Arts & Entertainment

Charm City is a must-watch for all Baltimoreans

October 29, 2018

The Parkway Theatre is currently screening Charm City, a documentary produced by Marilyn Ness that depicts the streets of Baltimore. She highlights a city that is too often overshadowed by the media’s dominating political discourse about sensitive ...

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Kero Kero Bonito plays in College Park

October 24, 2018

My roommate and I drove over to MilkBoy ArtHouse in College Park, Md. to see Kero Kero Bonito (KKB) perform on Saturday, Oct. 20. Kero Kero Bonito is a U.K. group consisting of singer and rapper Sarah Midori Perry and producers Gus Lobban and Jamie Bulled. The London trio is typically known for their eclectic and upbeat mix of electronic dance beats, pop and rap with Japanese-pop (J-pop) influences.

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Kero Kero Bonito performed rock versions of their songs at Milkboy Arthouse.

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Brockhampton performing at the Anthem theater in Washington, D.C. on October 16.

Brockhampton takes their unique sound on tour

October 24, 2018

On a fateful Tuesday, Oct. 16 to be exact, I skipped my one class of the day and went to a concert in Washington, D.C. with two of my friends to see Brockhampton, one of our favorite bands, for their I’ll Be There tour. I had been to a Brockhampton concert several months before, so I thought I knew how wild and uncontrollable both the fans and the general admission pit would be.

Halloween disappoints longtime fans of horror

October 24, 2018

Halloween — and I hate the fact that I’m going to have to specify whether I’m referring to the original, the remake or the holiday every single time — is the 11th movie in this franchise that simply refuses to die, coming back every few years to fill our hearts with dread of how they’re going to mess up the series next. Quite analogous to the actual slashers in this film, now that I think about it.

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New documentary Not in My Neighborhood was screened in Hodson Hall

Documentary shows the dangers of gentrification

October 17, 2018

Gentrification is the process of turning a neighborhood to a middle-class, affluent living space through renovation. This essentially means that the less affluent community members living in those neighborhoods are displaced due to rising rents and the influx of wealthier people. Most people have no doubt nor second thoughts on such seemingly well-intentioned improvement. 

Remington’s R. House gets into the Halloween spirit

October 17, 2018

R. House hosted a Halloween-themed vintage market to support the Women’s Advocacy Coalition in Baltimore on Sunday, Oct. 14. The market, located in the garage right next to the bustling Remington food court, is home to many flea market-type events throughout the year. Its wide open space and natural light is an ideal setting for the cute, homemade goodies that vendors often sell there. 

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The Halloween-themed market offered decorations and knick knacks.

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Lorrie Moore captivated audiences at the President’s Reading Series.

Writing Seminars hosts the inspiring Lorrie Moore

October 17, 2018

The Writing Seminars department hosted author Lorrie Moore — recipient of The Irish Times International Fiction Prize and the 2005 PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story — for the latest event in the President’s Reading Series on Tuesday, Oct. 9. Moore read excerpts from both her fiction and nonfiction pieces, both of which demonstrate not only her fantastic talent for wordplay, but also her ability to combine both the grim and the bright into captivating and beautiful storytelling. 

Seth Meyers makes a triumphant return to SNL

October 17, 2018

Following two rocky first weeks of the season, Seth Meyers’ episode was the early high Saturday Night Live (SNL) needed. The beloved former head writer and cast member brought a familiar energy to the night, looking right at home in Studio 8H. Meyers noted in his opening monologue that he worked on the show for 12 years and couldn’t even leave the building when he departed, taking his next job just down the hall as host of Late Night with Seth Meyers. 

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Seth Meyers successfully hosted SNL in his return to the sketch show.

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Senior Charlie Linton discussed the positive impact of theater at Hopkins.

A spotlight on Witness producer Charlie Linton

April 11, 2019

I’ve covered the past three Witness Theater showcases for The News-Letter, and I’m honestly not sure why. I never feel like I’m doing their astonishingly complex plays justice, yet I keep volunteering to review them. 

Freshman One Acts show off new student talent in short plays

October 11, 2018

Over the course of this weekend, the Barnstormers, the oldest and largest student-run theatre-group on campus, presented the Freshman One Acts, a series of short plays that showcase a group of freshmen and their acting abilities. This year’s program featured five shows, including Lost Satellites, The Secret of Jarlsberg, One Tennis Shoe, Insight and The Role of Della. 

Freshmen impressed with their acting chops in a series of short plays.

The Plain White T’s ended Hoptoberfest with a surprisingly good concert.

Plain White T’s throw it back with nostalgic songs

October 11, 2018

To my knowledge, several students were disappointed that Hoptoberfest had selected the Plain White T’s to perform at its concert on Oct. 5. Yeah, we love “Hey There Delilah,” “1234” and “Rhythm of Love,” some said. But what songs have they done since? Are they even famous anymore?

Afro Punk Ballet shows impressive talent

October 10, 2018

There’s a strange combination of otherworldliness and intimacy that pervades Afro Punk Ballet. On one hand, the plot and staging is decidedly futuristic. The characters wear beautiful black spacesuit helmets as they interact with spirits under the light of two suns. On the other, for all of its science-fiction elements, the plot centers on a family struggling to come to terms with the actions and legacy of its patriarch.

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Afro Punk Ballet was performed by local arts group Afro House.

Made in Baltimore spotlights local filmmakers

October 10, 2018

This past Saturday, Oct. 6, I drove down to Canton to attend Creative Alliance’s Made in Baltimore Short Film Festival. The evening featured a showing of short films made in the Greater Baltimore Area that were selected for the event.

McMansion Hell creator explores city architecture

October 10, 2018

Peabody alumna Kate Wagner spoke at Maryland Institute College of Art’s (MICA) Brown Center to kick off Doors Open Baltimore, a free citywide celebration of Baltimore’s architecture and neighborhoods. The event took place on Thursday, Oct. 4.

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Emily Whitney spoke at Doors Open Baltimore about her blog.

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Lady Gaga is astonishing in A Star is Born, her first leap from the stage to the silver screen.

A Star is Born focuses on female success in the midst of male power

October 10, 2018

In the wake of the horrible news cycle and Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation on Saturday, the evening seemed like the perfect time to go see A Star Is Born in search of even a glimmer of light. This might sound a bit ironic given the film’s rather dark tone, which knocks the wind out of you even more so than the three previous versions of the movie. Still, the power and beauty contained in Lady Gaga’s performance as Ally (which many have deemed Oscar-worthy) made my night, if not my entire week. 

John Waters opens a shocking BMA exhibit

October 15, 2018

John Waters’ exhibit Indecent Exposure opened on Oct. 7 at the Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA). The BMA dubs it “the first major retrospective of John Waters’ visual arts career in his hometown of Baltimore.” 

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After 12 men, Jodie Whittaker stars as Doctor Who’s first female Doctor.

Doctor Who’s first female lead dazzles in season 11 premiere

October 10, 2018

For the first time in its 55 year history, Doctor Who’s latest season, which premiered on Sunday, features a woman as the titular character. Spoiler alert: Jodie Whittaker (Broadchurch, Black Mirror) nails the role. She is brilliant, funny and warm. She is the Doctor.