Articles by: Cleo Aukland

Exclusive with The Novel Ideas

Exclusive with The Novel Ideas

This Friday night Colby will host the Massachusetts-based band The Novel Ideas. The group has played at Colby in the past, as part of the Friday Night Live concert series organized by SPB and during the Spring Loudness Festival in 2015. Self-identifying as a country-folk quintet, The Novel Ideas favor smooth and flowing melodies with gorgeous harmonies and jaunting (and […]

Interview with Improv

Interview with Improv

Last Thursday, Colby Improv kicked off their semester with a short-form show in the Bobby Silberman Lounge (LoPo). Their short-form shows include a series of games in quick succession that feature three or four members of the 11 person team. The performers took suggestions to create improvised scenes. These included scenes which only allowed the phrases “how many is there?” […]

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Review of Netflix’s Easy

Review of Netflix’s Easy

On September 22, Netflix released a revolutionary new anthology-style show called Easy, written and directed by Joe Swanberg. Formatted in eight episodes, each one watches like a miniature film, a twenty-minute snapshot into the lives of “typical” Chicagoans. The series incorporates a flow of characters that are the focus of one single episode and appear earlier or later in the […]

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The Head and the Heart Album Review: Signs of Light

When asked about my music taste and what bands I like the best, Seattle-based The Head and the Heart always seems to make the top of the list. They personify that relaxed, soothing, but also melodically intricate and beautiful sound that accompanies work, driving, napping, walking, hiking, crying, sitting, or being. I laud their use of harmonies that flow with […]

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Wonderland brings whimsy

Wonderland brings whimsy

This past weekend, Powder and Wig put on the annual One-Week Show. This year it was the whimsical Alice in Wonderland. Practiced and staged in just over a week, the One-Week draws students immediately into the theater world at Colby. Billed as the “One-Week Musical,” in the past, the tradition has evolved into an entity more accessible for the typical […]

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BMR’s fall show excites audienes

Befitting the usual amount of sparkles, bubbling energy, and promised harmonies, “Hello!” from the Book of Mormon served as a perfect opening number for this year’s production of Broadway Musical Revue. Faces were plastered with wide,  eager and clear-eyed smiles, and a well-executed give-and-take of lines set the bar for the energy of the rest of the show. We were […]

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Powder and Wig delivers intimate performance of “Some Girls”

Powder and Wig delivers intimate performance of “Some Girls”

Down in the cellar of Runnals, located at the bottom of a long set of stairs, lies a small black-box theater; a simple set depicting a hotel room acts as the setting for each of the five scenes in Some Girl(s), directed by Katherine Kibler ’16. The play, originally written by Neil LaBute, follows the quest of a man seemingly […]

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Author Jo Ann Beard visits campus, mentors students

Author Jo Ann Beard visits campus, mentors students

Last week Jo Ann Beard a celebrated author of both fiction and memoir, visited Colby as part of the Stahl Writer in Residence program (named in memory of Kristina Stahl ’99) through the Creative Writing department. Her visit included multiple appearances in creative writing classes in both fiction and nonfiction, as well as a craft talk and a fiction reading […]

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A plea for the return of handwriting

I like to watch people write. Handwrite. I watch the way their fingers curve around a pen, crunched into a crab-like grip like mine or gracefully spread along the bottom to guide the ink. I watch pens leave trails of ink that form letters and words and ideas, filling up blank sheets with blue and black that leave ink splotches […]

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Despite mix-up, P&W puts on a show

Despite mix-up, P&W puts on a show

The One-Week Musical has long since established itself as one of Colby’s most beloved traditions. Auditions are typically held around the first day of classes, parts are cast immediately following, and a crew of enthusiastic theater-lovers work tirelessly for a little over a week to put together an exuberant, lively musical. The result is an exciting culmination of energy from […]

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