Embracing the arts

first_img Balalaika Babes “The Balalaika Babes” featured pianist Anne Polyakov and vocalist Talia Lavin inside the main dining hall at Dudley House. Hansel and Gretel Actors Ryan Halprin ’12 (left) and Johnny Bassett ’12 (right) and their troupe, the Sunken Garden Children’s Theater, performed “Hansel and Gretel.” Woven words A web of contributed phrases was woven into netting for “Interspecies Invitational” beside Widener Library. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer Living legend Harvard Arts Medalist, actor Tommy Lee Jones, surprised the audience when he stepped out of the crowd to say a few words. Arts alive Hairy legs galore The not-so-clean-shaven men performed an Irish step dance for Megan. Bang it Under sunny skies, the Harvard University Band helped to kick off the 20th Arts First festival in Harvard Yard on April 28. center_img Pretty palette Elizabeth Stone chooses face-painting colors at Arts First. Those are Stone’s little feet and pretty shoes. Reflections Odd angles emerged in mirrors made of Plexiglas in an exhibit titled “Connexus Reflect” in Harvard Yard. Most birthday celebrations don’t include 100 music, dance, theater, and multimedia events in a dozen venues featuring more than 1,000 performers.But then, this was no ordinary birthday.It was the 20th anniversary of Harvard’s Arts First festival, presented last weekend by the Office for the Arts at Harvard (OFA) and the Office of Governing Boards. And without a doubt, there was something for everyone.At Widener Library, the Harvard Spinnerets, led by visiting scholar Sarah Kariko ’90, invited the rare spider Hyptiotes veritas to come spin her triangular-shaped web to celebrate 375 years of arts and veritas. Passersby were then invited to write their own truths on “veritas ribbons” and weave them into the web.At night, “Slow Dancing,” a video installation by David Michalek, was projected on the library’s façade, drawing crowds awed by the mesmerizing sight of bodies whirling, twirling, and kicking in hyper-slow-motion. Facebook and Twitter comments summed up the experience: “Beautiful”; “a perfect contemplative period”; “nothing short of breathtaking.”Saturday’s Dance Festival at Lowell Hall featured performances by 16 undergraduate-led ensembles.“The energy from all the performers is so tangible,” said senior Emma Chastain. “It’s wonderful to see dancers from all different groups — from the Ballroom Dance Team to ballet and bhangra — performing in the same place.”Classical music enthusiasts crowded Holden Chapel and Paine Hall for conservatory-caliber performances. Freshman George Ko, a member of the Harvard Piano Society, remarked, “To see so many people excited about the arts and sitting on the edge of their seats to hear the music being made by fellow students was truly a rewarding experience.”Another freshman, Sarah Reid, enthused about the Student Art Show and Sale at 90 Mt. Auburn St., as well as an exhibition at the Adams House Art Space. “Going to the various art shows was very inspiring; I had no idea that my friends and peers were creating such high-quality work,” she said. Reid performed with her R&B cover band, The Nostalgics, on an outdoor stage in Harvard Yard. “What an incredible way to wrap up my first year! The art we’ve been creating over the past few months was showcased and garnered a lot more appreciation through the festival.”Theater fans were treated to an array of productions, from “Hansel and Gretel” and “Hair” to original student works such as “Highway 9” by Kristi Bradford ’12, “Hart Crane” by Matt Aucoin ’12, and “The Graveyard Book” by Elizabeth Mak ’12. Said Dana Knox, production coordinator of Farkas Hall: “What a whirlwind — it was a spectacular cross section of genre and content.”Oscar-winning actor Tommy Lee Jones ’69 — honored with the annual Harvard Arts Medal at a ceremony on Thursday — attended “Hansel and Gretel” at the Performance Fair kickoff Saturday morning.“Harvard isn’t thought of as a school that turns out major figures in the performing arts,” said Brianne Holland-Stergar ’13, who played Gretel. “Performing as an undergraduate in front of someone as accomplished as Tommy Lee Jones reminded me that Harvard can and does turn out exceptional artists.”Arts First also recognized the increasing presence of art making in the curriculum. On Friday at Arts @ 29 Garden, “Breaking Boundaries” showcased collaborative projects, presentations, and performances by students led by faculty who received grants from the Elson Family Arts Initiative.“The event far exceeded our expectations,” said Bess Paupeck, Arts @ 29 Garden program manager. “The constant flow of student performances, exhibitions, and faculty presentations, as well as the many people who witnessed it, was jaw-dropping and inspiring. Especially in the midst of Arts First, it was a clear statement that creativity and art making are gaining traction in the curriculum.”At the Memorial Church, students performed Heinrich Schutz’s “The Seven Last Words,” a piece that was part of the class Music 123r, “Passion Settings in the 20th and 21st Centuries,” taught by conductor Andrew Clark, senior lecturer in the Department of Music and director of choral activities at Harvard.“This class gave me a great appreciation for music,” said tenor Adrian Aldaba ’12. “It let me look at music in ways I never thought I would, such as the political impact of music.”On Sunday at Agassiz Theatre, students performed work by Harvard-affiliated poets such as T.S. Eliot, Wallace Stevens, Adrienne Rich, Robert Frost, and Elizabeth Bishop. As conceived by Professor Jorie Graham, a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, the show was a moving testament to the sheer beauty and power of the written — and spoken — word.“We are so thrilled to be marking 20 years of Arts First, and I particularly love the forward motion of this year’s festival,” said OFA Director Jack Megan. “We’re acknowledging not only the wonderful history of Harvard arts with events like the poetry reading, but also a taste of things to come with ‘Breaking Boundaries’ and ‘Slow Dancing.’ Of course, the students are the engine of this festival. Their work comes straight from the heart, and so much of it is truly exceptional.” Lovely dames Waiting for their cue outside the Science Center tent were Hasty Pudding actors, ready to roast Jack Megan, longtime director of the Office for the Arts and festival producer. Rapt audience Children were entertained by a funny, nontraditional version of the classic. Take a bow Pianist Jessica Rucinski ’13 (right) and bassoonist Daniel Clark ’12 take bows following their performance in Holden Chapel.last_img read more

Mourinho hails ‘fantastic’ Bale

first_imgJose Mourinho has revealed he wanted Real Madrid to sign Gareth Bale last year and believes the Spanish giants will have a “fantastic player” if the Wales international’s proposed move to the Bernabeu goes ahead. “It looks like it is happening this season so I am happy for them because they get a fantastic player but, of course, the numbers are huge numbers and the kid has to go now and there’s pressure to prove that he’s worth that investment.” Mourinho believes Bale would have fitted in well in his Madrid side and expects his successor, Carlo Ancelotti, to make the most of the Welshman’s talents as well if he moves to Spain. “I think he’s a fantastic player and the way my Real Madrid was playing, I think it was an easy player to fill a space and to get into that tactical dynamic,” the Portuguese added. “I don’t know what Carlo is thinking now but Carlo is an experienced coach and for sure will get the best out of him.” Press Associationcenter_img The Chelsea manager has also warned Bale of the pressure that will be on him to justify his transfer tag if, as has been speculated, Madrid end up paying a world-record fee to prise him away from Tottenham. Mourinho, who left Madrid this summer after three years in charge before returning to Stamford Bridge, told ESPN of his hopes to sign Bale last season, saying: “I asked the club to buy him last season but it was not possible. last_img read more

ASU looks to extend streak vs Cal

first_img February 15, 2020 TEAM LEADERS: Cal’s Matt Bradley has averaged 17.7 points and 5.2 rebounds while Grant Anticevich has put up eight points and 5.5 rebounds. For the Sun Devils, Remy Martin has averaged 19.5 points while Romello White has put up 10 points and 8.8 rebounds.CLAMPING DOWN: The Golden Bears have given up just 65.7 points per game to conference opponents thus far. That’s an improvement from the 69.8 per game they allowed to non-conference competition.MIGHTY MARTIN: Martin has connected on 34.1 percent of the 138 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 11 of 29 over his last five games. He’s also made 75.6 percent of his foul shots this season.WINLESS WHEN: Arizona State is 0-6 when scoring fewer than 65 points and 16-2 when scoring at least 65.ASSIST-TO-FG RATIO: The Sun Devils have recently used assists to create baskets more often than the Golden Bears. Cal has 23 assists on 62 field goals (37.1 percent) over its previous three outings while Arizona State has assists on 32 of 79 field goals (40.5 percent) during its past three games.PACE OF PLAY: The upbeat Arizona State offense has averaged 73.7 possessions per game, the 26th-most in Division I. Cal has operated at a slower pace and is averaging only 65.3 possessions per game (ranked 329th, nationally). Associated Press ASU looks to extend streak vs Calcenter_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditArizona State (16-8, 7-5) vs. Cal (10-14, 4-7)Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, California; Sunday, 6 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Arizona State looks for its fifth straight conference win against Cal. Arizona State’s last Pac-12 loss came against the Washington State Cougars 67-65 on Jan. 29. Cal lost 68-52 loss at home to Arizona in its most recent game. ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comlast_img read more