Narrowing it down: top five events on campus this week – 4/4/11

Talk: Building a Life Organic: Farming, Filmmaking and Building a Sustainable Life – 4/4 @ 5:30pm, SC 103

SLC grad Jessy Beckett ’06 is coming back to campus tomorrow evening to talk about leading a more sustainable life. A farmer, film producer, and market gardener, Beckett will discuss her time on campus, life post-graduation, and share a bit about her in-progress environmental documentaries. The talk promises some of everything, and might shed some light on innovative ways to change your daily routine.

Barbara B. and Bertram J. Cohn Professorship in Environmental Studies, Marilyn Simpson Trust, and the Office of the President and Dean of the College are co-sponsoring this event.

Discussion: Hidden Voices: the Lives of LGBT Muslims – 4/6 @ 7pm, Titsworth Lecture Hall

Faisal Alam will be speaking and leading a discussion on gender and sexuality in Muslim society and culture. A little bit history, a little bit myth-buster, and a little bit life experience; participating in this discussion couldn’t be bad.

Theater: Uncle Vanya, 4/8 @ 8pm, 4/9 @ 8pm and 12am, MacCracken Dance Studio

Trent Creswell ’14 and Kelsey Kuehn ’13 have collaborated on a new translation of Anton Chekov’s Uncle Vanya. Creswell is directing Travis Kaupp, Jessica Butler, Dominic Boyle, Gabriel Chalfin-Piney, Kelsey Kuehn, Lauren Early, Moïra Dalant, and Alan Medina in this production, as well as acting himself! Head down to MacCracken Friday or Saturday to see the production.

Theater: Rent, 4/8 @ 7pm, 4/9 @ 3pm and 7pm, 4/10 @ 7pm

Note: Friday and Saturday performances will be on the Heimbold Soundstage. The Sunday performance will be in Reisinger.

Yes, that’s right, the Lower East Side circa 1990 (or so) is coming to SLC. Forget your Mamoun’s Falafel and Pommes Frites, this musical documents a grittier downtown New York reality. The cast of this show has been working since the beginning of the semester and the show promises to be unique, but also what it always is: heart-wrenching, raw, and more than a little catchy.

Music: BATTLE OF THE BANDS, 4/9 @ 10pm, Blue Room

Starting at 10pm, the best of SLC’s bands will be battling it out in the Blue Room. A noise-o-meter is promised, so head down to the Blue Room between Rent and the midnight showing of Uncle Vanya and cheer for your favorites. Check here for more information about the performers!

Nina Sparling (Editor, “What’s Up”) is a bi-coastal aspiring bread baker frustrated with the current food system. Originally from Berkeley, she moved to New York, complaining most of the way, until she found the Met and figured out the subway (but still has serious envy for Bay Area vegetables). Currently a sophomore at Sarah Lawrence, Nina studies languages, political ecology, and geography and tries to figure out how they all relate.

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