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“My mind is like an open meadow” is a play, which captures the life and memories of Sarah Braveman– an experienced actress from Boston, Mass.
The play was created by Erin Leddy– Braveman’s granddaughter– who was inspired and captivated by her grandmother’s acting stories after living together in 2001.
This production is a one-woman-show, featuring Leddy, which aims to depict her grandmother’s soul and spirit through her memories in show business.
The play opens with a scene: Leddy is a radio talk-show host and her grandmother, Braveman, is her interviewee.
While the conversation between Leddy and her grandmother moves back and forth about the beauty of life and age, the play opens with a profound statement by Braveman. “We are each a great metropolis made up of intricate pathways. Physical, emotional, mental, spiritual. We can never truly know another’s experience; we can never truly navigate another’s environment. But we dig and we dig.”
Leddy responds with a beautiful ballad entitled “Drops in the ocean” which symbolizes the breathtaking wonders in the balance between humanity and the profoundness of individuality.
As the play continues, Leddy employs a use of original ballads, poetic narrations, interpretive dances and eloquent metaphors to capture her grandmother’s take on the journey we know to be life.
The play’s appeal to pathos exposes the compassion inside each of us ultimately revealing the truths of life in it’s most vulnerable stages.
While Beckman’s memories unfold, the performance begins to capture some of humanity’s most fundamental themes such as love, courage, memory, and loss.
“My mind is like an open meadow” is a play , which reveals the sensitive soul inside man.
Braveman’s personal stories and Leddy’s dramatic techniques work together to bond the audience to their intimate grandmother-granddaughter relationship which provokes a tender, heart-warming feeling by viewers.
In sharing her grandmother’s memories, Leddy is able to connect with the crowd by taking her innate, loving relationship with her grandma and paralleling it to the personal relationships viewers have in their lives. This play about a grandmother and granddaughter relationship reminds viewers of the purity and hope for mankind.
The show, “My mind is like an open meadow,” truly captures the creative spirit. It depicts the complexities of life and maturity while expressing the innocence of growing old and enjoying life. The play is a refreshing look on life, age and love.
Casie Gaza / For the Review
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The Linfield Office of Community Service and Engagement hosted “Stuff Swap” on March 1 from 10-4 p.m in the Fred Meyer Lounge. The event was designed to give students the opportunity to swap unwanted, but reusable items. There were six tables worth of stuff to swap. Items of all varieties were brought in, such as appliances, clothing and books.
Get ready for another British invasion, America, because Little Mix is here to stay. Though boy bands are becoming prominent once again, girl groups are regaining momentum with the likes of Fifth Harmony, the revival of Danity Kane and Little Mix.
After becoming the first group to win “The X Factor” in the U.K., Little Mix has found success with their first two albums.
The group has been nominated for numerous awards and won the award for best girl band in the “Best of 2013 Awards.”
Perrie Edwards, Jesy Nelson, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jade Thirlwall form the sassy, dynamic group.
Each had failed to pass the bootcamp round of the British competition show, and Simon Cowell brought them back to compete as a group.
All in their early 20s, these women bring youth, energy and confidence to their sophomore effort, “Salute.”
Little Mix released their second studio album earlier in February after a November release in the U.K. It was worth the wait.
After finding international success in 2013, Little Mix is solidifying its spot in America’s list of favorite girl groups.
The resilient, tight vocals and harmonies from all four women produce an album that far succeeds from their debut, “DNA.”
“Salute” is an R&B infused, hip-hop-influenced pop album that contains dance tracks as well as ballads. Little Mix’s cites the Spice Girls, Destiny’s Child and TLC as some of their inspirations.
This is evident throughout the album as the 90s club vibe shines in “About That Boy,” “Nothing Feels Like You” and “Mr. Loverboy.”
As slick as the more upbeat tracks are, the ballads highlight Little Mix’s versatility in sound and style. The women express both sadness and anger in “These Four Walls” and “Good Enough,” which has the women saying “Sorry for the smile I’m wearing now,” after appreciating the rejection from an undeserving man.
The group boasts on female empowerment, strength and confidence in “Salute,” “See Me Now” and “A Different Beat.” The confidence oozes as they chant, “I look in the mirror and I like what I see.” The album touches on break-ups, love, anger and everything in between. “Salute” embraces women despite the circumstances that they find themselves or put themselves in.
Little Mix’s “Salute” is available for digital download on iTunes and available for purchase in stores. You can also check out “Salute” on KSLC 90.3 FM and listen online at www.linfield.edu/kslcfm or stream the station on iTunes.
Vanessa So / KSLC Music Director
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As February comes to its’ final days, I find myself reflecting on Black History Month. This led to some introspection. What did I do to fulfill the purpose of a month dedicated to the riddance of a dark past? Sure, I took some time to refresh my memory on Martin Luther King’s “A Letter from Birmingham Jail” back in January, I made it an obligation to spend my time serving others on MLK day, and I even utilized a big chunk of my time during this busy week to watch the lengthy, Spike Lee film adaption, “Malcolm X.”
“Malcolm X” is a movie I highly encourage everyone to watch. Spike Lee does an outstanding job at taking the autobiography and Arnold Perl’s screenplay and adapting the words right from the page into a triumphant piece of work. The movie is fit for a scope audience, all promised to take something from the biographical film.
Lee holds his own with much criticism over the controversy that surfaced process of taking on this project. Praise goes to Lee for notably sticking to the premise of this film adaption as well as portraying the many faces of Malcolm X in all stages of his evolution.
Malcolm X created his own legacy, Spike Lee only documented it.
I’ve seen “Malcolm X” over half a dozen times and I truly think Lee making the film was important to him. But as an avid film viewer, especially seen in more recent years, I find myself questioning this Hollywood trend for creating films highlighting such an ugly past of black history. Films like, “The Help,” “The Butler,” “12 Years a Slave,” and others, all depicting black struggle. Sure these films found success, but all for the wrong reason.
This is a tiresome topic and issue that’s been way over done. We live in contemporary times and if the only Oscar- starring roles black actors can achieve are those that demean and oppress them as human beings, then I think these writers, directors and producers need to get a bit more creative. Think about this with this year’s Oscars coming up in March.
Back to Black History Month, I’m still not satisfied. Not solely the month itself, or what becomes coined as “Black History,” but the underlying idea of a history being condensed into a month alone. Is it worth it? I’m here to say it’s not. I think it’s fair to say that we are all aware that we aren’t a post-racial society and we may still be far off. So, personally when I think of a month dedicated to the past, I think is quite ridiculous when we should be reflecting on the now. It’s almost like a slap in the face. And sure, Black History Month at a time held a powerful and important significance to this country but that significance is surely losing sight.
Special Lovincey / Columnist
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Emily Bronte’s 1847 novel, “Wuthering Heights”, was an extremely scandalous but popular during the nineteenth century. Since its original publication it has remained a constant favorite among literary lovers, and for obvious reasons.
The beginning of the novel centers itself around the relationship of Cathy, a high spirited young woman, and her adopted brother, Heathcliff, a brooding figure who only has eyes for Cathy.
The two spend their childhood and early adolescence together, running through the moors of England with all the freedom in the world.
However, after an incident that left Cathy injured, Heathcliff is separated from her for a bit, and while away Cathy is transformed into a proper lady, meets a gentleman named Edgar Linton, and upon her arrival home her relationship with Heathcliff is strained.
The second part of the novel focuses on the story of Catherine Linton, the daughter of Cathy, and her own struggles when she finds herself in the grasps of her desolate and jaded uncle, Heathcliff.
A personal critique of the novel is that, assumedly, the audience is supposed to love Heathcliff in the beginning of the novel; we are supposed to see him as the wayward hero that cannot seem to win, but he is not.
Heathcliff is a madman that is supposed to be worthy of the audience’s love because he loved Cathy, but just because he loved her does not mean he deserved her.
“Wuthering Heights” often gives that same misinterpretation that the film “500 Days of Summer” does, and that is that if a guy pursues a woman enough, clearly he deserves her and that the woman is wrong for not wanting him back, or at least not actually taking him.
Quite honestly, Heathcliff, after he believes that he has lost Cathy, is nothing more than a moody teenager that cries victim to the “friendzone.”
Other than the novels then-risqué material, “Wuthering Heights” was also shocking for its author, Emily Bronte.
Bronte pursued publication after her sister, Charlotte Bronte, had successfully published “Jane Eyre.”
However, due to her sex, Emily Bronte had to publish under the name Ellis Bell.
Unfortunately, Bronte never went on to write another novel because she died the following year.
As her brother had just passed away, it is said that Bronte died of a broken heart (along with the unsanitary conditions she lived in), which, for those of us who have read “Wuthering Heights”, is terribly ironic.
Paige Jurgensen / Columnist
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