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This week, justArts spoke with Samantha Shepherd ’18, who is a studio art major and is showing work in the Senior Midyear Exhibition at Dreitzer Gallery.
Review — Every year, with the arrival of the fall and winter months, we are blessed with a surplus of fantastic films which showcase directors, actors, cinematographers and composers at the height of their respective crafts. Last year gave us Guillermo del Toro’s monster masterpiece, “The Shape of Water,” Luca Guadagnino’s “Call Me By Your Name” and Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Phantom Thread,” which features three-time Oscar-winning actor Daniel Day-Lewis in what may very well be his final role; just a few months ago, the veteran thespian announced his retirement.
AWARENESS AND AWARDS: This year’s Golden Globes Awards were characterized by social awareness and activism.
KENDRICK LAMAR: Kendrick Lamar’s album, “DAMN” was produced by Steve Lacy who released a solo project this year.
The saying “history repeats itself” has never been more prevalent than in the year 2017. I am not talking about how our current government slightly resembles 1939 (except we have the blessing of checks and balances — thanks, Founding Fathers). This year has been filled with the revival of television shows, sequels, remakes of movies and the comeback of various popular artists. One would think that 2017 was a revival of a culture that harkens back to the glory days of the early 2000s. Let’s begin our journey through 2017 by discussing the reboots in television.
Review — If you walked in to Hold Thy Peace’s production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” expecting a somewhat-faithful adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic playthis weekend, you were definitely disappointed. I try my best to walk into Shakespeare productions with an open mind because the director will always have a unique vision or interpretation. However, I was still skeptical going forward. The play was staged in the Shapiro Campus Center’s multi-purpose room, which, beforehand, had not seemed like an optimal location for the play. I had also heard beforehand that the adaptation of the typically two-to-two-and-a-half-hour play was shortened to roughly 70 minutes.
Review — It’s quite hard for me to find a show that makes me laugh. I consider myself to be a very tough audience member to please. I rarely laugh out loud, and my taste in comedy is quite distinct, being much darker than most. One group, however, has consistently made me laugh in the past: Boris’ Kitchen.
Review — There is an effervescent joy that arises in the body when one witnesses a masterpiece of cinema unfold before their very eyes. It is an almost overwhelming sensation. Luca Guadagnino’s “Call Me By Your Name,” an adaptation of André Aciman’s debut novel of the same title, is a rare gem that evokes such emotions.
This week, justArts spoke with Gabe Walker ’19, who directed Hold Thy Peace’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”
MANIC MONOLOGUE: Puck (Haia Bchiri ’20) recites her final monologue as Titania and Bottom are frozen around her.
FLAILING AND FUNNY: Members of Boris’ Kitchen bounce around the stage during their sketch comedy festival.
SPELL BROKEN: Titania (Rebecca Myers ’18) falls in love with her husband, Oberon (Dan Souza ’19).
LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT: Titania (Becca Myers ’18) wakes up and falls in love with Bottom (played by Remony Pearlman ’19).
BUNCH OF BANANAS: Members of Boris’ Kitchen dress up in banana costumes for a skit.
On Saturday night, the South Asian Students Association (SASA) hosted MELA, its annual culture and charity show, in Levin Ballroom. The curtains opened to reveal a beautiful, sparkling backdrop which revealed the theme of the night: “Masakali: Dare to Fly.” Masakali is a Hindi word that means to soar and fly without limitations. This overarching theme successfully encompassed the show; the performers dared to fly and they soared.
Review — It is never a good sign when the opening lines of a theater review begin writing themselves in my head mere minutes after the rise of the curtain. The thing is that, at a truly good show, I am swept up into the action of the play and words evade me; I get invested and involved. At the opening night of the Undergraduate Theater Collective’s production of “Once Upon a Mattress,” a retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Princess and the Pea,” I had the former experience; the production failed to harness my full attention, and I was left with no choice but to conceive sentences in my head to describe what I was experiencing in front of me.
Review — Rather Be Giraffes hosted “Turkapalooza,” a Thanksgiving-themed a cappella show, last Thursday night. This was the third in a series of “Acapalooza” events at Brandeis, beginning with Acapalooza this past spring and continuing with Spookapalooza in October. Mandel G03, where Turkapalooza was held, was not only decked out in festive Thanksgiving decoration, but also completely packed with excited attendees eager to support their friends and classmates. RBG performed last, preceded by Starving Artists, Voices of Soul, Up the Octave and Company B.
Review — Last Thursday night was a busy one for the arts at Brandeis, with Adagio’s “Throwback Thursday DanceFest,” “Once Upon a Mattress” and “Turkapalooza” all taking place in one night. For those of us who chose to see Adagio, the evening was full of awkward but amusing emceeing, some throwback (and not so throwback) jams and dancing of all forms.
This week, justArts spoke with Zenith Rai ’20 who was the Intercultural Center Coordinator of the South Asian Student Association’s annual cutlure event, MELA. This year MELA’s theme was “Masakali: Dare to Fly.”