Arts & Entertainment


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Hasan Minhaj showcased his comedic skill at MSE’s final event of the year.

Hasan Minhaj uses humor to tackle tough topics

December 7, 2017

Considering that we’re in the middle of gearing up for finals, a.k.a. impending doom, I was surprised at the massive and honestly pretty diverse segment of our student body that was assembled in Turner Auditorium. The crowd waited, anxiously cramming in those last few calc problems.


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Binge-watching Sex and the City in 2017

December 2, 2017

I first tried watching Sex and the City (SATC) a couple of years ago. As a fan of Darren Star’s latest fun, if at times oddly-paced, show Younger, I figured I was likely to enjoy its fashion-forward and more mature cousin even more.


Slowdive and Cherry Glazerr’s show lights up Rams Head Live!

November 30, 2017

On Nov. 17, British shoegaze veterans Slowdive and Los Angeles garage-rock band Cherry Glazerr played at Rams Head Live! as part of Slowdive’s North American tour. The band skipped over Baltimore in their original tour dates for the United States, instead hitting D.C. in May. But, two weeks ago, they managed to make their way here, and the show was great.

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The shoegazing band Slowdive reunited in 2014 after nearly 20 years.

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Ben Platt and Rachel Bay Jones won Tonys for Dear Evan Hansen.

Dear Evan Hansen is an emotional look at adolescence

November 30, 2017

Ever since I first heard the Dear Evan Hansen soundtrack by Benji Pasek and Justin Paul, I’ve wanted to go see this musical. Even the first few times I listened to it, when I had no idea what the storyline was, the music somehow made me cry.


Escaping into art at London’s Tate Modern Gallery

November 30, 2017

This Thanksgiving break, I had the chance to visit the Tate Modern, one of the most prominent contemporary art museums in London. Located on the South Bank of the River Thames, Tate Modern is a massive building that houses many different themed galleries and art installations.

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Barbara Kruger’s piece Who Owns What? is on display in the Tate’s Media Matters exhibit.

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Brooklyn rapper Fabolous teams up with Jadakiss on Friday on Elm Street.

Jadakiss and Fabolous live on as icons

November 30, 2017

The late 1990s and early 2000s were an interesting time for hip-hop. Labels like Bad Boy, G-Unit and Ruff Ryders had essentially come to define the New York sound, which had become far more melodic and polished.


Lady Bird is one of the year’s strongest films

November 30, 2017

In a year where we, as an audience, have been treated to some spectacular directorial debuts in the form of Jordan Peele’s horror film Get Out and Tyler Sheridan’s thriller Wind River, it is only suitable that the next big name directorial debut is also an incredible work of art.

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Opening of the 64th Berlin International Film Festival at the Berlinale Palast

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Activist Kwame Rose is one of the films principal subjects.

Black activists celebrated in HBO’s documentary "Baltimore Rising"

November 22, 2017

More than two years have passed since his death, but Freddie Gray still lives on in Baltimore. Just last week, one of the officers involved in Gray’s death, Lieutenant Brian Rice, was cleared of administrative charges. Rice, along with three other officers complicit in Gray’s death, beat the case against him, in what many Baltimoreans saw as a gross miscarriage of justice.


SLAM’s showcase dazzles audiences at the Rec Center

November 16, 2017

On Sunday afternoon SLAM hosted their 10th Annual Hip-Hop Showcase and Benefit. The showcase featured the group itself as well as 12 guests, including Hopkins’ Eclectics. The lineup brought together a variety of dance troupes from across the region to perform on the temporary Goldfarb auditorium stage setup in the Ralph S. O’Connor Recreation Center.

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Student hip-hop dance group SLAM invited several other groups to join them at their showcase.

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Yung Lean’s new album, Stranger, shows surprising depth and lyricism.

With the album Stranger, Yung Lean escapes his viral past

November 16, 2017

Yung Lean is one of hip-hop’s most unique characters. Try to think of a more unlikely success story: A teenage kid from Stockholm and his ragtag group of friends play around making spacey, atmospheric music. It goes viral almost instantly, and, within a few years, they’re touring globally.


Teju Cole reads selections of his poetry and prose

November 16, 2017

The President’s Reading Series and the Writing Seminars Department presented a reading by Chaffee Visiting Writer Teju Cole on Tuesday night at 6 p.m. in Mudd Auditorium. Cole read some of his lyrical, lilting prose from his books Blind Spot and Open City, which feature a combination of his essays and photographs.

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Teju Cole is a photographer, historian and artist, as well as an author.

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Justice League features an ensemble cast that includes actors like Ben Affleck and Gal Gadot.

Justice League is a step in the right direction for DC films

November 16, 2017

Almost everyone our age grew up with Saturday morning cartoons. You remember, don’t you? You’d wake up (relatively) early, get your bowl of cereal and sit down to watch an episode of Batman or Superman on Kids’ WB. It was the thing you’d look forward to after a long week of school.


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Taylor Swift’s new album Reputation dabbles unsuccessfully in hip-hop.

Swift fails to find unique sound in Reputation

November 16, 2017

Everyone has a guilty pleasure artist, and, for me, it has always been Taylor Swift. There’s a certain shame that comes with knowing that she doesn’t make what people would call “good” music, whatever that even means.