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What makes Grinnell’s music and arts scene unique? You! Our campus activities reflect our students’ interests.  As a student, you can book films and concerts, help select speakers and topics for symposia, and share your own creative talents. And no matter what your major, you...

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Grinnell College will host three outdoor performances of “Nature — A Walking Play” about Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau from Sept. 11-13 at the Conard Environmental Research Area (CERA). TigerLion Arts will present the mythic telling of Emerson and Thoreau’s mutual...

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Grinnell College presents The Metropolitan Opera’s productions of Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta and Bela Bartók’s Bluebeards Castle live in high-definition at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, in Harris Center Cinema. Refreshments will be available for sale in the lobby of the cinema...
"A Closer Look at the Iowa Prairie: Photographs by Justin Hayworth" is on view at Grinnell College through Sunday, Oct. 11, in Burling Gallery on the lower level of Burling Library. Prairie dominated the Iowa landscape when the first white settlers arrived in 1833. Now, less...
Spoken-word artist Malcolm London has been called the “Gil Scott-Heron of this generation.” The young activist visits campus Saturday, Nov. 1, for two events. At 3 p.m., Grinnellians who recently took part in a rally in Feguson, Mo. join London for a group discussion in the Joe...
“Against Reason: Anti/Enlightenment Prints by Callot, Hogarth, Piranesi and Goya,” an art exhibition exploring the darker side of the Enlightenment, also known as the Age of Reason, opens Friday, April 3, at the Faulconer Gallery, Bucksbaum Center for the Arts. Beginning in the...
Working Group Theatre, based in Iowa City, will present All Recipes Are Home, an original play with music and dance. Tickets are required for this free public event, which will start at 6 p.m. Monday, April 13, on the outdoor stage on Grinnell College’s central campus....
Nicole Mitchell — a leading flutist, composer, and improviser — will present a lecture recital, “Ancient to the Future," at 4:15 p.m. Friday, April 24, 2015 in Herrick Chapel. The event is free and open to the public. Mitchell lives at the intersection of improvisation,...
The Bachelor of Arts Exhibition (BAX), which features works in the creative arts by students at Grinnell College, will open with a reception at 4:15 p.m. Friday, April 10, at the Faulconer Gallery, Bucksbaum Center for the Arts. BAX is an exhibition of works by advanced art...
Grinnell College will stream The Metropolitan Opera’s productions of Pietro Mascagni’s “Cavalleria Rusticana” and Ruggero Leoncavallo’s “Pagliacci” live in high-definition on Saturday, April 25, in Harris Center Cinema. The pre-opera talk will begin at 11 a.m. with the...
German artist Christiane Baumgartner is internationally known for monumental woodcuts that contrast the modern process of shooting digital video, resulting in distanced, ordered and simplified digital information, and the physicality of creating prints using ancient woodcutting...
The “open exchange of ideas” described in Grinnell’s mission statement does not end at the edge of campus. Susan Sanning, director of service learning and civic engagement, facilitated a curricular service learning collaboration — a workshop for medical students at Des Moines...
  OPERA Iowa, a division of the Des Moines Metro Opera, is performing Donizetti’s comic masterpiece Elixir of Love at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, in Roberts Theatre. No tickets are necessary for this free public performance. Elixir of Love is a tale of star-crossed lovers who...
Jules Cheret, Saxoleine Pétrole de Sureté, 1896 Grinnell College's Faulconer Gallery has received a bequest of 14 posters and lithographs by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Pierre Bonnard, and others from the estate of William M. Moore. The collection is named The Lenny Seidenman...
  Novelist Grant Faulkner ’87 inspires nearly a half-million would-be novelists — more than 150 of them in Grinnell — to write 50,000 words during a 30-day international writing marathon, the largest event of its kind. Faulkner is executive director of National Novel Writing...
Jonathan Miller-Lane’s teaching and writing center on a single question: How do we draw from the best traditions of a liberal arts education while responding creatively and compassionately to the realities and challenges of contemporary society in the USA?   Miller-Lane will...
The annual Mid-Autumn (Moon) Festival celebration took place on September 5, 2014, in Harris Concert Hall. Over 300 guests, including students, faculty, staff, and host families attended. The audience enjoyed Chinese food, moon cakes, and a wonderful program put together by...
Grinnell community members and college students will join forces to sing Mozart's "Requiem" in a free public performance by the Grinnell Oratorio Society, Grinnell Singers, and Grinnell Symphony Orchestra at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 26, in Herrick Chapel. The program will begin with...
Grinnell College will host three outdoor performances of “Nature — A Walking Play” about Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau from Sept. 11-13 at the Conard Environmental Research Area (CERA). TigerLion Arts will present the mythic telling of Emerson and Thoreau’s mutual...
One year out of Grinnell and Kyle Espinosa ’12 has an Emmy to his name. “I feel pretty ecstatic to win an Emmy for a project I had a significant role in,” he says. “The statue is for the team, but if I had a spare $2000 lying around, I could get mine.” Espinosa is part of...
  Organized Rhythm brings their unorthodox combination of percussion and organ to Grinnell in a concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18 in Herrick Chapel. Free tickets are required for this public event. They are available beginning noon Thursday, Feb. 13 from Grinnell’s box...
Pacifica String Quartet will present a free public concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 5, in Bucksbaum Sebring-Lewis Hall. The quartet offered a master class at Grinnell College earlier in the week. The group regularly performs in the world’s major concert halls and was the...
  PipeScreams Spooktacular: 9-10 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, Herrick Chapel. Looking for something scary and musical to go with your Halloween treats? How about some spooky organ music in a dimly lit church under the dark of an October night? On Halloween, join organists Carl...
Craig Quintero, associate professor of theatre and dance, has been named the Frank and Roberta Furbush Faculty Scholar for the 2015-16 academic year. Quintero has also received a Fulbright Scholar Award and an Academic Enterprise Leave grant, funded by a grant made to the...
This May, writers attending Grin City Collective Artist & Writers Residency will install brand-new public art — works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry — in the windows of 12 Iowa libraries. The four authors, Pauliina Haasjoki (Helsinki, Finland), Kevin Haworth (Athens,...
*/ Zoe Sherinian, associate professor and chair of ethnomusicology, University of Oklahoma, will present two free public events about the reclamation of an untouchable drum, the parai. Sherinian has conducted extensive research on the Dalit, a class of people in South India who...
Grin City Collective Artist & Writers Residency invites families and art lovers from Central Iowa and beyond to its second Rurally Good Festival 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday, May 30, 2015. Grinnell College is one of the festival’s co-sponsors. “Each year Grin City hosts...
Artist Faheem Majeed will present on the Shacks and Shanties project at 4:15 p.m. Thursday, April 30, 2015, in Faulconer Gallery. The project was a multifaceted South Side Chicago installation initiative that served as a collaborative 
platform for artist interventions, and a...
String quintet Sybarite5, known for pushing the boundaries of concert music, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 10, in Herrick Chapel. The performance is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. Sybarite5, winner of the Concert Artists Guild competition, has...
Wellness on Grinnell’s campus comes in as many forms as its students have passions, and they don’t have to be strictly athletic passions. Synchronized swimming has been a fixture in Tea Cakarmis ’17’s life since her childhood, and it wasn’t something she could leave behind her...
*/ Photos by David Montgomery, Sam Calisch, and Anders Ahlberg (all '10) Did you ever wonder what the kite sees? Three Grinnell students — David Montgomery, Sam Calisch, and Anders Ahlberg (all '10) — were determined to find out. Their kite aerial photography rig captured some...
This fall, the New York City Metropolitan Opera's “Live in HD” returns to Grinnell College. The Met Live screenings are open to all, and tickets are required. Each opera starts Saturday at noon in the Harris Center Cinema. At 11:30 a.m. a Grinnell faculty or staff member...
Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion will perform “When the Wolves Came In,” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, in Roberts Theatre in the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts. This stand-alone repertory-based program explores the historical legacy of two triumphs in the international history...
Photo Credit: Brigitte Sire Writers@Grinnell brings Nami Mun, author of Miles from Nowhere, to campus for two free public events on Thursday, Feb. 19 in the Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center. Roundtable: 4:15 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, in Rosenfield Center 209 Reading: 8 p.m. Thursday,...
*/ Carlos Ferguson ’92 and Kate In ’13 of Tiny Circus will conduct a collaborative zine-making workshop Sept. 14-16. An abbreviation of fanzine, or magazine, a zine is a small circulation self-published work of original or appropriated texts and images. Tiny Circus is a...
Grinnell College is sponsoring a workshop featuring listening meditations of the prairie and a lecture on soundscape studies at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11, in Faulconer Gallery. The event is free and open to the public. The workshop, titled “Prairie Listening and the...
Watch the New York City’s Metropolitan Opera 2014–15 season “Live in HD” in the Harris Center Cinema. Saturday, Dec. 13, see Richard Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. James Levine returns to one of his signature Wagner works conducting this epic comedy—back at the Met for...
Watch the New York City’s Metropolitan Opera 2014–15 season “Live in HD” in the Harris Center Cinema. Saturday, Nov. 22, see Gioacchino Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville). The Met’s effervescent production of Rossini’s classic comedy – featuring some of...
The Metropolitan Opera’ first production of Gioacchino Rossini's "La Donna del Lago" will be streamed live in high-definition at noon Saturday, March 14, in Harris Center Cinema. Opera superstars Joyce DiDonato and Juan Diego Flórez will display their vocal fireworks in this...

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Two exhibitions, "Gordon Parks: The Making of an Argument" and "Playing It Forward: German Expressionism to Expressionism Today," will open with a reception on Friday, Jan. 23, at Grinnell College's Faulconer Gallery. The reception, which is free and open to the public, will run...

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