Oprea With a Twist

By: Darnisha Dunning

The Rape of Lucretia played at the Tryon Festival Theatre the other night at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.

I think the rape of Lucretia was interesting. I think it was interesting to see how such a tragic story through music. All songs have a hidden meaning behind them in to see the meaning, and the story behind it adds value to the story. It adds something thing because it was visible to the audience when did not have to listen or see a few times to understand the basic concept of the piece. For me, the display screen was helpful and distracting. It was helpful because at times I did not understand the lyrics/message of the song. It was beneficial to look up to read the lines to get a better understanding of what the actors were trying to exhibit to the audience. It was distracting because I was trying to watch the performance and trying to understand the words above my head. Looking up took my eyes off the performance.

Although the story was written years ago, it is still prevlent in today’s society. People still get raped or sexually assault, and it degrades the victim’s happiness, and they have the feeling of committing suicide. Somethings are unbearable to live with because one can relive that moment over and over again in their heads. Due to the loss of innocence and happiness, one can slowly develop symptoms of depression and anxiety.

The one thing I like most about this play is the message. From my understanding, the messages were betrayal from a friend/ prince.

Cassidy Ragland Reflection 1: Meditation and International Festivals

Coming into class I was very nervous. I felt like I didn’t have as much experience as everyone else and that I was going to fail. Thankfully, after the second class I started feeling more hopeful. I have really found a passion for broadcast that I wasn’t finding with print journalism. I consider myself a creative person and shooting video gives me a lot of satisfaction. I like that I have artistic say in what I shoot and edit which has given me a lot of confidence. Dr. Collins has really taken the time to talk through everything and I really appreciated it. I feel like I’m getting better every time I shoot and write and it’s a really awesome feeling.

Video Essay

For my video essay I decided to shoot a Mindfulness and Meditation Club meeting at the KU Union. I filmed almost the whole hour and felt pretty good about my shots, until Dr. Collins said in class the next day we weren’t allowed to use pans or zooms. That took out quite a few of the shots that I had, but luckily I had enough to make the run time. Feedback that I got was that I didn’t have any tight shots and that some of my shots were shakey. I had never used Premiere before, so that was overwhelming at first but I got the hang of it.

http://https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YmhvP61bIdY&list=PLqpN7C8wHXjYSqJXh2GkQsBIXMfzgDLYz&index=13

Vo/VoSotVo

For my Vo and VoSotVo I felt a lot more prepared and confident. My plan A was to film the Tyler the Creator concert, however, that failed miserably. So I went with my plan B which was to film the International Jayhawk Festival. I got some great, vibrant shots that I was really happy with. I took the criticism about my tight shots and I made sure to incorporate those. I loved my nat sound and my sound bite, so I was really disappointed when it didn’t work on the projector in class. It worked on my laptop so I had no idea that would happen. I felt really good about my delivery and that my script was better than it was last week.

http://https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vtn8uQg3I6s&index=34&list=PLqpN7C8wHXjYSqJXh2GkQsBIXMfzgDLYz

http://https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DcHdPGQ-A5E&index=35&list=PLqpN7C8wHXjYSqJXh2GkQsBIXMfzgDLYz

 

Community of the Beat

For one weekend, a diverse community came together in Champaign-Urbana to celebrate West African culture at the Midwest Mandeng. The festival of drum and dance involves three days of demonstrations, workshops, shopping and partying.

graphic courtesy of CU West African Drum & Dance Collective
graphic courtesy of CU West African Drum & Dance Collective

Master artists are flown in to perform and teach classes. Most of them teach techniques from Mali and Guinea. 

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Fall Festival parades through southern Illinois community

JC Fall Festival 2013
Johnson County Fall Festival 2013 (Courtesy of The Vienna Times)

For Johnson County in southern Illinois, the first week of October is more than just the start of a new month. It’s the beginning of the area’s biggest fall celebration: the Fall Festival.

This year, despite cold temperatures and blistery winds, the festival’s main attraction, the parade, went off without a hitch and was one of the best in recent years according to many locals.

It seems that bad weather is becoming the calling card of the parade, as this is not the first year mother nature has not complied.

To see coverage of the parade click here.