HillSide Story: Maybe (Super) Far Away

Welcome back to our column. It is with true sadness that we must report that these columns must now be written remotely as we now sit on couches about 1,000 miles apart from one another. But, as they say, the show must go on. At this point, the Olivier Awards have been canceled, and we […]

Take care: 10 films to watch while social distancing

The past week has been life-changing for students, families, children and workers across the globe. We’re facing a pandemic that’s disrupting the ways we work and socialize. It was a meme we could laugh at; now, it’s spreading rapidly. In order to make these next few months a little easier, Lexi Serino and I are […]

Love It or Haute It: Fringe

While fringe has never gone away completely, it was heavily featured in the Spring 2020 fashion shows and will likely become much more common than it ever was before. We do not like to discriminate here, so instead of focusing on specific fringed garments (think fringe jackets, fringe dresses, fringe purses, etc.), we chose to […]

Amernet Quartet to perform Roustom’s ‘String Quartet No. 1’ in its Boston premiere

Prolific composer and Tufts Professor of the Practice of Music Kareem Roustom will have his “String Quartet No. 1, ‘Shades of Night’” (2018) performed in its Boston premiere by the Amernet String Quartet tonight in the Granoff Music Center. Roustom’s nine-movement work follows the changes in the night sky on a journey from dusk to […]

Tufts x NEC Dual Degree students present captivating recital

The doors of Distler Performance Hall opened for the Tufts x NEC Dual Degree recital at 8:00 p.m. on March 7. Silence fell over the crowd as Lila Searls, a first-year in the dual degree program, and Lexie Aguilar, a first-year at the New England Conservatory (NEC), took the stage, both wielding soprano saxophones. The […]

Oldies But Goodies: ‘Aquemini’

As contemporary artists like Future, Lil Baby and Young Thug continue to dominate the mainstream rap world, it is refreshing to look back to their predecessors from Atlanta, namely the group that changed everything in the 1990s: OutKast. The superduo of André 3000 (André Benjamin) and Big Boi (Antwan Patton) burst onto the scene in […]

‘I Am Not Okay With This’ doesn’t mix right elements in season 1

It would not be unfair to say that Netflix miniseries “I Am Not Okay With This” (2020–) is a cultural ley line, the convergence of two different ideas at once that leads to a product drawn heavily from its component parts, but often in conflicting ways. Released on Feb. 26 with directing and producing talent […]

Sherry Pie disqualified from ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’

On Friday morning, season 12 cast member Sherry Pie was disqualified from “RuPaul’s Drag Race” (2009–), a shock with only a single parallel in “Drag Race” history. The disqualification followed revelations that Joey Gugliemelli, aka Sherry Pie, had catfished several actors working in New York City, posing as casting agent “Allison Mossey.” A viral Facebook […]

HillSide Story: Justice for the Baroness

This week, we follow Julie Andrews again, this time as Maria through the lush fields and mountains of Austria with seven singing children, a handsome Captain and some nuns in “The Sound of Music” (1965). No, we have not become a Julie Andrews column (not that it would be such a bad thing).  Allie Morgenstern […]

Exciting book releases for month of March

March 2020 brings an exciting array of new books. Here are eight of the most anticipated books of 2020 that launch this month. “Deacon King Kong” by James McBride “Deacon King Kong” is James McBride’s first novel after his award-winning work “The Good Lord Bird” (2013). This book dives into a Brooklyn community when a […]