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Campus Event

An Evening of Performance excites, delights on Valentine’s Day

One of the struggles of Valentine's Day is figuring out what to do with your girlfriend or boyfriend. I decided to take my girlfriend to An Evening of Performance, a show that ran for two weeks at the RPI Playhouse. It was well worth it. The show was split into three different sections; a play put on by RPI Players, an a cappella performance, and finally Sheer Idiocy. Read more...

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Movie Review

A Star is Born: dramatic, filled with original music

A Star is Born, released late last summer, served as the fourth remake of the original 1937 film. Starring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, this movie reminded me of the various other renditions I have seen of this story, including a Bollywood version. However, I really enjoyed this movie for its soundtrack and for the originality Lady Gaga brought with her unforgettable voice. Read more...

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TV Series Review

The Dragon Prince explores the pain of growing up

The Dragon Prince was, in my humble opinion, the best new Netflix original series to debut last year. With similar art styles and themes, many considered it to be the spiritual successor to Avatar: The Last Airbender, and it went on to garner near universal praise from critics and audiences alike. When book two was released, I watched it immediately. Read more...

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Event Review

Night of Free Expression helps bring community together

The first thing I heard when I walked into the McNeil Room on Saturday evening was the smooth harmony of jazz floating throughout. The tables had been cleared away, replaced by rows of chairs facing the illuminated center. The room was packed, which isn’t exactly what I expected when I think about cultural events at Rensselaer. People from all sorts of groups around campus had made it today, both to perform and to cheer on their friends. It was invigorating, and almost feels like coming home. Read more...

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Artist Spotlight

Musgraves showcases unexpected talent in Golden Hour

Alicia Keys’ surprise announcement of Golden Hour as Album of the Year at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards caught most of us off guard. Between Musgraves’ own immediate astonishment and many viewers’ “Wait, who is she?” moment, it’s easy to wonder how an album yet to certify gold and virtually unheard of on radio managed to rack up four Grammys in one night. Read more...

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SHOW REVIEW

Evening of Performance offers unique spin on comedy

I don’t have a lot of experience with theater or much knowledge about the medium. So, right until the lights dimmed, I found myself questioning whether I’d enjoy RPI Players’ Audience, a play by Michael Frayn, or whether I’d just not “get it.” Read more...

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Album Review

Rosalía and the redefinition of flamenco

The cavernous spaces between the opening synths of “MALAMENTE” are intoxicating. Ever-present handclaps float around the hazy, organ-like runs as Rosalía’s enigmatic voice erupts, dancing like a flame with the brooding energy of its flickering shadow. It’s a captivating track, pulsing with an energy that flows freely throughout the work of the Spanish sensation—and her own magnetic persona in turn. Read more...

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Movie Review

Aquaman lacks originality, falls short

It’s no secret that the DC Comics' Extended Universe isn’t exactly setting the ratings charts on fire. With only one good film (Wonder Woman), one mediocre film (Man of Steel), two massive disappointments, and one cursed abomination (Suicide Squad), their fan following has paled in comparison to Marvel’s rival series. In spite of this dark, depressing portfolio, DC has managed to add another “good” film into its roster: Aquaman. Read more...

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CAMPUS EVENT

RPI hosts ICCA quarter finals

10 a cappella groups from five universities dazzled the crowd with their melodies and arrangements at the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella quarterfinals on Saturday. Read more...

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Movie Review

Bandersnatch: edgy, new way to watch a movie

When you think of the phrase “choose your own adventure,” more likely than not, what comes to mind are those old books you used to read as a kid. Read more...

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TV Series Review

Cuckoo: unknown and surprising, worth watching

A few weeks ago, I found myself bored scrolling through Netflix. I had just finished the popular show BoJack Horseman, when I came across Cuckoo. With such a unique name, I was drawn to watch the trailer, which featured one of my favorite comedic television actors, Andy Samberg. Now, as I finish up season four of Cuckoo, I am realizing that many people are unaware that this show even exists. Read more...

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CAMPUS EVENT

Fresh Check Day upcoming at the Mueller Center

Event aims to promote open dialogue about mental health

Within the past few years, the Mueller Center has expanded its wellness initiative to incorporate mental health. The Center is home to multiple events that cater specifically to promote healthy minds. Run by the Wellness Institute in partnership with the Rensselaer Union and the Mueller Center, these events include nutritional and mental health events as well as monthly Wellness Wednesdays. Each event attempts to bridge the gap between bodily and mental health in an approach called “holistic wellness.” Read more...

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Movie Review

Birdbox disappointing: lacks commitment, consistency

In the past few weeks, another Netflix original took the internet by storm. Read more...

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CLUB EVENT

BSA showcases live performances, clothes at art show

The Black Student Association held its second art show of the year on Friday. This show focused more on live performances, rather than still art. Student artist Zaire Wilson ‘ 20 or “Zeitgeist” performed to begin the show, with original songs “Yamcha” and and “Reading is Fundamental.” The crowd dispersed to view the art for about a half an hour before the fashion show began. Models from BSA walked through the room to showcase outfits made by members of the club. Then, they held a “Best Dressed” competition for attendees of the event. The show was closed by University of Albany student artist, Marc-Baze. Read more...

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EMPAC EVENT

Art installation pays homage to Shakespeare

Professor Michael Century took over the EMPAC Goodman Studio 1 to perform his sound art installation The Isle is Full of Noises. Running from November 27 to 29, the installation used recordings of dialogue from sections of William Shakespeare’s play The Tempest. Visitors were free to move about the room as sounds of nature are mingled with spoken syllables in order to reflect the music and nature described in the story. Century was able to manipulate the phenomic units of notable monologues from characters Miranda and Caliban by speed and volume—making his piece a live performance. He used arrays of speakers called “Wave Field Synthesis” in order to place sounds in specific areas of the room. There are several focal points where a listener can stand, sit, or recline and feel the sensation of waves of sound moving toward, across, and finally away from their bodies. Read more...

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TV SERIES REVIEW

3 Below: ingenious addition to Tales of Arcadia

3 Below is a show that’s part of Tales of Arcadia, a fictional universe consisting of a trilogy of TV shows created by Guillermo Del Toro, animated by Dreamworks and hosted by Netflix. Read more...

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DOWNTOWN TROY

Downtown Troy’s first Asian bodega now open

On December 7, Sunhee’s Farm and Kitchen expanded their business with the grand opening of Kim’s Convenience. Located on 88 Third Street, this convenience store brings a splash of diversity to Troy. The grand opening party was open to the local public, and featured complimentary food from both Sunhee’s Farm and Kitchen and K-Plate. Attendees enjoyed food and were able to browse the store’s variety of items. Read more...

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Movie review

Bohemian Rhapsody: the story behind Queen

Released last month, Bohemian Rhapsody is a biopic of the well-known British band, Queen. The film portrays the story of how Freddie Mercury, the lead singer, came together with the other members of Queen to create a diverse palette of music. While I have listened to many of Queen’s songs, I didn’t know much about their backstory. That being said, I was hooked from the first scene and really enjoyed Bohemian Rhapsody. Read more...

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Movie Review

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald needlessly boring, lacks focus

Home on Thanksgiving Break, I wanted to see a movie with my high school friends. Since we’d seen Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them when it came out in 2016, we decided to watch the sequel. Read more...

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Cultural event

Troy kicks off holiday season with Victorian Stroll

This Sunday, Troy was cast back into 19th century England. The 36th Annual Troy Victorian Stroll filled the streets with performances, decorations, people, and holiday cheer. Despite the poor weather, visitors swarmed Troy, many of whom—even children—dressed in classic 19th century clothing. Features included rides on an antique fire truck, live birds of prey, several food trucks, a pop-up market of craftsmen and vendors, and various musical displays. Local shops and eateries also took part with special seasonal offers and various events of their own. The celebration concluded with a menorah and Christmas tree lighting, accompanied by the Troy High School Concert Choir. Read more...

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