Arts & Entertainment

Book release focuses on black lives in America

March 3, 2016

In a night celebrating the power of poetry, Red Emma’s held an event on Feb. 28 celebrating the release of poet Tariq Touré’s new book, a collection of poems and reflections entitled Black Seeds. Touré is a black Muslim essayist, poet, educator and public speaker who is known for his creation of the #NoJusticeNoLeBron movement urging LeBron James to sit out of a game in protest of a grand jury’s decision not to indict Cleveland police officers after the shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice in 2014.

Reading Series presents night of poetry reading

March 3, 2016

Wyatt Prunty and John Irwin headlined an event on Feb. 5 as part of the Writing Seminars department’s Reading Series. The series allows Hopkins students and the general public to indulge in free readings of works of fiction and poetry by the authors themselves.

Sun Kil Moon, Jesu combine well

March 3, 2016

Longtime friends Justin Broadrick (Godflesh, Jesu) and Mark Kozelek (Sun Kil Moon) combined their individual takes on sonic texture and songwriting in the coherent and cohesive collaboration record Jesu / Sun Kil Moon.

 Mark Kozelek, an outspoken folk musician, helms this strong album.

A member of the forum took pictures of Hopkins students in the snow.

Photography Forum focus on visual storytelling

February 25, 2016

The Johns Hopkins Photography Forum, known as JHPF, hosted an information session for those interested in joining the student group on Feb. 22. JHPF is a group on campus that aims to tell stories of Hopkins via photography and share a unique perspective of campus life. The group also does features on non-profit organizations off campus.

Author explores the importance of touch

February 25, 2016

Barnes & Noble hosted David Linden, author and neuroscience professor at the School of Medicine, on Feb. 16. Linden read from and discussed his recent book Touch: The Science of Hand, Heart, and Mind, published last year.

The Dunbar Baldwin Hughes Theatre Company held a performance of Baltimore classic Hairspray.

Dunbar Hughes performs Hairspray

February 25, 2016

Performing a selection of songs from the hit musical Hairspray, the Dunbar Baldwin Hughes (DBH) Theatre Company held their Spring Cabaret this past Saturday, Feb. 20 in the SDS Room of Mattin Center. After two months of rehearsal, the theater group sang and danced to the numbers from the classic musical based on the zany John Waters film from 1988.

The News-Letter predicts 2016’s Oscar winners

February 25, 2016

The results of the Academy Awards rarely produce surprising results for audience members or even the nominees themselves. The Academy, comprised mainly of older white men, tend to play it safe, leaning towards historic biopics and actors who have charmed the public throughout the awards season.

Alicia Vikander is seeking an Academy Award in this year’s ceremony.

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Animal Collective’s 10th studio album was released on Feb. 19.

Animal Collective can’t recreate past

February 25, 2016

Animal Collective have forged their own mythology in their 17 year stint as a band. The members, known by the monikers Avey Tare, Deakin, Geologist and Panda Bear, all hail from Maryland in some way, shape or form. Their current claim to fame is the ability for each of their albums to sound vastly different from that which came before and this remains true with their tenth album, Painting With, which was released on Feb. 19 by Domino.

A Cappella groups unite at Mid-Atlantic event

February 25, 2016

The doors to Shriver Hall opened at 6:15 p.m. on Feb. 20, and by 6:30 p.m., the entire auditorium was packed. Friends and families from all over the Mid-Atlantic trekked to Hopkins for the quarterfinal round of the International Championships of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA), where ten talented groups performed in a real-life version of Pitch Perfect.

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Multiple a cappella groups performed at Shriver Hall on Feb. 20 in the ICCA Mid-Atlantic Quarter-Finals.

The Dirty Books and Longing Looks event took place on Feb. 11.

Library exhibit makes most of “dirty” Valentine

February 18, 2016

In celebration of Valentine’s Day, the Special Collections department of Sheridan Libraries hosted their annual Dirty Books and Longing Looks event on Feb. 11. The event was first inaugurated in 2011 by Heidi Herr, the librarian for English and Philosophy and has continued to draw in romantics and book enthusiasts since its inception.

John Barth exhibit celebrates life, literature

February 18, 2016

The Peabody Library is currently hosting an exhibition on parts of John Barth’s personal library. Barth has written novels such as the National Book Award winning Chimera. The author was born and raised on Maryland’s Eastern Shore and maintained ties to the state, especially the Chesapeake Bay, throughout his career.

HOP ignites the spirit of Mardi Gras

February 18, 2016

The Hopkins Organization for Programming (HOP), a student group with a mission to provide entertainment to enhance the undergraduate experience on Homewood campus, hosted a Mardi Gras event in the Glass Pavilion on Tuesday, Feb. 9. The event’s page on Facebook advertised it as a “taste of all things ‘Nawlins.”

The Witness Theatre Intersession Showcase was a mix of comedy and drama, highlighting student talent.

Witness Theatre showcases Intersession talent

February 18, 2016

From Friday, Feb. 12 to Sunday, Feb. 14, The Witness Hotel took over the Swirnow Theater in the Mattin Center. The Witness Hotel was one of the Witness Theater’s many completely student developed productions. The show was produced by Alberto “Pepe” Muniz and each of the four comedies that composed the show had a different student director.