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Weekend Distractions CXXXXIII

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017


5:30pm – Janine Antoni and Stephen Petronio Talk @ Tang
7:00pm – Social Justice Month Kickoff @ Spa
8:00pm – Fragments @ JKB
8:30pm – Lively Lucy Open Mic (Pride Co-sponsoring) @ Falstaffs


1:00pm – Call Your Reps @ Atrium & Case 2nd Floor
8:00pm – Fragments @ JKB
8:00pm – Full Metal Racket Show @ Putnam Den
9:00pm – Breakbeats & Trebelmakers @ Filene


11:00am – Immigration, Borders, and Executive Orders: NY6 Panel Discussion @ Davis
7:00pm – Ja Rule @ Upstate Concert Hall
8:00pm – Fragments @ JKB
9:30pm – Pulse @ Davis
10:00pm – Bandersnatchers & Dynamics @ Chapel


12:00pm – Juried Student Exhibition (Last Day) @ Schick
2:00pm – Fragments @ JKB
2:00pm – Banyu Wali Concert and Reception @ Tang
8:00pm – Small Jazz Ensemble @ Falstaffs

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On the SEC Agenda

Monday, September 7th, 2015


Lucius 'Wildewoman' Album Art

Lucius’s  ‘Wildewoman’ Album Art

Welcome back! Before Case walkway becomes a clusterfuck of neon, mark your calendars with this semester’s SEC events. Here’s what’s in store:

September 7

(That’s tonight) – PSYMON SPINE and CANDY AMBULANCE. 8 pm, South Park Green. Skidmore’s own Psymon Spine and Saratoga’s Candy Ambulance (a 3 piece, self described indie-alt-punk band) will be playing to kick off the (academic) year. Things to look forward to: Psymon Spine’s vinyl release on 9/17.


September 18

LUCIUS. Outside the Tang. Time TBD. Indie, Brooklyn-based band. They’re currently touring with The Decemberists, and their ‘Wildewoman’ album single-handedly runs my car stereo.

Oct 2

BIG SHOW. Check SU in the next day or two for details on the headiner. Sorry, I’m an asshole… But it’s worth hype.

Oct 24

SAN FERMIN. Eight-pieced, Brooklyn-based band who have opened for the likes of the National, St. Vincent, Arctic Monkeys, and The Head and the Heart. Their self-titled debut album came out in 2013, with Lucius contributing on vocals. Their sophomore album ‘Jackrabbit’ dropped in April of 2015, and you can listen to it here…


That’s what’s on the calendar so far. In addition, SEC is hoping to do at least one show a month in the newly re-vamped Falstaffs. The new space will host will new musical acts and hopefully bring back some alumni bands as well. As goes the theme, we can only hope that they will all hail from Brooklyn. In addition, Lively Lucy’s tends to bring in both local and Skidmore bands, so there will be no shortage of music this semester. Now, back to arranging your polaroids.

Falstaff’s Operating Committee Hosts Open Forum

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

Free good and megaphones.

Do you enjoy Falstaff’s and all the debauchery events that go on in there? Do you think it’s all sorts of lame and could be a fuck-ton better?

Well, if you fall into either of these categories, the Falstaff’s Operating Committee wants to hear from you! This Wednesday (that’s tomorrow night), the FOC will be hosting an open forum in the Spa to allow students to voice their opinions on how the space can be better utilized to serve the Skidmore community. There will also be free cookies and drinks.

Falstaff’s sometimes gets a bum rap, but it’s actually a pretty great space that has a lot of potential, provided students show the initiatives to use it in the right ways. And recently reactivated Falstaff’s Operating Committee has put in some good work to reinject some prestige into the space. So help them out by going to the Spa at 6:00 tomorrow and sharing your thoughts!

Lively Lucy’s Present: Iguana Mañana & Tim Lok Chan

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

What a poster.

Tomorrow night at 8:00, old reliables Lively Lucy’s will be hosting jam extraordinaires Iguana Mañana  and Tim Lok Chan in Falstaff’s.

Little is known about the latter, but a reliable source insists “theyre [sic] not lame.” Iguana Mañana has yet to release any official recordings, but they’ve recorded a couple live performances and a practice session, which you can check out on frontman Henry Coxe’s YouTube channel to get a sampling of what they’re all about.

There’s also a YouTube video for a user named “tim lok chan.” I don’t really think that has anything to do with anything, but feel free to check those out and watch someone playing Minecraft or making shit out of rice.

Check out the Facebook event page here.

First Lively Lucy’s Open Mic Night TONIGHT @ 7:00

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

Fuck yeah.

It’s time. The first Lively Lucy’s open mic night of the semester is always a hit, so if you want to get noticed by your peers and inject some sense of purpose (albeit a fleeting sense) into your life, show up tonight (1/22) at Falstaff’s and take a risk! Sign-ups are at 6:00 (you should get there right at 6:00 or have a buddy sign you up), and the show starts at 7:00. Bring a song, bring a poem, bring a story about why you are the way you are. But whatever you do, just bring one of them. Don’t be that fucking guy. Even if you’re talented, we’ll hate you.

SEC Presents: Slow Magic & PSYMON SPINE (12/5)

Friday, December 5th, 2014

It’s like Deadmau5, but good.

Tonight at 9pm, everyone’s favorite lovingly unapproachable entertainment company will be presenting yet another deck Friday night show to begin this jam-packed weekend. Co-sponsored by SEC and Lively Lucy’s, Skidmore veterans of chill wave PSYMON SPINE, who have shaped up to be one of the semester’s most active and beloved bands, will be opening for Slow Magic, a killer electronic act who wears a fucking zebra mask.

Both bands are super rad, and Falstaff’s will be the place to be starting at 9pm. So take your favorite Uncle Qwik’s word for it and swing by. Maybe you’ll dance up to a whimsical girl with bangs (or a whimsical dude with that one haircut all the dudes at this school have now), who will then change your life forever with an evening you’ll never forget. And pressure you to try cocaine for the first time. But don’t do that. That happened to my friend in Belgium and it fucked him up real good. Don’t do drugs, even if it might involve you getting laid.

I don’t know, I just could see something like that happening at this show. Doors are at 9pm.

Unofficial Guide to Junior Ring (2014 Edition)

Thursday, December 4th, 2014
Middle school me is going crazy right now.

Middle school me is going crazy right now.

This weekend marks the annual Junior Ring, presented by the Junior Class Council, featuring co-sponsoship by Late Night and Falstaff’s Operating Committee. Junior Ring is a staple of the Skidmore experience, and it comes at a perfect time in the–oh fuck it I give up on trying to make all these events seem important and like they serve a bigger purpose in the grand scheme of the Skidmore experience (whatever the shit that means).

Suffice it to say that Junior Ring is happening this weekend, and it’s theme is “World Tour.” Here’s the lowdown.

The weekend begins Friday night at 7pm with the annual Mr./Ms. Skidmore competion. Designed to be a mockery of beauty pageants (which have, at this point, been solidified among one of the world’s worst social constructs), Mr./Ms. Skidmore is a series of tasks/questions/sections that culminate in the winner being crowned as the next “Skidmore superstar.” It’s worth noting that people have to get nominated in order to compete, so you know that approximately 78% of the contestants will have been nominated by their friends as some sort of joke and are just doing it to be good sports.

Hosted by comedy duo Rey and Lemay, the evening is sure to be entertaining and filled with lots of moments that blur the ever-so-fine line between “this is funny and ironic” and “this is douchey and mastrubatory as all hell.” Someone will probably be wearing a dress. Some dude will probably lip sync or dance to Britney Spears or play an ironic folk cover of a trashy pop song (you totally won’t see it coming). But hey, it’s in the Spa, so it doesn’t get much easier to slip out once you see who you came to see and decide that you’ve seen enough skin to last you the winter.

Saturday night from 10pm-2am is the main event: the Junior Ring Dance. This year’s theme is “A Night in Paris,” and if you had as sexually repressed an adolescence as I had (see: still have), you certainly don’t need me to tell you why that name is so (un)fortunate. Seriously. Does anyone on the Junior Class Council have access to Google? This is why you don’t use Bing.

Anyway, the evening is just a dance in the Big Gym. Pretty similar to prom, if you had one of those or have yet to push it into to the darkest depths of repression. There will be “great music with a twist” (uh-oh), “French delicacies, and a vineyard.” So be sure to bring your campus event card if you have one (you don’t). Rumor has it that members of the Junior Class Council will be producing your wine by stepping on grapes with their bare feet and pouring it into a glass before your very eyes, but that has yet to be confirmed. There will also be a red carpet photo-op area. So be sure to look classy, get sloshed, and find a cutie to French with for the night (hahaha someone please find and smooch me so I don’t have to go home alone for the fourth year in a row).

Tickets can be purchased until tomorrow (Friday) at 5:00pm in Case for $8, and then at the door Saturday evening for $10. Find a cutie to bring for a date and get ready for a night you’ll never forget. Because you’ll never have remembered it in the first place.

Sunday morning will round out the weekend with a “Study Break in Spain.” There’s really not much else to say about that. Stop by Falstaff’s at noon to enjoy some soothing Spanish guitar, free espresso shots, and assorted desserts while you think about what you did last night. College, am I right?

There’s also other shit going on this weekend (it’s pretty packed, because a lot of clubs/groups are getting their last shows in for the semester, so check that out in our latest Weekend Distractions.

Lively Lucy’s Presents: Bobmore Dylanmania (11/20)

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

Jesse Hardman ’15

Are you totally over The Beatles? Would you take Blood on the Tracks over that overrated and derivative piece of trash Sgt. Pepper’s anyway? Is the intimate and cozy feel of Falstaff’s more appealing to you than the impersonal expansiveness of the Ladd Concert Hall? Do you think Paul McCartney talks funny?

If any/all of these are the case, well, chill out. You can like The Beatles and Bob Dylan, because both are seminal cultural figures and played large roles in developing music as we know it today. And you can still go to Beatlemore this weekend. But Bobby isn’t the focal point of the school’s biggest annual event, so the old reliables Lively Lucy’s are giving him a major shout-out this Thursday, 11/20, with Bobmore Dylanmania.

The evening will consist of some folks playing short sets of their favorite one to three Bob Dylan songs. I sure hope someone performs this seasonal gem. That’s pretty much all there is to it. Should be fucking awesome. Lively Lucy’s always finds cool ways to switch things up every now and then, so be sure and swing by Falstaff’s this Thursday at 8:00pm and support them and anyone performing.

Lively Lucy’s Presents: Kitten Forever & Eskimo Sister

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014
They'll fuck you uuuup.

They’ll fuck you uuuup.

Minnesota-based riot grrrl trio Kitten Forever will be filling the punk-shaped hole that exists in all of our hearts when they grace the near-collapsing Falstaff’s stage Thursday night. Joined by Skidmore’s very own angels of tweemo slacker Eskimo Sister, Kitten Forever are sure to show you that all the music you listen to is actually mega-lame and just another product of the patriarchal mainstream machine.

Show starts at 8:00pm. Don’t be a scrub and just show up for one band. Support Eskimo Sister. Support Lively Lucy’s. And definitely support Kitten Forever, because they’re coming from like a million miles away and will probably have some merch you can buy so they can afford jackets (it gets fucking coooold in MI).

Lively Lucy’s Presents: Pinegrove & Iguana Mañana

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014


Tomorrow night at 8:00pm, Lively Lucy’s will bring yet another off-campus band to Falstaff’s, our esteemed performing arena.  Hailing from Montclair, NJ, Pinegrove is a four-piece lo-fi emo-folk outfit. Think of it as if Justin Vernon and Ben Gibbard’s lovechild discovered fuzzy distortion. Brandishing solid harmonies and über-woe-is-me lyrics, Pinegrove have a lot going for their sound, and their live videos suggest they have a put on a pretty tight live performance.

Opening the show will be newly-christened Skidmore band Iguana Mañana, who will hopefully put some music on the Internet relatively soon. In the meantime, you can check out a brief snippet of their “My Name Is Jonas” cover from the Lively Lucy’s promotional. Check out their latest EP Mixtape Two. It’ll probably make you sad or wish you were.

Show starts promptly at 8:00, so show up to Falstaff’s on time and catch both bands.