September 16, 2010 Volume CXXVIII Issue 2

Immerse yourself in the Arts

Staff Writer

Members of the Fighting Tiger Grrr... Pep Band talk to residents at Windsor Gardens.

Singing, dancing, composing, performing, sculpting, creating. Immerse yourself in the Arts at Georgetown!

No one plays harder at home football and basketball games than Georgetown’s Fighting Tiger Grrr… Pep Band. This band creates an environment in which music lovers and Tiger fans unite to serve as a “focal point of excitement and enthusiasm for our campus community,” the Department of Music’s website proudly proclaims. When not providing entertainment at sporting events, the FTGPB does many service projects such as performing for the residents at Windsor Gardens, a local assisted living community. Catch them in action at the next home football game on Sept. 30.

The music department also invites you to join the Tiger Symphonic Band. This band showcases a large musical repertoire, so you’re certain to find your niche with the guidance of Dr. Peter LaRue, Director of Bands. New members are welcome to join. The TSB performs one concert each semester on campus, but is also involved in other events such as regional tours. Support the symphonic band on November 22 as they perform their Fall Anniversary Concert.

If your voice is your instrument, consider joining Georgetown’s Concert Choir or Chorale. Concert Choir is open to the campus for anyone who wishes to sing; no experience necessary. Forty-five students, and even some faculty members, comprise the choir this semester, all of whom are looking forward to their annual fall performance of Handel’s “Messiah,” as well as Bernstein’s “Chichester Psalms,” which will be performed in Hebrew. Come out and enjoy their choir’s hard work at 3pm in the Chapel on Dec. 5.

Chorale is a smaller, auditioned chamber choir made of nineteen students this semester. Practice, practice, practice, and when you are ready to join, contact Dr. John Campbell for an audition. Auditions for the spring semester will be held in late October. The Chorale looks forward to touring western Kentucky and Missouri over fall break, singing in churches and schools, as well as their first campus concert on Oct. 19. The Chorale will also be featured in the Lyric Theatre Society production of the operetta “Gondoliers” on Nov. 5 and 6, and as part of the “Hanging of the Green” on Dec. 1. Dr. Campbell invites you to the Chorale program, sharing, “The only two things we will take with us into the next world are our relationships and music, according to the descriptions found in the Bible. You get both in a choir!”

Bridging the gap for singers who also enjoy acting, is the Lyric Theatre Society. Singers and actors gain stage experience to prepare them for a lifetime of opportunities, inside or outside the arts. The Theatre’s Opera and Musical Workshop, directed by Dr. Heather Hunnicutt, celebrates the diversity of the arts in on-campus performances, as well as in the community. Last semester, the Opera and Musical Theatre performed several scenes from various musicals including “The Wiz,” “Hairspray” and “Mamma Mia.” Watch for the performances coming this fall.

Georgetown is also home to the “Maskrafters,” Kentucky’s oldest collegiate theatre company. Maskrafters honors both traditional theatre and original compositions, as well as innovative digital motion picture art. Get involved to “build communicative and cooperative skills,” the theatre department encourages, whether interested in filmmaking, design, technical support, management, directing or performing. Contact Dr. George McGee to get involved. Exhilarating performances should be announced later in the semester.

Visual arts is also a channel for involvement and expression at Georgetown. The Art Department celebrates, in addition to art history and education, techniques or both traditional and modern media including drawing, painting, sculpting, photography and digital design. Not artistic? The Art Department is confident you can be, through numerous course offerings, working in the galleries and joining art clubs and/or gallery programming, such as Art Tigers.

Visual artists, including Laura Stewart, Director of Galleries and Curator of Collections, will be ecstatic to introduce you to the exhibitions of art in the Donald L. and Dorothy Jacobs Collection (in the Jacobs Gallery), and temporary, rotating exhibitions in both the Cochenour and Anne Wright Wilson Fine Arts Galleries, consisting of objects from the permanent collection, student work and faculty work, or work by significant artists practicing today. Interesting showcases pending for the fall semester include the Senior Thesis show this October through December, “By the Book: 150 Years of Rules Regulations, and GC Student Life,” coming Sept. 30, as well as a commemoration of the fast-approaching World Equestrian Games, “Portrait of a Horse: The Exquisite Equine,” beginning this week.

Take center stage of your Georgetown career and get involved in one of the many opportunities available in the arts.

New art collection debuts on campus

Staff Writer

Georgetown College students are welcomed back into each semester with the slow addition of papers, quizzes, and the occasional exam. Slowly, patrons of the LRC see more students come in, and as the semester progresses and assignments become due, the friendly library staff start to see more business as students begin to check out books, collect fines, and teach all students, even the ones who have been here for years, how to manage the new copier/printing system.

One student however, has been spending an extra amount of time in the LRC for sometime now, having returned early from her summer vacation to start work for her internship in the College’s permanent art collection. Housed in the basement of the LRC and around campus (on view in professors offices and in buildings such as Giddings), this collection holds a wide variety of works, from donated pieces, to left behind student pieces, and even some blueprints from the design of the LRC.

Senior art history major Hannah Snider has spent much of the last few weeks working in this collection choosing works that she found needed to be viewed by the campus community. From the collection she choose seven individual pieces and has curated a show. This show, currently on view in the Cochenour gallery, is her first show as the sole-curator. Last fall she, along with many other students in ART 302: Curatorial Studies, participated in the annual hoecoming show that fills the same space. Learning from this previous experience, Snider has written the wall text for each piece, chosen the layout and installed each of the works.

So the next time you stop in the LRC, be it for a book, a little quiet study time or even an iced mocha from the Mulberry, you should look at a few of the works held in the campus’s collection. Who knows when they might be seen again?

New ‘Noteworthy’ Series begins

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Harris, left, Hunnicutt and Hoch were enthusiastic to sing last Thursday.

The Georgetown College Department of Music has unveiled a new concert series, entitled “Noteworthy,” which kicked off last week with the concert, “From Many Foreign Lands.” Music Department Chair and Director of Vocal Studies Dr. Heather Hunnicutt, soprano, Dr. Matthew Hoch, baritone and Ben Harris, accompanist, both of Shorter University, gave a concert sung in twelve languages not usually heard in the vocal repertoire. The standard French, Italian, German and English songs were not to be found on the program. Instead, Drs. Hunnicutt and Hoch took turns singing in languages such as Czech, Danish, Finnish, Greek, Hawaiian, Icelandic, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Norwegian, Russian, Spanish, and Swedish during this free NEXUS event.

The “Noteworthy” Concert Series consists of eight nights of music from Georgetown faculty and guest artists throughout the 2010-2011 school year, ranging from a performance of works from Mozart by Opera Appalachia to “An Evening of Cello and Piano Music.”

Speaking of the series, Hunnicutt said, “Hearing professionals in the industry live is one of the most important aspects of a musician’s education; I consider it absolutely necessary for our majors and minors to have the “Noteworthy” Series available to them. In the process, we also get to offer this experience to the entire campus community free of charge. We are fortunate to have such an incredibly talented and diverse line-up of concerts.” The next Noteworthy performance, “Of Trumpets, Hermits and Charmers,” will be presented next Monday night, Sept. 20 at 8 p.m. in the Chapel.

TiK ToK: Time to learn about Ke$ha

Staff Writer

Kesha (stylized “Ke$ha”) is part of an instantly recognizable triad of modern musical blondes, alongside doppelganger Taylor Swift and the hair-bleaching Lady Gaga. She contrasts with Swift, rejecting any semblance to her sappy, homey romance songs, and surpasses even Gaga, Empress of Pop and Czarina of Weird, in her notoriety.

Transitioning from writing songs for others (such as “The Time of Our Lives” for Miley Cyrus) or singing background vocals without pay or credit (Flo Rida’s “Right Round”) to a hit artist was a challenge Ke$ha surmounted with her typical brash irreverence. The process included an appearance on “The Simple Life,” a short-lived friendship with Paris Hilton, breaking into Prince’s home to present her demo, later signing a record contract, with no Prince involvement, and, finally, the release of her début album, “Animal,” in January 2010. “It was more to show that I will stop at nothing to start my career.” Ke$ha told Time Out Chicago. This does not mean her entire image is an act. Her party-girl image is grounded in personal experience, though Ke$ha laments those who take her image to decry her as superficial telling the Sunday Times, “I have been working on realizing this dream, my path, my mission, for years. . . . I think it’s a bummer when people don’t represent that properly, when they portray me as purely one-dimensional” [sic]. What if she has a point? What should the listener think, if anything at all, when listening to “Animal”?

Let us examine “Animal” through the lens of another controversial figure— Oscar Wilde, Irish writer. Wilde said, “Art is the only serious thing in the world. And the artist is the only person who is never serious.”

The album by no means takes itself seriously. In the annoying “Boots N Boys,” males are dropped into the complete objectification females often suffer at the hands of other popular musicians, as satire. The song is obnoxious but can be enjoyed with irony in a car full of friends on a road trip. The more popular “BLAH BLAH BLAH” features the ever-enlightening duo 3OH!3 and presents the same major theme as “Boots N Boys”—but invites singing-and-dancing-along in a larger variety of situations. To erase all suspicion of seriousness, one minute into the track “Party at a Rich Dude’s House,” Ke$ha sings the guitar part– “da na na na na na na dur nur nur nur nur!”—inspiring awe and incredulity. That same song also includes the lyrics “Threw up in the closet but I don’t care!” referencing her previous experience in the Hilton house. In fact, many songs could be viewed as a self-parody.

Oscar Wilde said, “There is no sin except stupidity.” Modify this to say there is “no sin except deceit,” and there is the message of “Back$tabber,” “Blind” and “KI$$ N TELL.” “Blind” is completely forgettable while “Ki$$ N Tell” provides the best example of Ke$ha’s guilty-pleasure storytelling. “D.I.N.O.S.A.U.R” could also fit this creed as it is about an old man fooling himself into believing he is young or dashing enough to fiirt with Ke$ha and her friends (“D.I.N.O.S.A.U.R. a dinosaur!”.) Rightly, none of these are currently released as singles.

Wilde said, “There is no mode of action, no form of emotion that we do not share with the lower animals. It is only by language that we rise above them, or above each other—by language, which is the parent, and not the child, of thought.”

Four out of the 14 songs include the word “fight” usually pertaining to Ke$ha’s personal struggle. The title track, “Animal,” explains this view: “I’m not asleep, I’m up for the fight/ Into the magic/And I don’t want the concrete/I am alive/Comes with the tragic./So if it’s just tonight, /The animal inside /Let it live and die.” “Animal” is evidence that, aside from auto-tuned dance music, Ke$ha has a decent voice.

Another song in the same vein, “Dancing with Tears in My Eyes,” is underappreciated. From the first synthesized notes that rise and drain away it sounds like electronic heartbreak. It echoes Jean-Paul Sartre’s view that humans are “condemned to freedom”—absolute choice is celebrated in other songs but mourned here.

There is no reason to look to Ke$ha’s music for overwhelming metaphysical epiphany or intellectual stimulation, but that does not imply that Ke$ha herself is mindless. It is music to be enjoyed in the spirit of satire, sung to ironically and danced to farcefully.

In terms of humor, there is a real possibility Ke$ha is, or is in the process of, going too far. Humor has its limits. What “too far” means should be left to individual ponderings. But if in a few years, Ke$ha is just another washed-up celebrity sob-story, rehab hawks who delight in celebrity addiction as much as talent will be the only ones enjoying the joke. For now though, Ke$ha is catchy, simple fun.

This is a solid album, but not great. It is ground-breaking only for its spunk, not musical substance. “Animal” is worth buying, if it’s on sale for less than full price, to be enjoyed with as much hyperbole as possible. Score: 3.5/5


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