Community Culture

Comedies can’t get any darker than this.

Art Historian Kenneth Clark is great on the distinction between naked and nude: “To be naked is to be deprived of our clothes, and the word implies some of the embarrassment most of us feel in that condition. The word ‘nude,’ on the other hand, carries, in educated usage, no uncomfortable overtone … a balanced, prosperous and confident body.”

Offering selections from their past and present work, these writers and other members of the star-studded faculty will perform their award-winning poems and short stories.

This week, contributing a little bit more towards the 400-year-old tradition of opera, students from the School of Music, Theatre & Dance will demonstrate this dramatic art in several performances of two one-act operas.

But reading for pleasure? I have put that off for months now, and I have been deprived of delighting in this hobby. So I decided to write about it.

There’s a taboo on mortality in our society, one that prevents us from facing the truth. Demonstrated through Mitchell’s monsters, humans will go to great lengths and resort to unspeakable deeds to remain in this state of denial.

Amid themes of loss and pain that characterize those who live in limbo between communities, the Rude Mechanicals illuminate the identities of characters who have lived lives in the dark and, in finding each other, open the clear channels of communication that both human beings and quality theater require.

On Friday, the quartet will be presenting a program containing old favorites of the genre (Haydn and Beethoven), but also a relatively new work by respected contemporary British composer Thomas Adès.

Without knowing the colorful details of your culture differences, which could be as slight as East Coast meets Midwest or as momentous as East Jerusalem meets West Bank, it's hard to know how to guide you.

But our age isn’t the real limiting factor in marathon training — it’s our lifestyle.