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Josefine Báez’s writing reminds listeners to embrace joy

The scene is set: the gentle hum of conversation, the aroma of Hispanic food and a red floor upon which she stands. She dances to the music which plays from a video  playing behind her. As she waits for the event to start, more and more students pour into the Red Pit. Wondering if the woman before us matches the face on the poster, we stare. We catch her eye and she graces us with a smile. Yes, we realize. This is Josefina Báez. More ...

88th Academy Awards delivers predictable but entertaining night

Another Academy Awards ceremony is in the books. Hosted by Chris Rock, this year’s show provided a few laughs but, as usual, also plenty of stuffiness. The Oscars have always struggled with the mantle of being the most prestigious awards show, which often leads to a relatively more conservative and predictable show than alternatives like the Golden Globes. Here are several thoughts I had regarding this past Sunday’s show: More ...

Glasper brings all-age crowd for new jazz sound

For those of us who regularly attend Wellin Hall concerts, it’s basically a fact of life that the median age of the audience is advanced enough to qualify for Medicare. That wasn’t the case this past Saturday when pianist Robert Glasper’s trio brought his hip-hop-infused brand of jazz to the stage.  More ...

Thomas ’85 lectures on Albert Murray’s “Blues Idiom” in 20th century America

This past Thursday, Feb. 18, Jazz Critic and Hamilton Alumn Greg Thomas ’85 delivered a moving lecture on the “Blues Idiom” life philosophy, as developed by 20th century literary and jazz critic Albert Murray. Thomas began his lecture with a summary of early history of the blues, from the days of New Orleans group free styling all the way through the 20th century, highlighting the evolution of blues not only as an art form but also as a distinct worldview.  After providing this context, Thomas presented the insightful ideas of Murray, who lived through the whole period and defended the philosophical legitimacy of the genre with courage and brilliance. More ...

Outing Club hosts Banff film fest

As a way to celebrate and promote the vigorous spirit of outdoor sports, the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour showcased nine short films last Wednesday Feb. 17 about interesting adventures in the wilderness.  More ...

Despite an energetic performance, Magic Man at latest coffeehouse lacks authenticity

Magic Man performed in Tolles Pavilion this past Thursday as part of FebFest and CAB’s Acoustic Coffeehouse series. The rising indie rock band has been under the spotlight since its global hit single “Paris” came out in 2014.  More ...

Hispanic Studies Department continues film series with Ávila’s Infancia Clandestina

Last Tuesday, Feb. 16, the Hispanic Studies Department showed Infancia Clandestina (2012). The film was the second screening for their film series celebrating the new wave of Ibero American Cinema. More ...

Femme speakers promote social change through personal monologues

Femme was not the typical love-charged performance on Valentine’s Day. The show was a candid and passionate expression of women’s concerns that was more confrontational than condescending, evoking a strong sense of actualizing change in society rather than skewing one’s beliefs and goals to fit with the majority.  More ...

Lest you think Jazz is dead, Robert Glasper Trio to perform this weekend

Renowned jazz-pianist and two-time Grammy winner Robert Glasper is set to play with his trio at Wellin on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Before I discuss Glasper and what is sure to be a stellar performance, I’ll attempt to clear the air of a nasty rumor surrounding jazz music. More ...

88th Academy Awards: Will DiCaprio finally win his first Oscar?

After about two months, the major film award circuit is drawing to an end. The final and biggest awards show, the Academy Awards Ceremony, will be held on Feb. 28. While there has been much justified criticism regarding the lack of diversity, the Oscars still hold sway with much of the American public. After often long, exacting shoots and publicity tours, an Oscar can be the ultimate prize to many an actor and filmmaker. This has absolutely been one of the better years in film and all the major categories consist of many stellar and worthy candidates. Although the Oscars’ categories cover a wide range, most pay heed primarily to the essential few. Following is a list of the nominees for the main categories and a prediction of the respective winners. More ...

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