Cinefiles 2/19 – 2/22

February 18, 2020, by The Film Series Board, Contributing Writers. Leave a Comment

This week’s films take us from 1932 to 2019, from Israel to New York, and from heists to heroes to hotels. On Wednesday, we start off our screenings with the romantic comedy “Born in Jerusalem and Still Alive,” which follows a young Israeli man working to overcome his fears with the help of an ex-Jerusalemite […]

Fear and Loathing in Anna Wiener’s “Uncanny Valley”

February 18, 2020, by Tara Joy, Arts & Culture Editor. Leave a Comment

“My impulse…had been to remove myself from my own life, to watch from the periphery and try to see the vectors, the scaffolding, the systems at play,” writes Anna Wiener in “Uncanny Valley,” her memoir of her time in the tech industry. “Psychologists might refer to this as dissociation; I considered it the sociological approach. […]

Wesleyan’s First Student-Run Opera Defies Genre—and Makes it Accessible

February 18, 2020, by Zoë Kaplan, Assistant Arts & Culture Editor. Leave a Comment

There’s a lot you might think of when you hear the term “opera,” whether it’s loud soprano women singing in foreign languages, or big sets and casts of 30 people or more. You might think of old stories with archaic themes, or three-plus-hour affairs with your grandparents. You might not think of a six-person cast […]

Q&A: Photography Professor Dannielle Bowman Discusses Her Work on NYT’s 1619 Project

February 17, 2020, by Dani Smotrich-Barr, Arts & Culture Editor. Leave a Comment

Dannielle Bowman is a visual artist working with photography. After receiving a BFA from the Cooper Union, she acquired an MFA in Photography from the Yale School of Art, where she was awarded the Richard Benson Prize. Bowman has been an Artist-in-Residence at the Center for Photography at Woodstock, as well as PICTURE BERLIN, in Berlin, […]

From Lovestruck to Lovelorn: Our Valentine’s Day Picks

February 14, 2020, by Nathan Pugh, Tara Joy, Zoë Kaplan, Arts & Culture Editors. Leave a Comment

Happy Valentine’s Day! It might be a polarizing holiday, but whether you’re shamelessly sentimental or sick of treacly love stories, The Argus is here to help you with your V-Day listening and viewing. If you love love… How Do You Love? (The Regrettes) Released last summer, The Regrettes’ How Do You Love? is a mix of […]

“WOODSLIPPER COUNTERCLATTER” Brings Auditory Complexity to Simpson Exhibit

February 14, 2020, by Aiden Malanaphy, Staff Writer. Leave a Comment

  Poet Susan Howe and musician David Grubbs performed “WOODSLIPPERCOUNTERCLATTER,” a collaborative piece blending piano, poetry, and field recording, on Tuesday, Feb. 11 in the Zilkha Gallery. The performance put fragmented stanzas from Howe’s 2017 collection “Debths” in conversation with Grubbs’ minimalist piano phrases and soundscapes emanating from a laptop situated between them. The concert’s setting—among […]

Changing Guards: How Streaming Transformed the Music Industry

February 14, 2020, by Will Lee, Contributing Writer. Leave a Comment

When Justin Bieber released his comeback single “Yummy” on Jan. 3, he expected the song to skyrocket up the Billboard 100 charts and debut at number one. After all, it seemed like a reasonable expectation to have. He’s one of the biggest artists of our generation, and in the past he demanded attention with every […]

In “The Voice in the Headphones,” David Grubbs Listens to the Musician and Audience

February 14, 2020, by Steph Dukich, Staff Writer. Leave a Comment

David Grubbs, Professor of Music at Brooklyn College and The Graduate Center, CUNY, conducted a reading from his upcoming book “The Voice in the Headphones” and his previous book “Now that the audience is assembled” on Tuesday, Feb. 11. Grubbs also discussed his other work, his writing process, and his upcoming projects.  “The Voice in […]

“The Goop Lab”: Fear, Hope, and Predatory Feminism

February 11, 2020, by Katie Livingston, Opinion Editor. Leave a Comment

When I first sat down to watch Netflix’s “The Goop Lab,” I must say that I was approaching it with all the empiricism of Gwyneth Paltrow’s Yoni Egg claims—which is to say, not much. I started the show not with an open mind, but with a sure sense that it would be “woo woo bullshit,” […]

Cinefiles 2/12-2/15

February 11, 2020, by , Contributing Writer. Leave a Comment

Our Contemporary Israeli Film Series continues this Wednesday with “God of the Piano,” the story of a mother’s expectations for her son. Then, love is in the air with three films depicting three very different relationships. First, we bring you “Medicine for Melancholy,” the acclaimed Moonlight director’s first feature, which takes us through 24 hours in […]

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