“Quarentimes” Draws Attention to the Silver Linings of Social Distancing

April 9, 2020, by Emma Smith, Features Editor. Leave a Comment

In the time of the coronavirus pandemic, visiting news sources or social media almost inevitably results in feelings of dread, anxiety, and uncertainty. But according to juniors Olivia Crowell and Jaclyn Lore-Edwards, it doesn’t have to be that way. As two film majors with a little extra time on their hands, Crowell and Lore-Edwards have […]

Pandemic Reading List: Books to Help You Survive Social Distancing

April 2, 2020, by Tara Joy, Arts & Culture Editor. Leave a Comment

Hello Argus readers! These are strange times indeed. I hope that wherever you are, you’re staying safe and finding ways to avoid being overcome by boredom and/or dread. Perhaps you’ve already exhausted everything that Netflix has to offer and you’re now looking for more analog forms of entertainment. If so, here are some books that I […]

“Little Constructions” Is a Fever Dream of Tangled Familial Relationships

April 2, 2020, by Sarah Bazarian, Contributing Writer. Leave a Comment

Content warning: sexual and physical violence. Picture this scene: two men in a gun shop—one the owner, the other a friend—having a pretty regular conversation. A crazed woman suddenly comes crashing in, demanding to buy an assault rifle. After some argument, she leaps over the counter, takes her desired weapon, grabs the wrong ammunition, throws […]

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 […]

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