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Daily Archive: October 28, 2018

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On Saturday, Staff Writer Henry Golub made his way up two staircases, a ramp, and another staircase to see Third Wheel Improv perform in Lerner. They were even funnier than last time.

Not this.

In my last review, I recommended that you all see Third Wheel perform for yourselves. I’m glad I did, because last night exceeded my expectations.

The troupe returned in full swing. New skits kept the show as lively as last time, and once again, the troupe leaders nipped stale jokes in the bud. Everyone’s stage presence, voice impressions, and jokes had the audience laughing straight through the hour.

The troupe guided the humor using three open-ended skits centered on theme suggestions from the audience. My favorites were a slam poetry round based on “industrialism” and a long-form bit about “turbulence” that morphed into a satire about the unsavory actors, executives, “juris doctors,” and visitors roaming around Disney World.

I’ve learned that he’s not actually smiling under that thing.

Each member of the troupe performed well and contributed to the show. Some standouts include first-year Harris Solomon, whose debut last night exhibited a noteworthy versatility in voice impressions (his Lindsay Graham impression was particularly funny); co-leader Jacob Kaplan, whose acting and wit stood out among the talented group; and a junior/senior in a Gloria Steinem halloween costume (whose name I didn’t catch), who kept a joke about being a copyright lawyer funny for longer than most good jokes last.

As someone who has seen both funny and terrible improv, I can assure you that Third Wheel is worth seeing. Fortunately, you can watch them perform alongside Columbia’s other improv troupes and troupes from other schools in two weeks at the third annual Spare Tires Improv Festival. You can also keep up with the group’s events at its Facebook page.

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Mr. M. Mouse via Max Pixel

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As described by Lynn Nottage, “our warrior poet/dramatist.”

Ntozake Shange, Barnard alum (BC ’70) and notable American playwright, poet, and author, passed away on Saturday, at the age of 70.

Shange is best known for her 1975 Tony Award-nominated play, for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf, a revolutionary self-termed choreoform combining poetry, dance, music, and song, to describe the racism, sexism, and violence faced by seven black women. She was a pioneer voice for Black women in America, addressing their marginalization and trauma with profound artistry.

let her be born / let her be born / & handled warmly

Her other 15 plays include “A Photograph: A Study of Cruelty” (1977), “Boogie Woogie Landscapes” (1977), and “Black and White Two Dimensional Planes” (1979). She was also the author of 19 poetry collections, six novels, three essay collections, and five children’s books. Explore more of her work through Barnard’s Digital Shange Project and The Worlds of Ntozake Shange.

In 2016, Shange dedicated a collection of her earlier works to the Barnard Library Archives and Special Collections, saying, “I feel as though I came of age as a feminist and an artist at Barnard. I formed the basis of my critical thinking in English and history classes. I was a member of conscious-raising groups, the antiwar movement and black-student movement. I got all that I ever imagined from an all-women’s college, and I thought my archives belonged here.”

From the last poem of for colored girls:

i found god in myself
and i loved her
i loved her fiercely

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this lantern jacked as fuck

Halloweekend may have drawn to a close, but Halloween is right around the corner. The festivities have just begun and you don’t want to miss out – come to our open meeting tonight at 9pm in Lerner 510 and get SPOOKY with us!

Spooky scary skeletons
Send shivers down your spine
Shrieking skulls will shock your soul
Seal your doom tonight
Spooky scary skeletons
Speak with such a screech
You’ll shake and shudder in surprise
When you hear these zombies shriek
We’re so sorry skeletons
You’re so misunderstood
You only want to socialize
But I don’t think we should
Cause spooky scary skeletons
Shout startling shrilly screams
They’ll sneak from their sarcophagus
And just won’t leave you be

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rome from above and a beautiful blue sky

Happening in the World: Thousands of people gathered in central Rome yesterday to protest the degradation of their city under the populist Five Star Movement administration. Among the issues include unpredictable garbage collection, out-of-service public transport, unfixed potholes, and a bus fire this past May.

Happening in the US: A gunman opened fire in a Pittsburgh synagogue yesterday morning, killing eleven people and wounding four police officers and two others. The assault came amid an increasingly bitter political environment and a surge in hate crimes across the country. Here is how to help.

Happening in NYC: The de Blasio administration is poised to end Renewal, a city-wide program implemented in 2014 to improve the 94 poorest-performing schools with enhanced teacher training and social services, among other efforts.

Happening on Campus: Need more succulents in your life? Check out the Succulent Study Break this Thursday, 11/1, in Wien Hall from 12-2pm (hosted by University Life)!

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