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02/15/2012 8:00 PM Wayne McGregor, Random Dance: Entity at the Granada Theatre


Wayne McGregor | Random Dance, a resident company of Sadler’s Wells, London, is distinguished by its radical approach to new technology, incorporating animation, digital film, 3D architecture, electronic sound and virtual dancers seamlessly into live choreography. The company will perform Entity, “a great sexy beast of a piece” (Sunday Times, London). Featuring a breathtaking soundscape created by Coldplay/Massive Attack collaborator Jon Hopkins and award-winning composer Joby Talbot (The Divine Comedy), the staggering blend of bodies, lights, technology and film elevate Wayne McGregor to the cutting edge of contemporary culture.


02/16/2012 8:00 PM Jane Hirshfield: An Evening of Poetry at Campbell Hall


Award-winning poet and translator Jane Hirshfield elegantly speaks to the core issues of existence in her poetry — desire and loss, impermanence and beauty and our multi-faceted connections with others. An intimate, profound and generous master of her art, she has written six collections of poetry, including After (named a best book of 2006 by The Washington Post); Given Sugar, Given Salt (a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist) and The October Palace, as well as a classic book of essays, Nine Gates: Entering the Mind of Poetry. Her most recent poetry collection, Come, Thief, was published in August 2011.


02/17/2012 8:00 PM Paddy Moloney & The Chieftans at the Granada Theatre


The Chieftains celebrate 50 years as Ireland’s “inadvertent prophets of the world-music boom” (Rolling Stone) in a concert experience filled with grace, humor, exceptional musicianship and the pageantry of visiting dancers and pipe bands. Led by founder Paddy Moloney, who formed the band from the ranks of the top Irish musicians back in 1962, the six-time Grammy winners are musical ambassadors, cultural icons and boundary-pushers who continue to make music with a style that is as exhilarating as it is definitive.


02/19/2012 1:00 & 3:00 PM Art & Architecture on Film at Pollock Theater


1 PM – Alice Neel
Directed by her grandson, a searing portrait of the influential, emotionally troubled American painter Alice Neel, who was marginalized until the 1960s, when she was embraced by the counterculture and painted its heroes including Andy Warhol and neighbors in Spanish Harlem. (Andrew Neel, 2007, 81 min.)


3 PM – Anselm Kiefer: Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow
Acclaimed documentarian Sophie Fiennes’s mesmerizing portrait of artist Anselm Kiefer, who transformed a derelict industrial space in southern France into a dreamlike city, housing his paintings and elaborate installations, including underground tunnels and towers. (Sophie Fiennes, 2010, 105 min.)


02/22/2012 8:00 PM An Evening with Tom Colicchio at Campbell Hall


Tom Colicchio, 2010 James Beard Award-winner for Outstanding Chef, is one of the culinary world’s most celebrated figures and lead judge on Bravo’s Emmy-winning show Top Chef, now in its ninth season. A self-taught cook, Colicchio is chef-owner of New York City’s celebrated Gramercy Tavern and Craft, dubbed “a vision of food heaven” by The New York Times. Other acclaimed restaurants include Colicchio and Sons, Craftbar and a chain of ‘wichcraft sandwich shops. He is the author of three best-selling cookbooks and continues to be celebrated in publications such as Saveur, Food & Wine, Esquire and New York Magazine.

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