Category: A & E

Bisa Butler Weaves a Narrative: Textiles as Portraiture

Among the sins of the art world, few are as awful as intentional exclusion and marginalization of minorities. For centuries, both the medium of textiles and the narratives of people of color have been systematically excluded from the top-tier of the art historical canon, which has largely been dominated by oil paintings and classical sculpture [...]

‘Promises’: A Potent Meditation on Ambient Spiritual Jazz

Filled with flashes of glee, regret, depression, regretful change and optimistic hope, “Promises'' is a serene meditation on these momentary and impressionistic waves of emotion, embodying a cathartic exercise in free jazz supplemented with classical and analog-synth orchestrations. This groundbreaking collaboration between the DJ Floating Points, jazz pioneer Pharoah Sanders and the London Symphony Orchestra [...]

Beverly Cleary Dies at 104, Leaves Vibrant Literary Legacy

On March 26, HarperCollins Publishers reported that author Beverly Cleary had passed away the day prior. My family members replied to my text about her passing within minutes, expressing their grief and surprise. My brothers and I grew up alongside her characters Henry, Beezus and Ramona, and we simply could not imagine that Cleary’s fictional [...]

Mindell Presents Touching, Heartbreaking Approximation of Shakespeare

“The Merchant of Venice'' is Shakespeare’s most anti-semitic work, but writer D.A. Mindell (22C) and director Elizabeth Johnson (17Ox, 19C) used that tension to craft a beautiful story about what it means to be Jewish during the Holocaust. Mindell’s play, titled “‘The Merchant of Venice’ by William Shakespeare (or at least our best approximation),” focuses [...]

Xiu Xiu’s album ‘OH NO’ is an OH YES

Two years after the release of Xiu Xiu’s last album “Girl with Basket of Fruit,” the band has returned with new genre-bending music. The experimental rock group, led by singer Jamie Stewart alongside Angela Seo, is known for their electronic melodies and avant-garde lyricism. While their newest album “OH NO” doesn’t veer away from these [...]

After a Cloudy Sixth Season, ‘Superstore’ Ends on Heartwarming Note

This review contains spoilers. In a classic sitcom premise, “Superstore” captured an oddball group of coworkers, each misfit stranger and funnier than the last. Over the past six seasons, we’ve seen an attempted cat-murder over a wedding, a proposal that started as a fake robbery and countless other chaotic moments. Yet the show also grapples [...]

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Brockhampton Relay Past and Present Pains on ‘Roadrunner: New Light, New Machine’

Brockhampton has never been a traditional boy band. This statement may seem eye-rollingly obvious to fans, but the group’s subversion of expectations goes beyond their hip hop influences and commercial independence. While other boy bands often impart vague emotional platitudes in their lyrics, Kevin Abstract and company deliver a specificity and honesty more characteristic of [...]

Art Exhibit ‘That Breeze Just Keeps Blowing Over Me’ Blew Me Away

While professors use lectures to demonstrate their expertise to students, they often convey their true virtuosity in creative projects, groundbreaking research, papers and studies outside of the classroom. Visual arts professor Dana Haugaard is no exception. Haugaard is a practicing artist who regularly exhibits his work nationally and locally, and I was lucky to attend [...]

The Louvre Online: Museums’ Virtual Presence Raises Appeal and Access

The world’s largest art museum is sure to set a precedent, and that is exactly what the Louvre has done. On March 26, the Louvre announced that they have placed all 480,000 plus pieces of their collection on an online platform, allowing anybody with internet access to view any artworks from the museum’s eight collections. [...]

Ishiguro’s ‘Klara and the Sun’ Views a World Through a Robot’s Eyes

Kazuo Ishiguro’s latest novel “Klara and the Sun” (2021) and William Blake’s “Milton” (1810) have something unexpected in common: a preoccupation with a flat earth. Ishiguro’s protagonist Klara, an artificially intelligent robot, is obsessed with the sun. She loves watching the sun rise and set, and she is fascinated by the patterns of light on [...]

In Memory of DMX, One of Rap’s Most Tortured Figures

Visit nearly any hip-hop forum on the internet, and you’ll find someone mentioning the fact that The Notorious B.I.G., Jay-Z, Busta Rhymes and DMX all went to the same high school at the same time. While stories abound of lunchtime rap battles, the bigger picture of these four MCs in relation to one another is [...]

Bisa Butler Weaves a Narrative: Textiles as Portraiture

Among the sins of the art world, few are as awful as intentional exclusion and marginalization of minorities. For centuries, both the medium of textiles and the narratives of people of color have been systematically excluded from the top-tier of the art historical canon, which has largely been dominated by oil paintings and classical sculpture [...]

‘Promises’: A Potent Meditation on Ambient Spiritual Jazz

Filled with flashes of glee, regret, depression, regretful change and optimistic hope, “Promises'' is a serene meditation on these momentary and impressionistic waves of emotion, embodying a cathartic exercise in free jazz supplemented with classical and analog-synth orchestrations. This groundbreaking collaboration between the DJ Floating Points, jazz pioneer Pharoah Sanders and the London Symphony Orchestra [...]

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