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‘Keanu’ cannot recreate the Key and Peele magic

(05/02/16 9:01pm)

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.




Spotlight: Carene Mekertichyan ’16’s thesis explores race, gender

(04/28/16 9:01pm)

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.



Sequentia to cast medieval spell at world premiere tonight

(04/27/16 9:01pm)

Scholarship surrounding the secular music of Medieval monks is rare. Studying, learning and performing music from a period without written music is an intricate process that requires much historical scholarship and musical insight. For those not inclined to undertake a rigourous study of Medieval music, a firm appreciation of music and history from the Medieval Era — one of the first eras in Western classical music — is available tonight at Rollins Chapel. Sequentia, an ensemble of international singers and instrumentalists, will take the stage for the world premiere of “Monks Singing Pagans: Medieval songs of heroes, gods and strong women.”


Photography exhibit humanizes sexual assault statistics

(04/25/16 9:01pm)

One in five women will experience sexual assault during their lifetime. Despite this fact, many people still feel distanced from the idea of sexual assault. Jadyn Petterson-Rae’15 wanted to change this and help more people understand sexual assault and its prevalence in society, so she created an exhibition featuring pictures of Dartmouth women who have experienced sexual assault. The exhibit is currently being displayed in the Black Family Visual Arts Center for Sexual Assault Awareness Month.


Everybody should get some of ‘Everybody Wants Some!!’ (2016)

(04/25/16 9:01pm)

More than 20 years after the success of “Dazed and Confused” (1993), Richard Linklater graduates from ’70s high school to ’80s college in “Everybody Wants Some!!” (2016). These two films along with “Boyhood” (2014) complete his unofficial adolescence trilogy, which showcases Linklater’s paternalistic nostalgia for decades past. Instead of sentimental photo albums, his films feel more like highlight reels, anthropological studies charting the richest rituals and mating patterns of young sub-cultures.


Arts Explores: BVAC painting studio, a nurturing space

(04/25/16 9:01pm)

Two floors up from the elegantly minimalist lobby of the Black Family Visual Arts Center, the studio art department’s painting studios promise a boldly different aesthetic. Paint of every color splatters the tables and chairs, and the students’ workspaces exhibit their unique artistic styles. A wide array of artificial flowers and fruit crowd a table toward the front of the “Painting I” area, waiting to be arranged for upcoming still-life assignments. Tall white panels create a series of alcoves, each one used by a different student from “Painting I,” “Painting II” or “Painting III” as his or her place of creative refuge for the term.




Panelists discuss digital rights in today’s online world

(04/20/16 9:01pm)

Piracy is often viewed as a victimless crime. The months film editors tediously spend editing a movie and the long hours singers invest in recording studios are neglected for the instant gratification experienced when downloading digital works right as they hit the market. Content creators can suffer from illegal downloading or file-sharing because they do not receive proper compensation for their work.



‘Son of Saul’ (2015) reconceptualizes the Holocaust in cinema

(04/18/16 9:01pm)

After seeing “Son of Saul” (2015) at the Telluride Film Festival, I witnessed director László Nemes correct renowned Holocaust film scholar Annette Insdorf, who likened his film to “Schindler’s List” (1993). To Nemes, “Schindler’s List” focused on some 3,000 survivors amongst 12 million casualties and absurdly romanticized the Holocaust. This absurd portrayal of an already absurd era normalizes and renders cloyingly palatable this horrific past. One sees the same in many of cinema’s most recognizable Holocaust titles such as “La vita è bella” (1997) and “Inglourious Basterds” (2009). While there is “Night and Fog” (1955) and of course, “Shoah” (1985), the atrocities of concentration camps precisely preclude the immediacy of the filmic image. Cinematic escapism quickly becomes entrapment and internment when one revitalizes Auschwitz on the screen. Therefore, Nemes crafts his anti-sentimental, icily confrontational debut tour-de-force to dismantle decades of misrepresentation and display Auschwitz in its infernal, chaotic form.


Alumna Q&A: Actress and singer Kimberly Marable ’05

(04/14/16 9:01pm)

Kimberly Marable ’05 graduated from Dartmouth with a major in theater modified with sociology. After graduation and a brief internship at Northern Stage, she moved to New York City and has performed in a number of national tours of Broadway productions, including “Hairspray” and “The Book of Mormon.” She is currently performing in her second Broadway show, “The Lion King.” She co-founded and co-directs an organization called Broadway Serves, which coordinates community service projects involving members of the professional theater community.



Student Spotlight: Painter and photographer Amara Ihionu ’17

(04/13/16 9:01pm)

Amara Ihionu ’17 found her passion for art while trying to fulfill a distributive requirement. After taking “Drawing I” her freshman spring, she realized she wanted to explore more of what the department offers and decided to take “Painting I” and “Photography I” her sophomore year. Now, with more than enough studio art credits to her name and experience that includes multiple mediums within the department, she has embraced her major in studio art.


Erik van Hove introduces exhibit ‘The Craft of Art’

(04/11/16 9:01pm)

Walking into Belgian artist Erik van Hove’s exhibit in the Hopkins Center’s Jaffe-Friede Gallery, one is taken aback by the intricacy of the large, mechanical looking piece that takes up most of the center of the gallery. A team of Moroccan craftsmen created the reproduction of the Mercedes V12 engine. The piece is a behemoth of wood, bone and engraved metal.


Grace and the Carnivore headline last Friday’s FNR

(04/11/16 9:01pm)

Last Friday night, the lights in Sarner Underground illuminated the stage with mood-setting hues as Grace Carney ’17, member of the Rockapellas and winner of Dartmouth Idol 2016, took the stage along with her band Grace and the Carnivore to headline a Friday Night Rock show that featured a trio of Boston-based alternative bands. FNR, a student run organization that works to bring alternative music acts to campus, have welcomed notable past performers such as Danny Brown, Titus Andronicus, The World Is a Beautiful Place and I’m No Longer Afraid to Die, Of Montreal, The Mountain Goats and The Front Bottoms.




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