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October 4, 2023

To watch and watch for: Week of Sept. 4

By TIMOTHY MCSHEA | September 5, 2023



This week’s picks include Shane Gillis’ first Netflix special Beautiful Dogs, Olivia Rodrigo’s second studio album GUTS and the fifth annual Billie Holiday Jazz in Lafayette Square Concert. 

As the second week of the semester begins, you might feel your free time slipping away. While you may feel inclined to start focusing more on your academics before assignments get ahead of you, never neglect the arts! There’s plenty of material being released just this week that requires your attention! To save you some time, though, we’ve put together this list for you.

To watch…

Beautiful Dogs, performed by Shane Gillis — Sept. 5

Since Shane Gillis, a stand-up comedian, was fired from Saturday Night Live in 2019, his rise has been gradual but steady. Due in part to a YouTube special through Gilly & Keeves back in 2021, Gillis is one of the most prominent contemporary comedians, and he looks to cement his place with his first Netflix special, titled Beautiful Dogs.

He Killed in Ecstasy, directed by Nikolai Malden — Sept. 6

Written by Miles Jonn-Dalton and Nikolai Malden himself, this horror/thriller revolves around a young doctor who kills himself after being terminated for unethical research into human embryos.

Infamy, directed by Anna Maliszewska — Sept. 6

Netflix Series Infamy follows a 17-year-old girl with aspirations to become a hip hop musician, despite her parents’ strict opinions on her future career. The traditions that stem from her Roma heritage affect both her success and her public image.

To read…

Evil Eye, written by Etaf Rum — Sept. 5

Written by New York Times bestselling author Etaf Rum, Evil Eye follows Yara, a Palestinian-American woman whose dream life is shattered, as she gets put on probation from work for responding to a racist comment and is forced to get mandatory counseling. Could it be a family curse or simply bad luck?

The River We Remember, written by William Kent Krueger — Sept. 5

Tasked with finding the culprit of a Memorial Day murder, Sheriff Brody Dern is forced to inquire after Noah Bluestone, a suspicious Native American World War II veteran. Set in Jewel, Minnesota in 1958, this wonderfully orchestrated whodunit confronts the lasting traumas left by a war that still haunt the smallest towns of America.

To listen…

GUTS, by Olivia Rodrigo — Sept. 8

Set for success after her 2021 debut album Sour, Olivia Rodrigo’s hit single “Vampire” this year has only ramped up the excitement for her second studio album. If her latest single is any indication, GUTS will be another massive step in Rodrigo’s development as a songwriter and performer.

Layover, by V — Sept. 8

BTS Member V sets to capitalize on the hype for his recent singles “Rainy Days” and “Love Me Again” with his newest extended play, Layover. The sound profile shows jazz-infused pop beats with sparse, soft production, highlighting his well-known vocal performances.

Playing Robots Into Heaven, by James Blake — Sept. 8

After multiple smash-hit collaborations, such as those with Metro Boomin on “Hummingbird” or Travis Scott on “TIL FURTHER NOTICE,” James Blake will release his sixth studio album to add to his already prolific year. His production on hip hop songs recently could indicate he will return to a hip hop sound on this solo project, but since it’s James Blake, it’s best to expect the unexpected.

Live events...

Horse Jumper of Love with Dosser and Roxy 2 at the Ottobar — Sept. 6 at 9 p.m.

Catch Horse Jumper of Love a walk away from Wyman Park at the Ottobar for a chill Wednesday show, opening with Dosser and Roxy 2. Tickets are $15 dollars beforehand or $17 the day of.

Billie Holiday Jazz in Lafayette Square Concert — Sept. 9 at 2–6 p.m.

Hosted by Kondwani Fidel, a poet, writer and professor, the fifth annual Billie Holiday Jazz in Lafayette Square Concert will once again be held on the corner of Arlington Avenue. Completely free to the public, expect a festival full of jazz as you peruse the many product vendors.

nothing,nowhere. at Baltimore Soundstage — Sept. 10 at 7 p.m.

Catch producer, rapper and songwriter nothing,nowhere at Baltimore Soundstage this Sunday to catch him performing his latest album, Void Eternal, alongside his past classics. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the concert will start at 7 p.m.

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