Arts

Upper classpeople exhibit their artistic talents

By Prisca Kim  kimprisc@grinnell.edu This year, the Art SEPC decided to restructure the end of the year student show, formerly called the Salon, by organizing the Bachelor of Arts Exhibition. “Our goal in redesigning it was to focus more on post-Grinnell and how this show can really help build portfolios, add lines to your resume…

Journalist Katha Pollitt breaks down gender

Katha Pollitt spoke at convocation last Wednesday about women in business and 21st incarnations of feminism as part of the Writers@Grinnell program. Pollitt is a long-time columnist at The Nation and has contributed to The New Yorker, The Atlantic and the New York Times. The  S&B’s Kelly Pyzik sat down with Pollitt after her roundtable…

Grinnell Ink

Second year Austin McKenney’s tattoo of an astronaut on the right side of his ribcage got its start when he was 17. A friend drew him the picture and McKenney told the friend that eventually he would get it tattooed on his body. The friend thought McKenney was joking, but three years and two “very…

Matt and Ben go on a comedic gender bender

By Christopher Squier squierch@grinnell.edu In a lighthearted, heavily comedic hour of straight up bickering and roommate love, Anika Manzoor ’13 and Zoe Rodriguez ’13 take on a number of multilayered and often betrousered roles in the short play “Matt and Ben.” The play, originally written and performed by Mindy Kaling and Brenda Withers in 2003,…

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Smith is dissing function with furniture

By Christopher Squier  squierch@grinnell.edu What is sculptifurniture? This is a question prompted by the recent Smith Gallery art show, courtesy of Andy Lange ’13. Lange’s show (dis)Functional Furniture was one of the briefer shows to grace the Smith Gallery, running from the beginning of the weekend through Wednesday morning, with a well-attended opening reception Monday…

Zammuto kicks off the week in rapture

By Carl Sessions sessions@grinnell.edu Taken out of context, finger skateboarding and old family videos may appear inconsequential and unrelated. Yet in context, flashed onscreen during Zammuto’s wildly-creative performance, propelled by snipped, refined and distorted synthesizers and vocals, overlaid by pulsing guitar and en pointe drums, these two images made all the sense in the world. Opener…

Punk is sure to rattle Gardner Saturday night

Wet Hair is a low-fi band from Iowa City. They are a noise rock band whose music sounds like an empty street springing to life under a full moon, the streetlights flashing and manhole covers trembling while neon lights froth underneath. Their first album, In Vogue Spirit, features songs that range from simplistic beats to…

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Animals inhabit Faulconer Gallery

By Kelly Pyzik  pyzikkel@grinnell.edu Today, Grinnell’s Faulconer Gallery will open an experiment in curation entitled Animals Among Us. The exhibition was curated by the ten students in the humanities seminar, Captured Creatures, taught by Lesley Wright, Director of the Faulconer Gallery. It is made up of pieces that are highly diverse in medium, style, age…

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Grinnell graced by Poet Laureate

By Silvia Foster-Frau  fosterfr@grinnell.edu Yesterday, Writers@Grinnell brought Natasha Trethewey, the 19th U.S. Poet Laureate, to campus. She led a roundtable discussion at 4:15 p.m. and gave a reading at 8 p.m. in JRC 101. Shanna Benjamin, English, introduced Trethewey. “Natasha Trethewey’s poetry teaches. Her insights instruct, and with each pen stroke, each typed page, she…

Grinnell Ink

Second year Cristal Coleman’s tattoo of a black swan was two years in the making.  In 2010 she saw the movie Black Swan, in which a prima ballerina is caught up in the restrictive and high-stakes world of ballet.  Seeing parallels to some restrictions in her own life, she wanted to get a tattoo of…