“Barry” Mixes Bleak Violence With Goofy Humor

May 7, 2018, by Henry Spiro, Arts and Culture Editor . Leave a Comment

“Hitman discovers his passion for acting” is not exactly a compelling story premise. It sounds like fertile ground for broad, uninteresting comedy with unrealistic scenarios and characters who are hard to believe in. And yet, show creators Bill Hader and Alec Berg took that premise and turned it into a remarkable show. “Barry” is part […]

Beyondless is Carefully Orchestrated Disorder

May 7, 2018, by Connor Aberle, Arts & Culture Editor. Leave a Comment

Beyondless is the fourth studio album from Danish punk band Iceage. Few bands have the power that Iceage has to suck in a listener into their wildly cacophonous noise. Beyondless is infectious for being paradoxically discordant and harmonious at the same time. On first listen, Iceage is unpredictable and it is impossible to stop listening. […]

Armchair Art Critics: Five Takes on Rabineau ’20’s Usdan Creation

May 7, 2018, by Connor Aberle, Henry Spiro, Tara Joy, Viviane Eng, Arts & Culture Editors and Staff Writer. Leave a Comment

There’s something wrong with one of the armchairs in Usdan. Upholstered in blue fabric and tucked away from the coffee line, the chair first strikes passersby by dint of merely being out of place: It sits adjacent to the glass case of student art as opposed to mingling with the other couches and chairs in […]

“Life is a Dream” Explores Freedom, Fate, and Family

May 7, 2018, by Mae Davies, Staff Writer. Leave a Comment

With both “Rhinoceros” and “Life is a Dream” going up this past weekend, philosophical contemplations took center stage at Wesleyan. After the wildness of “Rhinoceros” was over, I made my way to the Center for the Arts (CFA) Theater to see the Theater Department’s take on Pedro Calderón de la Barca’s 1636 allegorical play. “Life is […]

Saga Prioritizes Accessibility and Innovation

May 4, 2018, by Emmy Hughes, Features Editor. Leave a Comment

I was never the kind of kid who read graphic novels—it always seemed to me to be a world that I just couldn’t break into. Every time I got my feet wet, I would run into someone who had such an intimidatingly deep well of knowledge about Watchmen or Spiderman that I figured I could […]

“Kid Gorgeous” is John Mulaney’s Best Set Yet

May 3, 2018, by Henry Spiro, Arts & Culture Editor . Leave a Comment

John Mulaney is rarely, contrary to what he might believe, a disappointment. The stand-up comedian has been a consistently entertaining performer. His time as a writer on “SNL” produced some of the show’s greatest recurring sketches, from Weekend Update correspondent Stefon to elderly news anchor Herb Welch. Mulaney’s writing was consistently sharp and hilarious. His […]

“Rhinoceros” Explores Ideology Though Surreal Bestial Allegory

May 3, 2018, by Connor Aberle, Arts & Culture Editor. Leave a Comment

Theater often speaks to political reality, but few plays examine both politics and reality more overtly than “Rhinoceros.”  As if the text wasn’t confusing and disorienting enough, this Second Stage production uses lighting and sound that make the room feel like it’s spinning. The play explores the spread of oppressive ideology in Paris using absurdism. […]

The “Avengers: Infinity War” Punches Above Its Weight

April 30, 2018, by Henry Spiro, Arts and Culture Editor . Leave a Comment

Warning: this article may contain minor spoilers. “Avengers: Infinity War,” should not have worked as a film, at all. The idea of putting literally dozens of characters into a single movie should have led to an artistic disaster, a film that’s more confusing than it is entertaining, in which none of the characters get enough […]

Cinefiles 5/2–5/5

April 30, 2018, by Beatrix Herriott O'Gorman and Julia Levine, Film Board. Leave a Comment

We hope you’ve enjoyed the calendars we’ve designed throughout this academic year, and we think we’ve made substantial strides in showcasing the works of diverse individuals from around the world. We can always do more of course, and inclusivity is something that motivates us. We are already bouncing up and down with glee at the […]

Are You There, Kanye? It’s Me, Connor.

April 30, 2018, by Connor Aberle, Arts & Culture Editor. Leave a Comment

The best quote ever spoken on PBS was “George Bush doesn’t care about Black people.” It’s also the most radical sentence ever aired on the network. The show-stopping words leapt from the mouth of Kanye West in 2005 during a fundraiser for Hurricane Katrina victims. These few words, as they passed the lips of the […]

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