A song and Dance Through Sin City A look at Cotton Club’s latest production by Krystyne Jones
anxious crowd piled onto the steps of Foellinger Auditorium, waiting to be seated for one of the most anticipated shows in the African-American campus community: Cotton Club. Since the 1980s, Cotton Club, an annual weekend-long event that always occurs in mid-February, has remained one of the biggest events in CU. The show serves as a representation of the original Cotton Club, which was established in 1920, and served as a place where African-American performers could showcase their talents. Here on campus, the weekend is filled with festivities such as a fashion show, variety show and several parties following both shows. The show is hosted by the Central Black Student Union, a registered student organization on campus. Its executive board has been working hard on this production since the beginning of the spring semester to make sure every variety show is one to remember. “We’ve been doing Cotton Club year after year, and it’s starting to represent a more modern version of our entertainment," said Marissa Robeson, executive board member of the Student Union and producer of the variety show. "In my opinion, it’s multifaceted. There’s rap, there’s gospel, there’s R&B. It really just represents African-American musical culture and dancing culture.” The theme of this year’s production was “Sin City.” The show was jam-packed with a variety of performances ranging from singers and rappers to dancers and spoken word. Doors opened at 4:15 p.m., and a swarm of people filed into the auditorium hoping to get a good seat. Once everyone was seated, the show was well on its way. Due to its theme, the show opened with a quick skit of several students (Alex Brooks, Berrett Chestleigh, Naomi Hill and Victoria Pride) winning a trip to Las Vegas. The show took the audience along on the students’ journey, which in-
cluded several performances representing some of today’s most recognized music artists. The opening performance set a humorous tone for the show. Several students taking on the roles of some of the biggest names in today’s hip hop such as 2 Chainz, Kanye West, Big Sean and Nicki Minaj, made the crowd laugh as the performers mimicked each rappers' characteristics. If nothing else stood out in the musical performances, detail definitely did. All of the performers took on the role of their artists by remaining in character and acting as if they were the actual performers. One of the musical performances that stood out was a John Legend impersonation performed by Gregory Stewart, a sophomore at Parkland College. Singing John Legend hits such as “Tonight” and “Green Light,” this performance brought audience members to their feet. “I felt very proud and very happy for myself and everybody who was a part of the variety show," Stewart said. "We worked so hard these past two months, and it all paid off.” Another crowd pleaser was spoken word, performed by Kate Manoucheka Airey, Christine Davis, Elijah Givens and Colette Harmon. The deep meanings behind the words sent chills through even the coldest soul. As more talent graced the stage, and the trip through Vegas continued, the University dance community gave the crowd what they had been anticipating. Wrapsody Dance Company, House Arrest II, ConglomeratE Danceteam and Hip-Notic Dance Team kept the crowed excited and longing for more after each performance. Each dance team added its own flavor to the performance through the use of colorful and creative outfits, and the unique combination of a variety of songs. If you haven’t attended a Cotton Club show production, make this your last year of missing out and be sure to make it next year.
Illustration by Chelsea Choi
Hollywood Liquors Corner of Green and Neil 6 buzz February 21-27, 2013
Hollywood Liquors is your one stop party supply superstore. With tons of options for beer, wine, liquor, and snacks, they have everything you need to get the party started. While Hollywood Liquors is relatively new to campus, they operate like professionals and have better pricing than all of their competitors. They’re also located close to campus on the corner of Green and Neil St. So come to Hollywood Liquors and feel like a star.
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