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Ukuleles and Queen Elizabeth II rarely mix, unless Jake Shimabukuro is involved — he performed his songs for her. Shimabukuro, who has been playing the ukulele professionally since the 1990s and became famous for his viral video of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” (1968), performed a range of original songs and covers of popular songs at the Hopkins Center last night.
Inspired by the Telluride short film showcase last Saturday, I decided to compile my favorite animated short films available online and share them.
Travel has always played a large part in artist Daniele Genadry’s ’02 life and work. During her time at the College, she spent a year in Italy between studying studio art and math. Since that time, she has lived in Rome, Beirut and London and has had her work displayed in exhibitions from Amsterdam to Greece.
With barbed wire lining the back of the stage, the floor sloped at an angle and light bulbs dangling from a dilapidated staircase, the set of the theater department’s upcoming mainstage production “Don Juan Comes Back from the War” can only be described as apocalyptic.
How central are words to telling a narrative? That is the question that the Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra will explore through the work of Verdi, Mozart and Tchaikovsky in its upcoming concert on Saturday.
With a program ranging from Coldplay’s “Clocks” (2002) to recreational Malian dance music, the World Music Percussion Ensemble’s fall show will cover a breadth of styles.
The Dartmouth College Glee Club partnered with a guest orchestra and four outside soloists to bring the program “Monumental Mozart” to life on Sunday. They performed excerpts from “The Magic Flute” (1791) and “Requiem Mass in D Minor” (1791), as well as works by Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninoff and an original composition by co-president Brian Chalif ’16.
Family betrayal, insanity, feuding daughters, on-stage fights, death. All of these issues and more played across the stage as the Rude Mechanicals performed William Shakespeare’s “King Lear” this weekend.
From Vranje, Serbia, to Zagorje, Croatia, from the 1930s to 2005, the Dartmouth College Wind Ensemble will travel through time and place in their concert on Friday, Oct. 30 as they celebrate Eastern European and Eastern European-inspired music.
Celebrated soprano Renée Fleming performed a song recital at the Hopkins Center on Tuesday. Fleming is a four-time Grammy award winning artist who was also the recipient of the National Medal of Arts, America’s highest honor for an individual artist, and has hosted various television and radio broadcast events, including the Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD series.
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.