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At the side of a gently winding road that hugs the shores of Mascoma Lake, the turnoff to the Enfield Shaker Museum is fittingly named Chosen Vale Lane. As “the Great Stone Dwelling,” the largest Shaker residence in the country, rises into the beautiful azure sky, it is clear what made the site so attractive to Shakers more than 220 years ago.
If you took Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World,” shoved everyone onto a post-apocalyptic Noah’s Ark and added a heaping spoonful of slow-mo, you would get Bong Joon-ho’s “Snowpiercer” (2013). The movie, based on the 1982 French graphic novel “Le Transperceneige,” is itself an ark of sorts that rescues audiences from the flood of cookie-cutter summer blockbusters like “The Expendables 3” and “Transformers 4,” which seem hell-bent on cashing in on formulaic premises. In “Snowpiercer,” Bong takes the overworked, steampunk, dystopic future tale and gives it an oil change.
In a film course offered for the first time, 16 students have tackled television production this summer, working on promotional sports clips and preparing to recreate an episode of a popular sitcom. The course, titled “Topics in Videomaking,” allows students to practice camera, sound and editing techniques in addition to production.
Michael Odokara-Okigbo ’12 was in the process of writing a song when he received a call informing him that he would play a role in the upcoming film “Pitch Perfect 2” (2015). He had just stepped into the patio, he said, when he picked up his phone.
How do you make an abortion funny? In this age of political correctness and verbal thin ice, director Gillian Robespierre’s 2014 crass, honest romantic comedy, “Obvious Child,” is a breath of fresh air that answers this question.
Bringing his signature arrangement of curiously synthesized plucks, loops and whistles to Hanover, Andrew Bird and the Hands of Glory will perform at Spaulding Auditorium on Thursday. Joined by Jimbo Mathus and the Tri-State Coalition, the two artists will appear within the Hopkins Center’s summer music series.
A man dying of syphilis is caught in the delusion that he lives in the 1800s. A folk singer from the 1950s vanishes one day leaving only her music behind. These stories and more will make up the productions of the second annual VoxFest this weekend.
Cinematic adaptations of musicals face an inherent problem. Musicals are both more alive, and more importantly, theatrical than film, which creates a surreal universe in which flashy, spontaneous song-and-dance routines are permitted and logical. For this to hold true, audiences must immediately suspend their disbelief, permitting their over-the-top dramatic elements.
Some children dream of being physicists, and some children dream of being artists, but growing up to be a physicist, pursuing a Ph.D. in quantum electronics and then deciding to create art is arguably a rare path. For Enrique Martínez Celaya, July’s featured artist at the Hood Museum of Art and a Montgomery Fellow at the College, lasers have been as much a part of his work as painting and sculpture.
Seamless and organic, Ricardo Lemvo and his Los Angeles-based band Makina Loca blend together different music styles found across the world — transcending any single culture, time, place or creed. Lemvo and Makina Loca will come to campus for the first time to play a free concert on the Green at 5 p.m. Thursday. The band features rhythms inspired by Africa and Cuba with a pan-African sound.
The 2014 reimagining of the 1959 Disney classic “Sleeping Beauty” begins with a sweeping helicopter shot over the vast kingdoms of the humans and the Moors, beautifully wrought with towering mountains, glittering streams and idyllic pastures.
The recent $10 million donation supporting a Museum Learning Center at the Hood Museum will triple classroom space and expand the gallery area, reinvigorating the museum’s commitment to teaching, Hood director Michael Taylor said. The donation is the largest single gift to the museum since its 1985 opening and brings the Hood to $28 million of its $50 million overall goal for the renovation, Taylor said.
Though the summer kicks off with an outdoor concert on the Green and closes with a live performance by singer Peter Wolf, the Upper Valley will draw more than just music offerings this term. Multiple theatrical performances, film showings and even a circus performance will come to Hanover and the surrounding area this summer.
A $10 million anonymous donation will support a new learning center at the Hood Museum of Art, the College announced Thursday. The center is part of the Hood’s major construction project that will begin in spring 2016. The Hood began planning its expansion in 2010 and chose New York architecture firm Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects to lead the project in 2012.
Tomorrow evening, BARE, “an open gallery art show with nothing to hide,” will open, featuring sculptures, videos and works of other artistic media that explore different aspects of the human body.
Dan Kagan ’09 is a creative executive at Break Media and has worked at major studios including Sony Pictures Entertainment, Paramount Pictures Corporation and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures . He has contributed to popular feature films, such as “Noah” (2014) and “Star Trek Into Darkness” (2013), through work in executive development.
An actor dressed in a fat suit sprinted through a paper wall. With little resistance, the paper tore, sparking laughter in the crowd.
Hollywood’s most reliable cash cow, the superhero film, has returned this summer. From A-listers like Spider Man to the obscure Ant Man, each will get its time on the silver screen. While sometimes exhausting, many of us will watch these movies anyway — they’re just so much fun.
Though Marina McClure ’04 came to Dartmouth planning to pursue a math major, she quickly became interested in theater, specifically directing. An original collaborator for WiRED and member of the Displaced Theater Company, McClure is currently directing experimental theater and creating mixed performance and visual arts pieces in New York.
Coming up on their final concert of the year, members of the Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra are perfecting harmonies, working on their blend and fine tuning their fingerings. The group will be playing a diverse set this Saturday, combining Hector Berlioz’s passionate “Symphonie Fantastique” with Aaron Copland’s “Appalachian Spring.”