Arts Blog

  • N55 pods

    N55 at Carleton: artistic residency and class become an exhibition

    February 16, 2015

    A hectic design lab, connecting a Danish art collective N55 and Carleton students, was transformed on February 6 into a polished exhibition featuring the proposal for a hypothetical new Arboretum Center. On view in Perlman Teaching Museum through March 11, the exhibition reveals the design process incorporating research regarding the Arboretum’s history, Northfield community perspectives on “the Arb”, and experimental structural models. ...

  • Essam Rafea

    An Evening of Arab Music presented by Essam Rafea

    February 6, 2015

    Essam Rafea's childhood roots in Damascus, Syria have instilled in him a deep passion for traditional Arabic music. Now the chair of the Arabic Music Department at High Institute of Music in Damascus and the principal conductor of Syrian National Orchestra for Arabic Music, Rafea spends his free days traveling the world and sharing the music of his homeland. Rafea is a professional Oud player who has presented for audiences in France, Morocco, Iraq, Lebanon, Kuwait, Egypt, and Spain. His performances have won him numerous international prizes including the first prize in the Oud category at the 2000 Cairo Improvisation Competition. Essam founded the award-winning Syrian takht ensemble Twais and the international ensemble Hewar, both of which have been internationally successful. In addition, he has collaborated with a wide range of musicians, including Jean-Christophe Frish's Musiques des Lumières XVIII-21, and Blur frontman Damon Albarn, on his project Gorillaz.

    The performance will be on Thursday, February 12th, in the Concert Hall from 8:00-10:00pm.

  • The Circumference of a Squirrel (photo from Minnesota playlist)

    ETB presents: The Circumference of a Squirrel

    February 2, 2015

    The Experimental Theater Board (ETB) is proud to present a very unusual play called "The Circumference of a Squirrel", written by award-winning playwright John Walsh. John Walsh has been nationally recognized for his original script writing and his plays have been acted all over the country. "The Circumference of a Squirrel" is a one-man show detailing the life of Chester, a self-described rodentophobe since his intolerant, bigoted father instilled the fear in him during childhood. Chester's deep-seeded fear and hatred of squirrels is the source of a great mental revelation that results in Chester learning to love humanity again.

    Director: Patton Small

    Cast: Ian MacEneany, Mikaela Kropp, Joss Olson, & Ingrid Hofeldt

    Schedule of performances: February 5th, 6th, & 7th, at 8:00pm in the Little Nourse Theater

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

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

    February 1, 2015

    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


  • Sneak peek of Laska Jimsen's new short films

    January 24, 2015

    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 peek at one of Jimsen's currrent projects.

  • Poster for "Señorita Extravida"

    "Señorita Extravida" featured in International Film Forum

    January 21, 2015

    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.