Arts Blog

  • "The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek" performed by the Eclipse Theater in Chicago, Illinois.
    February 1, 2015

    "The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek" presented by Carleton Players

    Naomi Wallace's The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek is a coming of age story that explores sexuality and passion during the stifling era of the Great Depression. Dalton Change, a youth of 15, becomes enthralled by 17-year-old Pace Creagan, a girl who is known for being both fearless and feared. The two teenagers form a dangerous and taboo friendship, constantly looking for outlets to express their hidden desires. After a long period of scheming, the pair agree to a secret nighttime meeting atop a high railroad trestle that spans a bone dry creek. Their taste for adrenaline is too much to resist, and the pair agree to race across the bridge against an oncoming locomotive. Will this decision be the last one they will make as a team?

    The Carleton Players will be performing The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek for their winter production. It is being directed by Lee Conrads, a Carleton alum who graduated in 2012.

    Performance schedule:

    Friday, February 27, 7:30pm
    Saturday, February 28, 7:30pm
    Sunday, March 1, 2:00pm



    High atop a railroad trestle that spans a bone dry creek, two teenagers plan to race across the bridge against an oncoming locomotive. At first their scheme adds excitement to their life in a small factory town during the Great Depression, but their sensual experience, dawning sexuality and confusion awakens dangerous passions in an era of stifled ambitions. With theatrical flourish, humor and lyrical finesse, Naomi Wallace delves into a world where people struggle to change lives that bear down upon them. Guest artist and revered director Jonathan Berry makes his directorial debut with Eclipse.

  • January 24, 2015

    Sneak peak of Laska Jimsen's new short films

    Assistant professor Laska Jimsen's cinema repertoire ranges from nonfiction video documentaries to handmade 16mm film making. Her films are known for capturing the beauty of the natural world by paying special attention to the landscapes, people, animals, and plants of various regions of the United States. Some subjects included in her works include silent bow hunters in the snowy forests of Minnesota, an Oregon pioneer whose hobbies include coyote trapping and trombone playing, and the horses and riders of a humble stable in Philadelphia. Her wide array of films have been screened at a variety of festivals including Ann Arbor, Athens, IC Docs, and MadCat, as well as Los Angeles Filmforum and Walker Art Center.

    On Monday, January 26, a few of her short films will be screened from 4:00pm-6:40pm in the Weitz Cinema. This screening will feature a special sneak peak at one of Jimsen's currrent projects.

  • Poster for "Señorita Extravida"
    January 21, 2015

    "Señorita Extravida" featured in International Film Forum

    Since 1993, over 270 women from Juárez have been kidnapped and murdered by unknown perpetrators, leaving the families with little hope for legal action against the wrongdoers. "Señorita Extravida" is a documentary investigating these shocking disappearances and presenting the complexity of Mexico's apparent lack of response to the crimes. Lourdes Portillo, director and producer of "Señorita Extravida", is known for her unflinching use of victim testimony and visually poetic footage that has captivated global audiences and won her numerous international film awards. The International Film Forum proudly presents "Señorita Extravida" on Monday, January 26th, at 7:00pm in the Weitz Theater.

  • Original "Hair" Broadway poster (1968)
    January 16, 2015

    Student Musical Theater presents "Hair" at Carleton

    The Student Musical Theater (SMT) is an organization dedicated to producing quality, student-run musicals for the Carleton community. This term's production of the well-known musical, Hair, will take place in the Weitz Theater, which is an exciting new step for the members of SMT, according to the musical's co-director, Ellie Durling (2017). Past SMT productions have consistently been held in the Little Nourse Theater, but Durling believes that the spacial freedom found in the larger Weitz Theater will help turn the production into a full theatrical experience for both the audience and the actors. Hair is scheduled to premiere at the Weitz Center for Creativity during 9th week of winter term.