Arts

Violinest draws on varied influences

The Simon Shaheen Quartet played a beautiful and varied concert last Tuesday, April 12, in Sebring-Lewis Hall. The group fused jazz and traditional Arabic music to create songs that were at once soothing and haunting. The quartet consists of Simon Shaheen, who played oud and violin, saxophonist and flautist William Drewes, bassist Walid Zairi and…

Pacifica String Quartet performs in Bucksbaum

The Grammy-award winning Pacifica String Quartet played in Sebring-Lewis Hall on Thursday, April 7, drawing an impressive crowd of community members, students and professors. The group began and ended their performance with F major quartets, the first by Beethoven and the finale by Dvorak. Between the two old favorites, the quartet played a contemporary piece…

Newest Faulconer exhibit curated by students

Slipping into the rear of the Faulconer Gallery, the new exhibition “Ar(t)chives,” curated by the students of Art 260: Museum Studies opens this Friday, April 8 at 5 p.m. The exhibition will feature a slew of pieces by American artists who worked from the 1930s up to the 1990s. Lesley Wright, Director of the Faulconer…

Lecture places street theatre as agent of change

On Monday, April 4, performance scholar Susan Haedicke gave a talk in Bucksbaum entitled “Interventionist Performance and European Street Theatre.” Over a dozen students, staff, faculty and members of the Grinnell community gathered in the Lawson Lecture Hall to attend the multimedia-based lecture. After Haidicke introduced the discipline of performance studies to the audience, she…

Writer@Grinnell describes process and poetry

Ilya Kaminsky is a Russian prose-poet who came to Grinnell yesterday as part of the Writers@Grinnell Program. His works include Dancing in Odessa and Deaf Republic. Kaminsky immigrated from the U.S.S.R at the age of 16 and was granted asylum with his family; his works are strongly influenced by his Russian background, although he writes…

Alum discusses South African art in Faulconer

Watched over by the smoky-faced drawings of Diane Victor—a South African artist who vistited Grinnell earlier this year and whose exhibit remains on display—students and professors absorbed a gallery talk this past Tuesday about the art of other South African artists. On April 5, Dr. Elizabeth Perrill ’99 returned to Grinnell and the Faulconer Gallery…

Filmmaker discusses copyright, animated work

Nina Paley is an artist, filmmaker, and free culture activist most known for her feature length movie, “Sita Sings the Blues.” “Sita” has been featured in numerous film festivals, such as the Berlin International Film Festival and Roger Ebert’s Overlooked Film Festival. The animated work retells the ancient Indian epic, the “Ramayana” interwoven with autobiographical…

Students open for Jukebox the Ghost

Last Saturday, March 5, Gardner was bursting with familiar music. Grinnell’s own Katie In ’13, Kane Balser ’13 and Mandy Fasset ’12 began the show, and drew in many of the students, with Jukebox the Ghost following. The Philadelphia-based indie band also helped to draw a larger-than-usual crowd because of the band’s connection to Grinnell—vocalist…

Artists collaborate kindly

This past Thursday, March 10, Lee Emma Running, Art, gave a gallery talk entitled “Unmapped Topography: Collaboration and Exploration” with her collaborator Tatiana Ginsberg, currently a visiting professor at Mount Holyoke College. They spoke about their correspondence through letter writing and how it led to most of their joint exhibit. The collaboration that led to…