Arts

X-Men come out(side)

By Elise Gallant  gallante@grinnell.edu Saturday, Cleveland Beach will transform into an outdoor movie theater. Grinnell Films Committee will project “X-Men: First Class” as their first event of the year at 9 p.m. This fast-paced comic saga acts as a prelude to the last three X-Men movies. Set in the 1960s after the Cuban Missile Crisis,…

Faulconer gallery as critical photo album

By Violeta Ruiz Espigares  ruizespi@grinnell.edu From June 24 to Sept. 4, the Faulconer Gallery hosted the works of photographer Liz Steketee. Steketee first encountered the camera at age twelve and began studying photography in high school. She earned her degree in the same subject at the University of Michigan, where she discovered an interest for…

Buck’s Banjos Bring distinctive twang

By Ellen Pinnette  pinnette@grinnell.edu Grinnell students are fortunate that the College offers a wide array of music classes to its students, with orchestra ensembles, gospel choir and many specialized performance classes. Perhaps one of the most unusual options is the banjo program. Fred Buck, the banjo instructor, has been playing the banjo for nearly 30…

The Rundown: campus arts groups

By Tolulope Edionwe edionwet@grinnell.edu For those interested in the performing arts, the beginning of each semester is a frenetic time. With more than 20 opportunities on campus this Fall semester—spanning the realms of theatre, music and dance—every student interested student has a chance to get involved. Theatre__________________________________________ As it does each year, the Grinnell Theatre…

Art Chatz

Vadim Fainberg is a third-year Studio Art major/Neuroscience concentrator. His studio practice has focused on design, printmaking and video. He performs music as part of the band Gluestick and solo under the name Laska. Recordings of his solo material can be heard online at theswallows.bandcamp.com. Fainberg will be opening as Laska for Balmorhea in Herrick…

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…