75 Annual community celebration ‘Lessons and Carols’ to light up chapel
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Heart-wrenching ballads and snarky, comic numbers filled Kresge Auditorium last Friday and Saturday when the Curtain Callers performed Jason Robert Brown’s song cycle, “Songs for a New World.”
Curtain Callers was founded three years ago.
“I think there’s a lack of musical theater here and I think mostly people like it because it’s fun and exciting and such a sensory experience,” said student director Patrick Martin ’13. “So I feel like we’ve gotten good support from the student body.”
Budding playwrights saw their works performed at the Colby-Bates-Bowdoin One-Act Festival last Saturday in Wish Theater.
The competition, one of Bowdoin’s smaller scale theater projects, is a 79 year-old Masque and Gown tradition. Prior to the inter-college event, Bowdoin holds its own Student Written One-Act Festival, which gives aspiring student playwrights the opportunity to submit original work to be edited and performed.
Masque and Gown selected and produced four original works from the submission pool. The acts were showcased last Friday night, and the audience voted for the best submission.
For independent artist Isaac Ardis ’11, what started out as a course assignment evolved into what Ardis described as “good clean trouble” at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.
Soon after graduating from Bowdoin as a German major, mathematics minor and art enthusiast, Ardis decided he would pursue art full time.
Thanks to the support and mentorship of visual arts professor and Sculptor-in-Residence John Bisbee, Ardis has been able to set up shop in Brunswick, where, in addition to making art in his studio, he is auditing Contemporary Art with Associate Professor of Art History Pamela Fletcher.
Long, aesthetically jarring scenes, unconventional plot lines, and abrupt endings are what really distinguish French cinema from its less daring American counterpart.
This week, a survey of French cinema rolled through the Bowdoin campus with the Tournées Festival.
The festival, a program of FACE (French American Cultural Exchange), is overseen by the Cultural Services at the French Embassy that provides access to French language films to colleges and universities throughout the country.
For the past fifty years, Bowdoin students doing summer research have had the opportunity to attend performances by world-renowned musicians at the annual Bowdoin International Music Festival. Next summer, Lewis Kaplan, the man who made it all possible, will retire from his directorial post. Since its founding in 1964, the festival has evolved from a local, small summer concert series to an international training program for accomplished young musicians.
Coastal Studies Artist-in-residence Barbara Putnam makes her return to Bowdoin this semester after having spent the majority of the fall abroad, working among artists in the Arctic, studying the fjords in Norway, and attending an exhibition opening in Bucharest. Putnam’s interest in Arctic environments motivated her decision to come to Bowdoin, where she knew the connection to the Arctic goes back more than a century.
After a run as one of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art’s most well-attended exhibitions, “William Wegman’s Hello Nature” came down on Sunday, October 21, concluding three months of critical acclaim. The main floor galleries, where the Wegman show was on display, are currently in a transitory state. Boxes, tools and carts litter the space while José Ribas ’76, the museum’s technician and preparator, busily works to ready the space for upcoming exhibitions.
Assistant Professor of Art Carrie Scanga is undaunted by the prospect of folding and manipulating delicate material for hours on end. Scanga, Bowdoin’s resident printmaker, is on sabbatical for the academic year, dedicating her full attention to a variety of personal projects. The most recent of these is “Breathe: The Emergent Colony,” an installation at curatorial collaboration and exhibition space PLUG in Kansas City, Missouri.
Bowdoin’s Dining Service is consistently ranked as one of the top dining services in the country—there’s no denying that it definitely helps to be well-fed when you’re working as tirelessly as the typical Bowdoin student. Five things to know as you begin your journey with Bowdoin Dining:
1) The timeless question: Moulton or Thorne?
2) Brunch is a thing here.
3) The food isn’t going anywhere.
4) Regarding Special Events and the Bowdoin log.
5) Other Dining terminology.
New York-based art critic Donald Kuspit will speak on Monday, May 7 about persisting distinctions in art criticism through the 19th and 20th centuries. His lecture, "Critical Consciousness of the Arts," will explore the divisions between realism and abstraction that have evolved throughout the last two centuries of art criticism.
A unique fusion of theater and dance, "Lullaby," will premiere next week in the culmination of a year-long exploration of far-ranging emotions, personal narratives and collaborative creation.
The timeless and existential "Hamlet" will premiere tonight under the direction of Shakespeare enthusiast Sam Plattus '12.
In the first installment of a two-part lecture series celebrating 200 years of art collecting at Bowdoin, Andrew McClellan, professor of art history at Tufts University, will deliver a lecture titled "Private Collecting in the Age of Museums" next Thursday.
Featuring interweaving secret police investigations and puppetry sequences, senior Zach Perez's production of Martin McDonagh's "The Pillowman" will run Wednesday and Thursday.
A group of unruly and existentialist British schoolboys take the Pickard stage this weekend in Masque and Gown's production of "History Boys."
Creating a swirling sea of resplendent and contrasting shades of blue with their every leap and turn, the dancers of Advanced Repertory, Dance 312, welcomed the audience to the Spring Dance Concert yesterday evening.
George Lopez, an accomplished pianist and musician, is wrapping up the first year of his two-year tenure as an artist-in-residency with a concert featuring the acclaimed Esterhazy string quartet.
In conjunction with the current exhibit at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, "Object of Devotion," the music department will sponsor "Requiem," a concert in Early Renaissance music by St. Mary Schola.
Paddling its way around the country, the Reel Paddling Film Festival will make a stop at Bowdoin tonight. Self-described as showing "The Best Paddling Films of the year," the film festival lends out its films to outing clubs, stores and theaters nationwide.
From curating student exhibits to Maine Arts Commission public artwork, Visual Arts Technician Kyle Downs has devoted his life to his craft. In addition to his post at Bowdoin, Downs is an active artist in his own right. His most recent project, “Beyond The Forest,” opened last Friday at the Coleman Burke Gallery at Port City Music Hall in Portland.
Miscellania hits high note on tour over break
Theater lovers will get a chance to actually peek behind the curtain this weekend.
Producing its first musical since "Babes in Arms" in spring 2008, the Department of Theater & Dance and Associate Professor of Theater Davis Robinson were eager to take on one of composer and lyricist Steven Sondheim's most esteemed works, "A Little Night Music."
While it may be less conspicuous than the expansive chair exhibition, "Something Completely Different: Raymond Pettibon's Repeater Pencil" packs a punch. The 14-minute video installation is composed of Pettibon's drawings and watercolors—animated and set to audio narration.
Lectures and dance performances are typical fare for Kresge auditorium, but the Women in Action (WIA) brought a unique combination of both art forms to the stage last night. The six female Nicaraguan dancers of WIA performed traditional Nicaraguan folk dance pieces while incorporating informative lectures about WIA's humanitarian initiatives to combat poverty in Nicaragua.
A new faculty member, Assistant Professor of Art Alicia Eggert is enriching the visual arts department with her conceptual focus and broad range of mediums.
For four nights in a row, the department of theater and dance will artistically invade Pickard, providing the Bowdoin community with a variety of student dance pieces for their final spring show.
Though Eleven doesn't quite add up to 11, the band's now eight-person lineup has grown (significantly) since the band was formed in the fall of 2006. Then-first-years Alexi Thomakos '10 and Nick Lechich '10 began playing music together in the common room of their first-year dorm. Soon thereafter, they met bassist Max Taylor '10 and keyboard player, guitarist, and vocalist Sammie Francis '09, who pushed for the formation of a band.
With Frontier Café's current exhibit of documentary-photo stories titled "About Face," the café pairs with Portland's Salt Institute for Documentary Studies to bring real Maine stories to the Brunswick community.
The dark humor and honest humanity broiling in Davis Robinson's production of "The Cripple of Inishmaan" will overtake Wish Theater this weekend.
Following Thursday's performance of Terra Nova, the Bowdoin community has the opportunity to hear the inside scoop from artist and Bowdoin alum DJ Spooky at Common Hour.
Singing their way up and down the Northeast coast, Bowdoin's oldest female a capella group, Miscellania, rang in the New Year with its first musical tour since 2007.
Tonight, Fanny Pak will be performing on Bowdoin's own Pickard Theater stage, flaunting their eccentric style and the fanny packs made famous on MTV's second season of "America's Best Dance Crew."
Fluorescent lights, candles, drop-down dresses and abstract representations of biological processes contribute to the great variety in this year's December Dance Show. The Department of Theater and Dance presents an annual end-of semester December show that displays the final projects and works of its dance repertory and choreography classes.
Some holiday celebrations transcend religion and culture.
Although clowning around is not usually encouraged in an academic atmosphere, Bowdoin's student theater group, Masque and Gown, is giving students an opportunity to goof off.
At Bowdoin the name Ahmad Hassan Muhammad '10 is synonymous with piano prodigy, and tonight, students will have the chance to see Muhammad perform original compositions.
Jamaican choreographer Garth Fagan, best known for his Tony Award-winning work in the Broadway stage production of Disney's "The Lion King," will conduct a lecture demonstration tonight as a part of the celebration of 40 years of Africana studies at Bowdoin.
What happens when you take one-part Barry Mills's nephew, one-part former Miscellania member, and a crowd of aurally curious Bowdoin students? With this evening's "Shameless Plugs" concert featuring Dan Mills and Samantha Farrell '05, the Entertainment Board (E-board), is hoping for a hit. Co-President of the E-Board Chris Omachi said the "Shameless Plugs" project aims to showcase Bowdoin-related talent. The brainchild of Megan Brunmier '08, student activities advisor to the E-board. Tonight's show will be the first in what the E-board intends to make into an annual showcase.