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On Sat., December 7, the renowned Emerson String Quartet will perform for a sold-out audience in Baldwin Auditorium. The quartet, named after American poet Ralph Waldo Emerson, was formed in 1976 by violinists Eugene Drucker and Philip Setzer, violist Lawrence Dutton and cellist David Finckel.
On Nov. 21, Persian musician Kayhan Kalhor will perform with Ali Bahrami Fard at the Nasher Museum of Art. This performance will expose audiences to Kalhor's improvisational traditional Persian music.
“Infiltrators” follows attempts by Palestinians to get around the various barriers that restrict movement in the West Bank. The film, directed by Palestinian artist Khaled Jarrar, seeks to provide a uniquely objective view of the conflict and the consequences of the intense tensions between the opposing sides.
Dir. Steve McQueen20th Century Fox4.5/5 stars
As a photojournalist in Egypt during the Arab Spring revolutions, David Degner has photographed some of the most influential events of this century. One of the few photographers to have access to the Middle East—including Libya and Syria—during the revolutions, Degner photographed for several publications, from "Time" to "The Wall Street Journal." He will be at Duke on Nov. 12 and 13 to give talks at the Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) and the Center for International Studies (CIS).
Dir. Ridley Scott20th Century Fox3/5 Stars
For the past six years, DEMAN Weekend has been key in connecting current Duke students with alumni in the entertainment, media and arts industries. Standing for “Duke Entertainment Media and Arts Network,” DEMAN Weekend will occur on Nov. 1 and 2. It is the final installation of the Duke Arts Festival, poised to be more expansive and significant than ever before.
In the piano world, there are few as technically talented or as divisive as Yuja Wang. Born in Beijing, her remarkable rise to fame and flashy media presence over the past few years have garnered her an equal share of admirers and critics. On Thursday, Oct. 24, Wang will perform at Baldwin Auditorium through the Duke Performances Piano Recital Series.
“Carrboro has this culture and community that likes to celebrate the arts,” said Celisa Steele, the new Poet Laureate of Carrboro. As Poet Laureate, Steele is head of the Carrboro Poets Council. Founded in 2011, the Council organizes the West End Poetry Festival as well as the poetry component of the Carrboro Day event in May. The Council is representative of the spirit behind the West End Poetry Festival and the Carrboro arts community.
CultsColumbia Records3/5 stars
The Head and the HeartSub Pop Records5/5 Stars
With their 2011 eponymous debut album, The Head and the Heart charmed listeners with a harmonious, folk-pop sound. The Seattle-based band will release their second album on October 15 and are currently on an international tour with a stop at the Orange Peel in Asheville, NC on October 21. Recess’s Sid Gopinath sat down with drummer Tyler Williams to discuss being yourself, writing new music and creating “Let’s Be Still.”
Trevor Schoonmaker joined the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University as the founding contemporary curator in 2006. Prior to that, Schoonmaker worked as an independent curator in New York. Schoonmaker was recently promoted to the newly-created position of chief curator at the Nasher. Recess's Sid Gopinath sat down with Schoonmaker to discuss the transition from independent to museum curation and his vision for the future of the Nasher.
Blitzen Trapper; 3/5 stars
You really have to give the guys of MGMT credit for doing their own thing. Their album “Oracular Spectacular” exploded onto the music scene in 2007, playing everywhere from indie radio stations to crowded dance floors. The infectious pop sound of songs like 'Time to Pretend' and 'Kids' appealed to almost everybody.
Most people know Chris Carrabba from his last band, Dashboard Confessional. Early 2000s hits like 'Stolen' and 'Hands Down' were the worldwide anthems for heartbroken teenagers and hopelessly-in-love young adults.
Whether it is the recycled electronic beats of Top 40 dance hits or the banjo-plucking, foot-stomping crooning of singer-songwriters, there is a lot of safe, crowd-pleasing music out there. But "The Electric Lady," Janelle Monae’s eccentric and unabashedly fun album, is absolutely not safe music. This is not a collection of annoyingly catchy singles to be digested one by one over the radio. This is not music created by hired writers and copycat producers. This is a true, cohesive album, crafted by a woman who knows exactly what she is doing. Tied together with interludes by a futuristic radio host, "The Electric Lady" continues the story of Janelle Monae’s alternate, android-filled world from her "Metropolis" concept. This massive, 18-track album shows that Monae is unafraid to experiment.