Arts & Entertainment

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Movie Review: ‘Aardvark’

★☆☆☆☆ “Aardvark,” writer and director Brian Shoaf’s new film, is incredibly difficult to endure and provides little entertainment or emotional power across its 84-minute run time. The film tells the story of Josh, played by Zachary Quinto, a deeply troubled man with some undefined “condition,” and his inept new therapist,[Read More…]

COURTESY KATE CLARK (COL '21)

Kick Off Your Sunday Shoes at Mask and Bauble’s ‘Footloose’

The Mask and Bauble Dramatic Society’s performance of “Footloose”encourages its audience members to kick off their Sunday shoes and enjoy the music. Tasked with reimagining the upbeat 1980s classic are director Annie Ludtke (MSB ’18) and producer Benjamin Sullivan (COL ’19), who are joined by technical director Bryce Kelety (SFS[Read More…]

SHAKESPEARE THEATRE COMPANY

Shakespeare Theatre Company’s ‘Potted Potter’ Only Shines When Unscripted

Watching “Potted Potter” at Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Sidney Harman Hall is a bit like opening the yard-long scroll that serves as the show’s program: ridiculous, excessive and tangentially related to “Harry Potter.” Billed as “all seven ‘Harry Potter’ books in 70 minutes,” “Potted Potter” is surprisingly rife with non-Harry Potter[Read More…]

ANNIE GOTT FOR THE HOYA

Concert Review: Lorde at The Anthem

Despite surging in popularity since 2014, Lorde graced an intimate venue, The Anthem, for her return to Washington, D.C., on Sunday, April 8, creating an environment that blended familiarity and grandeur. The open floor of The Anthem meant that fans lined up hours before the show to get as close[Read More…]

HINDS

Album Review: ‘I Don’t Run’

★★★★☆ Spanish indie-rock band Hinds adds depth and complexity to its sound on its sophomore album, “I Don’t Run,” while continuing what its members do best: making fun, bittersweet music about the messes and misadventures that come with living and loving as a young adult. As a grandiose guitar riff[Read More…]

DIPLO

EP Review: ‘California’

★★★★☆ On “California,” world-renowned DJ, producer and pop mastermind Diplo delivers a set of summery instrumentals and A-list features for an EP that might become the soundtrack of the summer for 2018. While Diplo has not released any other albums, mixtapes or EPs as a solo artist since 2013, he[Read More…]

BRASSTRACKS

Brasstracks Talks Manhattan School of Music, Recording With Chance the Rapper and Their Creative Process

Brooklyn-based electronic jazz duo Brasstracks gained notoriety after producing the song “No Problem” on Chance the Rapper’s 2016 album “Coloring Book,” which won a Grammy for Best Rap Album. Consisting of trumpeter Ivan Jackson and drummer Conor Rayne, the duo is known for smoothly blending traditional jazz instrumentation with rhythm[Read More…]

TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX

Movie Review: ‘Red Sparrow’

★★★☆☆ On paper, “Red Sparrow,” a spy movie based on a book by the same name, written by a former CIA operative seems to have all the ingredients of a blockbuster staple. Unfortunately, the film’s captivating plot is not enough to compensate for its awkward character dynamics and over-the-top political[Read More…]

3 ARTS ENTERTAINMENT

Television Review: ‘Champions’

★★★★☆ Mindy Kaling’s new NBC show “Champions” packs heart, humor and pop culture references, but the sitcom falls into a pattern reminiscent of “The Mindy Project.” The show follows failed college baseball player Vince, played by Anders Holm, as he runs his deceased father’s gym in Brooklyn. In the pilot,[Read More…]

GREENWICH ENTERTAINMENT

Movie Review: ‘Itzhak’

★★★★★ “Judge me by what I do, but don’t judge me by what I can’t do,” says Itzhak Perlman, world-class violinist and star of documentary “Itzhak.” Listening to Perlman play the violin, viewers might think he could do anything. He studied at the Juilliard School, the world’s premier performing arts[Read More…]