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‘Blind Cinema’ offers new perspectives for adult audiences

(10/02/18 6:00am)

The lights go down on an audience sitting in silent anticipation, and white sparks rain down the black screen. A second passes, then a white circle, like a searchlight, travels the edge of the picture and expands to fill the screen. In coordinated motion, audience members tie blindfolds around their eyes and wait for the show to truly begin.

Review: ‘Girl’ is a coming-of-age story based on metamorphosis

(09/28/18 6:05am)

“Late at night my mind would come alive with voices and stories and friends as dear to me as any in the real world. I gave myself up to it, longing for transformation,” quips Winona Ryder as the enviable Jo March in the 1994 film adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s coming-of-age classic “Little Women.” Just as Alcott’s Jo sought to find her place in the world, so too does Lara of “Girl” strive to establish herself as a woman and artist. With “Girl,” Flemish director Lukas Dhont offers a more contemporary coming-of-age story whose plot turns on the very idea of self-driven metamorphosis. “Girl,” a deceivingly simple title which contains multitudes, is the story of 15 year-old Lara, a transgender girl from Belgium who, like Jo March, longs for transformation. Lara does not only yearn to change her body, but wants more than anything to become a ballerina. The movie frames a period of major transition for Lara: she’s just moved to a new city, is living in a new apartment, is preparing for transition surgery and has begun training at the prestigious Royal Ballet School of Antwerp.

Dartmouth hosts the 2018 International Black Theatre Summit

(09/27/18 6:00am)

In March of 1998, Dartmouth witnessed a historic summit on black theater, intended to address specific strategies to build and maintain black theater companies and institutions. Playwright August Wilson, whose work “Fences” won both a Pulitzer Prize and a Tony Award, led efforts to organize “On Golden Pond” during his time as a Montgomery Fellow at the College. In 2018, 20 years after the original summit, Dartmouth will once again host a summit on black theater this week from Sept. 26 to 29. The 2018 International Black Theatre Summit, titled “Breaking New Ground Where We Stand” in reference to Wilson’s famous speech “The Ground On Which I Stand,” will not only examine theater as a medium for black performance, but film and television as well. 

Review: ‘American Vandal’ second season is as good as the first

(09/25/18 6:10am)

A masterful and satirical take on the crime drama complex that has swept the nation, Netflix’s “American Vandal” is mysterious, delectable and utterly ridiculous. Using a documentary format, “American Vandal” mocks the sophistication of the crime drama gaze by putting all its investigative energies toward deciphering the absurdities of high school life and the low-level offenses of the fictional Hanover High School’s student body.

Review: Paul McCartney’s ‘Egypt Station’ is nostalgic and relevant

(09/25/18 6:05am)

When you have been writing and recording music since the 1960s, it should be a challenge to consistently produce new and exciting music. It should be a challenge to reinvent and reestablish yourself with each new album and single. It should be a challenge to cater to the fans you already have while simultaneously trying to appeal to more.

Alum Q&A: Multimedia artist Jordan Ann Craig ’15

(09/25/18 6:00am)

Multimedia artist Jordan Ann Craig’15, a studio art and psychology double major, has spent her time as an artist pursuing printmaking and painting. In 2017, she received the H. Allen Brooks Travelling Fellowship and was able to travel to London, Venice, Amsterdam and Cork.Currently stationed in Cork City, Ireland, Jordan has been building up her portfolio as an artist-in-residence at Cork Printmakers.

Artist-in-residence Lucy Mink exhibits work at Hopkins Center

(09/20/18 6:00am)

Painter Lucy Mink, whose exhibit opened on Tuesday, is this fall’s artist-in-residence. Known for her contemporary exploration and manipulation of the modernist style, Mink’s work has earned critical acclaim.. Mink is the recipient of a 2012 grant from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation in New York, and was awarded the 2007 Best of Show from the BAG Gallery in Brooklyn, New York. Born in Oakland, New Jersey, Mink now resides in Contoocook, New Hampshire.

Review: ‘The Favorite’ surprises with a fresh take on period drama

(09/18/18 6:10am)

Walking into Yorgos Lanthimos’s film “The Favourite,” a film that is a part of this year’s Telluride at Dartmouth film series, I knew very little other than that the film was a historical drama featuring actress Emma Stone. I expected a typical historical drama, overplaying archaic customs to pander to the audience’s desire to get a glimpse of what we, in the 21st century, romanticize Europe to have been like hundreds of years ago: exaggerated British accents, dainty china sets and constant tea parties, dabbing at tears with handkerchiefs and the like.