Lancy Downs

Lancy Downs is an arts editor at The Tufts Daily. She is a senior majoring in art history and can be reached at [email protected]

Acclaimed cartoonist, graphic memoir author Alison Bechdel reflects on evolution of decades-long career

For much of her career, Alison Bechdel was a little-known cartoonist whose comic strip, “Dykes to Watch Out For” (1983-2008), could be found in the pages of alternative gay and lesbian newspapers. In 2006, however, the release of her acclaimed graphic memoir, “Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic,” a highly personal autobiography about Bechdel’s relationship with […]

Isabella Stewart Gardner’s masterpieces shine in ‘Off the Wall’

For months, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum has been touting its new show, “Off the Wall: Gardner and Her Masterpieces,” as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see works from the museum’s collection. But with its dark gray-blue walls and dim lighting, “Off the Wall,” despite its impressive sampling of works by Dutch masters and Italian Renaissance painters hung neatly […]

Top 10 Snapchat accounts to follow while procrastinating

With the semester entering the final weeks, the usual glut of work is upon us — research papers, problem sets and the always-painful group projects are inescapable this time of the year. Although nearly everyone is trying to complete the piles of homework they’ve been assigned, no end-of-semester study session is complete without a little […]

British import ‘Catastrophe’ remains bitingly funny in second season

There are plenty of reasons to justify spending $99 a year on Amazon Prime (free two-day shipping, anyone?) and “Catastrophe” (2015 – present) certainly ranks high among them. The British import, which originally airs episodes on Channel 4 in the U.K., debuted its second season on Amazon’s streaming platform on April 8 and, despite a few weak […]

New Shondaland drama ‘The Catch’ features plot twists aplenty

Shonda Rhimes does not rest on her laurels. With three-hit series from her production company Shondaland, which is currently dominating Thursday nights on ABC, Rhimes likely keeps fairly busy juggling her various commitments to “Grey’s Anatomy” (2005 — present), “Scandal” (2012 — present) and “How To Get Away With Murder” (2014-present). But with “Murder” currently […]

Politics take center stage in second season of ‘I Am Cait’

In its second season, “I Am Cait” (2015 – present) remains, like its star Caitlyn Jenner herself, a confusing mess of contradictions. After a much-discussed first season, which aired on the heels of Jenner’s very public coming out, Caitlyn is back for another go with her the group of trans friends she — or perhaps […]

The Daily explores lower-profile pop culture offerings worth tuning into this spring

This spring is turning out to be a busy season for pop culture watchers. “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” roared into theaters this weekend, garnering almost $170 million at the box office. The ever popular “Game of Thrones” is set to air its highly anticipated sixth season on April 24, and acclaimed cable dramas […]

Tina Fey-led ‘Whiskey Tango Foxtrot’ relies heavily on cultural stereotypes, sexist tropes

In 2002, Kim Barker was a television journalist in New York, covering unremarkable stories and living a monotonous life. When she was offered the chance to cover the war in Afghanistan, she jumped at the opportunity and soon found herself in over her head as a foreign correspondent in a country she knew little about. Barker […]

Samantha Bee delivers biting political satire on ‘Full Frontal’

It’s hard not to notice the gaping Jon Stewart-sized hole in this year’s election coverage. With every millennial’s favorite political comedian off the air and Trevor Noah not quite able to fill Stewart’s shoes on “The Daily Show” (1996-present), Gen Y-ers are left wondering what late-night political satire talk show they can watch instead of reading […]

Newly established Tufts Funny Ladies strives to build creative safe space for women in comedy

In 2007, Vanity Fair published a piece called “Why Women Aren’t Funny,” in which the author, Christopher Hitchens, casually and blatantly throws out sexist generalizations as he meditates on women and their capacity to be funny. Hitchens unabashedly asserts that women are “backward in generating” humor and that the best female comedians are “hefty or […]