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May 26, 2024

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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.


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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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This week’s picks include The Super Mario Bros. Movie, Indian director Vishal Bhardwaj’s Khufiya and rock band Metallica’s new album 72 Seasons.

To watch and watch for: Week of April 10

April is shaping up to be a great month for the arts! From big-budget, fun romps like The Super Mario Bros. Movie to timeless classics like Alfred Hitchcock’s Shadow of a Doubt, there is something for everyone on the silver screen. Meanwhile, rock fanatics are in for a treat as Metallica drops their new album this week.


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Color of My Voice uplifts diverse stories through animation and hand choreography.

Color of My Voice aims to cultivate a space for healing

Color of My Voice (CMV) is a student-run arts project that creates animated videos to share the stories of underrepresented individuals. The organization’s goal is to provide an outlet for those who have faced racial discrimination to talk and heal from their experiences. 




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This week’s picks include Beef, The Society of Shame and Higher Than Heaven.

To watch and watch for: Week of April 2

Welcome back to classes! As we enter spring, arts releases are picking up again, finally breaking the bit of winter hiatus we’ve seen this year. If you’re looking to take a much-needed breather from the whirlwind of exams and papers, we’ve got good news — there’s a lot to dive into.


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Shazam! Fury of the Gods is an uninventive rehash of the superhero genre.

Shazam! Fury of the Gods offers an uncomfortable look into what teenage angst looks like in spandex

​For the most part, I’m a huge fan of superhero films. Their predictability is my comfort cinema; I love their simplicity and determination for obvious good to prevail over evil. I love their surprisingly inspirational training montages. I even love that all the protagonists have cheesy superhero names (seriously, though, why are there so many names that end with “Man”?).


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This week’s recommendations include John Wick: Chapter 4, James Patterson’s new novel Countdown and U2’s new album Songs of Surrender.

To watch and watch for: Week of March 19

As you get ready for spring break, the Arts section has plenty of recommendations to help with your relaxation. For those staying in Baltimore, the Charles and Senator theatres continue to feature great revivals like Porco Rosso and Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. However, wherever you are, you can catch Keanu Reeves do his thing in John Wick: Chapter 4. Moreover, big names like U2 and Lana Del Rey are dropping albums right now, so be sure to check those out!


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Elizabeth Banks directed the dark comedy horror film Cocaine Bear.

Cocaine is a hell of a drug, especially when snorted by a bear

Somewhere in the middle of Cocaine Bear, a bag of cocaine bursts open, and, as some of the powder fortuitously settles in a straight line, the titular bear snorts it right up her nose. I think the previous sentence suffices as a summary that obviously entices readers to watch this movie.



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This week’s picks include Inside, Daughters of Nantucket: A Novel and With Love From.

To watch and watch for: Week of March 12

We’re upon that precarious last week before spring break. There’s almost always lots of work to get through before we can finally have a moment of respite, but, if you can spare any time, here’s what to check out this week. And, if not, you’ve always got the week after!



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Composition Professor Michael Hersch, who headed the event, hopes to plan more interdisciplinary events across departments. 

Peabody composers partner with Department of Physics and Astronomy to bring space images to life

The Bloomberg Center for Physics and Astronomy hosted “Music and Astronomy: New Music for Voice Inspired by Space” on March 4, which featured original compositions and vocal performances by Peabody Institute students. The event, free and open to the public, was a collaboration between the Peabody Department of Composition and the Department of Physics and Astronomy, bridging the two different campuses for an evening of interdisciplinary exploration.


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