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Making a film about Barack Obama during his presidency is a bold move. Premiering that film only a few short months before the 2016 election — well, that’s just downright audacious. Releasing “Southside with You” during the current political climate is bound to stir up strong responses, so all I will say is this: I will try my hardest to keep my personal politics out of this review, but I also acknowledge that there are people who will dislike the mere idea of this film no matter what I say. And that’s fine, because for the rest of us, “Southside with You” has a whole lot to offer.
What do you do with years of congressional staffing experience and an appreciation for the finer absurdities of our political system? For the members of the Capitol Steps, the answer was obvious: start a political comedy group!
Tara Dairman ’01 is a novelist and playwright whose children’s books have inspired praise, awards and even fan recipes based off the food in her books. Her debut novel “All Four Stars,” which stars the 11-year old food critic Gladys, was recognized as an Amazon Best Book of the Month and a Mighty Girl Top Book of the Year in 2014; its two sequels have also been received enthusiastically by reviewers and readers. Dairman’s plays have been professionally produced, and, as a creative writing major at Dartmouth, she won the Eleanor Frost Playwriting Contest.
Dorothy Qu ’19 is a triple threat: singer, flute and piccolo player and doodler. Her art is a more informal endeavor, supplementing her involvement in the co-ed a cappella group The Sing Dynasty and the Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra. However, her drawings and doodles, previously found on the margins of her class notes, are now becoming highly sought after by student groups and individuals around campus.
Peter Nigrini ’93 is a projection designer for productions both on- and off-Broadway. At Dartmouth, Nigrini studied theater and film with a focus on backstage production but did not discover projection design until after college. Nigrini has designed projections for various projects ranging from broadway productions to concerts
As Jeru the Damaja’s profanity-laced rap song “Come Clean” began to play over the opening credits of “Morris from America,” I could practically feel every person over 60 in the theater clench up inside. It didn’t take long for the couple behind me to walk out. When that happened, I thought to myself, “I’m going to enjoy this movie.” I can’t help but admire a movie that begins with a bang and weeds out any audience member not interested in meeting it on its own terms.
Last Thursday in the Wren Room at Sanborn House, rain pattered against the windows and chairs creaked softly as students and faculty settled into their seats to hear Amy Hassinger read from her newest novel, “After the Dam.” Following an introduction by English professor Thomas O’Malley, Hassinger read several sections from her novel — the third work she has published — and then responded to a brief Q&A session.
The songs listed below are some of the newest tracks released by some less well-known artists.
Alumna Katherine Sherbrooke ’89’s debut novel “Fill the Sky” is a deeply sensitive novel about three middle-aged college friends, Tess, Ellie and Joline, who must rush to an unanticipated spiritual awakening in the wake of Ellie’s cancer diagnosis. Facing likely death, Ellie and her friends journey to the mountains of Otavalo, Ecuador as a last resort to find a cure. They did not anticipate, however, that healing Ellie’s body would require the three women to heal their souls first. “Fill the Sky” is a story of soul-searching — of a journey that is the culmination of the three protagonists’ lives thus far, of the choices they have made, of the commitments they have pledged and of the fidelities they have sworn and betrayed.
Rossina Naidoo ’18 combines her passion and talent in visual art with a savvy social media presence — her work has been featured on popular Instagram accounts like Nawden, and one drawing garnered tens of thousands of likes as a result. But there was a point in her life when she thought she would have no choice but to give up on art, which had always been a consistent fixture in her life.
For Simon Pearce, glassblowing is about the connection between art and place.
Phil Olson ’79’s award-winning career in comedy began unexpectedly. After graduating from Dartmouth with a degree in mathematics, Olson received an MBA from the University of Chicago and initially pursued a career in real estate. It was only then that he discovered his love for comedy writing. Olson went on to write and perform with The Groundlings, an improvisational and sketch comedy theater whose alumni include Maya Rudolph and Kristen Wiig. Olson has written 13 original screenplays and 15 published plays with over 350 productions worldwide, nine of which have been published by Samuel French. His next play, “A Nice Family Christmas,” will open in seven cities this year.
“Hell or High Water” may not be for everyone, but I think that’s honestly for the best. David Mackenzie’s newest film is strange, uncompromising, beautiful, confounding and frankly a breath of fresh air in a year full of films that have failed to live up to expectations. Perhaps this disappointing year was the key to “Hell or High Water”; I had no expectations for it, so I never assumed it would be one of the best films I’ve seen so far in 2016.
Jazz lovers of Dartmouth, clear up your calendars and get ready for a burst of funk, jazz, rock and hip hop this Saturday. Troker, a group that has performed at over 90 international festivals including the Glastonbury Festival and South by Southwest, will showcase its jazz and mariachi fusion style music in Spaulding this weekend.
The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, considered one of the finest chamber orchestras in the world, considers themselves to be true classical musicians — it is for this reason that they have never performed a pop concert. The Hopkins Center, which has maintained a close relationship with the Minnesota-based ensemble created over two decades ago, can attest to that. The chamber orchestra will perform a classical concert tonight in Spaulding Auditorium.
“I’m weary of the ways of the world,” Solange sings in her new release “A Seat at the Table.” The album cover, featuring a faded photo of the artist’s face, suggests a dark tone. Indeed, the music in this new release may not be as colorful as the celebrated “Losing You,” but “A Seat at the Table” brings detailed arrangement and articulate, powerful lyricism to the — no pun intended — table.
Although Zahra Ruffin ’17 is now an actress, she was introduced to the world of theater through dance. In middle school Ruffin’s homeroom teacher asked her to be a background dancer in the school’s performance of “Guys and Dolls”. Ruffin said that she thought her theater career would be over after that show, but the next year, the same teacher gave her the script for the fall production.
Of the many technologies that have been developed at or gifted to the Thayer School of Engineering Machine Shop, the 3-D printer stands out in the way it attracts students from all disciplines to explore new ideas in design.
Is “Captain Fantastic” the most intelligent film I’ve seen so far this year, or is it the most painfully pretentious? Honestly, it’s probably both. Sometimes I’m just at a loss for words. Exactly one week ago I strolled into Spaulding Auditorium to watch “Captain Fantastic.” Two hours later I walked out and thought to myself, “Well, that was...interesting.” And for the past seven days that’s about the only meaningful thing I’ve had to say about the film: It was “interesting.” Not because I didn’t “get it,” but because I genuinely could not decide how I felt about it. Well, it’s been a week, I’m still not fully decided, but here it goes.
Behind the covered, under-construction scenes of the Hood Museum of Art’s renovation, nearly 50 pieces from the museum’s permanent collection are currently on loan to over a dozen museums from coast to coast. “Hood on the Road,” one of many initiatives put into place to keep art at the Hood active during the closure period, has been engaging the public with Dartmouth’s 247-year-old collection.