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Tisch New Theatre’s ‘Spring Awakening’ concert rocks on

Tisch New Theatre’s “Spring Awakening: In Concert” debuts a rockin’ production with stunning vocals.
Lea Filidore, Contributing Writer Nov 15, 2022

Had Tisch New Theatre been putting on a traditional production of “Spring Awakening,” The Cutting Room might have felt like an untraditional venue for such a classic musical....

Four abstract paintings hang on on white hall in a gallery space with gray floors and white ceilings. On the left, there is a pink and black composition with various rounded shapes. Second to the left is a black-and-white composition with blocks of colors. Second to the right is a composition with red and white blocks. To the right is a composition with streaks of white lines.

Anicka Yi’s “ÄLñ§ñ” disrupts traditional forms of art making

Anicka Yi proves abstract art doesn’t have to be boring.
Natalia Palacino Carmago, Books & Theater Editor Nov 8, 2022

Anicka Yi’s “ÄLñ§ñ” at Gladstone Gallery marks the artist's first exhibition in both the gallery and in New York in almost a decade. Yi’s genius in reconstructing how...

A recreation of the main stage of the “Saturday Night Live” set on display at a museum. There are three brown door-like frames against the back wall of the set. Musical instruments sit in the dark on the stage. On either side of the stage is a television screen, both under an illuminated lamp attached to each side of the wall.

SNL, stop relying on nostalgia

SNL should appeal to the younger generation, not cling on to old bits.
Alexandra Cohen, Opinion Editor Oct 31, 2022

I used to leave parties early on Saturdays in high school to lay in my parents’ bed and see what was happening “Live from New York!” Those nights, we tuned in from the other...

A collage of three photos contains black texts on white background or white text on black background displayed in atrium of the Museum of Modern Art.

Review: ‘Thinking of You. I Mean Me. I Mean You.’ is all too relevant in a post-Roe era

Barbara Kruger’s newest exhibit is the most commercial, anti-capitalist exhibition about power dynamics and bodily autonomy.
Natalia Palacino, Books & Theater Editor Sep 19, 2022

Barbara Kruger’s “Thinking of You. I Mean Me. I Mean You.” demonstrates her profound influence beyond the art world as a conceptual powerhouse. Within the art exhibit, the...

The world is full of critics and people wanting to shut you out. That’s all the more reason to make your art. (Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

Dear Artist: Risks have rewards

In a world filled with criticism, some artists feel pressured to conform to what is considered mainstream. However, now is the time for artists to reclaim what is truly theirs: art itself.
Sasha Cohen, Arts Editor Aug 30, 2021

Let’s face it: people are insecure. Between balancing the desire for social acceptance and putting forth our most authentic selves, we feel as if every decision we make puts...

“Six Moral Tales,” a series of films directed by Eric Rohmer, aim to dismantle the male ego and morality in order to reveal basic behavioral patterns. Eric Rohmers films are currently available to stream via Kanopy and Criterion Channel. (Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

Itch on the Edge of Respectability: Deconstructing the Ambiguity of Rohmer’s ‘Six Moral Tales’

Nearly 60 years after the release of 'Six Moral Tales,' Rohmer's disassembly of the male ego is still relevant. His films are currently available to stream via Kanopy and Criterion Channel.
Quan Zhang, Contributing Writer May 6, 2021

What are we talking about when we talk about morality? Merriam-Webster, for one, defines morality as “conformity to ideals of right human conduct.” French film director Eric...

Former Bethesda lead artist Nathan Purkeypile spoke to WSN on working on “Skyrim” and the “Fallout” series. With over 14 years of experience, Purkeypile has a long established a name for himself. (Image courtesy of Nathan Purkeypile)

Former Bethesda lead artist discusses working on ‘Skyrim’ and the ‘Fallout’ series

Having worked at the studio for over 14 years, Nate Purkeypile reflects on his time designing some of the most beloved RPGs of all time.
Nathan Chizen, Video Games Editor Apr 29, 2021
Having worked at the studio for over 14 years, Nate Purkeypile reflects on his time designing some of the most beloved RPGs of all time.
Protagonist Aida works as a translator for the UN during the tragedy of the Bosnian War. Oscar-nominated “Quo Vadis, Aida?” features the horrific story of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre. (Image courtesy of NEON Productions)

‘Quo Vadis, Aida?’ review: An unforgettable look at a forgotten part of history

Oscar Nominated “Quo Vadis, Aida?” allows the world to remember a horrific event that has been looked over for decades.
Victoria Carchietta, Staff Writer Apr 29, 2021
Oscar-nominated “Quo Vadis, Aida?” urges the world to remember a horrific event that has been overlooked for decades.
Wim Wenders’ directorial debut, “The Goalie’s Anxiety at the Penalty Kick,” is finally free to all via the Museum of Modern Art and Film at Lincoln Center’s New Directors/New Films festival. Based on a novel of the same name by Nobel laureate Peter Handke, this movie is a distinct investigation into a German generation consumed by a condition of aimlessness. (Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

‘The Goalie’s Anxiety at the Penalty Kick’ review: A languid look at aimlessness

This long-lost directorial debut by German director Wim Wenders about alienation in post-war Germany is playing for free as part of the 50th edition of the New Directors/New Films festival.
Nicolas Pedrero-Setzer, Arts Editor Apr 22, 2021

After decades of being inaccessible to cinephiles due to its rarity, Wim Wenders’ directorial debut, “The Goalie’s Anxiety at the Penalty Kick,” is finally free to all...

Another Round takes place in Copenhagen, where the town’s youth partake in chaotic drinking games to offset the stress of their exams. This sets the stage for the prevalence of drinking culture in the film. The main character, Martin, is a depressed and unsatisfied school teacher who decides to test out a theory that humans are born with a blood alcohol content that’s too low and drinking actually helps people reach their full potential, both professionally and emotionally. (Images by Sophia Di Iorio, Debbie Alalaide. Staff Illustration by Alex Tran)

‘Another Round’ review: An intoxicating film about drinking to find meaning

Thomas Vinterberg untangles the complexities of substance abuse with a tale of four friends who engage in binge-drinking to break away from the monotony of everyday life. The Academy Award Nominated film is currently playing on Hulu.
Sophia Carr, Staff Writer Apr 22, 2021

Abusing substances to feel better about your life is never a good idea. Four men attempt to test if this presumption is actually true in the Danish Academy Award-nominated movie,...

A collection of weird Tom and Jerry knock-offs licensed under Creative Commons. How they make you feel is exactly like the way the newest live-action of the duo would: disappointed. (Staff Illustration by Alex Tran)

‘Tom and Jerry’ review: A lifeless attempt at updating the classic tale of cat and mouse

The visually unappealing and narratively boring “Tom and Jerry” lacks humor and creativity.
Saige Gipson, Contributing Writer Apr 1, 2021

“Tom and Jerry,” a feckless live-action/animation hybrid directed by Tim Story, tries to update the classic Tom versus Jerry tale but sadly loses sight of its source material...

Florian Zeller’s debut feature film “The Father” follows a man named Anthony, an Alzheimer’s patient whose mind gradually deteriorates as the film progresses. The film concluded with a tearful finale, spiraling into utter disorientation. (Illustration by Charlie Dodge)

Forgotten memories remain alive in ‘The Father’

Florian Zeller’s debut feature is a poignant, inventive portrayal of Alzheimer’s disease.
Nathan Hughes, Contributing Writer Apr 1, 2021

My grandma was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2015. I have seen how complicated Alzheimer’s is as a disease, often worse for the family than it is for the patient. While...