Arts

Curation for the masses

This past week, the College enjoyed the presence of contemporary artist Scott Blake. On Tuesday, he gave a talk about his art involving barcodes, one work of which is currently on display in Faulconer Gallery as part of the “Stocked: Contemporary Art from the Grocery Aisles” exhibit. It is a series of 32 hand-painted barcodes…

Speaking out at spoken word night

Adam Levin, known onstage as ‘Defcee,’ will bring his poetry and rap to Herrick Chapel this Friday night. A successful artist and teacher, Levin tries to bring in his life experiences and his thoughts on the world into his pieces. He—like his younger brother Aaron ’14—is originally from River Forest, Ill., but his performing has…

The Grinnell Beowulf: Ye olde text, refreshed

“Beowulf,” the Old English saga following the titular hero through his native Anglo-Saxon culture of monsters and mead, now has a thoroughly local translation, thanks to the work of several students under the guidance of Tim Arner, English. Speaking at the release party for “The Grinnell Beowulf,” Arner acknowledged that the project, which started as…

Composing on the clock

For the past several years, Grinnell’s Music Student Educational Policy Committee (SEPC) has organized a 24-hour composition concert, during which all of the material and preparation for the event is done within a 24-hour time period. Composers and performers of any experience level are welcome to participate. The 24-hour time frame may appear intimidating at…

Three good touches

If you are looking for a release during your mundane Mondays, look no further than “Good Touches”—a Monday night radio show that proves to be anything but mundane. The show runs weekly from 11 p.m. to 12 a.m. and is hosted by three friends: Mark Spero, Jack Dunnington and Nick Matesanz, all ’16. Although the…

Alan Turing: Persecuted science pioneer

As one of the seminal figures in mid-20th century British science, Alan Turing bore many different titles. Mathematician, computer scientist, biologist, cryptanalyst. Born in 1912, Turing was a pioneer of the field that would become computer science, laying the theoretical groundwork for the development of all sorts of contemporary computing devices, while also conducting important…

Cabinet of Wonders

To add to the collection of Wunderkammern in Bucksbaum this weekend—the current Faulconer Gallery exhibit, “From Wunderkammer to the Modern Museum, 1606-1884,” focuses on the scholarly and artistic contents of “cabinets of wonder”—U.K. musician and novelist Wesley Stace will be bringing his variety show, “Cabinet of Wonders,” to Sebring-Lewis Hall at 7 p.m. this Sunday,…

Stories through song

Steafán Hanvey, a Northern Irish singer-songwriter, will perform in Grinnell this Monday, Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. in Sebring-Lewis Hall. His performance is a multimedia presentation entitled, “Look Behind You! A Father and Son’s Impressions of ‘The Troubles’ in Northern Ireland Through Photograph and Song,” which places his original songs and stories in tandem with…

“Wit” revels in the inevitability of death

“How are you feeling today?” asks Vivian Bearing in the opening monologue of “Wit.” “I have been asked as I was emerging from a four-hour operation with a tube in every orifice, ‘How are you feeling today?’” The pain and indifference Vivian must undergo are foregrounded from these first lines. Margaret Edson’s “Wit,” directed by…

Rising stars light up gardner

On Wednesday night, Gardner Lounge had one of the biggest weeknight concerts of the year, featuring three artists playing a mostly chilled out set perfect for the middle of the week. Sincjack, Mister Lies and Young Galaxy all brought their own unique vibes, but had enough similarities in their sounds for a cohesive show. The…