'Songs for a New World' highlights Curtain Callers' vocal talent
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.”
One-Act Festival brings Maine schools together
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.
Ardis '11 wears artwork to museum, turns heads
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.
Tournées film festival surveys award-winning French cinema
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.
After fifty years as director, festival founder set to retire
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.
Artist-in-Residence Putnam returns to campus
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.
Museum in limbo after Wegman show closes
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.
Scanga develops printmaking craft in “Breathe”
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.
Orientation: The insider’s guide to dining at Bowdoin
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.
Art Smarts: ‘End of Art’ author to delve into realist, abstract art
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.
‘Lullaby’ experiments with ‘aesthetics in performance’
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.
‘Hamlet’ to cap Plattus’ directorial career at Bowdoin
The timeless and existential "Hamlet" will premiere tonight under the direction of Shakespeare enthusiast Sam Plattus '12.
Art Smarts: Lecture to celebrate 200 years of art collecting at College
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.
‘Pillowman’ to bring dark humor, puppetry to stage
Zach Perez ‘12 will direct Martin McDonagh’s dystopian play as part of an independent study under Roger Bechtel
Featuring interweaving secret police investigations and puppetry sequences, senior Zach Perez's production of Martin McDonagh's "The Pillowman" will run Wednesday and Thursday.
‘History Boys’ explores educational methods, sexual identity
A group of unruly and existentialist British schoolboys take the Pickard stage this weekend in Masque and Gown's production of "History Boys."
40th anniversary of dance showcases diversity of curriculum
Dance classes reform to celebrate milestone in Pickard Theater
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.
Art Smarts: Esterhazy Quartet to perform tonight in Studzinski Hall
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.
St. Mary Schola to perform ‘Requiem’ on Wednesday
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.
Art Smarts: Reel Paddling Film Festival to screen films today
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.
Visual arts technician Downs exhbits sculpture in Portland
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
Miscellania hits high note on tour over break
‘American Buffalo’ comes to life after 6 years of planning
Theater lovers will get a chance to actually peek behind the curtain this weekend.
‘A Little Night Music’ to play in Pickard 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."
Museum exhibits Pettibon’s ‘Repeater Pencil’
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.
WIA Nicaraguan dancers perform, raise awareness
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.
New art professor added to Bowdoin community
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.
Dance students spring to center stage for final show
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.
Eleven realizes dream, wins Ivies opening spot
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.
‘About Face’ clads Frontier in documentary stories
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.
Wish Theater houses the ‘The Cripple of Inishmaan’
The dark humor and honest humanity broiling in Davis Robinson's production of "The Cripple of Inishmaan" will overtake Wish Theater this weekend.
Miller ’92 returns to Bowdoin with new name and new fame
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.
Miscellania winter tour celebrates music, unity and leadership
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.
‘Fanny’ to pack Pickard
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."
Art Smarts: Annual community celebration ‘Lessons and Carols’ to light up chapel
Art Smarts: Directing Projects shows act out theater students’ semester-long work
December Dance Show displays innovative choreography
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.
Student performers unite to celebrate South Asian culture at Diwali dance show
Some holiday celebrations transcend religion and culture.
Theater veteran Trautman to teach art of clowning around to students
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.
Jazz pianist Muhammad ’10 to lead trio with original compositions
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.
‘Lion King’ choreographer Fagan to make Pickard roar tonight
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.
Shameless Plugs to pull out stops tonight
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.