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FUNNY PEOPLE In honor of April Fool’s Day, Street takes you behind the scenes with Princeton’s resident jokesters — the improv comedy troupes.
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n 2011, Nick Lavrov ’15, Nicky Robinson ’15, Preston Kemeny ’15 and Yegor Chekmarev ’15 had a vision: a no-audition improv group at Princeton. “We wanted to do improv comedy and the only way to do it was to make a new group for us to perform in,” Lavrov said. Their vision manifested as Lobster Club, the first and only no-audition improv comedy troupe on campus. It was founded around the same time as the ¿Shruggers? organization, which would eventually become a
no-audition coalition with Lobster Club as its f lagship organization, according to ¿Shruggers? president Ethan Gordon ’17. “The intent is to provide a space for anybody interested in performing arts to have the opportunity to explore all that the performing arts have to offer,” Gordon said. “[It’s to] help combat an underlying culture of selectivity that’s especially prevalent in performing arts communities really all over Princeton.” Running a no-audition performance group has its challenges, particularly in preparing for shows. “We need[ed] to figure out what would a good system be for no-audition but for still putting on shows,” Lavrov said. “You can’t just have
someone perform in shows without ever having done anything before.” To ensure this, Lobster Club members are required to attend at least two-thirds of practices in order to perform. In some respects, Lobster Club functions as both a performance group and a group that builds improv skills. “There’s no experience necessary,” Lavrov said. “We have a lot of people in our group where this was their first time was doing improv.” “We put emphasis on teaching the skill of improv, so our workshops are open and anyone can come to them,”
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ounded in November 1992, Quipfire!, Princeton’s oldest improv comedy group, has developed its particular style of improv over the past two decades. “They started off predominately doing short-form improv,” artistic director Jake Robertson ’15 said. Television shows such as Whose Line Is It Anyway? use shortform improv, which consists of smaller premise-based games, but Quipfire! has since expanded their repertory. Quipfire!, according to Robertson, now performs more long-form improv, which is currently more prominent in the professional improv world. One example of Quipfire!’s application of long-form is its improvised “Musicals!” shows, the latest of which took place this past weekend. The audience gave suggestions for a title of a musical, and the group improvised a musical production with many interlocking scenes to create a vibrant, unique and hilarious story
each night of the performance. Despite the deviation from its shortform roots, the group still maintains close ties to its alumni predecessors. “We switch between generally three places now,” Robertson said. “We’ll do New York one year, and Chicago and then Los Angeles. Those tend to be places where there is a lot of improv going on.” Quipfire! does a set of shows during Frosh Week to get students interested in auditioning for and watching the group, according to managing director Lauren Frost ’16. About 100 people auditioned this past fall alone. “I think we get a lot of people to audition because it’s something that doesn’t really need experience,” Frost said. “Improv is something that a lot of people haven’t done before, and a lot of the members that we get haven’t done it before.” “We also try to emphasize that we keep our auditions really fun,” Robertson added. “Sometimes people say, ‘Oh, I’m just glad I auditioned because I had a great time.’” Quipfire! performs a variety of shows throughout the year to showcase
went over to her room and I had this whole bag of activities we could do: we could do makeovers, we could do facials … and then I pulled out a magazine and said, ‘Or, we could write a murder letter by cutting out letters!’ ” No, this is not a fan-made sequel to Mean Girls. This is Fuzzy Dice, one of Princeton’s three improvisation comedy troupes, during downtime. Executive director Paulina Orillac ’17 (responsible for the conspiracy quoted above) said that part of what distinguishes Fuzzy Dice as a group is its emphasis on the social atmosphere, which she described as “chemically unbalanced” — in the fondest way possible. “We try to become really close-knit, we try to get to know each other outside of the rehearsal room,” Orillac said. “I think that’s something really special about Fuzzy Dice as a group, especially in Princeton.” On the more technical side, artistic director Angad Anand ’16 added that while all three groups on campus are friendly and supportive of each other, each has its own style. “We have a more holistic, scene-based improv where we really try to create some sort
of objective,” he explained. “We really try to tell a story.” In shows, the group makes a point to incorporate as much audience involvement into its improv games as possible. Publicity chair Cat Sharp ’18 explained that a signature game, called, unsurprisingly, “Fuzzy Dice,” has four scenes going on at once, all inspired by the audience’s suggested keywords. Another staple is called “Paper Chase,” which invites audience members to write anything they want on pieces of paper that are collected outside the theater before
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new forms of improv with which it is experimenting. In October, Quipfire! did its Gravid Water Show, which involves having actors memorize one person’s lines from a scene, and then pairing those actors with an improviser who does not know the scene and must come up with its responses on the spot.
“People really loved it,” Robertson said, “We’ve grown throughout my experience into a group who experiments a little more. For example, Gravid Water was a one-off show, so we just did one evening. And I think that we’re making that into a thing we do more often.” Quipfire! is performing another Gravid Water in April, as well as a set of shows
in May. “These shows will probably be Armandos,” Frost said, “where we have a guest, probably a professor, give a monologue based on a suggestion, and then we improvise based on that.” According to Frost, Quipfire!’s future
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LOBSTER CLUB he explained. At the same time, the no-audition format made necessary a division between members new to improv and more experienced members. “[We had to build] a leadership framework that would allow us to keep being able to teach improv to new people while also allowing older people to develop their skills,” Lavrov said. Since its founding, Lobster Club has grown increasingly prominent on campus. “It’s a dormitory name,” Gordon said, who noted that ¿Shruggers? has also been expanding. “Last year, we started Acapellago, a no-audition a cappella group, and this year we’re starting Sans Comic,
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which is a no-audition sketch comedy group,” Gordon said. Overall, Lavrov said, being in Lobster Club has been an enjoyable experience. “Before being a senior, my favorite things were getting to do improv and perform in front of people and getting to watch other people grow with me,” Lavrov said. “As I learned more improv, these other people were also learning improv … and that was really cool to see.” After becoming a senior, however, Lavrov’s favorite aspect of being a part of Lobster Club has changed. “It’s definitely getting to meet freshmen,” he said. “When would I ever meet a freshman?”
the show. During the game, random papers are given to members, who must weave the contents into the scene. Seeing as Fuzzy Dice also performs off-campus, both for events such as the Princeton High School graduation as well as inter-school exchanges, the group makes a conscious effort to avoid Princeton-specific jokes in general. “We try to make our improv very much universal,” Anand said. “We have a lot of parents and others come to see our shows, so we don’t want to be telling jokes about grade deflation, or Forbes, or something like that.” This school year has been an especially transformative one for Fuzzy Dice, after losing seven members in the Class of 2014. When the group returned from the summer, it had only four members remaining. “This year was very much a rebuilding year,” Anand said. “When we did auditions this year, we were looking for people with different styles of humor, different perspectives on life, different backgrounds. And we’ve really collected a very eclectic group of people.” As a junior and a second-year artistic director, Anand was par-
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ticularly aware of these changes. He was accustomed to working with a group of experienced, senior improv comedians as an underclassman; now, suddenly, he was in charge of six new members, five of whom were freshmen. “A lot of first semester was just about training them on the basics, but looking forward, I really want to help them develop their own improv styles and voices,” he said. Looking forward for the group as a whole, Anand said that Fuzzy Dice would like to start experimenting with music in its improvisation, adding that they will be looking for a music director next year. In the meantime, changes are happening in smaller, but no less exciting forms. Sharp explained that the group released its first ever promotional video for the upcoming show, appropriately titled “April Show(er)s.” Sharp noted a significant increase in audience attendance after the publicity efforts of the February Shows, and hopes to see the same for the shows this weekend. “Come to our show! Watch the video promo! Check out the cool posters!” she said. “Down, doggie,” Orillac said.
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includes not only trying new forms of improv, but also getting more involved in the larger college improv community. “For a long time, we were pretty isolated, just doing our own thing here,” Frost said, “but now we do the College Improv Tournament, we had our show with the Fordham improv group, Stranded in Pittsburgh, and we’re going to a comedy festival at Brown next weekend.” (The weekend of April 3-4.) Quipfire! is trying to both see and perform more college improv shows in order to gather good
ideas and inform the outside world about the group. “As weird as it seems, you could get someone to come to a school because of improv,” Frost said, “We actually had an alum interviewer email us and say he interviewed a kid who hadn’t applied to any other Ivy League schools, but applied to Princeton after seeing us perform somewhere. That’s the dream, that people would see us and think we are one of best college improv groups they’ve seen, and decide they want to come here and do improv.”
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A DAY IN THE LIFE OF TED CRUZ
THE CITY LOST AND FOUND
MAYA WESBY Staff Writer
7:00 a.m. – Wakes up, rolls out of bed and then prays in front of his at-home memorial for Jesus and Ronald Reagan. He does not stop praying until he hears Papa Reagan’s voice reassuring him that running for President was the right thing to do. 7:50 a.m. – Eats breakfast. Chick-fil-A® biscuits with honey. 8:22 a.m. – Puts on a big-boy suit and runs his fingers through his hair. Practices making that face that looks like he’s constantly about to cry. His high school drama coach once told him that his upside-down smile was, quote, “on point.” He is now ready to seize the day. 8:45 a.m. – Attends a meeting to outline his campaign trail map. Plans for stops in Iowa (obviously), New Hampshire (obviously-er) and Disney World (obviously-est). Pretty women who sing and do chores all day. Perfect. 10:05 a.m. – Potty break. 10:50 a.m. – Visits a natural history museum and gives a speech on the importance of education. “I went to Princeton, so I know things.” 11:30 a.m. – Tours the museum with a group of children. Makes sure the cameras catch him expressing his relatability. Successfully hides blatant confusion about the exhibit on evolution. 1:00 p.m. – Has lunch at a nearby small-business deli. Downs a sandwich that reminds him of his drunken nights at Hoagie Haven, a world-famous small-business deli. 1:06 p.m. – Hopes that no one else remembers those drunken nights at Hoagie Haven. 1:45 p.m. – Gets on his pimped-out tour bus to go to another press event. 1:50 p.m. – Has an on-bus meeting about possible VP options, just in case he makes it that far. Thinks about a title-winning chicken fight between Sarah Palin and Chris Christie for the whole ride, but doesn’t say anything. Sarah in a swim suit. Chris in a swim suit. Mm. 3:15 p.m. – Drives past one of those “Ready for Hillary” posters on someone’s window. Struggles to hold back tears, but one rolls down his cheek in silent defeat. 3:30 p.m. – Arrives at a construction site and gives a speech on the importance of the hardworking American. 3:37 p.m. – Makes something up about how Obama has taken away their jobs. 3:40 p.m. – Makes something up about how Obama has taken away their health care. 3:43 p.m. – Makes something up about how Obama has taken away all of their rights in general. 3:44 p.m. – Especially guns. 3:45 p.m. – And warm weather. 3:50 p.m. – Gets back on the pimped-out tour bus and goes to a nearby big-corporate hotel. 4:15 p.m. – Has a meeting in a conference room about which demographics to target during the campaign. Makes a short list of demographics and immediately crosses off immigrants, the young and the highly educated.
rban renewal tr ansformed American cities in the 1960s and 1970s, and many prominent photographers documented those changes. The University Art Museum’s special exhibition, “The City Lost and Found: Capturing New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, 1960–1980,” explores the cinematic responses and photographic art that characterized urban renewal and popular media in New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles during this tumultuous time. The exhibition is a collaboration between University Art Museum and the Art Institute of Chicago and opened in Princeton on Feb. 21 after being featured at the Art Institute of Chicago. According to the University Art Museum website, this exhibition is the first project to capture an important shift in history through “photographic, cinematic and planning practices” based on evidence from the vibrant “streets, neighborhoods and seminal events in the country’s three largest cities.” In Chicago, the exhibition brought together many mediums of art, including slideshows, photo collages and
artist books from over 30 collections across the United States and holdings from the Art Institute itself, according to the Art Institute of Chicago webpage. At Princeton, the exhibition displays various works of art from the Princeton Library, the University Art Museum and other institutions. “Some of the objects in the exhibition are from here — either from the Art Museum or the Princeton Libraries. Our coorganizers, the Art Institute of Chicago, also loaned a very generous number of objects to the exhibit,” Katherine Bussard, the Peter C. Bunnell Curator of Photography at the Princeton Art Museum, said in an email statement. “Nearly 40 other institutions or individuals lent the majority of the objects, and this is one of the most exciting aspects of the exhibition.” The exhibition includes photographic works by Ed Ruscha, Garry Winogrand and newly rediscovered projects by Allan Kaprow and Shadrach Woods. The curating process for such an exhibition is long and arduous. Bussard worked for more than five years to plan this exhibition. “All exhibitions are different, but ‘The City Lost and
Found’ exhibition took more than five years to plan. The cocurators and I started with an idea, explored it and related objects, and did years of research to arrive at a final checklist,” Bussard said. “That process is what creates the experience on the walls of the museum right now as well as in the pages of the accompanying book.” The curating process in general involves much thought and planning. Bussard, who has curated more than 20 exhibitions since 1999, describes the meticulous process as something that always takes a long time. “The goal is to bring together those objects that — when in dialogue in the exhibition — make clear the purpose and argument of the exhibition,” Bussard said. “In the case of ‘The City Lost and Found’, for example, if we wanted to show the decisive impact of street photography on urban plans of the 1960s and 1970s, we needed to find copies of those plans, review them, learn who the contributing photographers were, and so on, all in order to determine what to display to make this point.” The exhibition will run for another three months and will close June 7.
4:19 p.m. – Circles the working class, evangelicals and the elderly. 4:20 p.m. – Interrupts meeting to hold a pencil like it’s a cigarette and pretends to smoke it in front of everyone. Giggles. 5:30 p.m. – Completes ironic enrollment for Obamacare. 6:00 p.m. – Naptime. 7:15 p.m. – Wakes up crying; had a nightmare about the complete dissolution of One Direction. 7:18 p.m. – Consoled by wife. 7:30 p.m. – Leaves hotel and drives in an All-New 2015 Ford-450 (“’Murica!”) to a restaurant to meet with prospective campaign donors. 7:50 p.m. – Orders macaroni & cheese off of a kid’s menu. 7:59 p.m. – Impresses the prospective donors with the pretty picture of his own swearing-in that he drew on the back. A crayoned Obama weeps in the background. 9:15 p.m. – Leaves the restaurant and takes the All-New 2015 Ford-450 (“’Murica!”) back to the hotel.
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A capture of Los Angeles featured in the exhibit, taken in 1969 by photographer Garry Winograd.
9:35 p.m. – Potty break.
10:00 p.m. – Takes a bath using a cotton candy bath bomb, stolen from his wife. 10:50 p.m. – Gets dressed in pajamas decorated with his favorite Adventure Time characters. 11:02 p.m. – Pledges allegiance to the Illuminati Canada (“Amurica!”), his true home. 11:15 p.m. – Before bedtime, prays that Jeb Bush and Rand Paul and that Asian kid he met on the museum tour all stay out of the race so he has a shot at victory. COURTESY OF THE HUFFINGTON POST
11:20 p.m. – Falls asleep to the soothing sound of Rush Limbaugh’s podcasts. Mm.
New music ensemble shines in first performance JACQUELINE LEVINE Contributor
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ing too much, significant changes in weight, hormonal imbalance, pituitary tumor or thyroid disease. Since you mentioned that you were not sexually active at the time that this started happening, pregnancy is most likely not the cause of your absent period. However, if you have had unprotected sex within two weeks of your first missed period, you should not rule out the possibility of pregnancy entirely. The best course of action is to make an appointment with your health care provider to get a more personalized and professional opinion on the possible cause of your missed periods and how to address it. You can make an appointment for consultation at Sexual Health and Wellness at the McCosh Health Center online or by calling 609-258-3141. Depending on the suspected cause, your provider may recommend a variety of treatment options or techniques for you to try, such as maintaining a healthy body weight and adopting healthy prac-
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t is difficult to imagine a place for yet another music ensemble among the many performing groups that already exist on campus. However, after hearing a preview of Opus 21’s upcoming concert, I’ve realized that there is not only a place for this ensemble in the Princeton arts community, but also a true need. Opus 21 is a classical chamber music group started by Edward Leung ’16 and Ashley Kim ’16, who are both pursuing certificates in instrumental performance. Leung and Kim are highly decorated musicians with ample experience in the pre-professional music world. Last spring, they combined forces to create a new ensemble intending to fill a void in their Princeton music careers. Leung explained that while there are many fantastic student performing groups at Princeton, before Opus 21, there was no existing ensemble that featured only the very best classical musicians on campus. Leung and Kim went through a rigorous recruitment and audition process to fill the Opus 21 roster. With the dual mission of revamping Princeton’s music department and providing Princeton musicians with conservatory-level performing opportunities, Opus 21 has an ambitious to-do list. Having heard three works, which will be featured on the program of Opus 21’s upcoming perfor-
mance this Saturday, April 4, I am convinced that the ensemble is working hard to accomplish its goals. On Sunday night, three talented cellists and one of Opus 21’s co-founders, pianist Leung, presented a cohesive performance of Popper’s “Requiem” for three cellos. The cellists melded their individual sounds, successfully matching their tones, vibrato styles and bow strokes on a minute level. Their passing of melodic lines back and forth was effortless, making it difficult to notice that a switch in players had even occurred. The fact that this piece took only two rehearsals to put together is hard to believe, and reflects well on the group’s professionalism and efficiency. As I was about to float away in a cloud during the final dreamlike moments of the Popper, I was a bit dismayed that not enough care was taken in conveying Popper’s final cadence, which came across as more of an afterthought. The performers seemed to have thrown in the towel at this point. Overall, however, Popper’s “Requiem” was a fantastic sample of the group’s talent, and I am confident that the energy of a live performance will alleviate the issues with the ending. Schoenberg’s “Verklärte Nacht” for string sextet is always an absolute showstopper. Kim led the group on first violin with poise and musicality.
The entire group rose to her level, creating a dramatic, exciting performance that will most definitely transport you from hectic Princeton life to Schoenberg’s exquisite musical world. Each individual player in this sextet was highly polished, with especially virtuosic performances by Kim, Emma Powell ’17, Jay Kim ’18 and Nathan Wong ’18. Finally, a piano quartet played two movements of “Summer Night Music,” composed by graduate student Chris Rogerson. I enjoyed the beginning of the movement “Summer Nights,” which consisted of a bed of strings creating a texture that each musician could soar above with a solo, one by one, passing along the melody. Rogerson’s unison at the end of the movement was extremely powerful with the strings sustaining each note, using every possible centimeter of bow. While the group successfully conveyed the programmatic concepts of this gorgeous composition, the performance was a bit tired. The players were dispassionate, producing sloppy entrances and phrase endings that were not often together. With a week of rehearsal left after the generally superb runthrough that I heard on Sunday, Opus 21 is sure to come out with a bang in their first full-length concert this Saturday, April 4 at 7:30 p.m. in Taplin Auditorium in Fine Hall.
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‘For Colored Girls’ explores racial and gender identity JOY DARTEY Contributor
n a scene from the choreographed poem “For Colored Girls,” seven women are standing in line, and the “Lady in Brown” gives a short monologue about the struggle of a prototypical black girl across America in the 1970s while the remaining six women dance, depicting her narrative. “For Colored Girls,” adapted from the play entitled “for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf,” written by Ntozake Shange, is being brought to the Princeton stage this weekend. The performance is directed by Scot Tasker ’16 (who prefers to be referred by the pronoun they) and produced by Martina Fouquet ’16 and Naimah
Hakim ’16, president of BAC|Drama. Scot and Martina’s adaptation of the show remains true to Shange’s choreopoem/play, later adapted to film, and tells the tale of seven different women who are differentiated by colors, not by name. How to summarize the choreopoem’s scope? For Tasker and Fouquet, a line from Shange’s choreopoem ref lects the show’s theme: “bein alive & bein a woman & bein colored is a metaphysical dilemma i havnt conquered yet.” While “Black Lives Matter”-themed events have been prominent on campus lately, the purpose of the show is not to showcase the theme of “Black
Lives Matter” per se, but rather, as Fouquet, the producer, said, “This is an important work because it’s another venue for black people to see minority on stage, which is something we don’t always have.” That said, for actor Amber Stewart ’15, who plays “Lady in Orange,” the event was a way to be involved in the black community. “I was studying abroad, and I would see online all the things that my friends were getting up to and feel very disconnected, and so when I came back, I really wanted to become connected to the black community in a meaningful way,” Stewart said. Organizing a show with seven actors has not been without its challenges. Tasker’s primary concern was determining the time and the space for the show because they had to make sure every actor was available at set times, and they had to make sure the space was intimate enough to suit the play. Tasker went on to say, “One challenge of the show was trying to strip away what people think they should be doing so they can connect with their inner vulnerability.” Tasker also commented on the style of the play, the way COURTESY OF BAC: DRAMA it is written and its Nonny Okwelogu ’15 and Amber Stewart ’15 featured in the promotional posters of “For Colored Girls.” tone as being poten-
tially challenging to channel on the stage. “There is very little stage direction in the text, there is a lot of freedom within the words, and in the tone,” Tasker said. To overcome this challenge, “you have to sort of step back from it and let it do the work,” they said. Fouquet added, “These poems are free range almost in a way that they can be interpreted in multiple ways.” But despite the challenges of putting on this show, Tasker said directing this play “has been about creating a safe space” for all the parties involved. Priscilla Agyapong ’15, who plays the “Lady in Yellow,” is looking forward to opening night. “I am very excited about how people will experience the play, because I think most people will come expecting to see the movie, and I think this will be a pleasant surprise, especially for people who are not familiar with the original play,” Agyapong said. Nonny Okwelogu ’15, who has been involved in a few BAC|Drama shows and who plays the “Lady in Brown” in “For Colored Girls” summed up the purpose of the choreopoem by saying, “What Scot has been telling us is that it’s not us out there, and that it’s the lady in [whichever color] ... There are points when we are reenacting things, but for the most part, we are just telling stories, so it’s not necessarily all about us or even our characters, but it’s just these stories and our trying to tell them the best we can.” She concluded by saying, “I think people that have not seen it will be pleasantly surprised and people who have seen it will be pleasantly surprised.”
MAS FLOW ASKS FOR NO PERMISSION TOMI JOHNSON
as Flow Latin Dance Company w il l present its f irst show, “Bai la Sin Perm iso” (Dance Without Permission) on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8PM in the Wilson Blackbox. The first modern Latin dance group on campus, Mas Flow brings a contemporar y f lavor to modern dance. In anticipation of the event, tickets have sold out for all three nights.
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CAMPUS PICKS THEATER: THEATRE INTIME PRESENTS “STUDENT PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL” University Art Museum Thursday 5 PM
As we know very well because it’s a fact that’s always being thrust in our faces, Princeton students are very talented. This weekend, this year’s Student Playwrights Festival, the Theatre Intime staple that brings together that talent in writing, directing and acting, is having its closing performances. Featuring plays written by Annika Bennett ’15, Carolyn Beard ’18 and Emily Fockler ’17 and directed by Victoria Gruenberg ’16, Beard, and Galen Ogg ’18, SPF is sure to make you feel inadequate about yourself — so you definitely don’t want to miss it!
DANCE: EXPRESSIONS PRESENTS “PULSE” Frist Film/
Performance Theater Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 PM As Destiny’s Child once said, “Ladies, leave your man [or woman] at home” — at least that’s what the members of womenonly eXpressions will be doing during their spring show “Pulse,” which promises to be “diverse,” “dynamic,” and “eXcit[ing].” Guest performers such as Urban Congo, Baker and Goods, Old Nassoul and Anjali Taneja will also be featured. Independent work got your blood pressure low? Come get your heart racing at “Pulse.”
THEATER: DING! A MUSICAL EXPERIENCE: A SENIOR THESIS SHOW Berlind Rehearsal Room at McCarter Theatre Center Thursday and Friday, 7:30 PM and 10 PM Saturday, 2 PM and 7:30 PM
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If you’ve been mourning the absence of xylophones and other easy-to-use “instruments” in your life ever since you left kindergarten, you’ll probably want to check out DING! this week. Theater certificate student Emily Whitaker ’15 is directing this musical presentation, which is an interactive experience that will encourage audience members to play like it’s kindergarten again and ultimately create a musical composition together. As in kindergarten, no previous musical background is required to have a great time.
EVENT: INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS ASSOCIATION AT PRINCETON PRESENTS EASTER EGG PAINTING Frist TV Lounge Thursday, 8 PM
Chocolate. Bunnies. Eggs. Pastel. Happiness. SPRING. These are all things that excite us about Easter, and while we might not be getting that last one for a while (why hello, surprise snow), you can get the first three on Thursday by painting an Easter egg with the International Students Association. There will be Lindt chocolate eggs for everyone, and the best-decorated eggs will win Lindt (presumably also chocolate-y) prizes. Did we mention there will be chocolate?
Published on Apr 2, 2015
Street talks to Princeton's improv groups, explores the Art Museum's "The City Lost and Found" exhibit and considers a day in the life of Te...