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As presidential candidates began to pass through campus and election pamphlets were passed around this past summer, the Dartmouth Film Society began to examine the idea of the absolutism of governmental authority. This spark turned into the theme for the DFS’ termly film series at the Hopkins Center: “Question Authority.” Under this theme, DFS included films such as 2016 Oscar nominees “Brooklyn” (2015) and “Trumbo” (2015) as well as classics such as “Chicken Run” (2000).
Eyal Podell ’97 graduated from Dartmouth with a major in theater. After graduation, he moved directly to Los Angeles, where he acted in many television shows including “The Young and the Restless” (1973) and “Defying Gravity” (2009) before going into screenwriting. Podell partnered with fellow Dartmouth alum Jonathon “Stew” Stewart ’96. In 2006, the two worked together on “USONIA,” which tells the story of Podell’s grandparents and grand uncle who founded a utopian cooperative community. They later wrote a biopic about Theodor Geisel titled “Seuss” which later landed on the Black List, a list of the best unproduced screenplays in Hollywood.
“Razzle dazzle ‘em, give ‘em a show that’s so splendiferous, row after row will grow vociferous!” The razzle dazzle of Prohibition-era Chicago, referenced in the show’s lyrics, came to life at the Hopkins Center on Friday, where the theater department presented its production of “Chicago,” the award-winning musical that premiered in 1975.
Last week, hopeful ’19s applied to be part of this spring’s Dimensions program designed to welcome prospective Dartmouth students. Students involved dedicate many hours and expend immeasurable energy to pull off a successful event.
There is no boil, boil, toil and trouble, hooked noses or broomsticks to be found in “The Witch” (2015), the debut feature from Robert Eggers. Set in pre-Salem witch trial New England, the film takes folklore and written narratives from the era and spins them into a period piece of unsettling magnitude. Eggers spotlights this rarely studied era, and captures the paranoiac underpinnings that led to the mass hysteria of the 1692 witch-hunts.
Preston Copley ’07 graduated from Dartmouth with a history major. After graduation, Copley transitioned from performance to production, working for companies that produced reality television, shows off-Broadway and, eventually, for the Disney Theatrical Group. Copley is now the director of Creative Development for Jean Doumanian Productions in New York City.
We might be able to blame the theater department for the wind chill over Winter Carnival weekend. While the rest of campus was human dogsled racing and taking a stab at ice sculpting, the cast and crew of this term’s main stage production were working hard to bring the Windy City to Hanover. For the next two weekends, students will be staging “Chicago” (1975), the longest-running American musical in Broadway history.
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute is currently showing an exhibit called “Paris in a Second” featuring photographs by Jim Lustenader ’66, taken for his book of the same name. The exhibit, which opened Feb. 1, is a collection of pictures featuring scenes from daily life in Paris.
Beverly Alomepe ’17 drew her early artistic inspiration from an atypical source. \n When she was younger, she was interested in anime and manga, she said. \n Her interest in manga comics encouraged her to take a basic drawing and charcoal art class in high school. Alomepe noted that she recognized her artistic talent after this class, but decided that pursuing a career in art would be difficult, even prohibitive. She went into Dartmouth thinking about studying biomedical engineering and Chinese.\n Her path changed when during her spring term of her first year she took “Drawing 1.”
The illustrious mingles with the obscure tonight in Spaulding Auditorium for a piano recital of ambitious breadth and taste featuring married duo Sally Pinkas and Evan Hirsch.
Like all art, music has a history of referencing itself. Musical ideas in all different forms are recycled again and again, songs are copied, reworked and parodied. Bits of different songs are recombined to create new ones. One relatively recent example of this is sampling, the taking of parts of actual recordings and altering them to fit into a song, a technique made possible with the advent of recorded music and other new technologies. Another sort of category related to this phenomenon is the cover — when an artist performs a song someone else has written.
This past Saturday, Dartmouth all-female a cappella group the Subtleties showcased their talents in their Winter WhingDing Concert in Spaulding Auditorium, along with freestyle rap group DStyle and dance group SHEBA.
It is a pity that Valentine’s Day just passed, since “Brooklyn”(2015) is the most uplifting love story of the year. Granted “Fifty Shades of Grey” (2015) put up a good fight, but the classy classicism of “Brooklyn” makes this simple tale of two cities a heartwarming crowd pleaser, and glamorizes Colm Tóibín’s 2009 source novel.
Dartmouth’s chapter of Spoon University, a club designed around the appreciation of food, dissociated from the national start-up Spoon University at the end of fall term. Spoon University is a start-up that publishes student-generated content about food.
Latin jazz bandleader and songwriter Gregorio Uribe will be headlining the Barbary Coast Jazz Ensemble in its 40th annual Winter Carnival concert this Friday. Joined by percussionists Jonathan Gómez from Colombia and Marcelo Woloski from Argentina, Uribe is rejoining the ensemble after performing with them in the 2013 Winter Carnival concert.
Tonight’s performance of Eve Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues” marks the 18th consecutive year of the performance at Dartmouth as part of V-February, the College’s annual campaign for gender equality and sexual violence awareness during the month of February. In the show, 22 self-identifying women will perform the monologues in Spaulding Auditorium.
From her work as a volunteer “baby-cuddler” at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center to her job at the Dartmouth Biomedical Engineering Center to her 5 p.m. sunset runs in Pine Park, Nivedita “Nivi” Nagaraj ’16 has many roles at Dartmouth.
After “True Grit” (2010) and “Inside Llewyn David” (2013), the Coen brothers seemed to be becoming very serious men. But their latest “Hail, Caesar!” (2016) returns the duo to their “Big Lebowki” (1998) comedic roots, in which the riotous romp of carnivalesque characters takes over any desire to maintain a moving plot. While the film may lack the makings of a cult classic, it highlights the Coens’ almost cultish fondness for a classic period of American filmmaking.
On Sunday Feb. 7, Dartmouth’s World Music Percussion Ensemble performed “Joy to the World,” a collection of songs from various cultures focused on sacredness and secularity.
World music combines elements of music from various cultures across the globe. In addition to the varying cultures of origin, the music also differed in tempo, ranging from mellow to upbeat, but it was all united by the theme of joy.
The Hopkins Center for the Arts rang with music on Sunday afternoon as the Dartmouth Glee Club performed their “Winter Panorama” concert at the Top of the Hop. The group performed a range of songs in Spanish, English, Latin and Russian.