Be it music, film, literature, theatre, or handcrafted art, Denisonians are continuously producing works that entice the senses and stir the imagination. Here are just a few recent releases.
The Journey That Saved Curious George: The True Wartime Escape of Margaret and H.A. Rey
The true story behind everyone’s favorite monkey is brought to life in this book that is sure to enchant children and adults alike. Borden recounts how Curious George’s creators, a German-born Jewish couple, escaped from Paris on homemade bicycles just hours before the Nazis invaded, with the manuscript for the future children’s classic on their backs, and made their way through Spain and Portugal to New York City. Borden’s own curiosity– sparked when she heard a brief reference to the Reys’ story ten years ago–compelled her to track down and research H. A. Rey’s daily diaries (written in three languages) and the couple’s letters, photographs, and other effects, and even retrace the artists’ steps through Europe. To learn more about Borden, a children’s book author with a verve for history, go to www.louiseborden.com.
Tuesday Afternoon at the China Wong Buffet
By Project Ruori (Paper Is Bad Records, Inc.)
In the spring of 2004, Steve Mokris ‘04 assembled over 50 actors, musicians, photographers, videographers, visual artists, programmers–all from the campus community–for two performances of Tuesday Afternoon, which in simplest terms can be described as a “multimedia performance-artwork opera.” It is probably safe to say that no two identical interpretations will result from this torrent of sight, sound, and psycho-challenge. The DVD features a recording of the original performance with a remixed soundtrack and new visual layers, which Mokris produced with the help of his art collaborative Project Ruori. As if this effort wasn’t enough, the untiring Mokris has continued developing open-source video software that Tuesday Afternoon employed, writing and performing electronic music, and helping Denison physics professor Prabasaj Paul study photonic crystals. More about Tuesday Afternoon, how to order it, and Mokris’s other artistic pursuits can be found at www.ruori.org.
Gone are the days when Denison’s campus radio station, WDUB, reached barely past the Licking County line on FM airwaves. The Doobie can now also be heard worldwide via Web stream at www. wdub.org. According to technical director Alex Green ‘06, the station’s managers saw the need to broadcast via the Internet as they noticed a growing number of students leave the radios at home and rely on iPods and computers for their listening pleasures. So Green and former station manager Lars Jornow ‘05 took the steps to begin streaming over the campus network last year, and this year the Computing Services Department gave the Doobie clearance to go global. “In the first few weeks of school, we have had listeners from St. Louis, Las Vegas, Toronto, Vietnam, and even Iraq, just to name a few,” Green reports. In addition to the station broadcast, visitors to wdub.org can find program schedules, station news, DJ profiles, photos, and more.
Moviegoers this summer were scared out of their wits by The Exorcism of Emily Rose, a film based on a real-life incident in Bavaria that former Denison anthropology professor Felicitas Goodman witnessed and wrote about in her 1981 book The Exorcism of Anneliese Michel. Known for her fluency in 15 languages, the ability to speak in tongues, and occasionally putting her students into trances, Goodman taught at Denison from 1968 to 1979. She died on March 30 at age 91.