Arts

Kiss Chris Reno on the Nose

By Doo Yong Shim  shimdooy@grinnell.edu With works that screamed “all thunder, no lightning” from the Smith Gallery this past week, Christopher Reno introduced himself to the Grinnell art community and anyone who looks left while walking into the dining hall. Reno joins Grinnell College’s Art faculty as the Art Technical Assistant with a recent MFA…

Guerilla art: funny guest at Salon

By Tyrone Greenfield Last Friday, May 6, the Art Department opened the 2011 Student Art Salon in the Faulconer Gallery and presented awards for selected works. The opening was marked by impressive artwork, the evidence of a rigorous selection process and an unplanned outbreak of guerrilla art. As always, a guest juror selected the works…

White Swan too tame, Black Swan sadistic

Darren Aronofsky’s “Black Swan” is one of the most uniquely put together movies of the last few years. It follows Nina Sayers (Natalie Portman), an obsessive and perfectionistic ballerina living in New York and her efforts to get the leading role in an esteemed ballet company’s production of “Swan Lake.” The lead role involves playing…

Crafty students sell their wares

By Andrea Nemecek Crocheted teddy bears, jewelry, cards, pottery and decorated desserts were among the items members of the Grinnell community had the opportunity to buy at this semester’s Craft Fair on Sunday, May 8. The fair was organized by Christine Grummon ’11, who has participated in the Craft Fair since it started during her…

Women in conflict focus of newest exhibit in Burling

By Elise Gallant Any student who’s recently been down to Burling’s basement has probably noticed the three impressive portraits of “Foolish Virgins” by Diane Victor hanging on the south wall. These are just a few pieces in the current exhibition “Women in Conflict,” curated by student interns Caitilin Hawley ’11 and Maya Ruiz-Stanbary ’11. Hawley…

Disney tangles with old themes, not a new classic

By Alex Bazith If one thing can be expected from Disney movies, it’s consistency. Dazzling animation, sweeping Broadway-style musical numbers, dashing heroes and plucky princesses that can sell Happy Meals to both boys and girls—it’s all old hat for the dream machine that gave the world “The Lion King,” and now, “Tangled,” a contemporary update…

Only some affection for The Blow

By Elise Gallant Last Friday, Grinnellians packed into Gardner Lounge to see The Blow with opener The Apple and the Oak. It was an impressive turnout both for the student opener and the electro-pop headliner. The Apple and the Oak is comprised of Erik Jarvis ’12 and Maia Pillot ’12, who both sing and play…

Spring Bling shines in Harris despite weather

Spring rains put a momentary damper on Spring Bling, a festival hosted by the Pioneer Diversity Council (PDC), but the new student group quickly regained their shine by relocating to Harris. Beginning at 5 p.m. last Friday, April 22, Spring Bling featured an exhibit by Free the Planet (FPT) highlighting Earth Day, face painting done…

Stevens shares history via music

“An Evening with Madame F,” written and performed by Claudia Stevens, was a breathtaking solo performance held this past Wednesday, April 27, in Sebring-Lewis Hall. The piece was a Holocaust memorial, composed of various songs played and sung by Stevens through the characters of Auschwitz inmates and Madame F, a member of the Auschwitz orchestra;…