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Wednesday, February 1st, 2017


5:00pm – Unity Gathering @ Zankel
5:30pm – Juried Skidmore Student Exhibition Opening @ Schick Gallery
6:30pm – WSPN Big Meeting @ Gannett
7:00pm – Gala Concerto Concert @ Zankel
7:00pm – Exploring Museum Careers @ Tang
7:00pm – The New McKrells @ The Parting Glass
8:00pm – Open Mic Night @ Falstaffs
9:00pm – Trivia Night @ Spa


2:30pm – Grand Opening of Beekman Bar + Eatery @ 62 Beekman
4:30pm – Skidmore Outing Club Big Meeting @ Davis
7:00pm – Men’s Ice Hockey: Skidmore vs Castleton @ ICE Weibel Ave Ice Rink
9:00pm – This is Spinal Tap Party feat. William Hale w/ Eternal Crimes @ Ye Olde Wishin’ Shoppe [Ballston Spa]
10:30pm Mahadhi Walker @ Putnam Den

11:00am – CHOWDERFEST @ Broadway
10:00pm – 100 Days Dance [what you don’t know won’t hurt you]

6:30 – Super Bowl LI

Missing something? Let us know in the replies!

Skidmore Theater Premiers “Our Town”

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

The real star here is that thick-ass tie.

Tonight through October 28th, you have the chance to see Our Town in the JKB’s Black Box theater.  Now, you might be thinking to yourself one of two things:



2) “Bro, what the FUCK is Our Town?”

Regardless of where you are on this spectrum, check it out because it means a lot to a lot of people and it’s being directed by a straight-up MADMAN (avant-guarde director Phil Soltanoff) who the last time he was at Skidmore made a group of puppets actors mime the whole Death of a Salesman movie (you know, that one you probably watched in high school) on stage for two hours with the movie playing in the background.  And if that’s not theater, I don’t know what i–wait, is that theater?  Fuck it, the show is two hours and there’s still time to go out drinking after.

“Our Town” runs from October 22nd through October 28th. Performances are at 8pm except the Sunday matinee (2pm). To reserve seats, call the Skidmore Theater Box Office at (518) 580-5439, email, or go to their Facebook page.

Professor Sheldon Solomon and Abude Alasaad in Conversation TONIGHT

Monday, September 28th, 2015

Do you even know the location of your asshole?

Everyone’s favorite cool dad/Jeff Spicoli/resident genius, Professor Sheldon Solomon will be speaking tonight, September 28 with everyone’s favorite better-than-you junior, Abude Alasaad on why people are such assholes.

Rumor has it the first ten attendees will receive a free tie-dye lesson from Solomon himself.

7:00 PM in Filene

Outing Club Big Meeting TONIGHT

Thursday, September 24th, 2015
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Have you ever wanted to make your own granola? Wear hiking boots without irony? Scale a mountain? Eat a fucking tree berry? What is a fucking tree berry?

Outing Club is having their first meeting of the year TONIGHT and both seasoned club-goers and newbies are encouraged to attend. They also have a super duper new website so check that out too (just login with your Skidmore info to register).

Go nature!

7:00 PM in Ladd 307

Salmagundi Magazine 50th Anniversary Conference This Weekend

Thursday, September 24th, 2015

Executive Editor Peg Boyers and Founder/Editor-In-Chief Robert Boyers. Remember the late 70s/early 80s? I don’t.

Salmagundi Magazine is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary this year. As such, Skidmore, along with the editors of Salmagundi, are hosting a conference this weekend titled, “Belief and Unbelief” featuring twenty-four notable writers and thinkers.

Formally, Salmagundi is a quarterly of the Humanities and Social Sciences that has published Pulitzer Prize winners, MacArthur Award fellows, Nobel laureates, and National Book Award winners and finalists. Informally, Salmagundi is a quarterly of the Humanities and Social Sciences that publishes work by writers you’ll never be as talented as, nor will you want to work hard enough to do so. This conference is a big deal. It’s also a great opportunity to Instagram a picture of James Wood eating a cube of cheese.

You’ll find the schedule and the list of speakers below. Author bios can be found on Salmagundi’s Tumblr.

Friday, September 25th

7 PM: “What Is Belief & What is the Fearful Unbelief?” (opening remarks by Marilynne Robinson followed by general discussion)

Saturday, September 26th

10.15 AM: “Prejudice, Fidelity & ‘Fidelities’” (opening remarks by Anthony Appiah followed by general discussion)

11.45 AM: “The Meaning of ‘Belief’ & ‘Sincerity’ in Literature”(opening remarks by James Wood followed by general discussion)

2.45 PM: “Bien-Pensant Liberalism, Relativism & Truth-Telling” (opening remarks by Jim Miller followed by general discussion)

4.45 PM: “Ideology As Belief: Dangers & Distortions” (opening remarks by Orlando Patterson followed by general discussion)

Sunday, September 27th

10.15 AM: “Realism, The Virtues & Belief in Public Life” (opening remarks by Seyla Benhabib followed by general discussion & audience questions for the entire panel)

Marilynne Robinson / Anthony Appiah / Mary Gordon / Orlando Patterson James Carroll / Seyla Benhabib / Akeel Bilgrami / James Wood /  Phillip Lopate / Jim Sleeper / Jim Miller / Rochelle Gurstein / David Steiner/ Honor Moore/ Jackson Lears/ Charles Molesworth / Terence Diggory/ Regina Janes / Barry Goldensohn / Lorrie Goldensohn / Peg Boyers/ Robert Boyers/ Tom Lewis/ Phillip Glotzbach

Big names, kiddos. Big names.

Big Show is coming! Big Show is coming!

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015
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I got Photoshop

Big Show tickets go on sale tomorrow, September 23. Tickets will be on sale from 10:00 AM-5:00 PM at the SGA Case desk through Friday, October 2. Both Skidmore ID and cash will be accepted.

Students/Faculty (w/ ID): $5

Public (and any students buying for outside guests): $20

If you’re nicer than I am and were planning on buying a ticket for a friend, sorry, SEC is only allowing one ticket per student this year. 

Artist Spotlight: Lucius Comes to the Tang

Monday, September 21st, 2015

The Perfect Fit :`)

Ah, yes. Lucius brought artsy indie pop to an artsy indie Skidmore. What a fit!

Lucius’ Holly Laessig and Jess Wolfe took the stage outside the Tang Art Museum on Friday night to much fanfare. The crowd was large and diverse, ranging from first-year students looking for a party to the senior SEC members running the event (who were also, admittedly, likely looking for a party). Students were, as is often the case early in the semester, still straddling the happy divide between summer and fall, where academics have yet to fully hit their stride.

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Auditions Tonight!

Sunday, September 13th, 2015
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If I hear that cups song one more time

If you think you’re funny or fancy yourself the next Josh Groban (ew), auditions are happening Sunday, September 13. TONIGHT.

Skidomedy Auditions

6:00 PM @ Falstaffs

Bandersnatcher Auditions

7:30 PM @ Filene

* If you don’t know where these places are located yet I suggest you ask someone that’s not wearing a lanyard or run a quick lap around Perimeter Rd asap. We’ll be sure to let you know about more events tomorrow.

17th Annual Academic Festival (4/29)

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015
This could be you!

This could be you!

Tomorrow, April 28 from 9:00-4:20, the college will hold its 17th annual Academic Festival, an all-day event showcasing student achievement from nearly every department on campus.

I know you probably hear this shit and think “yo that sounds boring as fuck and classes are over,” but if you check out the schedule of events (you should), you’ll see that there’s actually a lot of cool projects going on. I won’t be featured, because I suck. But odds are some of your pals/classmates will be presenting some of the work they’ve been doing for the past semester/year.

Here’s a small sampling of some projects you can check out tomorrow:

  • “Stubborn Grapes: The Globalization of the French Wine Industry”
  • “Repurposing America’s Pastime: A Study of the Off Track Thoroughbred Programs in Saratoga Springs”
  • “The Modern Presidency and the Dynamics of American Political Regimes”
  • “A Sisterhood of Song: A Celebration of Literary Women in Music”
  • “Harry Potter and the Economics of Wage Discrimination”
  • “‘No Country But My Body:’ Dressing and Addressing the Female”
  • “Gender at Play: The Relationship between Social Integration and Self-Image Among Division III College Athletes”

Fuck. And I could go on. Every once in a while you get some proof that people do more at this school than complain about the smoking policy (still bullshit, even though it doesn’t do jack-shit) and Yik Yak about Stables never happening anymore, so swing by Academic Festival tomorrow.

The festivities begin at 9:00am (earlier than I’ve woken up all semester) and will run until 4:20. What perfect timing!

Get it? Weed.

Some (Maybe?) Helpful Hints for Fun Day 2015

Friday, April 24th, 2015
Lest we forgot what the sky looked like on Fun Day last year.

Lest we forgot what the sky looked like on Fun Day last year.

Fun Day is tomorrow.

That’s really all there is to it, but while we have you here, let’s talk about it a little bit. Maybe you’re a seasoned pro by now. Maybe you’ve never experienced this sextravaganza (not a typo). Either way, it’s never too late/early to get some tips on how to get the most (or least) out of the coldest funnest day of the year. Because here at SkidUnofficial, we make mistakes so YOU don’t have to!

Obviously you’re going to make most of your Fun Day plans around your pals and how early they decide to get basic on the fourth floor of JoTo. But it’s worth thinking about the cornerstone of Fun Day…

No, not I’m not talking about pot (haha did you know there’s weed at this school?). I’m talking about the bands! Err…I mean the bands and DJs! Both! Both are equally valued on this site! Really! Honest!

Here’s the running order as of right now.

12:00 – Salmon of Knowledge
12:50 – Queen Ambrosia
1:40 – Trash Johnson
2:30 – Los Elk
3:20 – Karate
4:10 – Dope Mosely

See a band you wanna catch? Then make sure to drag your buds over to the green and soak up the tunes. What’s that? They’re not budging?! Fuck ’em! You can catch them later once they’ve done the dirty work of finding a place to lay the blanket.

But enough from me! Let me hand it over to some of my esteemed colleagues for them to share their endless bounty of wisdom.


It’s a marathon, not a sprint! Don’t be that person who passes out at 3pm only to wake up at 5 with a hangover so terrible it will awaken Lucy Scribner herself. Just let the day happen and the good time will roll along.

Dr. Spaceman:

Be whimsical as fuck, in both looks and spirits: if you ever publicly scorned those sexy pierced hula-hooping girls but secretly wanted to be them, Fun Day is your chance. Break out your lacy bralette and flower crowns or just go naked. Fun Day welcomes you as you are. Honestly, unless you intentionally try really hard to fuck things up, it will inevitably be a fun day for everyone. Go on all the fun bouncy rides–the grace period for it being socially acceptable to act like a kid is running out (unless you’re a freshman, in which case I hate you because I am a bitter washed-up senior), so take advantage while you can. Just enjoy everything around you, don’t fret about whether or not you look weird or if your crush is there or if you think you see your professor (I promise, you don’t [Executive Editor’s note: I saw mine last year]). Seriously, just be happy to be in the moment and check yo worries at the Case door.

Shifting into Mom Mode: If you’re going to be drinking that day, PLEASE take advantage of the food available. I didn’t my freshman year, and let’s just say I left a little gift near the Burgess tables. (Puke. The gift was puke.). Also, seriously, wear some fucking sunscreen. I know not everyone is as pale as me (OMG!!! I just gave my identity away! Hahahah just kidding, everyone at this school is a porcelain-white girl), but when you are drunkenly lying in the sun for like 5 hours, you WILL get burnt. Get turnt, don’t get burnt. No matter what the weather, I guarantee a Fun Day for all or your tuition money back (just kidding, Glotzbach needs the infinite tuition money for lifeblood).

Major Qwik:

There’s no shame in calling time-out and taking a break from the festivities. You might say that you’re going to see every band/DJ’s setlist, but odds are that probably won’t happen. Be realistic. Take care of yourself. If you’re hungry, head to dhall. If you need to load-up on water, head back to your dorm with a pal and have a h2h featuring vulnerability you never knew you had and will likely never see again. Now, of course, by “water” what I really mean is  MALIBU MALIBU ALL DAY WOOOO YOU ARE YOUNG AND IT IS FRESHMAN YEAR AND DOES IT GET ANY BETTER THAN THIS?

(No, it doesn’t. You’ve peaked.)

Anyway, the point is that the aforementioend whimsical hula-hoopers will still be there when you get back. This shit really does go on for a while. So don’t worry about missing “the best part” while on your break. The whole day is the best part! Unless you don’t get the sunglasses. Then it’s best just to pack up before something really bad happens. Oh, and if you DO get sunglasses, don’t fall asleep with them on.Basic shit, but you’ll think your Uncle Qwik later. The weather app on my iPhone currently has a sun icon for Saturday, so it WILL be out for the majority of the day, presumably (as opposed to the 15 glorious minutes it was out for last year).

And another thing: don’t pull any of that “I’m just going back to my dorm to take a quick name then I’ll wake up RARIN’ TO GO” shit. That’s not going to happen. If you fall asleep on Fun Day, you won’t wake up. No, I don’t mean you’ll die (though for fuck’s sake don’t do that either). I mean you won’t wake up until Fun Day is over. And if that’s the case, well, you might as well have died.

Oh, and if you find yourself thinking “Well golly, this girl/guy sure is cute, let’s lickity-split and go to my SUPER SECRET SEMI-PUBLIC SEX SPOT” at any point past 2:00, don’t bother. It’s more than likely that your super secret semi-public sex spot isn’t all that super secret, and at least two other couples (or triads? Fun Day, remember?) will already be bumpin’ uglies. So unless you feel like negotiating the space (sharing is caring, after all), I suggest you get more creative or just have sex in a dorm like the good Christian boy/girl you know yourself to be.

Hannibal Burgess:

“Fun Day is the only day where if you don’t look like an idiot, you look like an idiot.”

And if you haven’t found that interesting enough, here’s 14 fun facts about Robin Adams! The more you know. (Edit: The link is down. But here’s his website in case you still need to fill your RA quota for the week!)