As the Dartmouth community's cultural and entertainment center, "The Hop" offers a varied menu of artistic tastes. Performances at the Hopkins Center range from traditional Native American dance to experimental contemporary music drama to classic standards of the theatrical and musical repertoire. A catalogue of events is published and sent to you before the beginning of each term.
For information on upcoming events, see the Performances page or call the Box Office at (603) 646-2422.
The Dartmouth Department of Theatre usually offers at least one major production each term.
You can count on performances each term by a number of college-affiliated groups, including the Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra, the Handel Society, the Dartmouth Wind Ensemble, the Dartmouth Gospel Choir, the Barbary Coast Jazz Ensemble, the World Music Percussion Ensemble, Chamber Singers, and Glee Club. In addition, faculty performers such as Sally Pinkas, a highly renowned and awarded pianist, appear regularly.
Companies specializing in modern, jazz, and contemporary dance theater often come to the Hop. In addition, there is a major student production in the spring. Those interested in taking classes (all levels of experience) will find these offered through the Hopkins Center Dance Program.
The most economical way to take advantage of the Hop's numerous productions is to work as an usher. Your duties are simply to arrive early to a performance and for the half hour before a show begins, greet patrons and show them to their seats. For more information on being an usher, visit the Volunteer Usher Program page.
Dartmouth's principal art gallery is small but exquisite. The Hood Museum houses a choice permanent collection which includes some beautiful examples of the Western artistic tradition in painting and sculpture, as well as numerous ancient, Asiatic, and African works. A large section of the museum is devoted to American artists, with particular attention to works relating to Dartmouth and Northern New England. In addition to the permanent collection, there are usually two temporary exhibits of a more thematic nature on the museum's second floor. For more information, you can reach the Hood Museum at 646-2808. Admission to all exhibits is free.
The Hopkins Center maintains several workshops available for use by all students (woodworking, ceramics, and jewelry). The hours of the individual workshops vary. Instruction is also available at all workshops.
Located in Hanover, the Nugget shows first-run flicks, plus a wide variety of more obscure films.
Located in West Lebanon, Entertainment Cinemas shows popular films.
Each term a series of films revolving around a common theme is presented by the Dartmouth Film Society (DFS), an organization of Dartmouth community cinemaphiles that is dedicated to entertaining, outraging, and broadening the horizons of its audience.
Last Updated: 3/11/14