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Professor Buhler examines the musical world of “Star Wars”

By Saiham Sharif sharifsa@grinnell.edu Last Friday, on Oct. 27, James Buhler, a professor of music theory and the director of the Center for American Music at the University of Texas at Austin, spoke about the role of music and composition in the “Star Wars” film franchise. His speech first highlighted the importance of music in…

Boston’s Vundabar rocks garage-pop in Gardener

By Kelly Page pagekell@grinnell.edu It’s time to make like a geologist and rock. This Friday, Oct. 27 in Gardner Lounge, get ready to see Vundabar and Alien Girls play sets you will not soon forget. Doors open at 9:30 p.m., Alien Girls taking the stage at 10 p.m. and Vundabar following at 10:45 p.m. Hailing…

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Eduard Duval-Carrie brings history into contemporary art

By Jackson Schulte schultej@grinnell.edu Miami-based artist Edouard Duval-Carrié returned to Grinnell College’s Faulconer Gallery on Oct. 26 to talk about his recent work as both an artist and curator, and his collaborative work with Grinnell students. Duval-Carrié has been working with Grinnell students in a short course, titled “Visualizing Freedom and Abolition in the New…

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Kadwani’s “They Call Me Q” on her coming of age

By Mayo Sueta suetamay@grinnell.edu A cap, a trophy, some bangles, an apron and a black jacket are among the few things that lie on the table and chairs onstage. The setup is modest, giving away very little of the energetic and thoughtful performance that is to take place. On Monday, members of the Grinnell community…

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“Saving Brinton” depicts films connecting generations of Iowans

By Chloe Wray and Zoe Fruchter wrayclo@grinnell.edu, fruchter@grinnell.edu “Sometimes people have good sheds,” quipped Michael Zahs, lifelong Iowa resident, “retired” history teacher, saver and prolific blood donor. Zahs can now add “documentary film star” to his resume with the release of “Saving Brinton,” a new documentary about a cache of historically significant films from the…

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Swarna Chitrakar speaks on Patachitra

By Hallela Hinton-Williams hintonwi@grinnell.edu Artist Swarna Chitrakar impressed the Grinnell College community with beautiful singing and descriptive and stunning artwork during her gallery talk on Wednesday, Oct. 4 in the Faulconer Gallery. The event was the latest in a series of talks held in Faulconer’s current exhibition, “Many Visions, Many Versions,” which features contemporary indigenous…

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Music Faculty display their talents in second annual showcase

By Carter Howe howethom@grinnell.edu Grinnell College music department faculty performed in the second annual Music Faculty Showcase on Tuesday, Oct. 3 in Sebring-Lewis Hall. Rather than longer, individual pieces, which has been the norm at traditional faculty recitals, the concert consisted of short group pieces of styles including jazz, bossa nova, classical, traditional Latin American…

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Frozen tundra comes to Grinnell in “Nice Fish”

By Amanda Weber weberama@grinnell.edu This weekend, the Grinnell College Theatre Department is putting on a production of the play “Nice Fish” by Mark Rylance and Louis Jenkins. The S&B got the chance to attend a tech rehearsal and speak to director Professor Ellen Mease and cast member Joseph Robertson ’19 about the production. The plot…

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CupcakKe brings femme, sex-plicit hip-hop

By Kelly Page pagekell@grinnell.edu She’s unique, she’s unapologetic, her fans call themselves “slurpers” and she’s coming to Grinnell this weekend. Get ready to see rapper CupcakKe, who will be taking Harris Center by storm at 10 p.m. this Saturday, Oct. 7.  Having grown up in Chicago, CupcakKe started rapping after a member of her church…