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Call me a heretic if you want, but I am not prone to loving musicals. Which is not to say that there aren’t many excellent examples of the genre, there just happen to be many more examples that I find unappealing and tiresome. But as I left Spaulding Auditorium Saturday night, having just seen Damien Chazelle’s “La La Land” (2016), I felt something I had not felt in some time: the need to rejoice! To rejoice at the fact that there was a director working today who had the guts to make a movie that is so shamelessly nostalgic and positive in spirit. This may only be Chazelle’s, who directed “Whiplash” (2014), third film, but it is so confident that I have no doubt he will become one of the defining filmmaking voices of this generation.
For some students, leave terms consist of working on Excel or fetching coffee. But for the five students participating in the pilot program of the theater department’s Experiential Term, partnering with theater company Northern Stage, days are spent working with theater professionals in West Lebanon and soon, New York City. The program is a natural progression of the theater department’s long-term affiliation with Northern Stage, an award-winning, professional regional theater in White River Junction, Vt. For 15 weeks, students in the program will be immersed in all aspects of professional theater, culminating in their participation in two productions: an Off-Broadway production of “Orwell in America” in New York City and in the company’s production of “A Christmas Carol.”
As a Dartmouth student, Perrin Brown ’15 interned for “Conan” and worked at an economics research firm. After graduation, she worked as a hospitality assistant at the Napa Valley Film Festival, as a marketing intern for a Los Angeles-based company and more recently, as an editorial assistant at Bodhi Tree, a spiritual online vendor startup. There, she hopes to grow and explore her interests, including film and media.
This evening, the normally peaceful Green will be awash with music, food and students as The Mowgli’s perform on the Green as the featured act in Collis Center and Programming Board’s House Kickoff. The event is intended to celebrate Dartmouth’s inaugural House Communities.
The creativity that saturates the atmosphere when FLEXN performs is apparent to any outsider.
Whether first-year students have been dreaming of joining the Aires since their first solo in their high school choir, curious about Ujima since the dance showcase or thinking they might just wing it at the Dog Day Players auditions, the start of classes brings with it the first opportunity for first-years to show off their talents to student performance groups at Dartmouth. As auditions kick into gear, upperclassmen in performance groups share their own audition experiences and wisdom with the arts section.
Micah Park ’17 might be all about dance now, but this was not always the case. Although she took ballet courses when she was very young, she quit after a few years. She only rekindled her interest in dance after pursuing musical theater and realizing that the singing component was not for her.
Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hit show “Hamilton” (2015), a hip hop-based musical about the life of founding father Alexander Hamilton, has captured the hearts of people everywhere, and the Dartmouth Film Society is no exception. Every term, the society, among other tasks, organizes and presents a film series based around a theme. This term’s film theme is entitled “Hamilton’s America.”
“Don’t Breathe” (2016) is the second feature film from co-writer and director Fede Alvarez, who also co-wrote and directed a reboot of “Evil Dead” (2013). Fans who enjoyed the unique interpretation of traditional horror in the reboot will love the similar spin to the genre that Alvarez brings to “Don’t Breathe.”
Darby Raymond-Overstreet’16 is a studio art intern for the studio art department. At Dartmouth, she majored in studio art and psychology and was heavily involved with the Native Americans at Dartmouth community. She is an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation and she is from Flagstaff, Ariz.
As another school year brings in a fresh crop of freshmen, campus is bustling with the sounds of doors slamming and people hauling boxes up and down stairs. For many, decorating a room is a chance not only to bring a taste of home to Dartmouth but also to showcase their artistic side or admiration for the arts.
With fewer students on campus than any other term, the summer leaves student-run dance and musical groups shorthanded. To make up for the deficit, many established groups have traditionally held auditions for summer-specific additions in order to bolster numbers and maintain an active presence on campus.
From watching a play on a small stage to viewing a projection in a large arena, audiences experience the unfolding of original — or adapted — stories. Harry falls for Sally, Valjean transforms from convict to hero and ambition consumes Macbeth. These characters will remain what their creators intended them to be.
It’s official. The moment we’ve been waiting eight weeks for has finally arrived. Amidst the Calvin Harris and Drake-filled nights spent wandering to and from basement dance parties, a bass-dropping, fist-pumping, lyric-screaming masterpiece emerged, becoming the anthem that will define the remainder of our sophomore summer.
What was the last good horror film you saw? Furthermore, what constitutes a good horror film? Did it scare you out of your seat? Were you up all night anxious of every movement in the dark? Did you need to constantly reaffirm to yourself that it was all just a movie?
Even though sophomores are busy taking classes, working or doing research in Hanover, some are still partaking in the excitement of music festivals and concerts that celebrate their favorite artists.
What happens when two tapeworms find themselves in the midst of a black market organ trade crisis? A little girl’s grandfather is keeping a terrifying secret from his own daughter — what is it, and why is he so desperately trying to keep it hidden? What will be exposed of a family when its members gather to read the will of the family’s patriarch?
Looking closely at students leaving the Black Family Visual Arts Center, one can see charcoal smudges or smeared paint on hands. Voices singing melodies or reciting Shakespeare’s iambic pentameter echo through the rehearsal rooms in the Hopkins Center. Photographers scout views on the Green and film students watch movies in the library with headphones in and eyes rapt.
With many of us taking lighter class loads this summer, students may find themselves with extra time during the week. Naturally, some will pass time laying on the Green or lounging on the swimming dock at the River. For students who feel compelled to complete “summer reading” or for those who are looking to relax and enrich their minds, The Dartmouth offers a list of book recommendations from an unexpected source: your professors.
“Swiss Army Man” (2016) has been one of the most anticipated releases of the year from A24, a production company that served as a distributor of critically acclaimed films such as “Spring Breakers” (2012), “Ex Machina” (2015), “Amy” (2015) and “Room” (2015). This latest addition to the A24 family, however, falls well short of A24’s lofty standards.