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Walking into Belgian artist Erik van Hove’s exhibit in the Hopkins Center’s Jaffe-Friede Gallery, one is taken aback by the intricacy of the large, mechanical looking piece that takes up most of the center of the gallery. A team of Moroccan craftsmen created the reproduction of the Mercedes V12 engine. The piece is a behemoth of wood, bone and engraved metal.
Last Friday night, the lights in Sarner Underground illuminated the stage with mood-setting hues as Grace Carney ’17, member of the Rockapellas and winner of Dartmouth Idol 2016, took the stage along with her band Grace and the Carnivore to headline a Friday Night Rock show that featured a trio of Boston-based alternative bands. FNR, a student run organization that works to bring alternative music acts to campus, have welcomed notable past performers such as Danny Brown, Titus Andronicus, The World Is a Beautiful Place and I’m No Longer Afraid to Die, Of Montreal, The Mountain Goats and The Front Bottoms.
With Leo officially in the Oscar record books, we can all rest easy. But it took “The Revenant” (2015), a film plagued with budgetary problems, threats of hypothermia, cast injuries and a fired producer to get him there. Alejandro González Iñárritu has a history of torturous films (“Biutiful” (2010) and “Birdman” (2014)) that study the processes of human will and endurance. His films are inflections of this central theme, and “The Revenant” applies his aesthetic to the 1820s American frontier, before Manifest Destiny was a national rallying cry and the road to expansion was paved in blood.
Although predominantly known for his collaborations with Kanye West, Chicago-based rapper and songwriter Che “Rhymefest” Smith takes a different approach to rap than his former collaborator, focusing more on philanthropy, emotional intelligence and the value of family. Dartmouth students and community members experienced Smith’s approach when he visited the College for the Hopkins Center’s screening of the documentary film “In My Father’s House” (2015) this past Thursday. Smith is known for co-writing the Grammy award-winning song “Jesus Walks,” from Kanye West’s album “Yeezus,” and the Oscar and Golden Globe award-winning song “Glory,” from the film “Selma” (2014).
Good things often come in pairs. Such is the case for Dartmouth alumni Tom McArdle ’91 and Matt Heineman ’05, who were both nominated for Oscars this past year.
The dancers of Companhia Urbana de Dança moved dynamically around the stage Monday night, smiling and interacting with one another as they performed complicated steps combining hip hop and other styles of dance. The mixture of styles including contemporary street style and capoeira, a Brazilian martial art dance form, is what makes Urbana so unique and exciting to watch.
It’s not everyday that one may hear or recognize the work of Johann Sebastian Bach at a vocal performance, let alone at an a cappella performance. However, this unexpected twist on singing classical pieces using vocal harmonizing is exactly what characterizes the Swingle Singers, a five-time Grammy-winning a cappella group, who will be performing tonight in Spaulding Auditorium.
The current renovations of the Hood Museum recently stirred up controversy. The $50 million renovations are scheduled to be completed in January 2019 and focus on expanding and creating new spaces. Conflict has arisen over the efforts to harmonize new additions with the vision of Charles Moore, the original architect.
After the success of the hand-held, alien invasion blockbuster “Cloverfield” in 2008, producer J. J. Abrams shaped its blood relative “10 Cloverfield Lane” (2016) to exist in the same apocalyptic universe. But the film seems patently devoid of aliens; rather they are a backdrop or suggestion, and what we get instead is a tight, chamber thriller in which alienation becomes the central horror.
Based in Los Angeles, Clara Aranovich ’07 has worked in the film industry primarily as a writer, director and actress but has credits as a video editor, producer, cinematographer, camera assistant and sound editor as well. Her latest projects include acting in “Yosemite” (2015) starring James Franco as well as writing, directing and acting in “Primrose” (2015), a short film that was nominated for the SXSW Grand Jury Award.
While Charli Fool Bear-Vetter ’15 is known for her powerful singing voice as a member of the Rockapellas and as a 2015 Dartmouth Idol runner-up, she credits playwriting as the medium that helped her discover her literary voice. Fool Bear-Vetter, a theater major, was named first runner-up on March 22 for her play “The Crickets Ate the Moon” in the inaugural Yale Indigenous Performing Arts Program playwriting contest. Yale senior Reed Adair Bobroff placed first with his play “A Fraction of Love.”
When Samantha Knowles ’12 began her journey at Dartmouth College eight years ago, she had her eye set on majoring in film and media. Not only did she achieve that goal, but she exceeded it, graduating with degrees in psychology and film and media studies. Knowles has transitioned into working in the film industry thanks to her short documentary “Why Do You Have Black Dolls?” (2012), which received the 2012 Reel Sisters Film Festival Spirit Award and the 2013 Women, Action & the Media (WAM!) Film Festival Audience Award. As an associate producer, she has worked on several films including “Meru” (2015) and “Incorruptible” (2015), a film about the 2011 Senegal crisis.
Edgard Allen Poe is much more than a scary storyteller as “Red-Eye to Havre de Grace,” performed by groups Lucidity Suitcase Intercontinental and Wilhelm Bros. & Co., shows. The play chronicles the last days of Poe’s life, specifically focusing on his journey to New York in pursuit of remarriage, tonight and tomorrow at the Hopkins Center.
Like many Dartmouth students, Nicolle Allen ’16 came to the College with a major already in mind. Despite her interest in English and biology, she realized this was not the path for her after beginning a work-study in the College’s costume shop for the theater department. Backstage, Allen helped actors make their speedy changes.
The Hopkins Center jumps right into a packed spring term featuring lively performances by prominent visiting artists, thought-provoking film specials and innovative student works.
South African singer-songwriter Jesse Clegg will be opening for The Johnny Clegg Band at the Lebanon Opera House tonight. Clegg, who just released his third studio album, is a platinum-selling success in South Africa and his performance will be part of his North American tour.
In a few weeks, Modest Mouse’s debut album “This is a Long Drive for Someone With Nothing to Think About” (1996), will celebrate its 20th anniversary. The record is overshadowed by its follow ups, “The Lonesome Crowded West” (1997), which Pitchfork dedicated an entire documentary to, and their major label debut “The Moon & Antarctica” (2000). Those two albums are titans to be sure, but they unfortunately obscure the shine of “This is a Long Drive,” an album that is a classic in its own right.
Beyond her turn as the beloved Professor McGonagall in the Harry Potter series or Violet Crawley on “Downton Abbey,” Dame Maggie Smith may be unknown to most American audiences. A giant of the British stage and screen, Smith has received two Oscars (“The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie” (1969) and “California Suite” (1978)), two Emmys for “Downton Abbey” and a Tony for “Lettice and Lovage” (1990). But this great Dame, finding a second wind in her not so twilight years, trades her Downton pomp and circumstance for the grime and acerbity of Miss Shepherd, the lady in the van.
“Name one genius that ain’t crazy,” Kanye West raps on “Feedback,” the fifth track of his recent album “The Life of Pablo.” “I’ve been out of my mind a long time.”
A senior with a double major in engineering and studio art, F. Hambelton “Ham” Sonnenfeld ’16 has always enjoyed creating projects.