Arts & Entertainment


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Spencer Finch’s installation Moon Dust will remain at the BMA until 2024.

Spencer Finch’s Moon Dust lands at the BMA

March 1, 2018

I really don’t think that you can capture the feeling of standing under an array of 417 light bulbs, perfectly placed and descending over your head. I think that there’s something intrinsically magical and romantic about the piece, inherent in the fact that it’s depicting moon dust and the oxymoronic nature of using light bulbs to depict the moon.


Lando Chill proves R&B is far from dead

March 4, 2018

We are in a new phase of R&B, where experimentalism and innovation are in vogue. A great example of this is Lando Chill’s collaboration with producer Lasso, māyā. maia. mayu — one of the smoothest records I’ve heard this year.

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Holy Frijoles, a Hampden institution, closed briefly after a fire in 2016 but celebrated its reopening this month.

Hampden neighborhood hotspot Holy Frijoles re-opens its doors

March 1, 2018

Overall, I’d say the food’s nothing to rave about, but the events and the pinball make this place worth checking out if you’re in the area. If I’m in Hampden and want to get my stomach full while also keeping my wallet full, I’d definitely drop by again.


Kenneth Lonegran’s This is Our Youth comes to Homewood

March 1, 2018

While the characters are not entirely likeable as people, the strong skills of the three actors, all with extensive acting experience, create an undeniable atmosphere of empathy. We may not want these characters as our friends, but we do care about their lives and what will become of them. 

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Kenneth Lonegran won an Academy Award in 2016 for his film Manchester by the Sea.

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Natalie Portman stars in director Alex Garlands latest film, Annihilation.

Annihilation evocatively blends beauty and terror

March 1, 2018

Annihilation is one of the most beautifully terrifying science fiction films I’ve seen in the past eight years. It’s wonderfully acted and benefits from the deft hand of someone that has directed more than one film.


Why do audiences love the The Bachelor so much?

March 1, 2018

I prided myself for a long time on never watching The Bachelor. For some reason, not watching that show made me feel like a better person, like I didn’t need to sink down to the level of trashy TV and getting involved in the lives of people I didn’t know.

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The rose is a common trope in the TV show The Bachelor. which is now in its twenty second season.

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This portrait shows actor Ira Aldridge dressed for his role in Othello.

Red Velvet explores the legacy of Ira Aldridge

March 1, 2018

It is deeply compelling to observe Aldridge as he grapples with a role previously reserved for white men and the implications that come with it: critics who utilize explicit racial terminology to discuss his performance, fatal fissures in his longtime friendship with the flawed LaPorte, and his fellow cast members who awkwardly and haltingly attempt to understand Aldridge’s experiences. 


Marvel’s Black Panther is more than just a superhero film

February 22, 2018

I’m just going to get this out of the way right now: Black Panther is a really good movie — incredibly good. You should definitely go see it. It is a thought-provoking essay on racial issues with a wonderful cast. It is a philosophical tale about the ways that we interact with our culture and our past and whether or not those traditions should be preserved moving into the future. 

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Black Panther has grossed $361 million since its release on Feb. 16.

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Car Seat Headrest's Will Toledo successfully reworked Twin Fantasy. 

Car Seat Headrest Successfully Re-records Album

February 22, 2018

The muted bass that introduces “My Boy” is slow, delicate and groovy. Within two minutes, there is a flood of biting guitars and Will Toledo, the lead singer, is wailing into the microphone. This is the prototype for the usual Car Seat Headrest song.


Witness Theater debuts an eclectic showcase

February 22, 2018

Witness Theater presented their Intersession showcase, Welcome to Our House — produced by junior Sarah Linton and stage managed by freshman Dominique Dickey — in the Mattin Center’s Swirnow Theater this weekend. The show featured a diverse collection of four student-directed and written one-act plays. 

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Witness Theater’s Intersession Showcase celebrates the work of students.

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Michael B Jordan delivers a compelling performance as Killmonger. 

Killmonger is Marvel's most nuanced villain yet

February 22, 2018

If you’re a fan of superhero movies, odds are you’ve noticed that the villains are often not particularly interesting or challenging to the hero’s way of thought. They are kinda just there to kick start the plot and be a punching bag.


Alsarah & the Nubatones tour Baltimore venues

February 22, 2018

The rhythmic beats of Alsarah & the Nubatones echoed through the basement of St. Matthews Church on Thursday, Feb. 15. The East African retro-pop group, currently based in Brooklyn, performed for a small yet engaged crowd as part of their tour of Baltimore sponsored by the Creative Alliance. 

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Alsarah & the Nubatones was formed by Sudanese-American musician Alsarah in 2010.

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Lin Manuel Miranda wrote and starred in Broadway's smash-hit Hamilton. 

Mark Bramble gives engaging talk on Homewood Hamilton exhibit

February 15, 2018

I was very late to the Hamilton party. I’m not going to lie to you, as a Brit, I wasn’t that interested in a musical about America, America’s Founding Fathers and animosity for Britain. That doesn’t by any means suggest that I wasn’t beyond excited to see the show in London just a week after it opened.


Kedi is documentary film-making at its finest

February 15, 2018

My only New Year’s Resolution was to watch more documentaries. As much as I love movies — getting lost for two hours and escaping from the overwhelming feeling of panic that comes from the news — watching a documentary is something different. 


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Philippe Garrel directed Lover for a Day, which stars his daughter Esther.

Lover for a Day examines complex relationships

February 15, 2018

For those who go to the movies only to be swept up by fantastical images and dramatic character arcs, Lover for a Day may not be the movie for you. It’s small and contained, at times presenting more like a play. 


The Death of Walt Disney critiques his legacy

February 15, 2018

“It’s a Small World” has never been creepier. A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay About The Death of Walt Disney at the Single Carrot Theatre is playing from Feb. 2 to Feb. 25, and it’s everything your childhood nightmares are made of — maybe your current nightmares too. 


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3 beans is located in Federal Hill, a popular place for shopping and dining.

Federal Hill coffee shop debuts two new roasts

February 15, 2018

Last Saturday evening I had the opportunity to attend an event hosted by 3 Bean Coffee, a craft coffee shop located in the heart of Federal Hill, Baltimore. They were throwing a release party to celebrate the launch of their own roasted coffee beans: Triton and Triumph.