Claire Smith

<i>Feud</i>: A Tale as Old as Time

Feud: A Tale as Old as Time

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05/01/2017

Classic Hollywood glamour. A messy rivalry. Susan Sarandon and Jessica Lange returning to television. These might be just a few interesting aspects of Feud: Bette and Joan, currently airing on FX. The mini-series is part of a larger series created by Ryan Murphy of American Horror Story set to describe famous feuds throughout history, from…

<i>Saturday Night Undead</i>

Saturday Night Undead

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10/14/2016

Wayne’s World protagonists Wayne Campbell and Garth Algar said it best when they mocked the media’s criticism of Saturday Night Live as Saturday Night Dead, both dismissing the banality of the phrase and asserting that the show is still going strong. Season 42 of the popular sketch-comedy variety show does not cease to make viewers…

The Weekly List: Broadway’s Best

The Weekly List: Broadway’s Best

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09/20/2016

Showtunes get a bad rep. From jazz hands to overly enthusiastic dancing and singing, people always consider showtunes to be cheesy or obnoxious. However, there are a lot of songs that break the mold, and can be listened to while working out, studying, or just everyday life. With that in mind, Halftime presents the Weekly List:…

The Weekly List: April Showers Bring May Flowers

The Weekly List: April Showers Bring May Flowers

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04/05/2016

Everyone knows the old adage “April Showers bring May Flowers.” The sheer misery of April rain paves the way for the flora and fauna (and sauna-like weather) of May in DC. When days are gray and damp, positive music helps you get through the grind. “Penny Lane” – The Beatles Penny Lane grows in their…

Critical Voices: Macklemore, <i>This Unruly Mess I’ve Made</i>

Critical Voices: Macklemore, This Unruly Mess I’ve Made

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03/15/2016

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis have not released an official album since “The Heist” in 2012, which contained hits like “Can’t Hold Us”, “Thrift Shop”, and “Same Love” and thrust them into the spotlight. Their new album, This Unruly Mess I’ve Made, shows a different side of Macklemore, one that is vulnerable but at the same…

“Grease Live!”: Burning Up the Quarter Mile

“Grease Live!”: Burning Up the Quarter Mile

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02/03/2016

“Grease” is a fantastic, beloved musical, with an abundance of upbeat show tunes and a plot that adolescents can relate to. Following in the footsteps of NBC’s “The Sound of Music Live” “Peter Pan Live,” and most recently “The Wiz Live,” Fox decided to cast their own live-on-television musical with “Grease Live!”, starring Aaron Tveit…

The Weekly List: Middle School Dance Edition

The Weekly List: Middle School Dance Edition

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01/18/2016

Ah, middle school. That strange time of budding maturity, where you weren’t quite trusted with responsibility but could choose whether to take art or drama class. Essential to those formative years was the sheer number of dances held in the middle school gymnasium. To celebrate those awkward nights, grab your best Aeropostale jeans and Abercrombie…

Hoya Hoops Madness: Fun for Everyone (Plus 2 Chainz!)

Hoya Hoops Madness: Fun for Everyone (Plus 2 Chainz!)

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10/21/2015

1984 was a year of many things. There was a wall dividing Berlin, George Orwell’s vision did not quite ring true, and the Georgetown University Men’s Basketball team won the NCAA championship. Georgetown has always been well-known for its basketball team, and prides itself on having academically motivated student athletes. The athletes, however, are not…

Vandaveer: A Local Group Finds Its Folk

Vandaveer: A Local Group Finds Its Folk

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10/19/2015

In a world of over-autotuned, synthetic music, folk is a genre often overlooked by the average listener. Washington DC started group, Vandaveer is in an active battle to defy this problem in the music industry. Though they were founded in 2006, the band is recently on the rise with folksy songs such as “Pretty Polly”,…

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