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'Hell or High Water' delivers, but not the expected action film

(10/18/16 4:00am)

 “Hell or High Water” may not be for everyone, but I think that’s honestly for the best. David Mackenzie’s newest film is strange, uncompromising, beautiful, confounding and frankly a breath of fresh air in a year full of films that have failed to live up to expectations. Perhaps this disappointing year was the key to “Hell or High Water”; I had no expectations for it, so I never assumed it would be one of the best films I’ve seen so far in 2016.

Jazz-mariachi fusion band Troker to perform tomorrow

(10/14/16 4:00am)

Jazz lovers of Dartmouth, clear up your calendars and get ready for a burst of funk, jazz, rock and hip hop this Saturday. Troker, a group that has performed at over 90 international festivals including the Glastonbury Festival and South by Southwest, will showcase its jazz and mariachi fusion style music in Spaulding this weekend.

Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra to perform at Spaulding

(10/14/16 4:00am)

The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, considered one of the finest chamber orchestras in the world, considers themselves to be true classical musicians — it is for this reason that they have never performed a pop concert. The Hopkins Center, which has maintained a close relationship with the Minnesota-based ensemble created over two decades ago, can attest to that. The chamber orchestra will perform a classical concert tonight in Spaulding Auditorium.

Music Review: Solange's "A Seat at the Table"

(10/14/16 4:00am)

“I’m weary of the ways of the world,” Solange sings in her new release “A Seat at the Table.” The album cover, featuring a faded photo of the artist’s face, suggests a dark tone. Indeed, the music in this new release may not be as colorful as the celebrated “Losing You,” but “A Seat at the Table” brings detailed arrangement and articulate, powerful lyricism to the ­— no pun intended — table.

Student spotlight: actress and singer Zahra Ruffin ’17

(10/13/16 4:00am)

Although Zahra Ruffin ’17 is now an actress, she was introduced to the world of theater through dance. In middle school Ruffin’s homeroom teacher asked her to be a background dancer in the school’s performance of “Guys and Dolls”. Ruffin said that she thought her theater career would be over after that show, but the next year, the same teacher gave her the script for the fall production.

‘Captain Fantastic:’ thought-provoking or pretentious mess?

(10/11/16 4:00am)

Is “Captain Fantastic” the most intelligent film I’ve seen so far this year, or is it the most painfully pretentious? Honestly, it’s probably both. Sometimes I’m just at a loss for words. Exactly one week ago I strolled into Spaulding Auditorium to watch “Captain Fantastic.” Two hours later I walked out and thought to myself, “Well, that was...interesting.” And for the past seven days that’s about the only meaningful thing I’ve had to say about the film: It was “interesting.” Not because I didn’t “get it,” but because I genuinely could not decide how I felt about it. Well, it’s been a week, I’m still not fully decided, but here it goes.

‘Hood on the Road:’ showcasing artwork from east to west

(10/11/16 4:00am)

Behind the covered, under-construction scenes of the Hood Museum of Art’s renovation, nearly 50 pieces from the museum’s permanent collection are currently on loan to over a dozen museums from coast to coast. “Hood on the Road,” one of many initiatives put into place to keep art at the Hood active during the closure period, has been engaging the public with Dartmouth’s 247-year-old collection.

Alumna Q&A: Writer and director Lilian Mehrel ’09

(10/11/16 4:00am)

From working with Google Tilt Brush to creating videos for Vogue to working with the U.S. State Department, Lilian Mehrel ’09 has made huge strides in the arts since she graduated from Dartmouth. Mehrel’s films have premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, winning awards from ABC/Disney, the Puffin Foundation, the Marcie Bloom/Sony Pictures Classics Fellowship and countless other organizations. Mehrel is now an MFA candidate at New York University’s Tisch Graduate Film Program with a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans. She is currently writing comedy television scripts, creating artwork, making digital shorts and working with virtual reality.

Alumna Q&A: Deby Guzman-Buchness ’15 makes it in New York

(10/07/16 4:01am)

Deby Xiadani Guzman-Buchness ’15, a neuroscience major and theater minor at Dartmouth, is working her way up the performing arts ladder in New York City. While at the College she was involved with Casual Thursday, a short-form improve comedy group. Guzman-Buchness recently finished a production internship with four-time Tony award-winning Broadway producer Harriet Leve, producer of “Stomp,” “Beautiful: The Carole King musical,” “An American in Paris” and most recently “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.” She currently works in New York City as a fitness instructor at Oasis Fitness Club. She is set to shadow Peter Hackett, director of “Orwell in America,” in the coming months as an assistant director. “Orwell in America,”originated at Vermont’s Northern Stage, is coming to New York City as an off-Broadway show at East 59 Theaters.

Student Spotlight: Drayton Harvey '17, dancer and future doctor

(10/06/16 4:00am)

Although Drayton Harvey ’17 was never a contestant on “Dancing With the Stars,” the popular reality show changed the trajectory of his life. When 13-year-old Harvey — then involved with fencing, archery and baseball — first saw the show, it was the spark that ignited what would eventually become a passion for ballroom dancing.

Despite lack of support, students continue to aerial silk

(10/04/16 4:00am)

When Cindy Li ’18 entered Dartmouth as a freshman, she was not ready to give up her high school hobby of aerial silks — so she set out to find others who were interested in the obscure mix of acrobatics and dance. Her search led her to a 2006 article in The Dartmouth about a now-defunct circus club called the Northern Lights, and from there, she was able to track down their last remaining member: Haley Reicher ’17. Since then, their group of aerial silk enthusiasts has grown to include Claire Apuan ’18 and Charlotte Nutt ’19. The Dartmouth climbing gym is home to this niche activity, which Apuan explained involves hanging a silk curtain from the ceiling on a special rigging device, but may not be the group’s first choice for a location.

Q&A with Nate Seymour '12

(10/04/16 4:00am)

Nate Seymour ’12, who majored in studio arts with a focus in photography and minored in digital arts at Dartmouth, works as a colorist for television and film. A colorist’s job is to ensure that everything seen onscreen has the proper hue. Seymour has worked on projects spanning from commercials to short films. His work can be seen at Currently, he is working in the New York City office of The Mill, a production studio, as a “color-assist” assistant.

Woody Allen's "Café Society" fails to impress

(10/04/16 4:00am)

When it comes to some filmmakers, I find that while I am able to fully admire their craft and ingenuity, I can never seem to “get on their wavelengths.” Woody Allen is one such filmmaker. Allen can be hilarious, clever and insightful with his writing and directing, but I’ve never been able to genuinely love even his very best work, such as “Annie Hall.” That being said, I typically find his work to be highly enjoyable and even ingenious, which is why I am struggling so much with “Café Society.” It is well-directed, well-acted, well-filmed and overall well-made, but I generally expect something a little more innovative and original from Woody Allen. So should I praise it for its competency or lambast it for its lack of creativity?

Upright Citizens Brigade appeals to students with Dartmouth references

(10/04/16 4:00am)

Do you often have trouble figuring out how to fill your Friday night? What about with a show that covers everything from Dartmouth traditions to Dianne Keaton and Tom Brady to mercury-laden shrimp? Luckily for Dartmouth students, the Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Company, a renowned improvisational and sketch comedy theater troupe, delivered just that this weekend. Hosted by Collis After Dark, students filled Collis Commonground on Friday night with the promise of an eccentric and hilarious improv performance, with the College’s own Casual Thursday acting as the opening act.

Martha Redbone to perform 'Bone Hill: the Concert' tonight

(09/30/16 4:00am)

 “How sweet I roam’d from field to field and tasted all the summer’s pride,” Independent Music Award winner Martha Redbone croons in her third studio album “The Garden of Love.” The album sets the words of 19th-century poet William Blake to Appalachian folk music. It’s an odd combination, but somehow it works. Her album sounds contemporary and modern yet nostalgic. Of course, Redbone is not foreign to combining different cultures, time periods and places — she grew up in the Appalachians and has African-American, Cherokee and European ancestry.

Alumna Q&A: Costume designer Katherine Stebbins ’04

(09/29/16 4:00am)

Katherine Stebbins ’04 discovered her passion for costume design at Dartmouth after designing for two shows, eventually graduating with a major in philosophy and a minor in theater. After graduation, Stebbins received her MFA in costume design from Carnegie Mellon University in 2009. She worked as a costume designer in Chicago until 2011, where she worked with the Chicago Shakespeare Theater and the American Theater Company, among others. She now works in Boston.

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