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"The Rimers of Eldritch" on stage Mar. 10-13

Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011 12:00 am

Grinnell, IA - The Grinnell College Department of Theatre and Dance will stage “The Rimers of Eldritch” by Lanford Wilson, Mar. 10-13, in Flanagan Arena Theatre in the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts on the Grinnell campus.

The play, directed by Professor Emeritus of Theatre Sandy Moffett, focuses on the murder of an aging hermit by a woman who mistakenly thought he was committing rape when he was actually trying to prevent an assault from taking place. As the murder trial unfolds, presided over by a character who serves as both judge and preacher, the audience observes how the prejudice of locals against outsiders obscures truth and justice. The production’s subject matter is considered not suitable for children under the age of 16.

Curtain times are 7:30 p.m. for the Mar. 10, 11 and 12 performances and 2 p.m. for the Sun., Mar. 13 performance. Tickets are required for this free event and may be obtained at the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts ticket office beginning Mar. 2 from 12-5 p.m. daily. The Bucksbaum Center for the Arts is located at 1108 Park St. on the Grinnell College campus. Box office and ticket information is available at http://web.grinnell.edu/theatre/facilities/box_office.html or by calling 641-269-4444.

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"Utopias in Four Movements, a Live Documentary" to screen Sun., Feb. 13

Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011 12:00 am

Grinnell, IA - The Grinnell College Cultural Films Committee will present a screening of “UTOPIA IN FOUR MOVEMENTS, a LIVE DOCUMENTARY!” on Sun., Feb. 13 at 7:30 p.m. in Room 101 of the Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center.

Oscar-nominated filmmaker Sam Green will be on site to narrate the documentary and cue a live soundtrack and score by Brooklyn-based band, The Quavers, of which Grinnell alumnus T. Griffin '93 is a part.

The documentary, currently offered at the Walker Center in Minneapolis, was considered “the most compelling screening” at the 2010 Sundance festival.

According to Terri Geller, assistant professor of English who worked to bring the film to Grinnell, “‘Utopia’ is the culmination of Green’s longstanding interest in the optimism of the early 20th century, and raises questions as to what impedes us in realizing so many of our collective hopes and ambitions.”

“This provocative live documentary explores the concept of utopia in the contemporary world by presenting four vignettes of experiments of the past century—from the construction of the language of Esperanto in order to promote peace through a shared language, and a “world’s largest” shopping mall in the remote city of Dongguan, China (now abandoned), to the tireless optimism of an American exile in Cuba (Tupac Shakur's aunt), and the desire to identify remains in mass graves from the Bosnian War via forensic anthropology—in a multimedia cinematic experience.”

The film was selected by Grinnell’s Cultural Films Committee for its significance in highlighting social change, internationalism and addressing broad interdisciplinary issues.

Reviews:

“The most compelling screening of the entire [2010 Sundance] festival. Utopia was not only utterly moving but a reminder that there is real power conjured through the irreplaceable and unreproducible experience of collectively watching cinema.” —Huffington Post

"This provocative ‘live documentary’ explores the concept of utopia in the contemporary world by presenting four vignettes on experiments of the past century— from the universal language of Esperanto to a “world’s largest” shopping mall in the remote city of Dongguan, China—in a multimedia cinematic experience. Academy Award–nominated director Sam Green offers live narration that cues a stirring pastiche of still and moving images as musician Dave Cerf mixes a live soundtrack of samples and loops. Brooklyn-based band the Quavers performs a lyrical score live. “Utopia represents a celebration of big dreams as well as an homage to cinema as collective experience and event... embodying hope, fashioning new possibilities from old dreams” San Francisco International Film Festival

Abraham Inc. to perform cross-cultural, cross-genre concert Jan. 31

Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011 12:00 am

Grinnell, IA - Funk, jazz and hip hop will collide in a Grinnell College performance by Abraham Inc.—an eclectic group of klezmer, clarinet, and trombone—on Mon., Jan. 31 at 7:30 p.m. in Herrick Chapel.

Featuring klezmer artist and clarinetist David Krakauer; funk trombonist Fred Wesley; and hip hop architect Socalled, Abraham Inc. creates a new musical space, “a cross-cultural, cross-genre development.” The group’s debut release “Tweet Tweet” topped Billboard’s charts as #1 in funk, #1 in Jewish and Yiddish music, and #7 in jazz, plus #35 in music sales on Amazon.

“This is a not-to-miss performance,” said Rachel Bly, director of conference operations and events at Grinnell. “This concert is all about collaboration, mutual respect and breaking down boundaries. There is something for everyone with this fun, upbeat music created by world-class musicians.”

Tickets are required for this free public performance and may be obtained at the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts box office, beginning Wed., Jan. 26, noon-5 p.m. Limited tickets are also available from the Pioneer Bookshop in downtown Grinnell. For ticket questions, call 641-269-3101 or go to http://www.grinnell.edu/car/confops/publicevents/.

Abraham, Inc.’s appearance at Grinnell is sponsored by the college’s Public Events Committee. Herrick Chapel is located at 1128 Park St. Grinnell welcomes the participation of people with disabilities. If accommodations are needed, please contact the event’s sponsoring organization as soon as possible to make a request.

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"The Pillowman" takes stage Nov. 18-21

Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012 11:30 am

GRINNELL, IA—The Grinnell College Department of Theatre and Dance will stage “The Pillowman” by Martin McDonagh, Nov. 18-21, in Flanagan Arena Theatre in the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts on the Grinnell campus.

The play, directed by Craig Quintero, assistant professor of theatre, is a graphic murder mystery told by a short-story author who reveals, through his writing, chilling details of a series of child murders.

Writers@Grinnell books fall events

Wednesday, Sep. 22, 2010 10:00 pm

GRINNELL, IA—Writers@Grinnell events continue through the fall semester with readings by Iowa writer Harley McIlrath, non-fiction writer Patricia Hampl and science writer Rebecca Skloot.

On Thurs., Oct. 7, Hampl will read from her award-winning collections of non-fiction, essays and poetry. Her most recent book “The Florist’s Daughter” was the winner of numerous “best” and “year-end” book awards in 2009, and four of her works have been named “Notable Books” by The New York Times.

Zedashe Ensemble brings Georgian music to campus

Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012 11:30 am

GRINNELL, IA—The Zedashe Ensemble from the Republic of Georgia will present a concert of traditional music on Tues., Sept. 28 at 7:30 p.m. in Sebring-Lewis Hall of the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts on the Grinnell College campus.

The ensemble’s repertoire includes ancient three-part harmony chants from the Orthodox Christian liturgy, folk songs from village song-masters, and folk dances from their home region, accompanied by lute, drum, bagpipe, and accordion.