land

Berger ’19 Directs the Charged Play Dry Land

February 14, 2018

When Rebecca Berger ’19 chose to direct Ruby Rae Spiegel’s Dry Land this semester, she was told she would need to include trigger warnings and a sensitive director’s note in both the program and posters for the show. She was even told she might receive hate mail. "Honestly, that made me want to do ...

Club Spotlight: The Strange Bedfellows

Club Spotlight: The Strange Bedfellows

February 7, 2018

The Strange Bedfellows is Bates’ oldest and only improvisational comedy group. I am a member of the Bedfellows, and we practice and perform improv comedy through short and long form games. Some of the games we play are structured, some involve a large dose of audience participation, and others are lo...

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