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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.
British Columbia natives and popular jazz musicians Ingrid and Christine Jensen will join director Donald Glasgo and his Barbary Coast Jazz ensemble to kick off the 38th annual Winter Carnival Concert this Saturday.
Every so often, a show comes around that is really able to captivate an audience.
For the first half of freshman year, Tyler Rivera ’16 refused to work in French Hall’s study room. Not only was it a tiny, humid alcove squeezed next to the laundry room in a dormitory basement, but its walls were bland. When he walked by the room in the spring, however, it had gone through a transformation. Three large student paintings adorned the walls, artwork which brightened up the study space and “made it feel homely,” Rivera said. For the first time, Rivera felt invited to study. The artwork was installed by the Office of Residential Life, which has worked with the Class of 1960 since 1991 to purchase art from graduating studio art majors, rejuvenating study rooms and living areas. The program installed 19 pieces around campus in 2013.
An eight-foot diameter sphere rests in the Redwood Grove at the University of California Botanical Garden, a mysterious concrete ball made up of a dozen pentagonal pieces and etched with crevices and protrusions. “The Seed,” hiding within the grove, embodies the wonder and fertility of the trees. Architect Andrew Kudless breaches every boundary in his path to create a new kind of architecture that draws from nature for inspiration. On Friday, he will share his insights as a speaker in the second annual Victor C. Mahler 1954 Visiting Architects lecture series, which brings distinguished and innovative architects to campus.
Tonight, 30 of the College’s best singers will compete in the semifinals of Dartmouth’s seventh annual Dartmouth Idol contest. The competition, first brought to the College by Gospel Choir director Walt Cunningham, has grown in scale over recent years, with 25 semifinalists performing in 2013 and 23 in 2012.
One summer day during high school, Elizabeth Niehaus ’14 discovered her passion for art while in a British museum, after staring at a painting for 30 minutes. “In that moment, I realized how much meaning there is if you truly dedicate the time,” she said. “It may sound boring, but new ideas, new connections and new meanings just keep coming up to you.”
From the moment audience members descended the stairs to the Bentley Theater on Saturday to the final time they heard performers shout, “Curtain,” “Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind,” an interactive performance of 30 plays in 60 minutes, proved a clever and hilarious experience.
A Q&A with Woody Richman ’92, a film editor who specializes in documentary film. He has worked with director Michael Moore as an editor for “Capitalism: A Love Story” (2009), “Fahrenheit 9/11” (2004) and “Bowling for Columbine” (2002) and recently edited the Academy Award-nominated documentary, “How to Survive a Plague” (2012).