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ISSUE 118 VOL 11 PUBLISHED 2/25/2005

Arts and Entertainment

Play shortchanges working class

St. Olaf’s presentation of “Nickel and Dimed” – Joan Holden’s stage adaptation of Barbara Ehrenreich’s book Nickel and Dimed: On (not) Getting By in America – capably showcased some of the hardships faced by blue-collar America in the workplace. Unfortunately the production, constrained by Holden’s unsteady adaptation, too often downplayed the serious message of mistreated, hardworking and underpaid workers by emphasizing the comic moments in Holden’s script.

Merritt's cool composure

An adventurous Feb. 18 program in Urness Recital Hall introduced St. Olaf to the creative output of Justin Merritt, the college’s new assistant professor of music theory and composition. Nearly 40 students and faculty members combined their talents to present a varied recital of Merritt’s recent chamber instrumental and vocal works.

Patchwork of poems

L. Teresa Church, poet and quilt-maker, opened her exhibit, appropriately titled “Quilts & Poetry” Friday, Feb. 18 in Dittmann Art Center. Church’s poetry was displayed on pillars, and her collection of homemade quilts were hung and draped over tables as Dittmann was transformed into a space conducive to what Church called “an event of word gifts.”

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