• The Manitou Messenger celebrates over 125 years of student journalism January 23, 2013

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‘Oh What a Lovely War!’ delights and challenges audience

‘Oh What a Lovely War!’ delights and challenges audience

Julia Pilkington, Staff Writer
April 22, 2014 • 82 views
Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Showcase

If gore and fear are clichéd techniques for keeping historical events current, what other approach can reawaken an audience’s horror? Joan Littlewood’s “Oh, What a Lovely War!,” recently revived by the St. Olaf Theater department and directed by Artist in Residence Gary Gisselman, argues that... Read more »

‘Fly a Little Higher’ raises cancer awareness

Rebecca Carcaterra, Staff Writer
April 21, 2014 • 115 views
Filed under Arts and Entertainment

The Lion’s Pause hosted a truly special event on April 4: the inspiring Fly a Little Higher Benefit Concert. The concert was a moving testament to the message of light and love that 18-year-old Minnesota musician Zach Sobiech inspired in so many before passing away from osteosarcoma in May 2013. Featuring... Read more »

Local Natives showcase musical variety

Local Natives showcase musical variety

Nina Hagen, Copy Editor
April 21, 2014 • 93 views
Filed under Arts and Entertainment

This year’s MEC Spring Concert welcomed Los Angeles alt-rockers Local Natives to campus. The band’s April 5 performance came the night before they played their sold-out show at First Avenue, and the concert’s relatively low attendance spoke to the band’s small but enthusiastic Ole following.... Read more »

Slam poet’s sharp and witty rhymes resonate with audience

Slam poet’s sharp and witty rhymes resonate with audience

Jessica Moes, A&E Editor
March 17, 2014 • 1,212 views
Filed under Arts and Entertainment

On March 8, Lauren Zuniga, an internationally-recognized slam poet and teaching artist, performed a selection of her spoken-word poetry to a small group of students in the Lion’s Pause.  The event was sponsored by the Student Activities Committee (SAC). Born and raised in Oklahoma, Zuniga is the... Read more »

Musicians find new groups post-graduation

Musicians find new groups post-graduation

Andrew Wilder, Arts & Entertainment Editor
March 16, 2014 • 925 views
Filed under Arts and Entertainment

With the release of Merino Wool’s album “All I Need” last weekend, we are reminded that St. Olaf has a thriving community of campus bands. These groups come and go as new musicians filter in with the first-year class and out with the graduating seniors. This high turnover makes for a healthy... Read more »

Absurd moments in ‘The Chairs’ hint at reality

Absurd moments in ‘The Chairs’ hint at reality

Michael Enich, Contributing Writer
March 15, 2014 • 467 views
Filed under Arts and Entertainment

This weekend the St. Olaf Theater department will be showing Eugène Ionesco’s “The Chairs,” directed by Sterling Melcher ’14. The absurdist play will challenge its audience to question the nature of expectation, anticipation and experience and will leave observers to ponder the stationary-yet-dynamic... Read more »

The artist behind ‘Humans of St. Olaf’: Kaelie Lund ’16 discusses love of photography and stories

The artist behind ‘Humans of St. Olaf’: Kaelie Lund ’16 discusses love of photography and stories

Julia Pilkington, Contributing Writer
March 14, 2014 • 926 views
Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Showcase

On Feb. 19, the St. Olaf Facebook and Tumblr communities discovered a new window into the lives of their fellow Oles: ‘“Humans of St. Olaf.” Inspired by the blog “Humans of New York,” the St. Olaf iteration pairs poignant moments from interviews with strangers with a single photo of the... Read more »

Identity loss vital to ’12 Years a Slave’

Identity loss vital to ’12 Years a Slave’

David Watson, Contributing Writer
March 9, 2014 • 1,209 views
Filed under Arts and Entertainment

If you haven’t already seen “12 Years a Slave” then please stop reading now. Spoiler Alert! You have been warned… When I sat down to write this review after watching Steve McQueen’s masterpiece “12 Years a Slave,” I caught myself staring blankly at the flashing cursor on my screen. Words... Read more »

SustainAbilities program attendance hints at apathy toward environment: Turn-out at events like ‘Olympics’ calls commitment into question

SustainAbilities program attendance hints at apathy toward environment: Turn-out at events like ‘Olympics’ calls commitment into question

Jessica Moes, A & E Editor
March 8, 2014 • 403 views
Filed under Arts and Entertainment

This past Sunday, a small number of St. Olaf students attended the SustainAbilities Winter Olympics in Tostrud Center, participating in team events like an outdoor relay (which included snowshoeing, a sled pull and a biathlon), dodgeball and the basketball game “Lightning.” All visitors, team members... Read more »

‘Local Natives’ to headline spring MEC concert

‘Local Natives’ to headline spring MEC concert

Jessica Moes, Arts & Entertainment Editor
March 7, 2014 • 448 views
Filed under Arts and Entertainment

On Monday, March 3, the Music Entertainment Committee (MEC) announced that indie rock band Local Natives will headline the MEC Spring Concert on April 5 in the Lion’s Pause. “The Local Natives are a strong up-and-coming rock band,” said Connor Petersen ’14, MEC Coordinator. “They’re gaining... Read more »