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Adam Tinkle Presents: “A Mess of Things”

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014
Fucking art

Fucking art.

Every once in a while you come across some random event that sounds strangely awesome, even though you have no clue what it is exactly. Enter Adam Tinkle’s A Mess of Things, “an illuminated radio play about family, memory, and having too much stuff” to be performed tomorrow (Thursday, 9/25) in Zankel.

In addition to doing just about everything, Adam Tinkle is an artist, performer, scholar, and education in apparently all things evocative of human emotion. A Mess of Things originally debuted on April 1, 2011 at the Experimental Theater in the Conrad Prebys Music Center, UCSD, La Jolla, CA. It was then performed in June of that year at Hollywood Fringe Festival–where it won Best of Fringe–and it toured the East Coast, being performed at a variety of venues and for a variety of audiences.

A fusion of radio documentary and experimental music theater, A Mess of Things is an award winning hour-long solo performance by Adam Tinkle. It blends audio interviews the composer made with his grandfather together with text, songs, videos and live music into a dense exploration of memory, hoarding and the difficulties of divesting. Rich with sonic detail, A Mess of Things layers voices and images, and moves fluidly between intimate storytelling (think This American Life) and chaotic sonic texture (think Negativland).  A must-see for fans of the Books, Laurie Anderson and Robert Ashley.

If you’re not insanely curious after reading that, I recommend you check out Steven Leigh Morris’s write-up about it in the LA Weekly. It’s at the very bottom of the piece (in the last four paragraphs), where he mentions that the piece contains “that rarest of qualities we seek, in the theater and in life—authenticity.” Where else are you gonna find that on a Thursday night at Skidmore College?

The show, which will be performed in Ladd Hall, starts at 8:00PM. Check out an excerpt from the show below. It should be weird and cool, so be there if you’re into that sort of thing.

Skidmore Unofficial’s Official Hook Up Spots

Saturday, August 31st, 2013
"I swear it's THIS big."

“I swear it’s THIS big.”


There are so many variables to consider with respect to hooking up around campus – time of day, partner, and overall fucked-up-edness, to name a few – that can affect your experience. And while most of us have done something dirty at Falstaff’s or in the dorms, this article’s objective is to inspire some creative thought with regard to this age-old dilemma; BECAUSE IF THERE’S ONE THING I KNOW AS A SENIOR, IT’S THAT CREATIVE THOUGHT… MATTERS.

Without further ado, my suggestions:

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Oldest Piano Ever at Skidmore

Saturday, September 17th, 2011

"I'm the biggest boss that you've seen thus far."

This Sunday afternoon a restored Conrad Graf fortepiano will be making an appearance at Zankel.  The event begins at 2pm with a talk by piano builder and all around expert, Edward Swenson. Undoubtedly his talk will center on how badass Conrad Graf was.

I’m just going to go ahead and say that he was the Stradivari of piano building.  I mean Beethoven and Chopin used his pianos.  Personally, I prefer Chopin (go listen to his nocturnes) but Beethoven is pretty good too.

At 3pm Kristian Bezuidenhout will preform Mozart’s Sonata in F major, K. 332 and Sonata in B flat major, K. 333 on the nearly 200 year-old piano.  I can’t even believe how boss this is.

Tickets are $12 for adults, $7 for senior citizens and $3 for the Skidmore community.
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Eric Harland Residency @ Zankel

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

Jazz Drummer Eric Harland, seen soloing in the video above with one time Skidmore musician-in-residence Terrence Blanchard, returns to The College for a two-day Filene Concert Series residency this Wednesday and Thursday (Feb. 16 and 17).

In a capstone concert on Thursday, Feb. 17 in  Zankel Harland will play with Taylor Eigsti (piano), Julian Lage (guitar), Harish Raghavan (bass), Chris Potter (saxophone), and Becca Stevens (vocals). General admission for the event is $12; $5 for students. Tickets are available online.

A Houston, Texas, native Harland was ‘discovered’ by Wynton Marsalis and has performed at Skidmore several times in the past five years, both with his own ensembles and as the featured drummer with other jazz greats.