Wesleyan Artists Bring the Heat Alongside tobi lou at “Rolling Wes”

March 3, 2020, by Nathan Kolodney, Contributing Writer. Leave a Comment

This past Thursday night, Malcolm X House put on its first ever “Rolling Wes” show, a concert in honor of Black History Month that paid homage to the famous Rolling Loud music festival. The show was a fantastic combination of hip-hop and R&B covers and original performances by an extremely talented set of Wesleyan artists, followed […]

Cross Talk: Lady Gaga Returns to Her Roots With “Stupid Love”

March 3, 2020, by Nathan Pugh, Tara Joy, Arts & Culture Editors. Leave a Comment

In a cross talk, two or more writers sit down to discuss a book, movie, TV show, or piece of art they both feel strongly about. Sometimes they disagree; other times, they’re in perfect harmony. Here, Arts & Culture Editors Tara Joy ’20 and Nathan Pugh ’21 discuss Lady Gaga’s brand new single “Stupid Love.” Nathan Pugh: […]

“BIG BIG A” Fills Zilkha with Humor and Absurdity

March 3, 2020, by Aiden Malanaphy, Staff Writer. Leave a Comment

Millie Kapp and Matt Shalzi, a New York based collaborative duo, debuted the performance art piece “BIG BIG A” on Thursday, Feb. 27th in the Zilkha Gallery. As part of a series surrounding Diane Simpson’s “Cardboard-Plus” exhibition, the work nudged social and artistic boundaries through a carefully-planned marriage of music, movement, speech, and visual art. […]

In “Fruits borne out of rust,” Five Japanese Artists Discover the Beauty Within Exhaustion

March 3, 2020, by Nathan Pugh, Assistant Arts & Culture Editor. Leave a Comment

“Picking up fragments of my existence, / Scotch tape provides a temporary fix / that I shape with twisted scissors,” sing Yusuke Awazu and Keisuke Tanaka in “Vague Ridgeline.” Not only did Awazu and Tanaka compose the song’s music and lyrics, they also performed it live last Friday at the University’s Center for the Arts […]

Taylor Swift Lets Her Mask Slip in “Miss Americana”—But Only Slightly

February 28, 2020, by Tara Joy, Arts & Culture Editor. Leave a Comment

One of the most memorable scenes in “Miss Americana,” the Netflix documentary about Taylor Swift released last month, occurs in the final third of the movie, as Swift watches footage she has just filmed for a music video. “Yeah, I have a really slappable face,” Swift says ruefully, going on to compare herself to a […]

“Miss Saigon” Tells Cautionary Tale of Asian Representation

February 27, 2020, by Will Lee, Staff Writer. 1 Comment

Described as “The Epic Love Story of Our Time,” “Miss Saigon,” which is currently touring around the United States, stands as one of the most critically acclaimed romantic musicals. The play is set in Saigon, now known as Ho Chi Minh City, during the Vietnam War. It revolves around a hopeless fling between Chris, an American […]

In “Corazones,” Six Latina Women Celebrate and Remember Their Community

February 27, 2020, by Nathan Pugh, Assistant Arts & Culture Editor. Leave a Comment

Underneath the multi-colored picado banners lining the WestCo Cafe, a six-woman chorus bursts forth from a white tent toward the audience. Each woman offers a different energy and dons a distinct style. Jeans painted with sunflowers, neon tank-tops, dangly earrings, bright stripes, and graphic T-shirts become a welcoming blur as they flash by. Each woman occupies […]

Cinefiles 2/26-2/29

February 24, 2020, by The Film Series Board, Contributing Writer. 1 Comment

It seems like we just began a new calendar at the Film Series, but here we are in our final week. Don’t worry, though, the Film Board has been working hard to curate a whole new slate of movies to enjoy upon our return from Spring Break! We begin our lineup this Wednesday with “Flawless,” […]

“Work in Progress” Blends Dark Humor and Smart Social Commentary

February 24, 2020, by Dani Smotrich-Barr, Arts & Culture Editors. Leave a Comment

It starts with almonds. 180, to be exact, lined up on the kitchen table of “Work in Progress” star and creator Abby McEnany, who plays the (mostly) autobiographical character Abby in the brilliantly dark new Showtime comedy. In the previous scene, self-proclaimed “fat queer dyke” Abby has sworn to her longtime therapist that she will kill […]

Tyehimba Jess Reads From Pulitzer Prize–Winning Poetry Collection “Olio”

February 24, 2020, by Steph Dukich, Staff Writer. Leave a Comment

On Wednesday, Feb. 24 Tyehimba Jess conducted a reading from his second collection of poetry, “Olio,” in Russell House. The collection, comprised of 14 poems, won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Throughout the reading and in the question and answer session that followed, Jess discussed the intentionality and historical motivation behind his work. Jess’ […]

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