Daily Archive: September 28, 2017

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The sun never sets on Group Doueh. Not even in their beloved hometown, Dakhla.

If electric guitars, authentic Saharawi music, or riveting cinematography excite the neurons in your body, this announcement just may be for you. Alum Cyrus Moussavi, CC ’09, is on an east coast tour with the legendary Group Doueh (pronounced “Doo-way”) from the Western Sahara. The band is playing tomorrow (September 29th) at (Le) Poisson Rouge at 7:30 PM. Tickets and more information of the event can be found here. Moussavi learned about this group and their label, Sublime Frequencies, while he was “procrastinating at Butler.” (So relatable, right?) Moussavi is also excited to announce that there will be a screening of the film that he shot while at the band’s home in Dakhla. The documentary will debut at the New School at 7 PM on October 2nd. For tickets and more details, click here.

It has been six years since the band was last in the States. Group Doueh has been active for over twenty-seven years in the Western Sahara and has never failed to deliver a vibrant and exceptional performance. Doueh is the group’s leader and a connoisseur of the electric guitar. Sublime Frequencies says that Doueh’s “sound is distorted, loud and unhinged with an impressive display of virtuosity and style only known in this part of the world.”

Moussavi traveled to Dakhla last summer where he stayed with the band and filmed the wedding of Doueh’s oldest daughter, Oulaya, with his partners from Sublime Frequencies. He hopes to see some friendly Columbia faces tomorrow night and next week!

Who would win, the Sun or 4 trillion lions? via Public Domain 

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When you need a pick-me-up, but also are have a refined and dainty palate, Bwog’s got you covered. Here’s my ranking of the drip coffees at coffee shops on campus.

Disclaimer: Apologies up front for my very pretentious coffee descriptions–I got really into it.

Left to Right: Blue Java, UP, Joe’s

1st place: UP Coffee

Major notes: Sweet smell/pepper/cinnamon/astringent, but pleasant. How coffee should make you feel.

All in all, a very nice coffee experience. It’s served piping hot, and is the heartiest cup of coffee. It’s the only coffee that would be completely fine to drink black. I’m a fan.

The price: $2.72 with tax for 12 ounces, or about $0.23 an ounce. Not the cheapest, but it was the most Worth It for its price. 4/5

2nd place: Joe’s

Major notes: Smells great (best aromas by far, just go around sniffing this one and trying to absorb the caffeine through the air)/chocolate/strong aftertaste

This Joe’s was kind of a let down. Both their Dodge and NoCo cafes boast really lovely locations, but the coffee itself did not live up to the setting. It wasn’t a super strong coffee flavor, and was a little watery and thin. It did, however, have a nice progression, from initial taste to aftertaste, and wasn’t as jarring as some of the other cups (*cough Blue Java cough*).

The price: $2.18 with tax for 8 ounces, or about $0.27 per ounce. The most expensive of the coffees I tried.

Of note: If you go to Joe’s, I would skip the drip coffee entirely, and instead opt for their espresso drinks. They are almost twice as expensive, but if you’re making the trek out to NoCo for the view, I’d invest in a good cup of coffee. I can attest that the latte is fantastic. 2.5/5

3rd place: Blue Java

Major notes: Smoky/woodsy/bitter/burnt

I was not a fan of this cup of coffee. It somehow managed to be both watery and very bitter, two tasting notes that should cancel each other out but don’t. The location can’t be beat though, in terms of convenience. If you’re up late studying in Butler, leaving the library to get a cup of coffee just might not be possible. It does inject the maximum caffeine to the brain possible, but a drip from Java’s is a bumpy ride.

Price: $1.96 with tax for 10 ounces, or $0.19 per ounce. The cheapest of all the coffees. 1/5

Honorary mention: Dining Hall Coffee

If you’re really not feeling dropping any amount of cash on a cup of coffee, use one of your precious swipes to get into a dining hall and enjoy unlimited amount of very mediocre coffee. Ferris coffee was by far the blandest of the coffees I tried, but if you can get someone with a hefty meal plan to smuggle you out a thermos full of liquid energy, go for it.

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Bwog Staffers Zoe Metcalfe and Jenny Zhu trekked to Tribeca to check out the art and culture there on, you guessed it, Tribeca Art+Culture Night, an annual celebration for artists ranging from local to international. With over two dozen venues featured, there’s something for everyone. Read on to hear about their experience. 

Worth the long 1 train trip downtown, Tribeca holds some seriously incredible artwork and art exhibitions, many of which are currently open for free public viewing. While we hopped the Tribeca art galleries during the Tribeca Art+Culture night on Thursday, we highly recommend grabbing a couple of friends and visiting the upscale neighborhood for some quality viewing experiences during the weekend. If you do take our advice (as you should) and even if you don’t, read through our account of our experiences at the Tribeca Art+Culture night to get a peek of the Tribeca art scene.

Cheryl Hazan Gallery, 35 N. Moore Street

This one was the first gallery we went too, and it was extremely intimidating! There were NO snacks, and it was filled with a bunch of white, middle-aged men in a non-airconditioned room, milling around with glasses of lukewarm cabernet in their hands and they looked at extremely expensive art – which, to be fair, was very cool art.

Our favorite pieces included a large, abstract picture with yellow and blue, which we decided looked like a anthropomorphized moth, or a female deity (preferably both), and a silver sculpture hanging on the wall, which we deemed as representing a piece of satin in motion, or perhaps a soft car crash.

More galleries after the jump

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Happening Around The World: Iraqi Kurds overwhelmingly voted for independence in a referendum on Wednesday, with the election commission reporting that 93% of the 3.3 million Kurds who reside in Iraq supported secession. Will this matter to Baghdad? Probably not. Still, it can’t go any worse than Brexit is. (BBC, Telegraph)

You almost feel bad – no, wait. You don’t.

Happening In The US: Trump is now a LOSER after incumbent senator Luther Strange (R-AL), his preferred candidate for the seat left open by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, lost in a runoff to Roy Moore. Moore is a former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, an Evangelical Christian, and a hardline conservative. Of course, this doesn’t mean much change in policy making. As one NYT commenter put it, the runoff led to “a bigoted hatemonger defeating another bigoted hatemonger who happened to have the support of the bigoted hatemonger in charge.” Small victories, though. (NY Times)

Happening In NYC: Marquees have gone up and previews will soon start for Springsteen on Broadway, which is exactly what it sounds like. We can look forward to this: Instead of 50,000 drunk New Jerseyans coming through the Holland Tunnel, there will only be 1,000 – for five nights a week until February 3rd. Exorbitantly-priced tickets can be bought here.

Happening At Columbia: If you’ve been intrigued by the ad on Bwog’s own site, you’re in luck: “This is Sex” with CNN’s Lisa Ling is happening tonight at 5:30 in the Low Library Faculty Room.

Overseen: At the sundial, I came upon a bro in an “In Trump We Trust” hat, which is somehow even worse than #MAGA. As always, no points for creativity.

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