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May 28, 2022

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

Dunbar Hughes performs Hairspray

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.


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

The News-Letter predicts 2016’s Oscar winners

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.


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

Animal Collective can’t recreate past

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.


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

A Cappella groups unite at Mid-Atlantic event

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

Library exhibit makes most of “dirty” Valentine

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

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

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.”


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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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