Arts & Entertainment

Masquers nail cerebral conflict of Six Characters in Search of an Author

Masquers nail cerebral conflict of <em>Six Characters in Search of an Author</em>

Josiah Martin | A&E Editor 02/14/19 It’s fairly safe to say that tackling metafiction — stories about stories — is a risky move. It’s easy for an author to disillusion an audience by getting into the philosophy of their craft. However, when a deep dive into this philosophy is played for laughs, as is the […]

Pittsburgh Ballet Theater’s The Great Gatsby impresses

Pittsburgh Ballet Theater’s <em>The Great Gatsby</em> impresses

Griffin Sendek | Features Editor 02/14/19 My theater-going experience began at a young age; I have been to countless plays and musicals, from comedies to dramas, classical Shakespeare to modern experimental projects, but never have I gone to a ballet. I finally got my chance last Saturday at the premiere of Pittsburgh Ballet Theater’s production […]

Ariana Grande’s thank u, next shines with standout tracks

Ariana Grande’s <em>thank u, next</em> shines with standout tracks

Natalie Schroeder | Staff Writer 02/14/19 Sweetener was released Aug. 17, 2018, and less than six months later, Ariana Grande released thank u, next. This album is easily one of the best that Grande has written. The anticipation for the full project’s release began when her singles “thank u, next” dropped in November, and “7 […]

Hyped-up halftime show disappoints

Hyped-up halftime show disappoints

Claire Neiberg | Staff Writer 02/07/19 While the New England Patriots had their sweet victory, the SpongeBob SquarePants fans in the stadium did not. The Super Bowl 2019 halftime show brought disappointment to fans, as it was not the show-stopping performance anticipated. With Maroon 5 headlining, along with Travis Scott and Big Boi as supporting […]

Despite tonal problems, Netflix’s art thriller Velvet Buzzsaw still a gory romp about art’s elite

Despite tonal problems, Netflix’s art thriller <em>Velvet Buzzsaw</em> still a gory romp about art’s elite

Neil Runge | Staff Writer 02/07/19 Netflix’s Velvet Buzzsaw is an exciting and enjoyable art piece that takes a critical look at the professional art scene of Los Angeles. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, who plays art critic Morf, Rene Russo as gallery owner Rhodora Haze and Zawe Ashton, playing Rhodora’s business partner Josephina as the leads […]

Cold War a chilling, unconventional, Oscar-worthy film

<em>Cold War</em> a chilling, unconventional, Oscar-worthy film

Griffin Sendek | Features Editor 02/07/19 I did not hear about Cold War from trailers or online Oscar discussion. Rather, I first discovered the film on the T back to campus. Wedged between the seat in front of me and the wall was an issue of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. As I unfolded the wrinkled-up paper […]

New Kingdom Hearts may pale to predecessors, but that’s OK

New <em>Kingdom Hearts</em> may pale to predecessors, but that’s OK

Sean Armstrong | Staff Writer 02/07/19 Kingdom Hearts III’s arrival was a disappointment for many, but is that due to the aging of the game or the fanbase itself? On one side of the argument are those who eagerly anticipated the release of this installment in the platinum-selling saga despite years of delays. Given that […]

Mikkelsen shines in otherwise-lackluster Polar adaptation

Mikkelsen shines in otherwise-lackluster <em>Polar</em> adaptation

Neil Runge | Staff Writer 01/31/19 There are very few things more disappointing than a movie that seemed like it was going to be celebrity-filled and action-packed but turned out to be a confusing, gory mess. Netflix’s Polar is an example of that. Based on a webcomic-turned-graphic novel of the same name, this film stars […]

Two new documentaries tell the story of Fyre Festival

Two new documentaries tell the story of Fyre Festival

Hallie Lauer | News Editor 01/31/19 If you had twitter in April of 2017, you more than likely saw the memes and distraught tweets that were coming out of the Bahamas during the “luxury music festival” Fyre Festival. For those of you that were doing a social media cleanse, Netflix and Hulu summarized the best […]

Trip abroad inspires local grad to become artist

Trip abroad inspires local grad to become artist

Sean Armstrong | Staff Writer 01/31/19 For many upperclassmen, graduation is fast approaching, and with it the splendor of seeing friends move on to pastures new. With this joy also comes the question: What’s next? That inquiry, depending on who you are, is either a point of contention or excitement. Nearly two years ago, that […]