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Oberlin Summer Theater Festival’s 2011 Season

OSTF presents its family classics in rotating rep, FREE to the public, in Oberlin College’s Hall Auditorium (Rt 58 at Rt 511), throughout the month of July. Scroll down for the schedule.

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THE LITTLE PRINCE July 1 – July 30

By Rick Cummins and John Scoullar
Adapted from the novella by Antoine de Saint-Exupe

Directed by Alexis Macnab
“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”
In this magical adaptation of the timeless classic, a pilot who is stranded in the desert meets a little boy, the prince of a far-away planet, who teaches him what is truly important in life.  (Recommended for ages 5 and up.)

  A RAISIN IN THE SUN July 8 – July 29

by Lorraine Hansberry

Directed by Justin Emeka
“What happens to a dream deferred?”
In this uplifting American masterpiece, an African-American family is united in love, courage and pride as they struggle to overcome poverty, prejudice and harsh living conditions.  (Recommended for ages 8 and up)

HAMLET July 15 – July 30 

by William Shakespeare

Directed by Paul Moser
“To be or not to be, that is the question…”
A family adaptation of one of the greatest plays ever written; this is the story of the Prince of Denmark, who prompted by the ghost of his father, feigns madness to exact revenge on his uncle who has murderously usurped the throne.  (Recommended for ages 12 and up)

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Posted by on May 11, 2011 in Uncategorized


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Jonathan Demme comes to Oberlin!

Jonathan Demme comes to Oberlin!

Academy Award winning director; Jonathan Demme will present his new documentary film about the Lower Ninth Ward after Hurricane Katrina “I’m Carolyn Parker”, followed by a Q & A with Jonathan Demme and Kyrah Julian. Free Admission
West Lecture Hall, Science Center

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Posted by on April 25, 2011 in Uncategorized


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Building Prosperity Project

Two Oberlin students, Maia Brown and Hannah Linder-Finley (both class of 2010), have been working with the Oberlin Underground Railroad Society during this academic year.  Their efforts are a part of the Building Prosperity Project which hopes to raise funds for long-term rental or purchase of the 167 S Pleasant Street house.  This beautiful three story house has sat vacant on a large corner lot for six years, but from now until May it will be filled with life, community, and art.  In addition to preparing for their senior thesis shows as a part of the Senior Studio program, both Hannah and Maia have worked tirelessly to raise funds to rent the house for three months (March through May) and raise awareness about the project.

Not only has the house showcased the work of Maia, Hannah and the curation work of Oberlin student Rachel Cotterman, but it has also housed exhibitions by Oberlin community members and collaborative projects with Oberlin High School and college- age students.  The Oberlin Underground Railroad Society (OURS) hopes to use this short-term rental to build momentum to buy the house for the society and Oberlin community.  OURS plans to use the house as an art gallery, community garden and library, as well as turn the second and third floors into a bed and breakfast in order to make continual funding of the space possible.

Ongoing and Upcoming Events:

April 24, 2010 – May 2, 2010
Gathering Story–A Senior Studio Art Exhibition
Hannah Lindner-Finlay

I am interested in the meanings and memories embedded in physical objects: the stories that gather on furniture, the feeling of holding a familiar stone. Memories are constantly shaping and being shaped by the past, the present, and imaginations of the future. Community, in turn, is shaped by these shifting memories, these gathering stories. I work with connection—creating community through shared reverence for things alive.

Saturday May 1, 11am-1pm
Oberlin African American Genealogy and History Group Meeting
Discussion & Potluck: “Makin’ Do”
Makin’ Do: Taking what you have and making it into what you need.
We may be in a recession now, but it is not the first time “hard times” have challenged us.  In the domestic arena, it was the women who had to figure out how to feed their families with what was on hand or cheaply attained.  Maybe you remember what your family did to “make do” when times were tough or maybe you just remember what your mother or grandmother said they did to “made do.”  Either way, put on your apron, bring your memories and a “make do” dish and join us as we remember “how we got over.”
Contact Person: Phyllis Yarber-Hogan (
May 2, 2010 – May 8, 2010
“Walk With Me” Walking Sticks
Wayne Yarber
Using wood harvested from local trees, Wayne strips and etches images in sticks for walking and protection.  Wayne developed his creative style from his interests in graphic arts, African-American culture, and martial arts.  Each piece takes about 30 hours to create and results in a naturally stained art pieces that is both beautiful and powerful.  His signature image – a mask, is represented on each stick.  Used not only for walking, these sticks also known as a  “bo”  (a weapon for martial artist) are a treasure to display as well.  You may see Wayne’s work anywhere across the country as they are both eye-catching and functional artifacts.

Opening Reception: May 2, 2010 at 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

May 9, 2010 – May 16, 2010

Community Collective Memories Show: Community members collaborate to produce an exhibition of relics and memories of their past.
Opening Reception:  TBA
May 23, 2010 – May 28, 2010
Silent Auction Fundraiser For OURS
Exhibition of Silent Auction Items
Oberlin residents, college students, and faculty have contributed artwork and services to be auctioned in order to raise funds for OURS and the eventual purchase or long-time rental of the Pleasant Street House. Come look at the items to be auctioned off!

Hours: Regular Open Gallery Hours

Silent Auction and Dessert Potluck

All are welcome! Bring friends and family for an evening of music, art, and dessert and support a grassroots community organization.
Event Time:
Friday May 28, 6pm-8:00pm


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Super8 Oberlin Showcase call for entries

The Super8 Oberlin Showcase (S.O.S.) will be returning to Oberlin on April 23rd. A presentation of the One Take Super 8 Event, S.O.S. is a non-competitive festival of one-take films made on Super 8, unique in that none of the films will be viewed, even by the filmmakers, before the festival. Festival organizer Alex Rogalski, the Oberlin Film Co-op, and INCITE! Journal of Experimental Media & Radical Aesthetics are sponsoring the event after its one-year hiatus, and invite the public to create and submit new works. Registration is free and now open. For more information on the festival and how to participate, contact the Oberlin Film Co-op at or at their office in Wilder 326.

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Posted by on March 16, 2010 in call for work


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Screening to feature works by filmmaker Jim Finn

The “Sight Lines: Dialogues in Film and Media” series continues this Thursday with a screening of films by Jim Finn.

Jim Finn’s award-winning movies have been called ‘Utopian comedies.’  His films have screened at Sundance, Rotterdam and other international festivals like AFI and Edinburgh as well as the Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid, Danish Film Institute, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Harvard Film Archive. He has had retrospectives in Argentina, Spain, Colombia and Venezuela.

Jim will be in attendance, presenting his 2006 feature Interkosmos, the recent short Dick Cheney in a Cold, Dark Cell, and various other shorts. Check out what International Film Festival Rotterdam had to say about Interkosmos:

The East Germans started in the 1970’s, with their allies, on an ambitious, secret project to colonise the moons of Jupiter and Saturn. You didn’t know that, did you? Finn reveals all: with beautiful archive material, swinging musical numbers in retro-socialist style, beautiful miniature sets, guinea pigs and a dramatic plot theory.

The screening will be held at Hallock Auditorium in the AJ Lewis Center for Environmental Studies at 8pm. It is free and open to the public.

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Posted by on March 16, 2010 in Visiting Artist


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Josh Neufeld in Oberlin

Oberlin alum Josh Neufeld (’89) will be in Oberlin this weekend to discuss his recently published book;  A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge . His book was reviewed in the New York Times, you can see a related post about it here.   The book grew out of his experiences while volunteering for the Red Cross after Hurricane Katrina.  He will give a talk about the book as well as his career and previous projects as an alternative cartoonist.  His talk will be followed by a discussion between Josh Neufeld and Kwame Webster, a current senior at Oberlin who is a character in the book.   Their discussion will be moderated by Caroline Jackson Smith, Associate Professor of Theater and Dance and also African American Studies.   This event will be in Hallock Auditorium (in the Environmental Studies building) at 3pm this Saturday, Nov. 7th.

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Posted by on November 4, 2009 in Obie Sighting, Visiting Speaker


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New resource for Oberlin goings-on

Heads up, Obies:  a former Oberlin student who is now living in Oberlin has started up a new website to help college students and Oberlin residents know what is going on all the time, all over campus and all over town.  On the site you can view and submit to an events calendar, find out the weather, check out discounts and deals from Oberlin businesses and also view a user-submitted picture of the day.  Tom Geller, the site’s inventor and manager wants to have a single resource that will better inform Oberlin’s full- and part-time residents of what’s happenin’ ’round these parts.

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Posted by on October 14, 2009 in Uncategorized


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bridge design competition this weekend

The EPOC (Engineering People of Oberlin College) is hosting a campus-wide bridge building competition this Sunday, and you are invited to design a bridge for the breaking ceremony! If you’re interested in picking up kits from the friendly EPOC, you should stop by Wilder basement Tuesday between 12:30 and 1:30. Or, you can go to the EPOC web page about the competition to find out the details of what you’ll need.

Everyone’s invited to the bridge breaking demo this Sunday, December 7, in the Science Center Atrium.

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Posted by on December 1, 2008 in Uncategorized


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