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SJU’s “A Raisin in the Sun” breathes life into a classic

Iris Dumaual, Contributing Writer
February 7, 2017
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Entertainment

In celebration of Black History Month at St. John’s, a four-day production of “A Raisin in the Sun” had its opening night at the Little Theater on Thursday, Feb. 2. Lorraine Hansberry’s play sprang to life on the stage, once again breathing life into a classic. The story centers on the Yo... Read more »

Lady Gaga delivers unforgettable half time performance

Lady Gaga delivers unforgettable half time performance

Angelica Acevedo, News Editor
February 7, 2017
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Entertainment

Yes, the Patriots won the Super Bowl for the fifth time. Yes, the commercials were as over-the-top as ever. But if you’re a bigger fan of spectacular shows than you are of football, the real reason you tuned in on Sunday was to watch Lady Gaga own the stage. And that she did. Lady Gaga literally—and ... Read more »

New in Music: “Hallelujah Money” – Gorillaz ft. Benjamin Clementine

Yves Nguyen, Assistant Entertainment Editor
February 1, 2017
Filed under Entertainment

Finally, Gorillaz has returned. Damon Albarn has resurrected his famed virtual band to release “Hallelujah Money,” their first new song in six years, featuring singer and songwriter Benjamin Clementine. For those who are unfamiliar, Gorillaz is a virtual band of characters created by musician... Read more »

Quest for Oscars: “Fences” Review

Iris Dumaual, Contributing Writer
February 1, 2017
Filed under Entertainment

In his third time as a director, Denzel Washington gives new life to August Wilson’s classic play. Washington himself plays Troy Maxson, a family patriarch who betrays his loyal wife, Rose, and proves to be an overbearing father to his son, Cory. Washington gives a nuanced performance as Troy, effectivel... Read more »

SJU Screening of “Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry”

SJU Screening of “Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry”

Yves Nguyen, Assistant Entertainment Editor
February 1, 2017
Filed under Entertainment

The Dr. M.T. Geoffrey Yeh Art Gallery inside the Sun Yat Sen Center presented a documentary film about the political dissidence and art of Ai Weiwei, China’s most famous living artist and “the world’s most powerful artist” on Jan. 26. The film “Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry” was followed by a shor... Read more »

Indie Band Japanese Breakfast

Indie Band Japanese Breakfast

Jon Manarang, Staff Writer
February 1, 2017
Filed under Entertainment

Lead by Michelle Zauner, Japanese Breakfast played their first performance of the year at Greenpoint venue Union Pool. As a free “first come, first served” event, the venue filled quickly for the highly anticipated show, which was closed off to RSVPs an hour into them being available online.   O... Read more »

New in Music: “The Search For Everything” Review

Cassidy Seagren, Contributing Writer
February 1, 2017
Filed under Entertainment

After a long hiatus for major fans, John Mayer is back and better than ever. A genius and innovator for our generation, John Mayer is a modern original and a role model for many young musicians. Every album and new track he produces is nothing like the last and he is always creating new work, which keeps ... Read more »

Quest for Oscars: “La La Land” Review

Reza Moreno, Features Editor
February 1, 2017
Filed under Entertainment

Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone are at it again, perfectly in sync with the best on-screen chemistry we can ask for. This duo stole our hearts in “Crazy Stupid Love,” but even more in “La La Land.” The only difference is they are swooning us with their lovely voices and exceptional dance moves to ... Read more »

New in Music: Ed Sheeran

Isabella Bruni, Chief Copy Editor
February 1, 2017
Filed under Entertainment

After taking a year off, Ed Sheeran is back and brought two songs, both quite different from each other, with him. “Shape of You” puts emphasis on the forgotten side of Sheeran, the up-tempo and wild side. The song’s chorus hooks you from the first listen, if the first line of the song didn’t... Read more »

Top 20 Songs of 2016

Top 20 Songs of 2016

Isabella Bruni and Angelica Acevedo
January 26, 2017
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Entertainment, Music

Isabella’s List 1. Closer- The Chainsmokers feat. Halsey Hands down The Chainsmokers produced the song of the year. The retro dance song featuring Halsey took over the second half of 2016 and was played on pretty much every pop radio station, as well as one of the most played songs on Spotif... Read more »

‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ Review

Alyssa Dugan, Social Media Coordinator
January 25, 2017
Filed under Entertainment

Netflix has done it again. “A Series of Unfortunate Events” captures the dark, dismal tone of the book series it is based on, while still putting a unique twist on it. The first season consists of eight episodes, based on the first four books. The show centers around the three Baudelaire chil... Read more »

Top 10 Films of 2016

Michael Ambrosino, General Manager, Entertainment Editor
January 25, 2017
Filed under Entertainment

“La La Land” “La La Land” is a wonderful movie – a musical masterpiece by writer/director Damien Chazelle that’s destined to light up and delight anyone who watches it for as long as humans exist on earth. It’s a beautiful story about dreamers, passion, love and the arts, told brill... Read more »

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