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July 12, 2020


Underground film fest entertains

Another year, another Halloween, another family weekend and another awesome MicroCineFest. If you are reading this article and getting excited about an underground film fest, it sadly means you have missed MicroCineFest 2002, which took place Oct. 30 to Nov. 3.

Bask's Thoughtcrimes displayed at Mission Space

The Mission Space has moved from '70s rock-and-roll to street art of the 21st century with its latest show, Thoughtcrimes. Saturday, Nov. 2 was the opening of the new exhibit of works by Ales Hostomsky, otherwise known as Bask. Originally from the Czech Republic, he was raised in Florida and now mainly lives in Detroit. The northern city inspires him with its excess of grittiness and broad spectrum of wealth. The streets also provide him with ample materials with which to create his art, much of which is done with found objects such as pieces of wood, newspapers and magazines. Bask often uses familiar symbols, such as company logos and money signs, in his work. He uses hand-drawn and hand-cut stencils and graffiti techniques to replicate the familiar emblems. The artist is self-taught, so the final effect is one of untutored immediacy. He uses his art as a way of expressing how he sees the state of the country around him. He takes the problems that he sees -- the way that people are subjected to a system that essentially eats them up -- and makes art about these issues. Bask tries to keep his works from being dogmatic because he thinks that audience interpretation is an important part of art. As he puts it, "They [the paintings] are all usually subliminal. I want you to look at the piece and see what it means to you."

StuCo addresses exam reserve site

At their meeting this week, the Student Council (StuCo) discussed the creation of a StuCo-linked Web site that provides students with a systematic program of exam reserves.

Planning for success - Editorial

Last Thursday, buses shuttled masses of costumed Hopkins students between the Milton S. Eisenhower Library and Fell's Point for Halloween festivities. Two nights later, hundreds of people crowded into the Glass Pavilion for Diwali Dhamaaka, the Indian festival of lights, a celebration that included Indian food, music and traditional dances.

The dedication it takes to diet - While working out felt great, my gut didn't want to go away.

I'm a guy, and I'm trying to lose weight. I'm not ashamed to admit that I put on the "freshman 15" over the past year. I came to school at a comfortable 180 pounds, and since I'm 6'2", that's pretty reasonable. I didn't think I needed to exercise, and didn't care to work out to get bigger. I went as far as laughing at my roommate for getting up at 6:30 a.m. to go lift every morning during my freshman year. I thought it was an absolutely useless activity that did nothing more than make him a "little" bigger than I was, and cut in on sleeping time.

Putting on a show for family weekend

Sometimes at Hopkins, things are happening so fast that you barely have a moment to take a breath. But Parents' Weekend, which took place last week, provides students with the opportunity to reunite with the folks and get taken out to a fancy dinner.

Badly Drawn Boy's latest features fine layering

It's probably safe to say that the title Have You Fed The Fish? is a little hint from Damon Gough (a.k.a. Badly Drawn Boy) to his fans regarding the content of this latest album. While perhaps officially unintentional, the similarity to the line "I feed the fishes into me" from "Camping Next To Water" is somewhat suspicious to me. This album doesn't share the same sound, per se, as the album which that song is from, his 2000 debut The Hour Of Bewilderbeast, but it does give me a fairly similar feeling while listening. I think that it makes a much better follow-up than that soundtrack he made for that Hugh Grant movie about a kid. But what do I know? Not much, as you shall soon find out.

Pornos devolve into a lesser art form

This past weekend, I attended an opening at the Mission Space for a show by a graffiti artist named Bask. One of the pieces, entitled "Meat-Market," featured dozens, if not hundreds, of cut-out pornographic images showing women in all positions. The text of the painting read: "Now hiring for all positions, great exploitation possibilities," "Your daily dose of misogyny," and a sign reading "This could be you" with an arrow pointing to a woman being taken from behind while performing oral sex on a second man and manipulating a third. The painting was also strewn with pop-culture images, from the dollars and cents sign to pink hearts, symbolizing the relationship between love and money and the love for money.

Atkins Diet: when a bacon cheeseburger won't make you fat

In a culture that values slimness over extra baggage, Americans have tried countless numbers of diets through the centuries, some with more success than others. Some diet programs have evolved into mainstream, multi-million-dollar diet corporations, such as Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig and SlimFast. Yet, despite the popular view that slimmer is better, studies have shown that Americans have gotten fatter since the O80s.

Sopranos offer a new season you just might want to refuse

Bada bing!? After nearly a year and half without new episodes, executive producer David Chase unveiled the long awaited fourth season of The Sopranos in September on the ballyhooed "It's Not TV" HBO cable network. Since we last left our brutal, dysfunctional family, the attention the series and HBO has received has multiplied -- with promotional overload. Various books explore the psychological themes of the show, while commercial posters and tie-ins distract from the intent of the actual show. Furthermore, we hear countless hyperbolic critics lamenting that The Sopranos needs to return to the cable airwaves soon, as it clearly is the greatest thing to appear on television -- ever.

Hopkins air pollution study makes progress

The Environmental Fluids Group of the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering, lead by Dr. Marc Parlange, is currently involved in two air pollution projects that benefit from the capabilities of the JHU scanning elastic backscatter lidar system.

Martha amuses and delights theater-goers

The film Mostly Martha is, simply put, a delight. It is a film of complicated characters that act out their roles with passion and honesty. It is a film with emphasis on family and child rearing. It is a film about food. And it is a film with a seductive and attractive German actress who looks really hot in her pajamas.

Raising the bar for a 7 a.m. boot-camp

While most of us are still asleep in our warm, "cozy" beds, dreading the incessant sounds of our alarm clocks, Aaron Moak and four or five other people are already up and on the turf, starting off their day with a rigorous boot camp work out.

Dining program hires consultants

Johns Hopkins University, in keeping with its Master Dining Plan, has contracted with the Hysen Group, a dining consulting firm, in order to improve the food service program at Homewood campus.

Overcoming apathy - Editorial

Tuesday's elections were considered by many to be historic. In Maryland, Robert Ehrlich became the first Republican Governor in the state since Spiro Agnew was elected more than 30 years ago. Hopkins alum Michael Steele became Maryland's first African-American Lieutenant Governor. In other states, Senate elections that were too close to call until hours after the polls closed gave Republicans control of both chambers of Congress.

Out and About

Exam time is nearly upon us, meaning that you only have a few more weeks to get out on the town before carbon bonds and esters and ethers (oh my!) descend upon your life. Two weeks ago, I caught Il Culo at the Ottobar happy hour with a different lineup. Though their crazy guitarist wasn't nearly as into the drums, they did add an organist who added a nice funk sound to their usual experimental lineup. Perhaps they'll do it again this week? Only one way to find out; check out the Ottobar Happy Hour, running from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight.

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