Category: A & E

Marvel Trades Ambition for Apathy With ‘WandaVision’

Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany) marry and live a seemingly idyllic suburban life in Marvel’s “WandaVision.” (Marvel Studios) It’s undeniable that Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has pulled off a plethora of improbable feats in the last 13 years. Whether it’s turning a talking tree into a pop culture phenomenon or making [...]

Visualizing the South: Fear and Loathing in North Carolina

Ever since the 1915 release of “The Birth of a Nation,” movies have maintained a deep, complex relationship with the American South. Filmmakers have stereotyped, valorized, misrepresented and parodied one of the most complicated regions of the country. Their visions, although radically different in perspective, tend to be reductive. This column will explore the many [...]

‘A Promised Land’ Provides Extensive Breakdown of Former President

In the preface to Barack Obama’s memoir “A Promised Land,” the former president states that this book is for young people who are hopeful about making the world a better place. Shortly after its release, the former president’s memoir became notorious within Generation Z for a paragraph where he explains his attempts to use philosophical [...]

The Art That Mattered in 2020

In 2020, art provided both an escape from reality and a way to see it anew. The Wheel asked several Arts & Entertainment writers to reflect on the art they connected with this year and received a mix of responses — from timeless classics, to new discoveries, to long-awaited releases and stumbled-upon favorites.  Frank Sheeran [...]

My Favorite Art During a Disaster Year

In 2020, art provided both an escape from reality and a way to see it anew. We asked several Arts & Entertainment writers to reflect on the art they connected with this year and received a mix of responses from old classics, new discoveries, long-awaited releases and stumbled-upon favorites. 1. All the movies I’ve been [...]

Contemporary Art Isn’t for Snobs and MASS MoCA Proves It

When one pictures the largest contemporary art museum in the world, they may think of a major metropolitan area, busy art galleries and erudite urban architects. The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) is far from that, however. It is a story about revitalization, reflection and the true meaning of “artistic process.” The documentary [...]

Year in Review: Best Music of 2020

This past year posed unprecedented challenges for many musicians, who could not perform live and thus lost the incentive to release new music. While some mainstream commercial artists sat 2020 out, plenty of exciting albums filled the limelight. In a year lacking physical connection, nostalgia was central to the musical experience; music transported listeners back [...]

Older (and Newer) Art That Helped Me Through 2020

In 2020, art provided both an escape from reality and a way to see it anew. We asked several Arts & Entertainment writers to reflect on the art they connected with over the past year and received a mix of responses from old classics, new discoveries, long-awaited releases and stumbled-upon favorites. 1. The Tiny Meat [...]

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Beach Bunny Is Done Playing the ‘Blame Game’

This article contains mentions of sexual harassment. 2021 is off to a rocking start with “Blame Game,” the fifth EP from Chicago indie-pop band Beach Bunny. Released on Jan. 15, the 4-track project is the latest EP since their critically-acclaimed debut studio album “Honeymoon.” Since frontwoman Lili Trifilio formed Beach Bunny in 2015, the band [...]

‘Artemisia’ National Gallery Tour Celebrates Female Artists and Academics

This review contains mentions of sexual assault.  The COVID-19 pandemic has seen musical artists performing over Zoom, Michelin-starred restaurants serving food in plastic to-go containers and mannequins replacing humans at professional sports games. Entertainment has certainly had to adapt and museums are no exception. The National Gallery of London set a fantastic example of this [...]

Fernanda Valadez’s ‘Identifying Features’ Is a Subtle Emotional Odyssey

When I started “Identifying Features,” a story of a mother searching for her missing son, I expected an overtly dramatic ride. However, what surprised me most was how much ground the film covers in an understated manner. Despite its heavy themes of grief, our desire for closure and the struggle for survival, the film rarely [...]

4 African American Icons and a Night to Remember

Regina King’s “One Night in Miami” is a gripping mediation on race in America from the perspective of four African American icons of the 1960s: civil rights leader Malcolm X, legendary soul singer Sam Cooke, NFL Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown and heavyweight boxing champion Cassius Clay (later known as Muhammad Ali). One [...]

Nobody Should Listen to ‘Nobody is Listening’

With a dramatic 2015 departure from One Direction and the release of his stellar contemplative debut album “Mind of Mine” in the same year, few artists have made a name for themselves so early in their careers in the way that Zayn Malik did. Unfortunately, since “Mind of Mine,” Malik has twice failed to prove [...]

Marvel Trades Ambition for Apathy With ‘WandaVision’

Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany) marry and live a seemingly idyllic suburban life in Marvel’s “WandaVision.” (Marvel Studios) It’s undeniable that Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has pulled off a plethora of improbable feats in the last 13 years. Whether it’s turning a talking tree into a pop culture phenomenon or making [...]

Visualizing the South: Fear and Loathing in North Carolina

Ever since the 1915 release of “The Birth of a Nation,” movies have maintained a deep, complex relationship with the American South. Filmmakers have stereotyped, valorized, misrepresented and parodied one of the most complicated regions of the country. Their visions, although radically different in perspective, tend to be reductive. This column will explore the many [...]

‘A Promised Land’ Provides Extensive Breakdown of Former President

In the preface to Barack Obama’s memoir “A Promised Land,” the former president states that this book is for young people who are hopeful about making the world a better place. Shortly after its release, the former president’s memoir became notorious within Generation Z for a paragraph where he explains his attempts to use philosophical [...]

The Art That Mattered in 2020

In 2020, art provided both an escape from reality and a way to see it anew. The Wheel asked several Arts & Entertainment writers to reflect on the art they connected with this year and received a mix of responses — from timeless classics, to new discoveries, to long-awaited releases and stumbled-upon favorites.  Frank Sheeran [...]

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