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“Ex-Machina” Makes Artificial Intelligence “Scary-Sexy”

(05/03/15 10:45pm)

If you took HAL from “2001: A Space Odyssey” (1968) and put him inside the body of the bathroom woman from “The Shining” (1980), you’d get Ava, the sleek, sultry artificial intelligence robot of “Ex Machina” (2015). The film itself lies somewhere between these two Kubrick movies, combining the claustrophobic horrors of the Overlook Hotel with the supercomputing callousness of HAL. Like Siri sexified, Ava epitomizes the male fantasy — an erotic subservient who deifies him — and the consequences of its fulfillment. Think “Her” (2013), but with a Samantha who would kill to be more than just a voice.

From Italy to Portland, Levi ’00 meshes sustainability and cuisine

(05/03/15 10:44pm)

For David Levi ’00, his First-Year Trip was an experience that foreshadowed his environmental consciousness. After stints teaching high school and working as an apprentice for restaurants in Sweden and Italy, Levi became the executive chef of Vinland in 2012, a 100-percent locally-sourced restaurant in Portland, Maine.

Wind Ensemble tackles Stravinsky

(04/29/15 9:23pm)

After exploring the works of Shakespeare in the fall and spending an evening in Metropolis this past winter, the Dartmouth College Wind Ensemble will conclude their 2014-2015 season this Saturday by featuring work from several 20th-century composers. In the Spaulding Auditorium concert — titled “Stravinsky and Friends” and featuring work by the Russian composer Igor Stravinsky as well as composers from France and Belgium — the wind ensemble will explore the “strong connection” between the featured composers, Hopkins Center student relations advisor and wind ensemble member Ryan McWilliams ’14 said.

Beyond the Bubble: This festival brought to you by...

(04/27/15 10:15pm)

Woodstock, America’s first music festival of note, took place on a dairy farm in Bethel, New York, from Aug. 15 to 18 in 1969. For those three days of peace and music, concert-goers were expected to fork over only $18 — a little over $115 when adjusted for inflation. Today, a three-day general admission pass to see Drake, Florence and the Machine and other performers at Coachella will run you $375 — and if you factor in shuttle privileges with your pass, the cost will rise to $435, with an $85 minimum required just to camp out overnight. These prices, of course, don’t include food, drinks and initial transportation to the event. Times have changed.

Chase Klein ’14 discusses experience making first EP

(04/26/15 9:33pm)

Growing up in Edgemont, New York, Chase Klein ’14 has had a love for music all of his life — he has always listened to a wide variety of genres, played the piano and the guitar in high school and founded the student band Chuck, now known as shArk, during his time at the College. And yet, despite his passion for music, Klein said he never considered performing professionally until his senior year. Just one week after graduation, Klein moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in music, performing under the name Chase Byrne, as well as working for Disney animation.

“While We’re Young” fails to deliver on its promise

(04/26/15 9:33pm)

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.

Student Spotlight: Hood intern Laura Dorn ’15

(04/21/15 10:30pm)

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.

“The Black Sea” flounders despite its best attempts

(04/19/15 10:01pm)

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.

The Nile Project brings music, discussion to Hanover

(04/15/15 9:34pm)

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.

Edible Book Festival celebrates literature, food and puns

(04/13/15 9:47pm)

“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.