A Hokie Hi Event: Demetri Martin

Saturday, August 26, 2017, 7:30 PM

TOPICS

  • Stand-up comedy
  • Political satire
  • Irony
  • Illustration
  • Music

ASPIRATIONS FOR STUDENT LEARNING

  • Curiosity
  • Self-Understanding and Integrity

FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE, COMMON BOOK THEMES

  • Education
  • Context
  • Decision Making
  • Power of Information and Stories

PATHWAYS LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • Discourse
  • Quantitative and Computational Thinking
  • Critique and Practice in Design and the Arts
  • Critical Thinking in the Humanities

VT CONNECTIONS

  • Architecture + Design
  • Cinema
  • Communication
  • English
  • Human Development
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Studio Art
  • Teaching and Learning
  • Theatre

RESOURCES

  • "Demetri Martin On His Directorial Debut: 'I Felt Compelled To Share Something Personal' ." Here & Now, WBUR, 30 May 2017., wbur.org/hereandnow/2017/05/30/demetri-martin. Accessed 18 July 2017.
  • Martin, Demetri, Actor. Demetri Martin - Standup Comedian. - Fog Machine. Demetri Martin, YouTube, 2012, youtube.com/watch?v=QOxzieqlxnA. Accessed 18 July 2017.
  • Martin, Demetri. Demetri Martin, 2013, live.demetrimartin.com. Accessed 18 July 2017.
  • Martin, Demetri. Point Your Face at This: Drawings. New York, Grand Central Publishing, 2013.

QUESTIONS

  •  View some of the illustrations that are featured in Demetri Martin’s Point Your Face at This: Drawings or on his website. How would you describe his style? How does his style as an illustrator relate to or stray from his style as a stand-up comedian and musician?
  • Watch the excerpt of Demetri Martin’s stand-up routine, Fog Machine, then listen to his interview on WBUR’s Here & Now. What roles do authenticity and vulnerability play in his work as a stand-up comedian, writer, illustrator, and (now) director? As a viewer, how would you describe the experience of encountering “something personal,” as Martin puts it, compared to his comedic persona?
  • Choose one of Demetri Martin’s stand-up jokes or illustrations that is particularly impactful to you. What does it make you think and feel? Why?

 

 

Season Opener: Tango Buenos Aires

The Spirit of Argentina

Friday, September 22, 2017, 7:30 PM

TOPICS

  • Argentina
  • Tango
  • Cross-cultural influence

ASPIRATIONS FOR STUDENT LEARNING

  • Curiosity
  • Self-Understanding and Integrity
  • Courageous Leadership

FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE, COMMON BOOK THEMES

  • Community Development
  • Education
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Context
  • Leadership
  • Power of Information and Stories

PATHWAYS LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • Critique and Practice in Design and the Arts
  • Reasoning in the Social Sciences
  • Critical Thinking in the Humanities
  • Intercultural and Global Awareness

VT CONNECTIONS

  • Alliance for Social, Political, Ethical, and Cultural Thought (ASPECT)
  • Art History
  • Cinema
  • Foreign Languages and Literatures
  • Geography
  • History
  • International Studies
  • Material Culture and Public Humanities
  • Music
  • Religion and Culture
  • Sociology
  • Theatre

RESOURCES

QUESTIONS

  • In the resource “Biography, Tango Buenos Aires,” read the section titled “The Tango” to learn more about the history of the dance form. In what ways were the cross-cultural and social roots of tango evident in the performance? Be specific in describing what you saw and heard.
  • Read Amy Cunningham’s Carlos Gardel: The King of Tango. How did the performance further inform or impact your understanding of Gardel as described in Cunningham’s piece?
  • Participate in the post-performance tango lesson in the Cube, taught by Sapphire Ballroom and Dance Center of Christiansburg. How did the experience of dancing the tango compare with viewing it as an audience member? What did the hands-on experience teach you about yourself?