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The Student Voice of Fordham Lincoln Center

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The Student Voice of Fordham Lincoln Center

The Observer

ANDREW MILNE, Arts & Culture Editor Emeritus

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Student Composer Makes Fordham History

April 16, 2014
Anyone attending the Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC) Arts and Sciences showcase on April 10 was a witness to Fordham history; composer Charlie Martin, (FCLC) ’14, played his song “Ascent of Mountain” as part of the function.
(Sarah Howard/The Observer)

Best-Selling Writer Elizabeth Gilbert Holds Talkback at FCLC

April 11, 2014
On April 8, Mary Bly, professor of English at Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC), hosted New York Times best-selling writer Elizabeth Gilbert, author of “Eat, Pray, Love,” in her class Publishing: Theory and Practice.
Barrett Wilbert Weed stars as Veronica in the musical “Heathers.” (Courtesy Chad Bakta)

Princess of Darkness: Barrett Wilbert Weed of ‘Heathers’

April 6, 2014
“Heathers,” based on the 1988 cult classic film “Heathers,” which starred Winona Ryder, Christian Slater and Shannen Doherty, has a new lead for its off-Broadway run: Barrett Wilbert Weed.
Lauren Plumley, FCLC ’16, is a former gymnast-turned-circus performer. Her speciality is the trapeze, seen here, as the flyer who soars through the air and into the arms of the catcher. (Photo Courtesy of Lauren Plumley)

Flying Through the Air with The Greatest of Ease

March 13, 2014
In 2012, Lauren Plumley, Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC) ’16, ran off and joined the circus.
Taeler Elyse Cyrus (center) in the Broadway show “After Midnight.” (Courtesy Taeler Elyse Cyrus)

Fordham Alumna Makes Broadway Debut in “After Midnight”

March 2, 2014
“After Midnight” opened in November just a few blocks from Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC). But there is also a familiar name performing with stars like KD Lang and Dulé Hill; Fordham alumna Taeler Elyse Cyrus, FCLC ’08, is making her debut on Broadway.
While innovative forms of opera are increasingly popular, traditional forms are still sought-after at the Metropolitan Opera House. (Isabelle Garreaud/The Observer)

Lifting the Curtain on the Future of Opera

February 13, 2014
In the midst of all this innovation and change, Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC) sits at its heart, positioned next to meccas of the opera world.
Actors rehearsing the mainstage production “We Are Proud to Present a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia,” in Franny’s Space. (Kara Jagdeo/The Observer)

The Upcoming Fordham Theatre Season

January 29, 2014
Kicking off on Feb 10, the spring theater season promises exciting changes and dramatic explorations at Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC).
Ryan Lewis & Macklemore won four awards, including Best New Artist, Best Rap Song, and Best Rap Album (Allen J. Schaben via MCT)

56th Annual Grammys Recap

January 27, 2014
On Jan. 26, the 56th annual Grammys were hosted at the Staples Center in Los Angeles by LL Cool J.
(Andrew Milne/The Observer)

Douglas Brinkley Accepts the Sperber Award

November 27, 2013
Douglas Brinkley accepts the Sperber Award
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Douglas Brinkley Wins the Sperber Award for “Cronkite”

November 21, 2013
On Nov. 25, Douglas Brinkley, winner of Washington Post Book of the Year Award for 2012 and writer of a New York Times Bestseller, can claim yet another accolade: winner of the Ann M. Sperber Biography Award for 2013.
Savannah Sturgeon during her interview with The Observer where she discusses her passion for music. (Weiyu Li/The Observer.)

Savannah Sturgeon: A Growing Fish in a Big Pond

November 14, 2013
A music major, Savannah Sturgeon, Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC) ’16, is also a singer in a band, Black Market Merchants.
ABC’s hit comedy “Modern Family” features notable LGBTQ characters. (Lloren Javier via Flickr)

The Implications of LGBTQ Visibility Drop on TV

October 30, 2013
Shows like ABC’s “Modern Family,” FOX’s “Glee” or NBC’s “The New Normal” have been lauded for their introduction of gay characters, and 2012 was a red-letter year for LGBTQ characters. Yet on TV screens, the portrayal and prevalence of LGBTQ characters is decidedly polemic.
Jessica Alexander at her book signing on October 18th in Brooklyn (Angela Luis/The Observer)

“Chasing Chaos” in Humanitarian Aid

October 22, 2013
On Oct. 15, Jessica Alexander, Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC) professor of international humanitarian affairs, released her book “Chasing Chaos: My Decade In and Out of Humanitarian Aid."
A subway ad for Masters of Sex. (Courtesy of Thomas and Taylor Maier)

Thomas Maier’s “Masters of Sex” Adapted for Showtime

October 6, 2013
Fordham alum Thomas Maier, FCRH '78, on seeing "Master of Sex," which is based on his biography of William Masters and Virginia Johnson, come to television.
Salinger is best known for his masterpiece “The Catcher in the Rye (Ian McKenna/The Observer)

Salinger Between the Lines: What Will Become of a Great American Legacy?

October 2, 2013
This past August, a controversial new biography and related documentary, “Salinger” by David Shields and Shane Salerno, about J.D. Salinger.
(Tayler Bennett/The Observer)

Noonday Demons Opens at the Kehoe Studio Theatre

September 30, 2013
"Noonday Demons" opens in the Veronica Lally Kehoe Studio Theatre September 30, 2013.
Orlando Bloom as Romeo acts a scene from Romeo and Juliet, March 10, 2011. (Lawrence K. Ho/Los Angeles Times/MCT)

Romeo and Juliet Opens Tonight at the Richard Rodgers Theatre

September 19, 2013
Premiering today at the Richard Rogers Theatre, the William Shakespeare classic “Romeo and Juliet”, older than the first British colony in America, is now opening for the first time on Broadway for the first time in 36 years.
After “Into the Woods,” Interest over Fordham’s Musical Future Focuses

After “Into the Woods,” Interest over Fordham’s Musical Future Focuses

May 2, 2013
On April 22, Fordham College at Lincoln Center hosted its first musical since 1997. “Into the Woods” played its one-night engagement to an almost full house, and despite a bare-bones budget, was widely regarded as a success. Why Fordham hasn’t staged many musicals before? Dean of FCLC Rev. Robert R. Grimes announced the in-progress creation of a committee of faculties that will work on a new concentration: musical theatre.
(Daniella Hovsepian)

Zane Carney: On Broadway and On the Road

March 26, 2013
Zane Carney is the lead guitarist for the musical "Spiderman: Turn of the Dark," co-front man in his band, Carney (along with his brother Reeve, who plays the title role in Spiderman), and is now set to start a whirlwind tour with John Mayer.

Taylor Swift and America: Never Ever Getting Back Together?

March 22, 2013
Taylor Swift’s cornflower-blue, anime-sized eyes and Goldilocks-esque have been gracing dozens of magazines, awards shows ...
Beyonce might have run the halftime show of the Superbowl this year, but is she an icon?   (Lionel Hahn/Abaca Press/MCT)

Beyoncé: Almost An Icon

March 1, 2013
It’s been said that it’s Beyoncé’s world; the rest of us are just living in it.
Queen Latifah, Lindsay Lohan and Julia Stiles are recent examples of actors who have found gone from appearing in movies on the big screen to those showing on TV. (Left to right: Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/MCT;Sonia Moskowitz/Globe Photos/MCT;Francis Specker/Landov/MCT)

Major Celebrities Make the Switch to TV Movies

February 20, 2013
Anyone in New York during the month of November could attest to the fact that Lindsay Lohan starred in a Lifetime original movie; America’s favorite infamous former child star was plastered on every bus with a black wig, violet eyes and sparkling crimson necklace under the heading “Liz & Dick.”
Country star Taylor Swift’s latest album, “Red,” sold more than one million copies in its first week of release. (Sara Azoulay/The Observer)

Country: America’s Newest Form of Escapism

December 12, 2012
It’s safe to say that country is trending in the American consciousness.
Emily Tarpey (left) and Leena Borst (right) in a scene from “Gentrified,” their comedic web series that follows the adventures of two girls through the boroughs of New York City. (gentrifiedthewebseries/

“Gentrified”: The Yuppies Are Coming

November 15, 2012
Emily Tarpey, Fordham College at Rose Hill (FCRH) ’09, and Leena Borst, FCRH ’12, share the same dynamic energy in an Upper West Side Starbucks that they do prowling the streets of Brooklyn in short dresses and stilettos (for their first apartment, get your mind out of the gutter), the plotline of their new web series “Gentrified.”
The New Girls Take Over Television

The New Girls Take Over Television

October 17, 2012
The cult of domesticity in the early twentieth century promoted women as domestic angels: cleaning, cooking, removed from the grit of the real world.
Matt Mirro, FCLC ’14, performs along with his band, Jarflower, during their concert at The Studio at Webster Hall. (Ayer Chan/The Observer)

Bringing Musical Dreams To Fruition, One Gig At A Time

October 4, 2012
On Sept. 19, Matt Mirro, Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC) ’14, and his band Jarflower played Webster Hall, a performance venue that has seen the likes of Florence + the Machine, Foster The People and Greenday.
Scene from Jason Rosenberg’s play, “[sleep] holds them” performed at The Actor’s Movement and Chekhov Studio in Philadelphia. (Courtesy of Jason Rosenberg)

Jason Rosenberg Holds His Own in His Play “[sleep] holds them”

September 19, 2012
The title “[sleep] holds them” is a fragment from the works of Sappho, referring to the way slumber can restrict a person, hold them back, keep them waiting for something to happen.
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