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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.

Weekend Distractions CXXXVI

Friday, April 3rd, 2015

FRIDAY:
7:00pm – Cabaret Troupe Presents Urinetown @ Filene
7:00pm – Easter Gala @ Wilson
8:00pm – RAICES Arts Festival @ Spa
8:00pm – Senior Dance Capstone @ Dance Theater
10:00pm – Awkward. (AKT Final Show) @ Gannett
10:00pm – “Missy Elliott” ft. Sonneteers & Banders @ Wilson

SATURDAY:
2:00pm – Senior Dance Capstone @ Dance Theater
7:00pm – Cabaret Troupe Presents Urinetown @ Filene
8:00pm – Senior Dance Capstone @ Dance Theater
8:00pm – International Cultural Show: Pangea @ Spa

SUNDAY:
12:00am – Resurrection of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ

Missing something? Let us know in the replies!

Weekend Distractions CXXXIV

Friday, March 6th, 2015

FRIDAY:
11:00am – Student Art Sale @ Case 2nd Floor
4:00pm – Hiko JoTo w/ the Outing Club @ JoTo
6:00pm – Skid Service Celebration @ Spa
7:00pm – Topsy Turvy: A Cabaret @ Falstaff’s
8:00pm – Rey and Lemay LIVE: Finale @ Gannett
10:00pm – Friday Night Stand-Up @ Spa
11:00pm – Harambe Dance Party @ Falstaff’s

SATURDAY:
2:00pm – Skidprov @ Filene
2:30pm – Film Screening: 22 Jump Street @ Gannett
7:00pm – Circus Fades to Myth @ Filene
8:00pm – SEC Presents: Mr. Twin Sister & Psymon Spine @ Falstaff’s
8:00pm – American String Quartet Performance @ Zankel
8:00pm – Get to Freedom Showcase @ Spa
9:00pm – 24-Hour Play Festival @ JKB
10:00pm – Bandersnatchers Reunion @ Filene

SUNDAY:
2:00pm – String Festival Ensemble Conference @ Zankel
5:00pm – Deadline to Vote on New Student Constitution @ The Internet

Missing something? Let us know in the replies!

A Capella Auditions Are Wednesday

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

This poster wins.

If you’re auditioning for a capella groups, odds are you’re totally in on the 411 for all that and none of this matters. If not, no worries! Throw together a couple bars of that one Adele or Billy Joel song and vocally strut your stuff. You might recall the ever-so-controversial post last semester in which we gave a run-down of the a capella groups, so check that out if you’re curious about the different groups and what they stand for.

The Accents are having their auditions at 7:30 in Zankel (follow the signs). They ask that you bring a verse and chorus from two of your favorite songs. And it better be your favorite, or else they’ll fucking know and won’t take you.

The Dynos are having their auditions in Zankel 214. 8pm. But you only need a verse and chorus from one song for this one. Props if you can successfully pantomime a grind line while auditioning by yourself.

The Banders and Drastics are also having auditions in Wilson and Zankel, respectively. Not sure on the time because there’s no Facebook event, and it’s too cold for me to venture outside to check, but it’s safe to say it’s within the 7-11pm time frame. (Feel free to comment in the replies if you know!) Open your eyes and check out a poster on Case walkway. Be bold. Step out of your comfort zone. New year, new you, new risks.

Update: Drastics auditions are at 9pm in Zankel. Thanks, TokenJew!

Did You Miss Beatlemore? Watch It Here!

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014
Poster designed by Jackie Avellar '15.

Poster designed by Jackie Avellar ’15.

If you (like me) committed the Skidmore cardinal sin of missing out on Beatlemore this weekend, absolution is readily available. You can (re)live the magic in this recording of Saturday night’s Skidmore-only performance below.

[On another note: check out the music department’s livestream page for a whole slew of archived events that you probably missed as well. Shit, what with everything being thrown on the Internet, why go out anymore? Stay inside. Live your life from your computer desk. It’s safe there.]

Obviously, you should watch the entire performance, but we’ve done you the service of writing out the setlist below the video. You know, just in case you’re only watching so you can see your friend–the one you totally promised you would go, but you waited until the last minute and couldn’t get a ticket or just decided that your Northwoods apartment was too warm and toasty to schleck all the way to Zankel.

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Halloweekend Distractions CXXVI

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

THURSDAY:
8:00pm – WSPN Presents: The Son and Heirs & Batman Nosebleed @ Falstaff’s

FRIDAY: HAPPY FUCKING HALLOWEEN
7:30pm – Volleyball vs. Potsdam
8:30pm – Awkward Kids Talking & Breakbeats: Breaking Awkward @ Filene
9:00pm – The Accents and Pulse participate in Halloween @ Gannett
10:00pm – Freaky Friday: Sonneteers & Bandersnatchers Minijam @ Wilson

SATURDAY:
9:00am – Battle of Saratoga Quidditch Tournamet @ WACH Turf Field
10:00am – Volleyball vs. Fredonia
10:00am – Yoga Retreat @ Wilson
12:00pm – Fall Tailgate @ Wachenheim Field
12:00pm – Women’s Soccer vs. Nazareth
3:00pm – Men’s Soccer vs. Union
9:30pm – Social Justice Month Showcase @ The Spa

SUNDAY:
12:00pm – FOC Presents: Sunday Coffee House @ Falstaff’s
5:00pm – Harvest Dinner @ The Spa

Missing something? Let us know in the comments!

Unofficial Guide to A Capella & Comedy Auditions (Fall 2014 Edition)

Sunday, September 7th, 2014

Tomorrow begins that most wonderful time of the semester when self-identified artsy kids are pitted against each other in the Coliseum of Talent that we know as auditions. Our performance club/student ratio is like 12:1, so it’s pretty easy to get overwhelmed about what auditions are happening when/where. And since our student announcement system is still ass, we figured we’d compile the info for a capella and comedy auditions. Obviously there are other groups who have auditions in the upcoming week(s), but I didn’t get any Facebook invites to those, so it’s their fucking loss.

Pretty sure all these guys graduated, but the point still stands.

Pretty sure all these guys graduated, but the point still stands.

A Capella Groups: (They’re literally all tomorrow in the same two-hour time slot, and some of them conflict, but I guess you figure it out? Sounds like some Pitch Perfect level shit to me.)

The Accents (all female; quirky; definitely cooler than you): 9/8 @ 7pm. Somewhere on the first floor of Bolton. Bring a verse and chorus of two songs. None of that stupid musical theater Wicked shit.

The Bandersnatchers (all male; 95% sure they’re sponsored by Vineyard Vines; “sounds good to me”; 9/8 @ 7pm. Wilson Chapel. Bring a verse and chorus of a song. But not this one.

The Drastic Measures (co-ed; they win at festivals occasionally; proceeds benefit local charities, which is 85% cool and 15% annoying): 9/8 @ 7pm. Bolton 102. Bring a verse and chorus of a song you like.

The Dynamics (Dynos) (co-ed; oldest co-ed acapella group…out of two; have grind lines at their jams, so there’s that): 9/8 @ 8pm. Bolton 101. Bring a verse and chorus.

The Sonneteers (all female; the oldest club on campus or something; they wear pretty dresses and no shoes because, well, art; they still kind of intimidate me, but pretty and talented girls tend to do that to me): 9/8 @ 7pm. Bolton 100. No info on the FB event, but I’m guessing you should bring a verse and chorus of a song you like. Or maybe they’ll make you yodel. I don’t know. You probably have eyes. Read one of the posters.

Comedy Groups:

Skidomedy (sketch/videos; smart comedy; pretty sure they only have one audition per year; seem like the popular/pretty older sister of the comedy groups): Monday, 9/8 & Tuesday, 9/9 @10:30 pm. Falstaff’s. Go to either or both. I auditioned once and didn’t get in and I’m fucking hilarious. So good luck.

The Sketchies (sketch/videos; wear all black; pretty dark humor, probably because they still have some dark shit from high school still festering in them): Thursday, 9/11 @ 10pm. Upstairs of the JKB. Bring lots of incest jokes or something.

The Ad-Libs (improv; officially called “The Ad-Liberal Artists” but they only ever go by “Ad-Libs,” probably because the former is a dumb name; play a lot improv games): Friday, 9/12 @ 3:30pm. Upstairs of the JKB Theater. Just show up and do improv, I guess? They also have their “newbie show” this Saturday, 9/13 @ 10pm in the Wiecking basement. They’re usually shitfaced at this.

Awkward Kids Talking (AKT) (improv; does short and long form games like creating entire movies live and from scratch; also holds open improv rehearsals on Sundays, which is pretty dope): Friday, 9/19 @ 3:30pm & 6pm. Upstairs of the JKB. Show up and be funny.

Best of luck if you’ve conjured the courage to audition for any clubs this week. If you want the advice of someone who’s never gotten into one of these things, just go to all of them and see what happens. If you’re here, odds are you were probably hot shit in high school–and a part of you might think you’ll be hot shit here at Skidmore. And you might be right. But there will be approximately a fuck-ton of people auditioning for these groups, so shit can get selective. So it’s better to audition for too many and have to choose than to put all your money on getting into that one group you may or may not actually gel with.

And if you don’t get in to any of the groups this semester, you can always audition next semester. Plus you can still go to the shows and get invited to their after-parties! And unlike the hockey team’s parties, they’re not a fucking creepfest.

The Skidmore Bandersnatchers Rehearse!

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

SARATOGA SPRINGS – Tuesday, Skidmore A Cappella group “Bandersnatchers,” rehearsed. It was their fifth rehearsal of the year and their fourth in Zankel Music Center. On the Skidmore College website, the rehearsal was listed as the #5 most important event on campus as it made the website’s front page scheduling plug-in.

A source close to the “Banders,” as they are sometimes referred, informed SkidmoreUnofficial that the rehearsal was relatively productive and included, “Medicated powdering and harmony.” Another source implied that men’s voices could be heard from Room 215, where the scheduling plug-in had said that said rehearsal would take place. “These are guys who like to sing without instruments,” the source noted, “so that men’s voices were coming from the room should surprise no one.”

It is curious, though, that the rehearsal was listed on the website at all, let alone deserving of front page coverage, considering that Bandersnatchers rehearsals are closed to the public. Furthermore, they’re “reportedly” not that fun and mostly focus on singing A Cappella. Skidmore has long maintained an unhealthy, positive relationship with A Cappella and its beloved groups including the Sonneteers, Accents, Dynamics, and Drastic Measures. Oh, and Treblemakers, right.

The Bandersnatchers next rehearsal (also closed to the public), will take place tonight from 7-9 PM at an undisclosed location on or around campus.

The Last A Capella Post We Ever Do

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

Hey gang.  It’s that time of year that you all have been anxiously anticipating.  No, it’s not football or baseball season, no it’s not Christmas season, and no it’s not chocolate-raspberry-truffle coffee season at burgess.  It’s a capella season!!  So grab your tuning forks and don your ties and khaki slacks, it’s time for the Bandersnatchers annual “The Top Of Saratoga” extravaganza!  The dudes will all be performing on Wednesday at 10pm in the Jonsson Tower Penthouse.  Apparently the Banders will also be performing with the legendary Randy Newman.  So if you love guys and singing without musical instruments in the background, the penthouse is the place for you.