Arts

Amateurs produce quality plays

Main Lounge was filled with amateur actors, writers and directors Thursday evening as the Grinnell Independent Theater (GIT) held its first Playwright’s Festival in seven years. Four more performances will be held tonight at 7:30 in Main Lounge. The Playwright’s Festival offers student writers the opportunity to submit their work to GIT in the hopes…

Poet memorizes famous works, creates own

Poet Yusef Komunyakaa spoke at convocation Thursday morning, reading several of his poems. Born in 1947 in Louisiana, Komunyakaa served in Vietnam in the late 1960s and went on to become a renowned poet and professor. He is currently a professor in the Creative Writing Program and New York University. Komunyakaa sat down with Eliza…

Mucca Pazza: deranged carnival men?

There’s a picture of me from the last time Mucca Pazza clanged through Gardner in 2009. I’m wearing what might be the biggest and goofiest of all possible grins, eyes wide, staring into the end of a trombone a hand’s breadth from my face. Suffice it to say: if you go to Mucca Pazza ready…

German writer-in-residence continues long tradition

Probably the only person in the gym listening to audio books of German novelist Thomas Mann, Kristoff Magnusson is the German Department’s writer-in-residence this spring. The Berlin-based author is the most recent in a string of German novelists, essayists, playwrights and screenwriters participating in the residence program dating back to 1988. According to Sigmund Barber,…

YGB sings, says goodbye to twelve seniors

Last Saturday April 16, Grinnell’s Young, Gifted, and Black Gospel Choir filled Herrick Chapel with sound. The singers clapped and swayed back and forth as they belted classics like “Ride on King Jesus” and “With God I Can.” The choir is lead by Barry Jones, Lecturer in Music, who also accompanied on the piano, and…

Collective efforts produce odd event

The Film and Concerts committees hosted a joint Animal Collective event last Wednesday, April 20. The film “Oddsac,” a 53-minute collection of new songs and score by Animal Collective and Danny Perez, an experimental video artist, was shown in Gardner to a small but captivated crowd. “Oddsac” is the one collaboration of the semester for…

Coen brothers go commercial

The Coen brothers have never made anything like “True Grit,” the second screen adaptation of the western novel by Charles Portis. The Coens have spent three decades building an arsenal of tactics for deconstructing genre conventions and disconcerting the most jaded of filmgoers. Particularly with their past view films, “No Country for Old Men,” “Burn…

HIV/AIDS stigma “Still Here”

Last Monday and Tuesday, Bob’s Underground Cafe was transformed into an old-timey Louisiana bar for the play “Still Here,” written and directed by Nik Jameson ’11. The play was inspired by Jameson’s research for her senior thesis, for which Jameson travelled to New Orleans to work with the HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment organization NoAids. Although…

Gardner Health-y for once

This past weekend, indie band Health played their first show at Grinnell College in Gardner Lounge, with an opening performance from the up-and-coming group Small Black. All from Brooklyn, the four members of Small Black describe their music as “casio dream noise pop” and are influenced by a number of artists ranging from David Bowie…