‘Eighth Grade’ depicts adolescence unfiltered

I challenge you not to squirm in your seat with familiarity as you watch Kayla, the lovable, socially awkward protagonist of “Eighth Grade” (2018), stumble through her tumultuous final week of middle school. Though it’s been out since July, I would strongly encourage anyone who hasn’t seen stand-up comedian Bo Burnham’s directorial debut to do so, if […]

‘This Is Us’ Super Bowl special brings long-awaited answers, closure

In a special post-Super Bowl episode of NBC’s hit drama “This Is Us” (2016—), viewers were given an answer to the question they have been asking since the show’s premiere: how, and why, did Jack Pearson die? Warning: major spoilers ahead.   The series, which centers on the lives of the Pearson family shown through both […]

‘Riverdale’ succeeds with stripped-down Chapter 21

Yes, “Riverdale.” This is how an episode of your show should be. After last week’s clunker, “Riverdale” (2017–) was in desperate need of a return to its wacky, nonsensical roots. And thankfully, this week delivered on all fronts. This episode had it all: inappropriate sexual encounters, Cheryl acting insane, teen detective work, the reintroduction of […]

Praise be the Emmys for their big little prize

Trump, look what you made Sean Spicer do. After an interview on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” last week, former White House Press Secretary Spicer made the second stop on his ‘reputation redemption’ tour at the 69th Emmy awards Sunday night. His controversial appearance was early in the show, just at the end of host Stephen Colbert’s monologue, where […]

New student publication looks to shine spotlight on arts at Tufts

Currents Magazine, a new arts-centered magazine, will release its first issue on both the Medford/Somerville and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts (SMFA) campuses this month, according to cofounder and SMFA dual-degree student Lily Pisano. Pisano, a first-year, founded the magazine with fellow first-years and SMFA dual-degree students Georgia Oldham and Polina Pittell. Funding […]

‘Arts Flash’ brings together various departments to stage pop-up art performances

This spring, the Tufts Department of Drama and Dance has partnered with the School of the Museum of Fine Arts (SMFA) at Tufts to create a series of pop-up performances entitled “Arts Flash.” Each ‘flash’ consists of a 15-minute-long performance that will occur on alternating Tuesdays and Wednesdays in different spaces on both the SMFA […]

‘Hairspray Live!’ brings strong singing, strong message

Gone are the days of hate-watching live television adaptations of musicals. They have come a long way since 2013, when country singer Carrie Underwood appalled audiences with her astoundingly poor acting capabilities in the first live televised musical special in almost 50 years on NBC, “The Sound of Music Live!” (2013).  “The Wiz Live!” (2015) and “Grease: […]

Torn Ticket II enchants Balch Arena Theater with ‘Fly By Night’

If the aim is to evoke as many emotions as possible in a two-hour period, Torn Ticket II’s production of “Fly By Night” (2014), originally written by Will Connolly, Michael Mitnick and Kim Rosenstock, hits the bull’s-eye. An eccentric and charismatic cast of seven enchants the stage, bringing joy, fear, grief, love, humor, some really […]

Paul Beran’s ‘Muqtatafat’ shines a spotlight on comics in the Arab world

When thinking about comics, the first things that come to mind may be Marvel superheroes, comic strips in the Sunday newspaper like “Garfield” (1978-present) and “Peanuts” (1950-2000) or even the teeny-tiny Bazooka Joe comics on Bazooka bubble gum wrappers. These comics are forms of entertainment, but they are also forms of art. According to Associate […]

Do it this weekend: Nov. 10-13

Take a breather during this long weekend and check out some events happening around campus. THURSDAY “This Is Our Youth” Details: Sophomore Chopper Carter-Schelp and Senior Emily Friedlander have come together to put on Kenneth Lonergan’s “This Is Our Youth,” which details three people’s struggles with growing up. No tickets required.  When and Where: 8 p.m. – […]