Atlas Improv Co. hosted an improvised comedy show last Saturday, featuring a guest act out of Eau Claire, Wisc., called Glassworks Improv.
It’s 6 a.m., and I find myself on the Purple Line out of Chicago among a nest of snoozing commuters. My eyes are wide, lips chapped, feet still tapping in beat with the thumping club tracks I had just listened to for seven hours straight. Following in the footsteps of David Byrne, I ask myself: How did I get here? And more importantly, when will I be back?
I’ll be honest, while I originally wanted to attend UW-Madison for its academics, throughout my last year and a half on campus I’ve become increasingly interested with the surrounding city, specifically the dozens of concert venues just down State Street. From the Orpheum to the Majestic, branching out to the Frequency and bars like High Noon Saloon, there’s live music nearly every night in Madison.
Storytelling has always been at the core of all folk music. A talented lyricist in tandem with the right instrumentals has the ability to transport you to another time, place or world.
The release of “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2” on Nov. 20 marked the end of another popular series of film adaptations—and that was evident in the theater. As I sat in my plush Marcus Theatres movie chair, I could practically feel the anticipation and bittersweet emotions floating through the air as friends and families alike shuffled into the already-crowded theater to see Katniss, Peeta and Gale in action one last time. Although “Part 2” may not live up to some of its predecessors, it is undeniably the emotional, unsettling and suspenseful conclusion that this series deserves.
Ever since the majority of us were little, our parents and elementary school teachers would fill our minds with the phrase “everybody is important As we grew into functioning teenagers and acquired aspirations of our own, these three words were lost as reality became more prevalent in our lives. Students of all ages can attest that there are definitive cliques that are often determined by natural talent. These athletic, academic and artistic groups often compete for a sense of fulfillment and purpose in society.
Eleanor Fink, a sophomore majoring in textile apparel design is just wrapping up her first semester as a Style Guru Intern with CollegeFashionista. This semester, Eleanor writes for the “LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE BOYS” column. Be sure to check out her posts every Tuesday. To learn more about Eleanor, her style tips, fashion inspiration and what trends she’s excited to try this spring, read my Q&A with her.
Sam Sklar is a sophomore at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and keeps busy as a Strategic Communications, Spanish, Italian and International Studies major. This semester kicked off Sam’s debut as one of UW-Madison’s Style Gurus, covering the column Style Advice of the Week. To learn more about this Fashionista’s personal style and fashion pointers, read my Q&A with her and check out her articles at CollegeFashionista.com.
forget weak knees, forget freckles on cheeks. forget a season of flower crowns where no one was royal & nothing was really real. forget the way you couldn’t understand physics (how the sun could be such a big zero in the nothingscape July) or biology (if you never kissed his neck again would he still sweat salt like stored-up tears?) forget the soreness of knowing you’re wrong but being too sorry to say it aloud. you don’t own the rights to any of these wrecking-ball realizations these days, so forget the way you used to pretend every mirror went two ways & that someone cared enough to look through. forget the way the pew forced your tiny bird bones into an unnatural shape & the way you whistled those lies through your larynx before your mom sat you down and told you that no one needed to pretend anymore. forget the disaster bag you had packed under your bed before the morning you realized there’s no warding off the cerebral catastrophes brewing in your brainwaves. forget the limitless length of time it took you to understand that you were dying a series of tiny deaths for nothing & no one. forget absolution in the face of obvious puppet strings predetermining everybody’s every move forever. forget your boarded-up bedroom window for making it impossible to get out of bed. it’s ok to say fuck, you know, if it makes you feel prettier than pink lips ever did. forget the way the corners of your mouth contort when you’re about to cave. forget the anti-explorative notions of anchors & the way they keep you pressed to worn polyester attitudes of a city you want to quit.
“Best Freakfest ever with my best girls #halloweeekend.” The world of Instagram is generating much more than ever imagined. Photos explaining what you did the night before, or photos of the best meal you’ve ever had. At the end of the day, it does not really matter what you throw down on that social network, it just matters how many likes you get. Yes, I said it, people Instagram to see how popular they can be. It is a way to measure ones own popularity. Do not get me wrong, I am one of those many girls who Instagram all the time.
The Madison Common Council discussed possible amendments to the proposed 2014 Executive Operating Budget Tuesday night, including increasing funding for the Overture Center for the Arts and downtown safety.