Samantha Tritt

Making Art Out of Sweets and Sentiments in Anna Katalkina’s <i>Candy and Mementos</i>

Making Art Out of Sweets and Sentiments in Anna Katalkina’s Candy and Mementos


On a particularly warm January afternoon, dozens of patrons arrived at Touchstone Gallery to attend the opening of Contemporary Still Life: Candy and Mementos by Anna Katalkina. Friends and strangers, closely examining the uniformly small paintings neatly lined along the white walls, slowly paced across Gallery B. These striking paintings offer no explanations other than…

Beauty and Hope in the Waste Land

Beauty and Hope in the Waste Land


Waste Land, a 2010 art documentary, played at the Maria & Alberto de la Cruz Art Gallery during a screening on Dec. 4. Directed by Lucy Walker, the documentary follows artist Vik Muniz and his efforts to create contemporary art out of materials found in the largest landfill in the world, Jardim Gramacho.  The film…

<i>Unlikely</i> and the Underlying Problem of Higher Education

Unlikely and the Underlying Problem of Higher Education


Unlikely (2019) follows five individuals from different parts of America and their second chances at a college education. Directed and produced by award-winning husband and wife filmmaking duo and, Jaye and Adam Fenderson along with their team, this feature documentary aims to showcase the inequality that plagues the American higher education system. The film highlights…

Carrying On: The Pride and Prejudice Toward Reading

Carrying On: The Pride and Prejudice Toward Reading


“I want to buy you something you’ll actually keep … Don’t you want something more appropriate for your age?” Those are just two of the things my great-aunt told me two years ago in Blackwell’s bookstore in London. She didn’t mean to be rude or hurtful, she was just expressing her disapproval of my reading…

Spotify Cosmic Playlist Takes

Spotify Cosmic Playlist Takes

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Spotify always seems to have a playlist for everything. Recently, they partnered with astrologist Chani Nicholas to make personalized playlists for all 12 star signs. Halftime writers set out to see if they found their energies captured, their vibes felt, and their auras enhanced through music.  Panna (Capricorn): You probably think the Capricorn playlist is…

Cooking with Glass in <i>Blown Away</i>

Cooking with Glass in Blown Away


Cooking competitions like Chopped, Cupcake Wars, and Iron Chef (2002) have been relatively popular for many years. However, the cult-like following that emerged after The Great British Bake Off’s arrival on Netflix brought about a whole new obsession with cooking competition-style shows, such as the Netflix originals Sugar Rush (2018) and Nailed It (2018). The…

This is <i>A Bronx Tale</i>

This is A Bronx Tale


Love or fear? That is the question that permeates the musical A Bronx Tale. Based on Chazz Palminteri’s own life, A Bronx Tale follows Calogero (Joey Barreiro) as he grows up in the Bronx neighborhood of New York. At the age of nine, Calogero (Frankie Leoni) meets the infamous neighborhood boss Sonny (Joe Barbara), who…

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