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Dec

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This peppy girl could you be you, doing homework and jamming to our playlist!

Lookin’ for some new jams to get you through finals week? Bwog is here with a playlist just for you. This playlist, albeit short, is a tribute to (one of) the most obnoxious thing(s) about Bwog: our fiery rivalry with you-know-whomst’ve. Check out these jams, and pay special attention to the first letter of each song…

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Dec

12

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This is the image that came up when I googled “self care.” I aspire to be as carefree as this kid.

As finals season gains momentum, sometimes it can feel like there isn’t a single moment in the day to take for yourself. But we here at Bwog promise that taking a step back from your seat in Ref (and taking your goddamn stuff with you) and granting some time to yourself will actually help you feel better and, in the end, succeed. Here are some tips from us Bwoggers on how to self-care during finals time.

  • Anonymously tell your professor to go fuck themself via course evals.
  • Take a walk through the pretty lit trees.
  • Bring your SAD light to Butler.
  • Get some fresh air every day.
  • Have sex.
  • Masturbate.
  • Drink milkshakes.
  • Take a shot.
  • Put clean sheets on your bed.
  • Pet some dogs on campus.
  • Eat fruit. Maybe even a vegetable or two.
  • Use a face mask.
  • Sage your room/suite (just be careful about the smoke).
  • Remember that Newton failed out of college (is this true? Youngweon just told me to post this) and that Prince William and Charles were both straight C students at Eton and that’s probably why they went to St. Andrews instead of Oxford or Cambridge (again, Youngweon said this).
  • Start singing with your roommate at random hours of the night.
  • Have a celebratory drink after each final you complete.
  • Get those steps in: take some time to take a walk around campus, a park, etc.
  • Sleep more than two hours a night.
  • Watch one of your old favorite movies.
  • Get out of Butler by studying at Nuss, Hungarian, or any of your other fav coffee shops.
  • Take your shoes off whenever you feel stressed, regardless of if you’re home or not. (Unless your feet smell then please God keep your shoes on.)
  • Give yourself a facial in the Butler bathroom.
  • Unsave every Khalid song in your library.
  • Organize your photos from 2017.
  • Watch an episode of Gossip Girl.
  • Make really fancy looking hot cocoa for yourself/suitemates.
  • Steal fruit from John Jay and use it to make mulled wine.
  • Buy yourself at least one grocery item your parents used to buy for you when you were younger.
  • Listen only to happy songs (unless you need to cry, then listen to sad songs, but after you’re done crying put on happy songs).
  • Call your mom.
  • Do your nails.
  • Drop out.

Dec

6

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A beautiful poster for a beautiful show

The Nutcracker is one of the most famous ballets in the world today—especially around the holiday season. This semester, Columbia University Ballet Ensemble (CUBE) has been working hard to choreograph and produce their own version of this classic show, and Bwog was lucky enough to be able to send Arts Editor Sarah Kinney to sit in on dress rehearsal Tuesday night.

CUBE, known for both its incredible talent and inclusivity, casts every dancer who auditions. Because of this, the show featured dancers of every level—from beginners to ex-professionals. The curtain opens on Kayla Glaser (BC ’20) en pointe as young Clara, who then welcomes all of her friends and family to her family Christmas gathering. Many of the dancers portraying her friends are only beginners, but with Clara leading them in simple yet elegant movements, the scene is engaging and uplifting. This pattern continues throughout the show; with roles from children to mice to bakers to sugar plum fairies, the the whimsical tone of The Nutcracker lends itself well to incorporating dancers of all levels. Glaser’s portrayal of Clara herself is lively, inviting, and technically advanced, making her the perfect leader for the entire show.

The set, however, is somewhat lacking. With cardboard clocks and blow-up turkeys, the set certainly toned down the professionality of the production. That being said, the costumes—although not crafted specifically for this show—were creative and striking. The choreography was modeled after CUBE artistic director Elizabeth Neureiter’s (BC ’18) hometown studio production, but the student choreographers for each specific piece were granted artistic discretion to make changes as they saw fit. What ended up coming together was a genuinely student production—in a good way.

Some more bitchin’ ballet after the jump

Dec

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These nuts ain’t the only ones that need crackin’ ;)

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:

  • You’ve heard of Orchesis, now get ready for Love Is An Open DoOrchesis! On Friday night, Orchesis (Columbia’s largest performing arts group) is hosting their semesterly showcase in Roone. This year, there are two times: 8:30 pm and 10:30 pm. Tickets are $6 with your ID ($10 for non-Barnumbians), which you can buy at the TIC or online (there’s a link on their Facebook page).
  • Still hungry for more dance? On Thursday night at 10pm and Saturday afternoon at 1:30pm (both in Roone), check out Columbia University Ballet Ensemble’s production of the Nutcracker. Tickets are $7 at the TIC or online.
  • Looking for something a little more lowkey? Head on over to the Furnald lounge on Saturday afternoon at 2pm for Kingsmen’s annual acapella winter concert. The show is free, but if you choose to make a donation, all the proceeds go to UNICEF (so be a good person and give them a few bucks!). Note: if you don’t have swipe access to Furnald, just message Kingsmen via the Facebook event and they’ll put you on the sign in list.

Off campus:

  • David Hockney is at the MET! Well, not him, but his art. Hockney, born in England in 1937, is famous for his delightful paintings and vivid colors. The new exhibit just opened on November 27, so be one of the first ones to go check it out!

 

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Nov

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Ever since the daylight savings time change, the sun has decided to set its sorry ass at 4pm every damn day. By the time I get out of my CC seminar it’s already starting to get dark. What gives, sun? You used to be a source of such light and warmth. Now all you do is exacerbate my depression.

The sun setting this early has numerous detrimental effects on my wellbeing (and, given the dismal state of mental health on this campus, I’m guessing on that of my peers as well). First off, when I get back from my 4 to 6pm seminar and it’s already dark, finding the willpower to get up and leave my room again is achingly difficult. Dinner at John Jay? Sorry, gonna pass. I’d rather just eat the food in my room that I bought a few weeks ago and in no way constitutes an actual meal. Going to Butler? Hell no. I’m not about to brace the cold darkness of these New York City streets just to shatter my soul in the stacks.

Second, when it’s totally dark by 5pm, it makes 9pm feel like fucking midnight. By the time I get around to starting my homework it feels like bedtime. How am I supposed to have enough time to get all my work done if my body begins to shut down by 10 pm? My circadian rhythm is all fucked up. (And yes, I have one of those SAD lamps. It doesn’t do a damn thing.) Darkness also means no outside time. I feel unsafe running outside alone, I can’t sit and read outside after class. What’s a girl gotta do to get some goddamn fresh air around here?

It’s SAD season, bitches. For all my homies whose depression gets a thousand times worse during this dark time of year, you’re not alone. Stock up on snacks, sweaters, SSRIs, and weed because hibernation has begun.

 

Note: Bwog does not condone the use of ~illegal substances.~

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Nov

13

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Everybody’s fav stop!!

After another Friday night spent getting plastered with your NYU friends, it’s time to make the lonely trek back uptown on our good ole friend The 1 Train. This weekend, Arts Editor Sarah Kinney shared a 1 train car at 2am with a good friend (totally coincidental encounter) who then proceeded to puke all over the platform on 42nd St. station. Oh, and also her ex’s roommate. She was consequently inspired to create this guide for the archetypes you encounter on the 1 train at 2am on a Friday night, all the way from Canal to 116th. 

The couple making out.

Late at night you can always find couples on the train who have had a bit too much wine and don’t give a shit about PDA. They’re sitting down, but really one of them is just sitting on the other’s lap. They’re getting handsy and it would make you uncomf except for the fact that this is New York and everybody just minds their own damn business. You’d think they were cute if you weren’t drowning in crippling loneliness yourself. They get off at Times Square, presumably to transfer.

The guy snoring.

You’re pretty sure they’ve missed their stop. Their snoring is louder than the macking sounds of the couple across from them, so at least you’ve got an eclectic soundtrack. You relate to them on a deeply personal level because falling asleep on the subway can be so cathartic. As long as no one steals your stuff. Tread carefully, kids. You never see them get off the train.

The girl crying

Same, girl. She’s lettin’ those tears flow and she doesn’t give a fuck about who sees. You sorta want to go over to her and make sure she’s okay, but as I’ve said before, this is New York and everybody just minds their own damn business, so you decide to stay where you are. You wonder about all the different reasons why she could be crying… did she just get dumped? Did her grandma die? Is she just the type of person who cries every time they get drunk? Same, girl. She gets off at Lincoln Center.

The happy group of friends.

Finally, something positive! This group of pals has just finished a #lit evening doing karaoke in Ktown and now they’re headed back uptown. You’re pretty sure they go to Columbia. You feel a sense of camaraderie with them, knowing you’ll all be getting off at the same spot. They’re in high spirits and provide a nice contract to the bawling girl a few seats down. They get off at 116th.

The loud drunk.

This guy is singing, yelling, and almost falling on his face every single time the train pulls away from the station. You’re kinda worried he’s gonna puke on you. He’s totally alone, which is a tad worrisome… Is he going to make it home okay? He’s a grown ass man, hopefully he will. Also you don’t really give a shit and you try to tune him out. You get off the train before he does.

The lone observer.

You. You’re just drunk enough after your night out to where you take in the subway car around you as if in a dream. You’re content and observant. You probably have headphones in, but also maybe not. You’re carefully looking at each other person in the almost-empty car because they’re so caught up in their own worlds that they’re not noticing a thing. You’re not snoring or yelling or crying. You get off at 116th.

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Nov

12

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Share your unpopular opinion: skim milk is better than whole milk.

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:

  • This Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, check out NOMADS’ production of Cold Whole Milk, a play written and directed by Sarah Billings (BC’18). Read more about the show and buy your tickets on their Facebook event page!
  • On Saturday night, OPS (Organization of Pakistani Students) is hosting Chamak: Pakistan in Bloom, a fashion show celebrating the beauty and intricacy of South Asian fashion. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased this week on the Lerner ramps or with this link!
  • If you’re lucky enough to not have class in the middle of the day on Wednesday, head on over to Faculty House from 1 to 2pm for Mid-Day Music, a series by the Columbia Music Performance Program. This week, Annie Nikunen (BC ’20) will be playing the flute. Find more info here!

Off Campus:

  • While this is an on-campus group, this Friday night they’ll be performing off campus! Check out Columbia Kingsmen performing at Radio City Music Hall on Friday at 7:30. Tickets can be purchased from their Facebook event ($30 for students, $60 for non-students)!
  • This Friday night from 8 to 10pm the Columbia Ballet Cooperative is performing at the Manhattan Movement and Arts Center! You can check out their Facebook event here. 2017 marks 10 years since CBC was created, so come celebrate their anniversary and enjoy some beautiful ballet!

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Oct

28

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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

21

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So this is an astronaut, still technically on Earth, walking along a ramp in the sky?

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:

  • Continuing their Cinema of Resistance series, the Maison Française is hosting a screening of The Assembly (L’Assemblée) from 6:30-9:00 pm on Tuesday night. The film, directed by Mariana Otero, is about the Nuit Debout (Arise at Night) protests of March 2016 in Paris. These protests marked the first time that a grassroots political organization was able to create a “democratic assembly” protest. The film screening will be followed by a group discussion.
  • Thursday night, stop by Miller Theatre to see Mahan Esfahani perform Goldberg Variations, the 1741 Bach aria. Esfahani will be playing harpsichord to present this beautiful classical piece. Tickets range from $35-$55, which you can buy here.
  • This Friday night in the Sulz Parlor, come listen to the Barnard-Columbia Chamber Singers perform with the Elqui Trio. The Elqui Trio is a group of musicians with South American roots whose repertoire encompasses everything from classical musical to South American folk music. Together, the singers will perform an exciting array of South American songs. The show starts at 8 pm!
  • Next weekend (Oct 27 and 28) is the Columbia University Players Annual One Act Festival. This year, the three one-act plays featured are Boy Meets Girl (a love story about two five-year-olds), Heart’s Desire (two parents wait for their daughter to return home), and Removing the Glove (a coming of age story about being left handed). You can check out the Facebook event here!

Off Campus:

  • Opening on Sunday at the MoMA PS1 is a new exhibit by Carolee Schneemann called Kinetic Painting. Schneemann’s work throughout the late 20th century has explored “subjectivity, the social construction of the female body, and the cultural biases of art history.” The exhibit features many of Schneemann’s avant-garde paintings from the 1950’s to the 2000’s. The exhibit will be featured at the MoMA PS1 through early March.
  • Opening today at Postmasters in Chinatown is Serkan Özkaya’s We Will Wait, a reinterpretation of Marcel Duchamp’s Étant donnés. Posmasters calls Marcel Duchamp’s Étant donnés “an elaborately detailed and beautifully disturbing room—encompassing tableau, which could be peered upon through two peepholes in a wooden door, enclosing the illuminated scene within.” Özkaya has created a replica of Étant donnés, which you can find at Postmasters until November 25.
  • Yesterday at the Whitney, Toyin Ojih Odutola opened her first solo exhibition. This exhibit, titled To Wander Determined, is comprised of large scale portrait paintings of fictional characters imagined by Odutola herself. According to the exhibit description, “Highly attentive to detail and the nuances of space, class, and color—whether of palette or skin—Ojih Odutola continues her examinations of narrative, authenticity, and representation.”

Wild astronaut man image from CUP Facebook Page

Oct

15

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Bwog sent Arts Editor Sarah Kinney and newly-appointed Bwog photographer (!!!) Aliya Schneider to cover Alpha Chi Omega’s Runway Warriors fashion show. They saw some cool fashion and got some cool photos. Yeah, you heard that right. Bwog is no longer just posting shitty iPhone photos anymore. Read on to get a glimpse at our new artistic prowess (and to read about the show, of course). 

Friday night, Alpha Chi Omega put on its fourth installment of Runway Warriors, a fashion show whose ticket sales and raffle bids raise money for three different organizations: the Joyful Heart Foundation, Womankind, and Sanctuary for Families. Alpha Chi’s national philanthropy Domestic Violence Awareness and Support, and that’s exactly what these three foundations support. This year’s event, guided by the theme Rise and the artistic direction of Sarah Lu (CC ’20), raised over $3,000.

To kick off the event, three sisters introduced speaker Gwen Wright, the Executive Director of the New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence. Wright spoke about the critical work her office does to protect women, and she even shared her own story of being a domestic violence survivor. Evoking this year’s theme of Rise, Wright discussed how important it is to lift up survivors and remind them that they have the strength to rise above it all.

After Wright’s speech, the fashion show began. Over 30 models showcased clothes from five different clothing lines—Meg, M. Martin, We Are Mortals, Grana, and Stella & Dot. Every model was a Columbia student volunteer, but that didn’t stop them from looking professional and stunning as hell as they hit the runway (in Roone Auditorium, that is). The creative and unexpected makeup design by Bailey Prado further enhanced the elegance of the show. Everything from the lighting to the music to the models’ engaging use of space truly made the show an exciting, interactive experience.

In between the three separate waves of models were two incredible student performers: Abigail Eberts on pointe and Camille Allen singing acapella. Both women owned the stage and captivated the audience with their talent. This year’s show was all about empowering women, and Eberts’ and Allen’s performances embodied that theme.

All together, this year’s Runway Warriors show was an impressive celebration of female empowerment. It was refreshing to watch my peers own the runway—people of all shapes and sizes and backgrounds. In an industry that can often be very cut-throat and exclusive, Runway Warriors turned fashion into something accessible for everybody.

Oct

15

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This is your brain on drugs. And by drugs we mean music.

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:

  • This Tuesday at the Miller Theatre, check out a conversation between the Wallach Art Gallery’s director and chief curator Deborah Cullen and celebrated Colombian-American artist Lina Puerta. Puerta will be discussing her new installation in the Miller Theatre lobby which is inspired by the constant battle between humans and nature. The event is free with registration and there will be refreshments served after.
  • Wednesday night up at the Lenfest Center for the Arts is an immersive reading of the poetry of Max Ritvo. Ritvo was a Columbia alum who graduated in 2016, and the reading will feature poems from his 2016 book Four Reincarnations. 
  • Thursday afternoon starting at 4:15, the Columbia Italian Academy is hosting a panel discussion titled Music and Meaning: Seminars in Society and NeuroscienceThe panel will be discussing the powerful impact music has on both the brain and society. The event is free, but registration is required.

Off campus:

  • Currently at the New York Historical Society is an exhibit showcasing the work of Polish artist and activist Arthur Szyk. The name of the exhibit, Soldier in Art, evokes the aim of Szyk’s early-mid 20th century art: fighting the oppressive powers that be and protecting civil and human rights. Museum admission starts at $6.
  • On Wednesday from 4 to 8pm is an open house event for the Self Taught Genius Gallery at the American Folk Art Museum. The open house will feature a tour of the gallery lead by a museum curator. The gallery is meant to showcase American folk artists who have worked outside the realm of what may be considered “traditional.” The event is free with RSVP, and there will be refreshments (read: wine).

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Oct

7

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We love Night Market!

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

  • Love performing arts and looking to broaden your horizons? Then stop by Prentis Hall room 101 on Tuesday at 4 pm for Swallowing and Spitting History, a workshop exploring contemporary and experimental practices in Japanese performing arts. The event is free, but make sure to register here.
  • Sometimes we undergrads forget that graduate students at the Columbia School of the Arts are often putting on incredible shows all over campus. This Wednesday through Saturday, check out Acting Thesis: The Seagull in the flexible performance space at the Lenfast Center for the Arts. The show reinterprets Chekhov’s famous play with a modern twist.
  • This Thursday, head on over to the Maison Française to check out the newest film screening in their Cinema of Resistance series, Tahrir: Liberation SquareThis 90 minute film portrays the lives of individuals involved in modern resistance movements in Egypt. After the film there will be a panel discussion with the director, Stefano Savona.
  • Friday night is Night Market, Columbia’s famous fall event where students transform Low Plaza into a dazzling East Asian Night Market! This year’s festival will feature performances by CU Generation, Columbia Wushu, and Columbia Raas. Starting at 6 pm, head over to eat some delicious food and watch some incredible shows!

Off Campus

  • Thursday night from 6-8 pm is Free College Night at the Morgan Library and Museum! Explore the museum and have personal conversations with the staff, even get a chance to make some of your own sketches with Drawing New York. The event is free, but they request you RSVP online.
  • Also on Thursday is the opening of Ai WeiWei’s much anticipated NYC public art installation, Good Fences Make Good Neighbors. The exhibit consists of numerous large-scale public art installations all around the city, from Washington Square park to Cooper Union to Central Park. With his installations, Ai WeiWei is exploring the current migration crises happening all over the world. Read more about the exhibit here, as well as find out where all the art pieces are located.

Night Market poster via their Facebook event

Sep

30

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Artists from Italy, India, and more 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:

  • Monday night at Miller Theatre, Arthur Mitchell—the first African American lead dancer for the New York City Ballet and founder of the Dance Theatre of Harlem—is directing a show featuring dozens of professional dancers. The show will highlight Mitchell’s commitment and contributions to the world of dance. You can read more about the event, and how to get tickets, here.
  • Tuesday night, the Italian Academy is hosting the Momenta Quartet, a NYC-based string quartet that combines classical Italian music with the work of contemporary composers. The event is free, but register for your spot here!
  • On Wednesday night at 7:00 pm, the Glicker-Milstein Theatre is hosting Mallika Sarabhai—one of the most successful dancers and choreographers India has ever seen. She’s the founder of Darpana Dance company, AND she has a PhD in organizational behavior. Seating is first-come, first-serve to enjoy this incredible talk and demonstration.
  • This Friday is opening night for Revolt, Defiance, and Resistance in Prints!, a new exhibit of prints at the School of the Arts’ LeRoy Neiman Gallery. These prints are from a selection of diverse artists who all use printmaking as a way to challenge the status quo and resist oppression. The reception starts at 5 pm.

Off campus:

  • The Studio Museum of Harlem, just a few blocks away at 124th and Clayton Powell (right by the  125th 2-3 station), is currently hosting an exhibit titled FictionsThe exhibit showcases work from dozens of African American artists all over the US, discovering what black culture looks, feels, and sounds like to them. The show features countless mediums, from photographs to sculptures to video. The museum is free with your CUID.
  • If you’re one of those people in knitting club who sits in Lerner 510 right before our meetings every week, then this event may be for you: The American Folk Art Museum just opened an exhibit featuring quilts made out of British military uniforms. Each quilt brings together hundreds of small pieces of fabric into one beautiful design, representing how so many lives become interwoven in the face of war. The museum is even in the upper west side on W67th and Columbus (and admission is free).

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Sep

30

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You fucked it up, Pulitzer.

Did you know that every seven seconds, someone drops out of Columbia? Did you also know that I just completely made up that statistic? But imagine dropping out of Columbia, then a few years later receiving a Columbia diploma in the mail like you never even left. This I didn’t make up. It’s a true story, one that happened to the one and only Leah Finnegan

I met Leah last year at a Young Media Weekend event in a swanky SoHo loft put on by our dear friends at NYU Local. The event was a panel discussion featuring prominent young writers in NYC who work for nontraditional media sites—places like Bwog, but a thousand times more legit. Leah currently works for The Outline as Features Editor. During the discussion, Leah casually mentioned the fact that she attended the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism back in ’09, but that she dropped out after a few semesters to accept a job at Huffington Post. But, in the spring of 2011, an odd letter showed up at her parents’ house.

It was a fucking diploma from Columbia. The administration screwed up so badly that they literally sent a diploma to someone who didn’t graduate.

Read more to find out what happened.

Sep

23

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Get off campus this week! We believe in you!

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: 

  • Monday night from 7 to 8:30, stop on by the Diana Center for Here/Say: Framing, Part 1 [Classification]. Here/Say is a conversation series where students can discuss the relationship between art and current events. This is the first discussion of the series.
  • Head on over to the Maison Française on Tuesday night for a screening and discussion of Façade: 209 rue Saint Maur. This film, directed by Ruth Zylberman, documents the lives of generations of tenants in the same apartment building.
  • Thursday night at 8 pm is the opening night of Bach + Glass at Miller Theatre. A Far Cry, an orchestra from Boston, will be playing the music of composer Philip Glass while accompanied by Simone Dinnerstein.

Off Campus: 

  • The Columbia Arts Initiative is launching a new series of events titled Columbia Nights. These sessions give Columbia students the chance to visit various art exhibits and plays across the city, then sit down with the artist themself after. The first event is M. Butterfly on October 19, but tickets go on sale starting this Friday at 1 pm at the TIC.
  • This Wednesday night is Tribeca Art & Culture Night, a community art festival that happens every season. Head on down (after you RSVP) and explore dozens of local artists and designers.
  • Rodin is at the Met! This special exhibit will be there throughout the end of the semester, but go visit sometime soon and enjoy the weather in Central Park. Bwog tip: take the 1 down to 86, stop at Milk Bar on Columbus and 87, then walk through Central Park and go to the Met.

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