“The Last Word” Fails to Meet its Ambitions

By Sophie Bennett, Staff Writer Upon the Lunar New Year comes the feel-good film, “The Last Word,” directed by Mark Pellington. The film brings together veteran actresses Shirley Maclaine, Amanda Seyfried and newcomer AnnJewel Lee Dixon. Set in the town of Bristol, Harriet Lauler (MacLaine) is an elderly woman who has alienated her friends and…

‘Sideshow’ is the Centerpiece at Met Exhibit

By Phyllis Lam, Contributing Writer During the 19th century in France, musicians and other performers — such as clowns, female acrobats, animals and ringmasters — would perform for crowds gathering outside of the circus tent in sideshows. This ancient tradition of the sideshow is the focus of Neo-Impressionist painter Georges Seurat’s new exhibit at the…

On Paint and Progress

By Emily Conklin, Staff Writer The paintings are strikingly different, yet each series commands individual attention and meditation despite vastly different mediums and cultural traditions. Li Gang’s ink and acrylic concoctions illuminate the left side of the gallery, Noa Charuvi’s semi-abstract oils on the right in Art100’s new exhibition, “Construction and Contemplation.” Opening its doors…

Oscars Looked Up — For the Most Part

By Sophie Bennett, Staff Writer In Hollywood, the Academy Awards are the most prestigious achievement that someone working in the film industry can get. The highly sought-after award gains recognition for artists to have much broader career opportunities, not to mention the added respect among peers and outsiders alike. Unlike the Golden Globes, the Oscars…

‘Abstract:’ A New Frame of Reference

By Emily Conklin, Staff Writer The lofty design world has been documented extensively with references and talking heads alike appealing to a high bred inner circle — or maybe to art school grads with edgy glasses that wear a lot of yellow. That is, until “Abstract,” the new Netflix documentary series, changed all that. Each…

Hump Day Update: 3/1/17

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. Ariana Grande and Future have put out a new…

“Paraguay” Provides a Colorful Remembering

By Tristen Calderon, Contributing Writer Dominque Dubosc’s “Paraguay Remembered” is, plain and simply, beautiful. The film opens mysteriously and enticingly with shots floating down a river past different flora and fauna. Dubosc’s French narration is heard and the viewer is immediately pulled into the bright and clear quality of his intonation and his precision with…

The Revival of JapandroidS

By Veronica Liow, Deputy Multimedia Editor Having been out of the spotlight for three years, Japandroids, a Vancouver-based rock band, reinstates their presence on the stage with a powerful performance at Terminal 5 on Feb. 25. The return of Japandroids with their new album, “Near to the Wild Heart of Life,” which released on Jan….

Grooves and Goals with Reva DeVito

By Miguel de Laveaga, Contributing Writer The cold weather and dirty snow didn’t keep fans away from Reva DeVito’s headlining show at Mercury Lounge on Friday, Feb. 10. DeVito first broke big with her cover of Sade’s “Sweetest Taboo,” giving audiences a taste of her soulfulness. Now, two years later, she’s touring in support of…

Anna Akbari Deconstructs the Business of Life

By Khrysgiana Pineda, Staff Writer Anna Akbari, an NYU alum and former professor in the Department of Media, Culture and Communication and the Department of Art and Art Professions, has found a formula that helps us overcome the life’s obstacles — impossible as that may seem — in her new book “Startup Your Life: Hustle…

Off the Wall: We Need to Talk

By Emily Conklin, Staff Writer The arts represent a field of creative minds on the front lines of political discourse and activism, embodying the principle of free speech and expression. Some are also taking the lead in the opposition to the hate and questionable ethics of the recent election of President Donald J. Trump, exhibiting their…