Xanadu… Embracing Individuality and the Genius of our Differences

The benefit was a huge success for Whitman’s online literary magazine ‘Xanadu.’ With standing room only, the evening highlighted incredible talent who felt right at home on the small stage amongst friends.
The benefit was a huge success for Whitman’s online literary magazine ‘Xanadu.’ With standing room only, the evening highlighted incredible talent who felt right at home on the small stage amongst friends.
Left to right: Brianna Hansen, Benjamin Joseph, and Julio Taku, along with band members off camera: David Caliendo and Miles Lewis played a few audience favorites.
Left to right: Brianna Hansen, Benjamin Joseph, and Julio Taku, along with band members off camera: David Caliendo and Miles Lewis played a few audience favorites.
The art of temporary Henna Tattoos, as given by Imman Sohail, is several centuries old at least. The people of ancient Egypt and India used this form of temporary tattoo for religious ceremonies, wedding festivals, and for simple body adornment.
The art of temporary Henna Tattoos, as given by Imman Sohail, is several centuries old at least. The people of ancient Egypt and India used this form of temporary tattoo for religious ceremonies, wedding festivals, and for simple body adornment.
Alexander Siegel has been on the performing stages at Whitman since his freshman year. No doubt this talented senior will be off to something new and exciting after graduation.
Alexander Siegel has been on the performing stages at Whitman since his freshman year. No doubt this talented senior will be off to something new and exciting after graduation.
Sophomores Mikalia Rattazzi, left and Jill Jobson impress the audience.
Sophomores Mikalia Rattazzi, left and Jill Jobson impress the audience.
Jacob Goldstein at the microphone, while Joshua Joseph keeps the beat in the background on Bass and Chris Feustel on lead guitar.
Jacob Goldstein at the microphone, while Joshua Joseph keeps the beat in the background on Bass and Chris Feustel on lead guitar.

Last Friday night's Xanadu Concert was a big success, and Whitman Principal John Murphy had nothing but praise for his staffers and students. “Congratulations to Mr. Pipolo and the student members of our Xanadu Literary Magazine for putting together a wonderful benefit concert,” said Principal Murphy.  The special evening of entertainment, organized by Whitman’s award-winning online literary magazine, provided a wonderful showcase for the community's numerous talents.

Xanadu Advisor and Whitman English teacher Mr. Joseph Pipolo shared his thoughts about the evening: "It is with such joy that I am part of xanadulitmag.com. This gallery is a testament to the beauty and power of creation,” said Pipolo.  “Everyone knows that peace is not the opposite of war...not the opposite of destruction. Creation is.  Xanadu is our gesture toward sustainability. It is a very human act of relevance. A movement of activism that says we are alive. It says we build and paint and sing and strum and write and capture in a photo. Xanadulitmag.com is a living expression of conviction. It is a testament that houses these truths. This night allows us to be."

Thank you to our musicians: Brianna Hansen, David Caliendo, Benjamin Joseph, Miles Lewis, Julio Taku; Pamela Carey, Ryan Meyer, Cal Eidinoff, Max Eidinoff, Max Peretson, Alex Gryzbowski, David Yorke; Chris Feustel, Jonathan Tekverk, Josh Joseph, Logan Slansky, Jacob Goldstein; Yadira Medina Moctezuma; Vito Monti Matthew Hoffman, Frank Yolango, John Murphy, and Jon Varlamos; Julia Rinaldi; Alex Siegel; Jill Jobson and Mikaila Rattazzi; Kate Jenkins and Matthew Brown; Ethan Heather, Kyle Matilla and Michael Bishop; and Erin Collins, William Collins, and Sara Crapanzano. To our Xanadu staff: Cosette Brazeau, Sarah Choudhary, Deanna Tabibzada, Alexa Betancourth, Mabel Bassi, Anna Edwards, Lauren Gotard, Katherine Gotard, Lily Soares, Zack Slansky. Sound Engineer Carl Constable; and our Lamplighters, to our very supportive community and admin, our volunteer henna tattoo artists, our compliment booth people, and last but not least, to anyone who purchased a shirt or a sticker or button ...or a ticket.