Stephanie Hoechst is an arts editor at the Tufts Daily. She is a senior studying English and film & media studies. She can be reached at [email protected].

‘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.

‘Ted Lasso,’ latest Apple TV+ comedy, capitalizes on feel-good formula

In the world of “Ted Lasso” (2020–), positivity trumps all—a well-worded pep talk, a heartfelt apology or a can-do attitude can usually right any wrong. So goes the philosophy of Apple TV+’s most recent comedy, whose commitment to feel-good stories greeted us with open arms beginning in the middle of a harrowing summer.

Leadership of Comic Relief, TFL speak on importance of representation in comedy

In the past five years, Comic Relief and TFL (which no longer stands for Tufts Funny Ladies, its original name, so as to include all non-cis-male gender identities) have emerged as a way to provide a space for traditionally underrepresented voices in comedy.

Season 2 of ‘PEN15’ (2019–) takes us back to middle school

This season of “PEN15” delivers an experience just as weird, heartbreaking and unexpectedly wonderful as being a middle school girl is.

Arts-related departments adapt to COVID-19 restrictions

Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies Through careful planning alongside university administrators, department faculty and student leaders, the Tufts Department of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies has based its fall 2020 policies largely off those recommended by national theater and dance organizations. Heather Nathans, the department chair of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies and the Alice […]

From the Arts Editors: Our quarantine consumption

To be more deliberate with my time and help diversify my literary world, I committed to only reading authors of color during my quarantine time and throughout 2020. I first read April Sinclair’s “Coffee Will Make You Black” (1994) and “The Autobiography of Malcolm X” (1965). Two very different books, but both so important to […]

Senior Profile: Napoliello makes film unapologetically

Graduating senior Rachel Napoliello didn’t start her Tufts career knowing she wanted to pursue filmmaking.  “I came in knowing I was definitely going to have a chemistry major, and I originally thought I was probably going to pursue studio arts as a minor or something, just because I wanted to keep that in my life,” […]

‘New Horizons’ builds on ‘Animal Crossing’s’ 18-year legacy

It’s remarkable how little “Animal Crossing” has changed since the first installment dropped in the U.S. in 2002. In the 18 years since, its relaxing, wholesome, open-ended, short-daily-play-sessions formula has stood the test of time — everything from paying off your debt to Tom Nook to the ability to decorate your own home to the […]

‘Sense and Sensibility’ to bring Austen’s classic to modern audience

Between the corsets, accents and obsession with propriety, experiencing a period drama can feel like stepping into another world. For some, that ability for escapism is part of its charm; for others, its rules can make the stories feel alienating. Barbara Wallace Grossman, a professor in the Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies and […]

Oscars predictions: What should win, will win, was snubbed, doesn’t belong

With the 92nd Academy Awards just around the corner on Feb. 9, the Tufts Daily Arts & Living team threw together some predictions for the film industry’s biggest night of the year. Each editor took the five categories that gave them most intrigue and picked who should win, who will win, who got snubbed and […]