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GUEST COLUMN Melanie Lofquist

A r t is all a r o u n d us While d i a l l i n g wilh s o m e o n e I had j u s l mel, I w a s asked. " D o you like a n ? " I was laken aback by this queslion. as ii w a s completely oul of ihe blue. I siammered oul something aboul how I was never good at drawing and never liked sludying painlings. Only after Ihe conversation did I begin lo ponder whal I consider a n and whether or not I like it. Although we often forget, art can be found in the traditional academic activities that w e spend so much lime on while in college. Writing papers and reading literature are ways I daily engage in art. Even extensions of the classroom, such as writing for the Anchor, are ways I express myself through art. A n is not something you find only in DePree. 1 am good at and enjoy writing and making scrap books, and in high school 1 was good at playing the oboe and performing with the Hag corps. All of these are art. When you sing along to your favorite M T V video when Hipping channels, write a paper for biology class, o r present a speech to your sociology class, you are being creative and engaging in art. The beauty of art is that it encompasses so m u c h in our world that there is probably some form of art you enjoy. You might admire the changing colors of the leaves or ihe sunset over Lake Michigan. You might really enjoy decorating f o r Christmas. M a y b e you really enjoy reading the daily comics.All of these things are art because they deeply affect us emotionally in some way. They inspire us or they repulse us. T h e y make us happy

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or sad. They make us laugh out loud or they make us want to punch a wall in anger. * Knowing how art affects you is something that you only gain with experience. That is one of the reasons Hope includes the arts as part of its core requirements. T h e concept is a good one. is encourages people to study areas they w o u l d n ' t be exposed to otherwise. However, this requirement makes art, like everything else in our college careers, something we are forced lo do. T h i s often causing us to care more aboul the final grade than the process we went through to get there. We need not take an art class to encounter arl. All you have lo do is turn on the radio, listen attentively to the beat and rhythm of the music and allow yourself to be moved by it. Or walk through the Pine Grove a little slower, taking the time to really look at, listen, smell, and feel the arl that surrounds you. Be less concerned with what you have to know for your final exams. Life is not about gelling a 3.95 C P A but it is about living, which art helps us do. Art can entertain us, help us relieve stress, and allow us to cope with specific events in life. W h e n I think about how powerful arl has been in fulfilling those roles at different times in my life, 1 realize how much I like art and how much I need it in my life. When I was asked, " D o you like art?" what 1 should have answered was, "Yes. I love art. D o e s n ' t everyone?"

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PIPE D R E A M S : Dr. Huw Lewis of the music department will be among the performers in the Orchestra and Wind Symphony on Friday, Nov. 5. The event will take place at 8 p.m. in Dimnent Chapel.

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T h e Hope College Orchestra and Wind Symphony will o f f e r a variety of musical styles and will feature performances by Hope faculty on Friday, Nov. 5. "This will be a tremendously exciting concert," said Steven Ward, director of the W i n d S y m p h o n y , which will play first in the concert. T h e S y m p h o n y will p e r f o r m a variety of pieces, including Percy Grainger's " D u k e of Marlboro Fanf a r e " and a n e w piece by Frank Ticheli, who is described by Ward as "in the f o r e f r o n t of A m e r i c a n music." They will also perform a piece c o m p o s e d by Leonard Bernstein, " P r e l u d e , F u g u e , and R i f f s , " f o r j a z z ensemble and solo clarinet. A new member of the Hope Faculty, Kristin Ward, will perform the

solo. T h e second half of the concert will feature the Hope College Orchestra, directed by Richard Piippo. T h e orchestra will present works by F r a n c i s P o u l e n c and A n l o n i n Dvorak. T h e Poulenc piece is one of his most popular compositions. " T h e work s u c c e s s f u l l y j u x t a poses elements of intimate lyricism to romantic drama," Piippo said. It will feature Dr. Huw Lewis, w h o is an organist and professor of music. O n e of t h e o t h e r w o r k s , by Anlonin Dvorak, is described by Piipo as "a relaxed work, abounding in Czech feeling." T h e piece is based on C z e c h folklore and dance rhythms. "The music that the e n s e m b l e s are performing represents a wide range of style and will be very exciting, as well as a wonderful op-

portunity to hear faculty m e m b e r s f r o m the m u s i c d e p a r t m e n t performing wilh the ensembles," Ward said. The Symphony and Orchestra are made u p of a variety of students. "The m e m b e r s are students from all the areas of study at Hope College," Piippo said. "This includes music majors and non-music majors. T h e students at H o p e have the opportunity to continue their interest in the musical aspects of their lives by taking part in the various m u s i c a l e n s e m b l e s at H o p e College." Both directors agree that the concert will be a wonderful event and encourage students lo attend. "It should be a terrific evening," said Ward. T h e e v e n t will t a k e p l a c e in Dimnent Chapel at 8 p.m. Admission is free.

intermission brief K n i c k e r b o c k e r T h e a t r e a n n o u n c e s fall f i l m series T h e Knickerbocker Theatre fall series will begin on Friday, Nov. 5 and will run until Friday, Dec. 10. The first film, " T h e Dinner G a m e , " is a French farce with that centers around a g r o u p of upperclass executives that amuse themselves by holding an "idiot dinner." Each of them must invited the biggest idiot they can find lo be their guest. "The Dinner G a m e " will run from Friday, Nov. 5 until Thursday, Nov. 11, with shows at 7 and 9 p.m. "The King of M a s k s " will run Friday. Nov. 12 and Monday, Nov. 15, through Friday. Nov. 19. It tells h o w an old magician, who is desperate for a successor, buys a young apprentice girl on the black market and ihey b e c o m e close. S h o w s will be 7 a n d 9 p . m . nightly. T h e third film. "Life is Beauliful," will be shown on Wednesday, N o v . 24 a n d M o n d a y , Nov. 29 through Thursday, Dec. 2. The story follows a Jewish family's experience during World War II, tracing the story of a husband w h o woos his w i f e to the hor-

rors the family faces as they are sent to a concentration camp. T h e film will be shown at 7 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. nightly with the exception of Thursday, Dec. 2 w h i c h will not have a 7 p.m. showing. T h e final film "Buena Vista So-

cial C l u b , " is a documentary that f o l l o w s A m e r i c a n m u s i c i a n Ry C o o d e r as he rediscovers j a z z artists in a small club in Havana, Cuba. T h e film has showings at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. nightly f r o m Friday, Dec. 3 to Friday, Dec. 10. \

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• Dr. K e v i n P a d i a n of the U n i v e r s i t y of C a l i f o r n i a at B e r k e l e y will p r e s e n t " H o w Did B i r d s E v o l v e f r o m D i n o s a u r s " at 7 p . m . in V a n d e r W e r f 104. Nov. + • A C T E R p e r f o r m s as part of the G r e a t P e r f o r m a n c e Scries, 8 p.m. in Ihe D e W i t t T h e a t r e .

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Nov. 5 • A C T E R p e r f o r m s at 8 p . m . in the D e W i t t T h e a t r e . • S A C m o v i e " A n Ideal H u s b a n d " at 7 p . m . 9 p . m . and m i d n i g h t in W i n a n t s A u d i t o rium. .... . NoV

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• N y k e r k C u p C o m p e t i t i o n at 8 p . m . at the H o l l a n d C i v i c Center. • S A C m o v i e " A n Ideal H u s b a n d " at 7 p . m . 9 p . m , a n d m i d n i g h t in W i n a n t s .

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