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The Man, the Myth, the Wonder

There’s no getting around it: Stevie Wonder is a goofball. “My name is DJ Tick-Tick Boom,” the 65-year-old living legend explained to his audience, a stadium full of fans, old and new, from children to the elderly. “What’s my name?” The man had no intention of moving on until we acknowledged his stage name. Wonder’s November 17 performance at John Paul Jones Arena, clocking in at a marathon four hours, was a masterclass in career stamina. I marveled at the ease with which…

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Mars Madness

“It’s a strange feeling. Everywhere I go, I’m the first. Step outside the rover? First guy ever to be there! Climb a hill? First guy to climb that hill! Kick a rock? That rock hadn’t moved in a million years!” —Mark Watney (Matt Damon), The Martian In terms of space dramas, The Martian, directed by Ridley Scott and adapted from Andy Weir’s 2011 novel of the same name (the original source of the quote above), is perhaps most comparable to Apollo 13,…

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6 Best Upcoming Regional Music Festivals

As the end of the school year rapidly approaches, so does the warm air, and more importantly, music festival season. If you have time between jobs, internships, or relaxation, a good music festival can complete the summer experience. Whether you’re an avid festival-goer or you’ve never attended a weekend-long music jubilee, this regional list of festivals is designed to accommodate all levels of experience and music genre tastes.

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Matricide in Manhattan: The Libation Bearers

This April, the Barnard Columbia Ancient Drama group staged Aeschylus’ The Libation Bearers in Greek, part two of the Oresteia trilogy. The group has performed a classical drama in the original language every Spring since 1977. They put the translation in supertitles. Last year they put on Seneca’s Thyestes in Latin. The cast and crew consists mainly of classicists from Barnard and Columbia, including undergrads.

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REVIEW: Fifth Street

Last fall, a group of students from the University decided to make a film; it would be a narrative short film, done with professional equipment, set to its own original score, and which they would submit to national, regional, and student film festivals, including the Sundance film festival. The script was completed by winter break and the crew travels to Warrenton mid-May for shooting. The film is called “Fifth Street.”

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What’s So Great About 2048?

Almost everyone who has played the latest app fad, a game called 2048, will attest to how addicting it is. For those who are unaware of this new phenomenon, 2048 consists of number tiles that the user slides together to create a tile new tile that contains their sum. The game allows the user to combine only two tiles that have the same numbers. With these simple rules, the goal of the game is to produce a tile with the number 2048, the…

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REVIEW: The Grand Budapest Hotel

18 years after he first entered the movie-making arena, Wes Anderson presents the crystallization of his technique and voice in, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”. Of course, one can always improve, but never has a film felt so Andersonian. His technique as a filmmaker has never been so precise and his mise-en-scene so meticulous, from the 2D camera framing to the canvas full of curio items and often candy colored palette, so much so that “The Grand Budapest” has been called Anderson’s “Bohemia themed dollhouse.”

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Sasheer Zamata Returning to UVa

Sasheer Zamata, who graduated from the University of Virginia in 2008 and recently joined the cast of Saturday Night Live, will be returning to the University on April 13 for a stand-up comedy show. The event, sponsored by the University Programs Council (UPC), will take place in the Chemistry Building Auditorium (Room 402). Tickets are available starting today online, but the UPC will also sell them on the lawn between noon and 3:00pm from April 7 onward. Doors open at 7:00pm, but UVa’s…

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Acting Out: Performing Arts Around Grounds

If you have ever walked past the Rotunda and up Rugby Road, you may have noticed a number of University buildings on Carr’s Hill, opposite of Mad Bowl. Carr’s Hill is home to the President’s house, the Fralin Museum of Art, the School of Architecture, the Hunter Smith Band Building, and the Drama Building. Although most students never reach the Drama Building, UVa’s Department of Drama is a significant and established corner of the University and well worth a visit, if only…

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Museum Musings: A Review of the Drama Department’s Most Recent Performance

Opening night can be the most stressful part of a performing arts because of the high expectations the actors and audience have for each other. The same held true for the Drama Department’s latest performance of Tina Howe’s Museum. Nevertheless, the actors and crew stimulated the audience and had everyone laughing for a straight 90-minutes. Museum has no plot, making it an artistic experience unlike any other; the entire performance is covered in a series of vignettes. It’s the last day of an…

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