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August 10, 2022

Arts & Entertainment

The majestic Kennedy Center presented David Alden’s Otello last weekend.

Otello production retells Shakespeare’s tragedy

“I believe in a cruel God who has created me in His image.” These sacrilegious words begin Iago’s aria in composer Giuseppe Verdi’s Otello, characterizing mankind as inherently bitter and wicked. It is in Iago’s dark worldview that director David Alden seems to base his production of the opera, now showing at The Kennedy Center with the Washington National Opera and starring Russell Thomas, George Gagnidze and Leah Crocetto.

Director and screenwriter Josh Schwartz revived Green’s novel for its television adaptation.

Looking for Alaska finds new life on television

We routinely hear the phrase, “The book was better than the movie.” It is rare that a movie adaptation meets the standards that are set by the book. Only when the movie includes as many details as it can from the book does the movie begin to reach our expectations. For the screen adaptation of John Green’s first novel, Looking For Alaska, this wasn’t a problem, since it was made into a Hulu TV series.

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Stand-up Comedy Club dresses up for Halloween

The Hopkins Stand-Up Comedy Club rocked the house this past Saturday night with their annual Halloween show, this year titled “Halloween 2: Electric Spookaloo.” The show featured nine members performing sets of five to 10 minutes. 

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Queer Comedy Night empowers and celebrates LGBTQ community

LGBTQ Life at Hopkins hosted a Queer Comedy Night at the LaB on Tuesday, Oct. 29. The event featured both student comedians and a professional local comedian, Elizabeth Norman. Throughout each set, the hour was full of shared giggles, shared laughs and, most importantly, the shared theme of queer stories and comedy. 

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Oddities Exposition captivates attendees

I’ve seen event fliers for months around Baltimore cafes and bookstores advertising the World Oddities Expo. Upon entering the lobby of the Lord Baltimore Hotel this past Sunday, Nov. 3, however, I saw little indication of the Expo’s existence, of tattooed viewers and strange relics on display. 

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New Netflix show pits Paul Rudd against Paul Rudd

Netflix has recently released a new show called Living With Yourself starring Paul Rudd, and it has proven to be even better and more complicated than expected. Already having received great critiques and responses from audiences all around, it is full of twists and cliffhangers that would have even The Vampire Diaries shaking. 

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King Princess’ debut is a bit monotone but a lot of fun

It has been a busy week for music. Kanye West finally dropped his highly anticipated Jesus is King, which, in a surprise to nobody, was filled mostly with cringy bars that feed his persecution complex and half-hearted attempts to redeem his public image. Rex Orange County released a disappointment of an album, Pony, his third and least likeable project yet. 

Rising artist Alexander 23 releases debut album

With music production tools becoming more accessible and music streaming services allowing for an easy avenue to distribute music, the number of prominent, young artists in the music industry has increased dramatically. 


David Keltz performs a reading of Poe’s “The Raven”

Once upon a midnight dreary, the two of us went to see Edgar Allan Poe impersonator David Keltz perform a dramatic reading of “The Raven” at The Elk Room on Fleet Street. We initially had trouble finding The Elk Room, a speakeasy hidden behind an unmarked, locked black door behind the Italian restaurant, Tagliata. 

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BMA hosts Art, Youth and Justice Day events

The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) held Art, Youth and Justice Day this past Saturday. It was held as part of Youth Justice Awareness Month in October, a campaign aimed at raising awareness about childhood incarceration and engaging in political advocacy. 

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Peabody features exhibit about Baltimore city life

The entrance to the exhibition City People: Black Baltimore in the Photographs of John Clark Mayden sits to the left of Peabody’s entrance. The room is small. Photographs grouped in couples and triples line the walls, all black and white, all centered around the black population of Baltimore as their subjects. 

Aaron Paul reprises his role as Jesse Pinkman, one of the main characters of Breaking Bad.

El Camino triumphantly concludes Breaking Bad

Breaking Bad is widely considered one of the best TV shows of all time. Its creator, Vince Gilligan, took a great risk by releasing a follow-up movie, “El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie,” this past Friday. 

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Alia Shawkat performed a set of lines 100 times in “The Second Woman.”

The Second Woman plays with theatrical convention

You probably know Alia Shawkat from her role as Maeby Fünke in Arrested Development — the quick-witted, opportunistic teenager who is the only character that has the slightest idea of what’s going on. Or you may know her from her starring role in Search Party, a genre-bending, satirical murder-mystery TV show. 

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Saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings is also a member of the Sons of Kemet.

The Comet Is Coming releases experimental album

Every young person deals with older people yelling about how this generation’s music is garbage compared to theirs. It involves some combination of a false equivalency, ignorance towards the modern genres and some claim to their geriatric authority. 

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