Hump Day Update: 09/28/2016

By Rachel A.G. Gilman, Staff Writer Welcome to Hump Day Update, the place to find out everything you need to know about what’s been going on in the entertainment world for the week. I’m Rachel A.G. Gilman. But enough about me, let’s get to the news. If you’ve been missing “Saturday Night Live,” you probably…

The End of an Era: The Retirement of Alan Moore

By Carter Glace, Contributing Writer   Last week, the bomb dropped. It was ultimately inevitable, but still surprising to see on paper. During a press conference promoting his latest novel — “Jerusalem” — Alan Moore seemed to announce that it would be one of his final works, after finishing a few issues for Avatar press…

Music Makes You Fundraises for Music Education

By Robert Frezza, Contributing Writer This past Thursday BRIC Arts Media in Brooklyn celebrated Music Makes You, a live concert and auction in support of Music Education for disadvantaged children. The D’Addario foundation helped to benefit the event. D’Addario Foundation is a leader in music education. They find, fund and partner with the most transformative…

Review: “The Divine Feminine” – Mac Miller

By Thomas Lange, Contributing Writer Almost exactly a year after the release of his critical and commercial hit “GO:OD AM,” venerated rapper Mac Miller returns with his newest LP, “The Divine Feminine.” From both the title and the content of the songs, it’s easy to see what Mac’s focus is at the moment: love. Every…

Rona Jaffe Foundation Supports Female Writers

By Arimeta Diop, Staff Writer In a moment of glory for the winners of the Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Awards, the NYU Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House hosted each author for a reading this past Sunday. The proud featured winners included Lina Maria Ferira Cabeza-Vanegas, Danielle Geller, Jamey Hatley, Ladee Hubbard, Airea D. Matthews and…

Folk Musician Wows at Prestigious Carnegie Hall

By Carter Shelter, Contributing Writer The last time I saw Glen Hansard, he took the stage at the Newport Folk Festival armed with nothing but his acoustic guitar and a handful of guests. He delivered a joyous, communal performance that seemed to embody the mentality at the heart of folk music. What he brought to…

Review: “Kevin Can Wait”

By Carter Glace, Staff Writer Of the various members of Adam Sandler’s comedy circle, Kevin James is the hardest to pin down. While the other actors in the Happy Madison click cut their teeth at SNL or with lengthy stand-up careers, Kevin’s biggest foray into the mainstream began with his starring role on “King of…

Review: “1000 Rupee Note”

By Sirkka Belle Wirtanen Miller, Contributing Writer “1000 Rupee Note,” the latest film by Shrihari Sathe, is a life-size story firmly nestled within the greater political climate of modern India. The film tells the story of Budhi (Usha Naik), a cheerful and good-natured widow living in a small village in Maharashtra, India. She has lost…

Review: “Kingdom of Shadows”

By Ali Hassan, Contributing Writer “Kingdom of Shadows” is frustrating. Bernardo Ruiz’s documentary about the Mexican drug war is well intentioned, attempting to make viewers emotionally connect with the conflict’s victims, but it does not succeed in doing so. Instead, the result is a hodgepodge of different accounts that fail to cohere. The accounts themselves…

Review: “The Dressmaker”

By Natalie Whalen, Staff Writer “The Dressmaker,” a 2015 Australian film starring Kate Winslet, Liam Hemsworth and Judy Davis is coming to a theater near you. The film, directed by Jocelyn Moorhouse, is based on Rosalie Ham’s novel of the same name and takes place in the early 1950s. It follows main character Tilly Dunnage…

Review:“SEED: The Untold Story”

By Lucy Beni, Contributing writer Taggart Siegel and Jon Betz’s “SEED: The Untold Story” is a film worth watching. It is extremely informative on this surprisingly important topic: seeds. This documentary moves fluidly through its diverse collection of seed experts, ranging from caricature-like individuals who just simply love seeds that much to farmers who are…

Recap: 2016 Emmys

By Anubhuti Kumar, Staff Writer “Are we ready to make the Emmys great again?” asked Jimmy Kimmel as he turned the awards presentation over to the first presenters of the night, “Blackish”‘s Anthony Anderson and Tracy Ellen Ross. Kimmel was definitely successful in living up to that vague and grand promise. With the intro sequence…