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July 6, 2020

Arts & Entertainment

HOP ignites the spirit of Mardi Gras

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

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.

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The Barnstormers Intersession Showcase featured two one-act plays after a month of rehearsal.

Barnstormers Showcase mixes drama, comedy

The actors gathered in a circle, slowly circling around beneath an eerie red light. One actress carried what appeared to be a headless body before gently placing it on the bed on the stage. Contrary to any initial assumptions about the nature of these ritualistic proceedings, this was, in fact, the transition between the two plays of the Barnstormers Intersession Showcase.

Art historian discusses evolution of artistic books

In an event titled Gaining/Losing Control: The Artist and the Book Format Stephen J. Bury presented a talk on book art to a crowded auditorium of art enthusiasts, curious students and community members on Feb. 2. The talk, which was as a part of a series of programing on book art at Hopkins and around Baltimore, covered different traditional and experimental books from the early 20th to the 21st century.

Half-time show presents powerful messages

There are two kinds of Super Bowl fans: those that care about the game and those that come in the last five minutes of the first half to watch the halftime show. However, regardless of the type of football fan, it seemed like everyone was excited to see Beyoncé, Bruno Mars and Coldplay. While the headliner was officially Coldplay, a British group formed in 1996, Brunos Mars and Beyoncé were invited to perform alongside the band. This was an interesting choice considering it was almost guaranteed that their combined star power would overpower Coldplay.

Documentary unveils human connections

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.

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

BreakBeat updates poetry with hip-hop

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

Zinda takes on new name, competitive spirit

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.

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

Migos mixtape pairs fun, self-reflection

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.

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

The Big Short finds clarity, empathy in chaos

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.

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Intersession class provides comic relief

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.

Hopkins professor directs original play

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

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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