A Look into the Arts

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BY MICHAEL LUO

A selected preview of happenings near Harvard.

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An Evening with Champions
September 19 at 8:00pm & September 20 at 7:00pm
Bright Hockey Arena
www.aneveningwithchampions.org
An exhibition of champion figure skaters for the purpose of fighting cancer. Student-run and non-profit, this showing of world-class figure skaters “is motivated to support Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund as they seek new methods of diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of cancer.” This year’s show includes 2-time Olympian Johnny Weir, 2014 Olympians Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford, 2-time US Champion Alissa Czisny, and many others. Watch beautiful people dance on ice and feel good about it too.

Sorcerer with Director William Friedkin in Person
September 26 at 7:00pm
Harvard Film Archive
http://hcl.harvard.edu/hfa/calendar/september14.html
A screening of Friedkin’s existential thriller about four characters and their transport of nitroglycerin in South America through vignettes. If you’re looking for an exhilarating way to spend your Friday night, then this is your best bet. What’s more, you even get to question the director himself how he imagined those ridiculously absurd ideas.

Negative
Adapted by Jumai Yusuf ‘16 from the play by Joyce Carol Oates
Directed by Jumai Yusuf ‘16
October 2 at 7:30 pm, October 3 at 7:00pm, October 4 at 2:00pm
Adams Pool Theater
www.hrdctheater.com/negative
A historical reversal of minority Whites fighting against their enslavement by the Black majority in the United States. One White “Deficiency Scholar” and one “Black graduate of Exeter” are roommates after civil rights leaders won the right for Whites to vote and to attend the same schools as Blacks. This is the first act, while the second reverses it again, attempting to “highlight the racial micro aggressions that Black college students face everyday.”

Bach Society Orchestra
October 11 at 8:00pm
Paine Concert Hall
www.hcs.harvard.edu/~bachsoc/events.html
The first of Bach Soc’s 4 concerts in the 2014-2015 season. An intimate orchestral performance of classical masterpieces encompassing a diverse array of historical periods. Pieces include Mozart’s Overture to La Clamenzi di Tito, Vaughan Williams’ Fantasy on a Theme by Thomas Thallis, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2.

Harvard Ballroom Beginners 2014 Competition
October 12
Cambridge War Memorial Recreation Center
http://www.harvardballroom.org/hb/
A flashy display of classy dancing by newcomers who had the courage and talent to showcase their newfound skills. If you always wanted to see your friends compete in Dancing with the Stars or transform into the new Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, this is what you’ve been waiting for.

Little Murders
By Jules Feiffer
Directed by Shira Milikowsky
October 17-October 19 and October 23-25 at 7:30pm
Loeb Mainstage
www.hrdctheater.com/littlemurders
Directed by the ART’s Artistic Director Fellow and produced by Garrett Allen ’16 and Magdalene Zier ’16, Little Murders is a “modern rendition of Jules Feiffer’s 1967 dark comedy.” Taking place in the Upper West Side, Little Murders mélanges humanity’s greatest fears “of atheism or homosexuality or undiscriminating homicide” into the already tumultuous environment of Manhattan.

Beatboxing Workshop with Chesney Snow
October 25 at 2:00pm
Hip Hop Archive and Research Institute, Hutchins Center, 104 Mt. Auburn St, Floor 3R
www.ofa.fas.harvard.edu/cal/details.php?ID=44946
Call it beatboxing or “vocal percussion,” this art form is as cool as it is hip, as smooth as it is fierce. Led by Chesney Snow, “award-winning actor, beatboxer, poet, musician, and songwriter,” the workshop is free with RSVP to Deena Anderson, [email protected] If a workshop is not enough, Snow’s documentary “American Beatobxer” will also be showing at Askwith Lecture Hall at the Graduate School of Education on October 24 at 5:30pm, once again for free.

Michael Luo ’16 ([email protected]) says go out and experience art!