ELECTRA-FYING INCEST: Electra (Rachel Greene ’20) kisses her brother Orestes when he comes home from war.
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THE STATUE OF ARTEMIS: Iphigenia (Zoe Rose ’20) stands over the prostrated body of her long-lost brother Orestes (Rielly Allen ’18).
DARING DIRECTOR: Director Doris Doerrie discusses the film and gives background on its creation prior to the screening.
As Valentine’s Day comes around every February, we all look for songs to get us into a romantic mood. Often the songs are classical tunes — wordless, sometimes corny melodies replete with string sections. Very rarely, though, are Valentine’s Day songs lacking instruments. Brandeis’ all-male a cappella group VoiceMale sought to change that with its annual variety show “Lovapalooza,” which took place this past Saturday. “Lovapalooza,” however, delivered performances as diverse as the selection of discount candy after the holiday.
Parents, alumni and undergraduate students gathered in the Shapiro Campus Center theater on Sunday afternoon to see the Hooked on Tap (HOT) semester show: “HOT Off the Press!” HOT is an all-inclusive tap group that is completely student-run and all their pieces are student-directed and choreographed.
The Levin Ballroom got lit on Saturday, Feb. 10, as the Brandeis Black Student Organization held its first ever “Shades of Blackness” event.
This week, justArts spoke with Emma Hanselman ’18 who helped coordinate Hooked On Tap’s semester show, “Hot off the Press!”
SYNCHRONIZED SKIRTS: LatinXtreme, a Latinx dance group, performed “Baile De Palos” clad in white paint and flowing skirts.
LIT LITTLES: Afro Diamond, an African dance group composed of elementary school students, performed at “Shades of Blackness.”
LANGUAGE BARRIER: Independent filmmaker and activist Zi’en Cui answers questions assisted by a translator.
SOULFUL SWEETHEARTS : Lily Bickerstaff Richard ’20 solos Rihanna’s “California King Bed” with Up The Octave.
TAP THAT!: Members of Hooked On Tap ensemble showed off their skills in their semester show.
‘SHERLOCK JR.’: The screening of the 1924 film “Sherlock Jr.” was hosted by the History of Ideas Program.
Theaters these days are full of fast-paced movies with modern filmmaking techniques and complex story structures, but sometimes one needs to step on the brakes and go back almost a century to the films that introduced these practices we now take for granted. One must return to the golden age of cinema, to the Hollywood of the late 1920s to early 1960s. So, amid the oncoming onslaught of summer blockbusters which seems to come to theaters earlier and earlier every year (I’m looking at you “Black Panther,” “Tomb Raider” and “Pacific Rim: Uprising”), it seemed just to attend an on-campus screening of a Buster Keaton film.
In diverse environments such as college campuses, with students from all over the world, fostering intersectionality is necessary. Brandeis Hillel aimed to do this by opening an artistic platform for those who identify as Jews of color, Sephardi or Mizrahi to talk about their experiences at Hillel’s Race Talks: Jews of Color Coffeehouse in Cholmondeley’s Thursday evening.
On Wednesday evening, the TBA Improv and Sketch Comedy group put on its first show of the semester. From start to finish, the show was full of laughs; the audience, about 40 students, was drawn in for the entirety of the two hours.
REVIEW — This past Thursday evening, WBRS hosted its second comedy night this semester. Hosted by Josh Day, the event garnered a small, but lively audience. Dim lighting, as per request of Day — who spent time fussing over the Goldilocks “just right” setting for lighting — set the tone of the evening. A larger-than-life poster of a somber-looking pup against the wall behind the stage added to this facetiously melancholy set. To start off the evening, Day joked that this was his dog, who he recently put down, and that a reminder of one’s dead childhood dog is a necessary component for laughter at a comedy show. The morbid, edging on macabre, theme of the first joke would continue throughout the night.
HAZARDOUS TERRITORY: Comedian Wes Hazard served up KVH certified jokes on Brandeis’ laughable Kosher dining options.