Our roundup of upcoming events at Dudley House, the GSAS graduate student center
Walk for Hunger
Sunday, May 4, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
Fred Astaire Birthday Festival: Pygmalion, Partners, and Petrov
Friday, May 9, 12:00 noon – 10:00 p.m., Graduate Student Lounge, Dudley House
Our annual day and night celebration of Fred Astaire’s Birthday (he was born May 10, 1899 and would be 115 this year!) will be held this year on the day before his birthday. The Timeless Mr. Astaire will weave his spell with two of his favorite partners, Ginger Rogers and Cyd Charisse. This year’s movies bring us hints of Russia, Svengali, and Pygmalion, danced to the music of the Gershwins, Cole Porter, Harry Warren, and Jerome Kern. Come in anytime…have a Ginger Float, sip Fred Water, enjoy birthday cake, and other treats.
12:15 p.m. The Barkleys of Broadway (1949, 109 min.) From the Era of Great MGM musicals. This is the last film Fred and Ginger made together, after a 10 year separation. Wonderful script by Comden and Green, music by Harry Warren and Ira Gershwin.
2:15 p.m. Silk Stockings (1957, 117 min.) A musical version of the classic film Ninotchka. Soviet politics and rigidity are no match for Paris and Fred Astaire. Cyd Charisse is a great partner. Wonderful music by Cole Porter.
Birthday Cake and Coffee will be served after the film.
5 p.m. Short Documentary about Astaire and Rogers
6 p.m. Roberta (1935, 106 min.) Paris continues to charm the Russians. Fred meets old friend Ginger and love follows. Fashion shows, fabulous dance numbers, and beautiful music by Jerome Kern are highlights.
7:45 p.m. Shall We Dance (1937, 109 min.) Fred is Petrov, a dancer with the Russian ballet who really wants to be a hoofer and marry Ginger! Great music by George and Ira Gershwin
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 House. RSVP by May 26.
Boat Ride on the Charles River
Saturday, May 10, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.