The Impact of a “Nasty Woman”

Since arriving at WOU, there are very few performances in theatre and dance that I have missed. During this year’s Spring Dance Concert there was a piece that really struck home, as both political and emotional. The efforts of senior student Hayley Ann Evers left me thinking about the piece long after the concert ended. [more…]

49th Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition

Every year the Cannon Gallery hosts the Juried Student Art Exhibition that presses it to its limits. With over 300 art pieces submitted each year, only the top 80 pieces will be displayed. Due to the size of the Cannon Gallery, the student assistants have to get creative with the space. This tetris-like balance is [more…]

Free Art Events Spring 2017

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As we near the end of the school year and things get busy, it is sometimes good to slow down and take some time for yourself. These upcoming free events might be just the thing you need to take your mind off of your studies for a little bit. MUSIC Free admission May 16 – [more…]

The art of Rick Bartow

Step into a surreal world made of a mixture of pain, passion, and love. Alumnus Rick Bartow lead an interesting life and, like many, struggled with addiction to help cope with trauma, his crutch being alcohol. His art became his escape. Incorporating his heritage as part of the Wiyot tribe, along with all the other [more…]

Winter 2017 Hamersly Library exhibits

In the light of all of the political events that have been occurring, you may feel as if you want to get more involved. The art exhibit on the second floor of Hamersly Library might be filled with the inspiration you need. Titled Free Speech: Culture, Politics, and the Art of Expression, Then and Now, [more…]

Enjoy free arts events this month

As the end of the term approaches, stress can get a bit high. Here are arts events happening around campus  that are free to all WOU Students (some require WOU ID). So mark your calendars and take some time out for you to relax at one of these performances or walk around these art installations [more…]

Costuming for “All in the Timing”

All in the Timing is a unique play composed of six smaller plays and only utilizes six actors, which can make costuming a challenge. Between the quick scene changes and the limited space, the base costume pieces needed to be more plain and rely heavily on accessory pieces for functionality. The actors stay on the stage the [more…]

Kernsensus Review: The Jungle Book (2016)

Turning a classic book into a cartoon favorite is no easy task, but turning that cartoon into a live action remake almost 50 years after the fact? It’s a risky move, but like all things in life, success normally takes a large amount of risk. With Jon Favreau behind the camera, The Jungle Book shines [more…]

Kernsensus Review: Zootopia

For me, Disney movies have become very hit or miss. In recent years, the company has been digging from the classics and making remakes that aren’t necessarily bad, they just don’t scratch the itch of the original movies. I enjoyed 2015’s Big Hero 6, as well as Inside Out, but I thought Frozen was a [more…]

The Magic of Aoife O’Donovan

I first heard singer-songwriter Aoife O’Donovan while listening to a track from one of my favorite albums, the Goat Rodeo Sessions. The other musicians playing on the record were powerhouses – Chris Thile on mandolin, Stuart Duncan on violin, Edgar Meyer on bass, and Yo-Yo Ma on cello. I had never heard of O’Donovan, but [more…]

WOU Theater and Dance Department present “Cabaret”

Got plans for the weekend? Looking for entertainment right on campus? The Western Oregon University Theater and Dance Department is putting on its second week of “Cabaret!” This show is being performed by WOU Students and directed by Dr. Michael Phillips. The shows runs March 3-5 at 7:30 p.m. in Rice Auditorium. Bases in 1930s [more…]

The February Five

It’s hard to pick just five movies for one month. Hail, Caesar! – February 5. I have always been a fan of the Coen Brothers from Fargo to Inside Llewyn Davis, I have enjoyed their dark comedies   Deadpool – February 12. Maybe it’s my love of comic books or my immature sense of humor [more…]

Kernsensus Review: Deadpool

What is a hero? What is an anti-hero? And what makes a good redemption story for Ryan Reynolds’ acting career? All are good questions that are answered in the Deadpool movie that is officially released as of February 12. Whether you’re a fan of comic book movies (as I am) or a romantic comedy person [more…]

Coming Out Monologues: The Follow-Up

The audience listened intently as students, alumni, and faculty of the LGBTQ community shared their experiences. Inspired by the successful Vagina Monologues, the Coming Out Monologues was an evening to remember –a night full of heart-felt stories and open testimonies about the coming out process. Even WOU President, Mark Weiss came out as a straight [more…]

WHO & WHV Spring Tour 2015 – Bay Area

On April 21, 2015, two ensembles from the WOU Music Department left for Berkeley, CA for their annual Spring Tour. The two ensembles, the Western Hemisphere Orchestra and the Western Hemisphere Voices, represent part of the groups that play popular music in the WOU Music Department. The Western Hemisphere Orchestra (WHO), directed by Dr. Keller [more…]

WOU Opera Workshop presents: “The Pirates of Penzance”

This weekend the Western Oregon University Opera Workshop presents Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Pirates of Penzance” in a fully-staged production with chamber orchestra. Performances: Friday April 17th / Saturday April 18th Time: 7:30 PM Location: WOU Campus, Smith Recital Hall Tickets: $8 general admission, $5 students/seniors, Free with WOU ID. For more information, see the upcoming [more…]

Playwright, Rob Urbinati, comes to WOU

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By Katrina Penaflor On November 13th New York playwright Rob Urbinati came to Western Oregon to talk to students about his journey to a successful, lucrative and diverse career in the arts. Urbinati began college as a comparative literature major, a degree that requires the fluency of two languages, but quickly realized it was not [more…]