In News: Professor Cymene Howe from the Department of Anthropology at Rice University delivered a lecture yesterday on the politics of sexual rights in Nicaragua in anticipation of International Women’s Day.
In Features: Tufts Podcast Network, a relatively new student group that creates audio broadcasts, has a simple mission: to bring people together through the sharing of thoughts and stories about the human experience.
In Arts: Despite the fact that the performers sometimes weave through the crowded dance floor, the fourth wall is still firmly in place. Nevertheless, “AcousticaElectronica” is perhaps one of the most immersive theatrical performance events out there.
Last night, Thursday March 6, the 3Ps Spring Major “How I Learned to Drive” opened in Balch Arena Theatre. Tickets are still on sale at the box office in Aidekman for performances tonight and Saturday night.
With spring almost here, and the Oscars having just passed, it’s a great time to go out and watch a blockbuster film. Here’s a list of the movies that had the highest box office revenue the weekend of the Oscars.
“Non-Stop” grossed almost $30 million in its opening weekend, and with a great cast led by Liam Neeson, this was clearly to be expected. The movie topped the box office this weekend, even though it was a new entrant.
2. Son of God
“Son of God,” also new to the box office this weekend, was second with a gross of just over $25 million. On the surface this movie looks very strange, and everyone is quite surprised that it was even remotely successful, especially given the 5.5 rating on IMDB. Why not watch this movie and find out for yourself?
Like so many other bloggers and critics, I have become obsessed with the show “True Detective.” HBO’s newest series starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson has garnered a lot of interest, from high-end papers and magazines to sketchy blogs. No one can deny that it is a very well done show. The acting is brilliant, the cinematography is excellent, and it’s filled with enough riddles and philosophical monologues to make the viewer feel intelligent and stupid at the same time. People are just loving to comment on its mythology: profound or pretentious? Is the show sexist or just showing a narrow perspective? And, of course, whodunit? (You’ll find an array of analytical essays on the show, but I will only recommend this interview and this article for fans to read.)
Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, staring off into the distance with serious looks in “True Detective.” Photo courtesy of James Bridges/HBO/EW.
Every once in a while, there is a show that is a must-watch, that critics and your friends just won’t shut up about. It’s “The West Wing,” it’s “LOST,” it’s “Breaking Bad.” The world is changing, and the quality of television is developing to match those of Academy Award-winning movies (ridiculous reality shows excluded). And as these culture-changing shows emerge and die, networks scramble to come up with the next big thing. Thus, we get weird genre twists with one-word titles like the new series “Intelligence” and “Resurrection,” which are produced by famous people and are pretty boring.
During his spring break, my friend Benjamin “Sir Robinsbobbins” Robinson, decided to grace me with his presence. In exchange, all I had to do was provide a free roof and free food (thank you, unlimited meal plan). Many of us on The Hill take for granted some of the peculiarities that make Tufts, Tufts; having Ben around provided a fresh perspective on many of the things that I have started to take for granted in my second semester here.
Too Early a.m: Ben opens his eyes long enough to notice Josh leaving for class. He smirks, grabs a pillow, feels self-satisfied because his studious friend has to go to class, and falls back asleep.
11:45 a.m: Ben wakes up for real this time, if not in mind then in body, because he’s on the move to Dewick, the source of his free meals having finally returned from said source’s morning class. Upon gaining access to Dewick’s cornucopia, Ben remarks on the bountiful vegan and vegetarian options, which his own school’s dining halls do not provide. A childlike curiosity inspires him to try a vegan brownie – the decision is immediately regretted and ranted about.
12:30 p.m: Returns to Lewis Hall for a post-meal nap. Oh, the luxury of spring break!
1:00 p.m: Ben texts Josh about going to classes before remembering that he is on vacation and instead asks Siri about things to do in Boston. Upon careful reflection on Siri’s myriad of recommendations and those of the many random people he has met over the last 24 hours at Tufts, Ben decides to go to Newbury Street (definitely the Science Museum another day). Before leaving, he texts Josh, who is slightly skeptical of his friend’s ability to get around the city on his own after he tripped over a turnstile in New York’s subway.
I’ve mentioned this idea in a previous blog when my friend Archie invented the Pizza-Burger Panini. To make your own pizza Panini, you don’t have to get quite so complex as Archie, but we’ll start with his initial concept and explore the endless possibilities from there.
Pizza-Burger Panini: This included a slice of pizza with a hamburger in the middle. Next, Archie added lettuce, cheese and tomato before completing the Panini with a second slice of pizza. He put the combination in the Panini press and voila! Pizza-Burger Panini!
Turkey-Cheese Panini: The concept is simple—put some turkey and swiss between two slices of pizza and place the sandwich in the Panini press. This allows room for some variety, though. You can add lettuce, tomato or even hot sauce.
Netflix is awesome for so many reasons. It enables internet addiction and binge watching tendencies. It also has a ton of terrible ABC Family and Disney Channel Original Movies. While these options are awesome, sometimes you want to watch the good stuff. Here are the top ten movies you can watch on Netflix:
Before the franchise got bloated and crazy, there was the first movie. It’s been a little over a decade since it came out now, but the first POTC remains endlessly entertaining, thanks to a brilliant Johnny Depp.
Netflix has a couple of John Hughes classics, including The Breakfast Club, but absolutely nothing beats Ferris Bueller. This movie will make you want to cut class every day, crash cars, and sing in parades.
IN FEATURES: Tufts University ranked ninth among top medium-sized schools that produce Peace Corps volunteers, up from 15th in 2013. Twenty-four of Tufts’ undergraduate alumni are currently serving abroad with the program.
TODAY’S EDITORIAL: Yesterday, the College Board, the non-profit organization that administers the SAT Reasoning Test to over one million college-bound high schoolers each year, announced a dramatic overhaul of the test’s content, scoring and format.
IN SPORTS: The men’s basketball team lost to Williams by 10 points in overtime, ending the season one free throw away from an upset.
With all the excitement surrounding the Oscars this past month, the small screen seems to have gotten the short end of the stick. It’s time to direct our attention to all of the new TV shows that are set to premiere this year, so here are six of the most anticipated TV shows of 2014, in no particular order.
Tooken: After the end of 30 Rock last year, television has been suffering from a desperate lack of Tina Fey. Tooken hopes to fill this gap. Created by Tina Fey, Tooken is the story of a woman, who escapes from a doomsday cult and tries to start over in New York City. Starring Ellie Kemper of Bridesmaids and The Office, the sitcom is likely to be a part of NBC’s fall lineup.
Looking: Centered on the lives of young gay men in San Francisco, this show has been described as a “male, non-heterosexual version of Girls.” It stars Jonathan Groff of Frozen and Glee fame. The series has already premiered and takes HBO’s 10:30PM slot on Sunday nights.
Gracepoint: The surprising success of Broadchurch as a one-case procedural, in both the UK and the US, FOX was quick to acquire the rights for its remake. The show follows a local police detective and an out-of-towner who are paired to solve the murder of a young boy in a small town. The impressive cast is led by David Tennant (Doctor Who, Broadchurch) and Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad). The series is likely to be on FOX in the fall.