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If you got Sherlock Holmes off of opium and onto grass, threw him into the 1970s and ramped up his libido, you would approximately end up with Larry “Doc” Sportello, the bumbling, high-as-a-kite detective and protagonist in Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest film, “Inherent Vice” (2014). The idea of a Thomas Pynchon novel being adapted into a Paul Thomas Anderson film might sound like a recipe for an abstruse mess — Pynchon’s novels have often been deemed “unfilmable” — but somehow they gel, finding a middle ground where incomprehension is made up for by zeitgeist and farce.
From ancient sculptures to jazz classics to a world-famous love story, Dartmouth students will have a wide range of arts events to choose from this winter.
Joining the Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra seemed like a no-brainer for concertmaster Tom Cheng ’15. He discovered an affinity for the violin after his mom registered him for lessons at the age of six. Originally, his motivation to keep playing were the trinkets he received from his instructor, but Cheng grew to love the instrument, performing in an ensemble and making music with his classmates of his own accord.
Fast and slow. Sharp and flowing. Codified and improvised. The art of Kuchipudi, an Indian classical dance, is all about balancing contrasts in order to tell a story through movement. Students at the College will have the opportunity to experience Kuchipudi when professional dancer and choreographer Shantala Shivalingappa performs “Akasha” at the Hopkins Center of Art Wednesday and Thursday at 7 p.m.
“Movies that are female-driven do not travel,” Krista Smith, West Coast editor of “Vanity Fair,” said. When I read this quote I became frustrated with Smith’s defeatist attitude in regards to women in the film industry. My frustration brought on Google search after Google search questioning the current presence of females in movies.
A collection of 39 photographs will be accessible to students at the Hood Museum of Art following a December donation of contemporary photography from Thomas O’Neil ’79 and his wife, Nancy O’Neil. The donation includes pieces by 17 photographers that focus on political and social issues.
From visiting the world’s largest pecan in Seguin, Texas to singing at Google to driving for nine hours with 17 other singers, Dartmouth College a cappella groups took advantage of the six-week winter interim period to travel the country and introduce people to a cappella.
When he is not blogging about epic fantasy or spending time outside in Vermont, author and blogger Brian Staveley ’98 works on his trilogy “Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne.” The second book in the series, “The Providence of Fire” comes out Jan. 13.
There’s an unfortunate irony in Morten Tyldum’s choosing “The Imitation Game” (2014) as the title for his most recent movie, since he has recycled aspects of “The King’s Speech” (2010) in pursuit of claiming some of those shiny golden statues. Then again, Tom Hooper’s masterpiece is not the worst movie to emulate. Just replace the stuttering King George VI with the stuttering mathematician Alan Turing and use the same composer (Alexandre Desplat) and you should have Best Picture. Despite Benedict Cumberbatch’s performance, “The Imitation Game” is not on par with theng former Oscar-winner, and I hope the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has the sense not to bite again.
Phil Klay ’05 received the National Book Award for fiction this week for his first short story collection, “Redeployment.” The work was inspired by his experiences serving in the U.S. Marine Corps as a Public Affairs Officer, including his January 2007 to February 2008 deployment in Iraq’s Anbar province.
The Handel Society will perform a moving concert on Tuesday that will convey drama and inner despair. The group will channel the tragic life and death of Holocaust victim Anne Frank through the raw emotion of British composer James Whitbourn’s 2004 piece “Annelies,” alongside works by Johannes Brahms.
The fight to elevate the arts is nothing new. For centuries, painting, drawing and printmaking were not even included in the academic definition of the liberal arts. To this day, many intellectuals like to claim that if numbers and textual support are absent in a subject, then it cannot be considered knowledge.
Deep bass tones vibrated through Faulkner Recital Hall, paired with the strum of high guitar notes. This partnership was distinct, as both sounds came from the same instrument: music department senior lecturer David Newsam’s eight-string electric guitar.
Sculptor David Hess ’86 stopped by the College last Thursday to give an alumni lecture on his work. Hess, who focuses on found materials, has shown his work in collections including the American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore Museum of Industry, John Hopkins Hospital and Sinai Hospital.
For three hours on Friday, Dartmouth became an autumnal scene at Girton College in Cambridge, England. Bright red and fading brown leaves, both real and fake, created the craggy backdrop to the Girton women, who walked on stage wearing just white bloomers. They exclaimed about a black bicycle, a novel invention for 1896.
Hopkins Center film director Bill Pence founded the Telluride Film Festival in the 1970s as a sort of happy accident — he and his wife arranged for two silent films to be screened at a local theater over Labor Day weekend, and one successful event grew into a robust annual tradition. For nearly 30 years, Pence has organized for Dartmouth to screen selections from the festival, and this fall, he and Hop senior film intern Varun Bhuchar ’15 arranged for several shorts to be screened on campus as well.
Have you seen one of these pictures around? It’s just one of several sarcastic and thought-provoking prints put together by Julia Plevin ’09. Her prints combine original snapshots from Dartmouth in the 1970s with phrases that echo the current campus culture.
Returning to Dartmouth after performing a solo concert in 2011, Grammy Award-winning jazz guitarist and composer Pat Metheny will grace Spaulding Auditorium’s stage for a lively show on Saturday. This time, he will be leading and playing as a member of the Pat Metheny Unity Group, a five-man troupe consisting of Metheny, saxophonist Chris Potter, drummer Antonio Sanchez, bassist Ben Williams and all-around performer Giulio Carmassi.
Documentary films and found footage films involve incredibly disparate processes. While documentaries are based on presentating fact, found footage films are based on distorting and altering pre-existing footage. Where one is logical and informative, the other is whimsical and entertaining. Tonight, two film classes — Film Studies 30, “Documentary Videomaking,” and Film Studies 47, “Found Footage” — will screen their term projects in Loew Auditorium.
Though Katelyn Onufrey ’15 considered attending a music conservatory or specialized musical theater program, the theater major and sociology minor said she chose Dartmouth because she realized she “liked other things too much to give them up.”