What’s that Giant 15 Doing on the Stokes Lawn?

ImageCelebrating our 15th year of the Arts Festival, the Arts Council and the amazing workshop operated by Mark Cooper have constructed this giant wooden 15 sculpture. In typical Arts Festival fashion, we invite all students to make their mark the piece until it is completely covered in paint. Since it was hauled over from the Connolly House on Wednesday and sitting out in the sun all last week, the living work of art has already gotten some color from students enjoying the Spring weather. The Dance Organization of Boston College, promoting their slot this year’s festival wrote, “I ❤ DOBC”; some nostalgic students from the class of 2013 showed their support by tagging, “Seniors ❤ Arts Fest”; even Bob Ross, the legendary PBS hippy painter, found his way onto the piece.

We are very proud to be celebrating our 15th birthday and we would like to invite all students to help us commend this epic milestone by expressing themselves. If you’re on your way to McElroy or Stokes, headed back to Upper, or even just enjoying the Spring weather, definitely stop by our 15 sculpture and throw up your favorite in class doodle, show your support for the student and faculty artists performing in this year’s Arts Festival, or if you’re not too artsy just embellish someone else work. We look forward to this year’s Arts Festival as it debuts this Thursday. Be on the look out for the giant art tents as they start to go up this week and if you’re looking to get involved contact us at festvol@bc.edu!

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BC Dance Ensemble teams up with Bostonians and BC Irish Dance for COLLIDE

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The Boston College Dance Ensemble (BCDE) is a collection of thirty talented dancers, who use their passion for dance to raise money for Boston College’s Campus School. This year’s Spring performance, COLLIDE, opens tomorrow, March 14th and will run through Saturday March 16th at 7:30 pm, where all proceeds will go to support BC’s Special Education School.

Tickets are on sale now and are being sold online and in the Robsham box office for $11. It may seem expensive, but its a small price to pay for a night of dance while simultaneously supporting the Campus School.

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The Arts Council is proud to support the Boston College Dance Ensemble. Be sure check out this preview and to head to the Robsham Arts Center this week (March 14th-16th) at 7:30 pm to see their latest performance COLLIDE. If you can’t make it, you will be able to catch them when they perform at the Arts Festival in April.

Parampara: Festival of Tradition

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Last Sunday, on February 17th, the students of the South Asian Student Association (SASA) presented their 16th annual culture show, Parampara (“tradition”). Parampara showcased traditional South Asian dancing, singing, and fashion, with proceeds benefiting CRY America, a non-profit organization that combats injustices committed against children. This year, SASA also provided an educational element by preceding several of the performances with brief videos on the historical background of said performances. The culture show was the perfect combination of excitement and humor, courtesy of emcee Tom Swiderski and a hilarious lip synched serenade performed by Umang Gupta, Kishan Bhakta, and Chirag Zaveri.

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The members of Shaan, SASA’s a cappella group, sang their hearts out with mashups of Viva La Via with Jashna and Heartless with Udi. Masti, SASA’s official audition-only dance troupe and the only South Asian dance group at Boston College, took center stage and performed flawlessly. It’s no surprise that Masti won ALC Showdown in 2011, 2009, and 2007 after seeing their performance.

 

Parampara also showcased traditional South Asian dances, including Garba, Bhangra, and Kathak. There were also dances performed by freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors as well a dance off between the girls and guys. The show ended with the seniors’ last dance together, an emotional and energetic final performance.

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Congratulations to Shaan, Masti, SASA, and all the students who participated in Parampara. A big shout out to the culture show coordinators, Priyasha Chaturvedi and Ami Trivedi, for organizing such a great show. Although SASA’s culture show won’t roll around again until next February, you can still catch Masti performing at this year’s ALC Showdown and Arts Festival! In the meantime, you can check out their dance moves in their take of the popular Harlem Shake.

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Video (all girls v. all guys) credit: Maria Liang

Video (Masti Harlem Shake) credit: BC Masti

Photo credit: Eun Hee Kwon

“Jack and Jill” Offers Unique Perspective on Turbulent Relationship

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The Boston College Theatre Department’s production of “Jack and Jill” may have closed on Saturday night, but still it keeps its audience thinking about what they value in a relationship and how much they will compromise. These are the questions the title characters, played by juniors Tom Mezger and Ceara O’Sullivan, had to grapple with in this Workshop Production, directed by senior Theatre Arts major Hana Hyseni. The show was impressive in its actors’ maturity and for being designed and stage managed entirely by undergraduate students. Congrats to the cast and crew on a job well done!

BC Idol Welcomes back St. Columbkille Elementary

ImageSt. Columbkille Elementary students will be welcomed back to Boston College this Thursday for UGBC’s Annual BC Idol concert. The talented group will showcase their dance skills alongside some of BC’s top musical performers. BC Idol nine year history and partnership with the school is indicative of Boston College’s commitment to supporting the Jesuit ideal of Education.

 

All proceeds from BC Idol ticket sales will go directly to the school to support their music program. The Arts Council looks forward to our participation in the event and what the group of elementary schoolers have in store for the BC community. To attend the competition go online to UGBC’s event page or directly to the Robsham Box office for tickets. Doors open at the Robsham Mainstage Theater at 6pm and the show starts at 7pm this Thursday, February 28th.

Arts Council hosts A Capella Workshop with Fermata Town

A capella groups braved the snow this past Sunday afternoon to join the Arts Council in McGuinn 121 for a workshop hosted by Boston’s very own, Fermata Town. The three-hour informational ssession was kicked off with a two-track performance of new tracks off of their debut album Hold That Thought.

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Tommy Barth’s booming vocals openned with his rendition of Stereo Hearts by Gym Class Heroes. Their arrangement of the piece stayed true to the original. Chris Giordano followed up with Circus by Britney Spears. Being backed by male vocals, the jazzed up version of the pop song evn featured a scat duet with Tommy Barth and jazz vocalist Katya Dreyer-Oren.

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After their performance, the group broke down their creative process, detailing how they select their songs, deconstruct them, rearrange them, add their own personal creative touches and flair, and perform them. Inspiration seems to come at any moment for the singers. Phillip Waltzer, the groups designated beatboxer, has his “A-ha!” moments at the stranges of times: in the shower, while cooking. Although the group has only been in existance for 4 years, their professional expertise as a capella singers spands decades. Some of them have even been in a capella groups since high school.

After their demo, Fermata Town stepped aside and let The Bostonians, The Acoustics, The Sharps, and Against the Current perform some of their a capella favorites. Each of them brought their own flair to the songs the arranged. Having the five groups all in one room allowed for Fermata Town to exchange constructive criticism and advice to improve their crafts. Then, the singers grouped up by role (the casual singers and performance enthusiasts, the business managers, and the arrangers), so that Fermata Town could share their insights.

Closing off with a bang, Fermata Town closed out the workshop with one last performance, a doo wop barber shop cover of Geek in the Pink by Jason Mraz. Overall, the workshop was a massive success for the Arts Council and the A Capella groups alike. We look forward to our Dance Workshop March 24th at 2:30 pm in the Brighton Dance Studio where Tara McCrystal and Tony Tucker will be leading dancers in choreography and partnering, respectively.

Sexual Chocolate gets ready for their Spring Show, BIG SHOW

Sexual Chocolate wants you to attend their annual Spring show, BIG SHOW hosted in Robsham Theater on Friday, February 15th from 7 to 9 PM. Buzz has been spreading around campus about this nearly sold out show! Typically known for their intense stepping, Sexual Chocolate has decided to mix things up and package their sweet and sensual talent with hilarious jokes and what they promise to be “jaw-dropping endings.” Members on the team refuse to divulge any information regarding these special twists, but with Sexual Chocolates name and reputation these twists are certain to satisfy.

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The men of Sexual Chocolate are sharing the stage with guest performers Fuego de Corazon and Dance Ensemble. Having seen Fuego perform two weeks ago at the DOBC show, they are a guarantee to keep the action going and bring some Latino fire! Dance Ensemble brings forth their originally choreographed routines to provide variety and a little taste of their spring show coming up in March!

You do not want to miss out on this event. Sophomore stepper on the team, Jerome Wright, calls out to all the ladies when he says, “The spring show is right around Valentine’s Day so if your special someone isn’t getting you chocolate then come watch the show and get as much chocolate as you possibly can handle.” Now that is something to show up for! Better get your tickets because they are running out fast! Only $10 at the Robsham ticket window or can be purchased online here.Image

Questions? Email: sxchocolate@gmail.com