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Student Music at St. Mary’s

Observer Scene | Monday, October 13, 2008

Formerly known as The Clubhouse, Dalloway’s is an on-campus café, lounge and performance venue at Saint Mary’s College. Dalloway’s, in addition to food stuffs and a pasta bar, often hosts game nights, craft nights and student performers. Past guests have included the Humor Artists of Notre Dame and a variety of student musicians. Wednesday night at 8 p.m., Dalloway’s will play host to a student performer, Brittni Qualizza, a Saint Mary’s senior and chemistry major from Skokie, Ill., who will play a set of covers and original material on acoustic guitar.  Fans of popular guitar-based acts, including Iron and Wine, the Format and similar bands, should check out Qualizza’s act. Recently Qualizza spoke to The Observer about her upcoming performance.Scene: How did you get started playing guitar? Have you played lived gigs before?Qualizza: I started playing the guitar a little over a year ago when my mom bought me a guitar for Christmas. I am the girl with all of those hot guy friends who can play and sing, so I wanted to prove that I could do the same thing. So I taught myself how to play, with help from my friends. I have never played a gig before and just decided to do it when Dalloway’s sent out an email looking for entertainment. No worries; I am pretty sure I will throw up on Wednesday.Scene: What types of songs are you covering?Qualizza: I really don’t know how to categorize them … I will be playing some Ben Harper, Iron and Wine, The Format and some other acoustic artists. Then I will try and throw in some good girly music -because mostly all girls will be there – and some originals.Scene: Do you like performing at Dalloway’s?Qualizza:Well, when I played in the basement there, I enjoyed it. I could pretty much enjoy playing my guitar anywhere.Scene: When else do you like to play guitar?Qualizza: Most of my performances take place in my room when random friends are over – other than that, I have never played for a big group of people.

Watch for listings of other activities and performances going on at Dalloway’s this semester. Upcoming events include a Guitar Hero tournament in mid-November, a Jeopardy / Family Feud Game Show in December and a campus-wide Halloween Walk on Oct. 29.”Our Halloween Walk on the 29th is going to be a big event,” Stephanie Anton, the Promotions Manager at Dalloway’s, told The Observer in an e-mail. “Groups of students will be walked around campus while stories from ‘Quiet Hours’ are told. We’re planning on making it scary.”For more information on upcoming events at Dalloway’s, contact the Dalloway’s Board at dalloways@saintmarys.edu.