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Susan Behrends Valenzuela

Susan Behrends Valenzuela, Creative Director & Associate Managing Editor

Susan Behrends Valenzuela is a senior studying studio art at Steinhardt and minoring in Media, Culture, and Communication. She is passionate about the intersection of art and media, and is particularly fond of zines and small magazines. When she's not working or making art, she can be found co-running an art zine with her friend, rollerskating, sewing, baking or scrolling through Instagram.

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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)

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

April 22, 2021

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....

Paul Simon is an American musician, singer, and songwriter who found solo success after his duo Simon & Garfunkel split in 1970. Paul Simon and Bob Dylan have continually been construed as rivals as they both have similar 1960s folk roots. (Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

Photo: Paul Simon is no historical footnote

April 21, 2021

Paul Simon is an American musician, singer, and songwriter who found solo success after his duo Simon & Garfunkel split in 1970. Paul Simon and Bob Dylan have continually been construed as rivals as they...

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

Photo: Listen to This: Singles from April 24-30

April 30, 2021

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

Blake Mills and Pino Palladino are two veterans in the pop music industry, from different generations and with different career paths. Nonetheless, their collaboration Notes With Attachments forges an entirely new path. (Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

Photo: The ethereal experience of listening to ‘Notes with Attachments’

April 15, 2021

Blake Mills and Pino Palladino are two veterans in the pop music industry, from different generations and with different career paths. Nonetheless, their collaboration "Notes With Attachments" forges an...

The “Loud&Clear” website was launched as Spotify’s response to protests for a more equitable streaming model. Although a sign of recognition, the company’s plan to respond to public pressure is unclear. (Staff illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

Photo: What does Spotify’s ‘Loud & Clear’ offer to artists?

April 14, 2021

The “Loud&Clear” website was launched as Spotify’s response to protests for a more equitable streaming model. Although a sign of recognition, the company’s plan to respond to public pressure is...

Kajillionaire is a 2020 comedy-drama film created by writer-director Miranda July. This unconventional heist film follows a young woman named Old Dolio Dyne (Evan Rachel Wood) and her parents as they make their money committing petty crimes. (Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

Photo: My Bloody Valentine rereleases music for streaming with two new albums on the way

April 13, 2021

"Kajillionaire" is a 2020 comedy-drama film created by writer-director Miranda July. This unconventional heist film follows a young woman named Old Dolio Dyne (Evan Rachel Wood) and her parents as they...

Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela

Photo: Forgotten dreams come back as inspiration

April 12, 2021

Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela

Performance artists are finding innovative ways to continue connecting with their audiences during the pandemic. Marina Abramović, a New York-based Serbian performance artist, partnered with a file sharing service, WeTransfer, to release a digital work and promote rising performance artists. (Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

Photo: Making performance art possible online: Marina Abramović collaborates with WeTransfer

April 12, 2021

Performance artists are finding innovative ways to continue connecting with their audiences during the pandemic. Marina Abramović, a New York-based Serbian performance artist, partnered with a file sharing...

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

Photo: Weekly radio roundup: April 3 - 9

April 9, 2021

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

“Shiva Baby” is Emma Seligman’s comedy following Danielle (Rachel Sennott) as she navigates a Jewish funeral service with her parents while running into her sugar daddy and her ex-girlfriend. This film is based on Emma Seligman’s senior thesis short film of the same name which she made while at NYU. (Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

Photo: 'Shiva Baby' embraces the horror of communal gatherings

April 7, 2021

“Shiva Baby” is Emma Seligman’s comedy following Danielle (Rachel Sennott) as she navigates a Jewish funeral service with her parents while running into her sugar daddy and her ex-girlfriend. This...

Aaron Sorkins The Trial of the Chicago 7 waters down the historical events complicated situation. Depicting the 1968 civil rights trials is a challenge that the film did not meet. (Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

Photo: ‘The Trial of the Chicago 7’ review: A watered-down version of history

April 6, 2021

Aaron Sorkin's "The Trial of the Chicago 7" waters down the historical events' complicated situation. Depicting the 1968 civil rights trials is a challenge that the film did not meet. (Staff Illustration...

Now playing at Lincoln Centers virtual cinema, Demonlover serves as a critique of cyberpolitics. (Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

Photo: ‘Demonlover’ Review: Assayas’ violent, sex-driven commentary on media falls short

April 5, 2021

Now playing at Lincoln Center's virtual cinema, "Demonlover" serves as a critique of cyberpolitics. (Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

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

Photo: Weekly Radio Roundup: March 27 — April 2

April 2, 2021

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

NYU Marriage Pact ran an algorithm in February. The team aimed to help students make connections during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

Photo: NYU Marriage Pact: Where Are They Now?

March 31, 2021

NYU Marriage Pact ran an algorithm in February. The team aimed to help students make connections during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

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

Photo: Weekly radio roundup: March 20 - March 26

March 26, 2021

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

A Tale of Springtime” tells the story of Natacha who attempts to match Jeanne up with her father at a party. The film will be available on Film Forum’s virtual cinema starting March 26th. (Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

Photo: ‘Tales of Four Seasons’ review: Romance is always in season as people search for love and connection

March 25, 2021

A Tale of Springtime” tells the story of Natacha who attempts to match Jeanne up with her father at a party. The film will be available on Film Forum’s virtual cinema starting March 26th. (Staff Illustration...

A first-year NYU student created an anonymous Instagram confessions page, @nyuquarantineconf, during the Fall 2020 semester quarantine. This confessions page has allowed NYU’s Class of 2024 to find a sense of community in an unlikely time. (Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

Photo: Behind the scenes of quarantine confessions

March 22, 2021

A first-year NYU student created an anonymous Instagram confessions page, @nyuquarantineconf, during the Fall 2020 semester quarantine. This confessions page has allowed NYU’s Class of 2024 to find a...

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

Photo: Weekly Radio Roundup: March 12 - March 19

March 19, 2021

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

Alternative rock quintet, Grouplove, announced the release of their fifth studio album, “This is This.” Made over quarantine, New York/California rockers deliver an album of nostalgia inspired pop rock hits. (Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

Photo: Grouplove's surprise fifth album packs a punch

March 18, 2021

Alternative rock quintet, Grouplove, announced the release of their fifth studio album, “This is This.” Made over quarantine, New York/California rockers deliver an album of nostalgia inspired pop...

Lizzo is a female singer, rapper, songwriter, and flutist, who highlights intersectional feminism, fights for the equality of all women, and specifically speaks to women of color. She promotes self-love and lifts up her audiences and encourages them to empower others in their lives. (Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

Photo: Celebrating iconic women in music: Lizzo

March 16, 2021

Lizzo is a female singer, rapper, songwriter, and flutist, who highlights intersectional feminism, fights for the equality of all women, and specifically speaks to women of color. She promotes self-love...

March is Women’s History Month, and WSNs Arts desk is highlighting inspiring women artists. Amanda Gorman, Janis Joplin, Kelly Reichardt, and SOPHIE are women artists that create, experiment, and innovate inspiring work in their respective fields. (Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

Photo: Staff Recs: Women’s History Month

March 10, 2021

March is Women’s History Month, and WSN's Arts desk is highlighting inspiring women artists. Amanda Gorman, Janis Joplin, Kelly Reichardt, and SOPHIE are women artists that create, experiment, and innovate...

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

Photo: Weekly Radio Roundup: March 5 - March 11

March 12, 2021

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

The third feature by writer-director Eliza Hittman, “Never Rarely Sometimes Always” follows Autumn, a pregnant teenager from Pennsylvania who struggles to find local resources to get an abortion. The film is available for free to NYU students through NYU Stream, as well as HBO Max for those living in dorms. (Staff Illustrated by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

Photo: "Never Rarely Sometimes Always" is always gripping

March 11, 2021

The third feature by writer-director Eliza Hittman, “Never Rarely Sometimes Always” follows Autumn, a pregnant teenager from Pennsylvania who struggles to find local resources to get an abortion. The...

“Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry,” released on Apple TV+, is a music documentary about singer-songwriter Billie Eilish. The documentary showcases both the good and bad moments of Billie Eilishs life and stardom.
(Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

Photo: Billie Eilish’s documentary breaks barriers of pop stardom

March 8, 2021

“Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry,” released on Apple TV+, is a music documentary about singer-songwriter Billie Eilish. The documentary showcases both the good and bad moments of Billie...

(Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

Photo: Letter from the Editor: Why is WSN Coming Back?

March 8, 2021

(Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)