Christopher Panella
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Christopher Panella is an Arts Editor and junior double-majoring in Film and Media Studies and English. Chris can be reached at [email protected]

Holiday season must-watches

While the holiday season is going to look a little different this year, your ability to watch classic holiday films from the safety of your residence prevails. Here's what the Arts & Pop Culture editors have to say about their favorite holiday movies.

The best music of 2020

It’s certainly easy to list all the ways consuming music changed. But plenty of our normal listening activities remained. We still take walks around the neighborhood. We continue to listen while studying or ignoring our roommates and families. And as always, the shower is still the stage for our world tour performances.

Miley Cyrus reborn as rock diva in ‘Plastic Hearts’

Cyrus’ seventh studio album explores who she’s been and who she is. But that’s fairly difficult for an artist who’s always changing, especially sonically; it makes “Plastic Hearts” a statement of self-reflection.

‘Armor,’ ‘Tundra’ expansions build on strengths of Pokémon ‘Sword,’ ‘Shield’

“Sword” and “Shield” have received two downloadable content (DLC) expansions, “The Isle of Armor” (2020) and “The Crown Tundra” (2020). The DLCs replace the remake games that Nintendo is known for.

Revisiting Gaga’s ‘ARTPOP’ 7 years later, with ‘Chromatica’ in mind

“ARTPOP” became a larger-than-life era, even for pop’s most outrageous and concept-focused musician. That’s important context for revisiting the album seven years later and questioning its status.

‘The Mandalorian’ continues to focus on parenting, brings in fan-favorite characters

The first two episodes of the show's second season are great re-entries into the world of “The Mandalorian.” We’re given exciting setups for the new season, full of franchise familiarity and new possibilities.

‘Avatar’ and ‘Korra’: The 2020 cultural juggernauts

Considering that “Avatar” first debuted over 15 years ago, it hardly seems the candidate to make such a strong comeback as (technically) a children’s show. However, “Avatar’s” newfound popularity –– as well as “Korra,” its sequel/spinoff series –– proves not only their mastery of TV storytelling, but their timelessness and relevance of cultural commentary.

Spooktober: Flicks and frights

Christopher Panella shares 13 movies and TV shows you should watch this month to get you in the Halloween spirit.

Ryan Smith discusses Virtual Creative Careers Trek, new additions to program

The Trek, which used to be a day trip to New York City, gives Tufts undergraduate students the opportunity to engage and connect with professionals in a variety of arts, media and entertainment careers.

Chinese fusion dance group Wuzee talks combining styles, building community

Founded in 2014, Wuzee is a Chinese fusion dance group that strikes a balance between traditional Chinese dance styles and more Western contemporary styles. “That ranges from very traditional Chinese/ethnic dances to ballet and hip-hop components,” senior and co-captain Claire Liu said.