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April 11, 2021

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Clint McCallum's background during his performance at The Red Room in Your Room concert.

The Red Room in Your Room series spotlights Baltimore artists

The High Zero Foundation, a Baltimore-based organization dedicated to promoting improvised and experimental music, held an online concert on March 25. The foundation hosted the event over the livestreaming service Twitch as part of its ongoing The Red Room in Your Room series. Despite the collapsing of geographic constraints afforded by online events, the series has continued to foreground the work of Baltimore-based artists, and the March 25 concert was no exception. 


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Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan, who play the titular stars of Marvel's The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.

Marvel’s The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is what you’d expect, in all the wrong ways

I never had particularly high hopes for Marvel’s The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, the new series which debuted its first episode on Disney+ just this week. Every trailer, as far as I could tell, looked so... standard. I have seen a lifetime’s worth of jump-cut-filled action sequences and computer-generated explosions. For a long time, I loved them. Now, to be honest, I find them kind of boring. They just don’t inspire awe and fear in me the way that they once did.





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Patrick Ness is the author of the book that Chaos Walking is based on.

Chaos Walking is weighed down by missteps and predictability

One of the first science fiction movies of the year, Chaos Walking (in theaters now) appears to show great promise. With its slick premise, enrapturing action and striking title, it has every look of a sci-fi fan’s dream come true. To top it off, its star-studded cast includes the likes of Tom Holland, Daisy Ridley and Mads Mikkelsen, and behind the camera is director Doug Liman, responsible for the critically acclaimed Edge of Tomorrow.


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Amy Poehler directed and starred in the movie Moxie.

Netflix’s Moxie will make you cry, just give it some time

A little less than halfway through Netflix’s new movie Moxie, I texted my girlfriend, “This movie is making me feel conflicted. I can’t tell if it’s good or not.” And I couldn’t: The first half of this film oscillates greatly in quality. It takes a while to get going, and even once the main plot really starts to take centerstage, the stakes of the movie are still tremendously unclear. There are moments of brilliance sprinkled throughout the first half of the movie — it certainly wasn’t bad — but I was far from convinced.


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Paul Bettany plays both versions of the character Vision in WandaVision.

WandaVision redefines the superhero genre

Following the incredible commercial success of Avengers: Endgame, I, like many others, wondered how Marvel would ever surpass the film’s and its predecessors’ sheer scope and magnitude. Was it something that they would even be able to pull off? Was it even worth attempting to do so? WandaVision is a curious answer to these questions. 


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Awkwafina, who plays the dragon Sisu, is one of the best parts of the film.

Raya and the Last Dragon is both beautiful and flawed

After a series of trailers, Raya and the Last Dragon finally premiered on March 5. The movie begins with an elaborate two-dimensional animation of Kumandra, a once-united land that now appears unrecognizable to the current inhabitants, who are divided into different territories.


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Beer’s new album Life Support is an emotional adventure of self-discovery and renewal. 

Madison Beer’s new album Life Support does not disappoint

Last week, Madison Beer released her debut album Life Support. This album was Beer’s response to years of turmoil: being dropped by her label and diagnosed with borderline personality disorder as many of her personal relationships suffered, all while facing constant scrutiny as a teenage star on social media.


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Dance at Le moulin de la Galette was one of his many works presented during his birthday livestream event.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s 180th birthday celebrated through livestream

On Feb. 25 I celebrated one of my favorite artist’s birthdays at the “Pierre-Auguste Renoir 180th Birthday — Livestream Art Program” hosted by Robert Kelleman, founder and director of non-profit organization Washington, D.C. History & Culture. As a participant of the virtual art gallery tour, I was fondly reminded of my previous tourist experiences in art galleries. 


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Jason Sudeikis accepted his award for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy TV Series while wearing a sweatshirt.

78th Golden Globes, though heartfelt and amusing, loses magic to online format

The 78th Golden Globe Awards kicked off the 2021 film and TV awards season on Sunday. As expected, it was a mostly virtual ceremony, with nominees tuning in through Zoom and presenters showing up in-person at their respective bicoastal locations. Hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler returned, and with already three hosting turns already under their belts, it promised to be an eventful, no-holds-barred kind of night. 



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Daniil Trifonov showed off his musical talent to Hopkins students in a virtual recital. 

Shriver Hall Concert Series hosts Daniil Trifonov's virtual concert

This past Sunday, the Shriver Hall Concert Series livestreamed Daniil Trifonov’s pre-recorded piano program from New York's 92nd Street Y. The virtually delivered event was a success, with over 200 live attendees from around the world — highlighting Trifonov’s international presence.



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Burtynsky’s photographs highlight the effect of industry on nature, one of the themes of the show.

Photography workshop highlights relations between laborers, factories and media

The History of Art and East Asian Studies departments sponsored an event titled “Documenting Industry: Photography, Modernity and the Nation in India and China” on Feb. 19. Scholars from around the world joined the Zoom-recorded event, presenting original research on ways in which documentary photographers have explored the lives of industrial laborers in India and China. 




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