Looking for Entertainment? Try “Vassar on Demand.”
Looking for Entertainment? Try “Vassar on Demand.”
As we move through a second month of social distancing, we look forward to the days when we can once again enjoy a concert at Skinner Hall, a play at the Martel Theater, or a walk through the galleries at the Art Center. In the meantime, there are many opportunities available online to explore the creative work of our very talented students, faculty, and alumnae/i. Gathered here are resources for entertainment and personal enrichment that you may not have realized are out there. We’re calling this directory “Vassar on Demand.” Enjoy the show!
A Deep Dive into the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center
Sign up for FLLAC’s weekly e-newsletter featuring video gallery talks, interviews, and more. Visit the wildly interesting blog by student docents.
Concerts from the Vassar Music Department
View recent concert webcasts—almost live from Skinner Hall.
From Vassar’s Alumnae/i
Ethan Slater ’14, musical theater performer
Follow the YouTube channel of this Tony-nominated SpongeBob SquarePants star, which features acoustic performances.
Josephine Holtzman ’06 and Isaac Kestenbaum ’03
Check out the critically acclaimed true-crime podcast Midnight Son, cowritten and coproduced by Holtzman and Kestenbaum.
(Note: Requires subscription or free 30-day trial.)
Kat Mills ’93, musician
Follow this singer/songwriter who regularly performs live on Facebook.
Emmie Lichtenberg ’10, reality TV star/producer
Watch the Netflix reality TV series I’m with the Band: Nasty Cherry, coproduced by Lichtenberg.
Mira Lehr ’56, eco-feminist artist
Visit the artist’s website for a video tour and photo tour of her latest exhibition, High Water Mark—the first installment in a new online art series called MiraVision that she has created for this period of social distancing.
Lilli Cooper ’12, musical theater performer
Watch performances by this Tony-nominated Tootsie star (formerly of SpongeBob SquarePants).
Daniel Alexander Jones ’91, performance artist
Watch musical performances featuring Jones’s alter ego, Jomama Jones. Or listen to a conversation between Jones and Jeremy Cohen, head of the Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis, about what artists can offer in the current crisis.
Elizabeth Bishop ’34, poet
Bishop’s poem “One Art” is the focus of an episode of the PBS series Poetry in America.
Natalie Keng ’90, multicultural marketing consultant, writer, and entrepreneur
Keng offers recipes, cooking demos, as well as the webcast: “Sharing Hope & Love during the Pandemic” at her website, chinesesouthernbelle.com.
Eric Marcus ’80, founder and cohost of the Making Gay History podcast
In addition to the podcast, Marcus presents a weekly “listening club” of selections from the Making Gay History archive and discusses episodes live on Instagram every Friday at 3:00pm eastern time.
Deborah Macfarlan Enright ’82, producer and host of the 3 a.m. What’s Keeping You Up at Night? podcast
Listen to interviews with a variety of interesting people who are disrupting the status quo to improve the world—including various Vassar alums!
Huang Hung ’84
Listen to a conversation between writer Hung and TED head of curation Helen Walters on how Chinese and American cultural values shaped their responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Natalie Nixon ’91, author of The Creativity Leap: Unleash Curiosity, Improvisation and Intuition at Work
Nixon, an expert in design thinking, offers free motivational talks on creativity.
Lillie McDonough ’11, musician
View performances by ALMA, McDonough’s three-part harmony experimental synth pop band.
Matthew A. Wilson ’99, Emmy-winning performer and founder of Vassar’s Barefoot Monkeys
Listen to Wilson’s TED Talk in which he discusses how can help patients and medical professionals alike get through stressful situations.
Howard Fishman ’92, musician
Follow the YouTube channel of this American culture writer, singer, guitarist, bandleader, playwright, and composer.
Deadria Harrington ’10, Associate Director/Producer at New Georges nonprofit theater incubator
Read “Tiny Plays for the Time of No Plays” by various artists who deftly capture life in the pandemic in one short scene.
Regional Club Events Open to All
The Vassar Club of New York presents “Art in the Age of Pandemic: A Conversation with Vassar Alumnae/i in Arts, Culture, and Nonprofit Organizations” on May 27 from 8:00pm to 9:30pm eastern time via Zoom. Speakers will include: Whitney W. Donhauser ’89, Director & President, Museum of the City of New York; Eliana Glicklich ’03, Project and Operations Manager, Museum of Modern Art; Alisa Martin ’85, Vice President, Educational Operations, The Tenement Museum; Diego S. Segalini ’02, Co-Executive Director, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Please register here.
The Vassar Club of New Jersey presents a performance piece “From Hell Gate to Golden Gate: Program on Alice Huyler Ramsey VC 1907” about a distinguished Vassar alumna and New Jersey native who was the first woman to drive across America. Join in on May 30 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm eastern time via Zoom. Please register here.