Hump Day Update: 3/29/17

By Rachel A.G. Gilman, Staff Writer Welcome back 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. On Freeform’s “The Fosters,” Callie and her friend…

New Play ‘The View UpStairs’ Remembers Pulse Shooting

By Annaluz Cabrera, Staff Writer Tragedy inspires art, or so goes the saying. In light of recent events — most prominently the mass shooting at gay nightclub Pulse — a musical about violence towards the LGBT community is particularly relevant. While provocative, the new musical about the second deadliest attack on gay clubs in U.S….

Kevin Abstract Focuses on Inclusive Love

By Veronica Liow, Deputy Multimedia Editor The Studio at Webster Hall is a rather intimate venue. There are no barriers between the audience and the stage. There are no security guards pushing the crowd away from the artist. And when Kevin Abstract performed there on Friday, March 10, audience members — ages ranging from barely-teens…

‘A Woman, A Part’ Is a Promising First Feature

By Sophie Bennett, Staff Writer Beginning in the mid-1990s, Elisabeth Subrin has made films ranging from experimental to shorts and now a feature-length film. Her work consists of tackling feminism and woman in society. Now she has transitioned into feature length film starring Maggie Siff, Cara Seymour, and John Ortiz. The film “A Woman, A…

Why does “Comic Book” Default to “Superhero Comic?”

By Carter Glace, Staff Writer As I sat down trying to think of what to write for the latest column, and found most of my options centered around superheroes. The usual Marvel and DC fare. And finally, I was forced to confront an unfortunate truth, when the term “comic book” is brought up in today’s…

Dua Lipa Rocks & Rolls in DC

By Jordan Reynolds, Highlighter Editor Dua Lipa may not have an actual album out yet, but that hasn’t stopped her from headlining her first North American tour this month. Her stop at the Rock & Roll hotel in Washington, DC on Sunday was one of 15 shows on the tour, and it was a mesmerizing…

New York Feminist Film Week Showcases Films that Need to be Seen

By Sophie Bennett, Staff Writer Anthology Film Archives is an organization that focuses on certain stories or filmmakers and the incredible work surrounding them. For a week Anthology is doing a series examining feminist filmmaking, specifically filmmaking about experiences of cis women of color as well as the LGBTQ women community. Films ranged from discussions…

“Table 19” Works on Paper But Fails in Execution

By Carter Glace, Staff Writer “Table 19” is that confounding kind of movie where it clearly as all of the pieces to be interesting and engaging film, it has a winning cast, and the things that happen on screen are theoretically good. And yet the film just doesn’t quite work. Anna Kendrick plays a former…

Hump Day Update: 3/22/17

By Rachel A.G. Gilman, Staff Writer Welcome back 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. James Blake released a new music video for…

Luminance and Brilliance: J.M.W. Turner’s Ports at the Frick

By Phyllis Lam, Contributing Writer As you pass through corridors of the Frick Collection, it would be impossible to miss the brilliant light shining through the port paintings by Joseph Mallord William Turner. An exhibition dedicated to the British landscape master, “Turner’s Modern and Ancient Ports: Passages through Time,” takes you on a tour of…

In Film ‘Tickling Giants,’ Politics Is a Laughing Matter

By Anubhuti Kumar, Staff Writer “Tickling Giants” is the perfect title for the new documentary about the rise of a comedian who got his laughs by poking fun at prickly figures who do not take kindly to a questioning of their authority. While the name Jon Stewart is ubiquitous in the United States, the story…