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Year-End Dudley Events: FredFest and More

Posted Monday, 07 May 2012

Dudley Review Launch Party
Thursday, May 3, 8-10 p.m., Fireside Room. Celebrate the launch of the 18th issue of the Dudley Review. We’ll be toasting our 2012 prizewinners and contributors, handing out copies of the Review, and enjoying some wine and cheese.


FredFest 2012: The Annual Fred Astaire Birthday Festival
Friday, May 4, 12 p.m., Graduate Student Lounge.  Our annual day/night celebration of Fred Astaire’s birthday (he was born May 10, 1899) will follow the theme of “transformations” and will, of course, feature the great dancing, singing, comedy, drama, partners, and music that make Astaire the preeminent American entertainer. Come anytime starting at noon for films and refreshments (including Fred water, Ginger floats, and birthday cake).


FredFest Schedule
12 p.m. The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle (1939. 93 min.). The last film that Fred and Ginger made in the 1930s, a tribute to two other elegant entertainers who revolutionized social dancing. A wonderful period piece and a moving finish to the RKO Fred and Ginger series.

 2 p.m. The Sky’s the Limit (1943, 89 min). Sometimes described as a “noir musical,” it was filmed during WWII and captures the atmosphere of life at the home front while pilots are on leave from dangerous missions. Fred teams with Joan Leslie, gives one of his greatest dramatic performances, and performs a breathtaking solo to “One For My Baby and One More For the Road.”

Birthday cake and coffee will be served after the film.


4 p.m. Follow the Fleet (1936, 110 min.). Fred’s in the navy, Ginger is a dance hall hostess, they were once partners and reconnect again with electric results! Marvelous dancing and wonderful Irving Berlin music make this movie great fun indeed.


6 p.m. Roberta (1935, 101 minutes). Fred and Ginger catch up with each other in Paris. Fred’s buddy (Randolph Scott) inherits a fashion house and the clash of tastes begins. Russian emigrés, Paris fashions, amazing dance numbers, and magical moments create a film that is a very special treat.


8 p.m. Funny Face (1957, 103 minutes). Audrey Hepburn is a Greenwich Village bookworm transformed into a high fashion model by magazine editor Kay Thompson, photographer Fred Astaire, and …Paris! Gershwin music and fabulous Paris settings contribute to the delight.


Dudley Duo: Spring Concerts
Saturday, May 5, 7 p.m., Main Dining Room. The Dudley House Choir presents Americana! Choral Music from the Sacred, Folk, and Classical Traditions. Featuring pieces by Aaron Copland, Samuel Barber, Charles Ives, and others. Contact director This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions.


Dudley Duo: Spring Concerts
Sunday, May 6, 8 p.m., Main Dining Room. The Dudley World Music Ensemble presents an eclectic spring concert of musical stylings ranging from Irish folk and flamenco to 60s psychedelic rock and postrock. Brief reception follows. The Dudley World Music Ensemble is a 9-piece graduate student run band dedicated to arranging and performing songs from various modern and old music traditions.


Walk for Hunger
Sunday, May 6, 9a.m. - 1 p.m., Dudley House public service is participating again this year in the Walk for Hunger, one of Boston's largest fundraisers, so please join our team! About the Walk: Massachusetts has one of the widest income gaps of any state in the nation. Those on the wrong side of this gap tend to be isolated in communities that lack the capacity, resources, and hope to put enough nutritious food on their tables to build better futures for their children.  If we walk together and raise money, we will help Project Bread support more than 450 emergency food programs in 129 communities. And, it will be fun! There is food, water, and entertainment along the route for us. Last year, 42,000 Walkers took to the streets to help end hunger in Massachusetts! Please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you'd like to join.


Film Screening: Ghost in the Shell 2
Friday, May 11, 6-9 p.m., Graduate Student Lounge. Ghost in the Shell 2, known as Innocence (イノセンス) in Japan, is a 2004 computer animated science fiction film and sequel to the film, Ghost in the Shell. Appropriate for kids and adults, The movie is filled with references to fantasy, philosophy and Zen and addresses aesthetic and moral questions.


House Master’s Reception for Graduating Students
Wednesday, May 23, 4-6 p.m., Masters Jim and Doreen Hogle invite graduating students and their guests to a festive reception at Dudley. Please RSVP by May 21.