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Most of us have fond memories of a Blue Steel-miened, vacuously heroic Ben Stiller from “Zoolander” (2001), spraying gasoline and successfully turning left with youthful euphoria, or even the crusty yet playful night watchman in the “Night at the Museum” series. Noah Baumbach’s latest romcom “While We’re Young” (2014), however, captures a verisimilar Stiller, around 50, succumbing to mid-life crises and arthritis, with nostalgic eyes for his past in a present without pity for the aging.
Closing Friday, Nigerian-born artist Victor Ekpuk will spend four days creating an original work on the wall of the Hood Museum’s Lathrop Gallery as part of his exhibition “Auto-Graphics.”
From the moment she received a mini art set from her grandmother for her sixth birthday, Laura Dorn ’15 knew that she loved art. After beginning lessons, she realized that she was the most taken with painting. But then the real world came along and told her that being an artist was not particularly practical. She needed to be more sensible. By the time Dorn arrived at Dartmouth, she planned on pursuing a major that would help her land a job after graduation.
Considering the selfie to be photography may seem laughable, but perhaps it is a logical extension of self-portraiture in the digital age. Is the millennial generation, as many have argued, self-absorbed, or are youths these days following the tradition of showing themselves through images?
The Dartmouth Film Society will present North African Academy-Award nominated filmmaker Abderrahmane Sissako with a Dartmouth Film Award today and, in tribute, screen a showing of his newest movie “Timbuktu” (2014). The film tells the story of a family whose lives are disrupted by the appearance of militant Islamists.
“I think that we are honor bound to play this film,” manager of the Hopkins Center’s film program Sydney Stowe, said. “The minute we heard the film was out and released we went for it.”
For most people, the leap from anthropology major to circus clown might seem like a bit much, but for Steve Lough ’87, it made perfect sense. Lough spent over 10 years traveling the country as a professional circus clown with a variety of troupes, including the Ringling Bros.
Sequester a group of actors in a small space, point your camera at them and wait an hour. By then, each of them will surely have gone insane. It’s the theory behind Sartre’s “No Exit” (1944) of being locked together in a room for eternity. Claustrophobia is a truly cinematic fear. It requires no sets and no props — it is just the actor’s psyche slowly consuming itself. “The Shining” (1980) should come to mind. Even viewers cramped into small theater seats can relate to its stifling intensity. “The Black Sea” (2014) stuffs 12 men into a dilapidated submarine searching for gold and watches the pot boil. Beyond a couple flare-ups, though, the film can only manage a simmer.
After driving two passenger vans to campus from Portland, Maine, on Monday, several of the musicians who form part of The Nile Project — a collaborative group of artists from 11 countries along the Nile Basin who use music to draw awareness to and provoke discussion about the region — will pile into yet another van this evening and head to Thetford, Vermont, for a local musicians exchange. There, as part of its mid-April residency at the College, the international group will participate in a “jam session,” Hopkins Center publicity coordinator Rebecca Bailey said.
From intricately woven cloth to painting-like script, African art and culture will converge when “Auto-Graphics: Works by Victor Ekpuk” and “Ukara: Ritual Cloth of the Ekpe Secret Society” open at the Hood Museum of Art this Saturday.
When Madeline Abbott ’15 auditioned for the student-produced musical “To Slay A Demon,” a musical based on the cult show “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” (1997), this winter , she had no idea that she would land the lead role. Prior to this audition, Abbott had not done any sort of theater since she was in high school.
“The House of Seven Bagels.” “The Dartmouth Alumni Marzipan.” “The Road to Tiramisu.” These titles were among several literary-themed puns that inspired desserts, including cakes, bagels and a collection of brownie crumbs, on display in Baker-Berry Library yesterday. This showcase of literary arts meeting the culinary arts celebrated one of the library’s newest traditions — the second annual Dartmouth College Library Edible Book Festival.
Few people would question the assertion that art can have an impact on social change, but, as can be expected, some changes are easier to address than others. We have likely all seen works that call attention to gender inequality or racial injustice, for example, but how often do we see art about environmental concerns?
Tucked away down a hallway connecting the lower level of Baker Library to the Sanborn Library basement, the Book Arts Workshop, called “Dartmouth’s best-kept secret” by the Dartmouth College Library, is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.
I don’t know what’s scarier — modern horror films themselves or the current state of the horror genre, which has become a factory for lazy and unoriginal pabulum. In most contemporary films, frightening has become a formula — a veritable cinematic slot machine, where audiences pay their money to watch a string of classic icons, like the possessed child, clown or abandoned house. Even worse, many nascent directors have taken to using horror as a springboard for their careers — the films are cheap, don’t require professional actors and just need bad lighting and a broken music box to get the ball rolling. Like visitors to Atlantic City, modern horror audiences are destined not to be satisfied. But luckily, there are exceptions to the rule. “It Follows” (2014) is just that — the rare breed that waits, lurks and lets your mind do the scaring.
Divyanka Sharma ’13 exemplifies the meaning of “doing it all.” A young alumna originally hailing from India, Sharma balances budding success in short fiction with full-time work for New York City-based Locus Analytics, working to apply functional classification systems of enterprises to the developing world. An English major at the College, Sharma worked for Reserve Bank of India during her time at Dartmouth and credits English professor Thomas O’Malley for helping her publish her first ever published piece, the short story “To Benares.”
From its opening projections of Los Angeles smog and the Hollywood Sign, “¡Figaro! (90210)” marks a stark departure from the Mozart comedy opera from which it is adapted, “The Marriage of Figaro.” But on the strength of new elements including a hip-hop-obsessed teenager, sexting and facelifts, the adaptation of the operatic classic — which opens today and boasts a cast list including both students and professional opera singers — continues the stellar form that saw versions of the same script win acclaim in New York and Los Angeles.
The Culley Concerto Competition, which will take place this Saturday afternoon in Spaulding Auditorium, features live solo performances by 19 Dartmouth student performers, Hopkins Center director of bands Matthew Marsit said. Ranging in instrument types from brass to strings, the soloists — competing in the annual competition established in 1988 by Grant and Suzanne Culley, parents of Maryly Culley ’86 — will aimto take home prizes for high achievement in orchestral performance.
When Zach Wooster ’15 takes the stage this spring for his last show as a guitarist and vocalist with campus band shArk, he may be greeted with a chant of “Fins Up!” — a slogan used by the group’s fans. As he strikes the final notes of his Dartmouth career, Wooster will find himself a long way from his early performances at the College, played alongside friend and bandmate Pablo Marvel ’15 in the relaxed atmosphere of open mic nights at One Wheelock.
As a crowd of undergraduates, faculty and community members watch, an arctic fox curls its back and turns its head to look directly at its audience. With its white coat popping in sharp contrast to the dry, brown tundra on which it stands, the fox creates a transfixing image — one nearly powerful enough to transport viewers to the Arctic, where studio art professor Christina Seely’s expedition-based work has taken her.