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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.
In the basement of Rauner Special Collections Library, below the College’s archives, works photographic records specialist Patricia Cope, the gatekeeper of all historical photos. Cope provides students access to Dartmouth’s photographic records, thousands of images that present a visual history of the College.
The records, which date back to 1938, were captured by College photographers Adrian Bouchard, Stuart Bratesman, Joseph Mehling and Eli Burakian. Images from after 2000 are available online, Cope said.
Hoping to send its final products to the Ivy Film Festival in April, the Stories Growing Films production group has been producing short films each term since last summer. The Ivy Film Festival, the largest student-run film festival in the world, offers a venue for student writers, directors and filmmakers to exhibit work, and Dartmouth students are seizing the opportunity.
Hugh Sagona ’15, the president of Stories Growing Films, said he is excited about an upcoming film he’s directing, tentatively called “Million Dollar Crazy,” which will be finished by the end of spring.
Through flashing lights, synthesized melody and acoustic live music, the Dartmouth Wind Ensemble will take on a new repertoire this Sunday. Led by conductor Matthew Marsit, the ensemble will play electro-acoustic music, a modern fusion of acoustic and techno sound.
Matching electronically generated sounds with acoustic music creates a “new palate of sound possibilities,” Marsit said.
When “Spring Awakening” was first written in 1891 by Frank Wedekind, the play was banned throughout Germany for its explicit content. After seeing the musical version that landed on Broadway over a century later, theater professor Jamie Horton was so impressed by its bold story that he pledged to eventually direct the show. His wish became a reality this year, as Horton and his student cast prepare to perform the musical this Friday.
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).