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January 25, 2022

Arts & Entertainment

Nita Nair has been volunteering with the Art Cart since freshman year. 

What Art Cart taught me about the power of crafts

Every Monday morning, before I wake up for my first class, I hear the sound of soft footsteps shuffling and the creak of the apartment front door — this is when I know my roommate, Nita Nair, is up bright and early for her shift at the Hopkins Hospital for the Art Cart, an organization on campus that allows volunteers to deliver arts and crafts to admitted patients and their families. 

The Sustainable Fashion Show featured many diverse eco-friendly outfits.

Planet Runway celebrates sustainable fashion

Students for Environment Action (SEA) — in collaboration with Compassion Awareness and Responsible Eating (CARE) and Fiber Arts — hosted its annual sustainable fashion show, Planet Runway, on Saturday, March 7, in the Levering Great Hall. The event, in its cornucopia of vibrant vogue ensembles presented against a backdrop of popular beats, exemplified how sustainable living is always in style.

Zora Howard discussed the ways in which people of color can be portrayed in the media.

Parkway hosts screening and Q&A on Premature

The Parkway Theater hosted a screening of Premature and an accompanying Q&A and discussion with Zora Howard, an actress and writer for the film, as part of the annual Maryland Film Festival in Baltimore on Feb. 28. 

Several actors in The Hound of the Baskervilles played multiple characters.

Students star in Sherlock Holmes play adaptation

Imagine being transported to Victorian-era England and into an apartment at 221B Baker Street. The wily Sherlock Holmes and his trusty colleague Dr. Watson await your arrival, ready to take you through the comedic adventure that is The Hound of the Baskervilles. 

Hitesh Kewalya directed Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan, a modern Bollywood take on LGBTQ+ relationships.

New Bollywood comedy features LGBTQ romance

A year since the release of the first Bollywood rom-com centered around an LGBTQ couple, Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan, directed by Hitesh Kewalya, has become the industry’s latest unification of classic, time-honored themes with today’s tolerance. 

Hopkins Stand-up Comedy Club secretary and chief strategist Harry Kuperstein starred in the quadrennial Leap Year show.

Hopkins Stand-Up Club performs Leap Year Show

The Hopkins Stand-Up Comedy Club held its special Leap Year Show at Arellano Theater for its first performance this year. With a strong lineup of six aspiring comics, the show delivered some much-needed laughs during midterm season. 

The Current Space in the Bromo Arts District exhibited artworks from a diverse group of artists.

Current Space hosts interactive exhibit

Current Space, an artist-run art gallery and studio in Mount Vernon, hosted the opening reception for its current show, The Garden of Forking Paths, along with sounds from the base of a mountain on Saturday Feb. 29. This year marks 10 years that Current Space, around since 2004, has been at its new location in the Bromo Arts District, a designated arts district of Baltimore.

Noémie Merlant acted as the protagonist in Portrait of a Lady on Fire.

Portrait of a Lady on Fire is immersive and timely

Portrait of a Lady on Fire, which swept the Cannes Film Festival last spring and was directed by Céline Sciamma, has come to the Charles Theatre for a limited release in Baltimore. If you don’t want to spend the price of a meal on a movie you could easily procure online, you can do what I did a month ago: download and watch it on Kanopy. However, there’s something to be said for watching a movie on the silver screen that is defined by intricate, cinematic tableaus, on long, emotionally-laden visuals dependent on color and furtive glances. 

Gentefied delves into immigrant life in America

Netflix’s monthly release of new movies and TV shows is here, and this month, it seems everyone’s new obsessions are Love Is Blind and The Circle. However, behind all the overhyped, guilty pleasure reality shows is a hidden gem that everyone needs to watch — Gentefied. 

Hopkins Symphony Orchestra concludes its season

You could say that I was raised on classical music. Growing up, classical music was the only music that my dad ever played on the radio whenever he drove me places. Since my dad was my main chauffeur (sorry, mom, but dad gets this one), I spent a lot of my life listening to Mozart and Beethoven on repeat. 

Despite good production, Hunters falls morally flat

Amazon Prime released its highly-advertised new series, Hunters, this past Friday. The show follows a nefarious plot going on amongst 1977 Nazis, who plan to take over the United States and re-found the Nazi party (or something along those lines). The show also features an FBI agent played by Jerrika Hinton, who is herself discovering and following that very nation-wide Nazi conspiracy.

BTS' new album, Map of the Soul: 7, celebrates the band members' longstanding friendship.

BTS returns with even more stunning choreography

Much of Korean pop music (K-pop) makes more sense as a performance than a music genre. It seems necessary to watch the music video and live performances to grasp the whole experience in its entirety. The satisfying synchronization of the members, amazing choreography, well thought-out backdrops, cool outfits and collective stage presence are crucial elements that add to a song’s success. 

The 2018 California wildfires left Tame Impala no choice but to leave behind thousands of dollars of equipment.

Tame Impala’s album is a Slow Rush of emotions

In order to fully appreciate The Slow Rush, I think it’s important to take a moment to look back on the long journey that has led to this album’s release. When Tame Impala was announced as a Coachella headliner in late 2018, the anticipation for their follow-up to their immaculate 2015 album Currents came to a head. But as the months passed without a release date or first single, fans became nervous. 

The Peabody Wind Ensemble performed 20th-Century classical works.

Peabody Wind Ensemble shows off musicianship

The Peabody Institute’s Wind Ensemble rotation gave a stunning concert with conductor Harlan Parker in the Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall on Thursday, Feb. 20. The principle performers played beautiful solos alongside Kirkland Moranos on flute, Ellen Gruber on oboe and Chae Yoon Baek on clarinet.

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