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Moises Silva ’16, a drummer in the World Music Percussion Ensemble, is used to seeing empty seats at the group’s termly performances. They seldom stay filled because audience members can’t help but stand and move to the energetic rhythms from across the globe. Silva hopes for a similar reaction at Friday’s Cuban-inspired concert, “Ritmos Suaves: Smooth Rhythm.”
“As a performer, you like to see the reaction from the crowd,” Silva said. “When you see somebody moving to what you’re playing it brings you joy, and it adds another layer to just playing music.”
Classical violinist Joshua Bell has performed across the globe in venues such as Carnegie Hall, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and a subway station in Washington D.C. An Avery Fisher Prize recipient, Bell performed incognito in the station in 2007 for a Washington Post story examining art and context, an article that earned its writer a Pulitzer Prize.
As part of its rotating exhibition program, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center introduced a host of new works by regional artists this January, including paintings, photographs and woodblock prints.
All Lego aficionados should rejoice the day in fall 1993 when filmmakers Phil Lord ’97 and Chris Miller ’97 met as freshmen at Dartmouth. The duo wrote and directed “The Lego Movie” (2014), which has received an overwhelmingly positive reception from critics and moviegoers, earning $69.1 million over its opening weekend in early February. The animated movie features the voices of Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Liam Neeson and Morgan Freeman. Lord and Miller’s previous films include “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” (2009) and “21 Jump Street” (2012).
When Genevieve Mifflin ’14 quit gymnastics at age 8, her parents worried that she would drop extracurricular activities altogether. Yet Mifflin concentrated her energies in dance, which she had started at age 2 and now committed to with a greater passion.
Books will be written on the awfulness of “Winter’s Tale” (2014). The odd decisions, stale lines and questionable career choices will keep film scholars and BuzzFeed writers at bay for decades. If you were dragged to this movie on a Valentine’s Day date, rethink your relationship. If a relative decides a few months from now to give this movie as a gift, cut off all contact and disown him or her. If you’re on a plane and this is the in-flight movie, fake a heart attack. The resulting legal proceedings and hospital bills will be better than subjecting yourself to two hours of “Winter’s Tale.”
On Tuesday evening, the Dartmouth NAACP chapter hosted a Black Art Showcase of the various visual, vocal and literary talents of the black community at Dartmouth.
The Dartmouth Glee Club is full of accomplished classical and choral singers who are more than ready for a challenge — even singing in a foreign language and mastering new rhythmic patterns. For Saturday’s “From Spain to the Americas” concert, the group’s members will perform songs from Spain and Latin America in Spanish.
A full moon drew 400 people to the Hanover Country Club golf course on Friday Feb. 13, 2005. The first Howl at the Moon dinner, organized by Dartmouth’s Outdoor Rentals Program and the Hanover Recreation Department, was not a gathering of werewolves, but an evening of food and music for local residents and students.
n the foreground of Edouard Manet’s noted 1863 painting “Olympia,” a nude, white woman lies across a bed, and some art historians do not concentrate on the African maid delivering flowers in the background. Tuesday, however, University of California at Berkeley professor Darcy Grimaldo Grigsby spoke about the maid’s social significance in the annual Angela Rosenthal Distinguished Lecture.
Grigsby, an art history professor who specializes in French visual and material art and colonialism’s influence on works, said she is concerned with the piece’s racial, colonial and societal overtones.
Addressing criticisms that the Vagina Monologues do not speak to some women’s experiences, V-February organizers added “Voices: An Original Production” to this year’s lineup in an attempt to make the programming more inclusive. The performance will showcase personal stories of self-identified women at Dartmouth through original monologues, poems and stream of consciousness recitations.
The “V” in the College’s 16th annual V-February stands for “voices.” In previous years, event organizers have used the themes of victory, violence and vaginas for the program.
Fresh out of Hanover, Talene Monahon ’13 was recently cast in the “The Chocolate Show!”, an off-Broadway musical that will open on Friday. At Dartmouth, Monahon played a starring role in the College’s production of “Angels in America” in fall 2012 and produced and acted in an original solo show titled “All in Good Fun” last spring. She also acted at the New London Barn Playhouse and the Northern Stage in White River Junction.
Lanphord Cao ’16 has played music for as long as he can remember. Growing up in China, he took up classical piano at age 7. Yet, as he began listening to more rock, pop and hip-hop artists at the age of 15, he switched to writing and playing modern music, he said.
On Feb. 3, Brooklyn artist Tony Matelli’s lifelike sculpture “Sleepwalker” was installed outside of Wellesley College’s campus museum to promote the artist’s show, “New Gravity,” which will run through July. The sculpture features a middle-aged man in tight white underwear briefs, with eyes closed and arms outstretched like he is sleepwalking. After its installation, students circulated a petition demanding the sculpture’s removal.
Louise Bourgeois’s “Crouching Spider,” the giant stainless steel sculpture displayed outside of the Black Family Visual Arts Center, will take leave this spring. After a yearlong loan to the College by the Bourgeois family estate, the nearly 9-foot tall sculpture will be replaced by five sculptures constructed by Allan Houser, one of the best-known Native American artists of the 20th century.
The five sculptures, which will be on loan for a year, include Houser’s Native American artwork and more abstract, modernist pieces.
The next time you find yourself studying on second-floor Berry, make a point of visiting the Evans Map Room.
First established in the 1920s by College librarian Nathaniel Goodrich, Dartmouth’s collection of maps was inspired by his work with the Army’s map department and his fondness for travel. In 1946, the collection became the Dartmouth Map Library when a wealth of materials from the Army Map Service, the Department of Defense’s mapmaking agency, were given to the College after World War II.
“Philomena” (2013) is a film marketed as a comedy that unexpectedly ends as an uplifting tearjerker.