Mourning Today’s Friday Cafe

The most devastating thing that has ever appeared on my news feed.

For whatever reason Because of Good Friday (thank you, commenter!), today’s Friday Cafe has been canceled. We take this moment to mourn the Friday Cafe that never was: the delicious, cheese-heavy entree, the hearty soup, the oversized and obscenely good dessert.

If you’re like me, the idea of going to Peirce instead of Friday Cafe is just too painful to contemplate on a Friday at lunchtime. With that in mind, some suggestions for alternative lunch plans. Continue reading

Do it tonight: Icarus and Aria

It'll be just like that movie you loved as a teenager, except with people you know and way awesomer.

There are a few things that the Kenyon theatre scene considers a pretty big deal. One of them is any mainstage faculty-directed show; only three go up each year, they receive the coveted space of the Bolton Theater and they get the biggest budgets. Another of them is Assistant Professor of Drama Kevin Rich, who has won the hearts and minds of every single drama major and some stray English majors with little effort since he arrived at Kenyon less than two years ago.

So when I say that this weekend’s big theatrical production is a mainstage show directed by Kevin Rich, now you know just how exciting that is. Kirk Wood Bromley’s Icarus and Aria is a modern retelling of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, set in urban Phoenix, Ariz. but still written in verse. Icarus and Aria are played by Hector Marrero ’15 and Faith Servant ’13, respectively, while 19 other students fill out numerous other roles.

Icarus and Aria goes up tonight, tomorrow and Saturday at 8:00 p.m. in the Bolton Theater. Reserve tickets at the Bolton Box Office (740-427-5546) or show up and try your luck. This is one show you really don’t want to miss.

Kenyon College of Witchcraft and Wizardry

Those of us at Harry Potter trivia last night will never forget this number.

Happy Harry Potter Day, Kenyon. The administration has mandated that seniors are Gryffindors, juniors are Ravenclaws, sophomores are Hufflepuffs and first years are Slytherins, but I encourage you to throw off these oppressive shackles and select the house you find most suitable for yourself. (If you’re unsure, Hufflepuff is the best. We’re particularly good finders.)

Complete schedule of Harry Potter Day events below the jump. When in doubt, remember our motto: Nugent dormiens nunquam titillandus. Continue reading

Do it tonight: Speak: Women’s Voices From the Hill

This year, the Crozier Center for Women has opted to hand over the performance slot usually designated for Eve Ensler’s classic The Vagina Monologues to make room for the specific voices of Kenyon women themselves. Tonight and tomorrow at 7:00 p.m., the new Speak: Women’s Voices From the Hill will go up in Peirce Pub. Student-written and -directed, Speak is, according to student-infos and allstus, “A show about women at Kenyon, in the world and in our lives.”

Speak, directed by Ellen Blanchard ’12, requests a $2 donation to Knox County domestic violence shelter New Directions in lieu of a traditional ticket price. This show offers a rare opportunity to support not only student theatre, but student-written material. You should go.