Kim Anno: Finding Loss and Hope in the Midst of the Anthropocene

A Baroque mirror hung loosely in the wall inside the white canvas, reflecting the hazy vision from archives of natural science. Perhaps, it is a portal that invites us to untangle the narratives of a dissolving landscape of nature in flux, amidst transition due to the changing planet. As you walk through the vast Coulter…

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Anna Deavere Smith talks about the healing power of stories

Smith is best known for her one-woman, multi-character performances, which depict people reflecting on moments of intense catastrophe.

On Oct. 28, hundreds gathered at Memorial Auditorium for a night of storytelling and conversation with former Stanford faculty member Anna Deavere Smith, an award-winning pioneer in the field of documentary theater. Smith is best known for her one-woman, multi-character performances, which depict people reflecting on moments of intense catastrophe. Her plays range in dramatic…

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A Scene, A Song, A Number – Game On!

It was the first-ever 72-Hour Musical Theater Contest in Stanford history. Possibly in anyone’s history.

In this whirlwind of a weekend, small teams were given the challenge of creating a musical theater piece (one song, one scene, and one dance) – all over the course of only 72 hours! Three days of intense creative endeavor culminated in a live cabaret- style performance where teams presented the results of their hard…

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Architect David Adjaye tells Stanford audience how he designs civic spaces to create community

Speaking at the annual Presidential Lecture in the Arts and Humanities, David Adjaye, the designer of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, described how he sees civic buildings as fulcrums of emotion and memory that engage with the people who use them.

Architect David Adjaye is international both in his heritage and in his career. Between his childhood and his working life he has spent considerable time in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and the United States. He has built houses for Kofi Annan and, pro bono, for displaced residents of New Orleans’ Ninth Ward; he also…

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British puppetry theater group Blind Summit teaches master class at Stanford

Speaking to members of the Stanford community at the Bing Concert Hall Studio, the celebrated Blind Summit Theatre group demonstrated its unique take on ancient Japanese Bunraku puppetry. At one point, three audience members tried their hand at puppeteering – each controlling a separate part of a single puppet’s body. This weekend, Blind Summit will…

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Tig Notaro: Using comedy to deal with cancer was a ‘Godsend’

Stand-up comic TIG NOTARO brought her unique brand of comedy to Stanford earlier this week, and she didn’t disappoint the standing-room-only audience of students, faculty, staff and community members gathered on campus. Notaro, a fairly successful stand-up comic before 2012, exploded on the national scene when she greeted an audience at the Largo in Los…

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Listening in on Tyler Brooks at the 2013 Stanford Jazz Festival

In the first of a series of reviews and notes from the seats, guest music critic Tyler Brooks checks out the Calvin Keys Quartet.

Omaha-native and Oakland-based guitarist Calvin Keys is the definition of a serious musician. Quiet, husky-voiced, and concealed behind dark auburn shades, Keys wore a steady, sagacious cool that warranted the opening line of Tuesday night’s program which frankly and endearingly read: “Calvin Keys doesn’t call a lot of attention to himself.” And true enough to…

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Stanford Live Announces 2013-14 Season

Subscriptions are on sale now and single tickets will go on sale September 7.

Highlights include Season-Opening concert with Itzhak Perlman and the Perlman Music Program, evening with Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin and recitals by violinist Joshua Bell, sopranos Deborah Voigt and Angela Brown, and pianist Richard Goode World premiere of Linked Verse, a collaboration between Stanford assistant professor of music Jaroslaw Kapuscinski and artistic collective OpenEndedGroup, features…

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Stanford visiting artist Ann Carlson creates a performance piece made entirely of gestures

Students, faculty and staff participate in a movement-based orchestral work titled 'The Symphonic Body: Stanford.'

Ann Carlson has been animating the Stanford campus, sometimes with silence, sometimes with stillness, for over a year as a visiting artist in dance and performance with the Department of Theater and Performance Studies. Carlson’s work mines the ephemeral and the commonplace toward extraordinary results. Her upcoming project, commissioned by the Stanford Arts Institute, is…

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Robert Henke, 2013 Mohr Visiting Artist

At Stanford: Spring Quarter 2013 Hosted at Stanford by: Department of Music The Stanford University Department of Music is pleased to host Berlin based artist Robert Henke during the spring 2013 term as the second Mohr Visiting Artist. Henke’s residency is part of the Mohr Visiting Artist Program, administered by the Stanford Arts Institute, which brings acclaimed and…

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Stanford visiting artist Ellen Lake creates a cultural paradox across decades

The artist returns to obsolete technologies as a way to slow down time and reflect on both the past and the current media landscape.

Ellen Lake discovered a golden age of 16mm film. For a brief period the diacetate Kodachrome film used between 1939 and 1942 produced lush color and appears today perfectly preserved, as opposed to triacetate film that came into popular use in the mid-1940s and did not hold up nearly as well. Lake, a visiting artist at…

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