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Referred to as the Queen of Tejano music, Selena Quintanilla made Tejano music, a genre from Texas which combined Mexican vocal traditions with Czech and German instrumentals, a popular genre worldwide. April 16 is now marked as National Selena Day in the United States, where her contributions to music and the Latin American community are officially recognized. (Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

Honoring Selena Quintanilla on her 50th Birthday

We remember Selena's lasting legacy 26 years after her death.
May 4, 2021

April 16, 2021, would have been the 50th birthday of the Queen of Tejano Music, Selena Quintanilla. The date is now marked as National Selena Day in the United States, and the...

Zola is a biographical comedy-drama film directed by Janicza Bravo. Janicza Bravo, an NYU alum, gave a Q&A session for NYU students. (Staff Illustration by Manasa Gudavalli)

Janicza Bravo Q&A event: A glimpse inside the director’s mind

In anticipation of her movie "Zola," NYU alumna Janicza Bravo gave a Q&A session to students about navigating the film industry.
May 3, 2021

In a collaboration between A24 and the NYU Program Board, Janicza Bravo, NYU alumna and director of the upcoming movie “Zola,” gave a remote Q&A session for NYU students....

Check out these new tracks from this week. (Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

Listen to This: Singles from April 24-30

Here are the singles we're obsessing over this week!
April 30, 2021

When artists experiment in a new capacity, whether it be a remix or a recent single, there’s a looming curiosity or hope that their endeavor will be a successful one. A compelling...

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.
April 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,...

Tina Turner is the star of Martin and Lindsays new documentary TINA. The film follows her compelling story from church choir member to legendary music icon. (Image via Wikimedia Commons)

‘TINA’ review: transforming trauma into triumph

T. J. Martin and Daniel Lindsay’s “TINA” sees Tina Turner reclaim her story in an empowering manner.
April 16, 2021

Before watching this film, I thought of Tina Turner’s hits, her commanding stage presence, and the domestic abuse she suffered by her former husband, band member and manager...

Viktor Kossakovsky’s Gunda stars a pig, Gunda, in his new black and white film. Kossakovskys film observes farm animals as they are, with no score or narration. (Staff Illustration by Alexandra Chan)

‘Gunda’ Review: A Love Letter to Farm Animals

Viktor Kossakovsky’s “Gunda” will be screened virtually and theatrically via Film Forum starting April 16.
April 9, 2021

When we envision great movie stars, we think of the usual suspects — Robert De Niro, Tom Hanks, Clint Eastwood, Meryl Streep — with variation depending on your preferred genre,...

The arts desk is back with some recommendations of singles you may have missed this week. (Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

Weekly Radio Roundup: March 12 – March 19

Read about the most notable singles released this week.
March 19, 2021

As midterms come to a close and our short-lived spring break begins, we are reminded of the healing, enticing nature of music. From the cathartic glitches of Laura Les to the entrancing...

The arts desk is back with some recommendations of singles you may have missed this week. (Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

Weekly Radio Roundup: March 5 – March 11

Read about the most notable singles released this week.
March 12, 2021

This past week’s releases provided a glimpse into the new sounds and influences trending in the music industry.  From soul music to 1970s glam rock, these tracks gave us an...