Arts

Concert brings alum, rock

This past Saturday prior to waltz, several Minneapolis bands played a show in Gardner for those uninterested in or bored with waltz pre-parties but still with a little leftover Alice in their systems. Food Pyramid is an experimental band featuring Chris Farstad [’09] on the drums. As yet unsigned to any record label, the band’s…

New sound for the last show

Next Friday, Chicago-based band Blane Fonda will be performing in Gardner at 8 p.m. Having formed little over a year ago from two other Chicago bands, Blane Fonda offers an upbeat but melodramatic take on a fusion of sounds, melodies and rhythms that will arouse the crowd in more ways than one. “We all listen…

Paul Harding discusses writing and winning

Paul Harding is a writer from the Boston, MA area, who recently won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction for his first novel “Tinkers.” He is a graduate and visiting professor at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and has also taught at Harvard University. This past semester he has been a visiting professor teaching a short…

Baharatnatyan dance promotes peace

Nehha Bhatnagar dances Thursday in the Flanagan Studio Theater. Her performance worked to portray peace-building and diplomacy, and was brought to Grinnell by the Department of Theater & Dance and the Office of International Student Affairs. Bhatnagar is a professional Bharatnatyam dancer, which is a form of dance from South India. She has studied also…

Queer theory meets Russian history with “Maggots and Men”

The last Cultural Films Committee Event of the year features two things many Grinnellians have little to no experience with—Transgender Cinema and Russia’s 1921 Kronstadt Rebellion. “Maggots and Men,” directed by Cary Cronenwett, features over 100 trans actors reenacting a relatively unknown uprising by Soviet sailors, civilians and soldiers on the island of Kotlin in…

Dancers sighted all over campus

From Thursday to Tuesday, a group of dancers moved across campus, surprising, pleasing, and confusing both passers-by and intentional observers. The fluid execution of the dancers’ modern choreography, coupled with the unconventional venues–they performed pretty much anywhere on campus–challenged prevailing ideas about the nature of a dance performance. The Grinnell College Dance Troupe, a dance…

Harris screens two-dimensional Avatar

James Cameron’s Avatar disappoints us in all the ways we expect monolithic blockbusters to disappoint us—shallow characters, hackneyed dialogue, implausibly grandiose action stunts, etc. Its story takes place in the near future on a moon called Pandora, on which a band of creatures called the Na’vi live. The U.S. invades their land in order to…

JCC plays home to Soviet Children

Although not typically regarded as a gallery space, the John Crystal Center last Wednesday unveiled a collection of sixteen lithographs produced by various members of the Soviet Artists Union during the early and mid 1970s. Located in the lower level of the JCC, the colorful exhibition entitled “Young Pioneers: Lithographs from Johnson-Horrigan Collection” presents vivid,…