WSPN Big Meeting – 9/14 @ 8pm in Gannett

Written by Major Qwik on September 13th, 2014
Did someone say vinyl raffle?

Did someone say vinyl raffle?

Want to become a part of what The Princeton Review has consistently called the one of the best college radio stations* in the country? Do you think that the radio sucks and want to instill some sense of taste into our culture? Do you want to impress that one cool girl in your Scribner Seminar by landing a sweet radio show and then inviting her to join you in the studio to provide you company while you surf the lonely airwaves at 5am?

If the answer to any of these questions is “yes,” then go to WSPN‘s “Big Meeting” tomorrow (9/14) at 8:00pm in Gannett Auditorium. You’ll be able to hear more about the radio station and how to apply for a show, and this is the only opportunity you have to receive an application for fall semester season. There will also be a vinyl raffle. But you’ll have to buy your own record player, because we fucking know you don’t actually own one.

*While we at Skidmore Unofficial (like most level-headed people) don’t actually buy into any of the shit that “publications” like The Princeton Review peddles, it’s worth noting that WSPN produces fucking awesome work, and they actually got something right with this one.


Audition for ‘Rey & Lemay LIVE’ House Band & Writer’s Room (9/13)

Written by Executive Editor on September 12th, 2014

Jonathan Lee-Rey ’15 and Jon Lemay ’15 have created what they describe as “a monthly late night live comedy variety hour,” and are looking for people for both the house band and “writer’s room” for the show.

There's a lot going on in this poster.

There’s a lot going on in this poster.

Rey and Lemay LIVE is a monthly night time comedy variety show starring Jonathan Lee-Rey ’15 and Jonathan Lemay ’15 that tackles any and all topics YOU want to talk about. Come bring your friends or we’ll be forced to have the heart to heart we’ve been meaning (and needing) to have with each other for a long time.

Auditions for the house band will be held on Saturday, 9/13 between 3:35 and 5:35 in the band trailer (right next to Falstaff’s; it’s exactly what it sounds like). For auditions, they ask that you bring your own instrument, in addition to a 30 second to 1 minute piece that showcases your musical ability.

Auditions for the “writer’s room” will be held Saturday, 9/13 at 5:40 in the upstairs of the JKB Theater. Writers are merely asked to bring your “FUNKY SELF.”

Rey and Lemay have also released a webisode/promo for the upcoming season. You can watch it below.


New Ben Jurney Piece Published on ‘The New Yorker’ Website

Written by Executive Editor on September 11th, 2014
You ever really stop and look at how fucking weird this logo is?

You ever really stop and look at how fucking weird this logo is?

Comedian and humorist Ben Jurney ’14 (and contributor to Skidmore Unofficial) has recently had a new piece entitled “Sorry, I Was Hacked!” published in the the Shouts & Murmurs section of The New Yorker.

While at Skidmore, Jurney was a member of both the Ad-Libs and Skidomedy and was a regular contributor of stand-up nights, produced last year’s ComFest, and has had ample publishing success from websites like The New Yorker, College Humor, and McSweeney’s. In fact, one of Jurney’s pieces was published in-print as part of The Best of McSweeney’s Internet Tendencya retrospective on the best material posted in the website’s 15-year existence. Congratulations to Jurney for his most recent publication–along with his past publication successes.

You can find Jurney’s past published material on his website, so be sure to give them a read and support a recent Skidmore alum and the publication of good writing.


Weekend Distractions CXXI

Written by Executive Editor on 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?


Poetry/Fiction Reading from Jay Rogoff and Anthony Wallace

Written by Executive Editor on September 11th, 2014

As if there isn’t already a ton of good shit going on tonight, the English department will be hosting a joint poetry/fiction reading featuring Skidmore English Professor Jay Rogoff and critically-acclaimed fiction writer Anthony Wallace in Davis Auditorium at 8:00pm.

English Professor Jay Rogoff has published five books of poetry, including The Cutoff: A Sequence, which won the Washington Prize for Poetry. Venerahis latest book of poems, was published back in February, and has praise such as the following:  “Drawing on the natural world, personal intimacy, and the imagination as evoked in visual art and biblical narrative, Rogoff’s poems detail our drive to both acts of veneration and submission to Venus’s sensuous power.” Jay Rogoff will be starting off the evening with a selection from the collection. You can listen to an interview in which he talks about the book here, and you can read a poem from the collection entitled “The Table” here.

Word on the street is that they’ll be selling copies of the book for pretty dope cheap, too.

Published in 2013, Wallace’s debut short story collection, The Old Priestwas a finalist for the 2014 PEN/Hemingway Award and was long-listed for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, and has been praised by critics and Amazon users alike. The description on Amazon sells it pretty well:

Through wry, ironic prose—and what feels like firsthand experience—Wallace describes a comic and often misguided search for self-knowledge in the most unlikely locations—like the Emerald City, a low-rent gambling den where a cocktail waitress dressed as an X-rated Dorothy offers gamblers more than a Scotch on the rocks; or the Bastille Hotel-Casino, where a dealer dressed as an eighteenth century footman deals five-dollar blackjack to a reminiscing Holocaust survivor.  Occasionally a real demon appears, but the collection is mostly about personal demons and the possibility of exorcising them.

If that doesn’t sell you, you can read the title short-story from the collection here. I’m no literary critic, but it’s pretty fucking good.

The event starts at 8:00pm in Davis Auditorium (on the second floor of Bolton) and probably won’t last more than an hour-and-a-half (if that), so if you want to get a bit of intellectual stimuli before the weekend hits, swing by and and hear the type of writing you’d probably find in The New Yorker, but at half the effort.


Lively Lucy’s Presents Stolked for Folk

Written by Executive Editor on September 10th, 2014

Tomorrow at 8:00pm in Falstaff’s, Lively Lucy’s will be presenting the latest installment in its annual folk event Stolked for Folk. If you have yet to experience “Fallstaff’s” (if you don’t know what I mean by that, then you haven’t experienced it yet), then this should be a perfect introduction to this wonderful student-run performing space (that definitely doesn’t host poor excuses for raves that will make you want to cleanse yourself/your soul by fully submerging yourself in rubbing alcohol the very second you get home and sober up).

Peter Oundjian '15

Peter Oundjian ’15

The night will feature original music from folk heavy-hitters Melissa Chilinksi ’15, Jesse Hardman ’15, Ethan Carpene ’17, Izzy Howard ’17, and Peter Oundjian ’15. Some of these are veterans of the Skidmore folk scene, and some of them (to my knowledge) are performing solo on a bill for the first time. The evening will be chill, the vibes will be good, and, most importantly, the music will be home-grown here at Skidmore.

If you’d like to keep up with more events like this, check out Lively Lucy’s page on Facebook. Looks like they’ve got lots of awesome shit in store for the semester.


Tang Welcome Back Celebration This Thursday, 9/11

Written by Executive Editor on September 8th, 2014

This upcoming Thursday, 9/11 from 5:30pm-8:30pm, The Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery will be holding its Welcome Back Celebration to welcome both new and returning community members and celebrate the start of their fall season with the liberal arts triptych of music, art, and food.


Highbrow Culture + Free Food? I’m there.

The evening is set to begin with a welcome from the Tang’s Dayton Director, Ian Berry, followed by tours of the museum’s six exhibits given by Berry and other staff members. Naturally, it wouldn’t be a Skidmore event without come great live music from student bands, so both Good Neighbor and PSYMON SPINE will be playing sets in the Payne Presentation Room. It’s worth noting that both bands are sounding particularly fantastic so far this semester, so they’ll definitely make an excellent addition to the evening’s festivities.

The evening’s schedule is as follows:

  • 5:30-6:30 pm: Tours of the Tang Teaching Museum
  • 6:30-7:15 pm: Performance by Good Neighbor
  • 7:45-8:30 pm: Performance by PSYMON SPINE

It’s pretty easy to take the Tang for granted, but it’s actually an incredible (and well-acclaimed) resource regardless of your proximity to the realm of art. Stop by with your pals at some point between the hours of 5:30 and 8:30 and see all the great stuff they’re offering the community this year.

Check out the Facebook event here.


Jesse Hardman Debuts New Single; New Album Coming Later This Month

Written by Major Qwik on September 8th, 2014

Folk and blues singer-songwriter Jesse Hardman ’15 has released a new track called “For You I Sing the Blues,” the lead single from his new album Sojourn, which is set for a late September release. This will mark Hardman’s third full-length release following his acoustic folk album For a Love, released in February of this past year.

I'm not a leather kinda guy by any means, but I want that fucking jacket.

I’m not a leather kinda guy by any means, but I want that jacket.

Hardman’s a regular favorite at Lively Lucy’s monthly open mic nights, and he’s garnered plenty of attention after playing a handful of live acoustic sets on campus. If this new track is any indication, however, Hardman seems to be taking his style in a new direction, as he’s traded in his acoustic guitar for a full-band sound and embraced his roots in the blues. Hardman’s unrivaled mastery of the genre is incredibly apparent, yet he’s offered a more contemporary take on it, as the track features a killer groove that will prove impossible not to dance to when Hardman begins playing it live with a full band.

Check out Jesse Hardman on Facebook and keep posted for more updates on what’s shaping up to be another strong full-length effort.


Unofficial Guide to A Capella & Comedy Auditions (Fall 2014 Edition)

Written by Major Qwik on September 7th, 2014

Tomorrow begins that most wonderful time of the semester when self-identified artsy kids are pitted against each other in the Coliseum of Talent that we know as auditions. Our performance club/student ratio is like 12:1, so it’s pretty easy to get overwhelmed about what auditions are happening when/where. And since our student announcement system is still ass, we figured we’d compile the info for a capella and comedy auditions. Obviously there are other groups who have auditions in the upcoming week(s), but I didn’t get any Facebook invites to those, so it’s their fucking loss.

Pretty sure all these guys graduated, but the point still stands.

Pretty sure all these guys graduated, but the point still stands.

A Capella Groups: (They’re literally all tomorrow in the same two-hour time slot, and some of them conflict, but I guess you figure it out? Sounds like some Pitch Perfect level shit to me.)

The Accents (all female; quirky; definitely cooler than you): 9/8 @ 7pm. Somewhere on the first floor of Bolton. Bring a verse and chorus of two songs. None of that stupid musical theater Wicked shit.

The Bandersnatchers (all male; 95% sure they’re sponsored by Vineyard Vines; “sounds good to me”; 9/8 @ 7pm. Wilson Chapel. Bring a verse and chorus of a song. But not this one.

The Drastic Measures (co-ed; they win at festivals occasionally; proceeds benefit local charities, which is 85% cool and 15% annoying): 9/8 @ 7pm. Bolton 102. Bring a verse and chorus of a song you like.

The Dynamics (Dynos) (co-ed; oldest co-ed acapella group…out of two; have grind lines at their jams, so there’s that): 9/8 @ 8pm. Bolton 101. Bring a verse and chorus.

The Sonneteers (all female; the oldest club on campus or something; they wear pretty dresses and no shoes because, well, art; they still kind of intimidate me, but pretty and talented girls tend to do that to me): 9/8 @ 7pm. Bolton 100. No info on the FB event, but I’m guessing you should bring a verse and chorus of a song you like. Or maybe they’ll make you yodel. I don’t know. You probably have eyes. Read one of the posters.

Comedy Groups:

Skidomedy (sketch/videos; smart comedy; pretty sure they only have one audition per year; seem like the popular/pretty older sister of the comedy groups): Monday, 9/8 & Tuesday, 9/9 @10:30 pm. Falstaff’s. Go to either or both. I auditioned once and didn’t get in and I’m fucking hilarious. So good luck.

The Sketchies (sketch/videos; wear all black; pretty dark humor, probably because they still have some dark shit from high school still festering in them): Thursday, 9/11 @ 10pm. Upstairs of the JKB. Bring lots of incest jokes or something.

The Ad-Libs (improv; officially called “The Ad-Liberal Artists” but they only ever go by “Ad-Libs,” probably because the former is a dumb name; play a lot improv games): Friday, 9/12 @ 3:30pm. Upstairs of the JKB Theater. Just show up and do improv, I guess? They also have their “newbie show” this Saturday, 9/13 @ 10pm in the Wiecking basement. They’re usually shitfaced at this.

Awkward Kids Talking (AKT) (improv; does short and long form games like creating entire movies live and from scratch; also holds open improv rehearsals on Sundays, which is pretty dope): Friday, 9/19 @ 3:30pm & 6pm. Upstairs of the JKB. Show up and be funny.

Best of luck if you’ve conjured the courage to audition for any clubs this week. If you want the advice of someone who’s never gotten into one of these things, just go to all of them and see what happens. If you’re here, odds are you were probably hot shit in high school–and a part of you might think you’ll be hot shit here at Skidmore. And you might be right. But there will be approximately a fuck-ton of people auditioning for these groups, so shit can get selective. So it’s better to audition for too many and have to choose than to put all your money on getting into that one group you may or may not actually gel with.

And if you don’t get in to any of the groups this semester, you can always audition next semester. Plus you can still go to the shows and get invited to their after-parties! And unlike the hockey team’s parties, they’re not a fucking creepfest.


WSPN Radio Show Featured in International Radio Festival

Written by Executive Editor on September 7th, 2014

WSPN radio show Recess: with Spinelli featuring Alex Calder Spinelli has won the International Radio Festival’s award for “Best US/Canada Campus Radio Show” and was broadcast live in Switzerland (yeah, Switzerland) on September 5th as part of the 2014 IRF in Zurich.

This guy had his radio show streamed in Switzerland. What have you done lately?

This guy had his radio show streamed in Switzerland. What have you done lately?

Both Recess: with Spinelli and WSPN received positive reviews from the site, who wrote

WSPN is one few college radio stations in the US solely made and run by students. The station being on air 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, playing primarily Alternative Rock, is not only available on the campus of Skidmore College, but is also extremely popular among citizens of Saratoga Springs, New York. … In his show Spinelli presents new international and local music, interviews locally grown musicians and hosts exclusive live gigs straight out of the campus studios. We are looking forward to welcome the young, thoroughbred radio journalist in Zurich and introduce him to a worldwide audience.

Worldwide audience. Not fucking bad. Congratulations to Spinelli for making both WSPN and Skidmore proud. You can stream the most recent episode (along with previous episodes) here, and we suggest you do just that. The folks at WSPN do great work, so be sure to stay posted for more info on their fall season. And if you’re interested in joining the airwaves of WSPN, be sure to attend their big meeting next Sunday, September 14th.