Arts & Entertainment


The brief history of Earl Sweatshirt

March 29, 2018

Earl Sweatshirt is the most underrated rapper in the game. In my opinion, he is the best contemporary rapper. Luckily for us, the Spring Fair team somehow got one of the most reclusive and quiet rappers to come and bless us with a performance. In expectation ...

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Earl Sweatshirt is one of the featured acts at this year’s Spring Fair. 

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Miguel brought his tour promoting the album War & Leisure to Baltimore . 

R&B singer Miguel puts on an energetic show

March 29, 2018

Over our spring break, Baltimore had the opportunity to host the R&B singer Miguel at the Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric as part of his War & Leisure tour. The concert had the snowstorm that saw the shutdown of most of the City, from stores to schools, as its backdrop. 


Isle of Dogs is worth a watch, despite its flaws

March 29, 2018

The ever-adored Wes Anderson premiered his new film, Isle of Dogs, last month at the 68th Berlin International Film Festival, taking home the prize for Best Director. The buzz surrounding the film was that he had hit another home-run in the form of a stop motion picture focused on the love found in our relationships with dogs. 


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For his Mount Eerie project, artist Phil Elverum works with a variety of guest musicians. 

Mount Eerie’s latest emotional album hits hard

March 29, 2018

Dying is a bit like going to the dentist: You don’t particularly want to do it, and you spend an inordinate amount of time worrying about it. Ultimately though, you go — everyone does. As much as you floss and brush in hopes of delaying the appointment a bit longer, one day you’ll find yourself stuck reclining in a green vinyl chair. 


Two artists discuss identity and art at the BMA

March 15, 2018

On Wednesday March 7, the Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) hosted a discussion between Stephen Towns and Mark Bradford. Audience members from Hopkins, the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and the Baltimore community gathered in the museum’s newly renovated auditorium for the opportunity to hear from these two artists. 

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Mark Bradford, who spoke with Stephen Towns at the BMA, often works in paint and collage. 

Women conquer Paris Fashion Week

March 15, 2018

During Paris Fashion Week, the world’s fashion capital witnessed an unprecedented, strong community of female creative directors coming together to showcase their work. Whether it was Natacha Ramsay-Levi at Chloé, Clare Waight Keller at Givenchy or Maria Grazia Chiuri at Dior, there are more women leading prestigious fashion houses than ever before. 


Throat Culture’s 24 Hour Show impresses again

March 15, 2018

On Saturday, March 10, Throat Culture hosted their semesterly 24-hour show in Arellano Theater. Each of the 10 sketches that they performed — poking fun at everything from vegans to defending one’s thesis to Throat Culture itself — were written, memorized and performed within the span of 24 hours.

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Sketches for the 24 Hour Show can’t be written more than a day before.

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Thread Coffee stationed inside the soothingly aesthetic B. Willow space.

Thread Coffee hosts pop-up at local botanical shop

March 14, 2018

The work Thread does tries to economically support coffee growing communities abroad in a way that acknowledges the mistakes that companies like Toms shoes have made when interacting with economically deprived communities in the past. Thread attempts to counteract the postcolonial effects of economic imperialism.


A Wrinkle in Time celebrates self-acceptance

March 15, 2018

As someone who has never read A Wrinkle in Time, I cannot attest to how faithful of an adaptation the new Disney film is. That said, I did thoroughly enjoy it. It’s not as action-heavy or unpredictable as many of the other young adult movies I’ve seen, and its message of female empowerment and self-love are much stronger. 

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Ava DuVernay’s A Wrinkle in Time features an ensmeble cast, inlcuding Oprah Winfrey and Mindy Kaling.

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Anton Yelchin, who passed away in 2016, plays Tim in Thoroughbreds.

Thoroughbreds mocks the lives of the wealthy

March 15, 2018

Post-Oscar season has arrived and with that, more and more new movies are being released that are worth the time and price. This weekend saw the release of both Thoroughbreds and A Wrinkle In Time. The former features one of the last performances from Anton Yelchin, who tragically passed away two years ago, which is why I opted to see this film first. 


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The restaurant foraged. opened its doors in Hampden this past December.

foraged. offers a unique take on locally-sourced cuisine

March 15, 2018

“What is jowl?” You know when you and your friend have just been growing apart lately? Maybe there have been too many hours spent studying, partying or just hanging out with different crowds? There’s just a sense of a rift that starts to divide you two, and it makes both of you sad.


Hopkins Symphony Orchestra incorporates beatboxing in concert

March 8, 2018

On Saturday, March 5, The Hopkins Symphony Orchestra took a leap in a new, more modern direction by introducing a new element to the classical concerts they are known for: beatboxing. The Hopkins Symphony Orchestra is a group composed of students, alumni, faculty and musicians from the community. 

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The Hopkins Symphony Orchestra performed with the beatboxer Shodekeh this past weekend.

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Artivism Day displays the power of art

March 8, 2018

A floormate, much to my chagrin, recently declared that the humanities and the arts were unimportant. He argued that being able to communicate well is great, but only science, technology, engineering and math are critical to civilization’s survival and success. 


Planet Runway combines fashion and sustainability

March 11, 2018

Do you buy clothes that you know you’ll throw away after a year or so? How many clothes in your closet do you actually wear? If you are like me and many other college students, through contemplating these questions you’ll quickly realize that you are participating in fast fashion, a habit that hurts both your wallet and the environment. 

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Ed Schrader and Music Beat put on a high-energy show at Metro Gallery on March 2.

B'more act celebrate the release of album Riddles

March 8, 2018

Ed Schrader has stood the test of time as a local legend in “alternative” Baltimore, from performing with local comedy group Wham City, to hosting a pop-up spaghetti restaurant, to his t-shirt series “Cats On The Lake.” 


Professor Eric Puchner discusses his latest work

March 8, 2018

On March 1, 2018, Hopkins Writing Seminars Professor Eric Puchner read from his new collection of short stories, Last Day on Earth, spoke with host Nate Brown, and answered questions from Brown and the audience. The event was held from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Ivy Bookshop in Bird in Hand. 

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Eric Puchner read at the local coffee-shop/bookstore Bird in Hand.

Oscars 2018 Reactions

March 10, 2018

The News-Letter's contributors and staff offer some of their thoughts on the 2018 Oscars.