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May 24, 2022

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COURTESY OF EMMA ANDERSSON
Students present their culture’s traditional clothing at the “Diaspora” Fashion Show.

The "Diaspora" Fashion Show demonstrates the power of clothing in fostering cultural pride

Students took to the runway on April 23 for the Inter-Asian Council’s (IAC) “Diaspora” Fashion Show. The showcase illuminated the diversity of Asian cultures represented at Hopkins, granting Asian Pacific Islander Desi American students the opportunity to flaunt their culture’s clothing. Models sported both traditional and modern clothing from across the Asian continent, featuring styles from the Philippines, Vietnam, India, Korea, Hong Kong, Pakistan, Myanmar, Mauritius and Malaysia. 



COURTESY OF HELENA GIFFORD
The Lan Yun Blue Orchids perform a fan dance during their Spring Showcase.

Lan Yun Blue Orchids perform Chinese traditional dance with a modern twist

The Lan Yun Blue Orchids presented their Spring Showcase on April 16. Though the on-campus dance group is devoted to learning and performing traditional Chinese dance, they add a twist of modernity by dancing to songs that are popular in China today. This was the group’s first time hosting its own showcase, which also featured performances from the Yong Hang Lion Dance Troupe, Music Dynasty and the Hopkins Oriental Music Ensemble (HOME).




COURTESY OF SOPHIA PASALIS
The Hopkins Film Festival poster displays in a screening room of theater-goers.

The Hopkins Film Festival: Knives Out and animated film steal the spotlight

The Hopkins Film Society presented Whodunnit, a screening of six famous feature-length murder mysteries and selected shorts, for the 2022 Hopkins Film Festival during the weekend of April 8 to 10. The Film Society chose the weekend’s theme as a group, deciding between other interesting theme suggestions, including “red flag” movies.



COURTESY OF EVAN MORRIS
A dedicated Instagram page showcases students’ fascinations with the liminal spaces on campus.

The search for the University’s most liminal spaces

Visitors to Shaffer Hall’s basement might find themselves pausing at the odd sight of floor space dedicated to a shallow gravel pit. Some might have moved on without a second glance. Senior Evan Morris, however, stopped to take a picture of the pit, which he generously described in an interview with The News-Letter as a rock garden.


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The documentary driving home 2 u (a SOUR film) follows singer-songwriter Olivia Rodrigo in her journey to create her album SOUR.

Olivia Rodrigo's driving home 2 u is a propaganda vehicle that fails to drive home its central aim

Released March 25 on Disney+, Olivia Rodrigo’s driving home 2 u (a SOUR film) tries to depict a sentimental homecoming for the celebrity but falls flat with its contrived authenticity. The film follows Rodrigo as she drives from Salt Lake City to Los Angeles, a trip she took many times while writing her debut album SOUR. The star stops at various locations along the route to perform the songs that appear on SOUR.







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Alumbro reviews the latest album Circles by Swedish singer Léon.

Léon’s junior album Circles celebrates the journey of moving on

Feel-good and retrospective, Léon’s third album Circles was released this past week on March 4. The Swedish singer’s junior album leaves us with a hint of nostalgia and a desire for transformative change. Léon, whose real name is Lotta Lindgren, utilized the sounds of contemporary synth for her album, in some cases going as far as sampling ‘80s synth for her dance tracks.


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Kenneth Branagh’s Death on the Nile is a remake of the 1978 film of the same name.

Death on the Nile is a fun time, but don’t expect to be blown away

Movies can be great or they can be terrible, but in my experience, most are just adequate. These adequate ones might not affect us as deeply as the great one, or grant as much material for jokes as the terrible ones, but sometimes they can be precisely what we need: an escapist, fun ride. Keeping that in mind, I can’t think of a more appropriate adjective for Death on the Nile than just perfectly adequate.



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Kimi, starring Zoë Kravitz, critiques technology amid an increasingly corporate world.

A pandemic-era thriller, Kimi is a critique of surveillance capitalism

2022 is Zoë Kravitz’s year for playing lead female roles in cinema. While most people are anticipating her appearance in The Batman this March, Kravitz has received a lot of praise for her performance in the new HBO Max thriller Kimi. The movie, which was released on Feb. 10, is set in a dystopian pandemic world where surveillance capitalism is at its peak.


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