Stephanie Hoechst

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]

A cappella personality Deke Sharon talks time at Tufts, beyond

Last week, Tufts hosted a cappella singer and music producer Deke Sharon (A ’91), a Tufts alum and a former member of the Tufts Beelzebubs.  While on campus, Sharon gave a lecture entitled “Harmony Through Harmony.”  In addition, he participated in a concert with Tufts a cappella groups, teaching them his a cappella arrangements and […]

Drama department’s ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ puts modern twist on Shakespeare

This weekend, the Tufts Department of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies is putting a bold new twist on the Shakespearean comedy “Much Ado About Nothing,” directed by Senior Lecturer Sheriden Thomas. The rendition is set in a world inspired by the Golden Age of Hollywood, complete with the romanticism of movie stars and awards shows. Sophomore […]

‘Tidying Up with Marie Kondo’ a feel-good but unremarkable series

The KonMari method, Japanese tidying consultant Marie Kondo’s decluttering method, seems to be everywhere since Kondo’s show, “Tidying Up With Marie Kondo” (2019), hit Netflix earlier this year.  The eight-episode series launched on New Year’s Day, just in time for those of us with New Year’s resolutions to tidy up our own spaces.  The show […]

‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ brings bold new style to classic story

There is a shot of Miles Morales, the protagonist of “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” running through the neon nighttime streets of New York in his Spider-Man suit for the first time.  Instead of imitating the skin-tight, muscular Spider-Man getup we’re used to, though, Miles wears a hoodie, shorts and high-top Nike sneakers over his black suit […]

Top 10 movies of 2018

“Roma” Throughout its over two-hour run, the incredibly rich “Roma” slowly constructs the world of one woman, Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio), and the depths of her experience as a maid in the early 1970s for a family in Mexico City. Directed, produced, written and edited by Alfonso Cuarón, “Roma” is semi-autobiographical. Besides being the most gorgeous film of […]

Torn Ticket II’s ‘Blood Brothers’ explores class, privilege

You might not have ever heard of Torn Ticket II’s upcoming musical, “Blood Brothers.” Director Jessica Pearson-Bleyer is excited to bring the West End classic to life at Tufts. “Blood Brothers” follows twins Eddie and Mickey’s lives after they’re separated at birth. Their mother, unable to care for both, gives one of the twins to an […]

‘Boy Erased’ explores faith, sexuality with nuanced poignancy

Content warning: This article discusses sexual assault. At first, the core of “Boy Erased” appears to be a call to action. A statistic citing that gay conversion therapy is still legal in 36 states appears onscreen before the end credits. While this fact is absolutely relevant to the film, it would suggest that “Boy Erased,” directed […]

Pen, Paint, and Pretzels to showcase innovative retelling of Greek myth in ‘Eurydice’

Pen, Paint, and Pretzels (3Ps), Tufts’ student theatre organization, will perform its fall show, “Eurydice,” this weekend in Balch Arena Theater. The production, co-directed by senior Chopper Carter-Schelp and sophomore Rosa Stern Pait and stage managed by sophomore Laura Wolfe, moves the myth of Orpheus and his wife, Eurydice, out of its original ancient Greek setting and […]

‘First Man’ tackles Neil Armstrong beyond the legend

Hollywood has produced many ambitious movies about the perils of space travel over the past five years, including “Gravity” (2013), “Interstellar” (2014) and “The Martian” (2015). How, then, can a movie about Neil Armstrong ever hope to stand out at a filmic moment already so fixated on aggrandizing and dramatizing space travel? The answer: Don’t […]

Art history professor Christina Maranci to speak on Armenian art, new book

Christina Maranci will give a lecture on her recently published book, “The Art of Armenia: An Introduction,” on Oct. 4, in which she will discuss the meaning and content of her book, as well as her own academic and creative processes. Maranci serves as chair of Tufts’ Art History department, as well as the Arthur H. Dadian and Ara T. Oztemel Professor of Armenian […]