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Weekend Distractions CXXI

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

THURSDAY
5:30pm – Tang Welcome Back Celebration @ Tang Teaching Museum
7:00pm – Auditions for Cab Troupe: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee @ Zankel 214
8:00pm – Lively Lucy’s Presents Stolked for Folk @ Falstaff’s
8:00pm – Poetry/Fiction Reading: Jay Rogoff & Anthony Wallace @ Davis
10:00pm – Auditions for The Sketchies @ Studio B (JKB)

FRIDAY
3:30pm – Auditions for The Ad-Libs @ Upstairs of JKB
3:30pm – Darkmatter Spoken Word Workshop @ ICC
7:00pm – Auditions for Cab Troupe: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee @ Zankel 214
8:00pm – Veena Chandra, Sitar Faculty Concert @ Zankel
10:00pm – Darkmatter Spoken Word Performance @ Spa

SATURDAY:
1:00pm – Field Hockey vs. New Paltz
3:00pm – Men’s Soccer vs. Nazareth
3:35pm – Auditions for Rey and Lemay LIVE House Band @ Band Trailer
5:40pm – Auditions for Rey and Lemay LIVE Writer’s Room @ Studio B (JKB Theater)
6:30pm – MoonGlow: Hot Air Balloons @ South Park Green
8:00pm – Los Elk and Midnight Snack @ Putnam Den
10:00pm – Ad-Libs Newbie Show @ Wiecking Basement

SUNDAY
1:00pm – Field Hockey vs. Babson
3:30pm – Skidprov @ Filene Recital Hall
8:00pm – WSPN Big Meeting @ Gannett

Missing something? Let us know in the comments?

First Open Mic Tonight!

Thursday, September 4th, 2014
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This could be you

Lively Lucy’s is kicking off a killer semester tonight with the first open mic of the year. As always, open mic is an all-inclusive event for students to showcase their coffee-shop appropriate talents. Sign-ups are on a first-come-first-serve basis and start at 6:30pm.  The first performer goes on at 7pm.  So grab your guitar, brush up on that one Bonnie Bear song you know, and head to Falstaff’s tonight to bathe in the praise of your peers or embarrass yourself totally (your choice).

Keep a lookout for Lively Lucy’s open mics on the first thursday of the month throughout the year.

By the way, remember when I started by saying Lively Lucy’s is going to have a killer semester? Check out what else is on tap:

Stoked for Folk – 9/11

Rock the Vote (Student Band Showcase) – 9/18

THE ROOKS feat. LOS ELK – 9/20*

EVOLFO DOOFEHT feat. DESTROY BABYLON – 9/25*

We’ll be sure to remind you. If you have any questions or want to know more about Lively Lucy’s contact nsamors@skidmore.edu.

*Get ready to fucking dance.

Skidmore Unofficial’s Official Survival Guide to Fun Day Weekend

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014
Yes.  It's a fun day.  People are excited.  Stay safe and clean up your fucking trash.

Yes. It’s a fun day. People are excited. Stay safe and clean up your fucking trash.

Ah, yes.  It’s finally time to begin preparing for Fun Day weekend.  Classes are winding down, the weather is improving, and everyone on campus is ready to blow off a little (a lot) of steam.  With a crazy busy weekend of debauchery ahead, we figured you should all get a quick rundown on how you should prepare and how it’ll all go down.

WEDNESDAY
Get all of your homework done.  Seriously.  The last thing you’ll want to do is school work the day after Fun Day.  Even if you’re not planning on drinking Saturday, everyone in your life will be either exhausted, hung over, sunburnt, or some combination of the three.  It’s best to get things out of the way and give yourself time to recuperate and to watch Netflix.  Also, it’s a great chance to talk with your friends about who’s buying what alcohol for the weekend, where you’re pregaming (and gaming), and the easiest way to eat a hearty breakfast.

THURSDAY
The Happening.  It’s Lively Lucy’s crazy ridiculous ’60s art throwback to the times of Andy Warhol and recreational acid tripping in the East Village. It’s at Falstaff’s.  Way more clubs than you can count come together for wacky, zany cross-pollenated artistic activities.  And if you’re not into that type of thing, take this as your last chance to get your work done for the weekend and to rest up.

FRIDAY
Get your booze!  Get your food!  Take the time when you’re done with classes to stock up on your Fun Day supplies.  This includes (but isn’t limited to) alcohol, hearty breakfast food, mid-day snacks, an opaque water bottle, SUNSCREEN, enough cigarettes to get you through a week (trust me), a backpack, whatever other substances you plan on consuming, and potentially a parasol.  By this point you should know who you’re partying with and where, too.  And at night, it’s the Tang Party!  Go take a walk outside the Tang and check out some sweet student art installations.  It’s also featuring a pretty sweet lineup of student bands that aren’t on the Fun Day roster: Psymon Spine, Pooch, Triceracops, and Queen Ambrosia.  While it may be your natural inclination to drink to your heart’s content on a Friday night, we advise building up to a very slight buzz and stopping there.  You’re going to consume a lot of alcohol on Fun Day, and you want to give your body time to flush out whatever you’ve been drinking the night before, so make sure it’s not too much.

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Yes, people will be in headdresses and minimal clothes, keep your composure, it’s Fun Day

SATURDAY
It’s here!  It’s Fun Day!  Take a look at  your daily schedule:
8:15am- Wake up!  Crack a beer and make a mimosa cuz it’s time for Fun Day!  Start slow and steady to stay safe.
8:40am- Shower beer.  Fucking do it.
9:15am- Off campus?  Time to get the fuck on campus so you’re not designating a driver the morning of Fun Day.  Bring cab fare.
9:30am- Breakfast.  Whether it’s dhall or cooking in the apartments, make sure you eat a great breakfast.  Maybe try a Bloody Mary or just have another PBR and a shot of Crystal Palace
10:20am- Begin preparing the day’s worth of drunk juice.  For my friends and me, that is a gin bucket.  Take a large plastic bin and empty in it three of the cheapest handles of gin you can find.  Pair that with seven bottles of Fresca, a bag of quartered and squeezed limes, and a bag of ice from Stewart’s.  Stir and drink.
11:00am- Apply sunscreen.  Use the nasty spray stuff to cake yourself and some nicer cream shit for your face.  Why am I even telling you this?  You’re a college student!
11:20am- Partake in an outdoor activity as you make your way to the green.  Bocce, frisbee, a rousing game of catch, I don’t give a fuck.  Just make sure you’re on the South Park Green (that’s the one behind the library, not in front of dhall) by noon.  Get your spot, grab some free sunglasses courtesy of SGA, and try not to throw up on Robin Adams.  Throw up on Josh Nelson.
12:00pm- Beardo Otter takes the stage!  Woo live music!
12:50pm- OJ Johnson DJ set. Re-up on booze from your dorm.
1:15pm- Eat something hearty and with lots of protein and carbs.  Drink some water while you’re at it.
1:20pm- There will be a naked run.  You will see your Outing Club friends naked.  Just keep drinking and it will all end soon.
1:40pm- Bo Peep and the Funk Sheep plays!  More live music and dancing!
2:30pm- DJDLi (Daniel Li) DJ set. Try out the bounce house!
3:20pm- Los Elk plays!  The trifecta of animal themed bands is complete!
4:10pm- Lt. Surge (Allan Brown & Zach Gordon) DJ set. Are you still safe?
5:00pm- Nap.  Seriously.  Crash, pass out, and get some sleep to get the drunk out of you.  You’ve been sitting outside in the sun consuming ungodly portions of alcohol all day.  Give your body a break.
8:00pm- Eat something.  Preferably greasy and from Char Koon.  Drink a lot of water, take some Tylenol, and try to get your body started briefly.
9:00pm- Take a SOBER walk outside.  You’re too tired to drink or smoke some pot still.  The fresh air will do you some good.
9:45pm- It’s make-or-break-o’clock.  Decide if you’re going out or not.  I will not.  You may, but be respectful of the people who went way harder than you and still can’t move.
1:00am- Go the fuck to sleep.

SUNDAY
Take a personal day.  For once you don’t have to do anything on a Sunday.  Stay in bed, watch some Netflix, and snack your ass off throughout the day.  Perfect chance to catch up on Game of Thrones.  Drink lots of water.

And there you have it!  Just remember to stay safe, know your limits, and have a great weekend.  Try not to spoil this for the future Skidmore generations…

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Weekend Distractions CXVI

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

THURSDAY
6:00pm- Consuming the Other: Perception of Food and Race @ ICC (fbook)
7:30pm-9pm- Smorgasbord: Prints, Paintings, and More @ Case Gallery (fbook)
8:00pm- Student Band Showcase @ Falstaff’s (fbook)
10:00pm- Sonnets and Banders Woke Up Like This: Mini-Jam @ Wilson Chapel (fbook)

FRIDAY
8:30pm- Falstaff’s Fundraiser for Guatemala @ Falstaff’s (fbook)

SATURDAY
8:00pm- SEC Presents: Diane Coffee and Los Elk @ Falstaff’s (fbook)
8:30am-4:00pm: Skidmore Intercollegiate Horse Show @ Van Lennep Riding Center Van Lennep Indoor Ring
10:00pm- Ad-Libs Newbie Show @ Wieking Basement (fbook)

SUNDAY
2:00pm- The Vagina Monologues @ Falstaff’s (fbook)
2:00pm-4:00pm- One Piano, Four Hands @ Falstaff’s

Missing something? Let us know in the comments

SEC Presents: Diane Coffee & Los Elk

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014
Woah, right?

Woah, right?

So there once was this band named Foxygen. It was the creative brainchild of two California teenagers, Jonathan Rado and Sam France, who played guitar and sang songs, respectively. Then their friend Shaun Fleming came along to play drums with them. They made some music together, released some EPs, got signed to Jagjaguawar Records and started releasing albums. Some people like their music a lot and some people hate their music a lot.

Anyway, Foxygen’s drummer, Shaun Fleming, who’s possibly (lolz) best known for his voice over work in Kim Possible and Lilo & Stitch started his own band, Diane Coffee. Wait, what? Shaun Fleming was in Kim Possible? What the fuck? No Possible Way! Yes, Shaun Fleming was the voice behind Kim’s kid brothers Jim and Tim Possible. How fucking awesome is that? Why doesn’t the poster say “Shaun Fleming of Kim Possible?” Who knows? Either way, Fleming is a part of Diane Coffee, an “experimental, 60s inspired, garage rock” band that is headlining Falstaff’s this Saturday.

Heres’s a song by Diane Coffee:

Diane Coffee “Green” from Western Vinyl on Vimeo.

Also, after doing some investigative journalism (cough, Twitter trolling, cough), I learned that Diane Coffee drinks strictly french pressed, black coffee.

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Skidmore’s endlessly-lovable dance-rock quartet Los Elk will be opening the show.

It’s sure to be another one of those sweaty, cramped nights at Falstaff’s–don’t miss it!

Los Elk Part II Available Now

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013
Put your antlers up.

Put your antlers up.

 

This past weekend, Los Elk performed their first show of the semester in an undisclosed Clinton Street basement. Los Elk–Skidmore’s four piece alt., indie, dance rock group consisting of all 2015’ers–is arguably the most widely respected band on campus. The Elkies lead Skidmore’s music scene with 1,140 “likes” on Facebook. As pathetic as it may be, that’s a pretty considerable marker of fame and notoriety in 2013 and it proves that Los Elk is a budding band with a growing following not only on Skidmore’s campus but also in the greater Tri-State and New England areas. Last week’s show was a celebration ushering in the release of the second half of Los Elk’s debut self-titled album.

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Los Elk Premieres First Music Video

Sunday, October 27th, 2013

Skidmore’s IndieDanceRock princes Los Elk emerged from hibernation today and released their first ever music video!  Gosh, they grow up so fast.  I remember their first performance at an open mic night when they made all the freshmen put their hands on their heads like elk antlers.  So cute!

Directed by Jake DeNicola ’15, the video brings the band and friends to the countryside for some adorable performance shots and great filler of friends and adults becoming attracted to the Elkies’ music.  The song, “Bound to Make You Dance” comes off of the first of their twin Eps, both recorded by our on-campus, in-house production guru David Slitzky ’14.  I hear the second one is days away and that they’ll be celebrating with their first performance of the semester this weekend.  I’ll be there, and you should be too.

Behemoth Music Festival @ Putnam Den

Thursday, April 4th, 2013
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This Friday, Putnam Den is hosting a whole bunch of bands for something called Behemoth Music Festival. Should be fun. Here’s the full list of acts:

Most of these bands are tolerable to great (including one I absolutely despise, guess which one), but you should honestly just go for Total Slacker, featuring the awesome Zoe Brecher ’12 on drums. They’re the shit and they’re about to make it big. Go for Los Elk too, if you’re not sick of them yet (just kidding, boys! Love the new album).

Tickets are $10 for the 21 and uppers and $15 for the poor souls who can’t drink yet.

Friday April 5, 8:30pm @ Putnam Den

(via Facebook)

New Los Elk Single: “Peter Pan”

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Check out the new Los Elk single released yesterday. It’s pretty fun and bouncy and you can dance to it and it’s all about Peter Pan, complete with references to J.M. Barrie’s dark history of alleged pederasty (not really).

(via Band Camp)

New Los Elk Single to Premier on WSPN

Monday, February 25th, 2013

Today, WSPN will be doing a cool little promotion. From 5 to 6pm, Los Elk will be in the station answering listeners’ questions  on the air and premiering their new single “Peter Pan” before it hits Band Camp.

Should be fun, but you could probably just go up to them in Case or wherever and ask them whatever questions you want. They don’t really seem that intimidating, and if you treat them like celebrities, the attention will just go to their heads. Take ’em down a few pegs, you know?

Give the station a call at (518) 580-5783.

Monday February 25, 5-6pm @ WSPN 91.1FM