Arts & Entertainment

Kingsman: The Golden Circle lacks charisma

September 28, 2017

This past Friday, Kingsman: The Golden Circle premiered in theaters. If you’re unfamiliar with the title, then you missed out on one of the best comic book films of the past five years. The Golden Circle is the follow up to the impressive Kingsman: The Secret Service (adapted from the comic book of the same name).

British actor Colin Firth plaus Harry Hart, a main character in Kingsman.

The City Paper’s yellow news boxes are a Baltimore icon.

Looking back on the City Paper’s past

September 28, 2017

For the past 40 years, City Paper (CP) has served as a beacon of alternative news and arts in Baltimore, an outlet for creative individuals to write and read stories outside of the constant onslaught of the mainstream media.

Play Lab invites audiences to revise original plays

September 28, 2017

The Fall Play Lab at Center Stage featured the performance of two one-act plays that were edited and revised over the course of the weekend. Audiences were able to engage with and comment upon the two original works: Handle It, by Rachel Knoblauch and To the Flame, by Miranda Rose Hall.

Kwame Kwei-Armah is the artistic director at Center Stage, which hosted Play Lab between Sept. 22-24.

Innovative music holds surprises for listeners in our era

September 21, 2017

The easiest way to present yourself as a boring, uninteresting and lame person is to start a sentence with the words, “Music isn’t the same nowadays...” or “I was born in the wrong era.” That is a mindset that many fall into — feeling that all of the “good stuff” has passed and that new music is garbage.

Atlanta-based group EARTHGANG released their five song EP Rags at the beginning of September 2017.

The Emmys highlight diverse TV performances

September 21, 2017

This year’s Emmys were far from perfect. We had a controversial, perhaps in poor taste, appearance of Sean Spicer, Sterling K. Brown was unceremoniously cut-off in the middle of his powerful acceptance speech and, as always, some great performances were overlooked.

Donald Glover was one of many to make history at the 2017 Emmys.

Vacation shows Tentative Digital Theatre Company’s potential

September 21, 2017

As a crowd of around 30 students tentatively stepped into the SDS Room of the Mattin Center on Sept. 15, they encountered a sparse ring of black plastic chairs and white lamps. The audience members filing into the circle of seats had gathered to watch Vacation, a play by Hopkins junior Michael Feder.

Current Space opens new exhibit

September 21, 2017

Hidden in an unassuming building on North Howard Street, Current Space, one of Baltimore’s numerous art galleries, is currently presenting a new exhibition, which attempts to engage viewers on the very abstract levels of form and color.

The pieces featured in Confirmed Mood shared a common focus on form.

Jennifer Lawrence stars as the titular Mother in Darren Aronofsky’s latest controversial film.

Aronofsky’s mother! disappoints, leaves audiences confused

September 21, 2017

Darren Aronofsky, director of mother!, has never been one to shy away from the realm of “What the f***?” in his films. From his debut, Pi, to the biblical tale that is Noah, he fills all of his films with biblical allegory and psychological mind screwing, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that Aronofsky’s new film, mother! follows the same themes.

IT translates Stephen King’s horror onto the screen

September 14, 2017

After a summer of relatively weak films and a Labor Day weekend that was spearheaded by a Ryan Reynolds movie — The Hitman’s Bodyguard — IT, the second film to be based on Stephen King’s 1986 novel of the same name, had a lot riding on well, “it.”

Bill Skarsgård plays the monstrous clown Pennywise in this adaptation of Stephen King’s famed 1986 novel.

Detroit post-punk band Protomartyr played the Metro Gallery alongside Melkbelly and Baltimore band Big Mouth.

Protomartyr brings a unique energy and sound to the Metro Gallery

September 14, 2017

It took a while before the Metro Gallery filled up, but by the time the headliners came the place was packed. The majority of the people crowded around the front of the stage, eager to see the Detroit four-piece, Protomartyr play their latest show in Baltimore and perhaps even hear a few songs from their newest LP, Relatives in Descent, which is due to be released at the end of this month.

Pedro Pascal plays the recurring role of DEA Agent Javier Peña in Netflix’s popular crime drama Narcos.

Video streaming services release new fall content

September 14, 2017

It’s 2017 and almost nobody with an internet connection actually watches broadcast television anymore, except for Game of Thrones and maybe Rick and Morty. Nonetheless, for the most part people are streaming, which is fine because there are literally thousands of sites from which to do so, be they legal or otherwise.

Hampden was once a center of the white working class in Baltimore.

Hampdenfest gives only a limited view of Baltimore

September 14, 2017

The dour and gloomy atmosphere that keeps Homewood in a depressing stasis is all too familiar to your average Hopkins student — or maybe just the cynical ones. Fortunately, this environment is unique in Baltimore, a city that maintains its vibrance in spite of everything. So when one wants to escape the heavy-hand of academic insecurity and imagined doom, it is easier than they might assume to find refuge in what seems like a whole different world.

Are Taylor Swift and Blair Waldorf secretly the same person?

September 7, 2017

This past week marked the beginning of a new era in Taylor Swift’s career with the release of the first two singles off of her forthcoming album, Reputation. It was also a historic moment for fans of what is arguably one of the best and most controversial teenage dramas of all time, Gossip Girl, as it marked the 10th anniversary of the series premiere.

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Taylor Swift could easily pass for a member of Gossip Girl’s inner circle.

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Atlanta rapper Playboi Carti found success with A$AP Mob before beginning his solo career.

Playboi Carti impresses with live performance

September 7, 2017

Summer is over, which means that this writer is back on his proverbial cow excrement. That is to say it is time for another article about a concert. While most of the Hopkins community spent their summer working a high-powered internship or impacting some positive change on the world, some of us chose to just work and listen to music.