McLeod ’19’s Photo Exhibit Captures a Contentious National Monument

February 21, 2019, by Tara Joy, Arts & Culture Editor . Leave a Comment

Combining deft landscape photography and a deceptively complex subject, a recent photo exhibit on the Bears Ears National Monument, which went up this Monday in the University’s Zilkha Gallery, is worth seeing before it comes down at the end of the week. The exhibit features photographs that Fiona McLeod ’19 took while conducting field research in the […]

MuHo Concert Seeks to Revitalize Wesleyan’s Music Scene

February 21, 2019, by Dani Smotrich-Barr, Luke Goldstein, Assistant Arts & Culture Editor and Arts & Culture Editor . Leave a Comment

This Friday, Music House will be hosting a concert full of new and returning acts spanning across a range of funk, punk, and soul genres. Scheduled the day of a campus town hall meeting to address the perceived death of the campus music scene over the past year, this weekend’s concert aims to bring some new […]

“One Flower Cut in Half”: Poetry from Kevin Le ’19

February 21, 2019, by , . Leave a Comment

1. One flower cut in half: He loves me, he loves me not, he loves me;   2. Water collects in the blue-eyed grass;   3. Joined together by a point, The initials of two boys touch:   As from the curving of two straight lines A heartbeat appears on a graph—   4. I […]

The Case Against The Oscars

February 21, 2019, by Henry Spiro, Arts & Culture Editor . Leave a Comment

Does anybody remember “The Artist”? That homage to vintage Hollywood? You know the one—filmed in black and white, entirely silent, lots of delightful dance numbers? The cutesy throwback to when films weren’t so obnoxiously loud? No? You don’t remember it? But that’s entirely impossible. “The Artist” took home the Oscar for Best Picture; it was […]

“Middletown” Is a Sharply Existential Take on Small-Town Life

February 19, 2019, by Tara Joy, Arts & Culture Editor. Leave a Comment

“The main street is called Main Street, the side streets are named after trees,” a police officer (Marcos Pinto-Leite ’22) tells the audience of “Middletown,” describing the play’s titular setting. “Things are fairly predictable. People come, people go. Crying, by the way, in both directions.” This mixture of gentle banality and nonchalant observations on the […]

“A Doll’s House, Part 3” Critiques for Critique’s Sake, but Humorously

February 18, 2019, by Dani Smotrich-Barr, Assistant Arts & Culture Editor . Leave a Comment

Lucas Hnath’s critically acclaimed 2017 play “A Doll’s House, Part 2” was a conceptual sequel to the 1879 play “A Doll’s House,” written by Henrik Ibsen. In Michael + Patrick’s “A Doll’s House Part 3,” Michael Breslin and Patrick Foley conjure what is less a twist on the past two plays than a self-aware and gloriously […]

Ken Jeong Brings His Manic Energy to the Dull “You Complete Me, Ho”

February 18, 2019, by Henry Spiro, Arts & Culture Editor . Leave a Comment

I’ve long been a fan of Ken Jeong. His energetic and eccentric performances in “The Hangover” and “Community” were always delightful, a source of non-stop humor as he consistently found ways to top his last, utterly bonkers joke. Still, I couldn’t help but be apprehensive when I discovered that he’d be doing a stand-up special […]

Thank U, Next Balances Absolute Confidence and Pure Vulnerability

February 14, 2019, by Angel Santana, Staff Writer. Leave a Comment

Last Friday, Ariana Grande released her highly anticipated fifth studio album, thank u, next. The album comes only six months after Grande’s previous album, Sweetener. During this time, the pop star’s life has changed drastically. In September, her ex-boyfriend, the talented rapper Mac Miller, passed away from a drug overdose. Grande has publicly discussed the difficulties […]

Beirut’s Gallipoli is a Ghostly Invocation of Place

February 14, 2019, by Dani Smotrich-Barr, Assistant Arts & Culture Editor . Leave a Comment

Beirut’s album Gallipoli, which was released on February 1, does not venture into territory that is particularly new for the band, which is fronted by Zach Condon and a rotating cast of exceptionally talented instrumentalists. But the album is impressive in that it does something that few other artists in the indie genre even attempt; […]

Cross Talk: Netflix’s “High Flying Bird” Weaves Together Sports and Politics

February 14, 2019, by Luke Goldstein, Will Jacobson, Arts & Culture Editor, Staff Writer . Leave a Comment

Will Jacobson ’20: “High Flying Bird,” released on Netflix last Friday, is the latest film by Steven Soderbergh, the prolific auteur who is known for his subversion of Hollywood norms as much as he is for his actual films. It follows Ray Burke (Andre Holland), a savvy basketball agent who sees two steps ahead of all […]

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