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College theatre beyond the Whitman bubble

Illustration by Kiara Paninos.

Jaime Fields, A&E Reporter

October 22, 2020

Although it can be easy for students to get stuck in the “Whitman bubble” when it comes to theatre, Walla Walla has many opportunities to get out and consume theatre — including at its two other higher learning institutions. Walla Walla Community College (WWCC) offers a variety of drama classes and tra...

Flagging down ideas: Walla Walla Public Library hosts contest to design new city flag

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Mo Dow, A&E Reporter

October 22, 2020

The City of Walla Walla is getting a new flag, but its design will be created and chosen by the public. The Public Library is hosting the flag design contest with submissions closing on Oct. 19. Although it may seem a little superfluous in these complicated times, flags do play more of a role...

Lighting and sound design workshop encourages aspiring theatre technicians

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Heleana Backus, A&E Reporter

October 22, 2020

Although lighting designer Jessica Buttery and sound designer Paul Fowler could not work on a Harper Joy Theater production this semester, both designers chose to lead a virtual Lighting and Sound Design Workshop for enthusiastic students and community members alike. The question-based workshop took pl...

Upcoming event: Lighting and sound design workshop will explore professional world of theatre tech

Renny Acheson, A&E Editor

October 15, 2020

Explore the dynamic world of light and sound in theatre with a Lighting and Sound Design workshop on Friday, Oct. 16 from 5-6:30 pm. Harper Joy Theatre will host lighting designer Jess Buttery and sound designer and composer Paul Fowler.  This Zoom workshop will explore the concepts and techniques that...

Gleason Bauer’s Moment Workshop explores the dynamics of space

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Jaime Fields, A&E Reporter

October 15, 2020

Although mainstage shows are the most visible, students at Whitman create theatre in a variety of ways, from classes to clubs to workshops. Gleason Bauer creates and educates about theatre as well as on anti-racism, and during the first two weekends of October, they worked with Whitman to create theatre ...

Varsity Nordic: Creating laughs in different locations

Illustration by Kiara Paninos.

Mo Dow, A&E Reporter

October 15, 2020

Varsity Nordic, known colloquially as V-Nord, is Whitman’s resident improv troupe, and they’ve been hit hard by the pandemic and the shift to online schooling. Members of the troupe have been struggling to find ways to adapt to new formats, especially because of how unique improvement is as a medi...

“Violet” in review: Is Lana Del Rey a poet? 

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Heleana Backus, A&E Reporter

October 15, 2020

If you imagine a book of poetry written by a heartbroken, sentient butterfly, you have a pretty good feel for Lana Del Rey’s first book of poetry, “Violet Bent Backwards Over The Grass.” The collection, released in print on Sept. 29, has its strong points, and certainly no one can deny that Del Rey wr...

“Siempre, Luis” spoiler-review: Tracing the life of Luis Miranda

Illustration by Elie Flanagan.

Mo Dow, A&E Reporter

October 8, 2020

An older man lies in a hospital bed, his eyes slowly flickering open as a doctor’s blue gloved hands hover over his chest. This is the opening scene to the new HBO documentary “Siempre, Luis” which tells the story of playwright, composer and actor Lin Manuel Miranda’s father, Luis Miranda. For those...

Dance minors celebrate movement on Zoom

Jaime Fields, A&E Reporter

October 8, 2020

Although Whitman College is not a dance school, there are still a good number of Whitman students who are involved with dance on campus, be it by taking dance classes, pursuing a dance minor or being involved in student dance groups. However, with the shift to online learning, many dancers have struggled to ...

ArtSquared showcases and supports local artists in virtual art sale

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Heleana Backus, A&E Reporter

October 8, 2020

In April, Walla Walla arts organization ArtWalla dropped off 8 6-inch-by-6-inch white squares on the doorsteps of 125 local artists. In their 8th annual ArtSquared fundraiser from Sept. 25 to Oct. 2, ArtWalla put the unique, transformed squares up for sale online at $36 each.  In a year without t...

“Arts, Objects, Archives” explores intersections between art and race

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Heleana Backus, A&E Reporter

October 1, 2020

From sculptures to sheet music, each presenter in the Art, Objects, Archives webinar on Sept. 21 showcased the abundant materials available at Whitman for instructors to teach this year’s academic theme Race, Violence and Health. “We often talk about how race is a construct, but its construction remains very much...

Daniel Romano’s “How Ill Thy World Is Ordered” in review

Illustration by Annika Bauerle.

Mo Dow, A&E Reporter

October 1, 2020

In his newest album, “How Ill Thy World Is Ordered,” Canadian musician Daniel Romano crosses boundaries between genres in one of the most stand-out releases this year.  The year has been marked by relatively minimal new content, with many musicians holding off on releasing new material until they c...

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