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ISSUE 118 VOL 7 PUBLISHED 11/5/2004

Arts and Entertainment

Silently raising political 'Voice'

The current exhibit at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (MIA), The Art of Democracy: Tools of Persuasion, is indicative of most current political art. When I first stepped into MIAs gallery, the barrage of slogans and epithets almost exclusively demanding I vote democratic on Nov. 2 overwhelmed me. It seems like this kind of blatant, anti-Bush commentary is everywhere; in my opinion, it just isnt making for original and provocative political art any longer. While I certainly appreciate the rediscovered (and probably very transient) political fervor of my fellow citizens, I am becoming terribly bored by the whole thing. Ive heard the exact same canned speeches and catch phrases over and over again from politicians, journalists and even from artists. Am I turning into another young cynical non-voter? Of course not  but this intractable din of left-wing/right-wing diatribes is really starting to wear me down. For this reason, I congratulate the current Voice Your Vote exhibit showing in the Dittmann Student Gallery; the show is a contemplative breath of fresh air in the midst of a suffocating, political artistic discourse.

Message in full 'Swing'

Last spring, Artist in Residence Anthony Roberts debuted his multimedia dance piece Swing a Club: facing cancer in honor of his brother Tom, who passed away on in early 2001. What initially began as Roberts own artistic process of healing has turned into a guide for the St. Olaf community to reflect on their own experiences with illness and loss, and open dialogue on the impact of cancer. Encore performances of Companydances Swing a Club commence tonight and will continue through Nov. 6, each night at 7:30 p.m. in Dittmanns Studio One. Performances include a post-discussion about the show and the provision of educational resources from the St. Olaf Cancer Connection.

Buechner a master in her class

From the first note of her dazzling performance in Urness Recital Hall on Monday evening, Sara Davis Buechner had her audience captivated by her sensitive and thoughtful playing. A world-renowned pianist, Buechner, who is an assistant professor of piano and chamber music at the University of British Columbia, gave a masterclass for several lucky St. Olaf piano majors Monday afternoon, prior to her evening performance.

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