The Vagina Monologues will return to Bailey Hall on Feb. 9.

Vagina Monologues to Return to Bailey Hall

“The Vagina Monologues,” based off the 1996 Obie-award winning play written by Eve Ensler, will be filling Bailey Hall. The Vagina Monologues is an annual production sponsored by Cornell Women’s Resource Center, according to the event’s Facebook page.

Max Greenfield will speak at Bailey Hall on February 2 as part of Cornell Hillel's Major Speaker Series.

‘New Girl’ Star Max Greenfield to Speak at Cornell

With an Emmy and a Golden Globe nomination under his belt, actor and New Yorker Max Greenfield will be coming to the University on Feb. 2 to speak about his career and Jewish identity. Greenfield is best known for his role as “Schmidt,” who played opposite actress Zooey Deschanel in the television series New Girl. According to IMDb, Greenfield’s other notable works include supporting roles in Veronica Mars and Greek. He has also held recurring roles on Gilmore Girls, Boston Public and The O.C.
In 2010, Greenfield created, produced and starred in The Gentlemen’s League, a comedy series about a fantasy football league he ran in real life, according to IMDb.

Edgar Meyer, Bela Fleck and Zakir Hussain at a Nashville rehearsal.

Chemistry of a Trio: An Interview with Zakir Hussain

Powerhouse players Béla Fleck, Zakir Hussain and Edgar Meyer have reunited once more and visited Cornell. Ahead of their concert, we were able to speak with Mr. Zakir Hussain, perhaps the world’s most highly influential and virtuosic tabla player. If you haven’t seen Zakir Hussain perform, search for a concert of his on YouTube. It is no mistake that his incredible skill, personality and charm have been praised; it really does put a smile on your face to watch him play. The “tabla is a percussion instrument,” Hussain explained.

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Hold On to Your Dentures: Roomful of Teeth at Bailey Hall

The small a cappella ensemble brought their big guns right away, with each member speaking in rhythm, creating a wall of chatter that in an instant, gave way to raucous polyphonic vocals. After a few iterations, rhythmic spoken word became interspersed with small vocal phrases. The piece was chugging along and it was clear that Roomful of Teeth had a very important message to share with the audience that evening. Roomful of Teeth, the Grammy-winning vocal octet, visited Bailey Hall on Friday night to kick off the Cornell Concert Series 2018-2019 season. The group was founded in 2009 with a goal to explore the expressive potential of the human voice.

Simon Shaheen plays violin during his performance of Zafir at Bailey Hall.

Winds of Exchange: Simon Shaheen’s Zafir at Bailey

 

Something special happened last Friday at Bailey Hall — where master violinist, oud player, and composer Simon Shaheen and his ensemble presented their program, Zafir — before a single melody was played. As the musicians were tuning, Shaheen’s brother and fellow oudist Najib asked that the house lights be turned up. “We can love you better this way,” he quipped to the audience, a statement which, after a smattering of laughter, sank in as deeply as any of the music that followed. “No one ever does that,” Shaheen told me when I remarked on it after the show, and by those words closed a circle that I will remember most from among the evening’s plethora of conceptual shapes. None of this is meant to imply that what transpired was any less moving; only that the heartfelt fluidity of it was all the clearer in being so prefaced.

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Bassists McBride and Meyer Bring the Love to Bailey Hall

The double bass is a perennial fixture of many jazz combos. And yet, how rare to hear it on its own terms. Rarer still in duet with a like partner. The Cornell Concert Series kicked off its spring season by proving that a duo of basses could be more than meets the ear. As twin ramparts of their generation, Christian McBride and Edgar Meyer are as masterful as they come. Where one cut his teeth on the jagged edges of jazz, the other was baptized in classical waters.