Judy Wensel has been a familiar face in the arts scene for years. She is many things: Founder of Regina's combat improv, actor, director and much more. Her latest project is a play called 'Shangri-La". This one is sure not to disappoint.
About the Play
Set in the fictional small prairie town of Millard in late August of 1963, Shangri-La features Jeanne McCate, an astutely aware teen attempting to understand a never ending series of complications. Her sister is in trouble, her dad has been drinking, her mom has been swearing and Jeanne is hanging on for dear life in her own hilarious and heart-wrenching way.
Music is often so popular and accessible, that there tends to be the misconception that it is just mass produced garbage from record labels. While that may be the case for some, there are still artists that believe in the artistic creation that is the heart and soul of all music. AroarA is such a band. Consisting of husband and wife duo Andrew Whiteman(Broken Social Scene) and Ariel Engle, AroarA has taken a unique look at a series of poems by Alice Notley entitled 'In The Pines', and written an album from the words of a chosen handful of verses and lines.
Alright. Fall Semester. It's a truly magical time. Summer can be weird, you know? This rings particularly true for me this year, for reasons that I won't get into but it mostly has to do with me being a huge introvert. Preparation for my upcoming semester, as a result, has been a really important process and a sort of solace in my time of summery need. I have turned to the following five albums, year after year, semester after semester, in times of stress and academic ease. So look and listen. They're tried and true.
Every August, knowing I’m about to enter back into the realms of academia, I gather some new music (or old music) and anticipate the glory of my impending study sessions. I’m going into my ninth year of undergrad and I legit can’t get enough. But I don’t deal with silence very well because I get have the attention span of an ant. So I have to multi task. Over the years I’ve learned what works, musically, for my brain in terms of study music. I need new and unfamiliar music that I can get to know through the process of studying. This only lasts for a little while though; as each album becomes more familiar and more beloved, it gets distracting. By that time, however, I’m pretty over my lack of attention and can concentrate for more than five minutes at a time.
This year I have gathered the following 9 albums. Most I’ve taken a listen through at least once. I’ve included a small summary of why I’ve chosen this album for my study playlist, as well as my [estimated] probability of falling in love with the album as a whole.