Arts

Sword, throat, blood

“Ong Bak 2,” the latest American release from Thai martial artist and actor-director Tony Jaa (“Ong Bak: Muay Thai Warrior,” “The Protector”), is in Thai with English subtitles but might be best viewed with the subtitles off. After all, the only sounds that really matter are the swishing of swords and slitting of throats. There…

American Qur’an

American Qur’an is an English translation of the Qur’an set to scenes of modern-day American life—the pieces on display feature themes of farming and Hurricane Katrina. The six illustrations on exhibition at Grinnell make up only two suras, or chapters, of the Qur’an, out of a total of 114. Birk has not yet completed the…

Anaïs Mitchell tells stories with songs

Anaïs Mitchell seemed very impressed by Grinnell students last Tuesday night. “You are life lovers,” she said to the students crowded into Bobs Underground Cafe to watch her and her band mates Rachel Ries and Jefferson Hamer, perform,. Through her set of soulful and charming songs, it became very clear that Anaïs Mitchell is also…

Suga City lays down beats, freestyles

Rap and hip-hop are genres that are often overlooked at Grinnell. That will change tonight with the Suga City concert. The duo, made up of Goines and Arkansas—A Real Kool Ass Nigga Scratchin’ And Survivin’—Bo, will be appearing with Epiphany in Gardner Lounge at 9 p.m. Suga City’s name is taken from the nickname for…

Kumail Nanjiani ’01 returns to Grinnell

Last Wednesday, Kumail Nanjiani ’01 appeared in Harris to perform stand-up comedy based on his experiences as a student at Grinnell and out in the world since his graduation. Nanjiani has appeared on “The Colbert Report,” “The Late Show with David Letterman” and will soon be on appearing as an agoraphobic lawyer on TNT’s “Franklin…

Students see collection through curator’s eyes

Daniel Strong wants you to see art through the eyes of a museum curator. Strong, who is the Associate Director of Grinnell’s Faulconer Gallery, curated the four simultaneous exhibitions that are now on display at Faulconer and spoke about the process last Tuesday. Strong explained how curators examine individual artists’ collections in galleries and how…

Javanese gamelan drums up new students

Sitting in Room 257 in Bucksbaum, where instrument-lined walls tell the story of music from every land, the members of Javanese Gamelan Ensemble are tapping, smacking, beating and swaying to the most alternative music west of the Mississippi. As first-years carefully concentrate on their mallets, the more experienced members confidently lay down heavy beats. The…