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On July 23, Taylor Swift saved 2020 with a single Instagram post. Well, more of a series of Instagram posts that culminated in the surprise release of “folklore,” her eighth studio album, but the sentiment still stands. This release is different for Swift in more ways than one, whose attention to detail and complete mastery of social media, copyright and streaming services have cemented her status as a genius businesswoman. Swift is meticulous, which she acknowledges in the announcement post.
You know what they say — April showers bring May flowers, and even though we will have to admire those eventual flowers from a safe distance while self-isolating, we can outlast April showers by curling up with a good book and a hot drink. Or maybe a stiff drink, if that’s the kind of mood quarantine has put you in — either will work for this scenario! These three books are page-turners, easy to get lost in and hard to forget. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll gasp — though these books are all profoundly different from each other, they all get at the most vulnerable, human parts of ourselves, all while providing distraction for a few socially distant afternoons.
Cancellation announcements and plans for flattening the curve of the COVID-19 pandemic have been rolling into inboxes at a breakneck pace over the past few weeks. At the local level, the University extended spring break and moved classes online, the Virginia Festival of the Book was canceled and multiple upcoming events at John Paul Jones Arena — including the Dan + Shay concert and the Harlem Globetrotters show — were postponed. Movie premieres have been delayed and museums are closing left and right.
Before epochal writer and academic Roxane Gay took the stage at The Paramount Theater as the Keynote Speaker for the 2020 Community MLK Celebration Jan. 23, the only thing on the stage was a brown leather armchair and an end table with a single bottle of water. The setup was akin to that of a moderated discussion, as though another chair was going to be brought out and occupied by an interviewer.
I can’t do this anymore. I’m starting to think it’s no coincidence that Oscars season and flu season have so much overlap — a kick 'em while they’re already down situation. From the outright racism and sexism in the Academy, to the blatant disregard and literal rewarding of the behavior of predators like Woody Allen, to the fact that the only 2019 releases I enjoyed were “Motherless Brooklyn” and “Little Women,” I’m just done with the Academy Awards. What I did like watching this year were music videos — so I’m hosting an Oscars just for that, right now in this article.
The University has been celebrating the Bicentennial since Oct. 2017, hosting various concerts, talks and events to commemorate the 200 year anniversary of the University’s founding. This birthday is certainly something to be proud of, but it’s important to note that for many, the University has not been an opportunity for two centuries. The first class of women was only admitted to the University in 1970 and was capped at 450 students, and the University only began widely admitting students regardless of sex in 1972.
Haven’t you heard? We’re a football school now. Don’t worry about our recent losses — these ten songs capture the essence of the long uphill journey of Virginia Football and will get you pumped to watch your favorite team crush the remainder of this season. They might not aid you in your grieving process as you mourn the loss of “The Adventures of CavMan,” but they’ll definitely kill at your next pregame.
When Geeta Patel — professor in the departments of Middle Eastern and South Asian Language and Cultures and Women, Gender and Sexuality at the University — introduced Mumbai-based documentarian Avijit Mukul Kishore Wednesday night, she described his work as possessing an “incredible calm.” The film that was screened in Minor Hall on the first night of “Cinema, Architecture, Art: Envisioning Aesthetics, Politics, Citizenship and Personal Stories,” a festival of documentaries from India that Patel organized.
The architecture of the University is lauded and admired on an almost daily basis, with everyone from the University Guides Service, the Virginia Department of Historic Resources and the University itself connecting how the architecture of U.Va. reflects the ways in which its founder wanted to revolutionize the higher education system. The dual-purposed living and learning community of the Academical Village was designed to encourage learning from one another, and the Neoclassical style of Grounds indexes inspiration from the Greeks, the inventors of democracy Jefferson so admired.
Most University students know the basics of the arts scene on Grounds. There’s the Fralin, there’s Arts Grounds and there’s a giant mural of Dave Matthews in 1515. Okay, maybe that third one shouldn’t count, but most people know of the first two. If you don’t, great! Tack a visit to those places onto these five options below. If you’re looking for something new to check out this semester, expand your arts knowledge of the University and Charlottesville by perusing these happenings before they’re gone. Bonus? They’re all free to attend.
Rapper A$AP Ferg will perform a free concert at U.Va during Welcome Week festivities, University Programs Council announced in an email from fourth-year Commerce student and UPC Chair Kyle Nguyen to the student body Tuesday.
Whether you’ve just packed up your first-year dorm or you’re about to wear the honor of honors and toss your graduation cap into the air, saying goodbye is never easy. It’s even harder when you’ve just finished a soul-crushing final exam period and are sitting in your parents’ car on the drive home, emotionally drained and exhausted with no capacity to feel anything except relief that you’re finally done. How could you possibly summon the strength to say goodbye? It’s simple — listen to these songs that will make you regret all those times you wished the school year was over.
As basketball fans eagerly await the Cavalier’s first game in the NCAA Tournament this Friday, the Arts and Entertainment editors found themselves in a mild tiff — who was superior, legendary American singer Tony Bennett, or heralded, handsome Virginia Basketball coach Tony Bennett? We decided to duke it out the only way we know how — politely exchanging our thoughts and publishing them so the University, Charlottesville, the world and the gods could be the judge. Read our discourse below.
When the words “women’s work” appear together, the brain makes an instant connection to domestic housewivery. No matter how feminist and progressive a person claims to be, much of Western society has historically trained its citizens to make that correlation, at least at first.
Leslie Odom Jr. was never a student at U.Va. — to commandeer a line from previous Speaker and University alumna Tina Fey’s movie “Mean Girls,” he didn’t even go here. And yet, his question-and-answer session with President Jim Ryan at John Paul Jones Arena, held on a rainy Saturday just hours after Odom and his team drove hours through the night to get to Charlottesville after a cancelled flight, felt deeply personal to Charlottesville, resonating with a community still trying to heal centuries-old wounds.
University alumnus and director Chris Farina has reached critical acclaim with his documentary films for decades. From the exploring the roadside residents of Pulaski Highway in “Route 40” — his first film made with Reid Oechslin — to diving into the Charlottesville community in “West Main Street” (also made with Oechslin), Farina has captured in film the everyday lives of everyday people in the communities that matter to him. Another of his projects, “World Peace and other 4th-Grade Achievements,” showcased the life-changing work of Charlottesville teacher John Hunter, who invented the now widespread World Peace Game to teach elementary schoolers about global relations.
“A Star Is Born” must be the most aptly named movie right now because it truly is akin to a falling star. The film is beautiful and emotional — it burns so brightly you can’t take your eyes off it, even for a second.
Let’s face it — there’s no shortage of thriller movies on the market, and as long as people keep deciding to see Liam Neeson’s daughter get kidnapped not once, not twice, but three times in the “Taken” franchise, there’s never going to be. Thriller movies all tend to follow the same basic formula — a young woman goes missing, the man in her life goes to the violent ends of the earth to find her until the damsel is saved, the villain ends up dead and somehow, the hero manages to escape mostly unscathed with a clean criminal record, despite his questionable activities throughout the mission. In Paul Feig’s “A Simple Favor,” a young woman does indeed go missing — but the stereotyped similarities end there.
Fourth-year Batten and College student Lawrence Simon will be directing the fall production of “Into the Woods” for the student-run theater organization First Year Players. FYP features a cast made up entirely of first-years and first-year transfer students, making FYP not only a place for performance, but for forging friendships in what is, for many, an entirely new environment. Simon discussed the significance of this show and the organization as a whole, as well as his role as director.
The experience of a concertgoer in Charlottesville is entirely contingent upon three things — location, location, location. From large-scale arenas to cozy concert halls, this city has a venue for every listener.