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On Monday afternoon, the line to the Spaulding Auditorium stretched nearly to the Hopkins Center doors as droves of people waited to enter. After the auditorium filled and the audience members took their seats, College President Phil Hanlon took the stage to introduce and welcome acclaimed author Salman Rushdie. This was Rushdie’s first time speaking at the College, and the writer presented a lecture titled “Wonder Tales,” which dealt with the origin of literature in oral traditions and story-telling and traced the linear progression of stories in terms of authorial presentations and changes in reader preferences. The presentation engaged with fables and folktales from around the globe and their relevance to a modern world.
The Barbary Coast Jazz Ensemble brought the music of Latin jazz, with its non-traditional 3/2, 2/3 and 6/8 rhythms, to life on Saturday, under the leadership of music director and bassist of Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra Carlos Henriquez in a program called “From Mambo to Now: Big Band Latin Jazz.”
The current genius fetish in cinema — with “The Social Network” (2010) about Mark Zuckerberg, “The Imitation Game” (2014) about Alan Turing and “Steve Jobs” (2015) — highlights our obsession with the computational masterminds that have shaped our technocratic landscape. Edward Zwick’s “Pawn Sacrifice” (2015), however, looks back at Bobby Fischer (Tobey Maguire), the 1972 Chess World Champion who single-handedly conquered the Soviet Chess Empire during the Cold War, showing us that irascible geniuses didn’t just work in ones and zeroes but also in pawns and knights.
Over this weekend, three concerts and more than a dozen international musicians will honor the music and legacy of composer and former music and classics professor Christian Wolff in the performance series “The Exception and the Rule.”
Joanne Hyun ’17 picked up her first violin when she was four years old and has been playing ever since. Originally from Sydney, Australia, Hyun moved to the United States during her sophomore year of high school to attend a boarding school in Troy, New York. Although she found that there were fewer opportunities to take music lessons in high school, she also enjoyed having chance to play more independently.
On Oct. 24, teams of junior high students will flood the Black Family Visual Arts Center’s Lowe Theater. Some may be costumed and some may be dressed with the red carpet in mind, but all will head to the showing of the short horror movies created for the Halloween-o-thon competition.
Some of the details are so minute that the Hood Museum provides magnifying glasses so that visitors can see them all as they are transported to mid-18th century Venice, from the well-known sites such as the Grand Canal to imaginary landscapes. The Hood Museum’s exhibition “Canaletto’s ‘Vedute’ Prints” captures the complete collection of etchings created by Italian landscape artist and “grand master painter” Giovanni Canal, better known as “Canaletto.”
Students spilled onto the floor the Hopkins Center’s Bentley Theater to watch Saturday and Sunday’s productions of “Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind,” a rapid fire production of 30 plays in 60 minutes adapted by the College’s Displaced Theater Company.
Make a film about transgender prostitutes of color in Los Angeles on a shoestring budget. Now make it only using the iPhone 5s, but give it a big screen look. This basket of ingredients would sink most studios, but it was an invitation to greatness for director and writer Sean Baker, whose “Tangerine” (2015) stands as a monument to the indie genre and a middle finger to the cinema giants just miles down the road in Hollywood.
In 60 minutes, “Too Much Light Makes the Baby go Blind” will cover material from the College’s slang to the recent change in international student financial aid policy. Ariel Klein ’17 and Naomi Lazar ’17, both members of the Displaced Theater Company, are producing the series of 30 skits in 60 minutes.
In trying to make banjos a presences on campus, Reed Sturtevant ’16 cofounded College Folk Society in addition to performing with the Rude Mechanicals.
In preparation for their Friday, Oct. 16 performance at the Hopkins Center, The Knights — a Brooklyn, New York-based orchestra collective — will have a five-day residency at the College, meeting with students, visiting classes and local schools and performing with student groups.
Bass and drums are generally thought to be paired with guitars, not pianos, but The Bad Plus counters that idea with lively jazz that relies on a piano-drums-bass trio. The outfit originally consisted of pianist Ethan Iverson, bassist Reid Anderson and drummer David King, but the three are currently collaborating with saxophonist Joshua Redman.
During her time at the College, actress Talene Monahon ’13 was involved in a number of theater productions, including “Angels in America” in 2012 and “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” in 2010. During her senior fellowship, she wrote, produced and acted in “All in Good Fun,” a one-woman play about the social scene at Dartmouth.
Since Steve Jobs’ death in 2011, we have entered a post-Jobsian landscape, where films such as “Jobs” (2013) and “Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine” (2015) are presented like fleurs du mal upon his gravestone, simultaneously tarnishing and mythologizing Jobs’ status in technology. Each director aims his cinematic arrow at Jobs’ Achilles’ heel, his supposed inhuman side, to portray the brute behind the black turtlenecks. Based off Walter Isaacson’s 2011 eponymous biography, Academy-Award winning director Danny Boyle’s 2015 biopic “Steve Jobs” adds yet another conflicted chapter to the Jobs canon, peeking behind the Wizard of Cupertino’s curtain to explore the backstage drama of this luminary in the rimless glasses.
The improv comedy group Casual Thursday will have the chance to take their act to a bigger stage this week. The group, which generally performs in Greek houses and other social venues on campus, will be performing in Bentley Theater on Thursday as part of the theater department’s “Your Space” program that aims to bring non-majors into the Hopkins Center.
The combination of jazz, rock and traditional Latin American cumbia, may sound like a discordant combination, but the members of La Santa Cecilia, a Los Angeles-based quartet, combine these forms and more into Grammy award-winning music.
When Katie Schultz ’16, now Sugarplum’s co-director, auditioned to join a dance group her freshman fall, she had a hard time choosing which to join.
The first of two visiting faculty exhibitions — which together will feature works by the 14 visiting professors that have taught at the College since the opening of the Black Family Visual Arts Center — opened in the Strauss Gallery on Sept. 22nd, director of exhibitions and studio art professor Gerald Auten said. It features the work of professors Sarah Amos, Paul Bowen, Ariel Freiberg, Hein Koh, Julie Puttgen, Edward del Rosario and Jessica Tam.
With “Gravity” (2013) and “Interstellar” (2014) firmly dominating the epic extraterrestrial disaster genre, it is a suicide mission to enter their orbit for fear of entering that black hole of comparison. Director Ridley Scott takes on this challenge with his “The Martian” (2015), based on Andy Weir’s eponymous 2011 novel and crafts a light-hearted thrill-ride with enough pace and levity to escape the genre’s event horizon.