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Phoebe Bodurtha ’15 brought the 2014 Dartmouth Idol audience to a roar when she sang “Defying Gravity,” from the Broadway hit “Wicked,” at the show’s finale. Nabbing a first-place finish was no feat of luck. Bodurtha has sung since middle school and had performed in Idol twice before.
By experimenting with music in unconventional time signatures and exploring a wide range of modern movement, the Dartmouth Dance Ensemble will perform the winter showcase “Diversions and Sports” tonight, headed by two-time guest director John Heginbotham.
When 200 women joined the Class of 1976, the male-dominated Dartmouth community reacted with mixed emotions — some welcomed the female students, while others displayed hostility. The music and theater departments, however, largely avoided the eye of the storm.
Before Dartmouth became coeducational in fall 1972, a handful of pioneering transfer students in the theater department helped to pave the path for women to follow. The women had participated in the Congregation of the Arts, a summer arts program on campus from 1963-1969 that brought together musicians, composers, actors and dancers from various colleges.
“Fortune, that favors fools, these two short hours/we wish away, both for your sakes and ours.”
So begins 17th century playwright Ben Jonson’s comedy “The Alchemist.” Director Nick O’Leary ’14 has added his own touches to recreate this classic, witty tale, which will amuse even modern audiences on Wednesday evening.
Several students sat outside Hartman Rehearsal Hall on Monday afternoon waiting for rehearsal with instruments on their laps and The Spring Quartet’s Tuesday concert on their minds. Barrett Clark ’17, a trombone player in the Barbary Coast Jazz Ensemble, pressed fellow musician Erin Huffer ’17 to come to the 7 p.m. concert. A real “jazzer” would see the Spring Quartet, he insistsed.
“Live music always sounds better,” Clark said. “And you can never get enough jazz.”
Above the fireplace in the Sherman Art Library’s reference room sits a dragon-like emblem of Francis I of France, which displays a salamander, thought to be able to magically survive fire. Visual arts librarian Laura Graveline encourages students to visit Sherman, the College’s art research library, to see the expansive collection for themselves.
Sherman houses catalogs from art museums, galleries and image databases. The library also includes the Art Special Collection, which displays collections of artists’ handmade books, facsimiles and other rare items.
One of the closest Oscar races in history concluded last night with “Gravity” (2013) as the overall winner with seven total awards, including best director and best visual effects. “12 Years a Slave” (2013) garnered three prizes and nabbed the most coveted best picture award.
This summer, Tricia Paik ’91 will take over as Indianapolis Museum of Art’s contemporary art curator . Paik, who is currently the associate curator of modern and contemporary art at the St. Louis Art Museum, has worked at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Morgan Library and Museum and the Museum of Modern Art.
Matthew Mirliani ’16 began writing music in middle school but kept his talent a secret until his junior year of high school, when he released his first album on iTunes to the surprise of family and friends. He has continued to write music, record and sing since, mostly working on his own using digital music creation software.
For featured violinist Alex Styk ’14, Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra’s Saturday evening concert will be a musical marathon. After a year of practice, he will solo in a 35 minute-long piece that involves lyrical syncopation and closes with a finger-numbing finale.
Sunday mornings are for reading comics: Garfield, Peanuts, Dilbert and Blondie. At least, that is how many children are initially exposed to the panels of drawings and text that attempt to tell a story and elicit a few laughs.
Dartmouth’s second annual Illustrations, Comics and Animation Conference, running Friday through Sunday, will present a more complicated view of the art form.
Tonight, Eve Ensler’s play “The Vagina Monologues” returns to campus for Dartmouth’s 16th celebration of “V-Week.” The yearly campaign was established in concert with V-Day, a movement launched by Ensler to end violence against women and girls.
This year’s “voices” theme for V-February makes the production especially relevant, Center for Gwender and Student Engagement assistant director Michelle Hector said.
On Thursday evening, the pulsing tones of Phill Niblock’s recorded music will reverberate throughout Rollins Chapel as the audience watches images from Niblock’s “The Movement of People Working” series. Niblock’s layered soundscapes will combine with evocative visuals in a rare audiovisual experiment.
The upcoming concert will include two of about 20 films from “The Movement of People Working” series, both of which were filmed in China in 1986 and 1987. The two films have never been shown side by side in any concert before, Niblock said, because he rejects any set pairing between film and music.
As Hannah Williams ’14 sees it, computer programs open up endless creative possibilities for digital artists. What else can make you feel like a god, capable of creating anything from nothing?
For the brave souls that make the trek down West Wheelock Street and across the Ledyard Bridge, Davidson Ceramics Studio is worth the trip. Located right off the Connecticut River in Norwich, the studio allows students and faculty to throw, fire and glaze their own pots, whether they have experience working on a potter’s wheel or are getting their hands dirty for the first time.
When Cornelius Gurlitt, now 81 years-old, traveled across the Swiss border by train in 2010, a routine customs check led to an incredible find. The son of a prominent Nazi was traveling with 9,000 euros, prompting a police investigation that ended with the discovery of a priceless collection of drawings and paintings allegedly taken from war-torn Germany.
Stored in his 1000-square-foot Munich apartment, Gurlitt had a collection worth an estimated $1.3 billion, including works by Matisse and Picasso. German prosecutors removed over 1,400 works of art and objects from his apartment in 2012.
Not too far into “3 Days to Kill” (2014), recently retired CIA hit man Ethan Renner (Kevin Costner) returns to his apartment in Paris. As he puts his key into the door, a young boy opens it, and Ethan realizes his apartment has been taken over by squatters from Mali. After threatening the leader with a gun, the first of many minorities Ethan intimidates and beats in the film, he leaves his apartment to advance the plot, but I really wish he hadn’t.