Arts & Entertainment


Documentary unveils human connections

February 11, 2016

The 2015 gang intervention documentary License to Operate, directed by James Lipetzky, held its Baltimore premiere in Hodson Hall on Thursday, Feb. 4. The film premiered at the Seattle Film Festival and screened at a number of universities across the country. The film was opened by an introduction by Beverly Wendland, James B. Knapp Dean of the Krieger School, and Don Kurz, an alumni of Hopkins and one of the film’s executive producers.


BreakBeat updates poetry with hip-hop

February 11, 2016

The Center for Africana Studies hosted a reading by three poets and contributors to the recently published anthology The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop on Feb. 8.

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Safia Elhillo was one of the performers at the BreakBeat event.

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Zinda recently competed at Dhamaal, a competition in Detroit that included eight different groups.

Zinda takes on new name, competitive spirit

February 11, 2016

This past weekend, the newly re-branded Bollywood dance team Zinda travelled to Detroit to attend their first competitive dance competition. Formerly known as Masti, the team started about 10 years ago as a non-competitive dance team at Hopkins.


Migos mixtape pairs fun, self-reflection

February 4, 2016

Atlanta rap group Migos released a follow-up to their classic mixtape Y.R.N (Young Rich N****r), not to be confused with the also classic album Y.R.N. (Yung Rich Nation), in late January. Creatively called Y.R.N 2, this newest tape is yet another step in the meteoric rise of the trio compromised of Quavo, Takeoff and Offset. Migos has created their own flow and their own slang. One of the best quarterbacks in the NFL, Cam Newton, does their dance, the dab, every time he scores a touchdown — what a time to be alive. Moreover, comedian Dess Nice has argued that this group is better than the Beatles.

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Migos pursue a mix between their usual party rap style and tinges of reflection on the past year’s events.

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Ryan Gosling stars as banker Jared Vennett, the narrator of the film.

The Big Short finds clarity, empathy in chaos

February 4, 2016

Amid the polarized economic debates of this election season, The Big Short brings audiences back to the origins of the “Great Recession,” a story of nearly unbelievable greed and devastating loss. To those who recall the blaring headlines and chaotic atmosphere of nearly a decade ago, the film brings a sense of clarity and unravels the twisted heaps of corruption that led to the downfall of the word economy.


Intersession class provides comic relief

February 4, 2016

At a school students know to be demanding and stressful, a comedy show may seem improbable. The Intersession class on stand-up comedy offers an escape from the norm, with students’ comedic efforts culminating in a public show in which they deliver their four-minute routines in front of the Hopkins community. The aptly-named Intersession Stand-Up Comedy Show was on Jan. 29, a week later than planned due to winter storm Jonas.

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Hopkins professor directs original play

February 4, 2016

Directed by Writing Seminars professor David Yezzi, the play Schnauzer opens this Friday at Single Carrot Theatre. Yezzi has directed several shows in New York City and has a long history in theater. His latest production is an original, innovative one-act play that runs a little over an hour.


Fargo’s second season builds on strong writing

February 4, 2016

Season two of FX’s Fargo wrapped up during winter break. The series is an adaptation of the Coen Brothers’ 1990s film of the same name, and the second season is a prequel to the events of the first season. The show is helmed by writer Noah Hawley, who delegated the writing of several episodes this season to other talent, in a departure from the past season.


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Moura stars as Pablo Escobar, a ruthless Colombian drug lord.

Narcos is a welcome addition to Netflix lineup

January 28, 2016

Remember when Netflix was just a company that sent DVDs to your house in weird envelopes and not a production powerhouse that churned out great television? Neither does anyone else. We are all busy watching their shows on Netflix Instant.


BMA features Maryland artists in new exhibit

January 28, 2016

In a celebration of local art and artists, the Baltimore Museum of Art will be displaying a new exhibit on Maryland artists from Feb. 7 to May 8 of this year. The exhibit, curated by Senior Curator of Prints, Drawings & Photographs Rena Hoisington, will be displayed in the museum’s Sadie A. May Gallery. It will feature more than 20 newly acquired Maryland-related pieces of art, many of which are being placed on view for the first time.

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John Waters is one of the artists whose work will be on display.

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Cate Blanchett stars as the title role in the haunting drama Carol.

Recent cinema brings a new take on the ‘50s

January 28, 2016

Out of the films that received several Academy Award nominations this year, two of them, director John Crowly’s Brooklyn and Tod Haynes’ Carol, are set in the 1950s, a decade torn between conformity and rebellion. Although these films take place during the same decade as iconic movies like Grease, neither film exactly prescribes to the Rock ‘N’ Roll, candy-colored imagery that one would normally associate with the time period.


Hopkins’ comedy groups plan out new semester

January 28, 2016

In a rigorous academic environment like Hopkins, comedy groups can help lighten the mood and create an outlet for free expression of creativity and humor. The Buttered Niblets, an improvisational group, and Throat Culture, a sketch comedy group, are the main providers of this comedic relief to an often stressed Hopkins student body.

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 Members of Throat Culture, Will Bernish and Michael George, perform a sketch during their 24-hour show.