WRITTEN BY Emily Meadows
Sitting on the brink of March, students are ready to thaw out, liven up and start making those anticipated (and well-deserved) summer plans. But for many music fanatics, summer translates to only one thing: festival season.
The days of coast-to-coast travel to secure your camping spot are long gone, and the mass concert craze has sprouted in nearly every region of the country.
Maybe you want to save some cash on gas, or Bonnaroo just isn’t for you. Whatever the case, you’re no longer bound to Manchester or Chicago for a live, musically packed outdoor experience.
Here’s a list of some of this summer’s best northeastern festivals that may be better suited for you, or maybe just a little closer to home:
WRITTEN BY Sara Cottle
Today’s Inspiration Polyvore board is perfect for this weather. This week has been inspired from gothic roses, dark forests,
dimly light candles with textures, black lips, velvet, and emeralds.
Emerald is going to be a hot color this year and this black
maxi dress is a perfect winter time alternative to long pants. If you were ever wondering what to wear a fashion forward
shag jacket with, this is it.
Keep this gothic chic look in mind for the week when you just want to feel cozy as you’re trying to make it through this weather, and you’ll be sure to keep your edge.
The brilliant costume designer behind this run of the show is Mary McClung, WVU’s very own Associate Director of Costume Design and Costume Director. Professor McClung has great experience in her field that includes working with immaculate companies such as Disney and Universal Studios.
I was given the amazing opportunity to work as a member of the costume crew for Carmen, which allowed me to not only get personal with the costumes and actors themselves, but also take a few photos and capture the behind the scenes magic.
It is magnificently apparent that the designs truly capture the personality and story schemes of each character, bringing the opera to life on the stage. From the cigarette girls scantily clad in their linens, to the ladies dressed to the nines with cat-eye glasses and straw purses, the cast of Carmen is delightfully saturated.
McClung’s amazing work with color scheme, especially showcased in the scarlet reds of Carmen’s wardrobe, helps liven the storyline and personify the tragedy. Other common motifs found within the costuming of the show include vibrant florals and bold colors, as seen in the following gallery. The costumes were by Mary McClung.
WRITTEN/PHOTOS BY Emily Smith
It wasn’t long after the snow began to fall last Saturday morning that a line began forming outside the front door of Wild Zero Tattoo Studio on Pleasant Street.
The patrons, bundled from head to toe with coffee cups in hand, were waiting to attend the 5th annual Sailor Jerry Day at Wild Zero.
Sailor Jerry Day commemorates iconic tattoo legend Norman “Sailor Jerry” Collins, with the appeal of the event being “old school tattoos at old school prices.” Tattoo enthusiasts in the Morgantown area look forward to the event every year.
Eric Carlson, owner and tattoo artist at Wild Zero, opened the shop in 2006 and held their first Sailor Jerry Day in 2009. Carlson said that each year has been even more successful than the last, with this year being their busiest yet.
“Sailor Jerry Day is a great opportunity to have a large group of our customers interact and have a good time while getting tattoos in a festive environment,” said Carlson.
Six tattoo artists worked at Wild Zero’s Sailor Jerry Day this year. Carlson and two other Wild Zero artists, Chris Triantifilou and Chris Rhodes, participated alongside guest artists, Nick Quinn from Black Eagle Tattoo in Charleston, W.Va., Landon Lewis and Ryan Spahr from Black Thorn Gallery in Mechanicsburg, Pa.
Carlson plans to continue the annual event.
Wild Zero Studios is located at 229 Pleasant St. Morgantown.
For more information, hours and more you can visit their website.
Check out the gallery from Sailor Jerry Day: