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February 25, 2021

Arts & Entertainment

Shua at a concert featuring Eurovision 2018 winner Netta.

Eurovision Home Concerts: a pleasing Eurovision Song Contest substitute

I’m not an obsessive for many TV shows, with one exception: the Eurovision Song Contest. Criminally underrated in the U.S., Eurovision is an annual arcade of countries and songs. Set up like a combination of the Olympics and American Idol, Eurovision is my annual fairytale. Each year, various European (and guest) nations toy with songs and artists until they come up with a perfect performance. 

Jeffrey Katzenberg founded Quibi as a way to pair high production value with fast entertainment. 

Quibi's launch fails to live up to hype

Last week saw the launch of Quibi, a new streaming service. Quibi seeks to differentiate itself through mobile-only, short-form content; the episodes of each series on the app are all under 10 minutes, which is seemingly ideal for our generation’s ever diminishing attention span. 

Maria Schrader directed the new Netflix show Unorthodox.

Unorthodox paints poignant picture of family and selfhood

I have a weird obsession with German television and movies. In my humble opinion, the actors, production and motivations behind them are incredibly refreshing in comparison to the U.S. market, where shows are renewed season after season until their wonderfully original premise gets stale and formulaic, just to make a little more money. 

Joe Exotic is the central figure in the new Netflix documentary series Tiger King.

Tiger King is an alternate reality to our own incomprehensible reality

I entered my senior year of college with several misgivings. I had just spent my junior spring semester abroad at the University of St Andrews in Scotland, and everyone had warned me of what tends to be a difficult transition back to life at Hopkins after months of reckless fun in a foreign continent. 

Brandon Woody (right) and Allen "Aldo B" Branch (left) were the first performers in the Creative Alliance's Sidewalk Serenades series. 

Baltimore artists and organizations creatively adapt to ongoing pandemic

If there’s one thing the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic hasn’t completely destructed, it’s the spirit of the arts. We’ve seen it all: viral TikTok snippets, Instagram livestreams, apartment windowsill jam sessions, art-making and concerts brought to you on what has become the most loved and hated platform of our time — Zoom.

Together at home: Celebrities flock to social media to entertain

In this temporary era of social distancing and quarantine, most of us find ourselves with more time on our hands. Of course, we can fill this time interacting with our families in-person or over the phone, group facetiming (or group zooming) our friends, but there’s definitely a limit to how much time we want to spend interacting with others. 

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Childish Gambino released 3.15.20, his fourth album since the 2016 hit, "Awaken, My Love!" 

Childish Gambino’s new album lacks cohesion

Childish Gambino live-streamed music from his latest and last album on for a few hours on March 15.  While I unfortunately missed those hours, I was aware that an album was coming soon. Finally, after four years since the release of the phenomenal “Awaken, My Love!”, Gambino finally put out 3.15.20 (on March 22 — or 3.22.20). 

The Walters Art Museum recently opened an exhibition of the Missal read by St. Francis of Assisi, a seminal Christian text.

The Walters Art Museum displays historic St. Francis Missal

For the first time in nearly 40 years, the St. Francis Missal has its own dedicated exhibition at the Walters Art Museum. Though the museum is currently closed to the public due to the coronavirus pandemic, the exhibition will be on display until May 31. 

Tomasz Robak performed accompaniment for Beethoven and Schumman at Griswold Hall.

Pianist Tomasz Robak performs at Peabody recital

The Peabody Institute held a wonderful recital this weekend by pianist and Peabody student Tomasz Robak and his colleagues Mateusz Strzelecki, a violinist, and Christopher Hartung, a baritone singer at Peabody. 

Nita Nair has been volunteering with the Art Cart since freshman year. 

What Art Cart taught me about the power of crafts

Every Monday morning, before I wake up for my first class, I hear the sound of soft footsteps shuffling and the creak of the apartment front door — this is when I know my roommate, Nita Nair, is up bright and early for her shift at the Hopkins Hospital for the Art Cart, an organization on campus that allows volunteers to deliver arts and crafts to admitted patients and their families. 

The Sustainable Fashion Show featured many diverse eco-friendly outfits.

Planet Runway celebrates sustainable fashion

Students for Environment Action (SEA) — in collaboration with Compassion Awareness and Responsible Eating (CARE) and Fiber Arts — hosted its annual sustainable fashion show, Planet Runway, on Saturday, March 7, in the Levering Great Hall. The event, in its cornucopia of vibrant vogue ensembles presented against a backdrop of popular beats, exemplified how sustainable living is always in style.

Zora Howard discussed the ways in which people of color can be portrayed in the media.

Parkway hosts screening and Q&A on Premature

The Parkway Theater hosted a screening of Premature and an accompanying Q&A and discussion with Zora Howard, an actress and writer for the film, as part of the annual Maryland Film Festival in Baltimore on Feb. 28. 

Several actors in The Hound of the Baskervilles played multiple characters.

Students star in Sherlock Holmes play adaptation

Imagine being transported to Victorian-era England and into an apartment at 221B Baker Street. The wily Sherlock Holmes and his trusty colleague Dr. Watson await your arrival, ready to take you through the comedic adventure that is The Hound of the Baskervilles. 

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