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How can you say “break a leg” to an actor who already has a broken heart, a shattered psyche and a fractured family life without it being a cruel joke? Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton), the lead in Alejandro González Iñárritu’s four-time Academy-Award-winning, including Best Picture “Birdman: Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” (2014), is that actor, the washed-up movie star salivating for a shot back in the limelight. Himself a former superhero star — Keaton played Batman in Tim Burton’s “Batman” (1989) and “Batman Returns” (1992) — the role is fittingly mimetic. With crow’s feet the size of talons and referring to himself as a “turkey with leukemia,” Thomson is like Birdman without feathers; vulnerable to the cold of an icy, unsympathetic populous, his goose seems nearly cooked.
On Friday evening, Dartmouth students will have the opportunity to travel to London’s Trafalgar Square and see paintings by artists ranging from Da Vinci to Vermeer. No plane ticket is required — students only have to walk to the Black Family Visual Arts Center.
A trinity of American classics will flood the Spaulding Auditorium with distinctive American style, vigor and sound at the Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra’s winter concert on Saturday.
Tess McGuinness ’18, the lead actress in Dartmouth theater department’s winter production “Romeo and Juliet” has always been drawn to the stage, though not originally as an actress.
For any art museum associated with an academic institution, it can be a challenge to create a variety of interesting programs that both local residents and students will find appealing. To accomplish this, the Hood Museum of Art works with professors and student interns to offer regular gallery talks, lectures and tours about the exhibitions in order to give audiences a chance to engage with the artwork.
What did tens of millions of people do on Sunday night? According to Vulture, an average of 36.6 million people tuned in to watch the Oscars awards ceremony Sunday. The Oscars successfully capture an audience of millions for nothing more than what I personally deem a glorified popularity contest.
From the heavy use of multimedia to multiple sword fights and acrobatics to two functional swings, the Theater Department’s production of “Romeo and Juliet” required a large amount of behind-the-scenes work and technical know-how.
Novelist Jean Hanff Korelitz’s ’83 most recent book, “You Should Have Known,” is a literary thriller about a therapist and her family in New York City. Her other novels include “A Jury of Her Peers,” “The Sabbathday River,” “The White Rose” and “Admission,” which was adapted into a 2013 a film starring Tina Fey. She is also the founder of Book the Writer, a website that connects authors and book clubs.
Call Disney what you want, but one thing they’ve always mastered is the sidekick. From chameleon Pascal in “Tangled” (2010) to snowman Olaf in “Frozen” (2013), their anthropomorphic pals are experts in comic relief. Like Shakespearean fools, they package comedy and wisdom together into a digestible pill for whenever the protagonist needs that little dose of reality. Yet, you will never see one of them up for the Oscar for best supporting actor. It is a shame, because Baymax, the cuddly, awkward Michelin Man doppelganger in “Big Hero 6” (2014) rivals J.K. Simmons in “Whiplash” (2014), this year’s winner in the best supporting actor category.
With its components of romance and drama, many theaters have undertaken the iconic “story of more woe” between the star-crossed lovers of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.” The challenge faced by modern theater productions is finding the perfect balance between creating a unique interpretation that audiences will find as thought-provoking as the original play without taking too much creative license through the characters’ dialogue or the play’s setting.
The Dartmouth College Wind Ensemble will perform “An Evening in Metropolis” on Friday featuring four contemporary selections that are tied together by the inspiration of a particular place, either true or imagined.
Since early artists began drawing charcoal animals in French caves during the Stone Age, art conservation has been an important tool in preserving artwork and maintaining a piece’s visual representation for years to come, to the extent that the practice of conservation has in itself become a form of art.
About 40 self-identifying Dartmouth women will take the stage tonight to perform monologues in the 17th annual performance of Eve Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues” for V-February.V-February is the College’s annual campaign to end gender-based violence and promote gender equality, and the monologues performed tonight will encompass an array of issues relating to women’s sexuality, ranging from comical to more emotional and provocative performances.
Everyone and their cousin has heard of and has probably formed some opinion on “Fifty Shades of Grey.” The book trilogy and newly-released film adaptation have garnered both a lot of fans and a lot of criticism over the past few months. After watching the movie myself last Friday, I would like to explore why the film has elicited such polar reactions — why the fans and why the criticism?
We are just six days away from the 87th Academy Awards on Feb. 22, 2015. They will be hosted by none other than Neil Patrick Harris, who has hosted numerous Tony and Emmy Award ceremonies. Here are my predictions of the major award winners for this year. Note: these are not my opinions of the ones that are most deserving. I’m just playing the Oscar game, which is as peculiar and unpredictable as the films themselves.
Since graduating from the College, Sam Means ’03 has won three Emmys for his work on “The Daily Show with John Stewart”and has written or produced for television comedies “30 Rock” and “Parks and Recreation.” He is currently a writer for the show “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” which will premiere on Netflix on March 6.
Any student who walks into the Hopkins Center on Saturday afternoon will be greeted at the door by the sound of the Dartmouth Glee Club singing classical love songs and Beatles arrangements.
When Dartmouth Idol finalist Tara Joshi ’18 was young, she would only sing around the house. After her mother signed her up for a production of “The Sound of Music,” she decided she only wanted the part of Gretl von Trapp.
The sights and sounds of a globally scarring cataclysm will bombard attendees from the bows of the Kronos Quartet, before a backdrop of absorbing historical footage, during the group’s upcoming performance of “Beyond Zero: 1914-1918” today.
What is the purpose of art? Is art supposed to be an escape or a refuge, a soothing balm for our eyes to peruse? Or is art supposed to be something more?