Associate English Professor Eliot Wilson opened his poetry reading last Thursday by quoting poet Yusef Komunyakka, English Professor Jim Heynen, and the placemat from Northfields own Mandarin Garden. This combination of seriousness and dry humor set the tone for an evening of poetry that ranged from the reverent to the ridiculous. Wilson read works from his first book of poetry, The Saint of Letting Small Fish Go, as well as poems he has written since coming to Minnesota.
Local Cuban-born pianist Nachito Herrera and his band, Puro Cubano, paid a visit to St. Olaf last Thursday, performing a concert rich with diverse music in the Lions Pause for a small but appreciative crowd. During the 90-minute performance, the talented Herrera dazzled the audience with numerous extended piano solos, racing up and down the keys and making use of two nearby synthesizers.
Countless hymns speak of praising the Lord and proclaiming the gospel, but texts whose words speak of shouting and dancing for joy are not always put into action. Within the St. Olaf Gospel Choir, however, worship and soul are alive and well, and when its members congregate, they are truly sharing a piece of good news.