Starting tonight, Stanford will kick off Art After Dark, its second annual festival celebrating student creativity and sustainability. Featuring more than 250 pieces of student-produced art, drama, spoken word, dance, design, and music, the festival will take over Old Union courtyard and the lower half of White Plaza for the next three days. Several student artists are returning, including Ethan Estess, whose pelican sculpture was one of last year’s most popular featured pieces.
Although the festival features a jam-packed performance schedule, student art will be on display for all three days, and you can check out the pieces at your leisure. Tomorrow will be particularly busy. From 12-2pm, student drama groups will perform and be followed by a Sustainable Fashion Show. If you pass by in the afternoon, you might catch an impromptu jam session. The day’s events will culminate with performances from student artists featured on “Shadows,” the 2012 Stanford Soundtrack, which includes bands like The Sea People. Saturday’s performances, from 8pm to midnight, will feature student films, DJs, and music from The Irregulars and The Dot Dot Dots.
Combined with Frost Revival, Art After Dark promises to make this weekend thearts weekend of the spring. Don’t miss out!
It’s midterm season on the Farm (then again, when is it not midterm season around here?). I’ve noticed that people are dragging lately, looking more than a little bit pale and sleep deprived. The awkward silence in my history section this week would have been maddening, but I was too exhausted to realize it. Long story short, we’re all on struggle. Whether you boarded the struggle bus a week ago with no end in sight or you haven’t even started your midterms yet, you should take a break this weekend to take part in the great events around campus. Hopefully you’ll regain some of your sanity in the process…
From noon to 1pm tomorrow, White Plaza officially becomes Black Plaza. The Black Community Services Center is co-hosting this annual event. Swing by to get your free Popeyes and t-shirt!
If you haven’t decided what Disney character to ruin forever this Halloween, the Sustainable Fashion Collective and Union Underground are hosting a costume making workshop from 2:15 to 3:30pm on Friday in the Old Union basement. If you’re creative enough, you might just take the grand prize at the Mausoleum 2011 costume contest. Catch the bus from Escondido or Tresidder starting at 9:45PM to get to the annual spooktacular party (see what I did there?).
Film fans will be pleased with a couple of events taking place this Friday. To launch the “7 Days of Cin” student film festival, Stanford Film Society is hosting a screening of Sundance acclaimed movie Like Crazy in Cubberly at 5pm. Secondly, documentarian Michael Moore, known for Bowling for Columbine, Fahrenheit 9/11, and Capitalism: A Love Story, amongst many others, is speaking tomorrow at the business school’s CEMEX Auditorium at 8pm. If there are any tickets left, you’ll find them at noon in White Plaza. (more…)
Today, James Franco and American poet Frank Bidart premiered the cinematic translation of the poem Herbert White. And it was good. It was a well thought out film that managed to complement the poem without being an imitation. The movie was more about the outward signs of the internal struggle that necrophiliac killer Herbert dealt with while the poem gave the listener an inside look at Herbert’s inner monologue. The poem was about the hell of his thoughts and deeds – the movie is about the horrifying fact that it’s hidden. Both Bidart and Franco collaborated amazingly well on the short film. Overall the experience was enriching. And surprising.
I don’t know what I was expecting, but I didn’t really think the film would be about such a difficult,and potentially controversial piece. Like his other fans, I’ve heard about Franco’s academic explorations (and numerous degrees). But still – I can’t help but look at him and momentarily think of Pineapple Express‘s Saul Silver. From the contrast with the poem, you can tell how much thought that Franco put into his film. And from Bidart’s compliments, it reflected the work well. It wasn’t an amazing big budget film – Franco is a student. While I don’t think his peers may have the chance to have campus wide premieres, the fact that it didn’t look endlessly edited and pristine was almost humbling. He’s one of us!!
But what was less surprising, and more saddening, are the actions of his fans. (more…)
So, I’ve always felt like I had a good sense of the arts events on campus, due to my involvement with SOCA, Art Affair, the art and music departments, my friends and various classes I’ve taken across the breadth of the University during my undergrad, but recently, as I am moderating a comprehensive arts & entertainment calendar this school year, I have discovered I had NO IDEA how many film events, screenings, festivals, auditions and productions take place on campus each year.
After doing a little investigative work, and looking back through the calendar for the year, pinging the Stanford Film Society list, and sifting through websites and events, I’ve put together a (hopefully) complete list of the festivals and regular screenings that take place on campus this year – next year, who knows?
- Stanford Student Film Festival (spring)
- Reel Black Film Festival (spring)
- Pumpkin Pie Film Festival (winter)
- Spinning Wheel Film Festival (winter)
- UNAFF (fall)
- Reel to Reel (short films by MFAs)
- Arab Film Festival (fall)
Film Series Screenings:
- Greek – Iranian – Turkish – Romanian film series at Bechtel
- French Silent Film Series (Hosted by David Giovacchini, Stanford University Libraries. Sponsored by the French and Italian Department, Stanford University.)
- Middle East Film Series (Hosted by David Giovacchini, Middle East Collection, Stanford University Libraries. Sponsored by the Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies, and the Middle East Collection of the Stanford University Libraries.)
- Japanese Film Series
- Weekly Screenings from Stanford Newtype
- French and German film series at Bechtel
- Spanish Film Series on Thursday nights, in the History Corner (Sponsored by Iberia Association)
- Flicks, of course.