Raised in an immigrant household in North Carolina, George “G” Yamazawa was 17 years old when he decided to become a slam poet. Identifying as both Japanese and American, he often felt simultaneously at home and out of place.
Ann BasuSPELL IT OUT: The cast of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” comprised of Sally Rose Zuckert ’19, Liam Finnerty ’17, Olivia Atwood ’17, Phoebe Smukler ’17, Adam Glynn ’17, Emma Newbery ’19 and Charlie Campbell-Decock ’17 debut the musical’s opening number.
This evening, Bowdoin V-Day, an organization dedicated to fighting sexual violence against women and girls, will end nearly 20 years of performing “The Vagina Monologues” due to debate about the Monologues presenting a one-dimensional, outdated portrayal of womanhood. In its place, V-Day is debuting the student-written show, “RISE: Untold Stories of Bowdoin Women.”
Ann BasuApple Falls Far Julianna Burke ’18 and Cheng-Chun (Kevin) Yu ’19 rehearse for Curtain Callers’ reimagined “Apple Tree” in Drake Lobby of Memorial Hall. One of Bowdoin’s student-run theater troupes, Curtain Callers, will subvert sexist and racist themes in a minimalistic, modified rendition of the 1966 play “The Apple Tree” by the writers of “Fiddler on the Roof.” The musical, which will open this evening and run all weekend, is divided into three overarching stories of man, woman and temptation, and will feature only seven cast members in an unconventional theater: Drake lobby in Memorial Hall.
Alex Westfall I cut my teeth as a musician playing guitar in the worship band at a Southern Baptist church in Indianapolis. My guitar teacher, the wise and venerable Ms. Tracy, was the worship pastor at her church, and when she thought I was ready she invited me to join her in her church band.
Two local poets and friends, Christian Barter and Jeffrey Thomson, will be coming to campus to do a reading as part of a three-event book launch for both of their new books, “Bye-Bye Land” and “The Belfast Notebooks,” respectively.
Office Hours, Bowdoin’s longform improvisation group founded by James Jelin ’16, has been selected for a second time to perform at the Del Close Marathon, a festival hosted by Upright Citizens Brigade Theater (UCB) that brings 72 hours of uninterrupted, nonstop improv to New York City for one weekend in June.
PHOTO COURTESY OF GEORGE H. MITCHELL DEPARTMENT OF SPECIAL COLLECTIONSBITTERSWEET SYMPHONY Former Robert K. Beckwith Professor of Music Emeritus Elliott Schwartz. Schwartz’s life will be honored on Sunday afternoon at the Bowdoin College Concert Band’s final concert of the spring semester.
Alex Westfall We come to Bowdoin to learn: about physics or Latin American studies; about what we want to be when we grow up; about the kinds of people we want to be friends with and the kinds of people we want to be.
Courtesy of Olivia GatwoodLIKE A GIRL Feminist spoken word poet, activist and educator Olivia Gatwood will perform on Saturday evening in coordination with the Alliance for Gender and Sexual Assault Prevention’s annual Date Week programming.