Arts

Herrick gets nostalgic with a cappella group

By Laura Dripps, drippsla@grinnell.edu For many Grinnell students, the words “a cappella concert” evoke associations of study breaks, falsetto solos and covers of Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know.” In comparison, Anonymous 4’s selection may have been quite the opposite. Anonymous 4, which played to a full crowd at Herrick Chapel Monday night, is an…

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Herrick gets magical with Julianna Barwick

By Fabiola Barral, barralfa@grinnell.edu This Valentine’s Day, soulful performer Julianna Barwick sang at Herrick Chapel. Her songs resonate spirituality, and have a touch of something sacred—very suitable for the chapel setting. Just a brief encounter could touch the most lonely and solemn parts of one’s soul. Barwick is a Lousiana-born, Brooklyn-based artist. As a child, she…

Smith Gallery has character

By Eric Mistry, mistryer@grinnell.edu A simple, hand-cranked projector sits upon the table, its image reflected onto a temporary wall by a nearby mirror. A solitary hanging lamp sends a ray of light upon the set-up in Smith Gallery, illuminating the new exhibition by Andy Delany ’13: Character of Mystery. In the small space within Smith Gallery,…

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Art and science get physical

By Meg Schmitt, schmittm@grinnell.edu The first question brought to mind by the artwork of Gavin Warnock ’14: are science and art quite as unmarriageable as the usual assumptions say? Warnock’s art bucks the naysayers in its mission to link a passion for physics with artistic expression. “[I like] the idea of spreading physics, [which] is usually…

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Powerful, political poet graces Grinnell

Andrea Gibson’s Monday evening spoken word performance was a spectacular combination of energy and gravity, in turn pummeling the audience with emotion and giving voice to unique and infrequently expressed experiences. Almost exclusively progressing from one sobering topic to another, Gibson’s poetry ranged from discussions of bullying and mental health to war and discrimination. For…

Long-form improv has infinite laughs

Most people try to avoid the “creep” label, but Matthew Terry ’15 seeks it out in a safe space: the improv stage. “I’ve done the creepy guy for a really long time,” Terry said of his acting personas. “It comes in many forms, ages, intensities and physicality. [My character] is a guy with normal, true…

Gardner artists take you to Venus and back

Massacooramaan, like the other acts coming this Friday, draws from a variety of influences. One of his songs is called “Cumbia Embotado,” and the track pits the maraca driven beat of Cumbia against high pitched electric ‘wamp wamp wamp’s. Another one of his tracks is tagged as a “pre-Christian Slavic winter ritual” on Soundcloud. Besides…

Elephants hopeful to stay in Grinnell

Elephants will be ruling the dance department this semester, continuing with the theme from Dance Ensemble’s performance last semester. Celeste Miller, who is here at Grinnell on an interim position as Professor of Dance, is the leader of the group and director of the performances. Miller brings definite qualities to her teaching style, as she…

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Witty Will’s songs tell stories

The musical scene on campus is hoppin’, to say the least. Not only do we have KDIC and several on-campus bands, but Grinnell is lucky to have talented individuals who seek out performance venues and opportunities out of pure enjoyment. One such individual is Will Bennett ’13. “Sometimes it just hits me, like I’m in…

Gardner goes hard Friday

Today, February 1, three acts are coming to Gardner, all of which are guaranteed to get Grinnellians onto the dance floor. First off, there’s DJ Sliink. His website features an illustration of Spock from Star Trek giving the Vulcan Salute, with “Slink” written in colorful bubble letters. With musical effects that endow his music with…