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If you’re like me, you’re getting to the age where, just every once in a while, someone you knew from school gets married. Just this morning, I saw a post from a girl I was close friends with back in elementary school celebrating her marriage. I was shocked. In my memory she’s still a child, just a little girl with pigtails and glasses, and now she’s starting a whole new phase of her life. This terrifying and exciting transition from girlhood to womanhood, and the role of marriage as the boundary between the two, is explored in Ana Sokolović’s contemporary opera Svadba.
Love is in the air this week as we roll into Valentine’s Day. Whether you’re spending the evening with your partner, or just enjoying a Galentine’s Day with your best friends, be sure to check out this week’s recommendations for date night ideas.
There’s one thing that makes everything cooler. Space. Why have a story about pirates when you could have a story about space pirates? Why watch a play about a normal old divorce attorney when you could watch a play about an intergalactic divorce attorney? And sure, stories about people going insane are cool and interesting, but what about people going insane on a spaceship?
Welcome back to a new semester! I know that you guys are bored stiff of all the wonderful rest and relaxation you got over the past month and a half, but in case you’re still in denial about the end of winter break, we in the Arts & Entertainment section have got you covered with plenty of fresh picks and new releases.
How do you encapsulate the entirety of an extraordinary life in 2 hours and 11 minutes of film? You do it in the way any person does when they are old and alone at the end of their lives. By sitting back and letting memories, both treasured and painful, flit before your eyes in a frenetic montage of important moments.
I’m looking forward to Thanksgiving. You’re looking forward to Thanksgiving. Even our professors are probably desperate for a break. With that in mind, if you want to get started on break early, we here in the Arts & Entertainment section have the best new releases and recommendations for you!
As finals season draws closer and closer, the weather is getting frostier and student groups are finally starting to crank out the performances that they’ve been rehearsing for all semester.
When I imagine the types of people who listen to jazz today, I think of elderly men and women sipping glasses of red wine and doing fancy things, like attending galas and wearing strings of pearls.
Here in the Arts Section, we hope everyone has had a restful Fall Break (or at least just got in a good nap or two). Now that we’re coming into the second half of the semester, I think everybody is feeling a bit overwhelmed. So why not take a moment to escape from it all with a new movie or book release, or get away from campus for a bit and spend a night out with some friends?
There’s something special about the excitement of a theater minutes before the lights go down. People are flipping through the programs or chatting with their friends, and theater group members are doing their last checks and preparations before showtime. You can never know for sure exactly what kind of show you’re going to be in for. For my part, I didn’t have any clue, beyond the names of the plays: Uncomfortable Spotlights, The Curse of Having a Big Heart, The Whip-Poor-Will and Angelus Mortis.
Welcome to the midway point in the semester! Here at The News-Letter, we hope you’re taking breaks and taking care of yourselves (even though, let’s be real, we know you probably aren’t). But if you’re looking for something to watch in between studying for midterms or a cool new album to listen to while you run to your 9 a.m. in Bloomberg, then we’ve got you covered.
I don’t know about you, but with the erection of all the new construction fences around campus, I’ve been feeling the urge to stay home and watch movies all day instead of going to class. So here at The News-Letter, we’ve got all the best new recommendations in movies, books, albums and events so that you can properly enjoy a long day of doing nothing.
If there’s one thing that Hopkins has no shortage of, it’s fantastic a cappella groups. But with so many groups on campus, it can be difficult to really highlight the unique strengths and interests of each one. This week I was able to sit down with senior Matt Rodgers, the president of Ketzev at JHU, to find out what makes Ketzev and a cappella at Hopkins so special.
As we get further into September (and closer to the dreaded arrival of midterm season), exciting new fall releases are starting to be rolled out by studios and publishers.
Every year the various performing arts groups at Hopkins get together to promote their work and attract new members. This past weekend was as energetic a series of shows as we have seen in some time, as the student arts groups have fully regained their momentum. A cappella groups are as refined and plentiful as ever, the dance groups continue to bring their electric energy and the theater groups have provided a spark of laughter and emotional reprieve for stressed-out students.
The Irish singer-songwriter Hozier released his third album, Unreal Unearth, on August 18. Drawing on R&B, folk and rock influences, the album is heavily steeped in ideas of heartbreak and betrayal but also takes time to celebrate joyful memories despite the pain.
Eating good food on a daily basis can be important for staying sane and feeling healthy in college, especially when you’re leaving home for the first time. While the buffet-style meals and unlimited desserts of the dining halls may seem like luxury on your first week, by the start of classes you’ll probably be craving something that reminds you of home.
The first night of Culture Show has always been one of my favorite days of the semester. As the semester winds down, that familiar, heady mix of exam stress, despair and sleep deprivation begins to set in. And yet, the Culture Show never fails to make me forget all of that. For two electric hours, I’m completely absorbed in seeing what all the incredible cultural groups on campus have spent the semester preparing, learning about different styles of music and dance and being humbled by Hopkins students’ commitment to carrying tradition forward into our campus today.
The Lan Yun Blue Orchids, a traditional Chinese dance team on campus, performed in their second annual showcase on the evening of April 15. The showcase was titled Dancing Through the Dynasties and told the history of China through dance and musical performance. The program was set up as a timeline, using performances to characterize each dynasty. Additional performances from the Yong Han Lion Dance Troupe, Music Dynasty and the Hopkins Oriental Music Ensemble were featured.
As the weather gets warmer in Baltimore, it’s time to get outside and enjoy the fresh air! Maybe you’re in need of a Beach read or some new hits to listen to on your walk to class. Or, maybe you’re hiding in your dorm room from the scourge of allergy season, in dire need of something fun and interesting to watch to keep yourself entertained. Either way, the Arts section has some fresh recommendations for you.