“Keeping Up With The Kardashians” Season 17 Brings Stronger Relationships, More North

October 11, 2019, by Jane Herz, Assistant Arts & Culture Editor. Leave a Comment

In the words of Caitlyn Jenner, “I had it all, and then I met Kris.”  And, to be quite honest, that’s exactly how I’ve been feeling about Season 17 of “Keeping Up With The Kardashians.” Not that Kris Jenner is ruining my life or anything, but she may be coming close.  In my humble opinion, […]

In “Forever Seeing New Beauties,” Kahn Unearths the Work of an Unappreciated Impressionist

October 11, 2019, by Dani Smotrich-Barr, Arts & Culture Editor. Leave a Comment

“There is a punch line to this story,” art historian Eve M. Kahn promises in the first sentence of “Forever Seeing New Beauties: The Forgotten Impressionist Mary Rogers Williams, 1857-1907.” The art book, which was published by Wesleyan University Press this past September, is the first time that the largely unknown artist Williams has been […]

How “A Strange Loop” Helps Me Negotiate Not Belonging in Musical Theater

October 11, 2019, by Nathan Pugh, Assistant Arts & Culture Editor. Leave a Comment

Falling out of love is always going to be a painful process. It feels like an invalidation of who you used to be, as if your past self was too foolish or young to know any better. On further reflection it also can feel like a gutting betrayal, a waste of your precious resources: your […]

In “Talking to Strangers,” Malcolm Gladwell Talks Forever, Says Little

October 8, 2019, by Tara Joy, Arts & Culture Editor. Leave a Comment

I might as well get the embarrassing part of this review out of the way right off the bat: I used to be pretty obsessed with Malcolm Gladwell. To be fair, the last time I read and enjoyed anything by the wildly successful pop social science writer—who has come under fire for cherry-picking, oversimplifying, and […]

Cinefiles 10/9-10/12

October 8, 2019, by The Film Series Board, Contributing Writers. Leave a Comment

It’s hard to believe that we’re already nearing the end of our first Film Series calendar of the semester! We begin this final stretch with a meditative drama about a family seeking safety in the midst of conflict in Colombia. Next, we move to a story of family and basketball directed by Spike Lee at […]

Yerushalmy’s “Paramodernities” Deconstructs Iconic Works of Choreography

October 8, 2019, by Claire Femano, Contributing Writer. Leave a Comment

Content Warning: Sexual violence On Friday, Oct. 4, Wesleyan’s CFA theater hosted the Connecticut Premiere of New York City-based dance artist Netta Yerushalmy’s show “Paramodernities.” The show is composed of six dance performances, which are based on the deconstruction of iconic modern choreographies. These were performed while the contributions of writers—whose work on dance history […]

Professor’s Playlist: Bach and Daniel Johnston

October 7, 2019, by Dani Smotrich-Barr, Jane Herz, Arts and Culture Editor and Assistant Arts and Culture Editor. Leave a Comment

Looking for some new music to listen to? Well, look no further, your professors just might have the answer. In this week’s Professor’s Playlist, we get a closer look into what three of our favorite professors have been playing. Andrea Roberts, Associate Professor of the Practice in Chemistry Cantata 6 and Cantata 179, Johann Sebastian […]

Staying On Key: Student Songwriters Discuss Their Craft

October 4, 2019, by Lilly Gitlitz, Contributing Writer. Leave a Comment

On my third day here at Wesleyan, amid the chaos of orientation, I sat outside of Usdan, anxiously awaiting my turn to perform an original song at the open mic. Growing up in a community where being a songwriter was a novel concept, I was absolutely in awe of the volume of exquisite, individualistic songwriters […]

“God’s Ear” Is a Fragmented Exploration of Tension and Grief

October 4, 2019, by Kate Ciolkowski-Winters, Contributing Writer. Leave a Comment

A quick Google search in preparation for this weekend’s student production of “God’s Ear”—which opened yesterday in the ’92 Theater—afforded me the expectation that the show would be another coming-of-age story so easily identifiable to the 21st century eye. Within minutes of the start of the show, this misconception was powerfully dispelled. “God’s Ear” follows […]

Cross Talk: Parsing the Legacy of “Transparent”

October 4, 2019, by Dani Smotrich-Barr, Nathan Pugh, Arts & Culture Editor and Assistant Arts & Culture Editor. Leave a Comment

In “Crosstalks,” two 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, Assistant Arts & Culture Editor Nathan Pugh ’21 and Arts & Culture Editor Dani Smotrich-Barr ’20 discuss the last season of “Transparent.”   DSB: […]

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