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July 8, 2020

Arts & Entertainment



COURTESY OF RISHABH KUMAR
John Clark Mayden’s photo exhibition reflects on Baltimore’s history. 

Peabody exhibit honors Baltimore neighborhoods

The George Peabody Library held a City of Neighborhoods celebration on Sunday as part of the closing week of the exhibition of City People: Black Baltimore in the Photographs of John Clark Mayden, an exhibition of Mayden’s photos. The event involved a variety of activities encouraging Baltimore residents to share their experiences of the city, interact with past figures who inhabited it and highlight diverse, artistic voices in the city while focusing the ideas of community and home through the specific realities of Baltimore. 



EDEN releases experimental new album, no future

EDM. Electronic Dance Music. In the modern age of music, the majority of us first heard this abbreviation associated with the likes of Skrillex, a dubstep musician who makes music in the form of novel and strange bass, synths and samples. However, in an interview with Pitchfork, Skrillex himself has said that EDM is a broader term than it has been made out to be.


To All the Boys Sequel falls prey to tried clichés

When Netflix released the movie To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before in 2018, it immediately became a huge hit. Capturing the attention of young girls and hopeless romantics, the uprise of the movie’s fans led to the recent release of its sequel, To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You. Based on the original book series by Jenny Han, it provides a loaded glimpse into the labyrinth that is young love, confusion and teenage awkwardness. Now it’s time for the full inside scoop of the new movie (spoiler alert ahead). 



COURTESY OF BINYAMIN NOVETSKY
Blind date with a book is the brainchild of library specialist Lily Kowalczyk.

MSE offers students a “blind date with a book”

While some students spent Valentine’s Day this past week with their significant other, others spent it alone or with friends. This year, the Milton S. Eisenhower Library (MSE) provided a fourth option: spending V-Day with a book. Not just any book, though: a book you were set up with blindly by someone else who you’ve probably never met.


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Williams talked about BB Kind’s wide-ranging influence in Blues Music.

Author explores legacy of BB King at Red Emma’s

On Feb. 13, artist and author Diane Williams presented a talk at Red Emma’s Bookstore on the life and legacy of BB King, one of the most influential blues musicians of all time. As a wide-ranging retrospective, it dealt not only with the life and music of BB King, but also with the history of blues itself, from its conception to its current space in the music world. 


COURTESY OF JANAYA BROWN
Ren is a multifaceted artist experienced with collages and Adobe Illustrator.

Artist Spotlight: senior Grace Ren, a proponent of messy art

Grace Ren is a senior majoring in Public Health and minoring in Visual Arts. With a rather conspicuous Instagram handle, @graceren.art, it is quite impossible to dissociate Ren from her amalgamation of creative mediums, which she calls a “multimedia brain barf” in her single-line biography. 


COURTESY OF BENJAMIN EVANS
Students wrote, directed and acted in Witness Theater’s four new plays.

Witness Theater presents new plays centered on the dynamics of office life

 Witness Theater presented its annual Intersession Showcase at the Swirnow Theater this weekend. The show featured four new student-written plays all tied together by the theme of office life. Junior Dominique Dickey was the executive producer, and sophomore Aparajita Kashyap was the stage manager for the show. 



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Season 24 of The Bachelor returns with even more dramatic indulgence.

The guilty pleasure in watching The Bachelor

It’s been just over a month since I’ve started following Peter Weber on the season 24 premiere of The Bachelor. There are two parts of that sentence that truly freak me out. First: that The Bachelor has had 24 seasons. Huge accomplishment for ABC, Instagram handles and the few couples that continued their love off-screen. Big loss for America, which treats this like a reigning cultural phenomenon.



Miss Americana dives into Taylor Swift’s inner life

Miss Americana, the documentary directed by Lana Wilson that debuted on Netflix after a run at Sundance, is less of a walk through Taylor Swift’s life, and more of a patchworked exploration of the star’s psyche from her point of view — and only hers. 


COURTESY OF BETSY HEENEY
Artists gathered at the Gallery 1148 to talk about their experiences with “au naturale” art. 

Gallery 1448 presents talks on nudity in art

Gallery 1448 on East Baltimore Street presented its storytelling event “Speaking of Art — Au Naturale” on Sunday, Feb. 9. In the span of an hour and a half, Baltimore artists gathered in this intimate gallery to share stories on the theme of the “Au Naturale.” 


COURTESY OF YOOSOO YEO
The Peabody Symphony Orchestra performed at the Friedberg Concert Hall.

Peabody Symphony plays Bartók and Shostakovich

Having always been dragged to classical music performances by my parents when I was young, my lingering impression of the music was that it was boring and too long. My attempts as a musician fell short as well; I used to play the piano, cello and guitar, but I haven’t touched any of those instruments in years. 


COURTESY OF EUNICE PARK
Duo Ingolfsson-Stoupel presented a spectacular program at Peabody.

Duo Ingolfsson-Stoupel offers an intimate night of chamber music

Taking place in the Peabody Institute’s beautiful Griswold Hall, Judith Ingolfsson and Vladimir Stoupel, two artists in residence, performed a reinvigorating and challenging joint chamber program on Saturday evening. Named “Duo Ingolfsson-Stoupel,” their powerful collaboration allowed their perfect take on the works of Dubois, Ysaÿe and Franck to touch the hearts of the audience that night. 


New Brooklyn Nine-Nine season starts off strong

Brooklyn Nine-Nine (B99) has returned. For those who don’t know, B99 is arguably one of the funniest shows on television. I would watch it over The Office or anything else, really, and I’ve felt that way since I first sat down to watch the pilot episode at home with my mom way back in 2013. 



Shakira and Jennifer Lopez claimed the spotlight at the Super Bowl

The Super Bowl is a prominent feature of American culture. Every year, millions of people tune in to watch the highly-anticipated big game in the company of their friends and family.  This year was no exception: Variety estimated that around 102 million people tuned in to the 2020 Super Bowl. However, what is striking about the Super Bowl as an event is that there are so many other aspects to it besides the actual football game that draw in viewers. One of these is the halftime show. 


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