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November 28, 2020

Arts & Entertainment



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The Current Space in the Bromo Arts District exhibited artworks from a diverse group of artists.

Current Space hosts interactive exhibit

Current Space, an artist-run art gallery and studio in Mount Vernon, hosted the opening reception for its current show, The Garden of Forking Paths, along with sounds from the base of a mountain on Saturday Feb. 29. This year marks 10 years that Current Space, around since 2004, has been at its new location in the Bromo Arts District, a designated arts district of Baltimore.


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Noémie Merlant acted as the protagonist in Portrait of a Lady on Fire.

Portrait of a Lady on Fire is immersive and timely

Portrait of a Lady on Fire, which swept the Cannes Film Festival last spring and was directed by Céline Sciamma, has come to the Charles Theatre for a limited release in Baltimore. If you don’t want to spend the price of a meal on a movie you could easily procure online, you can do what I did a month ago: download and watch it on Kanopy. However, there’s something to be said for watching a movie on the silver screen that is defined by intricate, cinematic tableaus, on long, emotionally-laden visuals dependent on color and furtive glances. 


Gentefied delves into immigrant life in America

Netflix’s monthly release of new movies and TV shows is here, and this month, it seems everyone’s new obsessions are Love Is Blind and The Circle. However, behind all the overhyped, guilty pleasure reality shows is a hidden gem that everyone needs to watch — Gentefied. 



Hopkins Symphony Orchestra concludes its season

You could say that I was raised on classical music. Growing up, classical music was the only music that my dad ever played on the radio whenever he drove me places. Since my dad was my main chauffeur (sorry, mom, but dad gets this one), I spent a lot of my life listening to Mozart and Beethoven on repeat. 


Despite good production, Hunters falls morally flat

Amazon Prime released its highly-advertised new series, Hunters, this past Friday. The show follows a nefarious plot going on amongst 1977 Nazis, who plan to take over the United States and re-found the Nazi party (or something along those lines). The show also features an FBI agent played by Jerrika Hinton, who is herself discovering and following that very nation-wide Nazi conspiracy.



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BTS' new album, Map of the Soul: 7, celebrates the band members' longstanding friendship.

BTS returns with even more stunning choreography

Much of Korean pop music (K-pop) makes more sense as a performance than a music genre. It seems necessary to watch the music video and live performances to grasp the whole experience in its entirety. The satisfying synchronization of the members, amazing choreography, well thought-out backdrops, cool outfits and collective stage presence are crucial elements that add to a song’s success. 


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The 2018 California wildfires left Tame Impala no choice but to leave behind thousands of dollars of equipment.

Tame Impala’s album is a Slow Rush of emotions

In order to fully appreciate The Slow Rush, I think it’s important to take a moment to look back on the long journey that has led to this album’s release. When Tame Impala was announced as a Coachella headliner in late 2018, the anticipation for their follow-up to their immaculate 2015 album Currents came to a head. But as the months passed without a release date or first single, fans became nervous. 


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The Peabody Wind Ensemble performed 20th-Century classical works.

Peabody Wind Ensemble shows off musicianship

The Peabody Institute’s Wind Ensemble rotation gave a stunning concert with conductor Harlan Parker in the Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall on Thursday, Feb. 20. The principle performers played beautiful solos alongside Kirkland Moranos on flute, Ellen Gruber on oboe and Chae Yoon Baek on clarinet.



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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. 


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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. 


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