Ali Jawetz


Gigglin’ with Mike Birbiglia

Comedian Mike Birbiglia has gained critical acclaim from past standup tours “My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend” and “Sleepwalk with Me” — the latter of which was transformed into a film of the same name, which Birbiglia both starred in and directed.

Filming fortitude

As part of the University’s commemoration of Black History Month, the University Program Council’s Cinematheque Committee partnered with the Office of African-American Affairs and the University chapter of the NAACP last weekend in presenting a double feature of “Fruitvale Station” and “12 Years a Slave.” The films focused on images of violence against African-Americans and the systematic marginalization of African-Americans in the United States in disturbing and poignant ways. The event also featured a panel of students and faculty to discuss the films and how they connected to broader themes of racial tension and equality. “One of our big goals is to be able to make this an annual event,” said second-year College Madeline Houck, a member of UPC.

Keeping up with Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings

Most 57 year-old women cannot belt improvised vocals, dance the “Pony” and the “Mashed Potato” on stage and bring hundreds of people in a well-upholstered venue to their feet while wearing a bright silver dress with black fringe. But most 57 year-old women aren’t Sharon Jones.

Heartland humor elevates excellent “Nebraska”

While Will Forte is best known for his spot on “Saturday Night Live” and his goofy spin-off movie “MacGruber,” he shows off genuine acting chops in “Nebraska,” a poignant story about a father-son relationship.

Oh 'Captain' my captain

When the credits rolled at the close of Paul Greengrass’s thrilling Captain Phillips, based on the 2009 pirate hijacking of the Maersk Alabama, the audience breathed a collective sigh of relief.

Can't rant away awards

If you’ve seen a headline about Kanye West in the last several weeks, I bet the headline included the word “rant.” West’s passion on his BBC Radio interview with Zane Lowe have spurred parodies like Jimmy Kimmel’s skit making fun of the new Kardashian dad.

Songs of summer

Every summer needs a playlist to fit the mood of your long road trips, cramped plane flights, pool parties, and meadow picnics.