Mary Mei Natural Simplicity: Metallics at the Touchstone Gallery

At first glance, Mary D. Ott’s metallic paintings seem to be characterized by their lack of complexity; her aptly titled piece “Gold on Black” refers to a dark canvas interrupted by thin, golden strokes, while “Copper” is a copper backdrop interspersed with flashes of silver. However, upon further inspection, Ott’s allusion to natural elements becomes...

Luis Borrero A United Kingdom: Not a Failure, But Hardly a Success

Biographical films are tough as they tell the story of usually unknown real-life heroes that rose to the occasion and defied the system. Therefore, on one hand, filmmakers feel pressured to honestly present the ‘based-on-a-true-story’ lives that they portray, while, on the other, they must also entertain and please audiences, if only for the sake...

Sahil Nair The Lego Batman Movie Builds a Better Batman

The Lego system has served as a building block for many people’s childhoods. With Legos, children and adults can create while limited only by the bricks in hand and the ideas in mind. Buildings are built, worlds are created—and then more bricks are needed. The possibility of Lego must have been attractive to game designers...

Xavier Ruffin CV: Wyclef Jean, J’ouvert

After an almost four year hiatus, Wyclef Jean has returned with the release of his new EP, J’ouvert. The former Fugees frontman demonstrates that despite years of musical absence, he is still conscious of the social and political issues that matter today. Always an outspoken artist and activist, Jean continues to use his music as...

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Natural Simplicity: <i>Metallics</i> at the Touchstone Gallery

Natural Simplicity: Metallics at the Touchstone Gallery

At first glance, Mary D. Ott’s metallic paintings seem to be characterized by their lack of complexity; her aptly titled piece “Gold on Black” refers to a dark canvas interrupted by thin, golden strokes, while “Copper” is a copper backdrop interspersed with flashes of silver. However, upon further inspection, Ott’s allusion to natural elements becomes…

<i>A United Kingdom</i>: Not a Failure, But Hardly a Success

A United Kingdom: Not a Failure, But Hardly a Success

Biographical films are tough as they tell the story of usually unknown real-life heroes that rose to the occasion and defied the system. Therefore, on one hand, filmmakers feel pressured to honestly present the ‘based-on-a-true-story’ lives that they portray, while, on the other, they must also entertain and please audiences, if only for the sake…

<i>The Lego Batman Movie</i> Builds a Better Batman

The Lego Batman Movie Builds a Better Batman

The Lego system has served as a building block for many people’s childhoods. With Legos, children and adults can create while limited only by the bricks in hand and the ideas in mind. Buildings are built, worlds are created—and then more bricks are needed. The possibility of Lego must have been attractive to game designers…

CV: Wyclef Jean, <i> J’ouvert </i>

CV: Wyclef Jean, J’ouvert

After an almost four year hiatus, Wyclef Jean has returned with the release of his new EP, J’ouvert. The former Fugees frontman demonstrates that despite years of musical absence, he is still conscious of the social and political issues that matter today. Always an outspoken artist and activist, Jean continues to use his music as…

Don’t See <i>Fifty Shades Darker</i> With Your Mother

Don’t See Fifty Shades Darker With Your Mother

The release of the long-awaited sequel to the box office hit Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker is sparking excitement among a large range of viewers. From teenagers to adults, fans disappointed in the original Fifty Shades of Grey movie’s balance of romance and sex appear in hopes that the second installment can redeem…

The <i>Voice</i> Predicts the Oscars

The Voice Predicts the Oscars

Best Picture Who Will Win: Moonlight Who Should Win: Arrival It is tempting to place La La Land and its bevy of Oscar nominations here, but after winning the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture – Drama, Moonlight has too much momentum to be overtaken by the beautiful ballads of Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. Writer and…

Spirit and Soul in “The Café Life”

Spirit and Soul in “The Café Life”

The beautiful paintings of Rodgers Naylor’s collection “The Café Life” inspire a cozy feeling in the Susan Calloway Fine Arts gallery. The bright colors and happy scenes glow against the white walls. Even Naylor himself is radiating warmth as he stands in the middle of the gallery, comfortable in a snug sweater with a coffee…

No Skull is Safe in <i>John Wick Chapter 2</i>

No Skull is Safe in John Wick Chapter 2

So many headshots, man. John Wick is precision personified; if he missed your head, it’s because he popped a couple bullets in your chest first. And when his bevies of headshots and gun fu blast through corridors full of of bad guys, it’s easy to believe in the legend of John Wick. John Wick (2014)…

Concert Review: Blind Pilot, Rams Head Live!, Feb. 4

Concert Review: Blind Pilot, Rams Head Live!, Feb. 4

Blind Pilot played to an enthusiastic crowd at their show at Rams Head Live in Baltimore on Feb. 4. The Portland-based group’s music does not fall squarely in the category of folk or indie-pop, instead it effortlessly melds the two to create a distinctive sound. The band, helmed by lead singer and guitarist Israel Nebeker…

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