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Monday afternoon in Filene Auditorium, audience members filled the seats and aisles to hear acclaimed author Jhumpa Lahiri speak about her work and answer questions from the audience. Her books include “Interpreter of Maladies,” “The Namesake,” “Unaccustomed Earth” and “The Lowland.” She received a Pulitzer Prize in 2000 for her literary debut, “Interpreter of Maladies.” She has also been awarded the 2008 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award for “Unaccustomed Earth” and the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature for “The Lowland.”
As the pop tunes stop playing and the lights begin to dim, seven women walk slowly onto the stage from all corners of the Bentley Auditorium, distinguishing themselves from the crowds they mingled with just moments before. Plants and scattered marble tiles that become increasingly strewn at the stage’s far reaches surround a porcelain bathtub. The audience encircles the raised black platform on all four sides, allowing the members to view each other’s reactions throughout the performance. As the actresses move between the edges of the auditorium and its center, all are pulled into the narrative, while equally reminded of the larger implications of the work, still relevant despite being 40 years old, as a reflection of women of color’s experiences today both at Dartmouth and in the world.
The story of a teenager forming a band to woo his crush sounds like the cliché of a shirtless guitar player playing to fawning fans on a college quad. Yet in director John Carney’s expert hands (he also directed “Once” (2007) and “Begin Again” (2013)), the intersection of music, love and hardship once again becomes fruitful grounds for exploration. His latest, “Sing Street” (2016), applies his formula to troubled Irish teenagers and breathes his quintessential exuberance into the unlikeliest of places.
Anna-Kay Thomas ’12 works as a freelance entertainment television host primarily out of New York. She has interviewed the likes of Kevin Jonas, D.M.C., Hoda Kotb, John Starks and other entertainment personalities for various news outlets. Thomas is also an award-winning and nationally-ranked slam poet.
This spring, Dartmouth students on the art history foreign study program collaborated with renowned artist William Kentridge on one of the largest public projects in Rome since the Sistine Chapel. The art piece, which premiered on April 21, is a gigantic frieze, 500 meters long and 10 meters tall, along the wall of the banks of the Tiber River. Titled “Triumphs and Laments: A Project for Rome,”it was created through the method of selective cleaning of patina, a thin layer of grime, that was growing on the wall of the bank.
Growing up with an uncle and a half-sister who are both artists, Sam Modder ’17 naturally became involved with studio art at a young age.
Crowds filled the Jaffe-Friede and Strauss Galleries in the Hopkins Center, fueled by snacks, fine wine and punch on Tuesday as 12 senior studio art majors experienced their first taste of life as working artists at the opening reception for their senior majors exhibition.
Surrounded by glass walls, the digital arts lab can be found in the middle of the first floor of the Black Family Visual Arts Center. The lab is a space in which students can create digital art using some of the most powerful graphic design and video editing software available today.
Odessa, a folk and alternative singer-songwriter and instrumentalist who used to play backup for groups such as Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros, played on Collis Patio Saturday evening for the First-Year Family Weekend, bringing her Los Angeles-based alternative music to Dartmouth. Lauren Mendelsohn ’19, who brought her own unique acoustic sound to her songs, opened for Odessa. Using her high pitched vocals and whimsical lyricism, Mendelsohn set the tone for the rest of Odessa’s stage.
Dancers in Native American regalia took center stage at the 44th annual Dartmouth Powwow. Performers dressed in beautiful beads and golden bells swirled and spun on the performance grounds, captivating the crowds in the stands. A heartbeat-like drum rhythm resonated throughout the area, audible from hundreds of meters away.
Like “Ringu” (1998) or “It Follows” (2014) à la Dartmouth, “The Brimstone Guild,” the latest film from Dartmouth TV, turns our quaint Hanover campus into a Gothic nightmare. Written, directed, edited, shot and co-produced by Alex Hurt ’16, the film brings Hurt’s unique cinematic vision to life in an ambitious 40-minute package.
Every year, as spring term speeds towards an end, seniors in the Dartmouth College Wind Ensemble graduate and hand off their roles to the remaining members. This spring, five seniors — Aadam Barclay ’16, Steven Povich ’16, Anne Reed-Weston ’16, Jacob Weiss ’16 and Simone Wien ’16 — will be giving their last performance, “The Great Spirit,” as student musicians under Wind Ensemble director Matthew Marsit.
The rhythmic sounds of maracas and Colombian drums echoes throughout the studio. A petite woman with curly hair stands at the front of the room, effortlessly moving to the mix. The music transitions into an upbeat hip hop instrumental, and she starts shaking her hips, lost in the song’s deep bass. There’s no doubt. This woman can dance. “Wobble, wobble, wobble,” she yells. Zumba instructor Evelyn Thibodeau continues pumping her arms and moving with the beat as she tells her students to shake their bodies. Even if they make a mistake, Thibodeau encourages them to continue dancing and having fun.
The convergence of music and architecture is quite uncommon. Yet, the New Music Festival, a three-day event at the College, explored this peculiar intersection of fields from May 1 to 3. The music department and the Hopkins Center presented the festival, titled “Music, Soundspace & Architecture.”
On Tuesday, Collis Common Ground brought a slice of fashion to Dartmouth. Lights flashed, models strutted and music thumped at PRIDE 2016’s TRANSFORM fashion extravaganza.
Fresh off the set of their recently concluded Comedy Central show “Key and Peele,” the shape-shifting Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele make their big screen debut in “Keanu” (2016). Like many television comedians have discovered, particularly Saturday Night Live cast members, cinematic audiences are unwelcoming of stars traversing media. Fortunately, the dynamic duo’s antics translate into a feature narrative film, while maintaining the same sketch comedy style which made them household names.
The sounds of rousing horns and tight, soulful vocals filled Sarner Underground on Friday night as Johnny Blazes and the Pretty Boys performed at Friday Night Rock for this year’s Dartmouth Pride Week.
Take three minutes and absorb some culture. Farewell, National Poetry Month!
As one of the few women of color in the College’s theater department, Carene Mekertichyan ’16 has continuously employed her talents to spur discussions on gender, race and identity using the stage. Her honors thesis production of Ntozake Shange’s piece “for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf” (1976) could provoke new conversations at Dartmouth.