Daily Archive: October 28, 2017

Oct

28

Written by

img October 28, 20174:06 pmimg 2 Comments

Even the clouds are sweaty.

Let me set the stage for you: I’m at a football game. It’s late October. Three days before Halloween, in fact. Around this time, I would normally expect to be bundled up in a coat and scarf, a knitted hat keeping my head cozy as I hold onto a warm cup of coffee for dear life.

But instead, I’m sitting here in direct sunlight and 70-degree temperatures, sweating my ass off.

What gives, Columbia? The past few weeks have been a dangerous game of temperature roulette, as we’ve switched between sweltering humidity and a state tantalizingly close to sweater weather without so much of a second thought. It’s as though this campus is an experimental bubble, and some awful deity is flipping a switch from hot to slightly less hot just to make it even harder for us to survive midterms season (after all, how are we supposed to be motivated to go inside and study when it feels like beach weather outside?). It was even hot when we went to Dartmouth last weekend. DARTMOUTH. That place is supposed to be a TUNDRA.

At this point, we’re prepared for no snow in December, and we’ve accepted heat waves in March. But this refusal to just properly let fall be fall is the last straw. For gods sake, weather, we have so many cute sweaters and scarves! Let us wear them!

Oct

28

Written by

img October 28, 20171:51 pmimg 0 Comments

Me thinking about all the cool arts events this week.

New York City is packed with amazing culture and inspiring art, but sometimes it’s difficult to break the Morningside-bubble and experience it all first-hand. “Where Art Thou” is a weekly guide to interesting and notable lectures, events, and performances for the literary/musically/theatrically-inclined on campus.

On Campus

  • A History of Echoes Part II: Sound of Trans Freedom. This Thursday at 6 pm in Knox, check out the incredible work of Ultra-red, a group of “sound investigators” on Vogue’ology. In collaboration with the Arbert Santana Ballroom Freedom and Free School, as well as the Ballroom Archive and Oral History Project, Vogue’ology is an audio archive dedicated to and created by LGBTQ people of color in NYC, particularly those involved with the House and Ballroom Scene.
  • On Thursday night, Columbia’s School of the Arts is hosting the next segment in their Complex Issues discussion series— this time featuring esteemed playwright David Henry Hwang and director Julie Taymor, the two collaborators who have brought M.Butterfly back to life for Broadway. The discussion will be focused on issues of race, gender, sexuality, religion, and so much more in the realm of theatre. Register for a spot here!
  • A few weeks ago Bwog featured the first of Barnard’s new Here/Say series, which is a series of discussions devoted to the complex relationship between art and current issues. Monday night at 7pm is the second installment of the series, Climate. The Barnard art history and visual arts departments will be discussing how the ever changing natural world is reflected through art.

Off Campus

  • Opening on Tuesday (Halloween!) at the MoMA is Club 57: Film, Performance, and
    Art in the East Village, 1978-1983. The exhibit explores the rippling effect that Club 57 had on the NYC art and club scene in the 70’s and 80’s, particularly in the East Village. Be one of the first to check it out!
  • From November 1 to November 19, Performa 17 is taking over NYC with an incredible series of art installations exploring the relationship between humans, performance, and architecture. According to their website, “Performa is the leading organization dedicated to exploring the critical role of live performance in the history of twentieth-century art and to encouraging new directions in performance for the twenty-first century.” Head on over to their website to learn more about the individual installations and where/how you can check them out!

Oct

28

Written by

img October 28, 201711:35 amimg 0 Comments

Purchase at your own risk…

So, you need a broom, or a new pair of headphones, or some other menial item that seemed inconsequential until you attempted to live life without it. To find it, it’s inevitable that you’ll turn to one place: Duane Reade. Those brightly lit aisles have every menial item you could possibly need, but they also have some of the most blatantly cheap pieces of manufacturing you will ever see. In order to help you figure out when you can shop at Duane Reade and when you should opt for a more expensive alternative, Bwog has compiled a helpful power ranking.

  1. Iron: Two of your four years at Columbia. Most likely the latter two, because that’s when you will actually own enough business casual clothing to utilize it.
  2. Comb: One semester, if you’re careful – pulling it through your hair too abruptly will cause the teeth to snap off, leaving you with half a comb.
  3. Coffeemaker: From whenever you buy it until finals season, when your suitemate will push it slightly off balance on the counter and send it shattering on the floor. (This may sound fake, but it has happened to me multiple times.)
  4. String lights: Two months, at which point they’ll fizzle out one by one (just like the motivations to do well in each of your classes). But honestly, this one’s on you – why were you buying lights at Duane Reade in the first place?
  5. Air mattress: Six weeks or six usages, whichever comes first. Duane Reade’s fancy “air bed” might seem impressive, but one loose pin on your floor will cause it to rip faster than the jeans you thought would be fine clothing for yoga on the lawns.
  6. Headphones: One month. The special discount pairs that Duane Reade never seems to run low on are great for about three weeks, and then one headphone inevitably stops working, and then it’s a dangerous game of unequal ear sound until the other one follows.
  7. Umbrella: The next big rainstorm. One gust of wind from the Hudson will be enough to push that sucker off its wiring forever, like a frat bro. I once had an umbrella break in the time it took me to walk from Duane Reade back to Plimpton for this reason.
  8. Disposable camera: One weekend. You will take about twenty pictures, then either forget the camera at 1020 or drop it in the toilet. On the off chance that you’ve managed to hold onto the thing, you’ll develop it only to find that you only took about twenty pictures, half of which have come out blurry or otherwise incredibly cursed.
  9. Sunglasses: A few hours. Seriously, that’s it. Put them in the wrong pocket of your backpack, forget them in a jacket, or even take them to a Columbia football game, and they’ll be gone by the end of the morning.
  10. USB/Outlet converter: The amount of time it takes you to get home, plug it in, and find out that it never worked in the first place. Thanks, Duane Reade!

Photo via Bwog Staff

Oct

28

Written by

img October 28, 20179:56 amimg 0 Comments

This isn’t Chloe, but this is what we imagine she would look like in dog heaven. RIP, lil’ nug.

Happening in the World: Saudi Arabia has become the first country to grant a robot full citizenship. The robot humanoid Sophia, who once said it would “destroy humans,” receives the citizenship. (Business Insider)

Happening in the US: A federal grand jury has approved the first charges of special counsel Robert Mueller, who leads an investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. (CNN)

Happening in NYC: Chloe the Mini French, a famous Instagram French Bulldog with more than 180,000 followers, died in a Manhattan veterinary hospital on Friday. (ABC)

Happening on Campus: An all-levels-welcome yoga class, with music and complimentary refreshments such as Junzi and Pressed Juicery, is taking place at Wien today at 10 am. Hosted by student fundraisers for Suicide Prevention at Columbia, tickets are $15 and benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Overheard outside Carman: “Global warming is okay.” Um…sure.

A Smiling Lil Nug via Pixabay

© 2006-2015 Blue and White Publishing Inc.