Paige Spangenthal is an arts writer at the Tufts Daily. She is a sophomore majoring in English and can be reached at [email protected]

Senior Profile: Cecily Lo explores discomfort in performance, film

Graduating senior Cecily Lo made her first film, a stop-motion animation of clay figurines, at the age of 15 with her cousin. Years later, as a student at Tufts, she continues to explore her passion for film, dance and performance art in short videos that she posts on her personal Vimeo channel. “I’ve always been […]

Spring Fling lineup raises questions about dynamics between black artists and largely non-black audiences

This year’s Spring Fling will have the first all-black lineup since 1982, when Clarence Clemons and the Red Bank Rockers and Chubby Checker performed at Tufts. The 2017 lineup, which originally consisted of T-Pain, Tinashe and Aminé, was selected amid complaints about inadequate race representation among performers at the annual concert. When the original lineup was […]

‘Not Your Grandmother’s Seder’ blends Jewish themes with contemporary theater

On the first page of the program for “Not Your Grandmother’s Seder,” a Passover-inspired cabaret night that took place on Saturday, is a quote from Milton Berle: “If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” The show, hosted by Tufts Hillel and directed and produced by sophomores Amanda Freedman and Isabel Silverston, incorporated songs and scenes from contemporary theater as […]

Mona Kareem explores identity in poetry reading

Mona Kareem’s poetry reading on Saturday felt like a gathering of old friends. The homey atmosphere of the Center for the Humanities at Tufts, which hosted the event, as well as the elaborate spread of cheese, crackers and wine in the entryway and the small-but-attentive crowd created an intimate, friendly environment. This friendly mood became even more […]

‘Big Little Lies’ finale showcases female solidarity

Editor’s note: This article contains spoilers for the HBO series “Big Little Lies.” The final episode of the HBO miniseries, “Big Little Lies” (2017) took viewers on an emotional roller coaster on April 2. The series has captivated its audience with artful shots and complex characters, but perhaps the show’s most fascinating aspect is its use […]

‘Chicago’ cast prepares to dazzle the audience

“Chicago” may take place in the 1920s, but many of the issues the musical deals with are still relevant today. Torn Ticket II’s production of the show, which runs March 30 through April 1 in Cohen Auditorium, will explore sexism, xenophobia and corrupt media — all issues that have been making headlines recently. Chloe Hyman, a senior majoring in […]

Charli XCX branches out into hip-hop in new album

Charli XCX’s latest album, “Number 1 Angel” (2017), is a great cure for post-spring-break blues. The colorful, playful sound could combat the grayest of skies and the dirty slush that characterize late-March Boston weather. There is something about Charli XCX’s sex appeal that can transport an unhappy, cold student in New England to a steamy […]

Five upbeat pop songs with surprisingly sad lyrics

With spring break starting tomorrow, it’s time to craft the perfect spring break playlist. For those who are looking for some thought-provoking lyrics to muse over during a long bus, car, plane or train ride, the following five songs from the past fifteen years provide catchy beats while also provoking deeper reflection. 1. “Pumped Up Kicks” – […]

Pen, Paint, and Pretzels’ ‘Melancholy Play’ has audience in stitches

Belly laughs rang through Balch Arena Theatre on Thursday during a performance of Pen, Paint, and Pretzels’ 2017 spring major. One could consider this an unexpected response to a production titled “Melancholy Play.” Although the play, written by Sarah Ruhl, deals with heavy topics like sadness and depression, the absurdities and witticisms of the script had audience […]

Do it this Weekend: March 3-5

Spring weather came early this year. Take advantage of the warmth and leave your dorm to explore these events happening on campus and the Boston area. FRIDAY Visit the PRX Podcast Garage with Tufts Podcast Network Details: Tufts Podcast Network will visit and tour the Podcast Garage in Allston. Featuring recording studios and classroom spaces, […]