Editor’s note: This article was initially published in The Daily Gazette, Swarthmore’s online, daily newspaper founded in Fall 1996. As of Fall 2018, the DG has merged with The Phoenix. See the about page to read more about the DG.
It’s actually a great weekend to stay on campus. You probably know about Joe Raciti’s musical, “Dance Dangerously,” and by all means go to it, but don’t overlook another, smaller show on campus: “All in the Timing,” a set of three one act plays by David Ives and directed by Eliza Cava ’05 and Aaron Hollander ’07. Hollander describes Ives as “one of the wittiest playwrights around.” The show, he says, “charts the rhythm and music in human interactions, and the plays often hedge the line between theater and music.” The three plays are “Sure Thing,” “Foreplay, or the Art of the Fugue” and “Philip Glass Buys a Loaf of Bread.” They will be performed at 8:00 on Saturday and 7:00 Sunday at the Friends’ Meeting House.
Swarthmore Orchestra members, or anyone who likes good music, take note. Hilary Hahn, one of the best violinists anywhere, is playing the Barber Violin Concerto today and tomorrow night with the Philadelphia Orchestra. The concerto is a wonderfully organic and lyrical work, and judging from Hahn’s recording of the work, this isn’t a concert to miss (particularly for the blistering speed at which Hahn attacks the virtuosic last movement). The program also includes Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 6 and Dvorak’s “The Water Sprite.” If you arrive early, you can take advantage of the Philadelphia Orchestra’s marvelous Student Understudy ticket program; see http://www.philorch.org for details.
And of course, it’s Sager this weekend. If you guys can’t find the perfect dress, try a trip to Goodwill, a healthy (read: quite lengthy) walk from campus, or about 20 minutes from ML. It’s at 725 S. Chester Road (keep going down Chester away from campus) and will doubtlessly have that fabulous ’70s outfit that you yearn for. Cheap, too. Girls, well, one word: scissors. Have a great weekend!