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Where you read it first | Tuesday, September 26, 2023



WEEKENDER: The Painters Society's gallery night helps heal the artist community after COVID-19 isolation

On Jan. 28, The Painters Society held a gallery night, showcasing Tufts artists’ visual work alongside performances from student-formed bands. The event was an extraordinary circumstance for student artists who were able to keep 100% of the profits gained from selling their art. This is rare, which makes it difficult for students to sell their work or pay for supplies to continue practicing their art forms. The event was held at a student's off-campus home and was filled wall-to-wall with beautiful art, jewelry, prints and encouraging students. This was The Painters Society’s second event, and as a club with only six members, the visible turnout was astounding. 


Queeries: presence vs. representation

Hello to all our queers, peers, queer peers, etc. Queeries is coming right back at you again for the spring 2023 semester. Similarly to last fall, we’ll be discussing anything and everything queer. We’re here, we’re queer and we’re here to spread all the love and joy. Please enjoy our iterations this semester.


Winkler’s Weekly Symphony Guide: Mackey’s concerto saves the night

On Jan. 28, the Boston Symphony Orchestra finished the month with a familiar formula for programming at this point.Steven Mackey’s “Concerto for Curved Space” opened as the contemporary work, Dmitri Shostakovich’s “Violin Concerto No. 2” followed, continuing the BSO’s Shostakovich cycle and Johannes Brahms’ “Symphony No. 4” closed as the vetted canonical work.


In the age of nepo babies, separate the good from the bad

New York Magazine dubbed 2022 “The Year of the Nepo Baby,” with a comical cover of popular nepotism children photoshopped onto the bodies of babies and a collection of articles providing deep insight into the world of celebrity children. The articles garnered much attention, including comments from nepo babies and celebrity parents, with many people asking the age-old question: Are these nepotism babies actually bad?


Go watch ‘The Hatchet Wielding Hitchhiker’ on Netflix immediately!

“Have you heard about Kai, the hitchhiking hatchet hero?” Netflix’s recent hit true-crime documentary doesn’t wait long to draw you in. Hitchhiker, hatchet and hero aren’t three words you would expect to hear together, but in 2013, a man who seemed to embody this title took the internet by storm, becoming a meme, appearing on Jimmy Kimmel’s talk show and seeming to spread messages of peace. 


All the beauty and the bloodshed: Reckoning with crime and reality television

With its luxury cars and multimillion dollar houses, reality television often functions as a sort of wealth porn. They flaunt their extravagances, and we eat it up bite by bite. There’s something more sinister there hiding under the Birkins and Ferraris, but audiences are happy to ignore it (so long as the show is pumped full of petty social drama). That is, until those crimes are put on gross public display. 


Suki Waterhouse makes the Paradise Rock Club the ‘Coolest Place in the World’

Suki Waterhouse has been in the spotlight for the majority of her life. She started modeling at 16and quickly became an “it girl” in the fashion world, and she has since gotten much attention for her famed romantic relationships — Waterhouse has had an eventful career. The model and actress has dabbled in the world of music, releasing singles as early as 2016; however, she did not release her debut album until May 2022. In January 2023, Waterhouse began her tour, recently performing at Boston’s Paradise Rock Club on Sunday. 


What’s the hype about ‘Wednesday‘?

“Wednesday” (2022-) is a mystery-slash-comedy-slash-coming-of-age series. At least, that is what it is trying to be. The show begins with Wednesday Addams (Jenna Ortega) pouring piranhas into her school swimming pool as an act of vengeance on behalf of her younger brother, Pugsley, who has been victimized by one of the water polo players. For this action, Wednesday is expelled, and she is promptly enrolled into her parents’ alma mater, Nevermore Academy, located in Jericho, Vt. 


TXT takes listeners to Neverland and back on its newest EP ‘The Name Chapter: Temptation'

On its newest EP, “The Name Chapter: Temptation,” K-pop band TOMORROW X TOGETHER explores “how you are seduced by the sweetness of instant gratification,” as member Choi Soobin describes it. While the band is not the only music group to approach this topic recently (see: the surreal parties of Taylor Swift’s “Lavender Haze” (2022) music video or Caroline Polachek fondling elaborate wine glasses in her “Billions” (2022) music video), TXT is uniquely qualified to speak on it.


‘Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio’ is a triumph of animation and storytelling

Although Pinocchio was created by Italian writer Carlo Collodi in 1883, it was likely his titular 1940 Disney movie that brought the character his greatest American name recognition. Since then, his story has been retold many times, with varying degrees of success. Just last year, Pinocchio was brought to life onscreen in three separate films, including a live action Disney remake whose human performances were just as wooden as the titular wooden boy. One would think that “Pinocchio” has been done to death by now — but Guillermo del Toro’s new stop-motion adaptation makes an argument for the story’s continued relevance, reimagining the familiar story in an unexpected way.


Boygenius makes their triumphant return

Nearly five years after its seismic self-titled EP, boygenius has returned for its indie pop crown. Made up of Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers and Lucy Dacus, the trio was known for their rock-infused melodies and biting lyricism. Those words stung in their beauty and sincerity. Take one of their leading hits from 2018, “Me & My Dog,” in which the girl group croons, “I wanna be emaciated / I wanna hear one song without thinking of you / I wish I was on a spaceship / Just me and my dog and an impossible view.” With that sonic poetry under their belt, one would expect a grand return to the industry. And, if its three-song preview tells us anything, it’s that boygenius is coming back with a bang. 


WEEKENDER: The 2023 Golden Globes were a glossy masquerade

The Golden Globes have always been a bit of a peculiar entity. The categories seem nonsensical: What defines a drama, as opposed to a musical or comedy? Plus, with a virtually unrecognizable voting body (anyone ever heard of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association?), the awards given at the Globes were almost laughable. But as the only major awards show to serve alcoholic drinks tableside, the Globes were always a fun game of chance celebrity encounters and drunken speeches.


'Everything Everywhere' made Oscar history — and rightfully so

For 95 years, the Academy Awards has never nominated an Asian woman in the category of best actress. On Tuesday, Jan. 24, that streak was broken by Malaysian icon Michelle Yeoh, who was nominated for her performance in the A24 film “Everything Everywhere All At Once” (2022) as Evelyn Wang. Yeoh’s career has spanned nearly 40 years, originally starring in Chinese action films. Prior to her role in “Everything Everywhere,” Yeoh was most known in the Western entertainment industry for starring in the James Bond film “Tomorrow Never Dies” (1997),“Crazy Rich Asians” (2018) and the Marvel film “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” (2021). “Everything Everywhere” marked the first Hollywood leading role for Yeoh, and her performance has been a hot topic throughout the awards season.


'Puss in Boots: The Last Wish' is another Dreamworks success

Succeeding the original “Puss in Boots” (2011), “Puss in Boots: The Last Wish” (2022) presents our charming protagonist as his usual hedonistic and proud self. Unfortunately, after a joust that goes awry, Puss(Antonio Banderas)discovers that he is on the last of his nine lives. But of course, our fearless hero laughs in the face of death and dismisses the prescription of retirement. However, after a chilling encounter with a hooded, red-eyed wolf (Wagner Moura), Puss flees.


Grammys 2023: Who should win and who will win

On Nov. 15, 2022, the Recording Academy released the list of nominees for the 65th annual Grammy Awards, held this year on Feb. 5 in Los Angeles. Since expanding the nominations to 10 nominees last year in the four general field categories (Best New Artist, Album Of The Year, Song Of The Year and Record Of The Year), the Recording Academy has continued the trend into this year’s ceremony. New and old faces present themselves among the nominees with clear winners in some of the big four categories and harder-to-call races in the remainder. Here is who should and who will win each of the four major categories at this year’s GRAMMY Awards: