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Find informative student essays about arts and cultural events, institutions, and internships. Read what your fellow students have to say about the arts, or add your voice.

Let your creative voice out, and join our writing team! We encourage submissions about current museum exhibitions, dance and theater performances, or talks and lectures. For more information on contributing a review, email Alex Tapnio, Associate Director for Program Administration, at: jt3037@columbia.edu

Live at Lerner’s Sounds series has sometimes struck me as a musical blind date. The performers – usually up-and-coming NYC-based talent – can look just a little out of their element, playing a lunchtime gig squashed against the piano lounge’s baby grand. The students are a shy, enthusiastic audience, most of whom will not have heard of the band before seeing a tastefully designed poster in the Hamilton stairwell.
Musical Mentors Collaborative, a student-run organization based primarily at Columbia, held their end-of-semester recital Saturday, December 15, to celebrate the progress of their students.  
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The Jewish Museum
Perhaps the best way to appreciate one of the Jewish Museum’s current exhibits, Crossing Borders: Manuscripts from the Bodleian Libraries, is to learn a little bit more about why—apart from being, at nearly a thousand years old, inconceivably ancient and on display for our 21st century eyes to see—the books in the show are so remarkable.
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Studio Museum in Harlem
Last Friday evening, the Studio Museum in Harlem opened its doors to the Columbia community for an Arts Initiative-hosted Columbia Night. The event focused on its current exhibitions Fore which featured artwork from two Columbia SOA graduates and was co-curated by a recent GSAS alum.
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International Center of Photography
Seeking a worthwhile procrastination trip for your free hours during reading week?
A favourite Stephen Sondheim lyric of mine: “There ought to be clowns; send in the clowns.” Daniele Finzi Pasca would approve.
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Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
I went to a garage sale today. At the Museum of Modern Art.
Entering the shadows of Le Poisson Rouge, a “multimedia art cabaret” on Bleecker Street, is a bit like being swallowed into the sultry depths of a red-tinted cave. The atmosphere hums with the dampness of drink and low voices as the close-packed crowd waits for the performers to take the stage.
Monica Moore has helped produce New York City’s iconic New Year’s Eve in Times Square for the past nine years and discussed her career to date with an audience of students and staff on Friday over pizza.
As I walked into the second floor gallery of the Museum of Arts and Design, currently showing a survey of the artist Daniel Brush, the first piece which caught my eye was a sculpture composed of a cascade of delicate gold butterflies spilling over a piece of steel.

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