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Monday February 6th

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‘Dual’ is a dry but witty satire on loss, mortality

“Dual,” which is directed by Riley Stearns, takes us into a modern sci-fi world where, upon terminal illness, patients have the ability to clone themselves to save loved ones from the mourning process. When faced with an incurable fatal illness, Sarah (Karen Gillan) decides to go through this process and clone herself. After miraculously overcoming the illness, Sarah now faces the moral and physical battle of legally having to fight her clone to the death. 

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Student teaching stresses music education majors

For a place known for music echoing in the hallways, the silence in the music building is eerie. While the underclassmen are in the building, they are in lectures so they cannot practice any music. Normally, the upperclassmen can be found in practice rooms in the basement, practicing in the morning, but that is not happening this semester.

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Students practice for their Live Out Loud performance (photo courtesy of Aaron Watson).

Lyric Theatre makes its New York debut: “Live Out Loud: Andrew Lippa”

Lyric Theatre made its New York City debut at the Laurie Beechman Theatre on April 8 with its performance: “Live out Loud: the Music of Andrew Lippa.” The show featured a variety of songs from Andre Lippa’s iconic discography, including selections from “The Wild Party,” “Big Fish, “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown” and other projects he worked on.  

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‘Hard Cell’ features Catherine Tate playing six roles

“Hard Cell,” Netflix’s new six-part mockumentary about life in a women’s prison, was released on April 12. In addition to being the creator, co-writer and director of the show, Catherine Tate plays six different characters in the first season alone, including Laura, the prison’s governor, a wise-cracking guard named Marco, three separate inmates and a bitter mother who despises her incarcerated daughter. 

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Journalist-turned-filmmaker Jennifer Lin visits campus

Jennifer Lin, co-director of “Beethoven in Beijing,” came to the College on April 13 in the Library Auditorium to talk about the documentary she directed, produced and wrote. Before Lin co-directed the well-researched “Beethoven in Beijing,” she worked as a financial correspondent on Wall Street, a foreign correspondent in China for the The Philadelphia Inquirer and a national correspondent in Washington D.C. 

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‘The Worst Person in the World’ is a unique but grounded approach to the messiness of relationships

In my quest to watch every movie nominated at this year’s Academy Awards, which premieres on Mar. 27, I decided to check out “The Worst Person in the World.” The Norwegian film is among the five movies nominated for best international feature film at this year’s Oscars. It is directed by Joachim Trier and was released in the United States on Feb. 4. “The Worst Person in the World” is a dark romantic comedy that follows Julie (Renate Reinsve), a young woman who is trying to understand who she is as she navigates through different relationships and careers. The film effectively portrays the many decisions we have to make in life and how commitment can be daunting. 

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‘The King’s Man’ is a disappointing prequel that fails to save the franchise

The Kingsman franchise has not been doing too well recently. After the critical and commercial success of “Kingsmen: The Secret Service,” it seemed like this was going to be an exciting new franchise to watch out for. Then, with the overall disappointment of its sequel “Kingsmen: The Golden Circle,” people started to turn on the franchise. Now, director Matthew Vaughn looks to try a different approach with the newest film in the franchise — a prequel origin story for the organization, which hit theaters in December and was released on HBO Max and Hulu on Feb. 18.

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Nikole Hannah-Jones: Uses writing to unveil injustice in society

Pulitzer Prize winning investigative journalist and author of “The 1619 Project.” Nikole Hannah-Jones joined Kim Pearson, a journalism and professional writing professor at the College, for a moderated discussion on March 3 at 6 p.m in Kendall Main Hall. The discussion was geared toward Hannah-Jones’ inspirations, influences and impact of “The 1619 Project.”

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(Photo courtesy of Dr. Jose Bevia)

The music industry through the eyes of a College professor

As the students filed into the musicianship classroom for their twice weekly lecture, they were greeted with the familiar sounds of a jazz piano. Their music theory professor, Dr. Jose Bevia, normally sits at the piano and plays music as the students arrive. Once the piece ends, class begins. This time, the students were unaware of the good news they were about to get.

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