Arts & Entertainment


Alsarah & the Nubatones tour Baltimore venues

February 22, 2018

The rhythmic beats of Alsarah & the Nubatones echoed through the basement of St. Matthews Church on Thursday, Feb. 15. The East African retro-pop group, currently based in Brooklyn, performed for a small yet engaged crowd as part of their tour of Baltimore sponsored by the Creative Alliance. 

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Alsarah & the Nubatones was formed by Sudanese-American musician Alsarah in 2010.

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Lin Manuel Miranda wrote and starred in Broadway's smash-hit Hamilton. 

Mark Bramble gives engaging talk on Homewood Hamilton exhibit

February 15, 2018

I was very late to the Hamilton party. I’m not going to lie to you, as a Brit, I wasn’t that interested in a musical about America, America’s Founding Fathers and animosity for Britain. That doesn’t by any means suggest that I wasn’t beyond excited to see the show in London just a week after it opened.


Kedi is documentary film-making at its finest

February 15, 2018

My only New Year’s Resolution was to watch more documentaries. As much as I love movies — getting lost for two hours and escaping from the overwhelming feeling of panic that comes from the news — watching a documentary is something different. 


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Philippe Garrel directed Lover for a Day, which stars his daughter Esther.

Lover for a Day examines complex relationships

February 15, 2018

For those who go to the movies only to be swept up by fantastical images and dramatic character arcs, Lover for a Day may not be the movie for you. It’s small and contained, at times presenting more like a play. 


The Death of Walt Disney critiques his legacy

February 15, 2018

“It’s a Small World” has never been creepier. A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay About The Death of Walt Disney at the Single Carrot Theatre is playing from Feb. 2 to Feb. 25, and it’s everything your childhood nightmares are made of — maybe your current nightmares too. 


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3 beans is located in Federal Hill, a popular place for shopping and dining.

Federal Hill coffee shop debuts two new roasts

February 15, 2018

Last Saturday evening I had the opportunity to attend an event hosted by 3 Bean Coffee, a craft coffee shop located in the heart of Federal Hill, Baltimore. They were throwing a release party to celebrate the launch of their own roasted coffee beans: Triton and Triumph. 


Barnstormers present Stupid Fucking Bird at Arellano Theater

February 15, 2018

This weekend, the Hopkins Barnstormers presented their Intersession show, Stupid Fucking Bird, in Arellano Theater. The play, written by Aaron Posner, is loosely based upon Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull, dealing with some of the same dark and difficult topics as the Russian play in a more lighthearted and modern-day manner. 

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Usman Enam (left) and Carver Bain (right) starred respectively in the play as Dev and Conrad.

Freshman rapper talks music, charity and life

February 8, 2018

You’ve seen him around. He may have zoomed past you on his electric scooter. You may have seen him in class wearing his trademark ski goggles. You may have even seen him on stage rapping. Kristofer Madu, aka Travis Karter, is that guy. A freshman International Studies major and an up-and-coming rapper, there is a lot more to him than many people know.

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On February 3, Karter preformed at the Torrent Lounge in Towson.

The Cloverfield Paradox fails to live up to the hype

February 8, 2018

In the midst of an exciting Super Bowl and the hype that comes with the commercials, fans were caught off guard by a trailer for a movie that nobody was expecting.  No, I’m not talking about the one where The Rock has a prosthetic leg and has to save his family from apocalyptic monsters. What I’m talking about is the third film set in the Cloverfield universe. 

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Daniel Brühl stars alongside Gugu Mbatha Raw in Netflix’s new release, The Cloverfield Paradox.

Black Heritage celebration begins with a poetic evening

February 8, 2018

Hopkins students, faculty and community members gathered in the upstairs lounge of the LaB for the 2018 Black Heritage Opening Ceremony on Friday, Feb. 2. The event, which included poetry, speeches, food and trivia, was the first in a series of events celebrating Black History Month.


The Lor Store localizes modern street fashion

February 8, 2018

Last Friday, I attended the grand opening of The Lor Store, a streetwear-focused shop located in the heart of downtown Baltimore. As I opened the door, I was greeted by a crowd of Baltimorean streetwear fans and a DJ who blasted upbeat music from the speakers. 

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The Lor Store features both national brands and in-house designs.

Comedy showcase cracks up the LaB

February 26, 2018

The JHU Stand-Up Comedy Club held their first show of the semester Feb. 3 at the LaB.  Performing to a crowd of students sitting in any open area they could find, several members of the club joked about everything from chain emails to dating over the course of the evening.


Dyyo Faccina explores his fears on latest album

February 5, 2018

Creativity is linked inexorably to identity. One’s idea of self shapes the form and content of expression across almost every medium. Much like self-realization, creativity takes time, and the process of bringing the two together as a coherent whole is anything but immediate.

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People Are Scared.. is Dyyo Faccina’s debut release under his own name.

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Some of the exhibits at the museum were X-ray photographed in order to study their structure.

Exhibit showcases Balenciaga’s talent and influence

February 5, 2018

We all see beauty in the world and subsequently strive to surround ourselves with things that we find beautiful. Whether that beauty takes the form of a piece of art, a video game or a song, we surround ourselves with the things we love and make us happy.


Peabody Modern Orchestra opens its spring season

February 5, 2018

The Peabody Modern Orchestra held the first spring concert of the 2017-2018 Concert Season on Saturday, Jan. 27, in the Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Mount Vernon. The orchestra played a selection of pieces authored by contemporary composers under the direction of conductor Harlan D. Parker.

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The Peabody Institute hosts free concerts in a wide variety of genres throughout the year.

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Chadwick Boseman and Lupita Nyong’o will star in Marvel’s forthcoming Black Panther.

Movies to look forward to over the coming year

February 5, 2018

We’ve left another year behind. By the time you read this, we’ll know who has been nominated for the Oscars. Almost all of the films aren’t currently available in theaters, so for the general public it’s time to look ahead.