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April 21, 2024

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You can see Ketzev at showcases and at their end-of-semester performance.

Ketzev is a community-oriented a cappella group rooted in Jewish culture

If there’s one thing that Hopkins has no shortage of, it’s fantastic a cappella groups. But with so many groups on campus, it can be difficult to really highlight the unique strengths and interests of each one. This week I was able to sit down with senior Matt Rodgers, the president of Ketzev at JHU, to find out what makes Ketzev and a cappella at Hopkins so special.


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Love at First Sight is an easy-to-watch romantic comedy that recently came out on Netflix.

Is Love at First Sight a love at first viewing?

Out of the 38 Netflix Original releases so far this month, nine of which are movies, the new Netflix romantic comedy Love At First Sight sits at the top of the pedestal as No. 1 in the top 10 movies in the U.S. The new addition to Netflix’s repertoire is an adaptation of the novel The Statistical Probability of Love At First Sight, written by Jennifer E. Smith. 



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This week’s picks also include Expend4bles, the latest addition to The Expendables film series, Kylie Minogue’s long-awaited return with her new album Tension and the Baltimore-wide arts festival, Artscape.

To watch and watch for: Week of Sept. 17

This week’s picks also include Expend4bles, the latest addition to The Expendables film series, Kylie Minogue’s long-awaited return with her new album Tension and the Baltimore-wide arts festival Artscape.






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This week’s picks include Shane Gillis’ first Netflix special Beautiful Dogs, Olivia Rodrigo’s second studio album GUTS and the fifth annual Billie Holiday Jazz in Lafayette Square Concert. 

To watch and watch for: Week of Sept. 4

This week’s picks include Shane Gillis’ first Netflix special Beautiful Dogs, Olivia Rodrigo’s second studio album GUTS and the fifth annual Billie Holiday Jazz in Lafayette Square Concert.



COURTESY OF ABIGAIL TUSCHMAN
The lethargic crowd and odd setting of the Kehlani concert made it difficult to enjoy their music.

Thoughts of Kehlani in the Rec Center won’t keep me “up at night”

This past Saturday, I spent my night in the Ralph S. O'Connor Center for Recreation and Well-Being. Instead of smelling like sweat and disinfectant wipes, the Rec Center was filled with the White-Claw breath of hordes of Hopkins students after a day of dartying. We were all gathered (way too close together) on the basketball court to watch Kehlani, this year’s Spring Fair Concert headliner.


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Blue Jay Bhangra shares Bhangra and Punjabi culture at the annual Culture Show.

Music, dance and heritage on display in 2023 Culture Show

The first night of Culture Show has always been one of my favorite days of the semester. For two electric hours, I’m completely absorbed in seeing what all the incredible cultural groups on campus have spent the semester preparing, learning about different styles of music and dance and being humbled by Hopkins students’ commitment to carrying tradition forward into our campus today.



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Smith notes how Holiday’s book Stillness is the Key asks readers to redefine productivity.

Ryan Holiday’s Stillness Is the Key defends the importance of taking time for yourself

Most of us can undoubtedly claim to be extremely busy, but would you consider yourself busier than Winston Churchill? From 1898 to 1918, Winston Churchill wrote seven books while holding political office and still managed to have a two-hour nap each day, a habit he even kept when he was prime minister during World War II. Do these naps signify Churchill’s laziness? I would argue they do not; rather, they signify a disciplined schedule that allows time for rest, as Churchill recognized that stillness in his life was a necessity.


COURTESY OF HELENA GIFFORD
The Lan Yun Blue Orchids dance using water sleeves in their spring showcase.

The Lan Yun Blue Orchids celebrate Chinese history in the spring showcase

The Lan Yun Blue Orchids, a traditional Chinese dance team on campus, performed in their second annual showcase on the evening of April 15. The showcase was titled Dancing Through the Dynasties and told the history of China through dance and musical performance. The program was set up as a timeline, using performances to characterize each dynasty. 


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Lee Sung Jin’s Beef stars Korean-American actor Steven Yeun in a career-best performance.

Beef is a daring portrait of Asian American turbulence

I’m always oddly heartened when the simplest beginnings can yield the greatest stories. It’s almost like a sign that our lives really can go anywhere, and the bounds of reality, no matter what the cynics say, just aren’t that realistic. In Netflix’s Beef, the latest revelation from creator Lee Sung Jin, these all make for sorry understatements.


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This. week’s picks include Ari Aster’s Beau is Afraid, David Baldacci’s new novel Simply Lies and The Smashing Pumpkins’ latest album Atum: Act Three.

To watch and watch for: Week of April 16

As the weather gets warmer in Baltimore, it’s time to get outside and enjoy the fresh air! Maybe you’re in need of a Beach read or some new hits to listen to on your walk to class. Or, maybe you’re hiding in your dorm room from the scourge of allergy season, in dire need of something fun and interesting to watch to keep yourself entertained. Either way, the Arts section has some fresh recommendations for you.



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