On December 4, a variety of student theater groups premiered “Over the Rainbow,” a unique cabaret and auction to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (BC/EFA). Now in its fifth year, “Over the Rainbow” is sponsored by the Tufts Department of Drama and Dance, Health Services, Torn Ticket II, Pen, Paint, and Pretzels, Bare Bodkin, and the Leonard Carmichael Society. Students performed a wide variety of songs–from musicals like “Hairspray” and “Rent,” among several others–and facilitated an auction featuring signed Broadway memorabilia and gifts from local vendors.
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is a nonprofit that utilizes the resources of the theater community to raise money for AIDS-related causes. In the Tufts Daily video below, you’ll hear from ensemble member Julia Lyons, A13; Director Cailin Mackenzie, A14; and Executive Producer Stephanie Fischer, A13, who speak about the importance of BC/EFA and the significance of the yearly event at Tufts. The video also features rehearsal footage of the talented cast.
The Tufts Third Day Gospel Choir performed its fall show on November 16. The Gospel Choir is one of Tufts’ largest student music groups, and its performances are always spirited, joyous, and fun. Tufts students of all backgrounds and singing abilities are invited to join the Gospel Choir each semester. The group meets on Friday afternoons to sing a variety of choral works from the African American tradition of religious music.
Check out this video of the 2012 Gospel Choir performing “I Got A Reason”:
Looking for a food blog that’s mouth-watering, insightful, and all-things “sweet”? Caroline Kaufman, N10, has created a fun, easy-to-read blog that’s filled with cutting-edge nutrition information, healthy recipes, and beautiful photos.
Kaufman has a knack for taking sweet treats and changing the recipe a bit to make them healthier, but still delicious. In a recent post featuring gingerbread, she says:
The recipe is for a traditional gingerbread, made healthier with some whole wheat flour, canola oil, and applesauce to bump up fiber and take down saturated fat and cholesterol. The two teaspoons of ginger give it a spicy kick. This is not a sweet, sticky dessert cake. It’s much more about the molasses and spices.
Since 2008, Sweet Foodie has helped Kaufman build an online presence and attract attention to her insightful healthy eating tips. The blog has achieved a large readership, as well as wide acclaim–it recently won awards for Nutrition Expert Blog of the Year and Top Blog of the Year from Around the Plate.
Kaufman received her M.S. in Nutrition Communication from Tufts’ Friedman School and currently resides in San Francisco, where she’s a registered dietition and freelance writer for a variety of publications. Her work has been published in EatingWell, Real Simple, and NY Metro Parents, among other sources.
The Tufts Chamber Singers, an ensemble run through Tufts’ Music Department that performs canonical compositions along with more contemporary arrangements, decided to add some playful humor to its most recent show. The performance featured a rendition of composer Paul Crabtree’s “Simpson Romantic Songs,” series of love poems, set to sweeping, dramatic music, that tell the trials and woes experienced by our favorite animated family from Springfield.
Crabtree, a noted contemporary composer and avid Simpson’s fan, noticed that his favorite American TV staple is chock-full of emotional messages, and decided to set them to music. So when the ensemble sings of love, forgiveness, and personal expression, they’re turning the seemingly silly words of Homer, Marge, and Bart into deep messages that resonate with us all.
Check out this video from the performance:
“Telling the Climate Justice Story,” a class that bills itself as “revolutionary,” will be offered for the first time this spring. The team-taught, interdisciplinary course in the departments of Environmental Studies and Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, will focus on the complex issues surrounding climate change, and the political, social, economic, and scientific challenges it poses. Students will participate in model negotiations, and will be asked to use cutting-edge media to convey climate justice narratives.
For an introduction to the course, watch the video below:
When Austin Siadak, A10, graduated from Tufts, he decided to pursue a different path than most of his peers. A post-college desk job left him hankering for more, so Siadlak promptly changed paths and found his home among the mountains and valleys of the western United States. A hiking and climbing enthusiast, Siadlak fuses his passion for the outdoors with his interest in videography by working for Seattle media company Duct Tape Then Beer, where he has created an impressive portfolio of short narrative films.
Siadlak’s latest film tells the inspiring story of Chris DeMartino, Jarem Frye, and Pete Davis, three disabled climbers who defied all odds by successfully summiting the steep, treacherous, and notoriously difficult El Capitan rock formation in Yosemite National Park. Siadlak beautifully captures the impressive vistas of Yosemite–coupled with the raw anxieties of the three hikers–to give viewers a film that’s wrought with emotion, as well as uplifting hope for the future of disabled climbers.
Watch Siadlak’s video here:
On November 13th, Lisa Cohen, A87, won the Boston Jewish Film Festival’s Short Film Competition for her informative, poignant, and downright fun “B-Boy,” a documentary about a break dancing adolescent from Connecticut. Cohen, who studied Fine Arts at Tufts and currently resides in Seattle, was reconnecting with old friends at a Tufts reunion when she gained the inspiration to undertake “B-Boy,” an ambitious project that has kept her researching, filming, and editing for four years. “B-Boy” tells the story of Eli, a teen from the suburbs who furiously prepares for his bar mitzvah – and consequently experiences the anxieties of reaching Jewish adulthood – while also pursuing his passion for artistic expression on the side, dazzling his friends and family on the dance floor.
The film has received wide acclaim throughout the US: it received the Audience Choice Award at the Seattle Jewish Film Festival, and was also an official selection at the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival. Cohen plans to continue showing the film this winter, with upcoming screenings at The Jewish Museum in New York, as well as at several venues on the West Coast. She is thrilled about the film’s success, and excited about the film’s groundbreaking subject matter.
In a director’s statement, Cohen explained: “What I found, after four trips to the East Coast to shoot interviews, the bar mitzvah and two breakdancing battles, was that Eli was able to cross boundaries and bring seemingly disparate worlds together with a grace and maturity that was far beyond his years.”
Check out the trailer for “B-Boy” here:
Mid-November signals the start of frantic preparations for Thanksgiving, dramatic drops in temperature, and the return of those beloved red cups at Starbucks. But it also signals a sudden spike in mustaches–and other fanciful facial hair creations–throughout the country: it’s Movember, the annual phenomenon that encourages men to grow mustaches while raising money for men’s health issues, including prostate cancer.
A team of graduate students at Tufts’ Gordon Institute have risen to the challenge and are encouraging others to support their team. The “Tufts of Hair” team features 15 members, including Tufts Professor James Nash, and has been racking up donations throughout the month. Be sure to visit their page for more information, and enjoy this photo of the mustache-clad students below:
The Tufts Hybrid Racing Team recently debuted its new car–the “THR12″–by taking it for a test drive on the Tufts campus. The cutting-edge hybrid car has been in the works for two years, and the team is excited to keep refining its creation before the 2013 Formula Hybrid Competition.
The team, which is supported by the School of Engineering Dean’s Office and the Peter and Denise Wittich Family Fund for Alternative Energy Research, has been building hybrid racing cars since 2008, and now works under the direction of Chris Jackson, E13, this year’s project leader.
For a sneak peak at the new “THR12″, watch the video below: