Shimer Community Shows Off Talents
Shimer's fall Orange Horse, a showcase of Shimerian community talents, took place Saturday, October 24th, in the couch-filled, cozy atmosphere of Cinderella Lounge. On top of the usual entertainment, there was a full orange-themed meal, which those in attendance must have greatly appreciated, because there were very few leftovers in the Shimer kitchen on Monday.
Second year student, Sam Sandmel emceed the event which started in true Shimer fashion (that is to say "fashionably late") by reading excerpts from the "Francis Wood Academy Handbook" between performances. Among the quotes most enthusiastically received were directions concerning how one applies for a dating license from the Dean, and the rules: "no two girls may sleep in the same bed" and "vandalizing the walls will be subject to a fine."
The night was book-ended by poetry readings -- the first from Simon Creek reading an excerpt of Howl by Alan Ginsberg as well as some of his own work, and the last act of the night was Sara Hall's recitation of Poe's The Raven. Other highlights included a pantomime by Thomas Matysik, Paul Beisner's song "I'll Be Seeing You" by Sammy Fain. Katy Martin Seaver also read a selection of Proust and Jesus Avina performed his own heavy metal piece before Orange Horse standards like David Shiner took the stage to play the somber "Oh My What a Shame" by Don Mclean.