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Alumnus Q&A: Jazz guitarist Michael Blum ’15

(05/23/16 9:01pm)

Michael Blum ’15 is a jazz guitarist who is already making waves in the music industry. In 2015, he was named the Rising Star Guitarist in DownBeat Magazine’s 63rd Annual Critic’s Poll. His newest recording, “Chasin’ Oscar: A Tribute to Oscar Peterson,” will come out next month, and his follow-up jazz fusion project will be titled “Expansion.” He has collaborated with jazz and classical musicians such as John and Jeff Clayton, Eddie Gomez, Joe Hunt, Michael Manring and Gary Karr.

Digital arts expo showcases art, animation and poetry-writing computers

(05/18/16 10:01pm)

Moving images, flashing lights and creatively designed seats invited attendees to interact with the art displayed last night at the fifth annual Digital Arts Expo. The event included several segments and showcased a collaborative range of digital works in music, studio art, film and 3D printing at the Hood Museum of Art.

Alums collaborate and perform at NYC’s The Bitter End

(05/18/16 10:01pm)

Although Danny Calano ’15 did not anticipate being able to make his own music less than one year after graduating from Dartmouth, for a young musician, his plans have taken a turn in the best possible way. On April 30, Calano and classmate Evan Griffith ’15 performed at The Bitter End, a rock and roll nightclub and music venue in Greenwich Village, New York City.

Three seniors to be featured in Barbary Coast Ensemble concert

(05/17/16 9:01pm)

If you entered the Hopkins Center at any point this week, you might have noticed a zany video blaring brassy big band music. The video, which features Barbary Coast Jazz Ensemble’s three graduating seniors, Kimberly Hassel ’16, Moises Silva ’16 and Kathryn Waychoff ’16, is a promotion for the Ensemble’s upcoming Senior Feature Concert.

Lahiri speaks about words, writing and a sense of belonging

(05/17/16 9:01pm)

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.”

‘for colored girls’ brings women of color to center stage

(05/16/16 9:01pm)

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.

‘Sing Street’ sings from start to finish

(05/16/16 9:01pm)

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.

Art History FSP participates in local Roman art project

(05/12/16 9:59pm)

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.

Singer-songwriter Odessa performs for Parents’ Weekend

(05/09/16 8:57pm)

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.

‘The Brimstone Guild’ proves an ambitious film project

(05/05/16 9:01pm)

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.

Wind Ensemble spring concert features departing seniors

(05/05/16 9:01pm)

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.

Zumba instructor grooves and shakes her way to bliss in class

(05/04/16 9:01pm)

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.

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