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One of my favorite fun facts is that Spike Jonze, director of movies that your friend tells you will “totally blow your mind, man,” is co-creator of the television show “Jackass.” (Yes, that “Jackass.”) Yet beneath the ball-smashing, sadistic humor, there is a veneer of genius to “Jackass.” It is the post modern answer to vaudevillian slapstick humor, as only the 21st century could do it — as loud and outrageous as possible.
Jonze has already demonstrated his genius by subtly subverting and reworking classic television and film tropes, but he achieves legendary status with “Her” (2013), his latest effort. To put it bluntly, “Her” is the best movie I have seen in a long, long time.
Despite its location on one of Dartmouth’s busiest corners, Rollins Chapel maintains a quiet presence: beautiful and stately, yet closed-off, like an animal curled up to hibernate for the winter. This Sunday, Rollins will come alive as the Sospiri Trio brings a vibrant program of chamber music classics, old and new, to the chapel.
One day many, many years ago, an evil monster captured the sun goddess, taking her hostage as she emerged on the horizon. Numerous “Kamuys,” or gods, tried to rescue her to no avail. Aynu Rakkur must slay the shadow monster, who threatens the future of humankind.
“Poro Oyna,” the creation myth of the Aynu people, will be brought to life at 8 p.m. this Friday and Saturday. Audiences in the Hopkins Center’s Moore theater will be treated to a production that features supersized puppets, shadow and light effects and an original soundtrack.
A secret hides in Baker Library’s basement, and you have probably never noticed it.
No, it is not a three-headed dog you will need to lull to sleep or a madwoman locked away, but Dartmouth’s full-service Book Arts Workshop, which allows students and community members to handcraft invitations, birthday and holiday cards, flyers and even entire books. The workshop offerings include printing presses dating from the 19th century to the mid-20th century, a letterpress and bookbinding studio.
Freshman fall, Julia McElhinney ’14 found her passion for art in the depths of eraser shavings, working with charcoal-covered hands in a class that would direct her toward a studio arts minor. By the end of Drawing I with studio art professor Enrico Riley, she had confidence in her abilities as an artist. She had not turned into Michelangelo overnight, but she was proud of what she could do if she set her mind to it.
Former theater professor Carol Dunne doesn’t mind a full plate. In her first season as artistic director at White River Junction’s Northern Stage theater, she directed “White Christmas,” helped organize a play reading festival and announced a capital campaign to build a new theater.
A dancer stands motionless on stage. He is the clock. First, one dancer appears and performs a gesture. And another, then a third. Others emerge, an accumulation of “people, ideas, clothes” on stage, Janet Wong said, associate artistic director at Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company.
I counted 15 people walking out mid-screening from “The Wolf of Wall Street” (2013). Included in that group were some older people, a couple on a date and an enterprising gentleman who took his children to see the film in lieu of “Frozen” (2013) or “A Madea Christmas” (2013). While I applaud him for introducing his children to the works of director Martin Scorsese, “The Wolf of Wall Street” is a balls-to-the-wall exercise in extravagance and debauchery that would make Caligula blush.
Preston Copley ’07 assumed the role of director of creative development for theater at Jean Doumanian Productions in December. In his role, Copley will scout in London and other international theaters for new projects that Doumanian will produce on and off-Broadway. An athlete and involved in theater at the College, he will build on established relationships between Doumanian and artists and coordinate with the company’s vice president, Patrick Daly.
Many students spent the month of winter break at home studying for next term or, on a more realistic note, checking out new music on Spotify. Yet many members of College a cappella groups packed December with travel and performances, taking their voices out of the wilderness, and for some, out of the country.
A diary held in a Hello Kitty lunch box washes onto an island shore. A Japanese-American novelist stumbles across it and becomes enthralled with the life of its 16-year-old Japanese author, presumably the victim of a recent natural disaster. As their two lives collide across time and the Pacific, readers of Ruth Ozeki’s most recent novel, “A Tale for the Time Being,” will find themselves engrossed in the author’s tour de force exploration of home and displacement.
The Handel Society of Dartmouth College, America’s first “town-gown” choral ensemble, will perform Francis Poulenc’s “Gloria” and two other 20th century compositions tomorrow night at 7 p.m. in Spaulding Auditorium.
Finals season is upon us, ladies and gentlemen. For me, finals always bring an interesting feeling to campus.
It’s no secret that winter term is not the most popular time for students to be on campus. While you begin to brace yourself for negative temperatures and unbearable wind chill, it is also a great time to explore more of the arts events as a variety of groups will offer exciting performances to bring you out from the winter slump.
Melinda Agron ’14 has always found herself in awe of well-designed structures that not only are beautiful but serve a larger purpose of bringing communities together.
Pickling noises tickle my ears as I walk in to the Sound/Unsound Exhibition.
Seven men will battle in a sales contest with their careers at stake in Bentley Theater this weekend. Directed by Max Gottschall ’15, “Glengarry Glen Ross,” written by David Mamet, is a Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy of real estate salesmen, each armed with motivations and burdened by high stakes, struggling to sell people something they don’t want.
On Wednesday, the Apple Hill string quartet will attempt to use its music to raise awareness about global conflicts, including victims of the recent violence in Syria.
Nelson Rockefeller ’30, a prominent benefactor to the College who went on to pursue an extensive career in diplomacy, was also an avid art collector. On Oct. 4, a year-long exhibition titled “The Nelson A. Rockefeller Vision: In Pursuit of the Best in the Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas” opened at the Metropolitan Museum of Art to commemorate Rockefeller’s passion for non-Western art.
On Nov. 7, students, faculty and community members gathered in the Hood Museum’s “Shadowplay” exhibit for a discussion of masculinity and particularly, how it is perceived in the exhibited art . The talk was one of many events for the White Ribbon Campaign last week.
“Because it’s White Ribbon Campaign and we’re really trying to engage men, one of my perspectives is that you can’t do that without analyzing masculinity and what it means to be a man,” Kyle Ashlee, director of the Center for Gender and Student Engagement (CGSE) and leader of the discussion, said.