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“The Black Sea” flounders despite its best attempts

(04/19/15 10:01pm)

Sequester a group of actors in a small space, point your camera at them and wait an hour. By then, each of them will surely have gone insane. It’s the theory behind Sartre’s “No Exit” (1944) of being locked together in a room for eternity. Claustrophobia is a truly cinematic fear. It requires no sets and no props — it is just the actor’s psyche slowly consuming itself. “The Shining” (1980) should come to mind. Even viewers cramped into small theater seats can relate to its stifling intensity. “The Black Sea” (2014) stuffs 12 men into a dilapidated submarine searching for gold and watches the pot boil. Beyond a couple flare-ups, though, the film can only manage a simmer.

The Nile Project brings music, discussion to Hanover

(04/15/15 9:34pm)

After driving two passenger vans to campus from Portland, Maine, on Monday, several of the musicians who form part of The Nile Project — a collaborative group of artists from 11 countries along the Nile Basin who use music to draw awareness to and provoke discussion about the region — will pile into yet another van this evening and head to Thetford, Vermont, for a local musicians exchange. There, as part of its mid-April residency at the College, the international group will participate in a “jam session,” Hopkins Center publicity coordinator Rebecca Bailey said.

Edible Book Festival celebrates literature, food and puns

(04/13/15 9:47pm)

“The House of Seven Bagels.” “The Dartmouth Alumni Marzipan.” “The Road to Tiramisu.” These titles were among several literary-themed puns that inspired desserts, including cakes, bagels and a collection of brownie crumbs, on display in Baker-Berry Library yesterday. This showcase of literary arts meeting the culinary arts celebrated one of the library’s newest traditions — the second annual Dartmouth College Library Edible Book Festival.

“It Follows” (2014) follows no formula

(04/12/15 10:33pm)

I don’t know what’s scarier — modern horror films themselves or the current state of the horror genre, which has become a factory for lazy and unoriginal pabulum. In most contemporary films, frightening has become a formula — a veritable cinematic slot machine, where audiences pay their money to watch a string of classic icons, like the possessed child, clown or abandoned house. Even worse, many nascent directors have taken to using horror as a springboard for their careers — the films are cheap, don’t require professional actors and just need bad lighting and a broken music box to get the ball rolling. Like visitors to Atlantic City, modern horror audiences are destined not to be satisfied. But luckily, there are exceptions to the rule. “It Follows” (2014) is just that — the rare breed that waits, lurks and lets your mind do the scaring.

Sharma ’13 talks balance, meshing writing with work

(04/12/15 10:28pm)

Divyanka Sharma ’13 exemplifies the meaning of “doing it all.” A young alumna originally hailing from India, Sharma balances budding success in short fiction with full-time work for New York City-based Locus Analytics, working to apply functional classification systems of enterprises to the developing world. An English major at the College, Sharma worked for Reserve Bank of India during her time at Dartmouth and credits English professor Thomas O’Malley for helping her publish her first ever published piece, the short story “To Benares.”

“¡Figaro! (90210)” finds new voice, staging at Hop

(04/08/15 9:15pm)

From its opening projections of Los Angeles smog and the Hollywood Sign, “¡Figaro! (90210)” marks a stark departure from the Mozart comedy opera from which it is adapted, “The Marriage of Figaro.” But on the strength of new elements including a hip-hop-obsessed teenager, sexting and facelifts, the adaptation of the operatic classic — which opens today and boasts a cast list including both students and professional opera singers — continues the stellar form that saw versions of the same script win acclaim in New York and Los Angeles.

Culley to showcase student solos

(04/08/15 9:09pm)

The Culley Concerto Competition, which will take place this Saturday afternoon in Spaulding Auditorium, features live solo performances by 19 Dartmouth student performers, Hopkins Center director of bands Matthew Marsit said. Ranging in instrument types from brass to strings, the soloists — competing in the annual competition established in 1988 by Grant and Suzanne Culley, parents of Maryly Culley ’86 — will aimto take home prizes for high achievement in orchestral performance.

Student Spotlight: shArk’s Zach Wooster ’15

(04/07/15 10:22pm)

When Zach Wooster ’15 takes the stage this spring for his last show as a guitarist and vocalist with campus band shArk, he may be greeted with a chant of “Fins Up!” — a slogan used by the group’s fans. As he strikes the final notes of his Dartmouth career, Wooster will find himself a long way from his early performances at the College, played alongside friend and bandmate Pablo Marvel ’15 in the relaxed atmosphere of open mic nights at One Wheelock.

Opening reception for “Momentum” attracts crowds

(04/07/15 10:17pm)

As a crowd of undergraduates, faculty and community members watch, an arctic fox curls its back and turns its head to look directly at its audience. With its white coat popping in sharp contrast to the dry, brown tundra on which it stands, the fox creates a transfixing image — one nearly powerful enough to transport viewers to the Arctic, where studio art professor Christina Seely’s expedition-based work has taken her.

Godchaux ’81 discusses writing for television

(04/05/15 9:25pm)

It’s natural not to have life completely figured out by college. For Stephen Godchaux ’81, it took several years as a lawyer before he discovered a genuine interest in writing and producing television shows. Now, with more than a dozen television writing credits to his name and a Writers Guild Award nomination for Best Original Television Movie, Godchaux brings new meaning to the phrase “better late than never.”