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The COVID-19 pandemic is not just a public health issue. The outbreak has upended many aspects of our lives. It has exposed the realities of class disparity, highlighting unequal access to resources like food and housing. In the face of this crisis, many people have had to turn to unions, rent strikes and community organizing for survival.
Last week, at the invitation of the Dartmouth College Republicans, U.S. Senate candidate Bryant “Corky” Messner — who is running against incumbent senator Jeanne Shaheen (D) — was scheduled to deliver a talk titled “Building a Wall Against Drugs: The Need for Border Security to End the Opioid Crisis.” I was involved in the planning of a two-pronged peaceful and educational protest against this event; that is, before the College Republicans cancelled it due to alleged “security risks.” I will speak briefly about my own political opinions and my personal motivation to protest peacefully. However, I also want to challenge the College Republicans’ cheap strategy of condemning the figure of the liberal protester rather than engaging in real political discourse with opposing ideas.
The weather cleared up just in time for the 2018 Dartmouth Powwow to take place on the Green, putting the celebration of Native American arts and culture front and center on campus. This year’s powwow brought a diverse array of Native American creativity to Hanover, representing singers, drummers, dancers and artisans from communities across the United States.
"Isle of Dogs"
The Silkroad Ensemble was at its best during the encore of its performance last night at Spaulding Auditorium. Opening with a fiery solo from pipa player Wu Man, the piece turned into a rollicking caper which used every instrument in Silkroad’s arsenal, from the thumping tabla to the breathy shakuhachi. Founder and world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma, standing while he played, bobbed up and down with a smile on his face. In other words, it wasn’t your ordinary concert.
At the Hopkins Center for the Arts Garage this past Saturday, digital musics graduate student Andrew Maillet and filmmaker Zbigniew Bzymek gave two work-in-progress performances of their multimedia adaptation of Polish artist and philosopher Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz’s play “Pragmatists.”
Most Dartmouth students know from watching a cappella performances at showcases and Greek houses that we have many talented singers on campus. Especially for such a small school, it’s truly impressive how many great a cappella groups exist — in fact, there are nine. But there is a lot of talent and work that goes into the creative process of arranging that is not always recognized. Music director emeritus for the Brovertones Graham Rigby ’17, who has been arranging for the all-male for nearly five years, said arranging music is like creating an “inspired original composition” based on the framework of another person’s piece.
This article was featured in the 2017 Homecoming Issue.
Each year, Telluride at Dartmouth brings hand-selected films from the famous Colorado’s Telluride Film Festival to Hanover. This year’s Telluride at Dartmouth kicked off on Sept. 15 with a screening of “The Shape of Water” and ends tonight with acclaimed drama “Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool.”
This article was featured in the Green Key 2017 Special Issue: "Awakening."
This past Saturday and Sunday, Dartmouth’s 45th annual Powwow took place in Leede Arena. Despite the rainy weather and resulting move from the Green, the event was successful in celebrating Native American culture and excellence, promoting inclusivity and diversity and honoring veterans and Joshua Monette ’19, a native student who recently passed away.
“Lest the old traditions fail.” This is a catchphrase from the alma mater that Dartmouth students hear in several different contexts. In many ways, it exemplifies the nature of Ivy League prestige: when we speak fondly of tradition, it usually has to do with a harkening back to the “golden age” with a tinge of sentimentality.
Henry Joseph Russell ’15 majored in English and religion while at Dartmouth. His recently published novel, “The Talisman Cock!,” is about two best friends attending boarding school, one of whom procures “Jesus Powers” that allow him to fashion the perfect life for himself. Though the book may seem silly, it is rooted in meaningful concepts such as religion, the Christ story, metaphysics and faith.
Tonight at 8 p.m., world-famous virtuoso violinist Hilary Hahn and pianist, musicologist and composer Robert Levin will perform a rich selection of repertoire in Spaulding Auditorium. The performance will be Hahn’s first concert in the Upper Valley.
Imagine the classical composer in love. Most will imagine a stuffy old European man maintaining a rather mediocre relationship with a matronly wife; in reality, however, it’s not an exaggeration to say that classical composers’ romances were just as sensational and dramatic as their music. Upon examining the lives of some of the most famous classical composers, we see love lost and found, love triangles and forbidden romances intertwined with their most famous works.
So you’re a NARP — that is, a Non-Artistic Regular Person — but you want to get involved with artsy things. Whether it’s because you’re searching for a creative outlet for school-related stress, trying to become a more well-rounded individual or looking to post an artsy Instagram picture to woo your campus crush (a most noble cause), Dartmouth provides plenty of opportunity for you to accomplish your goal. Unfortunately, many of these great opportunities remain relatively unknown to the undergraduate student body. No fear: both NARPs and the already more artistically-inclined among us can find an outlet among the many creative options that do not necessarily require proficiency in an artistic skill offered by the Hopkins Center for the Arts.
Making music for racial harmony, healing and hope just between Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Inauguration Day, the Jones Family singers will perform today in Spaulding Auditorium.
The audition process can cause even the most confident and experienced performer, such as those who auditioned last week for the theater department’s production of the Tony Award-winning satirical musical “Urinetown,” to descend suddenly descend into a vortex of self-deprecating, worst-case scenario concerns: my hands are so sweaty, I’m going to damage everything I touch and get blacklisted by the Hop. I’m so nervous, I’m going to accidentally start singing the alma mater instead of my audition piece, and I won’t be able to stop until I get through the whole thing.
Ever wonder about the sculptures around Dartmouth's campus? Learn about the significance behind them, and what students think they mean, on a campus tour with our arts writers. Click here to explore.