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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.
Netflix’s new show, “A Series of Unfortunate Events,” begins with narrator Lemony Snicket, played by Patrick Warburton, warning viewers, “In this story not only is there no happy ending, there is no happy beginning and very few happy things in the middle.” Combine that with a unique opening segment that warns viewers to “look away,” and the stage is truly set. “A Series of Unfortunate Events” may try to convince you that it is nothing but dour gloom and despair, but in reality it’s pure dark-comedic gold.
Public space is an age-old concept, dating back to the agoras of ancient Greece, yet artists continue to reinterpret this concept through their pieces. Assistant professor of studio art Zenovia Toloudi explored the ability of architecture to make a space “public” in her exhibit “Speak! Listen! Act! A kaleidoscope of architectural elements for public space,” which was on display in the Strauss Gallery at the Hopkins Center for the Arts during the fall term.
“Kill your masters.”
“Paris,” The Chainsmokers
Ever wonder how the students sitting in the galleries of the Hopkins Center for the Arts or the students behind the ticket counter got their jobs? The Hop presents a number of opportunities for students to find work on campus in positions such as ushers, gallery attendants, production assistants, ticket sellers and stage managers. These jobs not only provide students with compensation but can also lead one to great insider experiences with the arts at Dartmouth.
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.
Located in the heart of Main Street, International DVD & Poster, a small entertainment store, invites its visitors to explore the modern evolution of entertainment culture. It’s a small, magical realm encapsulating the ethos of music and the arts across several decades.
International DVD & Poster sells vintage goods, such as posters and prints.
If you wander into the Black Family Visual Arts Center at 3:00 a.m. on most weekdays, you’ll likely find a cluster of studio art students working or studying — among them Kelsey Phares ’17.
Continuing this Friday, the Hopkins Center for the Arts’ and the Dartmouth Film Society present their winter film series, which includes Oscar-worthy films, heartwrenching documentaries and — perhaps a little more unconventionally — exhibitions of live birds.
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.
Aditya Shah ’15, now professionally working as an inbound sales consultant for HubSpot in Cambridge, Massachusetts, still finds time to make waves in the music world.
Oliver Caplan ’04 is a professional composer who graduated from Dartmouth with a double major in music and geography, and served as president of the marching band.
“To Be Without You,” Ryan Adams, “Prisoners”
Who would have thought that the most impressive science fiction film of 2016 would not be “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” but instead Denis Villeneuve’s thought-provoking, psychological and deeply moving “Arrival.” Villeneuve has already proven himself to be an extremely talented director with films like “Incendies” and “Sicario.” Despite this, I was skeptical when early reviews called “Arrival” a new sci-fi masterpiece. Good films have a tendency to buckle under the weight of tremendous hype, and I was nervous that Villeneuve simply wouldn’t be able to live up to the mammoth expectations being set by the film’s early admirers. Yet somehow “Arrival” surprised me, finding a way not to meet my expectations but instead surpass them and engage me on both an intellectual and emotional level.
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.