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To watch and watch for: Week of Oct. 15

By TIMOTHY MCSHEA | October 16, 2023



This week’s picks include singer-songwriter Sampha’s new album Lahai; internet personality Ziwe’s literary debut with Black Friend: Essays; Flashback, directed by Jed Shepherd and Everyman Theatre’s first performance of The Chinese Lady.

Following Hoptoberfest, hopefully, the entertainment bug has bit campus! October has been a great month for arts and entertainment so far and continues to give us great releases each week.

The biggest potential blockbuster film this week, Killers of the Flower Moon, directed by Martin Scorsese, comes out this Friday. It has been highly anticipated for the star power alone, but the plot, focusing on the Osage Native American tribe in the 1920s, has just as much promise.

If you’re still in an autumnal, book-reading mood, the sequel to The Firm by John Grisham, which had a 1993 film of the same name, is releasing this Tuesday! For fans of the film, there’s no shame in skipping the first novel; either way, the story is continuing, which is exciting.

It’s been a while since we’ve gotten a Blink-182 LP, but here we are in 2023 and the band, reunited with Tom DeLonge since 2022, is releasing a new album this Friday, in tandem with their latest world tour.

As eyes grow weary from essays and midterms, brighten them with fear, or soothe them with enticing page-turners — today is the day. Enjoy the latest list we’ve put together for your enjoyment!

To watch…

Killers of the Flower Moon, directed by Martin Scorsese — Oct. 20

In this highly anticipated epic Western crime drama, co-written by Martin Scorsese and Eric Roth, and based on the 2017 book of the same name by David Grann, members of the Osage Native American tribe in northeastern Oklahoma are mysteriously murdered in the 1920s, prompting an FBI investigation directed by 19-year-old J. Edgar Hoover.

Flashback, directed by Jed Shepherd — Oct. 20

This Netflix short features a yoga teacher, played by Jemma Moore, who has an intense flashback during a home invasion, taking her on a dangerous journey through her past to save the man she loves.

Crypto Boy, directed by Shady El-Hamus — Oct. 19

Crypto Boy takes us back to the rise of cryptocurrency and depicts the prodigious fall which we are still currently experiencing. Shahine El-Hamus, brother of director Shady El-Hamus, plays a young man who falls for the temptation of crypto after a fight with his father and who loses himself in the process.

To read…

The Exchange: After the Firm, by John Grisham — Oct. 17

In this legal thriller and sequel to the 1991 bestseller The Firm, Mitch McDeere has become a partner to the largest law firm in the world. After getting a call from a mentor in Rome, he finds himself at the center of a sinister plot with international consequences.

Black Friend: Essays, by Ziwe — Oct. 17

Ziwe, from the famed late night talk show of the same name which prided itself on asking celebrity quests difficult and uncomfortable questions, now turns to the written form of essays, commentating directly on pop culture while also sharing personal stories from her day-to-day life.

Worthy, by Jada Pinkett Smith — Oct. 17

Following a viral comment of hers which swept over the internet, namely her confession — or rather assertion — that famed rapper Tupac Shakur was her soulmate, Jada Pinkett Smith’s Worthy recounts her life from its very beginning, referencing the most personal despairs right alongside the triumphs of self-acceptance.

To listen…

Lahai, by Sampha — Oct. 20

In the long-awaited follow up to the singer-songwriter’s 2017 album Process, expect a whole new flavor of energetic, fast-paced beats. In a clip posted to Instagram of a currently untitled, unreleased track back in August, Sampha is singing in a more funky, rhythmic tone we haven’t seen before.

One More Time…, by Blink-182 — Oct. 20

Blink-182’s ninth studio album, through Columbia Records, was announced alongside the band’s next world tour last year. It also marks the first album since the band reunited with founding member Tom DeLonge.

Live events…

Major Jackson: Ackerman Visiting Writer at Homewood, Gilman 50 — Oct. 18, 6 p.m.

As part of the Writing Seminars Reading Series, award-winning American poet Major Jackson will be coming to Homewood campus. Author of six books of poetry and Poetry Editor of The Harvard Review, Jackson will be reading his works at Gilman 50 on Wednesday at 6 p.m.

Sexyy Red, Hood Hottest Princess Tour at Baltimore Soundstage — Oct. 19, 8 p.m.

Rapper Sexyy Red is coming to Baltimore Soundstage on Thursday at 8 p.m. After a recent feature on Drake’s For All The Dogs and her album Hood Hottest Princess which released this past June, Red’s relevance to the rap game seems to be on the rise.

The Chinese Lady at Everyman Theatre — Oct. 22, 7 p.m.

Written by Lloyd Suh, this critically acclaimed play is inspired by the true story of the first Chinese woman to step foot in America, 16-year-old Alfong Moy. Poetic as it is dark and uncomfortable, this play presents a unique picture of early 19th century America. The theater is hosting a pay-what-you-choose performance on the evening of Oct. 22. 

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