Cross Talk: “Normal People” Adapts Novel With Subtlety and Tenderness

May 8, 2020, by Tara Joy, Zoë Kaplan, Arts & Culture Editor, Assistant Arts & Culture Editor. Leave a Comment

In a cross talk, two 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, and Assistant Arts & Culture Editor Zoë Kaplan ’20 discuss the newly released TV […]

Eiko Otake’s Virtual Residency Brings Re-Visitation and Collaboration

May 8, 2020, by Dani Smotrich-Barr, Arts & Culture Editor. Leave a Comment

On March 17, Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts (CFA) began its first ever Virtual Residency program, featuring the work of dancer, choreographer, and interdisciplinary artist Eiko Otake, alongside contributions from some of her many collaborators. Eiko, who uses her first name professionally, has a long history with the University and has frequently performed on campus and […]

“Method Gun” Explores the Possibilities of Virtual Theater

May 8, 2020, by Tara Joy, Arts & Culture Editor. Leave a Comment

In what I can only assume is a first for Wesleyan theater, the Department’s Spring 2020 faculty production opened this past weekend not in a theater, but over livestream, with the actors scattered across multiple countries and time zones. The play in question, “Method Gun,” was originally developed by Texas-based theater collective the Rude Mechs […]

Present From Miles Away: Clara Babbott-Ward ’20 Brings Acoustic Bedroom Online

May 1, 2020, by Tiah Shepherd, Staff Writer. Leave a Comment

If it were any other Saturday night, 146 Cross St. would be filled with multi-talented musicians, passionate poets, and those who appreciate all kinds of creative expression. Clara Babbott-Ward ’20 would be hosting another open mic night, known as “Acoustic Bedroom,” in their own Wesleyan bedroom. This month, rather than having more than 40 undergraduate […]

Uneven Yet Compelling, ”Chosen Ones” Subverts Dystopian Fantasy Tropes

May 1, 2020, by Daniel Knopf, Assistant Opinion Editor. Leave a Comment

In her debut adult novel, “Chosen Ones,” Veronica Roth takes the well-worn idea of a group of “chosen ones” saving the world and turns it on its head. Well, maybe more on its side. The story follows Sloane, one of the five chosen ones prophesied to save the world from the menacing yet dully-named Dark […]

Seniors Tackle Challenges of Virtual Performances

April 23, 2020, by Zoë Kaplan, Assistant Arts & Culture Editor. Leave a Comment

While many students submitted their written theses and capstones this week, and will continue to do so until May 6, those working on theater performance pieces—both in the theater department and outside it—continue to navigate the challenges of cancelled live performances, Zoom rehearsals, and the virtual world of theater. In the Theater Department, seniors Gabe Brosius […]

“Love is Blind” Entertains But Fails as a Social Experiment

April 17, 2020, by Zoë Kaplan, Assistant Arts & Culture Editor. Leave a Comment

“Love is Blind” is Netflix’s newest social experiment series, aiming to find the answer to the age-old question: is love really blind? Contestants in their 20s and 30s go on multiple dates to try and find love, but with a twist: they can’t see anyone they’re dating. Instead, contestants date in “pods,” which consist of […]

Four Japanese Films to Stream When Netflix Doesn’t Cut It

April 17, 2020, by Tobias Wertime, Opinion Editor. Leave a Comment

Few countries boast a history of film-making like Japan. Dating back to the end of the 19th century, the Japanese film industry reached new heights after the Second World War, as films like Akira Kurosawa’s “Rashomon” and Kenji Mizoguchi’s “Ugetsu” were released internationally with widespread critical acclaim. Since then, Japan has continued to establish its cinematic […]

Student Theater Community Reflects on Second Stage Cancellations

April 9, 2020, by Hallie Sternberg, Staff Writer. Leave a Comment

Since Wesleyan University transitioned to online learning in March, all five remaining Second Stage productions scheduled for the Spring 2020 season—“Nine”, “Time Again,” a Shades-sponsored art piece, “Equus,” and “Heathers”—have been cancelled.  In light of these cancellations, Second Stage is currently in the process of returning their budget to the Wesleyan Student Assembly (WSA), contacting rights […]

Creation at a Distance: How the Switch to Online Classes is Affecting Arts and Performance Classes

April 9, 2020, by Katarina Grealish, Assistant Features Editor. Leave a Comment

While the transition to remote learning has been challenging for everyone—who knew muting and unmuting yourself could make such a statement—classes focused on creative expression have arguably suffered the most. Online classes have opened up some new facets of teaching; in the past two weeks, I’ve met a lot of my professor’s pets, children, and pets […]

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