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Rockin’ and the Rolling Stones

If you have yet to find the time to go to the Nashville Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum, the Rolling Stones exhibit is the excuse you’ve been waiting for.

Recently, brightly patterned statues in the shape of the Stones’ iconic tongue logo may have caught your eye while driving downtown. These statues are promoting the touring Rolling Stones exhibit, which is making its last stop in Nashville before heading overseas. Last weekend, I had the chance to visit the exhibit, and it was truly interactive, engaging and aesthetically-pleasing on top of being fun.

Upon entering the exhibit, I was immersed in a room washed with red light. Moving timelines and maps depicting the Stones’ many album releases and accompanying tours were projected on the wall. It was a suspenseful atmosphere, complete with the wall-sized sign beckoning “Ladies and Gentlemen.”

As I entered the next room, I was blinded in the darkness. Suddenly, a collage of screens blared to life, bombarding me with a mosaic of sounds and images. Rolling Stones’ classics faded in and out as the screens showed screaming fans, news headlines, live performances and behind-the-scenes moments. The film carried me through the decades, beginning with black and white images before transitioning to psychedelic flourishes of color. The dynamic, borderline chaotic form of the film captured the explosive nature of the Stones’ rise to fame.

The next portions of the exhibit offered an assortment of documents including vintage photographs, handwritten diary pages and posters advertising shows of the past. This room also featured a video tracing the Stones’ first interaction with blues music at Chess Records.

Photo by Leah Galaif.

Following this room was a replica of the band’s Edith Grove flat, where they lived before their first big tour in 1963. In a quote displayed on the wall, Mick Jagger recalls, “It actually wasn’t a bad space…it’s what we did with it that was disgusting.” And with that, I entered into a space dirtier than any frat house or dorm room on campus. Littered with fake dirty dishes, swathed in grungy carpeting and drowning in imitation cigarette butts, this was the glamorous existence of a rock ‘n’ roll band. The exhibit is highly experiential; next I viewed a re-creation of a recording studio at Pathé Marconi Studios, where the Rolling Stones recorded many of their most recognized songs.

The next portion of the exhibit stands out because the band’s guitarist Ronnie Wood visited about a week ago to return a guitar fresh from the recording studio to its glass case. This room gave visitors a taste of the music-making process. I was even able to choose a Stones’ song and remix the instruments and vocals.

Moving beyond the making of the music, the exhibit turned to the art of the Rolling Stones. First, I traced the making of the defiant tongue logo, and then saw the album cover design process. Instead of digital files, I was confronted with cut and layered sheets of paper.
Another aspect of popular music that I take for granted is the elaborate stage designs. The Stones were committed to using any means possible to enhance their performances and put on a great show. In the next room, a short film screening showed another medium that the Stones pioneered: the live concert documentary.

Following this display was my favorite part of the exhibit, simply titled “Style.” This room featured dozens of mannequins dressed in the best of the Rolling Stones’ stage fashions. Knowing their rebellious reputation, I laughed at the clean-cut matching blazers that constituted the Stones’ first costumes. The rest of the room was filled with suede pants, embroidered leather jackets, Elvis-inspired jumpsuits and leopard printed ensembles. An entire wall was dedicated to Mick Jagger’s various “Sympathy for the Devil” costumes.

The exhibit ended with a sensory-overload 3D video montage of Rolling Stones concert footage, featuring Mick Jagger strutting down the catwalk and seemingly out of the screen. Exiting the movie, I found myself in a replica of a concert venue backstage area. As I exited the exhibit, I imagined how Keith Richards would be confronted with the same scene after playing a sold out show.

Leaving the exhibit, I gained a new level of respect for the Stones. I have long been a fan of their music, but this exhibit displayed how they pioneered the music industry as a multimedia, multifaceted, multibillion dollar business. Film, costume, stage design and art are now the standard that every artist must meet. Having lived in Nashville for almost eight months now, this exhibit marks the first time I’ve felt like I truly arrived in Music City.

Tickets can be purchased at the door, and the museum is offering a student discount with a valid student ID.

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Wolf Alice rocks 3rd and Lindsley

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‘The Director’ adds a complex dimension to the Hollywood history of sexual assault

Rarely has Hollywood been under as much scrutiny as it has been these last eight months. After the sexual assault allegations against producer Harvey Weinstein became national news last fall, accusations against several Hollywood executives in all parts of the industry began pouring in, and those in power are paying attention. Hearing testimony from abused women at all levels of the fame totem pole is difficult and heartbreaking, and J.K. Stein’s account in her memoir, The Director, is one of the most personal and detailed descriptions in the current rhetoric.

Memoirs like this don’t only mean something for Hollywood the effects of the last eight months have spread to all workplaces, from blue collar to white, as well as college campuses.

The Director revolves around the abuse Stein suffered at the hands of an unnamed but well-known director in Hollywood that strung her along throughout a five-year relationship with the promise of a starring role in a movie. It also delves into Stein’s untouched journal entries from the time, allowing readers to watch as she explores her own self-esteem and philosophical values, and asks herself why she would allow herself to acquiesce in repeated situations of sexual and emotional abuse.

The Director not only describes the predator and their tactics, but also the victim, and how she got to a place mentally where she could allow herself to be abused, both physically and emotionally. Women who are in abusive and manipulative situations may see themselves in this book and be able to better understand their own emotions and uncertainties by reading Stein’s rationale behind every decision she made in regards to her own unhealthy relationship.

While the memoir is uncomfortable and dark, it has a redemptive quality that is clear from the beginning. The reader understands that Stein will eventually leave this relationship and learn to heal and forgive herself for the involvement. The story starts with a foreword from Stein, where she has started journaling years after her abuse about the therapy she is experiencing and the healing that is beginning to take place. This was a calculated move that allows the reader space to breathe as they read in a present tense what is happening to Stein. The reader can focus on the moment rather than how it will end, making each indecency committed by The Director or Stein herself that much sharper, as we know that she will pull through. The ending of the memoir recaps Stein as she goes through years of healing, and the reader experiences the reflections that Stein is having now, as she makes sense of her past self that the reader has just spent 120 pages with.

Stein was young at the start of her relationship with the director. She struggled with an eating disorder and multiple emotional problems. As much as she blames The Director’s manipulation for their involvement, she equally attributes her own need for self-punishment for what she deemed lacking in her own physical appearance and emotional value as a causal factor. There is more to this story than finger-pointing at a deplorable man; the reader learns that Stein’s situation was one of dark, complex turmoil, both externally and internally.

While Stein began an abusive relationship at the same time she was involved with the director, she understands what is happening to her but allows it to continue. This darkness is extremely difficult to read yet gives a new depth to the narrative of Hollywood predators.

This memoir became available to audiences during an important moment in feminist and rape culture history, in Hollywood, the workplace at large and college campuses. We are finally ready to hear these narratives and hold those guilty accountable for their actions. The Director is especially applicable to our campus community, as students come forward with cases of sexual assault that may not always have clear-cut evidence, or an easy storyline to follow. Assault and abuse does not always follow simple steps that can be relayed. It is still important to listen to and provide support for these victims. Victims on campus reading The Director will also recognize the insecurity Stein is facing at each encounter, and the uncertainty of where each date will lead. The Director is a memoir fitting for these times, and several levels of our community would benefit from reading this book.

J.K. Stein’s The Director is available now.

For those who need to tell their story and receive support, contact the PCC or Project Safe.

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Vanderbilt student Sloane Chmara featured on ChoppedU

Vanderbilt junior Sloane Chmara was selected to compete on Food Network’s new Snapchat cooking show, ChoppedU. Her drive for entrepreneurship took off through Sloane’s Sweets & Treats, a homemade dessert business she began in 2013. She has now expanded into the health food realm with her brand Kale & Kravings (@kaleandkravings on Instagram).

Chmara hopes to continue her education by pursuing a master’s degree in nutrition and learning about other wellness practices. The Hustler was able to hear via email about Chmara’s experience with ChoppedU while she studies abroad in Australia.

Vanderbilt Hustler: Can you talk a little bit about what ChoppedU is for those who are not familiar with it?

Sloane Chmara: Chopped U is the Food Network’s brand new Snapchat cooking competition hosted and judged by Lazarus Lynch. You can find it in the Discover page on Snapchat and online eventually. The first season includes six episodes featuring young chefs competing head to head, and my episode on April 22 was the finale. In each episode, two chefs get a mystery basket with four ingredients that they must use in a dish that they have 30 minutes to prepare, very much like the regular Chopped show on the Food Network. This is the first season of the show, and I’m so honored that I got to be a part of such a new and exciting project.

VH: How did the process of getting featured on ChoppedU work?

SC: So the way I ended up on Chopped U is actually kind of a crazy story, and it was all very serendipitous. One of my dreams is to have my own cooking/talk TV show, and I’ve worked on set at Tastemade and my own show, The Vandy Cookbook. While I was home for winter break in January, one of my mom’s friends tagged her in a Facebook post written by a casting director advertising for the show. Not really knowing what it was all about, my mom sent me a screenshot of the message, and I instantly knew something amazing was about to happen. I got in touch with the casting director a couple of hours later, and she asked me to throw together an audition tape. It all happened so fast! Within 24 hours, my mom and I—she was honestly such a rock star for helping me—filmed a short video to send to the agency. A week later, I got a call that I got on the show. Filming was in Los Angeles, which is where I live, in late January, and I happened to be home because I was preparing to study abroad in Sydney, Australia, where I am right now, and the program doesn’t start until mid-February…it was truly all meant to be.

Contestant Sloane Chmara making crepes using Matcha while Host Lazarus Lynch looks on, as seen on Chopped U, Season 1. Photo courtesy the Food Network.

VH: How do you think the platform of Snapchat is helpful or challenging to the show?

SC: I think that having Chopped U on Snapchat is a good move for the Food Network. The episodes are short, quirky, fun and super entertaining. Because the contestants are younger, using a social media platform dominated by a younger demographic makes a lot of sense. Also, it’s evident that people are switching to using Netflix, Hulu and other streaming apps as their primary source of television entertainment instead of regular cable TV. Snapchat is a great way to spread content that is easily consumable by a large number of people, so I think they’ll have a lot of success with the show. My only problem is that my grandparents won’t be able to watch it on the app and will have to wait until the web links come out.

VH: What was the highlight of your ChoppedU experience?

SC: Honestly, being on set doing what I absolutely love was the best feeling ever, and I left the studio that day exhausted but absolutely high on life and truly inspired. I love being in front of a camera—I’ve been dancing, singing, and acting for most of my life, and cooking will always be one of my number one passions. I also loved being surrounded by so many talented and creative individuals. I really believe that surrounding yourself with like-minded people who inspire and push you outside of your comfort zone is one of the best ways to learn and grow as a person. I am constantly looking for ways to expand my knowledge, perspectives and experiences, and being on ChoppedU really ticked all of those boxes.

VH: What would you like aspiring foodies to know?

SC: Play, experiment and trust yourself. I always start out with recipes and then end up adding my own twists. Most of the time it works, but sometimes I make something that simply does not taste good. It’s during those moments that I learn the most though. If you love food and want to get more into cooking, just get in the kitchen. Find a cookbook or even some YouTube videos and start playing. I also recommend learning more about your ingredients – farmer’s markets can be great places to explore. If you ever need someone to wander around a market or grocery store with you, let me know because I’m your girl.

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IN PHOTOS: Rites of Spring 2018

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PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: Rites of Spring, Variations concert & more

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Plan your week (4/23-4/27)

Looking to try something new this week? Peruse the events below and make a point to attend something outside of your comfort zone. For more offerings, check out Anchor Link.

Educational

Educational

What: Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates: “A Passion for Leadership: Reflecting on 50 Years of Public Service”
When: Tuesday, April 24 at 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m
Where: Langford Auditorium
Why: Vanderbilt Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos will host a discussion featuring former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates and Vanderbilt Distinguished Visiting Professor and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jon Meacham. This event is not ticketed. Admission is free and on a first come, first seated basis.
Who: Chancellor’s Office

Sports

Sports

What: Nashville Sounds vs. New Orleans Baby Cakes
When: Thursday, April 26 at 6:35 p.m.
Where: First Tennessee Park
Why: Get off campus for the exciting Sounds game against New Orleans.
Who: Nashville Sounds

What: Baseball vs. South Carolina
When: Friday, April 27 at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Hawkins Field
Why: Take a break from studying to  cheer on the baseball team as they go head-to-head with South Carolina.
Who: Vanderbilt Athletics

Recreational

Recreational

What: VU Libraries Present: The Bard’s Birthday Bash
When: Monday, April 23 at 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Vanderbilt Central Library
Why: It’s William Shakespeare’s birthday! Vanderbilt Libraries and the Nashville Shakespeare Festival are throwing a birthday bash for William Shakespeare’s birthday. There will be jugglers, troubadours, fight masters and scribes on hand, as well as an open mic for reciting your favorite Shakespearean soliloquies, sonnets and speeches.
Who: Vanderbilt University Libraries

What: Nashville Flea Market
When: Friday, April 27 at 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Nashville Tennessee State Fairgrounds
Why: Vendors from across the country gather for a unique shopping experience. The event runs until Sunday.
Who: The Fairgrounds

Arts

Arts

What: iLens: “Graduation” screening
When: Monday, April 23 at 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Where: Sarratt Cinema
Why: One of the great auteurs of contemporary Romanian cinema, Cristian Mungiu, offers a dark satire about the stresses of high school exams and the pressure that parents place on their children to succeed. This film is presented in collaboration with the Department of Political Science, English and Cinema & Media Arts.
Who: International Lens Film Series

What: Opening reception for Alex Lockwood’s “Targets”
When: Wednesday, April 25 at 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: OZ Arts Nashville
Why: Returning to OZ Arts after his wildly popular interactive installation “Shake” in 2015, Lockwood maintains his use of repurposed materials. Attend the opening reception for “Targets” to see more of his work and meet the artist. Reception is free and open to the public with RSVP.
Who: OZ Arts + Elephant Gallery

Health & Wellness

Health & Wellness

What: Stress Less Spring Fest
When: Monday, April 23 at 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center
Why: Relax and unwind before finals begin. Take advantage of free food and activities like a petting zoo, yoga classes, a hammock village, facials, massages and more.
Who: Residential Education Programming

What: St. Jude Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville Marathon & 1/2 Marathon Health and Fitness Expo
When: Thursday, April 26 at 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: Nashville Music City Center
Why: Free and open to the public, this expo features the latest in running technologies, fitness apparel, health & nutrition information and interactive displays.
Who: St. Jude Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville

Editor’s note: Source of event information is Anchor Link and Facebook

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Plan your weekend (4/20-4/22)

Looking to try something new this weekend? Peruse the events below and make a point to attend something outside of your comfort zone. For more offerings, check out Anchor Link.

Educational

Educational

What: VUARC Kit Building Session
When: Friday, April 20 at 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: The Wond’ry Room 212
Why: Vanderbilt students and staff are invited to come to VUARC’s workshop to learn how to build a simple electronic kit. The tools and parts will be provided, and you can keep your creation.
Who: Vanderbilt University Amateur Radio Club

Cultural

Cultural

What: #UNITY
When: Saturday, April 21 at 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Library Lawn
Why: Watch excellent performances, get a taste of real Nashville food and take part in fun cultural activities to celebrate the success of marginalized people on campus.
Who: Hidden Dores

Recreational

Recreational

What: Rites of Spring
When: Friday, April 20 at 5 p.m. and Saturday, April 21 at 5 p.m.
Where: Alumni Lawn
Why: The annual Rites of Spring is here again! This year will feature DNCE, Gucci Mane, Born Animal and more. Gates open at 5 p.m., and tickets are still available for one or both nights.
Who: Vanderbilt Programming Board

What: Vanderbilt Gamecraft’s Finals Game Night
When: Friday, April 20 at 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Where: Commons Dining Upstairs
Why: De-stress before finals with Gamecraft’s wide variety of board games. Everyone is welcome!
Who: Vanderbilt Gamecraft

What: JCF De-stress Fest
When: Sunday, April 22 at 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: Buttrick 201
Why: JCF will be serving coroquette and sushi roll and doing t-shirt printing to de-stress before finals week begins. Stop by Buttrick to learn more about Japanese culture and enjoy the end of the weekend.
Who: Japanese Cultural Foundation

Arts

Arts

What: Taalenated: A Fusion Concert
When: Sunday, April 22 at 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Sarratt Cinema
Why: Join Vandy Taal and Melanated A Capella for a joint end of the year concert with food. Additional special guests will also perform.
Who: Vandy Taal

Cover photo from Rites of Spring 2017 by Claire Barnett

Editor’s note: Sources of event information are Anchor Link and Facebook.

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Looking back at life as a Commodore

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Lorde electrifies Bridgestone Arena

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Vanderbilt’s aesthetic food photo hall of fame

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Krasinski’s ‘A Quiet Place’ is a roaring debut

Be quiet and stay alive. That’s the name of the game in this spring’s latest horror movie, A Quiet Place. Best-known as Jim Halpert in NBC’s hit series The Office, John Krasinski directs and stars in this delightfully consummate horror/thriller.

A man and his family battle deficient resources and sound-sensitive monsters in post-apocalyptic upstate New York. Together with his pregnant wife Evelyn (Emily Blunt), deaf daughter Regan (Millicent Simmonds) and anemic son Marcus (Noah Jupe), Lee Abbott (Krasinski) must avoid these predators while foraging for survival and searching for their foes’ elusive weakness.

Monsters are the most evident threat, yet Krasinski uses the harsh conditions they imposeabsolute silenceto tell the story of family members struggling to understand and express their love for one another. An inexorably suspenseful tone, outstanding acting and superb writing come together to make this silently soulful story one unlike anything you’ve ever seen.

Post-apocalyptic horror movies are a dime a dozen,and yet Krasinski sets his apart through an unprecedentedly character-driven story. By taking a familiar monster/apocalypse premise, A Quiet Place uses genre conventions to its advantage while simultaneously redefining those conventions. Krasinski’s film does employ a familiar horror premise, yet uses the framework to examine family struggle and heartbreak like never before.

The acting in A Quiet Place is phenomenal. Krasinski draws on years of subdued altruism from roles in The Office and Michael Bay’s 13 Hours. His offscreen wife, Blunt, becomes his onscreen partner in this creature feature, easily pulling her weight and lending discernible soul to the Abbott family. Simmonds and Jupe give inspired outings also, rivaling those that elevated 2017’s It to its deserved acclaim. A deaf girl herself, Simmonds uses her disability movingly as a character screaming for love in a world that demands silence.

The past 12 months have been busy for the horror genre. 2017 brought us Get Out and It, horror films that used the medium to examine racial politics and champion childhood friendships, respectively. A Quiet Place joins them as one of the most intelligently written and substantively deep horror movies made in recent memory. Coming in at a 9/10, A Quiet Place is a gripping, heartwarming horror that you cannot miss.

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Taste of Nashville survey rundown

Vanderbilt dining sent a survey via email this morning giving the students the opportunity to have a say in which restaurants will be added to the Taste of Nashville program for the 2018-19 academic year. The survey gives students eight options, all of which have applied to participate in the Taste of Nashville program. Before voting on your top three choices, take a look at what each has to offer.

Biscuit Love (Belcourt)
This branch of Biscuit Love (one of multiple) is a quick walk from Commons in a convenient Hillsboro location and offers delicious biscuit sandwiches or other breakfast foods like oatmeal, grits and hash.

Blue Coast Burrito (Elliston)
This build-your-own burrito joint has locations around the South, including this new one on Elliston. It also has tacos, nachos, quesadillas and more.

Grabbagreen (Midtown 17th Ave)
A healthy choice with bowls, wraps, smoothies, juices and more, Grabbagreen is located near DeSano Pizza Bakery around the Music Row/Midtown area.

Hopdoddy (21st Ave S)
A relatively new addition to Hillsboro, Hopdoddy is a great spot for a burger, parmesan truffles fries and milkshakes in a fun, warm environment.

Moe’s (2525 West End)
Another burrito and bowl place, Moe’s is right by Barnes and Noble and Bread & Company, making it a handy location to grab a quick bite if you’re on main campus.

Nada (21st Ave S)
Right down the street from Mellow Mushroom, Starbucks and Panera, Nada is a new taco restaurant with a sleek environment and a variety of fancy tacos like roasted wild mushroom, chicken carbon and Mexico City pastor.

Pizza Rev (West End)
This new pizza joint is on West End near Kissam, and it has a range of pizzas including BBQ chicken and margherita or build-your-own pizzas if you want to get creative.

Urban Juicer (21st Ave S)
At its newest location in Hillsboro, it’s right around the corner from Juice Bar, which is a competitor currently on the Commodore Card. It has acai bowls, smoothies, fruit juices and other similar products.

Cover photo by Emily Gonçalves 

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PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: Joe Biden, Encore, baseball & more

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Plan your week (4/16-4/20)

Looking to try something new this week? Peruse the events below and make a point to attend something outside of your comfort zone. For more offerings, check out Anchor Link.

Educational

Educational

What: Start-Up Slam
When: Tuesday, April 17 at 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Where: The Wond’ry
Why: Come to the most ambitious crossover event in campus history as the Career Center, the Wond’ry, Vanderbilt Ventures and Alpha Kappa Psi team up to host its first ever Start-Up Slam. Slams are fast, fun networking events where recruiters and students connect after each company representative gives a 45 second pitch on why students should work for their company. Business casual attire is recommended.
Who: Vanderbilt Student Government

What: Study Strategies: Exam Prep
When: Monday, April 16 at 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Center for Student Wellbeing Classroom
Why: If you are struggling in a class, want to boost your GPA or just want to become a more efficient learner, take advantage of this study skills and time management workshop.
Who: Center for Student Wellbeing

Sports

Sports

What: Baseball vs. University of Evansville
When: Tuesday, April 17 at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Hawkins Field
Why: Support the ‘Dores as they take on the Evansville Aces
Who: Vanderbilt Athletics

What: Predators vs. Colorado Avalanche
When: Wednesday, April 18 at 9 p.m.
Where: Stream here.
Why: Watch the Preds fight their way to the Stanley Cup.
Who: Nashville Predators

Cultural

Cultural

What: Screening of The Hunting Ground
When: Tuesday, April 17 at 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Stevenson 4309
Why: Watch the award-winning movie The Hunting Ground to learn about how sexual assault affects college campuses nationwide.
Who: HeForShe

What: Gavagai
When: Wednesday, April 18 at 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Where: Sarratt Cinema
Why: Watch Gavagai, a story about a German businessman who travels to
 Norway to finish the impossible translation of
 Norwegian poet Tarjei Vesaas’s poems into
 Chinese, a project of his late wife. Get ready for what’s sure to be a winding, interesting tale about love, loss and understanding one another.
Who: International Lens Film Series

Recreational

Recreational

What: Rites of Spring
When: Friday, April 20 at 5 p.m.
Where: Alumni Lawn
Why: It’s that time of year again, so grab your tickets and get ready for the first day of Rites! Gates open at 5 p.m. before Kiiara, H.E.R. and DNCE perform.
Who: Vanderbilt Programming Board

What: Tongue ‘N’ Cheek Show
When: Friday, April 20 at 7:37 p.m. to 8:37 p.m.
Where: Sarratt Cinema
Why: It’s a free improv comedy show, what’s not to love?
Who: Tongue ‘N’ Cheek

Arts

Arts

What: “Fireside Chat” on Portraiture with Professor Farrar Cusomato
When: Tuesday, April 17 2018 at 4:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.
Where: Vanderbilt Fine Arts Gallery
Why: Join Prof. Cusomato, a senior lecturer in the Department of Art, to discuss what we expect from portraits, what role they play in our culture and how that relates to the recently unveiled portraits of the Obamas and the celebrity portraits in America Creative: Portraits by Everett Raymond Kinstler.
Who: Fine Arts Gallery  

What: Variations Spring Concert
When: Tuesday, April 17 at 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Sarratt Cinema
Why: Have you heard what Vanderbilt Variations has been working on for the entire semester? Show up on Tuesday to find out.
Who: Vanderbilt Variations

Health & Wellness

Health & Wellness

What: Yoga Mat Making
When: Monday, April 16 at 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: The Wond’ry
Why: Make your own mat so next time you roll it out to find your zen, you can do so with style. Bring a flash drive with the design you want, or create an image at the Wond’ry. Space is limited, so nama-sprint over there.
Who: Center for Student Wellbeing

What: Healthy Eating: Yogurt Parfait Bar
When: Tuesday, April 17 at 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Where: Lupton Lounge
Why: Grab a free healthy breakfast and some information on how eat healthier during finals season, when spending a midnight swipe on coffee and chips sounds a little too good.
Who: Branscomb Quadrangle

What: Yoga & Meditation on Wyatt Lawn
When: Tuesday, April 17 at 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Where: Wyatt Lawn
Why: If Dean Beasley can take an hour out of her busy day to teach a yoga and meditation class, you can take an hour to join her. Enjoy the Nashville spring weather and find the time to destress at one of the most picturesque spots on campus.
Who: Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center

Editor’s note: Source of event information is Anchor Link and Facebook

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Plan your weekend (4/13-4/15)

Looking to try something new this week? Peruse the events below and make a point to attend something outside of your comfort zone. For more offerings, check out Anchor Link.

Educational

Educational

What: The Story of I-40: Experiencing Past, Present and Future Nashville
When: Saturday, April 14 at 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Sarratt 216/220
Why: Associate Provost Ifeoma Nwankwo created this event to educate students about the history of African Americans in Nashville. Her initiative includes a bus tour that illustrates the story of Highway I-40 and showcases African American-owned businesses around Nashville through specialty foods. Register here.
Who: Vanderbilt Public Relations Society

Sports

Sports

What: Baseball vs. Ole Miss
When: Friday, April 13 at 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Where: Hawkins Field
Why: Grab your Cracker Jacks and join us at Hawkins Field to watch Vanderbilt take on Ole Miss.
Who: Vanderbilt Athletics

Cultural

Cultural

What: Camp Hillel Shabbat
When: Friday, April 13 at 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Vanderbilt Hillel (Grins)
Why: Do you miss camp? Relive your middle school glory days at Hillel this Friday, April 13. Sing songs and swap camp memories over s’mores.
Services are at 5:30 p.m., and dinner is at 6:30 p.m.
Who: Vanderbilt Hillel

What: Pakistan Day 2018: Basant Mela
When: Saturday, April 14 at 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Wilson Lawn
Why: The theme of this year’s Pakistan Day is Basant Mela, a festival that commemorates the start of spring. Join the Pakistani Students Association for an afternoon of free food, t-shirts, henna tattoos, kite flying, raffle prizes and dance performances.
Who: Pakistani Students Association

What: CSA Carnival
When: Saturday, April 14 at 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Alumni Lawn
Why: Carnival is a Caribbean festival for communities to come together to celebrate in colorful costumes, eat delicious foods, as well as dance to infectious island music. Join the Caribbean Students Association for great dancing, vivacious tunes and fun times.
Who: Caribbean Students Association

What: MESA Festival
When: Saturday, April 14 at 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: SLC Ballroom
Why: This year’s MESA fundraiser benefits those suffering from famine in Yemen. There will be festive performances, engaging speakers, cultural booths and delicious Mediterranean food. Funds raised will be donated to an organization supporting humanitarian efforts in Yemen.
Who: Middle Eastern Student Association


What: Vanderbilt’s Holi 2018 Celebration
When: Sunday, April 15 at 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Wyatt Lawn
Why: The South Asian Cultural Exchange and the Vanderbilt community celebrate Holi, the festival of color. Holi is a two-day Hindu spring festival, celebrated primarily in India and Nepal. There will be food, music and cultural events.
Who: Vanderbilt SACE

Recreational

Recreational

What: Kefi Makefest 2018
When: Friday, April 13 at 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Sarratt 361
Why: Kefi hosts a series of workshops that have art projects, fun activities and free Chick-fil-A and Noodles & Company dinner. There will be a comic-making presentation, a workshop by Professor Helen Shin, 3-D pen projects and more.
Who: Kefi Collective

What: Vanderbilt Gamecraft’s Game Night on Commons
When: Friday, April 13 at 8 p.m. to 11:45 p.m.
Where: Commons Dining Center
Why: Welcome the weekend by playing board games on Commons. Vanderbilt Gamecraft has a large variety of board games from all genres. Everyone is invited to come play.
Who: Vanderbilt Gamecraft

What: West End Blend Vol. 5 Release
When: Friday, April 13 at 8 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Where: 208 House
Why: The Vanderbilt Recording Studio is back again on a mission. This event is a free music show with free food and free pedestrian parking.
Who: Vanderbilt Recording Studio

What: Trip to Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Gallery
When: Saturday, April 14 at 10:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Where: Sarratt Student Center (Main Entrance)
Why: Join Kefi for a free trip to Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Gallery to enjoy relaxing natural scenery and contemporary art. Shuttle and tickets included. Limited spots are available.
Who: Kefi Collective

What: 9th Annual Puppy Play Day
When: Sunday, April 15 at 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Alumni Lawn
Why: Puppy Play Day is VPAWS’ major event of the year. Dogs from local animal shelters are brought to campus for students to de-stress before finals. Also, VPAWS hopes to increase awareness about homeless animals in the local area. There will be food, musical performances and representatives from animal rescue organizations to talk to students about volunteer opportunities.
Who: Vanderbilt Protecting Animal Welfare Society (VPAWS)

Arts

Arts

What: VSW Presents: An Open Mic with Kush Thompson
When: Friday, April 13 at 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Where: Kissam MPR
Why: VSW hosts their final open mic of the year featuring artist Kush Thompson. There will be free food.
Who: Vanderbilt Spoken Word

What: Student Reading Series
When: Friday, April 13 at 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday, April 14 at 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Neely Auditorium
Why: Join VUT for a series of play readings done by Vanderbilt students.
Who: Vanderbilt University Theatre

What: Bach’s St. Matthew Passion
When: Friday, April 13 at 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Where: Blair School of Music, Ingram Hall
Why: Vanderbilt Choirs are performing their interpretation of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion. The work will be sung in multiple languages — English, German, French, Arabic — representing the universal appeal this work has held over diverse audiences for centuries. It will be performed with English supertitles.
Who: Vanderbilt Choirs

What: Voices of Praise 2018 Spring Concert
When: Saturday, April 14 at 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Benton Chapel
Why: VOP’s spring concert showcases what all five ministries have been planning for the semester. Come rejoice and worship, and cake will be available afterwards.
Who: Voices of Praise

What: Vanderbilt Commodore Orchestra Spring Concert
When: Saturday, April 14 at 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Where: Ingram Hall
Why: Come enjoy a wonderful afternoon of music with the Vanderbilt Commodore Orchestra (VCO), the first and only student-run community orchestra at Vanderbilt. Themed “Music from Distant Lands,” VCO’s repertoire includes Symphony No. 5 “Reformation” by Felix Mendelssohn, Movement 3 of “Scheherazade” by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and “Star Wars” Suite for Orchestra by John Williams.
Who: Vanderbilt Commodore Orchestra

What: Vanderbilt University Orchestra Concerto Concert
When: Saturday, April 14 at 8 p.m.
Where: Blair School of Music, Ingram Hall
Why: Enjoy a free concert featuring the winners of Vanderbilt’s annual concerto competition, accompanied by the orchestra.
Who: Vanderbilt University Orchestra

What: Harmonic Notion Spring Concert
When: Saturday, April 14 at 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Sarratt Cinema
Why: Join Harmonic Notion for their spring concert of a capella music featuring guest performances by Melanated A Cappella, VIDA and Vitality Dance Company.
Who: Harmonic Notion

Health & Wellness

Health & Wellness

What: Go Figure at the NEDA Walk
When: Friday, April 13 at 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Where: Centennial Park Event Shelter
Why: Join Go Figure at the Nashville NEDA Walk for Eating Disorders. Students can register to join Vandy Go Figure’s team here.
Who: Go Figure

What: Beaman Park Nature Center Hike
When: Saturday, April 14 at 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Where: Beaman State Park (Meet at Morgan Circle)
Why: RSVP soon to join the Nature Exploration Club on a hike at Beaman Park Nature Center. Be sure to bring some bars and water, and enjoy the beautiful outdoors.
Who: Nature Exploration Club

What: Vanderbilt BhangraDores Spring Clinic
When: Saturday, April 14 at 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Where: Memorial Gym Dance Studio C
Why: Forget about finals for a little bit and come out to the BhangraDores’ spring clinic to learn some Bhangra and dance. No experience necessary.
Who: BhangraDores

Editor’s note: Sources of event information are Anchor Link, Facebook and Blair’s website.

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