Daily Archive: September 29, 2017

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Simone Dinnerstein and A Far Cry

New Bwogger and live music aficionado Zack Abrams attended the Miller Theatre last night for the show ‘Bach + Glass: Opening Night’ featuring pianist Simone Dinnerstein and Boston-based chamber orchestra A Far Cry who performed music by J.S. Bach and Philip Glass.

Last night, I jumped at the opportunity to cover the latest show from the Miller Theatre for Bwog. Entitled Bach + Glass, the show brought together two radically different composers with a peculiar chamber orchestra and a fantastic soloist.

The theater itself is warm and inviting. The small size means there are no bad seats in the house and no visible microphones or large amplifiers were necessary in order to hear each and every instrument perfectly. When I sat down, a concert grand piano sat patiently in the rear, while several music stands and only 3 chairs took up the front of the stage. The lights dimmed as the Executive Director of the theater, Melissa Smey, excitedly introduced the show.

The reason for the absence of many chairs was soon apparent; A Far Cry, the accomplished chamber orchestra which performed the first two pieces and accompanied guest pianist Simone Dinnerstein on the latter two, had no conductor, and every musician except the cellists stood for the duration of the performance. For each piece, the Boston-based group elects five musicians to jointly perform the role of the conductor, guiding the interpretation and execution of each piece. During the performances, the impeccably timed musicians communicated with swift glances back and forth and a shared musical language. I learned later that they have collaborated with several of my favorite artists in the classical genre, including Yo-Yo Ma, Jake Shimabukuro, and Roomful of Teeth.

Hear about the full program after the jump

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Anna Pei and Coco, who you can follow on Insta: @cocoatcolumbia

You’ve seen them happily playing with their owners around campus. You’ve wondered how to approach them while hurrying to make your 4:10. Now, Bwog presents the definitive guide to catching the attention of the coolest canines on campus (and their owners too, I guess).

  1. Make sure to walk around campus during peak activity hours, especially on sunny days. I usually find the hours from 10 to 2 to have good four-footed traffic, though if you’re into athletic types you can try the early morning joggers.
  2. Practice your barking and sniffing. Know the difference between “Hi! Can we play?” and “Your butt smells bad.” (I know it’s elementary stuff, but it bears repeating.)
  3. Carry a bag of dog treats around with you to discreetly attract the dog. Don’t forget to reassure the owner that they’re definitely not roofies and you just need to de-stress after reading 18 Odyssey chapters all in one sitting.
  4. Get a Barkr account so you can start swiping right on all the dogs you want to meet up with for puppucinos. If you ever swipe left, please stop reading this article and go think about your life choices.
  5. Talk to the owner and ask. If they deny a petting opportunity, invoke your Twenty-Eighth Amendment Right to free dog access. It’ll be ratified any day now…
  6. Be sure to bring your resume with dog walking experience, solid contacts, and the number of languages in which you can say “Good boy/girl!”
  7. Be prepared for tough interview questions, such as “Who are you and why are you holding my dog?” and “Hey, STOP RUNNING!”
  8. After you meet up, be sure to send a beautiful letter within 24 hours thanking them for the experience and communicating your enthusiasm for the encounter. Best to leave a lasting impression!

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Nixon visiting the Berlin Wall

Last night at the Deutsches Haus (German House), Paul Hockenos gave a talk on his new book, Berlin Calling, which focuses on subcultures in East and West Berlin during the Cold War. Staff Writer Abby Rubel attended this interesting, if slightly underwhelming, discussion of punk, poetry, and politics.

The event, “Berlin Calling: A Story of Anarchy, Music, the Wall, and the Birth,” was held in Deutsches Haus, a beautiful building across the street from the law school. Those of us who found our way there filled the small room in which the event was held. We were there to hear a talk given by Paul Hockenos about the subject of his recent book, Berlin Calling: subcultures in East and West Berlin during the Cold War and how they shaped the Berlin we know today.

The discussion was moderated by a professor from Columbia’s German department, who introduced Hockenos and mentioned that this book is the first one to discuss both East and West Berlin subcultures. Most books, she said, discuss only one or the other, but Hockenos discusses the development of subcultures, such as “punk”, in both cities. While Hockenos alluded to other subcultures, his main focus was on the punk scene.

He began his talk with David Bowie. Bowie’s arrival in West Berlin coincided with the arrival of punk, so in many ways, one can draw a line between the pre-Bowie and post-Bowie period. He clarified later that Bowie himself did not have much to do with that arrival, merely that he witnessed a dramatic shift in the city and that the city Bowie left in many ways reflected what he represented.

What else was cooking in Berlin?

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Satellite image of Hurricane Maria as it makes landfall in Puerto Rico.

In case you’ve been living under a rock for the past few weeks, Hurricane Maria, a powerful Category 4 storm, made landfall on Puerto Rico. Maria caused extensive damage and flooding, rendering the entire national electrical grid powerless. Today, Columbia’s Group for Experimental Methods in the Humanities, in conjunction with Columbia University Libraries, is launching a Mapathon for Hurricane Relief from 2-5 pm in Studio@Butler 208B. Bring your laptop and RSVP to agil@columbia.edu. Hope to see you there!

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This tweet aged like fine… milk

Happening Around The World: A planned referendum for independence in Catalonia, one of 17 autonomous provinces of Spain, is escalating into a constitutional crisis as the national government in Madrid tries radical measures to stop the vote from going forward. (New York Times)

Happening In The US: Tom Price, Secretary of Health and Human Services, used military aircraft for multi-national trips at a cost of more than $500,000 to taxpayers. Overall, his use of private flights domestically and abroad has racked up over a million dollars in fees. (Politico)

Happening In NYC: Beyonce Knowles-Carter and her husband Shawn have sold their condo in Midtown for nearly $10M. I guess Rumi needs something a bit more roomy, though they are hanging on to their Tribeca property for now. (Curbed)

Happening At Columbia: Worried about the rise of populism in the United States? Join Professor Partha Chatterjee for his talk “Two Variants of Populist Politics: United States and India” at 2:30 in Lerner Hall room 569. See you there!

Overseen: A friend of a friend saw a woman masturbating in public outside Ferris on Wednesday. Yeah.

Bop Of The Day: Sober by Lorde

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