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As Bernardine Evaristo read in the rich voice of her protagonist, Barry, she transformed before the audience into a man internally torn between loyalty to his wife and becoming the man he knows he is inside. Yesterday evening, Evaristo read from her newest novel, “Mr Loverman,” which navigates themes of gender and sexuality through a mix of dry humor, vivid descriptions and catchy expressions.
Michael Lasser ’57 is a lecturer, writer and critic. Raised in New Jersey — “with Manhattan on my left and the Jersey Shore on my right” — Lasser has made his name as a great arbiter of American music from the late 19th to mid-20th centuries, hosting the nationally-syndicated and Peabody Award-winning radio show “Fascinatin’ Rhythm” for the past 34 years and penning “America’s Songs I and II.”
A purple octagon with mustard yellow spots draws in the viewer’s eyes. Stepping closer, it becomes apparent the octagon was created from interwoven and overlapping pieces of fabric laid at crisscrossed and parallel directions.
On further inspection, the spots form a pattern of ovals, triangles and semicircles, and around the octagon is an abstracted rose shape radiating non-uniform stripes. Two edges of the abstract shape are folded and appear almost dog-eared, drawing the viewer’s eyes back to those elements of the painting with further questions.
When sitting down to dinner at Canoe Club Restaurant, don’t be surprised if someone with a guitar case plugs his instrument into the bass behind you or sits down at a piano bench nearby. Many local venues like restaurants, bars and clubs host various live music acts throughout the week and weekend.
At Dartmouth, where short, busy terms create a fast-paced environment and the theater community on campus is small and intimate, performance artists often suffer from nerves just as much as audience members. Actors, musicians and singers grapple with anxiety that ranges from “butterflies” before auditions and performances to trembling and nausea. The mental rigors of a production do not end after the final curtain. The dramatic highs and abrupt end to shows often leave performance artists with a feeling of emptiness or post-show blues.
After years and years of watching Indian movies with my parents, I’ve come to the conclusion that 99 percent of Indian cinema is not very good. Movies that shouldn’t last more than 80 minutes get drawn out to three-hour musical extravaganzas complete with an army of backup dancers, a multitude of European locations and strategically blowing wind. Add in clichés, musical cues that attempt to tell you how to feel, horrifically bad acting, dialogue that makes it sound like the writer hasn’t contacted human beings for 20 years and editing done by someone who just discovered Windows Movie Maker, and you’ve got to wonder how on Earth this industry stays financially solvent.
Jake Nevola ’14 began a trick by showing audience volunteers three cards, two red and one black, which he shuffled as he explained the three-card monte con game’s history. To ensure the volunteers understood the game, he showed them the cards again, only this time, all of them were black. When he flipped the cards over a third time, two were black and one was red. As the game progressed, it became obvious that nothing is as fair as one thinks.
Imani Winds, whose blend of classical, modern and international influences form a vibrant repertoire, performs at the College tonight at 7 p.m. Composed of Valerie Coleman on flute, Toyin Spellman-Diaz on oboe, Mariam Adam on clarinet, Jeff Scott on French horn and Monica Ellis on bassoon, the group will be joined by jazz pianist Jason Moran for a concert in Spaulding Auditorium.
Clifford Owens’s performance art piece “Anthology,” performed Tuesday night at the Hopkins Center, demanded audience members to forget faintness and fortitude of heart and embrace flexibility. The collection of performance art scores forced viewers to examine their perceptions of race, gender, sexuality and sexual assault.
In her short time at Dartmouth, Haley Reicher ’17 has already made a name for herself in the campus arts community. Reicher has performed in two of the theater department’s main stage productions and sings regularly in her a cappella group, the Sing Dynasty.
For most, Dartmouth is associated far more with sending graduates to Wall Street and Capitol Hill than to Hollywood, and the size of associated academic departments only reinforce this perception.
This term, the Dartmouth Film Society presents audiences with “The Life Cinematic with Wes Anderson,” a series that surveys all eight of the esteemed director-screenwriter’s feature-length works.
A glance through the glass walls of the Hopkins Center’s Strauss Gallery reveals vibrant and intriguing photographs hanging on its whitewashed walls — the works of senior studio art lecturer and renowned photographer Virginia Beahan.
Phil Klay ’05 is a former Marine who released his first short story collection, “Redeployment,” early last month. After graduating from Dartmouth, Klay served in Iraq’s Anbar province from January 2007 to February 2008 as a Public Affairs Officer.
The fourth season of “Arrested Development” was a pivotal one for its protagonist, Michael Bluth (Jason Bateman). Since the show began, Michael played the straight man, the only sane person in a family of mess-ups and thieves. Yet as the show continued, Michael’s façade slowly began to crack, and the latest season showed him as about as unlikable as the other members of his family.
Last week marked the centenary of the birth of Budd Schulberg ’36, a prolific and lauded writer known for novels such as “What Makes Sammy Run?” and screenplays, including the Academy Award winner for best screenplay, “On the Waterfront” (1954). Schulberg died in 2009 at age 95.
Jeff Hafner ’02 let the music from his guitar fill the air of the Hopkins Center over spring break as College employees meandered, gazing at the art of their coworkers.
When college spring breakers think of Costa Rica, they think surf, sun and siesta. However, when Dartmouth Wind Ensemble members think of their spring trip to Costa Rica, their thoughts are more along the lines of sun, song and service.
The Hopkins Center’s school matinee series allows area schools and young children to meet and talk to artists who visit campus.
Where can you watch actors in a $100-million Hollywood blockbuster spar in front of a green screen, catch a meal with “Scandal” and “Grey’s Anatomy” writer Shonda Rhimes ’91 or Oscar-nominated director Buck Henry ’52 all while attending classes with Dartmouth accreditation? As the 16 students who participated in the film department’s first winter foreign study program can tell you — Los Angeles, of course.