Sold Out Again; Fata Morgana Up Close

On May 17th, the spring showcase opened for Fata Morgana, Georgetown Day School’s (GDS) student-run and student-choreographed dance troupe. With almost every show sold out, Fata Morgana is a staple in the GDS art scene. Even after Maria Watson, Fata Morgana’s faculty advisor, released 20 extra tickets for Friday’s sold-out performance, the club sold these additional tickets within ten hours. As always, the show was lively and exciting. The performance opened with a 1980’s themed number, featuring dancers dressed in brightly colored spandex and leotards. From the Michael Jackson themed piece to the monster themed dance, the audience was cheering

Our Seniors and Their Arts

Georgetown Day School (GDS) is known for the variety and quality of its performing and visual arts programs. From Fata Morgana to the spring musical to the Arts Showcase, there are many ways for GDS students to express and develop their artistic capabilities. While the arts programs are undoubtedly shaped by the many students who choose to participate in them, in some cases, students are forced to take arts classes because students must complete one year of a performing art and one year of a studio art before graduating. We talked to GDS seniors about their experience with the Arts

GOINGS ON ABOUT TOWN – BEGINNING OF SUMMER

June is a month full of possibility: school ends, pools open, and the summer begins in earnest. The overwhelming humidity aside, Washington can be an awesome city in which to spend the summer, if you know where to look. Scouring local websites and blogs, you can find exciting events, some basic, some off the beaten path, many of which are free. In what I hope will become a recurring feature of the Augur Bit, here is a list of cultural events going on around DC over the month of June and beyond. Naked Eyes @ ARTECHOUSE opened on May 16,

Pencils and Saxophones

In Brad Linde’s three years at Georgetown Day School (GDS), he released six new albums, toured the country with his quartet Team Players, and developed his big band despite the closing of Bohemian Caverns. Simultaneously, Linde has revitalized the high school jazz program by pioneering trips to festivals in Boston, North Carolina, Dallas, and New York. When asked how he balances his career as a musician with teaching, Linde responded that “it is less of a balancing act, and more of a way of life.” His two careers complement and build on each other. “I’m passing along to my students

What Were You Wearing?

The year 2017 was a turning point for perpetrators of sexual assault. One by one, we have seen the fall of many prominent figures across industries, from Hollywood to the US government. News channels seem to expose a new assaulter in the headlines every month. But in focusing all of our energy on the perpetrators, we neglect to address the treatment of victims. Many survivors of sexual assault convey that the way they were victimized after their assault was, in some ways, worse than the assault itself — so how do we deal with someone who comes forward about their

Diversity in GDS Theater?

In the cold winter months of 1925, caver William Floyd Collins got trapped in a tight crevice of Sand Cave in Kentucky only one hundred and fifty feet from the cave’s entrance. The ensuing media circus and tragic tale of his prolonged death inspired an eponymous Off-Broadway musical in the 1990s. Based on the original context of the event, the play features a primarily white cast and employs stereotypical gender roles. In April, Georgetown Day School’s theater program will present its own adaptation of Floyd Collins, raising concerns about diversity—or the lack thereof—in GDS theater. In the past, the lack

The Power of Protest Art

During any era rife with tension, private citizens have adopted a myriad of ways to express their displeasure. One of the newest and most quickly-evolving forms of which is protest art. Protest art has become a popular method of sparking conversations about controversial issues. While people have been using art as a means of expressing dissent throughout history, the idea of “protest art” as a genre is a relatively new one that began in the 20th century, taking root in pieces such as Pablo Picasso’s 1937 work, Guernica, a protest against the violence and fascism that occurred during the Spanish

Summer Music Calendar

Paula Gil-Ordonez Twenty One Pilots Friday, June 10, 2016 Merriweather Post Pavilion   Who: Quirky indie rap duo from Ohio Sound: Poetry-based, schizophrenic pop with shameless and relatable lyrics Songs to Listen to: Car Radio, Kitchen Sink, House of Gold, We Don’t Believe What’s on TV _____________ Birdy Sunday, June, 12, 2016 9:30 Club   Who: Precocious British singer and songwriter who hit it big with a pop cover of Bon Iver’s “Skinny Love” Sound: Stripped-down arrangements and raw, delicate melodies Songs to Listen to: All You Never Say, People Help the People, Tee-Shirt, Shelter (The xx cover) ____________ Tame

Laughter Bit (Comedy)

Everyone knows that the GDS High School is a treasure trove of fashion. Everywhere one turns, one can see students rocking new, striking looks that highlight individual style and creativity. What many people do not realize, however, is that it is not only the students who bring couture to our hallways. We’ve decided to showcase two teachers that we think serve the boldest looks, give us the most mesmerizing ensembles, and slay us with haute couture. Tom Yoder   Q: Whom are you wearing? TY:  Where to begin? I’m wearing Ralph Lauren, although I’ll really say that the clothes are

National Portrait Gallery Teen Museum Council Organizes “Paint Ball”

Jamie Solomon Though the National Portrait Gallery officially closes at 7:00 PM, on Friday, April 8th, the museum’s famous atrium was open exclusively to teenagers in the DC area from 7:00 to 9:00 for the Paint Ball. The Paint Ball was an event organized by the Teen Museum Council as a night for teens to engage with the museum, with the arts, and with their peers. Complete with delicious food, interactive art projects, and strobe lights, the Paint Ball was charged with an infectious energy and feeling of community. The night started off with a group of students performing slam

GDS Art Students Tour Outwin Collection at NPG

Elizabeth Vogt Earlier this spring, GDS art students trekked down to the National Portrait Gallery (NPG) to view the acclaimed exhibit “The Outwin: Portraiture Today”. The dynamic and poignant exhibit features the 2016 winners of a portraiture contest held by the NPG, which attracted a variety of submissions in the art of portrayal. Needless to say, the contest succeeded in pulling a collection of magnificent submissions by renowned, established visionaries and newer, more obscure artists alike. Above all, the judges of the contest sought work that took an innovative approach to the age-old tradition of portraiture, as well as diversity

Ben Kapit Takes GDS Arts Scene by Storm

Finn Camper Freshman Ben Kapit is already a “big man on campus” at GDS. He is known throughout the high school for his dedication to and accomplishments in filmmaking, a branch of the arts less prominent in our otherwise artistically diverse community. Although Kapit is new to GDS, he has already begun to make his mark on the curriculum itself. He is collaborating with art teacher Adrian Loving to design and reboot a once popular filmography course for the coming school year. The film and video creative workshop will be the only class at GDS dedicated solely to videography, providing

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