But Rap Twitter doesn't feel the same way, and all day my timeline has been blowing up with people who are outraged (outraged!) that certain rappers made the Freshman Class while certain other ones did not. Despite the fact that I'm aware that the only people who will give a shit about the XXL cover 30 days from now will be the rappers on it, the most popular suggestions I've seen concerning who should have made the cut actually comprise a pretty nice collection of talent. So after the jump I threw together a little YouTube mix tape of them.
When pressed for his ideas on the Chagall windows, Cerrudo—a Spaniard who joined HSDC as a dancer in 2005 and became its first resident choreographer in 2009—didn't prolong the ass-kissing. Instead, he replied like an artist, saying that the new dance would communicate “mystery.” “I don’t want to be literal," he commented. "I don’t want to teach anyone anything.”
Paraphrasing a famous George Balanchine remark, Cerrudo asserted that his new dance “won’t be a story, but it won’t be abstract. Any time you have a man and a woman onstage, there’s a story.”
As yet untitled (though Cerrudo mentioned "A Thousand Pieces," referring to the many panes of glass in the Chagall), the new work will be set to music by Philip Glass and debut at the Harris Theater during HSDC’s fall engagement, October 18-21, 2012.
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Elected officials in other places are talking openly about pot.
Last week Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn called for legalizing marijuana, saying prohibition finances a violent criminal trade and “fuels a biased incarceration policy.” Chicago also has a racially disparate enforcement policy—the grass gap—but in Washington voters will get to weigh in on the matter this fall, when statewide ballots will include an initiative legalizing possession of an ounce of pot for recreational use. It’s sponsored by the former U.S. attorney in Seattle. A similar measure just made the ballot in Colorado.
Meanwhile, governors Chris Gregoire of Washington and Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island have called on federal authorities to reclassify marijuana so medical use isn’t a federal crime, and other states have since joined in resisting the Obama administration’s capricious pot policies. Closer to home, Evanston softened penalties for low-level possession last year, while officials in downstate Galesburg are currently pondering a ticketing policy. And there are more.
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The room's packed. Never knew so many students at the U. of C. cared so much about reefer.
First question: Who plays the better stoner—Jeff Bridges in The Big Lebowski or Brad Pitt in True Romance?
Just kidding, though I think we'll all agree that would make a fascinating topic for debate.