Arts & Entertainment


New projects from Pac Div and Jones impress listeners

April 19, 2018

As we near summer, more and more music continues to drop. Recently there has been a swell of releases, especially in terms of hip hop. Here are two records that haven’t been getting the coverage they deserve: Pac Div is a group that is rarely mentioned ...

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Jim Jones is making a comeback with his new album, Wasted Talent.

Fashion Trends perfect for Spring Fair

April 19, 2018

Spring Fair is the one weekend on the Hopkins campus where you can truly enjoy yourself with good food, drinks and music. If you want to be appropriately dressed but to also stand out from the crowd, I’ve compiled a list of spring fashion and beauty trends fresh from the music festival scene that will definitely help ensure that you’re Instagram ready at any moment. 


Professor analyzes Black Panther at Bird in Hand

April 19, 2018

Not unlike the enchanting Amelia Isaacs, who, though “very allergic to dairy,” covered a cake competition (the Sheridan Libraries’ fifth annual Edible Book Festival) for this section, I covered a conversation of Black Panther despite having never seen the film. 

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Hopkins professor N.D.B. Connolly spoke about the film Black Panther.

Poet Terrence Hayes visits Hopkins

April 19, 2018

Terrance Hayes, nationally-acclaimed poet and artist, read from his works and answered questions from on April 10 from 6-7 p.m. The event, which took place in Mudd 26, was part of the Turnbull Lecture Series. 


Barnstormers bring their unique energy to Pippin

April 12, 2018

The Barnstormers premiered the first of six performances of their spring musical Pippin last Friday, April 6. The musical, written by Roger O. Hirson and Stephen Schwartz in 1972, tells the story of Pippin, the son of Charlemagne, who goes on a journey to find fulfillment in life. 

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Mehdi El-Hebil played Lewis in the Barnstormers production of Hirson and Schwartz’s Pippin.

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend cast performs live at The Lincoln Theatre

April 12, 2018

Of course, the travelling live production of the musical comedy TV show Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (CExG) started out by playing with my expectations of the night’s proceedings. Going into the Washington, D.C. venue, I thought for sure that the performance would open with “West Covina,” the first song ever performed on the show. 

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The Crazy Ex-Girlfriend cast put on an entertaining, charming show.

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Broken Social Scene is back on tour playing classics as well as new tracks.

Broken Social Scene puts on a solid show at Rams Head Live!

April 12, 2018

It was only when I noticed that I’d stumbled into the wrong line — I was waiting to get into Bleachers’ show at Power Plant Live! rather than Rams Head Live! — that I realized that the vibe at the show I was headed to, Broken Social Scene, might be a little different than I had anticipated. 


First issue of Charm City Stories makes its debut

April 12, 2018

Charm City Stories celebrated its first annual publication release on Friday in the Center for Visual Arts at the Mattin Center. The event was comprised of a live prose and poetry reading, the showing of a short film and an exhibition of two floors of artwork.

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"Take A Chance" is one of many pieces featured in Charm City Stories. 

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Real life couple John Krasinski and Emily Blunt star in A Quiet Place.

John Krasinski's A Quiet Place lives up to the hype

April 12, 2018

Not only does the film effectively up the suspense and horror but it adds an emotional element that has an extremely effective payoff. It doesn’t come off as a forced narrative and the motivations of the characters involved are completely in line with what we’ve seen prior to this pivotal moment. 


Smokler Center hosts "An Evening of Yiddish Shorts"

April 12, 2018

On Tuesday, April 2 “An Evening of Yiddish Shorts” was held at the Smokler Center for Jewish Studies, also known as Hillel. The evening was hosted by Beatrice Lang, lecturer of Yiddish Language through the Department of German and Romance Languages and Literatures and the Jewish Studies Program.


Cartoonist Carol Tyler to speak at Hopkins

April 17, 2018

On April 16, the Center for Visual Arts will host award-winning cartoonist Carol Tyler at Arellano Theatre. Tyler’s visit to campus comes in advance of the publishing of her latest graphic novel Fab4 Mania, which will be released through Fantagraphics in June of this year. In anticipation of her upcoming visit, The News-Letter spoke to the artist, discussing her life, work and the confluence of the two. 

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Tyler's forthcoming book, Fab 4 Mania, is a narrative of her trip to a Beatles concert in 1965.

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The French company Louis Vuitton is one of the oldest fashion in the industry.

Virgil Abloh brings street wear to Louis Vuitton

April 5, 2018

Last week, Louis Vuitton announced Virgil Abloh, the founder of Off-White and creative partner of Kanye West, as the new artistic director of menswear following the departure of Kim Jones earlier this year. Although Abloh is best known for his work in the luxury streetwear scene, the French fashion house’s decision is not surprising. 


Iannucci’s latest film brings light to a dark time

April 5, 2018

If you’re a fan of political satire, the era we currently find ourselves in is probably one that makes you laugh — but also worry. From the headlines to the tweets, you can’t help but wonder if the meta-aspect of it all is lost amongst the very people involved in it. After the rise of House Of Cards, the idea that those in charge of the government were Machiavellian became prevalent, particularly in the U.S. 

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Steve Buscemi plays Nikita Khruschev in Iannucci’s The Death of Stalin.

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German director Tom Tykwer is one of the co-creators of Babylon Berlin.

Babylon Berlin and the study of an interwar city

April 5, 2018

On Thursday, March 28, Samuel Spinner, an assistant professor in the Department of German and Romance Languages and Literature, held a screening and discussion centered on the first episode of the Netflix series Babylon Berlin. Spinner also discussed the class he will be teaching in the Fall 2018 semester, Berlin Between the Wars: Literature, Art, Music, Film.


Waverly’s 32nd Street Market offers local, flavorful options

April 5, 2018

With spring just around the corner and the good weather flowing in, I’ve been itching for a chance to get out of the library and off campus to do something exciting. I heard a local farmers’ market was going to host a Food, Art & Community Fest on March 31, so there I was, on a beautiful sunny Saturday, exploring the only way I know how: eating. 

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Waverly's 32nd Street Farmer's Market offers a variety of delicious options to explore. 

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Comedian Rhea Butcher performed as part of the Freeze Peach Series. 

Rhea Butcher delivers a great set at The Creative Alliance

April 5, 2018

The Creative Alliance hosted stand-up comic Rhea Butcher as part of their Freeze Peach Series on Friday, March 30. The Freeze Peach Series is designed to feature comics whose content helps fight silence and censorship of underrepresented voices, both on- and off-stage. Butcher’s comedy centers around their experience as a queer non-binary person growing up in the Midwest, so they were an obvious choice to headline an LGBTQ-focused show.


Gili Getz delves into the “forbidden conversation”

April 5, 2018

On Tuesday, March 27, J Street U invited actor and photographer Gili Getz to perform his autobiographical one-man performance, The Forbidden Conversation. The “forbidden conversation,” as Getz refers to it, is one that is not only forbidden from happening, but is also one that has been banned from even being talked about. 

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J-Street U sponsored a performance of "The Forbidden Conversation" by Gili Getz on campus.