Imitation Is the Sincerest Form of Flattery at the Battle of the Cover Bands

February 24, 2020, by Nathan Kolodney, Contributing Writer. Leave a Comment

Electric guitar filled Music House as the Battle of The Cover Bands commenced at around 10 p.m. last Friday night. Flashing lights and abstract wall art set the scene for this much-anticipated event, as over one hundred Wesleyan students packed themselves into a small room to watch the first group, Blondish—a Blondie cover band—hit the stage. […]

Cross Talk: “BoJack Horseman” and What It Means to Move Forward

February 21, 2020, by Emmy Hughes, Tara Joy, Jesse Sandler, Executive Editor, Arts & Culture Editor, Contributing Writer. Leave a Comment

In a cross talk, two (or in this case, three!) 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 Editor Tara Joy ’20, Contributing Writer Jesse Sandler ’20, and Executive Editor Emmy Hughes ’20 […]

Music, Faculty, and Students Come Together to Celebrate Beethoven’s 250th Birthday

February 21, 2020, by Dani Smotrich-Barr, Arts & Culture Editor. Leave a Comment

Tonight at 7:30 p.m., the University Music Department will host “Beethoven’s 250th Birthday Bash,” in Crowell Concert Hall. The concert program will include several of Beethoven’s pieces, complimented by selections by the Indian composer Tyagaraja, as well as original pieces by graduate student composers Aliya Ultan’s and Stuart Wheeler. The concert is particularly significant because it […]

“I Lost My Body”: A Questionable Love Plot Mars a Triumph of French Animation

February 21, 2020, by Trent Babington, Assistant Opinion Editor. Leave a Comment

CW: Gore, stalking. A movie that involves both a severed hand and a love story seems destined for tonal havoc. But “I Lost My Body,” a new animated film by French director Jérémy Clapin, manages to thread the needle—almost. This Oscar-nominated, Cannes-prize-winning film tells the story of Naoufel (Hakim Faris), a Moroccan-French pizza delivery boy […]

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 […]

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 […]

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