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An Evening With the Ballets Russes

Thursday, April 4th, 2013


This weekend, the dancers and musicians of Skidmore (the real musicians, not the idiots who drunkenly play shows at Falstaff’s) will be performing three classic ballets, paying tribute to Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes, the famous traveling ballet troupe of the early twentieth century.

They’ll be performing Mikhail Fokine and Frédéric Chopin’s Les Sylphides; Vaslav Nijinsky and Claude Debussy’s L’après-midi d’un faune; and Fokine and Igor Stravinsky’s Firebird. 

Maybe take a break from embarrassing yourself downtown and treat yourself to the Finer Things in Life? Or don’t, it’s up to you.

Tickets are free for Skidmore students and children, $5 for seniors and members of the Skidmore community, and $8 for adults.

Friday April 5, 8pm
Saturday April 6, 8pm
Sunday April 7, 3pm
@ Zankel

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Jazzy Brian Blade Fellowship @ Zankel

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

This Friday, jazz drummer and composer Brian Blade’s Fellowship Band will perform at Zankel.

Formed in 1998, Blade’s band features a rotating cast of jazz luminaries, such as Jon Cowherd (piano), Christopher Thomas (bass), Melvin Butler (tenor sax), Myron Walden (alto sax), and Blade himself (drums) He has recorded with musicians ranging from Joni Mitchell, to Herbie Hancock, to Bob Dylan, and he’s arguably one of the finest jazz drummers currently working today. Definitely worth checking out.

Tickets are free for Skidmore students and  children, $8 for adults, and $5 for seniors and members of the Skidmore community.

Friday March 22, 8pm @ Zankel

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Folk Music and Jewish American Identity

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Jews and folk music go together like Purim and hamantashen. Robert Zimmerman! “Tzena Tzena Tzena!” Theodore Bikel! Mitch Cohen! Et cetera, et cetera.

That’s why this Friday, lovers of Jews and folk music alike would do well to check out “No Further Instructions” in Zankel. The event is a multimedia exploration of Jewish American identity, featuring songwriter Howard Fishman and New York Times travel journalist and author Michael Benanav.

Here’s the Skidmore Propaganda:

“No Further Instructions” features the music of critically-acclaimed
Brooklyn songwriter Howard Fishman leading an eleven piece folk-indie-punk
orchestra comprised of some of NYC’s hottest players along with New York
Times travel journalist and author Michael Benanav. Seeking to unravel the
complexities of the American Jewish identity, “No Further Instructions” is
a multimedia song cycle about the true life adventures of two childhood
friends who disappeared down the rabbit hole of far-flung Eastern Europe,
and the crazy and beautiful experiences they had there. The project combines
original music, historical memoir, storytelling, and compelling photography
to essay their exploits together.

“No Further Instructions” is a Jacob Perlow Event. Tickets are free for students and children, $5 for seniors and the Skidmore community, and $8 for general admission.

Friday March 1, 8pm @ Zankel

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Gloria Steinem @ Zankel

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

Libbin’ it up

In case you need another example of Speaker’s Bureau being the best organization on campus, journalist, activist, and feminist Gloria Steinem will deliver a lecture at Zankel on February 21 as this year’s keynote speaker.

Steinem was (and is) one of the most influential leaders of the women’s liberation movement. As the founder of Ms. magazine in 1969, she was instantly catapulted to the national stage as a prominent and controversial feminist. She has helped found the National Women’s Political Caucus, the Women’s Action Alliance, the Coalition of Labor Union Women, and the Women’s Media Center, and has remained an outspoken commentator on a vast range of political issues related to gender and sexuality. Basically she’s hot shit and we’re all very lucky to have her here.

The title of the talk is “The Longest Revolution,” and according to Speaker’s Bureau, she will discuss “the social movements of the past 4 decades and politics of gender, the economic power of the female and minority consumer market, and workplace issues.” Relevant stuff indeed.

Tickets went on sale today at the Zankel box office and online. They’re FREE FOR SKIDMORE STUDENTS and they’re definitely going to sell out quickly, so grab them while you can.

Thursday February 21, 7pm @ Zankel

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The Julian Lage Group @ Zankel

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

Tomorrow night, acclaimed jazz/classical/everything-else quintet, the Julian Lage Group, will be performing in Zankel. Lage is a guitarist virtuoso whose music blends an inconceivable number of genres. In 1997, at the age of eight, he was the subject of the Academy Award-nominated documentary Jules at Eight. He graduated from Berklee College of Music and has been a member of the Stanford Jazz Workshop faculty since age 15. Check out an interview/performance he did at WNYC here.

Admission is free for students; $8 for adults; and $5 for faculty, seniors, retirees, and alumni. Tickets are available online or at the Zankel box office.

Friday November 2, 8pm @ Zankel

Drastic Measures Host Ugandan Children’s Choir

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

Tomorrow night, the Drastic Measures are hosting a benefit concert with Ugandan children’s choir, The Chosen. The concert will raise money for Action for Empowerment (which has the confusing, inexplicable acronym AOET?), a charity supporting education and infrastructure in rural African villages.

The Drastic Measures will be singing with The Chosen, as well as separately, and jewelry will be sold after the concert.

I would write more about this but the Facebook is incredibly vague about everything.

October 11, 8pm @ Zankel

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Summer Reading Author Katherine Boo to Speak

Monday, October 1st, 2012

You lookin’ good Boo

Tonight, author and journalist Katherine Boo will be speaking at Zankel. Boo’s latest book, Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity was this year’s FYE summer reading. She is a staff writer at The New Yorker and a former reporter for The Washington Post, and she has received numerous awards for her reporting, including a Pulitzer, a MacArthur Genius Grant, and a National Magazine Award. Quite the resume, Ms. Boo!

A reception and book signing will immediately follow, where you can tell Ms. Boo how much you enjoyed her book even though you probably didn’t read it.

Monday October 1, 8pm @ Zankel

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Stefania Neonato at Zankel

Friday, September 28th, 2012


Tonight, classical pianist Stefania Neonato will be performing at Zankel. An Italian national, Neonato received her master’s degree at the Imola International Academy and a doctorate of musical arts at Cornell University.

Admission is free for Skidmore students and children, $8 for adults, and $5 for seniors, faculty, staff, retirees, and alumni. Tickets are available online.

Friday September 28, 8pm @ Zankel

Good Old War in Zankel

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

Better check for ticks

This Friday, indie-folk-darlings-who-aren’t-Bailiwick, Good Old War, will be performing at Zankel.

According to Skidmore propaganda:

“Good Old War’s multipart vocal harmonies are original and beautifully layered, giving their songs an upbeat and inspiring tone. Their songs are natural, creating an energetic story-telling experience. Even though their lyrics contain some underlying serious themes, the music is always delivered in a festive manner.
The combination of an optimistic tone and extraordinary harmonies is both unassuming and masterfully done.”

Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for the general public. Tickets are available at the Zankel box office. For reservations visit or call the Zankel box office (518) 580-5321 for more information

Friday, September 21 in Zankel 
Doors @ 8pm 

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Larry Wilmore Will Make You Laugh This Monday Night

Sunday, April 8th, 2012


I was antsy to find out just who the Speakers Bureau would bring to Skidmore this year. Ira Glass and David Sedaris are among the “People That Inspire Me” (just look at my Facebook. Oh wait, you can’t, I’m anonymous. Hah!), and I hoped for yet another awesome speaker.

Well, Larry Wilmore rocks. I know that most of us get our news from The Daily Show, so I’m sure a lot of you have heard of him. If not, it doesn’t matter. Just trust me that this will be worthwhile.

I feel a bit conflicted singing this man’s praises because I sure as hell want to get a seat, because I don’t want to encourage the entire student body to show up before I do and take my spot…womp.

IFree for Skidmore students.
Monday, April 9th @ 9:30pm in Zankel.


Thanks, Speakers Bureau!