Arts

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…

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…