Metacinema movie lovers take to the recording booth

  Brennen Kauffman and Emma Vogelmeier sit at the round table in Williams Hall’s main recording room. They’re here to record their weekly podcast: “Man with a Movie.” This week, they’re discussing “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.” They review the general outline for their discussion, and then Brennen gets ready to start the recording. He counts them in: “Three…Two…One…” Brennen and Emma started their podcast in the fall of 2017. Its tagline is “A show about movies about movies.” They discuss movies that fall under the title of “metacinema,” focusing on the development of the genre throughout past decades. Originally, the two didn’t know what the podcast was going to be about. They settled on metacinema after Brennen suggested the idea. “We both had film knowledge,” Emma said. “I wanted to try to do a podcast before I left college,” Brennen added.“I enjoy listening to podcasts. I wanted to know what it’s like on the other side.” Brennen enjoys making the podcast because it shows his commitment and creativity. “And if we can introduce people to films, that’s a bonus too,” he said. “It’s really new to me, so it forces me to think about processing films in a new way,” Emma said. “It’s independent and I like that a lot.” They started recording episodes in November and put out their first episode, which discussed the film “Sherlock...

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A ‘Not Very funny’ debut

The lights went down in Armstrong’s Wilks Theater, and only the stage was lit with a lone microphone in the center. Members of the audience murmured as they waited for the show to begin. “It’s so nerve-wracking.” “I know anything up there won’t make me laugh as hard as anything he says in person.” Not Very Funny’s fall show was about to begin. Mackenzie Maguire, the club’s president, and Ben Wolkoff, treasurer, walked on stage to applause and cheers from the audience. The crowd may have been small, but they were anything but quiet. Not Very Funny is a stand-up comedy club that was founded two years ago. Tuesday night, they held their first show of the school year. Eleven comedians performed, two of them first-timers. The organization holds meetings to work on group set work, and edit and critique individuals’ set material. Maguire and Wolkoff introduced each performer and often headed out into the audience between sets to ask questions or make jokes, earning giggles and shouts from the crowd.  As each performer stepped up to the microphone to their own walk-up music, the audience clapped and screamed their names. The jokes covered everything from dogs to drinking, serial killers to basic white girls, bike riding to food allergies. They walked, shouted, ran, jumped, danced across the stage and laughed along with the audience. Watching the performers from...

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Humans of Oxford: Selena Pickett: Self-taught pianist

It’s 5:30 a.m. and Selena Pickett’s alarm has just gone off. She rolls out of bed. Drowsily, she gets ready for the day — making her bed, getting dressed and fixing breakfast in her chilly dorm room. But she has one morning routine that many others don’t: she practices piano. As a psychology major and criminology minor, Selena plans on heading to law school after graduation. But that isn’t her sole focus. If she had a choice, there is another dream job she’d rather have: musician. Selena entered her first singing competition at age 10. Then, when she was...

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