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Fine arts

Iraqi artists lecture on diaspora this Saturday


On Saturday, three Iraqi artists will sit on a panel to discuss the Iraqi diaspora. Iraqi-American actor Sarab Kamoo, and Baghdad natives Rahim Alhaj and Laith Alattar (both musician/composers) bring three unique perspectives to a multilayered international issue. The issues brought up through this panel may be complex, but they take place in a safe environment — one in which art is the main focus.

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With hip hop, a new theater edge


“Platanos and Collard Greens” has visited more than 75 college campuses and captivated more than 10,000 audience members since its debut in 2003, even though the fact that it's not actually about food (as the title implies). The play, sponsored by the Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs, will be performed at 7:00 p.m. in MLB Auditorium 4.

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A different Cuba


What do we generally associate with Cuba? The Cuban Missile Crisis, the Bay of Pigs or maybe a highly militaristic and shady detention center? If we take a look, however, at the country through a fine arts lens, a rich culture with an especially interesting style of music and dance is visible.

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Disappearing 'Landscape'


There’s no way of knowing when early morning mist may settle over Mount Baker in Washington in just the right way or when the Pacific waves will crash against the shore so the light reflects just so. The visibility of these natural occurrences may sometimes depend on the season and weather, but it always depends on the timing and the position of the viewer. For the photographer, visual memory is recorded within seconds. And sometimes, the immediacy of this form of art can yield an image even more breathtaking than the actual view itself.

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Dance that matters


The Mark Morris Dance Group will perform in the Power Center this Friday and Saturday night, but, honestly, does anyone care? By most definitions, dance is a luxury. It’s an art that’s entertaining but seemingly aimless. At a time when America is in such turmoil, dance might seem almost irrelevant, and you could certainly argue that it is.

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Student travelers illustrate their experiences through art


During the school year, Tatiana Calixto is a lecturer of Spanish in the Romance Language Department. This past summer, she spent her time photographing the daily lives and culture of the Andean people with whom she lived nearly 4,000 miles away in Cusco, Peru.

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Finding fine art in a punk rock icon


Patti Smith. She’s the mother of punk in all her messy glory: her ratty black hair, her throaty performance of “Because the Night” cowritten with Bruce Springsteen and her controversial (yet quintessential) song lyrics like “Jesus died for somebody’s sins / but not mine.” But how does this relate to “fine arts”? You might not expect her name to pop up in a fine arts column, but suspend judgment for a moment.

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