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Fine arts

An 'Argument' worth having


Aristotle will take the stage tonight at the Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, decked out in modern dress instead of his trademark toga. He’ll be delivering a passionate lecture on his “Poetics,” an influential meditation on the nature of poetry, theatre and tragedy.

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Society and the dance revolution


“Whether we realize it or not, the 21st Century-world has been inevitably shaped by post-modernity — globalization, international policy, cultural pluralism, etcetera,” said Angela Kane, professor of School of Music, Theatre & Dance. “Similarly, the dance of today embraces the influences and reactions against both modern and postmodern dance.”

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Fusion of art and science

Courtesy of Justin Knight Photography


Albert Einstein once said "the most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all science and all true art."

Without a doubt, there will be plenty of beauty and mystery to experience this afternoon, when M.I.T. physics professor and Nobel laureate Frank Wilczek examines a topsy-turvy reality full of wonder and mystique.

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The 'Bossa' is back in town: 'Bossa Nova' returns to Hill


What happens when you integrate sultry samba rhythms with various aspects of European jazz? The Bossa Nova, or “new wave” sound emerges, a style created in part by the late Antonio Carlos Jobim more than 50 years ago. The Brazilian beats and Portuguese lyrics transport the listener to a smoky bar seeping with jazzy tunes that keep toes tapping.

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Blurring cultural boundaries through dance


Algeria is a country of contradictions, one where lush forests line the Mediterranean coastline while the harsh, expansive desert in the south lies uninhabited. The country’s vast beauty and tranquility contrasts its violent past and present.

Instead of ignoring his country’s political situations, Heddy Maalem, the artistic director of Compagnie Heddy Maalem, uses his French and Algerian descent as an inspiration for his art.

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Holy objects


From the yellowed bones of saints to the Shroud of Turin and the tears of the Virgin Mary, the supposed relics and reliquaries of medieval art have long been surrounded by great commotion. The veneration and purchasing of objects associated with holy figures is not something limited to “The Canterbury Tales”; the prospect of finding connections between the world of faith and the physical, tangible world is something that has always captivated people.

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More than just words


My last day in Manhattan began with a walk through SoHo’s art district, and it ended in a tiny apartment at the edge of Little Italy and Chinatown. There I found myself in the tight embrace of my grandmother, who asked me in Toisanese if I was going to return to New York next summer. I said yes, and told her to take care of herself, because we don’t say “I love you” in Chinese; we ask if you’re healthy, if you’re safe; we show things, do things.

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