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Weekend Distractions CXXXVIII

Friday, April 17th, 2015

7:00pm – Skidmore Small Jazz Ensembles @ Zankel
8:00pm – Skidmore Theater Presents: Blood Wedding @ JKB Theater
8:00pm – Spring Dance Concert @ Dance Theater
9:40pm – Friday Night Stand-Up @ SPA
10:00pm – Pulse Pep Rally 2015 @ Davis
10:45pm – The Sketchies Present: “What Party?” @ Gannett

12:00pm – Earth Day Music Festival @ South Green
1:00pm – Senior Recital: Emily Przysinda @ Zankel
2:00pm – Spring Dance Concert @ Dance Theater
4:00pm – Jenny Kim Piano Recital @ Zankel
8:00pm – Skidmore Theater Presents: Blood Wedding @ JKB Theater
8:00pm – Voyages: A Senior Trombone Recital by Sam Kastner @ Zankel
8:00pm – Spring Dance Concert @ Dance Theater
8:30pm – Skidprov Presents: Animal House @ Filene
9:00pm – Accents Reunion Jam @ Wilson
9:30pm – ACA Presents: Poetry & Comedy @ SPA
9:30pm – Skidmore Theater Friends Reception & After Party @ JKB
10:00pm – Treblemakers Present: Space Jam ft. NYU Vocaholics @ Filene

2:00pm – Skidmore Theater Presents: Blood Wedding @ JKB Theater
3:00pm – Skidmore Community Garden Work Party @ Community Garden
7:00pm – Senior Recital: Hannah Lipton @ Zankel

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The Sketchies Present: Sweet Sixteen Alumni Show

Friday, February 27th, 2015

Blow out your candle, Sketchies.

Did you know that The Sketchies are 16-years old? I doubt it. But like all 16-year-olds, they want you to know about it. To commemorate the landmark anniversary of the club, they’ll be holding a show tomorrow night in Gannett, featuring performances from current and former Sketchies alike.

You can check out the full list of returning alumni on the Facebook event page. They seem to range from very-recently-graduated to old-enough-that-I-can’t-find-any-mention-of-their-relation-to-Skidmore-on-the-Internet. Sadly, it doesn’t appear that Chris Fleming (who you might have seen on this Super Bowl commercial) will be in attendance. But it’s worth noting that the show will feature Michael Zegen, who you might (or might not) know from The Walking Dead, Rescue Me, or Girls. So that will be pretty cool. Maybe he’ll give you an autograph! (Don’t ask him for an autograph. He’s just a person who wants to live his life.)

Show starts at 10:30pm in Gannett. Maybe go there from the Ad-Libs Newbie Show and make it a night of laughs?

Weekend Distractions CXXXIII

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

7:00pm – String Faculty Concert @ Zankel
7:00pm – ArtWork: Careers in the Visual Arts @ Tang
8:00pm – Film Screening: Walkout @ Library Viewing Room
8:00pm – Lux Deluxe & Salmon of Knowledge Live @ Falstaff’s
8:00pm – Sex Mythbusters: What You Didn’t Learn in High School @ Ladd 206

3:30pm – Ad-Libs Improv Auditions @ JKB Theater
6:00pm – Shared Spaces Opening @ Spring Street Gallery
8:00pm – Skidmore Theater Presents: The Penelopiad @ JKB
8:00pm – Jan Vinci & Reiko Uchid Performance @ Zankel
8:15pm – Film Screening: Dear White People @ Gannett

6:00pm – Film Screening: Pretty Faces @ Davis
7:30pm – Women’s Ice Hockey vs. Union @ Vernon Arena
8:00pm – The Genki Spark Performance @ Zankel
8:00pm – Skidmore Theater Presents: The Penelopiad @ JKB
9:30pm – Ad-Libs Newbie Show @ Wiecking Basement
10:30pm – The Sketchies “Sweet Sixteen” Alumni Show @ Gannett

2:00pm – Skidmore Theater Presents: The Penelopiad @ JKB
8:00pm – Skidmore Jazz Institute Faculty Quintet @ Zankel

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Headliners Announced for 2015 National College Comedy Festival

Saturday, December 13th, 2014
You want it, you got it.

No Dane Cook, but I’ll probably go anyway.

The hype is over, or maybe it’s just beginning. The professional headliners for this year’s National College Comedy Festival have been announced, and boy is it gonna be a steamy one.

In case you didn’t know (I didn’t), comedy has this whole “scene” to it, like music and film and shit. There’s a layered culture surrounding it: you have your popular mainstream stuff, you have your well-but-not-super-well-known comedians, and then you have your up-and-coming comedians. And they have, like, schools you can go to and all that. And ComFest usually does a really solid job of bringing a variety of comedians at different levels of success and popularity–in addition to some great college groups.

So if you’re into comedy (or want/claim to be into it), read on and learn more about this year’s lineup (which should make for one fuck of a show) so you can have one more thing to be pretentious about. Click to continue »

Weekend Distractions CXXVIII

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

7:30pm – Project VIS Keynote: Chip Kidd @ Gannett
8:00pm – SEC Presents: Speedy Ortiz & Jawbreaker Reunion @ Falstaff’s

5:00pm – Swimming & Diving vs. Oneonta
7:00pm – Ice Hockey vs. NEC
7:00pm – Philippa Levine: “Nakedness: Colonialism & the Human Body” @ Davis
8:00pm – Skidmore Theater Presents: American Medea @ JKB Theater

1:00pm – Chess Tournament @ Pal 304
3:00pm – Choreo II Class Showing @ Dance Theater
3:00pm – “FFFem Feminist, Female, Feminine, etc. Monologues” Writing Workshop @ ICC
4:00pm – Ice Hockey vs. St. Anselm
6:00pm – Men’s Basketball vs. Ithaca
8:00pm – Skidmore Theater Presents: American Medea @ JKB Theater
8:00pm – Community Chorus & Vocal Chamber Ensemble @ Zankel
8:00pm – Circus Club Presents: The Elements @ Filene
10:30pm – The Sketchies Present: Fraternity Leave @ Gannett

2:00pm – Skidmore Theater Presents: American Medea @ JKB Theater
3:00pm – Skidmore Concert Band Performance @ Zankel

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Triple Threat Comedy Show & Live Auction

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

I need sunglasses to look at this for an extended period of time.

(Editor’s Note: Due to some recent complaints we received about our most recent coverage  of the Skidmore comedy groups, we’ve decided to let our official comedy consultant “A skidmore person” offer a more spirited write-up of the event. So if any of this has the potential to bother you, please just scroll down to the bottom and see what a real comedy expert has to say on the matter.)

Before you know it, it’ll be February, and with the coldest and most depressing month of the year (s/o to Valentine’s Day) comes one of the most beloved events here at Skidmore: ComFest. This Friday, you’ll be able to get a sampling of what to expect with Triple Threat, annual showcase of all three three of the four Skidmore comedy groups and ComFest fundraiser. The evening usually goes like this. The Ad-Libs, Skidomedy, and The Sketchies each come out and perform 10-15 minute long sets (during which you may writhe with bitterness at them taking “those schmucks” instead of you). After that, they’ll bring all the comedians out on stage and will hold an auction in which you can bid for the comedians to do “weird things.” (No, not that kind of “weird things.”)

It’s pretty hilarious. They’ve auctioned off some pretty sweet stuff in the past, including (but certainly not limited to):

  • shaving a comedian’s facial hair on stage
  • being tucked in to bed by one of the comedy groups
  • the chance to appear in a group’s sketch/set
  • a dhall date with the comedian of your choosing (they used to do a legitimate town, but apparently some dude was hella creepy about it and ruined it for everyone)
  • a long-winded compliment from one of the comedians
  • a $5 bill
  • having any two comedians make out on stage (this usually ends up being two dudes, because guys kissing is still pretty funny, I guess?)

I’m sure the list this year will include some of the above, but they generally do a pretty solid job of switching things up. And before you roll your eyes and sit down to write a SkidNews Op-Ed thinkpiece about how Skidmore students throw so much money at meaningless shit and demonstrate the economic privilege encapsulated by small liberal arts colleges, you should probably know that all of the proceeds go toward producing the National College Comedy Festival, which annual brings college and professional comedy groups from across the country–and has received shout outs from the New York Fucking Times. So it’s a good cause.

Of course, the auction is only the icing on the comedic cake, as the evening’s main highlight will be the short and sweet sets from the comedy groups. First, we have The Ad-Libs, who never fail to impress with their quick humor and endless flow of one-liners. You definitely remember seeing them at Freshman Showcase back when you were a bushy-tailed freshman and thought, “I wish I could do that. Maybe people would like me then.” Or maybe that was just me. Either way, odds are the Ad-Libs will milk every one of their 15 minutes and produce some improv gold. Check out their set from ComFest last year and get excited about what they have in store.

Next up is Skidomedy, always displaying a wide variety of comedic styles filled with smart (yes, smart) humor and well placed pop-culture references. They also consistently manage to inadvertently (or advertently?) rattle the cage with a healthy dose of controversy. That “Crustacean” sketch from ComFest is still legendary. And last year they faked someone’s death for like 30 seconds. Both were hilarious and resulted in a some people complaining to SGA or something. So you know they’re doing something right. They’re also roughly the size of the Treblemakers, so odds are you probably know someone in the group and should go to support them. Here’s their set from last year’s ComFest.

Lastly, we have The Sketchies. You’ve probably been very unsettled by their patented brand of rude and off-beat humor. You’ve probably found yourself thinking “Yo that’s pretty fucked-up” after one of their sketches. But that never stops the group from consistently producing hilariously enjoyable sketches exhibiting strong writing, bizarre premises, and humor as dark as their all-black attire. Check out their ComFest set for a small sampling.

Regardless of which comedy group best fits your bag, the evening’s sure to deliver, and we’ll have three correspondents covering it for our first installment of “Drunk, High, and Sober” (pretty self-explanatory, but more on that later). So show up at 10pm in Filene, bring cash (no credit card or Skidcard accepted), and start the weekend off right.

Hi Skiddies. User “A skidmore person” here. I love the comedy groups. No. You don’t understand. I FUCKING LOVE SKIDMORE COMEDY GROUPS. I get aroused just thinking about them. And the acapella groups. And just Skidmore in general. I consider myself to be something of a Skidmore comedy aficionado, so take it from me: you should really go to Triple Threat tomorrow night at 10:00pm in Filene. They’ll be doing funny things. I’ll be there in the front row, so come say hi. You’ll know me when you see me because I’ll be rubbing one out during the sets.

Weekend Distractions CXXI

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

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)

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

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

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?